My Favorite Songs of 2012

19 12 2012

The end of the year is here and as always it’s a time to reflect on the past twelve months. One of my favorite things to look back on is the music. By doing so, I come up with a list of my favorite songs I’ve heard throughout the year. Below, are the top ten songs of 2012, according to ME.

10) Girl Gone Wild – Madonna

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Hey, ey, ey, ey this song gets me dancing. The 80’s pop diva returned this year with a collection of hypnotic dance songs, Girl Gone Wild happened to be my favorite. It’s a song that makes you let loose and go…WILD. Whenever I listen to it, a sense of freedom comes over me and I feel on top of the world. Madonna definitely knows how to make a person feel a sense of empowerment.

9) Push and Shove – No Doubt

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There no doubting that No Doubt was ready to make their comeback with the ten year wait and Push and Shove proved just that. This song incorporated a reggae sound throughout and when Gwen Stefani belted out the bridge, I found myself on the verge of an orgasm. I’ve been a fan of No Doubt since their Rock Steady album featured songs like Hey Baby and Hella Good. It was great to have them back this year and I just pray that they don’t leave us again.

8) Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris (feat. Florence Welch)

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When I first became aware of Calvin Harris, like most of the world, through his work on We Found Love, I knew he was a talent I should pay attention to. With his own album dropping in 2012, he proved we all should. His newest single with Florence Welch, Sweet Nothing, incorporates the EDM beats we’ve all come to love Calvin Harris for and Florence’s voice is just MAJOR. I could listen to this ALL day.

7) We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

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Let me just throw this out there on the table to begin with, I have never been a fan of Taylor Swift, or her music. However, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together struck a chord with me. I would become giddy whenever I would hear it on the radio. To be honest, it’s just a fun song, one that I couldn’t let go of.

6) Diamonds – Rihanna

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When I first heard Rihanna’s lead single off of her new album, I wasn’t impressed. I was used to the EDM influence in her songs which were all over her album Talk That Talk. Once I started to give the song a listen to more and more, it began to grow on me. Rihanna didn’t need any beats, this song wasn’t meant to dance to. It was a song which she song from the deepest depths of her hearts and I began to find solace in it. Diamonds became the perfect song for me to just chill out to.

5) Starships – Nicki Minaj

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I’ll never forget the first time I heard this song. As the lead single to her sophomore album, Starships would serve as the appetizer of what was to come and boy was I excited for dinner. When I first listened to it back in February, it was unlike any song I had ever heard before and boy did it make me want to dance. Nicki was having fun with this song. It wasn’t so deep or directed at someone, like a lot of her songs are. Starships was just one big party and I wanted in!

4) As Long As You Love Me – Justin Bieber 

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I have never been a Belieber, nor will I be. However, a few of the songs Justin produced in his new album Believe I couldn’t resist, As Long As You Love Me was one of them. It’s a dance hit I just can’t ignore.

3) Where Have You Been – Rihanna

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I first gave Where Have You Been a listen to when Talk That Talk was released in November of 2011. It was my favorite song off of the album, aside from We Found Love. I couldn’t wait for it to be released as a single and in the summer of the year it finally was. In case you couldn’t tell already, I LOVE a song that can make me dance on its own. Where Have You Been not only had me dancing, but it also had me singing and jumping. Her music video for this song, made it that much better. I was set on learning the moves to the song. However, I was blessed with such creative talents, but I still dance to it in my own way.

2) Beauty and a Beat – Justin Bieber (feat. Nicki Minaj)

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My favorite song from Justin Bieber’s new album is Beauty and a Beat. What first attracted me to this song was that it featured Nicki Minaj. As a Barb, I was interested. After listening to the song one time, I fell in love and I knew it was going to be a hit. I enjoy the beats, I enjoy Justin’s voice and I love the rap Nicki spits, “Buns out…WEINER, but I gotta keep an eye for SELENER.” Never gets old. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

1) Your Body – Christina Aguilera

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This song. Oh my god. I haven’t enjoyed a song this much in a while. This is the most underrated song of all time. With a Hot 100 peak of only 34, I’m dumbfounded. Your Body is so electrifying and Christina’s vocals never cease to amaze. This song could put me from a depressed mood, into an extremely exuberant one. Can’t get enough. BEST SONG OF THE YEAR, no doubt.

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