Staff Pick: Best Songs Of 2012



“Lay Your Ghosts to Rest”- Between the Buried and Me
♥ This. Ah! How? How do you this to me every time you release a new album BTBAM? I can’t even comprehend the talent these guys hold. (Anthony Frith)

Ubuntu (Water into Wine)’ – Sage Francis

Sage Francis is one of the best lyrical rappers…ever. Not only that but he is one of the most generous and caring artists around. ‘Ubuntu’ is a song about his time spent in Africa and the lasting impression it’s made on his life. He speaks to the hardship of disease and faulty government that plague the nation and about how the people deserve so much more. All in all, ‘Ubuntu’ is a beautiful song that drips with the tensions of the people that Sage Francis writes about. I urge you to look it up and purchase the track as all proceeds go to the very children he is talking about in the song. (Eric Monfette)

“Go To Hell”-Go Radio

Why? Why? This is like asking someone to pick a favorite child. I don’t know if I truly have the authority to pick a favorite song from 2012, considering I’ve been thriving on classics, recently. However, “Go To Hell” from Go Radio probably takes the cake. I love all the songs I’ve heard this year, but it makes you want to sing at the top of your lungs (which I openly admit to doing). Honorable mention: “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers (catchy and adorable). (Liv Simister)

“I Knew You Were Trouble”- Taylor Swift 

Although I’m not much of a fan of Taylor Swift, or pop music in general, and despite some people bagging Swift for trying to dabble in dubstep, I see straight past the catchy tune and listen to the lyrics which speak profoundly to me and its one of the very few songs this year I can relate to. Invoking emotions and memories is an important part of music for me and this song nailed it. (Rick Formby)

“Tin Angel” – Bob Dylan
The centerpiece of Tempest, “Tin Angel” unfolds its triple-murder suicide over 9 minutes and a simple dark beat.  Dylan’s smoky voice perfectly suits the tale of three lovers so intertwined that they would risk death and destruction.  It’s Dylan most twisted tale since “Idiot Wind” or “Romance in Durango”.  (Matt Satterfield)
“The Storm” Of Mice & Men (off of The Flood Deluxe Reissue)

The departure of clean vocalist Shayley Bourget in February left fans unsure of the band’s future. Before former Jaime’s Elsewhere vocalist Aaron Pauley stepped in to fulfill tour vocal duties, the band decided to record a few songs for a deluxe reissue of their 2011 album. “The Storm” is far and away their best cut from those sessions. It is aggressive and poignant, with some of the best lyrics Austin Carlile has written. His vocals are on point as well: full of both raw emotion and rage. (Brooke Daly)

Tonight Alive’s Cover of Mumford and Sons’ “Little Lion Man”

I already love Mumford and Sons, but throw in a little pop punk and killer vocals? Sign me up. I had this song on repeat in my car for probably two solid months. It is too good for me to actually do it justice with words—give it a listen. (Abbey Williams)

“Knew Then, Know Now” -Anchor & Braille

This year Anchor & Braille put out The Quiet Life, an incredible album which took their previously acoustic stylings and kicked it up a notch with the addition of bass, keyboard, and a little synth for good measure. Among the album’s best tracks is the incredibly poignant and heartwarmingly inspirational “Knew Then, Know Now.” Check it out. (Angela Mastrogiacomo)

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Angela Mastrogiacomo

Founder of Infectious Magazine & Muddy Paw Public Relations. Lover of passion, ice cream, and books.

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