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Finally, as the last post of our ‘Best of 2012’ season, in alphabetical order, here are the best songs of 2012 according to your favorite bloggers at MTIB. Click on the album artwork to hear the songs! Thanks for reading.

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“1904” – The Tallest Man on Earth

This song reaffirms the praise Kristian has already received for his songwriting prowess. The guitar is simple and the vocals are gritty, but the summation of it all evokes emotions in a way that not many songs do these days. -Chuck Ryan

“1957” – Milo Greene

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“Alone” – Trampled By Turtles

Trampled by Turtles’ last album featured a rowdy top hit with “Wait So Long”.  This time around, they open the album with a few slower tunes that rank as some of their best yet.  Trampled manages to take a page out of Mumford’s play book this time around and they hit it out of the park .  “Alone” starts slow and builds up to a more aggressive finish beginning at the three minute mark and features an excellent blend of each musician’s instrument and beautiful vocal harmonies throughout the chorus.  Trampled has seemed to perfect every aspect of folk/bluegrass writing.  When it’s time for them to come out with a greatest hits album, “Alone” will be a strong candidate to make the final cut. –Tony Porter

“Amsterdam” – Imagine Dragons
“Angels” – The xx
“Anna Sun” – Walk The Moon
“Anything Could Happen” – Ellie Goulding
“Asunder” – Fang Island
“Awkward” – San Cisco
“Bad for Me” – Brendan Benson
“Bigger Than Love” – Benjamin Gibbard
“Bitch Bad” – Lupe Fiasco
“Blank Maps” – Cold Specks
“Blue Jeans” – Lana Del Rey

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“Breakers” – Local Natives

With the first few bars, I was a little concerned I had lost the band to sophomore slump, but… was quickly proven wrong as the first verse hit and everything fell into place thereafter. I’m certainly looking forward to the band’s next album, Hummingbird. -Chuck Ryan

“Breathing Underwater” – Metric
“California” – Delta Spirit
“Calling Me Names” – Good Old War
“Carried Away” – Passion Pit
“Caught Me Thinkin” – Bahamas
“Change The Sheets” – Kathleen Edwards
“Cherry Wine ft. Amy Winehouse” – Nas
“D-D-Dance” – The Royal Concept
“Default” – Django Django
“Do It Anyway” – Ben Folds Five
“Dopeness” – TTxBC
“Driftin’ Back” – Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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“Electric Fever” – Free Energy

“Electric Fever” was the first single released for their upcoming album due out in February of 2013.  We’ve heard four songs so far off the new album and “Electric Fever” is easily my favorite.  It has the classic Free Energy sound with a heavy dose of electric guitars, a steady drum beat, and a ridiculously poppy chorus.  It feels good and it’s hard not to include a song of it’s nature on our ‘best of’ list. -Tony Porter

“Elephant” – Tame Impala
“Empty House” – Delta Spirit
“Every Single Night” – Fiona Apple
“Everyone Knows” – Vacationer
“Fineshrine” – Purity Ring
“Fire’s Highway” – Japandroids
“Freedom at 21” – Jack White

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“Genesis” – Grimes

“I wanted Grimes nowhere near my ears upon seeing the album artwork. Paired with the name Grimes, a gem-eyed skull vomiting smoke and foreign characters held little promise. But, when I finally looked passed it all… Woah, definitely not the grimy punk music I expected.” -Chuck Ryan

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“Get Down” – P.O.S.

“Get Down” features an electronic sound and calls on the talents of a fellow DOOMTREE member Mike Mictlan. Although this is quite a turnaround in sound for P.O.S., you still get the same strong emotions and lyrical quality employed in his first three albums. -Steven Hawkwood

“Give It Away” – Andrew Bird
“Grown Up” – Danny Brown
“Gun Has No Trigger” – Dirty Projectors
“Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When you Give It” – Stars
“Hold On” – Alabama Shakes
“Home Again” – Michael Kiwanuka
“Hopeless Wanderer” – Mumford & Sons
“I Came Around” – Murder by Death
“I’ll Be Alright” – Passion Pit
“I’ve Been Accused” – Cory Chisel

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“Kicking” – Torche

“Kicking” starts off with the same drum beat as “Pretty Woman,” a snappy snare that heralds the coming of something infectious. “Kicking” is fast, upbeat, and unapologetic, making quick musical changes and moves that create an involved and hooky song. If your heart and feet aren’t racing along side this relentless ear-assault by the end, well, I hate to break it to you, but you might be dead. Or really, really drunk. One of the two. -DANEger

“Knock Knock” – Band of Horses
“Let Her Go” – Passenger
“Let’s Go” – Matt & Kim
“Letter To My Countrymen” – Brother Ali
“Little Talks” – Of Monsters and Men
“Loveless” – Said The Whale
“m.A.A.d city” – Kendrick Lamar
“Madness” – Muse
“Mercy” – Dave Matthews Band

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“Mississippi” – The Griswolds

The Griswolds’ “Mississippi” is a song to escape in. It has all the elements you’d expect to hear from a beach-front band in Jamaica, but packs enough modern flair and bounce that it keeps one foot firmly planted in the circle of great indie pop. – DANEger

“Moron” – Prof
“My Girl” – Yukon Blonde
“Myth” – Beach House

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“Nancy From Now On” – Father John Misty

This track was my introduction to Father John Misty, who I must say was quite a surprise for me in 2012. His semi-psychedelic folk rock isn’t generally something I love listening to, but he hits enough of the right notes to win me over. If you like this song, definitely check out Fear Fun. -Deuce

“No Way Down” – The Shins
“Oh, Emily” – Jukebox The Ghost
“Plague” – Crystal Castles
“Plumage” – Menomena
“Queen of the City” – Joshua James
“R U Mine?” – Arctic Monkeys
“R.A.P. Music” – Killer Mike

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“Ray Charles” – Chiddy Bang

At one point I only liked this song, then I heard the story behind the writing of it and that like turned to love.  The quick of it is that Chiddy’s brother passed out in the studio one day with his sunglasses on and it reminded him of Ray Charles so he began to freestyle about the whole ordeal.  The talent and skill these guys have to turn an ordinary moment into a hit song is unreal to me.  Chiddy Bang has mastered the art of sampling and creating catchy hooks to appeal to both pop, rock, and rap fans.  A job well done. –Tony Porter

“Reina De barrio (Ghetto Queen)” – Murs & Fashawn
“Revolution” – Dr. John
“River” – Civil Twilight
“Ruin” – Cat Power
“Run My Heart” – Twin Shadow
“Runaway” – Imperial Teen

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“Same Love ft. Mary Lambert” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

“Same Love” came out at the perfect time. A socially conscious song about same sex marriage over a beautifully-crafted beat. Every verse of this song is just right.  He touches upon every aspect of the contoversy including the most overly used and most pathetic excuse I hear against it – religion.  Macklemore says, “And God loves all his children/is somehow forgotten/But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago.”

In the next verse he tackles the way hip-hop has not exactly been known to be gay friendly saying, “If I was gay/I would think hip-hop hates me/Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board/A word rooted in hate/yet our genre still ignores it.”  He brings about the point here as well how people are fearless when they don’t have to say something to another person’s face.

I have always enjoyed Macklemore’s raps for his quirky lyrics put over beats that often make me want to get up and dance.  But this song brought me a previously unmet satisfaction.  “Same Love” will always be my favorite Macklemore song for the pure symbol of what our generation has the ability to do or not do.  Our generation holds the power to open up and make the kinds of constitutional changes to marriage that will one day be seen on the same level of the abolishment of slavery and granting women’s suffrage. –Tony Porter

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“Sixteen Saltines” – Jack White

“Sixteen Saltines” just moves. A couple lone chords is all you hear before White gives a shout and his new band comes thundering in. Fully dialed in on his guitar, White expertly extracts every single squeal and moan he can from it- all the while raging his way around the stage in a flurry of pale skin and black curls. It’s a little bit White Stripes, and it’s a little bit Raconteurs, but it is all Jack White. -DANEger

“Sleep Alone” – Two Door Cinema Club
“Speak For Me” – John Mayer
“Stay Useless” – Cloud Nothings
“Still Life with Hot Deuce on Silver Platter” – Titus Andronicus
“Submarines” – The Lumineers

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“Sweet Nothing ft. Florence Welch” – Calvin Harris

To the EDM fans out there, I realize Calvin Harris is sometimes considered the pulp fiction of electronic music, but this song is undeniable. -Chuck Ryan

“TEARS” – Health

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“Tesselate” – alt-J

The epitome of possibly the most successfully unique album of the year, “Tesselate” twists the indie formula into a mesmerizing swirl of swells and asymmetrical percussion. -Chuck Ryan


“That’s What’s Up” – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
“The House That Heaven Built” – Japandroids
“The Killing Joke” – Captain Murphy
“The Only Place” – Best Coast

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“The Rifle’s Spiral” – The Shins

The opening track to this year’s Port of Morrow hits you with some upbeat classic Shins right off the bat. As you can probably tell from my album review, I absolutely love this track (and basically every other song on the LP). If you haven’t heard it yet, give it a listen. -Deuce


“The Wave” – Miike Snow
“Thinkin Bout You” – Frank Ocean
“Time to Run” – Lord Huron
“Trojans” – Atlas Genius
“We Come Running” – Youngblood Hawke
“What Makes a Good Man” – The Heavy
“Would that Not Be Nice” – Divine Fits
“Wrecking Ball” – Bruce Springsteen
“Yet Again” – Grizzly Bear