Top 25 Songs of 2012


If there is a Stats Geek gene, it runs in my family. My father’s thing is football. Mine is music. Since 2006, with the help of Last.FM, I’ve become a wee bit obsessive about the songs I play most throughout a given year. And since 2007, first on That Little Bastad and then Geek Force Five, I’ve made it a New Year’s Eve Tradition to blog about the year’s Top 25 Songs.

Some years tell the story of a balance between my pop bubblegum whore side and my NIN-loving industrial side (2007). Some years reflect an obsession with a particular band (2008). And other years reflect the return of listening to whole albums (2010, 2011).

This year, the story is a mix of all of that. But before we get to the story, here’s the list:

  1. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
  2. “Part of Me” by Katy Perry
  3. “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye
  4. “Love You Like a Love Song” by Selena Gomez & the Scene
  5. “Bad Romance” by Lissie
  6. “You Can Go Your Own Way” by Lissie
  7. “Want It Back” by Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra
  8. “Don't Stop Lovin Me” by Pomplamoose
  9. “Domino” by Jessie J
  10. “Brokenhearted” by Karmin
  11. “Wide Awake” by Katy Perry
  12. “Do It With a Rockstar” by Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra
  13. “We Found Love” by Rihanna
  14. “Warrior” by Kimbra
  15. “Settle Down” by Kimbra
  16. “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele
  17. “Price Tag” by Jessie J
  18. “Come Into My Head” by Kimbra
  19. “Is Your Love Strong Enough” by How to Destroy Angels
  20. “The Killing Type” by Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra
  21. “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz
  22. “In Sleep” by Lissie
  23. “Shake It Up” by Selena Gomez
  24. “Eyes Wide Open” by Gotye
  25. “We Are Young” by fun. Feat. Janelle Monáe

Albums by Lissie and Kimbra dominated the year, reflecting that continuing trend of listening to albums whole. Several individual songs of theirs also got favorited and dominated my Recent Favorites playlist, as well. But one song of Kimbra’s or Lissie’s inevitably got me wanting more, so I spent a whole heckuvalotta time listening through Catch a Tiger and Vows.

Time spent in the car with my kids brought out my pop bubblegum whore side with a vengeance, this year. I’ll cop to listening to Jessie J and Katy Perry on my own, and I didn’t mind that Carly Rae Jepsen song the first 30 times I heard it, but stuff like Taio Cruz and Selena Gomez: that’s all Kaylee and Melody. If I’m proud of anything I did for the kids musically, however, it’s that I finally got them into some weirder stuff, including that Pomplamoose track “Don’t Stop Lovin Me.”

As I sit here and wonder what 2013 will look like, my thought is that these trends will continue. I just picked up a slew of new albums over the holidays, both pop stuff and weird stuff, and I’m sure I’ll spend just as much time with my kids this year as last. All I know for sure is that it’ll be a fun ride with a great soundtrack.