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...

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

Ok... I'm a great LP fan n m so happy to see so many of their songs in the top ten, but I have to admit that Adam Levine is just great.

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

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2 We Are Young - Fun.

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!

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

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

I do not like this song, at all. This song is overrated. - madoog

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3 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 - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

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4 Somebody that I Used to Know - Gotye

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.

This song will be timeless.. Always makes me sing... Awesome! Keeps playing in my head... And I love it!

Ah The Nostalgia I Miss Good Hit Music - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

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5 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

One of Taylor's worst breakup songs. 1/10

And this is why I praise Reputation for Taylor switching up her style, because it's for the better. - StarlightSpanks

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6 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

A love letter to Queen fans

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7 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.

8 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.


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9 It's Time - Imagine Dragons

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

It is good, heartwarming, and atmospheric. - madoog

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

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10 Starships - Nicki Minaj

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

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

Nick minaj has a beautifully voice + she is beautiful

One of the biggest songs of 2012 and I really like it. Definitely a good Pop song from Nicki Minaj

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The Newcomers

? Merry Go 'round - Kacey Musgraves

The Contenders

11 Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen

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

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

I love Carly Rae Jepsen, she is beautiful, she has an amazing voice and Call Me Maybe is so so so great! But, if I made this list it would be, What Makes You Beautiful first, As Long As You Love Me then Call Me Maybe.

Such a cute song! I really love this song.

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12 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

This song is really nice. - madoog

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13 Lights - Ellie Goulding

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

Lights is a 2011 song!

Good song should be in the top 10

My list

2: Payphone
3: Wide Awake

by the way payphone is the best song of Maroon 5

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14 Demons - Imagine Dragons

45? How is this behind... NICKI MINAJ?! I've lost faith in this website. Seriously, nicki minaj is trash. She isn't even an artist.

This is 35?! Behind Skrillex and Nicki Minaj?! Seriously? This song changed music forever! It made me an Imagine Dragon! VOTE FOR IT PEEPS

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

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15 Radioactive - Imagine Dragons

"Radioactive" is a song that creates a feeling of a change- an immense, almost incomprehensible transformation- coming about and does it without overdoing it. Graced with a generously killer beat and a fittingly heavy bass line, the only that could improve on this song is somehow managing to fit in some acoustic guitar. And what does this single do? Exactly that. The single is made even better within the context of Imagine Dragon's now two year old record, "Night Visions". All in all, "Radioactive" is the best 2012 has to offer and should surely make it to the top of this list.

OH MY GOD THIS SONG SHOULD SHOULD DEFINITELY BE NUMBER 1! It is actually so amazing it gives me the goosebumps what is wrong with the voters, 69th place!?

This song isn't on my list for only one reason; unlike It's Time which was released in 2012 and a hit in the same year, and Demons which was released late enough to be considered a 2013 hit, Radioactive was unfortunately stuck in an awkward middle that also happened to Shut Up and Dance by WALK THE MOON. - WonkeyDude98

Slightly overrated but still good. - Camaro6

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16 Take Off - Conor Maynard
17 Bangarang - Skrillex

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

18 Wild Ones - Flo Rida

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

Tune sia got an amazing voice

19 Thrift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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.

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

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!

Should be in the top 5 - venomouskillingmachine

20 Rumour Has It - Adele


21 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!

The only GOOD song by

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22 Take Care - Drake

It's one of the best songs of all time

23 Better Than I Know Myself - Adam Lambert

Best song of Adam lambert in tresspassing

24 Locked Out of Heaven - Bruno Mars

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

Better than radioactive


25 Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe - Kendrick Lamar
26 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".

27 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

28 Madness - Muse

Record breaking 19th straight week on number 1 alternative chart

29 International Love - Pitbull

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

30 Just in Case - Conor Maynard
31 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


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32 One More Night - Maroon 5

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

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

Listen to the awesome beat it rocks

So I cross my heart and I hope to die, that I'll only stay with you one more night!
That is my favorite part.

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33 Gotta Try It - JLS
34 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.

35 Euphoria - Loreen

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

36 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!


37 Whistle - Flo Rida

What is so great about this song?

This song is about blowjobs - UsernameHere

A kinda rap song

Why Do I Love This Song So Much?

38 Skyfall - Adele

It's a Golden Globe and Oscar winning song.

Should be first.
I love this song a lot.

Good hit in Europe charts

I do not really like this. - madoog

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39 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

40 Can't Hold Us - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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.

41 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

42 Diamonds - Rihanna

That's a very good song by rihanna. You should definitely listen it.

I really, really like this song. I respect those who don't, but this is one of the BEST songs she has released, NOT the worst in my opinion

A good recent song by rihanna

This song sounds amazing and it the beat and Rihanna's voice are really impactful. If only every line didn't with "diamonds in the sky" - somerandomkid

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43 Something About December - Christina Perri
44 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.

45 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.

46 Die Young - Ke$ha

This is her best song

;-; this should be number 12 - spodermanfan1000

Good song but I prefer run devil run

It is crappy, to be honest. - madoog

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47 Criticize - Adelita's Way

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

48 Gold on the Ceiling - The Black Keys

This song features in an advert for Cobra Beer. That's Awesome. Guitar rifts galore.

Any Black Keys song is better than some of the serious garbage on this list.

It's nice to have a proper band doing music. Give me Black Keys over Wand Erection any day of the week.

They have the key to my heart

49 Bully - Shinedown
50 Born to Die - Lana Del Rey

This is one of Lana's best songs

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