Songs of 2012: Nos. 25-6

25) “Choomantar” – From Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Soundtrack
24) “30 Days,” by The Saturdays (Album TBA)
23) “Lovesong,” by Adele (21)
22) “I Found A Boy,” by Adele (21)
21) “Let’s Have A Kiki,” by Scissor Sisters (Magic Hour)
20) “Birthday Cake (Single Remix)” Feat. Chris Brown, by Rihanna (Single Release)
19) “Starships,” by Nicki Minaj (Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded)
18) “Dance Again” Feat. Pitbull, by Jennifer Lopez (Dance Again… The Hits)
17) “What Makes You Beautiful,” by One Direction (Up All Night)
16) “Climax,” by Usher (Looking 4 Myself)
15) “Dressin’ Up,” by Katy Perry (Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection)
14) “Wide Awake,” by Katy Perry (Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection)
13) “Chasing The Sun,” by The Wanted (The Wanted EP)
12) “Timebomb,” by Kylie Minogue (K25 Time Capsule – Single Release)
11) “Feel So Close,” by Calvin Harris (18 Months)

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And on to the TOP 10-6:

10) “All You” Feat. Waka Flocka Flame & Kaskade, by The Cataracs (Gordo Taqueria)

After getting lost in the amazingness of “Top of The World” at the end of last year, I had begun to resent all things Cataracs by mid-Spring. And just in time, the production duo released “All You,” a collaboration with Waka Flocka and one of my all-time favorite DJs, Kaskade (check out his masterpieces like “Be Still” or “Everything“). So, of course, I was so ecstatic. The song itself infuses hip hop and house music to create an electropop-trap music masterpiece. Played 204 times.

9) “We Are Young” Feat. Janelle Monáe, by Fun. (Some Nights)

So I didn’t hear about this song until I caught up on GLEE — yes, I watch GLEE. And yes, they covered it on the show (you can watch it HERE).

Overall, the song sums up every night out with friends during college. It’s about that drunken stumble over to an old flame and reconnecting. It’s about celebrating our youth and knowing that we have the power to do anything we want: change the world, be a better person, slip into old patterns, or sit back and relax. It’s about owning your identity and embracing who you are. It is, in essence, the song you can break into song and feel like everything is okay. Because tonight, we are young.

8) “Some Girls,” by Madonna (MDNA)

From the first synth beats to the pre-chorus breakdown, Madonna shows the rest of the pop world how to create an addictive, filthy, in-your-face track. The song itself plays into the lyrics, with Madonna differentiating herself from other girls, or in this case, pop divas. The best part is her obvious homage to previous hits, including “Material Girl,” “Get Together,” “Vogue” and others. It was definitely a standout from MDNA. Played 209 times.

7) “Scream,” by Usher (Looking 4 Myself)

This is the classic Usher I’ve come to know: full on dancing and talking about how easy it will be for his latest conquest to come home with him. The song itself reminded critics that Usher wasn’t going anywhere; he could experiment with music and still make money (refer to the epic “Climax” listed above). It has all of the elements of a timeless R&B/electropop gem. Played 211 times.

AND……….. No. 6:

Call Me Maybe,” by Carly Rae Jepsen (Kiss)

Do I really have to go into detail on this one? It was the song of the summer, one of my favorite sing-alongs of the year, one of the FEW songs I could play in the car with my niece and nephew that didn’t provoke groans from them (I usually have to play Justin Bieber to appease them… ugh 😦 ). Maybe it was the multiple versions of the song online. Or maybe it was the hilarious video clip that accompanied the song. Or maybe, just maybe, it was the fact that it simplistic tendencies boiled down one of the most nerve-wracking activities college students embark upon daily: asking for the number of someone you like. Either way, she distilled it down to an easy science. Thank you, Carly Rae, for making it that much easier for me to ask someone out. Played 247 times.

And click here to listen to Nos. 5-1!

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