*a quick explanation on lack of Gotye in the top songs of 2012: I discovered his music in February 2011 & bought Making Mirrors when it was released in Australia in August 2011 and subsequently rocked out on repeat until the end of the year. For me, 2011 was the year of Gotye, even though I went to 2 concerts of his in 2012 which were awesome, the magic and obsession of discovery has given way to a comfortable, less prominent but still ever-present appreciation.
Without further ado, here are my Top 36 of 2012
January:The 2011 Triple J Hottest 100 gave me a lot of great music to start off the new year. And KEXP's Iceland Airwaves gave me Of Monsters and Men and their super-catchy "Little Talks"
Matt Corby: Brother
Of Monsters and Men: Little Talks
Bombay Bicycle Club: Shuffle
FebruaryFebruary was all about escaping the madness through music, and Marathon Runner became my Spring-time anthem, I even used the lyrics as headers in a law school paper.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Make the Money
Yellow Ostrich: Marathon Runner
The Lumineers: Ho Hey
Lushlife: Teenage Dream
Ramona Falls: Spore
Kimbra: Come Into My Head
April:April Showers brought some sad nostalgia but also comforting reflection.
David's Lyre: Hearbeat
Gossling: Love Fall Foul
Dana Buoy: So Lucky
May:Happy songs were fitting for all the celebrations of May
Ramona Falls: Archimedes Plutonium
Gossling: Wild Love
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Can't Hold Us Feat. Ray Dalton
June:Songs that got me through Bar Review, either epic soundtracks, positive messages, of complex beats to fall into to pause from studying. I credit "When It Builds" especially for helping me get through certain sections of Bar Review *cough* Wills & Trusts and therefore helping me pass the VA Bar)
Shadows on Stars: When It Builds
More happy/upbeat songs, I'm still waiting for Yuna to blow up, she's great and Stereogum voted Japandroids The House That Heaven Built the Song of the Summer. Also, a zen Matt Corby track he released for free which I listen to almost every yoga practice, it puts me in such a lovely place.
Yuna: Live Your Life
Japandroids: The House that Heaven Built
Matt Corby: Coloured Stones and Walls
August was about rekindling the love for old favorite musicians. I went to the Gentlemen of the Road festival and it renewed my love for Mumford, I also rediscovered Stars with their new album North and Ingrid Michaelson on YouTube made me realize how great she still is.
Mumford & Sons: Below My Feet
Stars: Hold on When You Get Love and Let Go When You Get It
Ingrid Michaelson: Fire
No theme in Septermber, just good music.
Imagine Dragons: Tiptoe
Hot Chip: Let Me Be Him
Julia Stone: Let's Forget All The Things That We Say (Feat. Benjamin Biolay)
Again, no theme here, just songs I kept replaying.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: BomBom Feat. The Teaching
NO: What's Your Name
November:This was an angsty month for me, evidenced by the girl-tastic jams with lyrics like "if you're still breathing, you're the lucky one" and "don't tell me our youth is running out"
HAIM: Go Slow
Christmas, nostalgia, and the years end meant these were the tracks of my December.
Sufjan Stevens: Christmas Unicorn
Kishi Bashi: Manchester
Husky: History's Door
I'm excited for what 2013 will hold. Were any of these your favorites from 2012? What songs define your past year? I'd love to hear in the comments section below or find me on twitter: @itzbizr