I followed my process from last year for picking favorite songs. While most frequent listens is a good barometer of my favorite songs, it is clearly not the only measure (particularly with high counts coming to songs my wife or kids love).
So, I adjusted the process. I had two rules when assembling the list:
Song must have 5 stars (152 songs)
Could not duplicate artist
Then I listed to the songs and picked the ones that stuck with me the most. I really did my best to pair the list down (I did cut 121 5-star songs), but still have 31 phenomenal songs. This list of my favorite songs of 2012 is below in alphabetical order by artist. All great songs, I hope you enjoy. Let me know your thoughts on any standouts or omissions.
Annabel’s Anti-Decisions from Youth in Youth (Count Your Lucky Stars)
Cheap Girls’ Cored to Empty from Giant Orange (Rise)
Coping’s Love Tigress from Nope (Bandcamp)
Defiance, Ohio’s I’m Against the Government from the Calling (Self Released)
Downtown Struts’ Postcards from Victoria (Pirates Press)
Dowsing’s Terminals’ from It’s Still Pretty Terrible (Count Your Lucky Stars)
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)’s Turbo Stasis from Arrow/Empire Split (Count Your Lucky Stars)