Top 45 Singles of 2012

Posted January 6, 2013 by J Matthew Cobb in Features

From Carly Rae Jepsen’s disco crack to the odd xylophone struts heard on Gotye’s breakout hit, our staff compiles the best singles of 2012

Need a recap of 2012’s big hits?

PSY brought his Korean pop show to America; Carly Rae Jepsen steamrolled the disco express; Taylor Swift retained her golden pop crown; Maroon 5 got poppier; the Lumineers kept the Mumford & Sons sound in the limelight; Frank Ocean and Miguel reinterpreted R&B once more; hard rock from Green Day, Springsteen, Van Halen and even the Rolling Stones led us through a shaky election year.

As good as all that sounds, it’s probably best that you check out HIFI’s Top 45 Singles of 2012. We pretty much cover all the bases, from pop to rock, from indie to hip-hop. You know the drill.

Similar to our list of Best Albums of 2012 feature, we included a mini Spotify player and links to each of the selection’s websites and Facebook pages. You can also upload your favorite singles to your computer, iPod or Cloud player, thanks to our direct links to the Amazon MP3 Market*.

So who came in at number one? And who actually made our list this year? Those answers are revealed when you click the link.

As always, we want to hear from you. Who do you think should’ve made it? Who should’ve made the Top 10? What should’ve been axed all together? Sound off on in the comments’ section, and get your friends on Facebook involved in the conversation.

* Some links will direct you to iTunes, due to the unavailability of content at


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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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