The Top 20 Best Songs of 2012

2012 was another truly great year for rock and alternative music. Have you seen the 2012 Grammy Nominations? Many of the top awards nominations are dominated by rock and alternative bands like Fun, The Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, and Mumford & Sons.

Genre-wise, rock music saw the continued emergence and popularity of the indie rock genres, as well as sub-genres like Indie Folk, Indie Pop, Indie Dance, and Synth Pop becoming more clearly defined.

There were many great songs released throughout the year and this post gathers them all up and ranks them in a Top 20 list. Looking for a song that didn’t make the list? Check out a list of ‘honorable mentions’ at the end of the post.

Please note that all songs and honorable mentions in this post are singles released in 2012. You will not find songs such as Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” on the list because it was released in 2011.

Listen to the complete Top 20 list as a Spotify playlist here
Watch the complete Top 20 list as a Youtube playlist here

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The Top 20 Best Songs of 2011

20. “Where Will We Go” by IAMDYNAMITE

Genre: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Dance Rock

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19. “We Come Running” by Youngblood Hawk

Genre: Indie Rock

18. “Reunion” by M83

Genre: Synthpop, Dream Pop, Post-Punk Revival

17. “Days Go By” by The Offspring

Genre: Alternative Rock, Pop Punk, Punk Rock

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16. “Simple Song” by The Shins

Genre: Indie Rock

15. “Take A Walk” by Passion Pit

Genre: Indie Pop, Synthpop

14. “Houdini” by Foster the People

Genre: Indie Pop, Alternative Dance

13. “Youth Without Youth” by Metric

Genre: Indie Rock, New Wave

12. “Love Interruption” by Jack White

Genre: Blue-Eyed Soul, Folk Rock

11. “Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees

Genre: Power Pop, Pop Rock

10. “Burn It Down” by Linkin Park

Genre: Electronic Rock, Rap Rock

9. “Some Nights” by Fun.

Genre: Indie Pop, Afrobeat, Power Pop

8. “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons

Genre: Indie Folk

7. “Madness” by Muse

Genre: Electronic Rock, Synthpop

6. “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men

Genre: Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Indie Folk

5. “Spectrum” by Florence + The Machine

Genre: Electro House

4. “Gold On The Ceiling” by The Black Keys

Genre: Garage Rock, Blues Rock, Glam Rock

3. “Oh Love” by Green Day

Genre: Power Pop, Pop Punk, Alternative Rock

2. “Runaways” by The Killers

Genre: Heartland Rock, New Wave

1. “Too Close” by Alex Clare

Genre: Alternative Rock, Dubstep, Soul

Honorable Mentions:

“Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
“Settle Down” by No Doubt
“Lost In Forever” by P.O.D.
“Closer” by Tegan and Sara
“Wait For Me” by Rise Against
“Hurts Like Heaven” by Coldplay
“Go Right Ahead” by The Hives
“Love Bites (So Do I)” by Halestorm
“Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us” by The Darkness
“New Horizons” by Flyleaf
“So Cold” by Further Seems Forever
“I’m Just Me” by Diamond Rings
“Been Away Too Long” by Soundgarden
“Bridge Burning” by Foo Fighters
“Disparate Youth” by Santigold
“Itchin’ On A Photograph” Grouplove
“Blood For Poppies” by Garbage
“The Killing Type” by Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra
“Holy Touch” by Foxy Shazam
“Gangnam Style” by Psy

Some other lists around the web to compare:

SPIN’s 40 Best Songs of 2012
Rolling Stones 50 Best Songs of 2012
Billboard’s Hot 100 Songs of 2012
Pitchforks Top 100 Tracks of 2012

2 Comments on “The Top 20 Best Songs of 2012”

  1. This list is for Alternative Rock, nothing hard or rocking about it!

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