Top 50 Singles of 2012

It's time now for the most coveted Rhapsody playlist of the year: Our 50 favorite songs of the past 12 months, as (politely!) argued over by a dozen or so house critics conversant in a billion or so music genres spanning the globe, the radio dial, the emotional spectrum. There are huge pop smashes here (yeah, like we can resist "Call Me Maybe") sitting aside (slightly!) less ubiquitous fare, arena rock anthems (love you Bruce) standing alongside monster country ballads (love you Eric Church, who also loves Bruce). Plus, y'know, reggaeton, underground rap, Top 40 rap, indie folk, K-pop, jazzy indie, Christian crossovers and whatever else you're into. And the raddest ZZ Top song since, like, "Legs." There's ...Expand »

It's time now for the most coveted Rhapsody playlist of the year: Our 50 favorite songs of the past 12 months, as (politely!) argued over by a dozen or so house critics conversant in a billion or so music genres spanning the globe, the radio dial, the emotional spectrum. There are huge pop smashes here (yeah, like we can resist "Call Me Maybe") sitting aside (slightly!) less ubiquitous fare, arena rock anthems (love you Bruce) standing alongside monster country ballads (love you Eric Church, who also loves Bruce). Plus, y'know, reggaeton, underground rap, Top 40 rap, indie folk, K-pop, jazzy indie, Christian crossovers and whatever else you're into. And the raddest ZZ Top song since, like, "Legs." There's something for everyone here. Enjoy.

50) Skrillex, "Bangarang"
49) Scissor Sisters, "Let's Have a Kiki"
48) TobyMac, "Me Without You"
47) Bruce Springsteen, "We Take Care of Our Own"
46) Michel Teló, "Ai Se Eu Te Pego"
45) Justin Bieber, "Boyfriend"
44) King Tuff, "Keep on Movin'"
43) Miranda Lambert, "Fastest Girl in Town"
42) Plan B, "Ill Manors"
41) Alt-J, "Something Good"
40) El-P, "The Full Retard"
39) Eric Church, "Springsteen"
38) Daphni, "Ye Ye"
37) Wisin y Yandel ft. T-Pain & Chris Brown, "Algo Me Gusta De Ti"
36) Meek Mill, "Amen"
35) Elle Varner, "Refill"
34) METZ, "Headache"
33) Swans, "The Seer"
32) M.I.A., "Bad Girls"
31) 2 Chainz, "Birthday Song"
30) Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away"
29) Of Monsters and Men, "Little Talks"
28) fun., "Some Nights"
27) Juicy J, "Bandz a Make Her Dance"
26) Alex Clare, "Too Close"
25) Baroness, "Take My Bones Away"
24) Rush, "Headlong Flight"
23) Rihanna, "Diamonds"
22) Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe"
21) The Lumineers, "Ho Hey"
20) Psy, "Gangnam Style"
19) Phillip Phillips, "Home"
18) Little Big Town, "Pontoon"
17) Grimes, "Genesis"
16) Mumford & Sons, "I Will Wait"
15) Solange, "Losing You"
14) Fiona Apple, "Every Single Night"
13) Nas, "Daughters"
12) Usher, "Climax"
11) Bat for Lashes, "Laura"
10) Kanye West, "Mercy"
9) Gotye, "Somebody That I Used to Know"
8) Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
7) Nicki Minaj ft. 2 Chainz, "Beez in the Trap"
6) Dev, "In My Trunk"
5) Kendrick Lamar, "Swimming Pools (Drank)"
4) Miguel, "Adorn"
3) ZZ Top, "I Gotsa Get Paid"
2) Frank Ocean, "Thinkin' Bout You"
1) Alabama Shakes, "Hold On"

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