It's that end-list time of year again!
Here are the tunes that helped me endure '12. What songs did you love?
Alabama Shakes - "Hold On"
Fronted by Brittany Howard's gravelly voice, somehow they made the sentiment of the cliched song title fresh and emotionally resonant.
Breakbot - "1 Out of 2"
A mix of French nu-disco and the Doobie Brothers "What A Fool Believes."
Danny Brown - "Grown Up"
Whistful rap about getting old.
Bruce Springsteen - "We Take Care of Our Own"
Another moving anthem from The Boss that became a memorable campaign song for Obama's reelection.
Solange - "Losing You"
With a lush mix of "Twin Peaks" synths and snappy percussion, Solange proves she's not her sister's beat biter.
M.I.A. - "Bad Girls"
The singer / rapper infuses worldbeat and her savvy lyrics into another relentlessly addictive track.
Jack White - "Love Interruption"
Mixing woodwinds (bass clarinets yo) with an agonized, desperate vocal (Ruby Amanfu did the backups), White created a song that seethes within its minimalist design.
Grizzly Bear - "Yet Again"
A rambling tune of relationship woes and glimmering guitars.
Frank Ocean - "Pyramids" & "Thinkin Bout You"
Ocean's "Pyramids" is a 9 minute epic that mixes story, soul and mesmerizing electro. "Thinkin Bout You" is definitely the prettiest, most aching single of the year. When he hits those falsettos... lord.
Twin Shadow - "Five Seconds"
I played this track out: new wavy and relentless.