Favorite 12 songs of 2012

Adele, Set Fire to the Rain – If you don’t sing along with this, you have no soul.

Fiona Apple, Hot Knife – She’s great on the piano, and just as great without it.

Azealia Banks, 212 – An ass-shaking track from the Missy Elliott tradition.

Gary Clark Jr., Bright Lights – Probably my favorite song of the year. Blues done right.

Divine Fits, Shivers – This is the one track where this indie “supergroup” really comes together.

The Flaming Lips feat. Ke$ha and Biz Markie, 2012 [You Must Be Upgraded] – Classic Lips weirdness with a pair of superfreaks contributing to the fun.

Japandroids, The Nights of Wine and Roses – It rawks, plain and simple.

Alicia Keys, Tears Always Win – This could have been a Motown hit in the 1960s.

The Lumineers, Dead Sea – Cool and soulful.

Frank Ocean feat. Andre 3000, Pink Matter – Deceptively mellow, until you get into the lyrics, and the intensity kicks up a notch.

Old Crowe Medicine Show, We Don’t Grow Tobacco – An old-school, bluegrass stomper.

Tame Impala, Elephant – Groovy as hell.

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