Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Favorite Singles of 2012

How do I characterize the year in music that was 2012? The year's release slate was happily loaded with a slew of returning favorites Madonna, The Killers, Pet Shop Boys, Matchbox Twenty, Kylie Minoque, Garbage, No Doubt, The Cranberries, Scissor Sisters, and Aimee Mann. There were sophomore efforts from Mumford & Sons and Ellie Goulding, and a promising crop of new female artists (mostly hailing from across the pond) like Rebecca Ferguson, Emeli Sandé, Amelia Lily, and Paloma Faith. So, without further comment to allow the music to speak for itself, my annual list of favorite singles of 2012 (an even dozen in honor of the year that was):

12 – “Free” / Graffiti6
11 – “White Light” / George Michael
10 – “Your Body” / Christina Aquilera

9 – “Stronger” / Kelly Clarkson

8 – “Chasing the Sun” / The Wanted

7 – “Anything Could Happen” / Ellie Goulding
6 – “Skyfall” / Adele  

5 – “You Bring Me Joy” / Amelia Lily

4 – “Move in the Right Direction” / Gossip
3 – “Backtrack” / Rebecca Ferguson
2 – “Leaving” / Pet Shop Boys

1 – “Timebomb” / Kylie Minogue

Tomorrow: Which albums made my cut as 2012's finest?

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