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The Top 30 Songs of 2012 (So Far): 30-16

Posted on: June 28, 2012

Making a Top 30 songs list is a lot trickier than making a Top 30 albums list. One’s opinion of a song is rarely static, changing with the mood, the time of day, the season.  Additionally, the shear volume of songs released in any given year ensure that any list will prove grossly incomplete.  Why even bother?

Well: because it’s fun, I suppose.  Because we get to have ridiculous debates about the quality of various 3-minute compositions.  Because we get to listen to all of our favorite songs over and over again in preparation.  And, most importantly, because we get to share them with you.  Here’s hoping that you find something you like below, and if you think we’ve left anything out, please let us know in the comments section.  Let the countdown begin.

30. Andrew Bird – “Lusitania”

There’s something about sinking ship metaphors in folk music that always gets me.

29. Screaming Females – “Rotten Apple”

Oh yeah, guitar solos.  I remember those.

28. d’eon – “Al-Qiyamah”

“Al-Qiyamah” is the name of the 75th chapter of the “Qur’an,” the subject of which is resurrection.  On the negative side, this song is about as long as the Qur’an.  But on the positive side, it could probably raise the dead.

27. BBU feat. GLC – “The Hood”

While I am an active participant in gentrification, I can still take a moment to say “fuck that.”

26. Lotus Plaza – “Monoliths”

There are still a few people out there who can write a great hook.

25. Sharon Van Etten – Serpents

So many great songs on Tramp.  It’s hard to pick just one.

24. Ty Segall & White Fence – “Scissor People”

The centerpiece to their collaborative album Hair, “Scissor People” is Ty Segall and White Fence’s offering at the altar of rock and roll.

23. Spaceghostpurrp – “No Evidence”

I’m kind of scared of this song.

22. The Men – “Ex-Dreams”

It doesn’t seem like it could get any louder, but it does.

21. Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”

And louder still.

20. Frank Ocean – “Pyramids”

If this song is any clue, Frank Ocean’s upcoming record is going to be epic.

19. Grimes – “Oblivion”

Visions may not have made our top albums list, but it certainly has some highlights.

18. Daughn Gibson – “Tiffany Lou”

Stumbling over the fine line between folk star and downtempo producer, Daughn Gibson chops and screws his way right into the patchwork of American Music.

17. Kendrick Lamar feat. Gunplay- “Cartoons & Cereal”

If his music continues on this cerebral plane, Kendrick Lamar could become the leader of the new school of conscious rap.

16. Lower Dens – “Brains”

Listen at your own risk, this drumbeat has been known to zombiefy entire audiences.

Check back tomorrow for songs #15-1.


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