We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2012…So Far

By Will Oliver, August 22nd 2012 — with 6 comments 2012 Best Of List

Shit, it’s the middle of August already? Did I really wait this long to make my best songs of the middle of the year list? Yep, Will Oliver at his finest hour.

Ah whatever. No matter how late this list is, I still fell obliged to share what I found to be the best songs of 2012 at the middle (or 3/4) point of 2012. This year saw a lot of great stuff from a lot of my favorite bands, as well as a lot of young, new, talent. I am so impressed by this group of songs, that I couldn’t even keep to my limit of 50 like I originally planned. Remember, this is just my preliminary list. Things can and will change come December.

I got mp3 downloads of some songs, and links of streams to others on each individual track. I also got a spotify playlist where you can actually stream the entire thing. Find that here. Not a bad deal.

Thanks to my good friend Riley for allowing me to use her awesome photo, which Camilo edited to allow the addition of some text.

So take a break from your work, stream the playlist from your phone while your at the beach, and allow me to soundtrack your move in to your college dorm. Here are my favorite songs of 2012, as of right now:

1. Murals – Eyes Of Love

2. The Walkmen – Heaven
3. Beach House – Myth
4. Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
5. Grizzly Bear – Yet Again
6. Tame Impala – Elephant
7. Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built
8. Dirty Projectors – Gun Has No Trigger
9. Hot Chip – Night and Day
10. Fiona Apple – Every Single Night
11. Swim Deep – King City
12. Peace – California Daze
13. Two Wounded Birds – To Be Young
14. Chromatics – Lady
15. 14th – Take Me There
16. Animal Collective – Gotham
17. Sharpless – Greater Than
18. Fast Romantics – Funeral Song
19. Grimes – Genesis
20. The Shins – Simple Song
21. Purity Ring – Lofticries
22. Bloc Party – Octopus
23. The Gaslight Anthem – “45”
24. Santigold – Disparate Youth
25. DIIV – Doused
26. Yuno – Sunlight
27. The Tallest Man On Earth – 1904
28. Lower Dens – Brains
29. Two Door Cinema Club – Sleep Alone
30. The Pass – Without Warning
31. Maxïmo Park – Hips And Lips
32. Other Factors – Spaces
33. Django Django – Default
34. Passion Pit – Constant Conversations
35. Jessie Ware – 110%
36. Beach Fossils – Lessons
37. Tennis – It All Feels The Same
38. Sharon Van Etten – Serpents
39. Houndmouth – Krampus
40. Sigur Rós – Varúð
41. Frank Ocean – Bad Religion
42. Crystal Castles – Plague
43. Seasfire – Heartbeat
44. Cruiser – Moving To Neptune
45. Deep Time – Clouds
46. POP ETC – Yoyo
47. Lemonade – Ice Water
48. The xx – Chained
49. Night Moves – Headlights
50. Memoryhouse – The Kids Were Wrong
51. Fort Lean – Sunsick
52. Onuinu – Happy Home
53. Tanlines – Brothers
54. Gold Motel – Brand New Kind Of Blue
55. KINGDOM CRUMBS – For The Birds
56. alt-J – Fitzpleasure
57. Grand Rapids – Feels Like A Lifetime

Again, stream the whole list on Spotify.

  • CR

    I’m gonna go with…

    – Yet Again by Grizzly Bear

    – Death To My Home Town by Bruce Springsteen

    – Fantastic Explosion of Time by Pond

    – No Way Down by The Shins

    – Paperchase by Paul Weller

    – First of My Kind by Miles Kane

    – Everybody’s On The Run by Noel Gallagher

    – Let’s Roll Like We Use To Roll by Kasabian

    – Hey Jane by Spiritualized

    – When We Fall by The SoundTrack of Our Lives

    – Wishful Thinking by British Sea Power

    – Heartbreaker by The Walkmen

    – I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons

    – Under The Westway by Blur

    – Don’t Turn The Lights Off by Hacienda

    – Drift Drive by The Antlers

    – Apocalypse Dreams by Tame Impala

    – The Wrestler by Reverand and The Makers

    – All In Vain by The Vaccines

    – Fiction by The xx

    – Only In My Dreams by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

  • Liz

    Spotify says your playlist has no tracks. I’m hoping this is just a momentary error but I thought I’d go ahead and give you a heads up. Thanks for the list – I’m already a fan of a lot of the tracks and I’m excited to hear the rest.

  • Liz

    Okay it truly was a momentary error – upon relaunching Spotify all is well. Listening to the playlist and thankful already!

  • Will

    Glad it worked out for you, Liz!




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