Of all the songs I listened to last year, only about 0.2% of them were actually released in 2012.
As much as I want to deny it, the truth is it has nothing to do with the quality of music being made these days. Instead, it has everything to do with me being a lazy, aging music consumer. You see, it’s much easier for me to listen to a decade-old Muse album for the thousandth time, rather than put a bit of effort into finding out if their new album is any good.
So maybe I’m not the most qualified person to be telling you about the best songs of the year. Yet, like a uni student who reads the summary of one Karl Marx book and suddenly assumes anyone cares about his opinions on communism, I spent a little time catching up with the music world on Youtube – and now I reckon I’m good to go.
So here are 10 songs I enjoyed (and voted for in Triple J’s Hottest 100) from the year when Nibiru collided with the Earth and ended all life …
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Sleigh Bells are all about mixing sweet melodic vocals with super heavy guitars and electronic drums. It’s an experiment that doesn’t always work out, but when it does it’s a thing of beauty.
Australia’s favourite moody pop singer turns the drama up to 11 on this track, with wonderful results.
This was a highlight of The Hives performance at Southbound this year. It sees the band at their catchy, energetic best and apparently, even at a mere 4 minutes, it’s their longest song to date.
With this track, the Perth songstress took a step away from her punk/rock/blues roots and showed us she could be just as cool and sexy when dabbling in the world of pop.
My brother recommended this one to me, and I was immediately intrigued by the unique voice. I may have also been swayed by this seriously disturbing but quite brilliant video.
It was a big year for Perth act, Emperors, including this track being chosen as Itunes’ Rock Song of the Year. Local tradition states that I should be unhappy about this (see section 5.1.3 of Perth’s “Tall Poppy Syndrome Act – 1997″) but f*** it, I reckon it’s a good one too.
If you’re thinking, “What’s with all this soft-core BS?”, prepare for 2 minutes of being cheered the f*** up.
I’ve always liked Regina (well, since I heard of her in 2006 anyway) but I felt like she was often too goofy for her own good. With this track, she thankfully shuns the inner goofball to gives us plenty of darkness and atmosphere instead.
It’s quite hipster-ish of me to include a track by a band that might not exist anymore, from an album that (as far as I know) is only available on Soundcloud. But as I hinted at before, this is genuinely one of my favourite records of the year.
Back in June I posted a bunch of tracks from Triple J’s Unearthed website. I still really enjoy most of those songs, and this is one that has particularly stayed with me.
Care to share your own favourites?
See my Hottest 100 votes for the previous year, here.