Nelson's Dustin Stashko picks the top songs of 2012
So 2012 just happened. What a wild ride; I touched at least two (different) girls’ shoulders, ate some expensive cheese, and found out that belly button lint does in fact exist. Does everybody have it?!
It’s also been an excellent year for music! Some artists made a come-back, some blew us away with a new sound, and some probably slept with multiple groupies. It’s difficult as hell for me to sum up just a bunch of the greatest songs this year, but I’ll try.
Some will be frustrated by these choices but remember, this is just my opinion, and that opinion has gotten into me trouble before. Like that time I thought, “Hey, getting into Lost won’t ruin my life, and will be a positive thing.” My opinion suffered greatly after that. But you know what? You don’t get an option! I do what I want! (Please like me.)
Stars – “The Theory of Relativity” The lead-off track from Stars’ new album The North. You just have to listen to this song. It will make you a better person, put a smile on your face, and make out with you, all at the same time.
Tame Impala – “Elephant” The crunch of this song, coupled with John Lennon type of vocals and ‘70s stoner-type music, is a treat for the ear-holes.
The Divine Fits – “Would That Not be Nice” This isn’t one of those choices where it’s like “I hope everyone notices how cool and into music I am by picking this band.” Okay it might be. But this is the epitome of “cool” this year. They’re comprised of the lead singer of Spoon, and members of Wolf Parade and New Bomb Turks. This lead single is top shelf, and you really need to check out this self-titled album. Also, can we make “top shelf” a thing? Thanks.
Metric – “Synthetica” Metric reached the highest point of their career so far with their latest offering with “Synthetica.” This song, that shares the name with the album, is the edgiest song on it and will surprise you with intense lyrics: “I can think for myself/I got something no pill could ever kill.” Whoa.
Little Green Cars – “The John Wayne” This band from Dublin are going to be huge at some point in the next five years. They’ve got the talent and the musical sensibilities that the world needs. Once this song drops into the bass line, it will have you loving every bit of it.
Alabama Shakes – “Hold On” This band really came out of nowhere with this tune. You’ll easily fall in love with the Blues “did me wrong” style of this tune, and lead singer Brittany Howard’s mean vocals.
Yukon Blonde – “My Girl” With silly lyrics like, “you get these urges just to drive when you’re drunk/I have these urges just to ride along,” and the get- up-and-go nature of the song, these Canadian rockers made the list.
Mumford and Sons – “Lover of The Light” I can’t describe the glowing, happy feeling I received when I listened to this song the first time. It will make you want to run and just keep moving or come up with a formula for world peace. It’s that good.
Alt – “J : Breezeblocks” Dubbed “The new Radiohead.” Which is completely unfair, and not true. This band stands on their own though, and delivered some great, fresh sounds this year.
The Lumineers – “Ho Hey!” Yeah, so these guys exploded. Well deserved too because this song from their amazing self-titled album, is my favourite of the year. Bold statement. I stand by it.
So that's it! The year in songs. Feel good about this year because after all, we survived the ending of a Mayan calendar. We're awesome. See you next year!