2012 is coming to a close. Musically, new acts made a name for themselves and pop veterans returned with a vengeance. The next 30 songs burned up radio, tore up the clubs, or blew up in the blogosphere this past year. It’s a mix of songs you’ve most likely heard with tracks you ought to know. The list continues with Best Coast, Ellie Goulding, Loreen, Scissor Sisters, and Walk the Moon.
No. 15 Loreen – “Euphoria” / Heal
Swedish pop singer Loreen became an international star following her victory at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. She won the European music competition with the massive “Euphoria” all for good reason. Her big vocals give weight to the dance track’s message of experiencing a celestial-like relationship with another. “Euphoria, forever ’til the end of time / From now on, only you and I / We’re going up, up, up,” she passionately sings, championing a sublime love. While other songstresses get consumed in busy dance tracks, Loreen holds her own on this upbeat standout.
No. 14 Walk the Moon – “Anna Sun” / Walk the Moon
Cincinatti-based rockers Walk the Moon made some noise this year with the very lively “Anna Sun.” The power pop jam was originally released in November 2010 on the group’s i want! i want! EP before slowly becoming a breakout hit this past summer. Frontman Nicholas Petricca perfectly captures the song’s carefree message with his energetic vocals detailing a wild night of fun. “We got no money, but we got heart / We’re gonna rattle this ghost town,” he sings amidst the track’s frenzied production. It was definitely the feel good song of the year.
No. 13 Scissor Sisters – “Let’s Have a Kiki” / Magic Hour
If 2011 was the year of Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way,” 2012 was the year of the kiki. New York-based band Scissor Sisters inserted “kiki” into the LGBTQ vernacular this year with the pulsating “Let’s Have a Kiki.” The house track became an unlikely dance hit for the gay icons when Anne Hathaway spilled the truth tea about being a fan of “kiki’s” on David Letterman’s talk show. The flamboyant jam then took off to inspire countless friend gossip gatherings. “Oh, what a wonderful kiki / This kiki is marvelous,” member Ana Matronic eloquently exclaims amongst the song’s chatter. It certainly was a grand time.
No. 12 Best Coast – “Do You Love Me Like You Used To” / The Only Place
L.A.-based duo Best Coast released its second album, The Only Place, this year. Among the songs on the record, the indie rockers put out a music video for the heartbreaking “Do You Love Me Like You Used To.” The clip features fans sharing love stories while member Bethany Cosentino sings a different tune, finding herself in a lovelorn funk. “I’m always crying on the phone because I know that I’ll end up alone,” she admits on the surf rock track. Her emotions on the chill song roll like waves in the Calfornia sea, hoping for a calm to hit. Best Coast showcased a darker side to its usually sunny sound.
No. 11 Ellie Goulding – “Lights” / Lights
English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding broke the U.S. market this year with her dark electronica track, “Lights.” Originally released last year in the states, the song achieved slow-burning success when it became a No. 2-peaking hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 back in August. Bubbling with synths, Goulding channeled her childhood fear of the dark into a defiant electro-pop jam, grounded by her haunting vocal performance. “You show the lights that stop me turn to stone / You shine it when I’m alone,” she sings with power that truly illuminated this year’s music scene.
Did your favorites make the cut? Stay tuned tomorrow as the 2012 countdown continues with Nos. 10-6!
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