Favorite Songs of 2012

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Here’s a list of my top songs for this year, in an order that might be surprisingly mixable. These are not necessarily from 2012; I just happened to have heard them in the last twelve months.

“Myth,” by Beach House on Bloom
“Somebody That I Used to Know,” by Gotye on Making Mirrors
“Dakota,” by Wiretree on Make Up
“Classy Girls,” by The Lumineers on The Lumineers
“High Road,” by Tennis on Young & Old
“Brokenhearted,” by Karmin on Hello
“White Nights,” by Oh Land on Oh Land
“We Are Young,” by the Cast of Glee, on Glee Season 3
“Augustine,” by Vienna Teng on Inland Territory
“Dead Oaks,” by Now, Now on Threads
“Hearts Content,” by Brandi Carlile on Bear Creek
“L-O-V-E,” by Nat King Cole on L-O-V-E
“Clown,” by Emile Sande on Our Version of Events
“How,” by Regina Spektor on What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
“King and Lionheart,” by Of Monsters and Men on My Head Is an Animal
“Brothers,” by Tanlines on Mixed Emotions
“Moves Like Jagger,” by Maroon 5 (featuring Christina Aguilera) on Hands All Over
“Dancing on My Own,” by Robyn on Body Talks Pt. 1
“Tongue Tied,” by Grouplove on Never Trust a Happy Song
“Everybody Talks,” by Neon Trees on Picture Show
“Coming Back to a Man,” by Dawes on Nothing Is Wrong
“The A Team,” by Ed Sheeran on +

If I had to pick one song that was my very favorite for this year, it would be Regina Spektor’s “How.”  I’m not exactly sure what it is about this song that really got me.  Possibly the earnestness with which she sings.  Or the plainness of the lyrics themselves.  It’s a sad love song, and a very good one.

Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

I thought it might fun to usher in the new year by watching the film 2012.  Neither my wife nor I had seen it, and since this year has been purported to be the end, why not?

We had a great time.  It’s Hollywood by the book, but oh, the carnage!  I couldn’t get enough, and was so inspired that we kept going with more doomsday picks.  As always, haikus to the rescue.

It ends with a bang:
an orgy of destruction
and it’s fun to watch.
A procedural
in planetary wreckage
‘Nauts to the rescue.
It begins like art
light, funny, then turns Lars-dark
Yes, depression sucks.