Best of 2012: Playlists From NPR Music, Pitchfork, and More

The last 12 months of music have been amazing, with shooting stars bursting from pretty much every corner of the sonic universe. And when it’s such a stellar year for sounds, it’s certainly not easy to pick favorites.

Some of our Rdio Influencers have tackled the challenge to bring you the songs they consider the best in the galaxy:

  • Horrorshow
    This year, Sydney’s hip-hop duo loved tunes from American counterparts like A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, and Brother Ali.

  • Y La Bamba
    Bassist Ben Meyercord picks his favorite full-length albums of the year from buzzed-about bands like Tame Impala, Purity Ring, and The Lumineers.

  • Babydaddy
    Scissor Sisters’ multi-instrumentalist shook what his mama gave him to the tune of Usher, Bat of Lashes, and even his own band.

  • Rolling Stone
    When it came to choose the singles of the year, the magazine turned to hitmakers like Van Halen, Usher, Maroon 5, and Taylor Swift.

  • NPR Music
    Take in 100 favorite songs of all flavors from the National Public Radio department of good tunes.

  • Paste Magazine
    Among the veteran publication’s 50 favorite songs of 2012 are diverse gems by Frank Ocean, Leonard Cohen, and Alabama Shakes.

  • Consequence of Sound
    What tracks not only represented 2012 but the act’s ability to grow into the next year? You’ll find them on Consequence of Sound’s top 50 songs mix.

  • BuzzFeed
    The pop culture enthusiasts spent the year appreciating new music by artists such as Fiona Apple, Ke$ha, Icona Pop, and Skrillex.

  • PopMatters
    Grimes, Plan B, and Taylor Swift battle it out for PopMatter's best songs of 2012.

  • Pitchfork
    2012 was a year for familiar faces but indie tastemakers Pitchfork scope out this year’s rising artists like Metz, AlunaGeorge, and Savages. Keep your eyes — and ears — open for these names in 2013.