There were thousands of songs to choose from in a musically-compelling year but only ten could make this exclusive list. Many will agree with the selections, some won’t, and others won’t care either way because they’ve never heard most of them. But it’s OUR list so whatever we say is right. Here are the ten best songs of the year. Swerve.
Miguel “Adorn” - As the last quality R&B artist standing, Miguel dropped an undeniable gem that was everyone’s jam at some point during the year. With R&B dying in slow motion, “Adorn” was everything urban music needed at the perfect moment.
G.O.O.D. Music Feat. Kanye West, Pusha T, Big Sean & 2 Chainz “Mercy” - Everything that happens on “Mercy” only happens on “Mercy”—a chaotic mishmash of dope concepts that work beautifully together. It’s why we love Yeezy when we don’t hate him.
French Montana Feat. Rick Ross, Lil’ Wayne & Drake “Pop That” - Chelly-O has twerked to this in the White House before. If your meemaw heard it, she would twerk too. No twerk anthems other than Waka’s “Round of Applause” & “No Hands” make women p-pop for their salvation like “Pop That”—one of three songs that activate every woman’s inner-hoodrat.
Trinidad Jame$ “All Gold Everything” - Trinidad and his seven total teeth recently inked a $2 million deal with Def Jam proving that anyone on Earth, in this galaxy and universe, can be a rapper. If there’s any song that defines 2012, it’s this—the latest addition to Heaven’s playlist. Photo credit: Instagram
Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe” - That insanely-popular song you genuinely want to hate because you feel you’re supposed to, but don’t, because it’s one of the catchiest songs ever, of all-time, in the history of life? “Call Me Maybe.”
Juicy J Feat. 2 Chainz & Lil’ Wayne “Bandz A Make Her Dance (Remix)” - Incredibly-ignorant and misogynistic yet wonderfully-ratchet and uplifting, “Bandz” is like Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman” performed by Juicy J, but not really. If anything, he should win a Nobel Prize (or some type of certificate or medal) for encouraging the funding of exotic dancer tuition.
Fun. Feat. Janelle Monae “We Are Young” - It’s that joyous, glorious power ballad you’d drunkenly sing in the last moments of 2012. Oozing with infectious energy and charm, it’s perfect for any New Years celebration.
Big Boi Feat. Theophilus London “She Said OK” - Delightfully-vulgar, provocative and infectious, with one of the catchiest hooks, maybe ever, Big Boi gave the people a classic Outkast jam without Andre 3000. Still somewhat slept-on, it’s destined to be low-key legendary someday.
Schoolboy Q Feat. A$AP Rocky “Hands on the Wheel” - If you ever feel the urge to sky dive from space or steal a police car, this is one of the songs we recommend you play on repeat.