Saturday, December 1, 2012

10 Best Songs of 2012

It is time to recap the best songs of 2012.  For this list, there are only a few rules including: No super popular songs that everyone has heard, no artist repeats, and although most of the songs are from this year, some may have been released in a previous year.  Here are Connected Isolation's top 10 songs of 2012:

1. Ricki Lee - Raining Diamonds

The number 1 song this year is Raining Diamonds by Australian singer songwriter Ricki Lee.  It boggles my mind as to why this song did not get extremely popular.  It has all the ingredients of a perfect pop song.  Also check out the live version she did of this song on X-Factor. 

2. Reggie Watts - Fuck Shit Stack

Reggie Watts may be one of the most talented and innovative acts in the music scene today.  He makes songs on the fly using his voice, looping machines, and synthesizers.  His live performances are hilarious and will leave you in awe.  Here is one of his more popular songs called Fuck Shit Stack.  I'm posting the live version to emphasize his music skills and stage presence.
  
3. G-Eazy - Lost in Translation

G-Eazy has a knack for picking some of the best samples to use in his songs and this one is no exception as he samples the song PonPonPon by Japanese pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.  The chorus is fun and catchy and the beat and lyrics are excellent as what we have come to expect from G-Eazy.  If you like this, check out his recent mixtapes available for free download.

4. Die Antwoord - Baby's On Fire

They may be number 4 on this list, but Die Antwoord is the artist of the year.  No other act is as interesting, different, and genre redefining as these guys.  Every song and video they put out will captivate your interest whether you like it or not.  To learn more about them and hear more of their songs, check out the profile feature here.

5. Flight of the Conchords - Feel Inside

It's been a while since FOTC have put out some new music, but this year they released a special song for charity called Feel Inside.  They actually got the lyrics by interviewing a bunch of kids to help get suggestions for the song. Then with collaboration of a bunch of artists, the final product was created and it turned out remarkably well.  It's funny, heartwarming, and powerful all rolled into one. Here is the extended version to show how they came up with the song (song starts at 5:05).

6. Icona Pop - I Love It

Here is a catchy synth pop song by the Swedish lady duo of Icona Pop.  This one will be stuck in your head before one listen.  The lyrics are fun to sing along with and the music is great for dance parties.

7. Gregory and the Hawk - Blind and Unwise

Slowing down a bit for this next one from GATH.  Meridith aka Gregory and the Hawk has one of the most beautiful voices around and she shows it here in the song Blind and Unwise from her latest album. 

8. The Naked and Famous - Young Blood (White Sea Remix)

This New Zealand band has gained some attention with their hit song Young Blood.  This remix starts off with some angelic singing and slowly builds into a grungy yet delicate electo pop song.  White Sea, who is a female, which is rare in the business of remixing and music production, does a fantastic job with the vocal editing and arrangement.

9. Adrian Lux - Fire (R3hab Remix)

If there is an epic dance song on the list, this is it.  This remix of Adrian Lux's Fire has some of the most intense sounds I have heard.  The chorus synths just crash with force you can feel.  Coupled with some nice vocals make this a great song for the clubs or anywhere for that matter. 

10. Twin Atlantic - Make a Beast of Myself

Wrapping up the 10 best songs of the year is Twin Atlantic with the song Make a Beast of Myself.  With electronic pop dominating the list, this rock song brings some needed diversity.  This Scottish band has hit with this passionate song.  The video is great too as it tells a story in slow motion.

Did you find a new song you like here?  What was your favorite song of 2012?  Leave it in the comments below.

To see last year's list of the 10 best songs of 2011 go here

Also check out the 10 Best Songs of 2013

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