I always think it’s weird to do year-end “best of” lists. Last year the only one I did was for tweets, and that’s because it’s something I hadn’t seen before. This year, there’s just as many “top tweets” lists as everything else. Next year, it’ll probably be “best Instagrams” assuming everyone doesn’t collectively decide to quit using it due to terms of service changes (spoiler alert: they won’t).
But on everything else, it’s kind of like, who am I to tell other people what they should have watched or listened to this past year? I actually get annoyed when other websites do it. But on the other hand, it’s my blog, and if I actually have the gall to list my favorite tweets that I tweeted myself two years in a row, I don’t have any moral high ground over Pitchfork anyway. So, here’s what I think was the best music of 2012. You are welcome to disagree. For the most part I’ll present them without comment.
For each of these, I’ll post one song that I think sums up the album pretty well.
Prince Rama – Top 10 Hits of the End of the World
Talk Normal – Sunshine
Titus Andronicus – Local Business
For this one, I posted a video because it’s amazing.
Grimes – Visions
For this one, I posted a video because it’s amazingly insane.
The Eastern Sea – Plague
I combined these two because I thought these three songs had really great videos that fit them extremely well. See if you can notice a theme between the three of them!
M.I.A. – Bad Girls
Sleigh Bells – Comeback Kid
Icona Pop – I Love It
Dum Dum Girls – End of Daze
Agent Ribbons – Let Them Talk
For this one, I posted a video because it’s my legit directorial debut.
Best New Artist (also best band name)