Happy New Year, Everyone!
While many year-end, “best of” lists have long since been posted, in typical fashion I am a little late. That being said, it’s never really too late to look back at a year of popular music.
In retrospect, while 2012 may not have been a big year for stellar albums, it was a pretty great year for singles!
Some lessons learned from last year’s Top 100:
- My 2011 picks contained a lot of non-single tracks, which did not bode well when many of those songs became singles in 2012 (i.e. Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain.”)
- Similarly, there were a few tracks that were released as singles in 2011 but didn’t really become hits until 2012 (“Domino” by Jessie J).
Sadly, since both of those tracks were on last year’s chart, you won’t find them in 2012′s year-end charts despite their being pretty massive hits this year.
So, this time around I tried to learn from my mistakes and started with all of my favorite singles released in 2012 that were not on last year’s chart. After listing all of those, I scoured through 2012′s album releases and picked only a few of my absolute favorite non-singles here and there to sprinkle in. A list of close to 200 songs had to be whittled down, and after hours of deliberations I was left with Pop Heaven’s Top 100 tracks of 2012!
We count down spots 100 through 76, after the jump! (or you can click “Play” on the YouTube playlist below to just listen!)