21 reasons why this year ruled

I wanted to put together a list of songs that not only just came out in 2012, but songs that pretty much characterize different parts of the year for me. I know it’s hard to put everything into one list, and I know I’m probably forgetting a bunch of things, but this is the closest attempt I can make. Each one sort of means something different- some are debuts, follow-ups, songs from the walking eye pitch graveyard, and songs that may not have even been big but have a strong memory for me. At the risk of sounding sappy, I couldn’t have asked for this year to end any better. Sometimes you don’t realize how much you’ve done until you sort of step back and look at it all, and I feel lucky enough to say that I am leaving 2012 feeling pretty accomplished and in an extremely positive place. My only hope for 2013 is that bands start using vowels in their names again..

Wild Belle – Keep You 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLKOmXm6W3s]

This was my first real pitch of this year, and I’m still proud of it.

Alt- J – Tessellate 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg6BwvDcANg]

I honestly don’t think there will be any end-of-year list that won’t include Alt-J.

The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Idj5_PwRl1k]

The Neighbourhood is probably one of the more exciting things that has happened to me in my life..

Fiona Apple – Anything We Want

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfXvIs9bojM]

ON AN ON – Ghosts 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig7UIKG4zDc]

I love finding songs that immediately affect you.  This actually stuck with me for a while. I can’t wait to see them in February.

Angel Haze – New York 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hKP5ljDar8]

Ellie Goulding – High For This 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id7e-9WaxMc]

Seriously, Ellie Goulding fucking owned 2012. ‘Lights’ was a huge sleeper hit and ‘Halcyon’ is one of my top albums of the year. You go girl.

Lana Del Rey – Cola 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZv1np0SI0o]

I never thought I’d see the day where I’d be praising Lana Del Rey, but here we are. I love this album. There. Now it’s out there.

Hollow & Akimbo –  Singularity

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0Mh9oO2fl4]

This song kind of knocked me off my feet when I first heard it. That drop at 3:50? Kills. Definitely one of my favorite songs ever.

FIDLAR – No Waves 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKBqJHXy7Tg]

So excited for this album to come out.

Sleigh Bells – Born To Lose 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhi_nm3P66E]

‘Reign Of Terror’ was also one of my top albums this year.

Dear Prudence – Coming Apart Again 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeJM2aHHros]

Dan Croll – From Nowhere 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDlfNXB52jE]

CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxxUEzOvU-Y]

Trails And Ways – Nunca 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDr1hZUhoDc]

ODESZA – How Did I Get Here

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQSL-PPjxS8]

Vera Flash – Hustle 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=075eVlpt0vs]

The song becomes so much more badass once you watch the video. So nuts.

As Elephants Are – War Cry

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twAXfudUIZ8]

Bad Books – It Never Stops 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hj5qx211Kv0]

Bad Books II also tops my album list this year. I can’t even begin to describe how I feel about this.

All Eyes – Clean Slate 

All Eyes was probably one of my favorite finds of 2012.

MSMR – Ash Tree Lane 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4YgOj5GcJU]
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