Best of 2012: Songs! [FaN Cheers]
Ernessa says: Man, this was a tough year to decide a favorite song. The stuff on Top 40 radio was banging, with hits like LIGHTS by Ellie Goulding, N*GGAS IN PARIS by Jay-Z and Kanye West, WIDE AWAKE by Katy Perry, BLOW ME (ONE LAST KISS) by Pink, and FEEL SO CLOSE by Calvin Harris, all managing not to annoy me to death, even though they were seriously overplayed.
But in the end it came down to two non-Top 40 songs; BAD GIRLS by MIA and CLOSER by Tegan & Sara. I’ve loved both acts since their first albums, and I’m adoring that they’re both getting better with age. However, I’m giving the edge to Tegan & Sara because, “Closer” put me in a college-like song thrall from the first time I listened to it, to the point that I’d drive around L.A. playing it on repeat. I haven’t fallen for a song like that in a long time. Also, the music video is soooo cool and pretty:
The rest of the Fierce and Nerdy crew also appreciated the non-Top 40 hits this year, with special exceptions made for indie crossovers like Goyte and Fun, and a certain blockbuster Korean artist. Let’s have a kiki!
I HEARD IT ON THE RADIO
The theme from SKYFALL by Adele. Because: a) I love Adele’s voice and b) it sounds iconic, like “Goldfinger,” and c) the musical arrangement sounds like such a Bond Movie theme-song, in a good way.
Amy Robinson, Blogumnist Editor and writer of Tall Drink of Nerd
GANGNAM STYLE by Psy. Can One Billion YouTube viewers really be wrong? Of course they can! YouTube viewers are morons. It’s a global forum for morons to share their moronity with other morons,and to make morons out of non-morons who partake of the mornonity that morons make. But, come on, Psy wears a bow-tie, he does a horsey dance, he falls in love on subway with an orange haired girl in an off-the shoulder Flashdance inspired billiard ball shirt– and then they do the Horsey Dance together! It’s like Romeo and Juliet meets Monty Python and the Holy Grail. And who doesn’t like yelling “Oppam Gangnam Style!” at the top of their lungs? We don’t even care what it means – hell, it could mean “let’s eat all the Americans and make maracas with their toes” and we’d still yell it out because it’s just that much fun! Best song of the year.
Eric Sims from California Seething
GANGAM STYLE. Yup, I said it. And at least a couple of you people rolling your eyes at me think the same thing, statistically, considering it’s now the most watched YouTube video of all time. Aside from some brief research on Wikipedia that explained it’s a song that makes fun of a flavor of South Korean hipsters, I know almost nothing about it. I know only that it’s undeniably catchy and finds its way into my Spotify playlists more than I’d care to admit.
Joshua Irish from Game On
WE ARE YOUNG by Fun. When this single was first officially released in 2011, a friend of mine from South Jersey instantly called it out as being the next hit. Thanks to the Super Bowl commercial featuring this song – he was right. Even though it came out in 2011, it really didn’t register until 2012 for the rest of us.
Jersey Joe from Kicking Back with Jersey Joe
SOME NIGHTS by Fun. Even though I hate the period after their name, I can’t help but get swept up in the rousing anthems auto-tuned by this lively trio. This is the first song I’ve heard in a while that took me back to my teen years when I used to lock myself in my bedroom and blare The Smiths “Louder Than Bombs” louder then, well, bombs. I listen to this song and I want to write out the lyrics with a metallic marker on a trapper keeper. I’m not going to analyze that.
Madam HR from HorroR Stories
As far as wide release songs, probably CARRY ON by Fun. When their huge hit, “We Are Young” came out, I was like, “ok here’s another indie rock one hit wonder.” Then they came out with “Some Nights,” which I think is an even better song. At that point I bought the album. “Carry On” is a great mix of pop, rock, and sentimentalism.
Matt Udvari from Gamer by Design
SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW by Gotye, I know it’s rather overplayed, but it’s a great song, and it introduced me to Gotye’s other wonderful music. SUBMARINE by The Black Keys is in a close second.
Jennifer May Nickel from Gal About Town: Fashion and Travel at Your Fingertips
HEY, HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT….?
LET’S HAVE A KIKI by Scissor Sisters.
Charles L.Cron from Thought Chuck
THE HOUSE THAT HEAVEN BUILT by Japandroids. With this raucous, driving anthem, Canadian duo Japandroids lodged a solid argument that rock isn’t entirely dead yet (no matter how vehemently Nickelback argues that it is). Melodic energy like this makes painfully white people like me very happy.
Honorable Mention – Ben Folds Five, DO IT ANYWAY. [Editor's Note: ...which I'm posting the video for, too, because it features the Fraggle Rock muppets]
Joshua Mauldin from FIERCE ANTICIPATION
My friend Alessi had a re-release in the USA of her first album NOTES FROM THE TREEHOUSE. Here is, HORSE, the first song that made me fall in love with her music.
Missy Kulik from Dork Lifestyle
SUMMERTIME SADNESS by Lana Del Rey.
Zack Bunker from A Tall Glass of Shame and The Runway Rundown