In a year where thousands of singles dropped weekly, it was easy to miss these essentials for your music collection. Some more obscure than others, it’s better late than never to add these hidden (or overlooked) gems into the rotation. Here are the best songs of 2012 that you’ve probably never heard, ever, or just missed.
Usher “Lessons For The Lover” - Last of the remnants from Usher’s previous life as an R&B artist when he actually made quality music, not glittery mohawk juice-splattered noise.
Big Boi Feat. Theophilus London “She Said OK” - Delightfully-vulgar and infectious, with one of the catchiest hooks, maybe ever, this should’ve been more world-changing than it was. Classic Big Boi.
Odd Future Feat. Frank Ocean & Syd “Analog 2” - If you’re already a Frank Ocean fan, you’ll love him even more after hearing this. If you’re not, you will be after playing this on the “good speakers.”
Melanie Fiona “I Been That Girl” - Caring about Melanie Fiona takes so much time and energy you don’t have but this song (co-written by Drake) is definitely worth
downloading purchasing on iTunes.
The World Famous Tony Williams Feat. Kanye West “Another You” - Impossibly-soulful with a Yeezy feature yet completely overlooked by everyone? Life is funny.
SWV “Show Off” - This would’ve been the JAM in ’98 but dropped over a decade later. For those who appreciate quality R&B, this was made for you.
Robert Glasper Feat. Chrisette Michele & Musiq “Ah Yeah” - No song released this year is more soulfully-gorgeous than this. None.
Mark Ronson Feat. Erykah Badu, Trombone Shorty, Mos Def & Zigaboo Modeliste “A La Modeliste” - Sounds like what authentic New Orleans jambalaya, po’boys and gumbo taste like. You need this on your iPod.