Tuesday, December 11, 2012

List Day: 2012 in Twelves

Top 12 Songs First Heard in 2012

  1. Sia - Academia:
    Roughly half of the time I hear a Sia song, I get annoyed by her voice. However, I like the singsongy quality of this particular song.

  2. April Smith - Movie Loves a Screen:
    A lighthearted song suggested by Pandora before it played three Jack Johnson songs in a row.

  3. Boulevard des Airs - Paris-Corbeil:
    In high school, I knew a guy named Kwan who later played in a ska band. This is the time of song I imagine him playing nightly.

  4. Elizabeth & The Catapult - Taller Children:
    I like the randomly inserted measures of 5/4 time, which is also why I listen to Kansas. Whenever a song has metrically challenged measures, I repeat it in my car until I can hear the correct meter. WHERE'S THE BEAT?

  5. Schuyler Fisk - Afterglow:
    Nothing too special about this song -- just a pleasant listen.

  6. Eric Hutchinson - Rock and Roll:
    Pandora repeated this song until I liked it which, I suppose, is one way to grow an audience.

  7. Joy Williams - One of Those Days:
    As I catalogue this year's songs, it seems like they're very similar to each other. Someone should distill the elements of all my picks into one super song and sell it to me for $5. I would listen the heck out of it.

  8. Christina Perri - Bang Bang Bang:
    I am so sick of Jar of Hearts. Contrary to the beliefs of Safeway, it is not good grocery shopping music. However, I do like this song and a few others from the same CD.

  9. Erin McCarley - Sticky-Sweet:
    You can't go wrong with descending halfsteps over psycho clown rhythms.

  10. Bitter:Sweet - Neurosis:
    Sometimes when I'm listening to Bitter:Sweet while driving down the road in my leather seats, it feels like I'm my very own yuppy Honda Accord commercial.

  11. Orson - No Tomorrow:
    There's nothing flashy or amazing about this song, but I feel like it's very well-constructed.

  12. Bird and the Bee - Love Letter to Japan:
    This whole CD is like a cushion of sonic warmth. I also like the major sixths in My Love.

Honorable Mention

  • Rayman Origins - Lums of the Water (Glou Glou):
    I have no idea who convinced the brass that this would be a suitable theme for a video game, but it works so perfectly that there's simply no other style of music that would fit the level.

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