Songs of 2012

Gangnam Style.  Seriously?

Believe it or not, there was much more to the year in music than a K-Pop star finally breaking big in the US.  Good for him.

There was a lot going on in music this year.  It was a big year for acoustic based bands, but metal and hard rock also saw a bit of resurgence in the mainstream.  LA’s own Five Finger Death Punch wrote, “I’m not selling out, I’m buying in!”. Nothing quite illustrates the underground’s continuing emergence as the new mainstream.

The criteria is the same as always.  I had to own the music and it had to be released this year.

So, let’s start – in no particular order.

The Lumineers – Ho Hey

First Aid Kit – Emmylou

Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks

Mumford and Sons – I Will Wait

Alabama Shakes – Hold On

The Beach Boys – That’s Why God Made the Radio

The Killers – Runaways

Elizabeth Cooke w/Aaron Watson – Leather and Lace

Fun. – Carry On

Green Day – Oh Love

Gaslight Anthem – 45

Ian Hunter – When I’m President

ZZ Top – I Gotsta Get Paid

Devin Townshend Project – Kingdom

Deftones – Tempest

Stone Sour – Gone Sovereign/Absolute Zero

FOZZY – Sandpaper Featuring M Shadows

Soundgarden – Been Away Too Long

In This Moment – Blood

I have to say, as well, it’s nice to see the music video making a come back as an art form.  MTV has died, long live YouTube!


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