Best Of 2012: Top 100 Songs (#100-51)

Apparently this top 100 thing is actually a thing I am doing! I have the list made and everything. Alright, eligible songs were basically anything that charted/was released as a single in 2012, in the absolute loosest of terms. Originally I was going to do top songs instead of top singles, but the “short” list I had with album tracks was around 250 songs and that was not something I had the energy to pare down. So here we are, top 100 singles of 2012!

(Well, part one because this is a long list.)

#100 The Fighter
Gym Class Heroes f/ Ryan Tedder
The Papercut Chronicles II
Could use more Tedder kick drum and snare
Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
The Truth About Love
Not the least subtle blowjob innuendo of 2012
#98 Somebody’s Heartbreak
Hunter Hayes
Hunter Hayes
In the name of genre diversity
Talk That Talk
Rihanna f/ Jay-Z
Talk That Talk
Is it even a Rihanna song w/o a music video?
#96 Why
Mary J. Blige f/ Rick Ross
My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1)
With 100% fewer chicken wraps
Hall of Fame
The Script f/
Moves Like Jagger for The Voice UK
#94 Favorite Song
Colbie Caillat f/ Common
All of You
1. Colbie + rapper 2. ??? 3. Profit!
Triumphant (Get ‘Em)
Mariah Carey f/ Rick Ross & Meek Mill
New era, same poses
#92 Charades
Chrisette Michele
Audio Visual Presentation: Audrey Hepburn
No one will listen to this but you should
Give Your Heart A Break
Demi Lovato
Simon Cowell approved
#90 Wicked Games
The Weeknd
The world is not on fire so bring the drugs?
As Long as You Love Me
Justin Bieber f/ Big Sean
#88 Too Close
Alex Clare
The Lateness of the Hour
The most relevant IE has been in years
Too Good to Lose
Rebecca Ferguson
Throwback Motown deliciousness
#86 One More Night
Maroon 5
Somewhere between addictive and obnoxious
The One That Got Away
Katy Perry
Teenage Dream
Poor old, aging Katy Perry
#84 Mercy
G.O.O.D. Music
Cruel Summer
G.R.E.A.T. production (bacronym that yourself)
Let Me Love You
(Until You Learn To Love Yourself) didn’t fit
#82 Love and War
Tamar Braxton
Love and War
[obligatory Toni reference here]
Nobody’s Perfect
J. Cole f/ Missy Elliott
Cole World: The Sideline Story
Missy Elliott, you are perfect to me
#80 Fine by Me
Andy Grammer
Andy Grammer
Happiness in audio form
Nothing on You
Open Invitation
Not fast or furious, but still pretty great
#78 Die Young
No one does vacant party tune quite like Ke$ha
Battle Scars
Guy Sebastian f/ Lupe Fiasco
Or Lupe f/ Guy (hemisphere dependent)
#76 Both of Us
B.o.B f/ Taylor Swift
Strange Clouds
Filed under: collabs that shouldn’t work but do
Catch My Breath
Kelly Clarkson
Greatest Hits: Chapter One
Girl can saaaaaaaang
#74 Young, Wild & Free
Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg f/ Bruno Mars
Mac & Devin Go to High School
Afroman would be proud
Let’s just pretend the refrain isn’t annoying
#72 Express Yourself
Electronic Earth
Fresh Prince for a different millennium
Put It Down
Brandy f/ Chris Brown
Two Eleven
Can someone make a feature-less edit?
#70 Share My Love
R. Kelly
Write Me Back
Steppers stepping
It All Belongs to Me
Monica & Brandy
New Life
(and the boy is still mine)
#68 Breathing
Jason Derülo
Future History
I just wish he sang his name
Heart Attack
Trey Songz
Chapter V
Guest video appearance by Kelly Rowland
#66 Summer Is Over
Jon McLaughlin f/ Sara Bareilles
Promising Promises
Conceived in piano pop heaven
Rest of My Life
Ludacris f/ Usher & David Guetta
Luda? Good. Usher? Good. Guetta? Good. Win x3
#64 Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
Kelly Clarkson
Goes best with arhythmic dance parties
Want U Back
Cher Lloyd
Sticks + Stones
With the catchiest grunts around
#62 Daylight
Maroon 5
Pop music syrup
Looking 4 Myself
Boy can saaaaaaaang
#60 I Knew You Were Trouble
Taylor Swift
Pop/country without the country (the best kind)
New Day
Alicia Keys
Girl on Fire
Fewer keys, more beats, still great
#58 I Won’t Give Up
Jason Mraz
Love Is a Four Letter Word
Remembers that a slow build needs payoff
Thinking Bout You
Frank Ocean
channel ORANGE
Apparently about zombies? Who knew.
#56 Trust and Believe
Keyshia Cole
Woman to Woman
People just keep doin’ Keyshia wrong
Olly Murs f/ Flo Rida
Right Place Right Time
 & the award for gratuitous rap feature goes to…
#54 Sweet Nothing
Calvin Harris f/ Florence Welch
18 Months
This is how all Florence should be
Other Bond themes got nothing on Adele
#52 Domino
Jessie J
Who You Are
If you don’t love Jessie J you are wrong
Bye Baby
Life Is Good
Putting a Guy sample to good use

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