Sunday, December 30, 2012

The 25 Best Singles of 2012 (10-6)

10. Sky Ferreira -- Everything Is Embarrassing

It would be easy to dismiss Sky Ferreira as another bleach-blonde American Apparel model and object of Terry Richardson's lascivious desires turned wanna-be L.A. singer, but to do so is to miss out on a pretty damn good electro-pop talent. Her Ghost EP was so pitch-perfect that it really did leave you wanting more -- and this single was the ultimate infectious ear candy.

9. Alabama Shakes -- Hold On

Alabama Shakes are everything the Kings of Leon pretend to be. Their debut record deserved every bit of acclaim it received this year -- and this song in particular was just all kinds of growling, gorgeous American perfection.

8. Zedd f/Matthew Koma -- Spectrum

The best electronic dance tracks are the ones that are actually good songs -- that make you want to sing along as well as move your body. With that in mind, German DJ Zedd accomplished the most impressive feat of the year because of songs like this one. Spectrum was bold, beautiful and utterly unforgettable.

7. Tame Impala -- Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

A couple of years back they nailed the late-60s Nazz-style sound in a way that was almost otherworldly. This year, they honed that even further. Yes, Tame Impala only go backwards when it comes to their sound, but the result is something strangely, wonderfully original.

6. The Lumineers -- Ho Hey

Sometimes a simple little folk song is exactly what you need to lift your spirits. This song did it on a worldwide scale.

Tomorrow: 5-1

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