JAY BREITLING, music writer, The Phoenix

1. Sun Airway "Close" (from Soft Fall)

2. Golden Gurls "I Can See The City" (from Typo Magic)

3. Everyone Everywhere "No Furniture" (from Everyone Everywhere)

4. Swearin' "Movie Star" (from Swearin')

5. Infinity Girl "Please Forget" (from Stop Being On My Side)

6. Hop Along "Lament" (from Get Disowned)

7. Speedy Ortiz "Taylor Swift" (from Taylor Swift/Swim Fan)

8. Dikembe "Not Today, Angel" (from Broad Shoulders)

9. Los Campesinos! "Tiptoe Through The True Bits" (single)

10. Johnny Foreigner "3 Hearts" (from Names EP)

Songs that I sang to myself, probably out loud and without even knowing it: that's the most prominent distinction shared by the items on this list of my favorite 10 songs of the year. I refuse to say that 2012 was "another great year for music," because every year of --- I'm guessing -- the last 1,000 has been such a year. It's a truth I hold dear that there is amazing music everywhere, all around us all the time, if one can only find it. I'm fortunate that just as often these days the amazing music finds me, but that doesn't take away from the rush and push I get from a truly great song. This list skews hard toward tunes from bands that I had no knowledge of a year ago (Golden Gurls, Infinity Girl and Speedy Ortiz). Discovering something new and great has a reward all of its own, and finding that music, holding it up and illuminating it for readers, is my primary motivation in the typing-words-about-music game. I hope you'll discover something new here that grabs hold of you as firmly and fully as it did me. Here's to 2012.

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