The 50 Best Songs of 2012


It's getting harder and harder to keep up with songs. It's an obvious thing to say, but as 2012 settles into its grave, we're feeling the effects of the enormous pace and volume of music more than ever: singles are taking over. While certain albums have reiterated the importance of full bodies of work, our attention span is shrinking, information overload is inching closer to a point of completely overwhelming, and our appetite for instant gratification is becoming insatiable. In a strange way, we're okay with that.

Sure, there's something special about the connection with an album, and we don't see that completely disappearing any time soon, but it's been interesting to see how the consumption of music is shifting, and as much as we've tried to fight it, we're part of it, and one look at our Spotify playlists is enough to prove it. Rather than bemoan the demise of the album (we'll be celebrating full releases shortly, anyway), we'd like to give in for now and indulge in the glory of the best songs of the year.

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