Best Songs of 2012


The Top Ten

1 Payphone - Maroon 5

I am at a payphone... Trying to call home... All of my change I spent on you... Great lyrics and melody... Maroon 5 at it's best... A real song from a broken heart... Should be on 1...

Best song,not a fan of marron five but I love this song so much

The best on the list but in my opinion the best of the year is 'one more night' by maroon 5

BEST SONG EVER. This is obviously the best maroon 5 song as well.

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2 Burn It Down - Linkin Park

Not going too well on itunes because peeps r downloading the album from the LP site, so that means it's a huge hit LP forever

Best songs of the year 2012 such great efforts by lp
i like it very very very much and I will wait for its new album living things releasing on 26 June I will try to download all the of this album... Linkin park rocks

Deserves much more higher position... Linkin Park is back which means heat is rising... Just BURN IT DOWN...

Can You People Stop With Linkin Park being this high - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

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3 We Are Young - Fun.

Amazing song. The music gets me every time.

The band Fun is really great and I wish that We Are Young was ahead of the others. This song is so catchy and a really great song to dance to. Everyone should try to listen to it because it has meaningful lyrics and, it is in the band's name, FUN!

I understand how the scar lyric can be questionable, but this is all in the past tense. If you can take a questionable decision, and reflect on it to form a story, and turn that story into a song about having a drink and not thinking straight because of these past flaws and the atmosphere of this bar, backed up with one of the best vocal performances in a number one hit, bombastic production, a glorious hook, and extra points for nostalgia, yeah, I dig it. 6/5 - ProPanda

How? It has lyrics about beating a girl, the tempo changes, which is really annoying, and.... This guys voice makes me want to jump off a bridge. Its like Bieber's brother or something. 2012 was one of if not the worst year for music. It had some good songs, but this one winning best song of the year?! That is crap. This song is crap. I hate everything about it. - ckets4769

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4 Somebody that I Used to Know - Gotye

This is so overrated. Is there something more boring than this? - Userguy44

Ah The Nostalgia I Miss Good Hit Music - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

This song never gets old, no matter how many times I listen to it, it still sounds awesome, than, it gets stuck in my head, and I still don't mind!

This song is by far the best song so far this year. It has this ring to it that just gets stuck in your head. And that is what makes a song popular.

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5 Some Nights - Fun.

This song is great! It has great harmony and lyrics, but the auto tuned thing at the end of the part c was quite strange and might have done better without it... Other than that, it was just about perfect!

Epic song. Way better than We Are Young.

Good hit in us charts hits

This song is not annoying like the rest.

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6 It's Time - Imagine Dragons

This should be on top. Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift are cancer

I don't know this song, but my sister says it is boring.

It's the opposite of boring, it's an amazing debut and one of their best of all time - StarlightSpanks

This song is wonderful, and I'm not really sure why Taylor is above this.

It is good, heartwarming, and atmospheric. - madoog

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7 We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift looks so beautiful. She sings awesome. I love her. Just remembering the words "We are never ever getting back together". Can't get this song out of my head. I love you Taylor Swift

WANEGBT is an understatement to her talent, and doesn't really represent Red for what it is.. but she's still absolutely amazing. It's really quite a sassy song and one that many people can relate to whether they admit it or not.

I do not hate this song, but I do not care for it. - madoog

She is just awesome.Words are just not enough to describe her and I just love love love Taylor Swift

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8 Demons - Imagine Dragons

Hey look, a GOOD Imagine Dragons song! - Cyri

This should be at least #3. Preferably #1. Why is this beneath the abomination known as Nicki Minaj? - Camaro6

#14 isn't high enough. It should be first. More meaningful than everything up! - Userguy44

This is really meaningful, no idea why it's behind Taylor. 11/10 - StarlightSpanks

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9 Lost In the Echo - Linkin Park

Belongs in the top of the list :D LP'S OLD STYLE IS BACK :D

This is the great song in 2012

A good quality Linkin Park song. Vocals and rhythm are good. But not enough to match burn it down.

I like it :) hahaahahaaha this song makes me feel sexy even more sexy then anyone else could have made me feel I love boobs and that's what this song is all about boob boobs and more boobs everywhere mwahahaa who doesn't like boobs right I mean the name of the song should be more like lost in the biggest boobs on the planet instead if lost in the echo I mean really come on and I love linkin park too they are pretty damn awesome peace!

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10 Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson

This song should be in the top 3. Come on guys! The song has a great lyrics and superb vocal from Kelly. Plus nice and very inspirational video - Magnolia

A true Kelly Clarkson masterpiece and striking lyrics and vocals.

I love this song. It is very inspiring. Kelly Clarkson is a good singer.

The Newcomers

? Tell Your World - Hatsune Miku

The Contenders

11 Radioactive - Imagine Dragons

Slightly overrated but still good. - Camaro6

The beat is awesome - Userguy44

number 1

Best song ever!

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12 Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen

Such a cute song! I really love this song.

This song is so good that I cannot stop hearing it again and again... Its march 2013 and I am still listening

Generic, overplayed, and just boring. -1/10 - StarlightSpanks

I heard some guy say this was the best pop song heard in 10 years. I absolutely agree

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13 Wide Awake - Katy Perry

This song is great. It describes how Katy was in her 'Teenage Dream' with Russell Brand until they divorce which at the time, she's wide awake and realize that this is dream and Russell Brand is not what she dreaming in her 'Teenage Dream'. Such a great song from Katy Perry. - BeaM456

For me this song shine the most than other song... Why? Because we humankind inspired if you listen to this song.. First and foremost in this song see that katy the killer queen end her illuminati practices that is only my OPINION.. !

I love you Katy Perry and I would love to meet you

Katy perry is one of my insperations I loved the video it should be in first place

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14 Starships - Nicki Minaj

Best Song of Her very danceable

I don't really like Nicki Minaj but I like this song - venomouskillingmachine

Starships is such an awesome and colorful song, and it is really catchy. Nicki Minaj's voice is beautiful. The song just draws me in. - madoog

Nick minaj has a beautifully voice + she is beautiful

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15 Wild Ones - Flo Rida

This song is stunning! Flo Rida is a great rapper. - madoog

Tune sia got an amazing voice

16 Hall of Fame - The Script

Brilliant song! Its been in the top 10 for ages and should be included in the top 10 at least! Inspiring song with all the lyrics that can make your day feel much better!

It always makes me feel pumped!

One of the most meaningful song I came across!

This is my favorite song, everything IN this song is awesome, from the intro, to the last verse, it deserves a higher spot

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17 Take Off - Conor Maynard
18 Take Care - Drake

It's one of the best songs of all time

19 Bangarang - Skrillex

:O Woah! A skrillex song on this list? HOW COOL IS THAT? :'D (votes)

20 Thrift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

I can't stand this song. - Userguy44

Took a struggling indie rapper to platinum and opened people's eyes to the rest of his music (which is also good), but bottom line you go find me a song that's easier to get stuck in your head.

Seriously? How has this not been added yet? This was literally the 3rd best song of 2012 (according to the charts) and it's amazing! Great music, lyrics, it's amazing!

Oops, should of voted for this, but whatever - VideoGamefan5

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21 Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Jackie Evancho

From Jackie's second PBS Great Performances "Music Of The Movies" concert as well as her "Songs From The Silver Screen" album. Also performed at "A Capitol Fourth 2013" 4th of July celebration on the Capitol lawn in Washington D.C. See the YouTube videos. - Trancas

From the CD "Songs From the Silver Screen".

22 Rumour Has It - Adele


23 Better Than I Know Myself - Adam Lambert

Best song of Adam lambert in tresspassing

24 Lights - Ellie Goulding

This song actually has a deep meaning. Unfortunately, many people are too shallow to see this.

Good song should be in the top 10

Lights is a 2011 song!

^get up ellie! By the way where is "little talks"? The only song last year better than this?

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25 Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe - Kendrick Lamar
26 International Love - Pitbull

Best song from Pitbull ft Chris Brown in 2012 and it's catchy

27 Just in Case - Conor Maynard
28 Powerless - Linkin Park

The best song of 2012, a combination of all their softer hits, and it rocks

The perfect way to end their album "LIVING THINGS" because it is a truly emotional and spectacular track, also waiting for 'Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter'

A COMBINATION OF ALL THEIR BEST SOFT SONGS FROM THEIR BEST ALBUM YET! This is the song of 2012, then lost in the echo and burn it down... Yep that's rite, I'm a huge lp fan and it'll be that way for a long time

Not going to lie... THIS SONG BEATS 'BURN IT DOWN' BIG TIME :D their best ballad by far and gonna be a mega chart topper :) good on ya LP another great hit, can't w8 for the movie

A combination of all their best hit soft songs, this is the perfect song of 2012, LP ARE THE GREATEST

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29 Skyfall - Adele

Should be first.
I love this song a lot.

It's a Golden Globe and Oscar winning song.

Good hit in Europe charts

I do not really like this. - madoog

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30 Madness - Muse

Record breaking 19th straight week on number 1 alternative chart

31 Part of Me - Katy Perry

I used to not like this song. This song is addictive and great. The way she says "no" adds quality. - madoog

This song is awesome!


32 Locked Out of Heaven - Bruno Mars

Locked Out Of Heaven is such an upbeat and enjoyable song. It is great. - madoog

Better than radioactive


33 Gotta Try It - JLS
34 Euphoria - Loreen

Best song of 2012 by far! Sweden stop winning with generic songs, this can still be acceptable because it is AWESOME! - carameleurovision

2012 was the worst year of ESC ever watched in my opinion. But this song is just amazing, much better than the other 41 songs.

I didn't mean to vote for this; accident - Aeterna

She is the best. It's all I can say

35 Change Your Life - Little Mix

Love it, it's a really nice catchy song wiht a REAL meaning :) Personally I love Little Mix and are great idols! Their whole album is really fun and meaningful x

36 Can't Hold Us - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Better than Thrift Shop. - Userguy44

Best song ever. Macklemore and Ryan lewis did a great job with this song plus Ray Dalton killed it. This song should be number 1.

37 Home - Phillip Phillips
38 Blow Me (One Last Kiss) - P!nk

This is my favorite song man

I do not like this song. - madoog

Best 2012 songs

1. Blow me one last kiss
2. Try
3. Pound the alarm
4. Starships
5. Wide awake
6. Stupid hoe
7. Part of me
8. We are never ever getting back together
9. Diamonds
10. Wings

That should be the order

Vote for blow me one last kiss

39 Something About December - Christina Perri
40 One More Night - Maroon 5

How could it be in 19 it should be in top 10

I notice that there is reggae influence, but at the same time, Adam Levine's vocals "one more night" does not sound that good. I do not like One More Night, no matter how many times I hear it. - madoog

Listen to the awesome beat it rocks

Good song in us charts hits

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41 R U Mine? - Arctic Monkeys

If you want guitar rifs and prober band's music look no further than Arctic Monkeys. - Lois

Proper music from a proper band.

42 Give Your Heart a Break - Demi Lovato

Yes my favorite

This Is The Best Song Of 2012. Not Only That This Is The Best Song Of Demi Lovato. I Love Her So Much. She Had A Beautiful Voice And Beautiful Face.
This Song Must Be In Top 10.
After Skyscraper This Is Her Greatest Step In Her Music Life. Good Luck

43 Made of Stone - Evanescence

Underrated. Why doesn't this get any radio play? It's so much better than all that other "alternative" crap they play.

44 Catch My Breath - Kelly Clarkson
45 Criticize - Adelita's Way

Such a great song to listen to when you're ticked off. Love everything about it.

46 Bully - Shinedown
47 Did I Let You Know - Red Hot Chili Peppers
48 Charlie Brown - Coldplay

Brillant track, one of Coldplay's most youthful sounding and upbeat tracks. Well worth listening too if you haven't heard it yet.

Easily #1 song.

49 Two Black Cadillacs - Carrie Underwood
50 Addicted to You - Shakira

No this is the worst

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Top Remixes (78)

1. Take Off - Conor Maynard
2. Better Than I Know Myself - Adam Lambert
3. Just in Case - Conor Maynard
1. Take Care - Drake
2. International Love - Pitbull
3. It's Time - Imagine Dragons
1. Madness - Muse
2. Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe - Kendrick Lamar
3. It's Time - Imagine Dragons

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