Monday, December 31, 2012

#TheBestOf2012 Top 101 Songs

Like every year, this playlist represents the sum of all the music I liked. It never has been an easy job and sometimes I even stress on how the review should be arranged and what song deserves to be the first. Even though it’s just my opinion in music, I don’t like to alienate myself from what’s going on in music and obey to my own needs, I try to be as democratic as possible even though Gangnam Style by PSY will never be in this list (doesn’t matter how huge it is on youtube and how many Justin Biebers it beats).

This year was not that interesting because it had everything as expected, I didn’t feel that something new was coming to the music scene but, despite the fact of that, some of my predictions came true: like Fiona Apple’s amazing comeback or the return of RnB waiting for 2013 that will bring a new album by D'Angelo that will mark the definitive comeback of the genre. There were some things that didn’t make the cut of the list that are worth mentioning. The end of Blur, the end of Girls, the soundtrack of The Man With The Iron Fists, Red Hot not making the money to produce a tribute to Arthur Russell that would’ve been the best collaborative album since Dark Was The Night.

 2012 was a Hip Hop year. Yeah! Godspeed You! Black Emperor had a new record. Yeah! Cat Power experimented with electronic music. Neneh Cherry did some jazz with The Thing. There were new things in pop like Haim that will be HUGE in 2013 (not Lana Del Rey HUGE…but HUGE). But Hip Hop had very interesting things to say, it became more socially relevant and with Death Grips it became harsh and in your face. There were no experimental takes on hip hop in the level of Shabazz Palaces, unless you want to put on that mix stuff like THEESatisfaction and BADBADNOTGOOD or TNGHT, but when Rock, Pop and Electronic music don’t shine, Hip Hop always takes control. It had a New York Scene revival with Joey Bada$$ and the California Hip Hop took another level with two albums of Death Grips. 

There were also the gays…Mykki Blanco, Zebra Katz, Le1f, making bold street queer hip hop (that didn't make the cut) and Frank Ocean coming out of the closet (maybe) confessing he once fell in love with another man, making Frank Ocean the first mainstream artist linked to hip hop to come out.

What better way to say goodbye to 2012 than remembering the best music it had and discovering the new music you passed by.

This time around the playlist is full of interesting and fun songs, not as complex as songs in past years. Maybe because my life is less complicated these days and I take time to enjoy less complex music (that's always a good thing).

The year is coming to an end and with it Obama has been reelected, McKayla Maroney won a medal in the olimpics and made a funny face, Obama and McKayla took the picture that makes the cover of the playlist with both of them making another funny face and Chavez's health remains uncertain but the world moves on gracefully. One never know when things will get complicated again so sit back, relax, take time to listen the playlist and enjoy the ride.

Without further ado: Hope you enjoy The Best Of 2012 and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!




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101. "Numb" by Andy Stott
100. "Lookin' Back on '99" by Daughn Gibson
99. "Disparate Youth" by Santigold
98. "Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools" by D E N A
97. "Don't Deny Your Heart" by Hot Chip
96. "Remains" by Young Fathers
95. "Bad Girls" by M.I.A.
94. "The Hood (feat. GLC)" by BBU
93. "Limosna (feat. Meme)" by Natalia Lafourcade
92. "Skin" by Grimes
91. "Honeycomb" by Animal Collective
90. "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" by Tame Impala
89. "Doused" by DIIV
88. "The Symbol" by Action Bronson & The Alchemist
87. "Sunset" by The XX
86. "Loco-Motive (feat. Large Professor)" by Nas
85. "The Trouble With Candyhands" by Deerhoof
84. "Night Faces" by Jessica Pratt
83. "Cali In A Cup" by Woods
82. "Old Friend" by Sea Wolf
81. "Alone & Stoned" by King Tuff
80. "Make It Known" by Foxygen
79. "Zero Dark Thirty" by Aesop Rock
78. "Seneca" by Patti Smith
77. "Freaking Out The Neighborhood" by Mac Demarco
76. "It Gets Dark" by Holy Ghost!
75. "Bugg'n" by TNGHT
74. "Gretle." by Coin Locker Kid
73. "Excercise 5 (September)" by CFCF
72. "Amnesia" by Dead Can Dance
71. "Bitch" by THEESatisfaction
70. "The Only Place" by Best Coast
69. "Sever" by iamamiwhoami
68. "Judas" by Piano Magic
67. "Sacrilegious" by Schoolboy Q
66. "He Said I Said" by Cooly G
65. "You Wish You Were Red" by Trailer Trash Tracys
64. "Accordion" by Neneh Cherry & The Thing
63. "Obedear" by Purity Ring
62. "1991" by Azealia Banks
61. "DoYaThing (feat. Andre 3000 & James Murphy)" by Gorillaz
60. "Husbands" by Savages
59. "Illuminate (feat. Kendrick Lamar)" by Ab-Soul
58. "Gone Tomorrow" by Lambchop
57. "Monolith" by Holograms
56. "Diddy Wah Diddy" by Ty Segall Band
55. "See It On Your Side" by Dinosaur Jr.
54. "Know Me" by Frankie Rose
53. "Yay" by Zammuto
52. "That's Alright" by Kindness

51. "We Got It Wrong" by St. Lucia
50. "Household Goods" by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
49. "Losing You" by Solange
48. "Northern Lights" by Kate Boy
47. "Amanaemonesia" by Chairlift
46. "Five Seconds" by Twin Shadow
45. "Simple Song" by The Shins
44. "Cherokee" by Cat Power
43. "No Future/No Past" by Cloud Nothings
42. "UWM (feat. Leland Whitty)" by BADBADNOTGOOD
41. "How Many Drinks" by Miguel
40. "Getting There (feat. Niki Randa)" by Flying Lotus
39. "Forever" by Haim
38. "Running" by Jessie Ware
37. "Walk On By" by El Perro Del Mar
36. "Serpents" by Sharon Van Etten
35. "Cochon Ville" by S├ębastien Tellier
34. "Diamond Look" by TOPS
33. "Big Beast (feat. Bun B, T.I. & Trouble)" by Killer Mike
32. "Loner" by Burial
31. "Come Up And Get Me" by Death Grips
30. "Manny Pacquiao" by Kool A.D.
29. "Youth" by Daughter
28. "Open" by Rhye
27. "Ruins" by Portico Quartet
26. "Survival Tactics (feat. Capital Steez)" by Joey Bada$$
25. "Destiny (feat. Pional)" by John Talabot
24. "Earthforms" by Matthew Dear
23. "Baby" by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
22. "The World Moves On" by Jens Lekman
21. "Lady" by Chromatics
20. "Sulk" by Trust
19. "Maldic" by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
18. "Hood" by Perfume Genius
17. "Laura" by Bat For Lashes
16. "Gun Has No Trigger" by Dirty Projectors
15. "Valentine" by Fiona Apple
14. "We Can't Be Beat" by The Walkmen
13. "Sweet Life" by Frank Ocean
12. "Montreal" by The Weeknd
11. "The Waiting" by Angel Olsen
10. "Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst" by Kendrick Lamar
9. "Sleeping Ute" by Grizzly Bear
8. "Nocturne" by Wild Nothing
7. "Cold Nites" by How To Dress Well
6. "Take A Walk" by Passion Pit
5. "Oh Hail No" by El-P
4. "Tessellate" by Alt-J
3. "On Every Page" by The Tallest Man On Earth
2. "Myth" by Beach House
1. "The Fever (Aye Aye)" by Death Grip

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