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:
This year, Sydney’s hip-hop duo loved tunes from American counterparts like A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, and Brother Ali.
Y La Bamba
Bassist Ben Meyercord picks his favorite full-length albums of the year from buzzed-about bands like Tame Impala, Purity Ring, and The Lumineers.
Scissor Sisters’ multi-instrumentalist shook what his mama gave him to the tune of Usher, Bat of Lashes, and even his own band.
When it came to choose the singles of the year, the magazine turned to hitmakers like Van Halen, Usher, Maroon 5, and Taylor Swift.
Take in 100 favorite songs of all flavors from the National Public Radio department of good tunes.
Among the veteran publication’s 50 favorite songs of 2012 are diverse gems by Frank Ocean, Leonard Cohen, and Alabama Shakes.
Consequence of Sound
What tracks not only represented 2012 but the act’s ability to grow into the next year? You’ll find them on Consequence of Sound’s top 50 songs mix.
The pop culture enthusiasts spent the year appreciating new music by artists such as Fiona Apple, Ke$ha, Icona Pop, and Skrillex.
Grimes, Plan B, and Taylor Swift battle it out for PopMatter's best songs of 2012.
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.