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)
P!nk
The Truth About Love
#99
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
#97
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/ will.i.am
#3
#95
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
#93
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
Unbroken
#91
Simon Cowell approved
#90 Wicked Games
The Weeknd
Trilogy
The world is not on fire so bring the drugs?
As Long as You Love Me
Justin Bieber f/ Big Sean
Believe
#89
#swag
#88 Too Close
Alex Clare
The Lateness of the Hour
The most relevant IE has been in years
Too Good to Lose
Rebecca Ferguson
Heaven
#87
Throwback Motown deliciousness
#86 One More Night
Maroon 5
Overexposed
Somewhere between addictive and obnoxious
The One That Got Away
Katy Perry
Teenage Dream
#85
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
Ne-Yo
R.E.D.
#83
(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
#81
Missy Elliott, you are perfect to me
#80 Fine by Me
Andy Grammer
Andy Grammer
Happiness in audio form
Nothing on You
Tyrese
Open Invitation
#79
Not fast or furious, but still pretty great
#78 Die Young
Ke$ha
Warrior
No one does vacant party tune quite like Ke$ha
Battle Scars
Guy Sebastian f/ Lupe Fiasco
Armageddon
#77
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
#75
Girl can saaaaaaaang
#74 Young, Wild & Free
Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg f/ Bruno Mars
Mac & Devin Go to High School
Afroman would be proud
Diamonds
Rihanna
Unapologetic
#73
Let’s just pretend the refrain isn’t annoying
#72 Express Yourself
Labrinth
Electronic Earth
Fresh Prince for a different millennium
Put It Down
Brandy f/ Chris Brown
Two Eleven
#71
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
#69
(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
#67
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
Ludaversal
#65
Luda? Good. Usher? Good. Guetta? Good. Win x3
#64 Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
Kelly Clarkson
Stronger
Goes best with arhythmic dance parties
Want U Back
Cher Lloyd
Sticks + Stones
#63
With the catchiest grunts around
#62 Daylight
Maroon 5
Overexposed
Pop music syrup
Dive
Usher
Looking 4 Myself
#61
Boy can saaaaaaaang
#60 I Knew You Were Trouble
Taylor Swift
Red
Pop/country without the country (the best kind)
New Day
Alicia Keys
Girl on Fire
#59
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
#57
Apparently about zombies? Who knew.
#56 Trust and Believe
Keyshia Cole
Woman to Woman
People just keep doin’ Keyshia wrong
Troublemaker
Olly Murs f/ Flo Rida
Right Place Right Time
#55
 & 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
Skyfall
Adele
Skyfall
#53
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
Nas
Life Is Good
#51
Putting a Guy sample to good use

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