The Gummy Awards 2012: Your Top 20 Tracks

If the past two weeks haven’t made it clear, we are officially headlong into list season! Nothing says “holidays” quite like the internet’s month-long quest to quantify standards of taste. And while a lot of magazines and websites are telling you all about their selections for 2012′s Bests — us included — it’s nice to get a rundown of the best as championed by the vox populi, where that populi is voxed by a self-selecting set of culturally attuned and forward thinking art-synthesists. So without further ado, welcome to the 2012 Gummy Awards, the only lists on the internt created by the Stereogum & Videogum voting public. Today we look at your Top 20 Tracks of 2012.

As for this year’s #1: Those of you who helped us find a Song Of The Summer apparently found in that song a track to typify your entire 2012. The next 19 include only one other track from that Song Of Summer shortlist over a diverse spread of artists, any of whom would be a good contender for an Artist Of The Year Gummy. Below, your Top 20 tracks of 2012, with listen links for posterity, or in case this is your first time turning on a computer this year. You already know these songs, you love them, they’re great! Here we go:

20. Chromatics – “Kill For Love”

19. Kendrick Lamar – “Sing About Me, I’m Dying Of Thirst”

18. Death Grips – “I’ve Seen Footage”

17. Jessie Ware – “Wildest Moments”

16. Purity Ring – “Fineshrine”

15. Major Lazer (Feat. Amber Coffman) – “Get Free”

14. Spiritualized – “Hey Jane”

13. Solange – “Losing You”

12. Fiona Apple – “Every Single Night”

11. Dirty Projectors – “Gun Has No Trigger”

10. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”

09. Twin Shadow – “Five Seconds”

08. Cloud Nothings – “Wasted Days”

07. Bat For Lashes – “Laura”

06. Beach House – “Myth”

05. Grimes – “Oblivion”

04. Tame Impala – “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”

03. Frank Ocean – “Pyramids”

02. Grizzly Bear – “Yet Again”

01. Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”

And here it is in copy/paste-able format…
20. Chromatics – “Kill For Love”
19. Kendrick Lamar – “Sing About Me, I’m Dying Of Thirst”
18. Death Grips – “I’ve Seen Footage”
17. Jessie Ware – “Wildest Moments”
16. Purity Ring – “Fineshrine”
15. Major Lazer (Feat. Amber Coffman) – “Get Free”
14. Spiritualized – “Hey Jane”
13. Solange – “Losing You”
12. Fiona Apple – “Every Single Night”
11. Dirty Projectors – “Gun Has No Trigger”
10. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
09. Twin Shadow – “Five Seconds”
08. Cloud Nothings – “Wasted Days”
07. Bat For Lashes – “Laura”
06. Beach House – “Myth”
05. Grimes – “Oblivion”
04. Tame Impala – “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”
03. Frank Ocean – “Pyramids”
02. Grizzly Bear – “Yet Again”
01. Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”

UPDATE: Here are the results in all categories:

Comments (186)

  2. Oh my god, I agreed with everyone for once on the #1 song! WE ARE ONE.

  3. Who the hell is pushing “Call Me Maybe”?

  4. Find myself agreeing with every call here (Call Me Maybe still rules) and the order too, more-or-less. Good work guys. And hon the ‘droids.

    • Ya rules the short list of most irritating songs of the 2000′s

      Someone explain to me the appeal of this

      • It’s cheap fun pop music. Meant to be taken in with copious amounts of alcohol and good friends, maybe some dancing. There’s a time and a place for all genres, and pop’s is for when you want some fun music that doesn’t try to be anything more than it is.

        BRB gonna blast some Black Eyed Peas because I’m so two thousand and late

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    • Opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one, and it’s weird to imply that yours is better than anyone else’s.

    • I’m inclined to agree. I’ve seen ‘em live twice though and both were great times had, though. Anyway, Screaming Females released the best rock album this year, no doubt.

    • i tried to upvote you and it gave you a minus 1. inexplicable.

      • crabtron  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2012 +1

        You probably upvoted him at precisely the same time that two other people were downvoting him, so the net result was a -1.

        • crabtron  |   Posted on Dec 11th, 2012 0

          ^ Hey, you guys missed one. What’s wrong, is that one not good enough for you to mindlessly downvote? Aren’t you downvoting ALL of my comments in this thread? Well? ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

          • crabtron  |   Posted on Dec 11th, 2012 -1

            Oh, I didn’t realize that BOTH lines would trail off the page like that. Basically I made a scathingly sarcastic remark about me being downvoted, then ended with a Gladiator quote in all caps, all of which in no way makes me look any more level-headed than I have so far.

    • crabtron  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2012 -14

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      • The fact that you’re badmouthing Pavement renders your entire argument invalid.

        • crabtron  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2012 -20

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          • Can’t argue with that airtight logic. Except I happen to find their music to be very high quality. Now I don’t know what to do…

          • crabtron  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2012 -11

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          • Here’s the thing about the objective/subjective split. True subjectivity is non-controversial, you can say that someing is not to your liking, and no one will argue with that. The trouble lies when you attempt to switch your subjective opinion to an objective fact. True objectivity is a myth, the best we can do is a to gather different subjective observances and estimations into the best consensus available. This is what gives us what we call truth, from “grass is green”, to “dog shit tastes bad”, to “Slanted and Enchanted is a kick ass record.” Now, just because your subjective opinion contradicts this, doesn’t make it less true to you. But maybe you should be careful about treating your minority subjective view as an objective fact, as in Pavement is bad. Because people tend to look at you funny when you run around yelling about how tasty dog shit is, no matter how much you may think it’s true.

          • Here here!

          • Japandroids was mos def immediate, liked them for a while though. Totally agree about pavement.

          • crabtron  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2012 0

            a.j.howard09: I’ll grant you that my sentence about Pavement was written in an objective-fact style, since there’s no “I think Pavement is…” to introduce my sentiment there. But I think I did a good job of stressing the subjectivity of my response to Japandroids in the earlier sentences. But still, fair point on your part.

            I mainly took issue with HartfordTheWhale’s remark on my lack of airtight logic, when his statement about my argument being invalid wasn’t really any better logic on his part, although I suppose that was his point. But I have begun to question my initial vehemence now that I find myself in opposition to someone named HartfordTheWhale, which is such a loveable name that I can’t help but think I’ve become the bad guy in this fight that I’ve started for just no damn reason at all (it also doesn’t help that I have a “tron” at the end of my own name). And having successfully gotten through my powerpoint presentation for my class today, un-stressed-out me is a bit abashed to acknowledge that I told the Japandroids song to go to hell, which was just an unnecessary provocation regarding a song that’s really not bad. I just don’t care for it, is what I meant to say. And I can’t be mad at someone who was merely offended by a remark that I made about a band that I know a lot of people love. Your response was only what I should have expected, considering my initial polarizing remarks. [extends robot-crab claw towards HartfordTheWhale's fin as a cross-species "hand"shake/apology straight from my crabtron heart].

            Hopefully I’ve at least made partial amends for my comments in this thread. I don’t want to become this week’s copy paster cat, who made some nigh-unforgivable remarks about Chromatics last week. No need to dig my own grave any deeper here.

          • nothing better to do on a monday night but tell everyone how aweful and wrong they are?

          • crabtron  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2012 -2

            mr_axed: Yes, I have nothing “better” to do on a MONDAY night, and no I’m no longer telling people they’re wrong, if you read my last comment. Except I’m telling you you’re wrong now, I guess. But I’m not even sure if you’re responding to me or someone else, so if not then never mind/ fuck it.

          • No worries old chap (crabtron). I enjoy a nice bout of muzak debate. These things are really all subjective, and it’s hard to start every damn thing with “well *I* think, and please do not consider this a statement of fact but merely an opinion based on my experiences.” You should see the way my brother and I debate about music and art and stuff. If he says something I don’t agree with I usually say (tongue in cheek) “you’re an idiot” and then tell him why. It never changes his mind, but it’s fun to have these discussions, else why would we be on here?

        • pavement is integral to our countries interstate system

    • I’m with ya Rahbrrt. They’re just another pop punk band styled the same way as so many other bands from the late 90s and early 2000s that dominated Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtracks. And Scruffy, if opinions are like assholes, then this page is a giant gathering of assholes so welcome to the club.

      • They’re nothing like those bands you’re referring to. If anything they’re closer to bands like The Replacements and Archers of Loaf. I can take the previous Pavement association (though disagree with the posters opinion on the band) but “pop punk” like Sum-41, Japandroids are definitely not.

    • Yea man, quit being such an opinion.

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  6. Bummed not to see Climax on here.

  7. Adorn – Miguel

    • I’m really into “Do You…” at the moment.

      I think Kaleidoscope Dream came out to late in the year for everyone to digest it. Even though “Adorn” has been around all year…

  8. Well, what do you like Rahbrrt? If you’re going to blow up the public with your vitriol, at least have an argument to back up your claim.

    Personally, I favor Burial’s “Kindred” as my TOTY, but I’m glad to see Stereogum is allowing people to a. post their own opinions and b. help people discover sounds that they haven’t heard before. Hear hear!

  9. Am I the only one who thinks “Younger Us” kicks about 400 times more ass than “THTHB?” I get bored with that one halfway through

  10. 10. Carly Rae Jepson – “Call Me Maybe”

    Damn, guys.

  11. Wasted Days made it! Yes!

  12. This is a question to which someone will probably answer “dude, yeah.” (espcially having just said that)


    Am I the only person in the world who thinks “The Nights of Wine and Roses” is the best song on Celebration Rock?

  13. Twin Shadow beat out Carly Something. That is awesome.

    And whoever got “Hey Jane” into the Top 20, I wanna hug you!

  14. This list confirms my suspicions that Stereogum readers like some stuff and don’t like some other stuff.

    Seriously though this is a good list with a great song on top. As for Call Me Maybe, I’m not even mad, it’s just funny.

  15. Slightly bummed Climax and Adorn aren’t in there, but there are also a couple of tracks I’m glad made it that I didn’t think would (Hey, I just met you…).

  16. Can’t go wrong with a Frank Ocean pick, but “Pyramids” is like my seventh favorite song on that album. Still great, but “Pink Matter,” “Forrest Gump,” “Thinkin Bout You” and “Super Rich Kids” were my favorites.

  17. Man, song we’ve talked about all year and no Usher? Is this list an anti-climax or what!? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  18. Sharon Van Etten – Serpents

  19. So people really preferred the long album tracks to the single material this year? People really think that “Pyramids” and “Wasted Days” are the best songs on those albums? Still a pretty good list though.

  20. No T-Swift’s “We Are Never Getting Back Together”? Screw this list.

    • I think we filled our “semi-ironic pop song” quotient with “Call Me Maybe”. Although I’d probably throw that T. Swift song in there somewhere as well.

    • Yeah. I didn’t hear either of those songs until November, but I found the Swift way more catchy and well-crafted than the Jepsen.

    • It would have been higher. But people entered too many “ever ever ever”s into the song name. So she has a lot of votes but spread out amongst multiple different names for the same song.

  21. Pretty solid list, but I’m surprised at the dominance of electronic-influenced tracks. What about the more traditional artists ie: Sharon Van Etten, Father John Misty, Andrew Bird, etc.? Or maybe you’re all a bunch of dubious young roustabouts and I’m showing my age?

  22. Only in My Dreams was my number one pick, I don’t know why but I played that track over and over. Anyone with me?

  23. Pretty solid list. Although, I’m kinda surprised Disparate Youth by Santigold didn’t make it.

    If I could add a few more songs:

    Perfume Genius – Hood
    Electric Guest – This Head I Hold
    The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather
    Of Monsters and Men – Dirty Paws
    Nick Waterhouse – Say I Wanna Know

    • Those additions are somewhat similar to my taste in music and therefore this comment is correct! But seriously, that Neighbourhood song is a jam.

  24. I would listen to this playlist, minus 1 Jepsen.

  25. It’s pointless commenting this far down.

  26. It’s weird how people largely only vote for the singles. Sun in your Eyes is far superior to Yet Again which I love, but it’s got nothing on that track. As for the top track, I don’t get it but don’t begrudge them the top spot. Interesting to see where the readers diverge from the staff. Love seeing “Get Free” up there too…

  27. I actually like every single song on this list but the top one. Nice one readers!

  28. Man, I love these songs lists. The albums lists are fun too, but we tend to listen to the same thing. There are’nt usually a ton of surprises. But it’s interesting to see what individual tracks get spotlighted, especially if you, like me, tend to consume music in album-size chunks. It’s also nice to see what tracks out of your usual wheelhouse you missed through the course of the year. I know last year, I had an embarassingly late obsession with “Superbass” after not hearing it until late December. Same thing with “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance” in 2009, and “Umbrella” in 2007.

    For me, the initial standout track from Channel Orange was “Super Rich Kids.” Also, if Ihad voted in time (was an hour late), “R.A.P. Music” would have been in my top three and “Under the Westway” would have been in my top ten. Glad to see Spiritualized though, and looking forward to hearing what I missed though.

  29. I don’t think any more lists have to be made now, this one’s pretty much perfect

  30. Replace Call me Maybe with Head in the Ceiling Fan by Title Fight and this list is spot on.

  31. the part in do you when it goes into “what about matinee movies…” shits good pop structure

  32. so glad chromatics made it!! <3

  33. do you…? by miguel
    where the hell is climax????
    i could use a little sharon van etten too.

    i tried to like call me maybe, & i’m usually open to pop stuff like that but that song is awful

  34. Nicely done guys

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  36. No Torche, Dino JR., or Passion Pit?!? Shocking.

  37. and Stereogum’s year-end theme of one McRib among Filet Mignons continues

  38. One last note. I’m not sure if “Laura” is the best song of the year, but it’s certainly the loveliest. It’s like if side A of Hunky Dory and side B of After the Gold Rush decided to have a baby and got Joni Mitchell’s “River” to be the surrogate mother.

  39. Sort of a weak year for singles?

  40. No love for “The Full Retard”?

    You guys pumped that shit right? The song explicitly states you must pump that shit

  41. anyone else think sleeping ute kind of sounds like jeff buckley’s grace??

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  43. too bad spotify doesn’t work outside of the US…

  44. The list itself doesn’t do much for me either way, so I’ll just weigh in on the Celebration Rock thing. I think the three best songs are the three in a row of “Adrenaline Nightshift” – “THTHB.” The latter may be the weakest just because it runs a bit long, but those are the 3 main ones I dig.

    “Pyramids” is definitely at least one of the best songs off the Ocean album, one of the few that really stuck with me.

  45. I still get a rush of adrenaline from “The House That Heaven Built”, and really all of “Celebration Rock”. A couple of 90′s bands released some fine singles this year as well. Superchunk’s “This Summer” and The Afghan Whigs cover of Frank Ocean’s “Lovecrimes” have held up well after repeated plays in the second half of 2012.

    • Sorry – I guess I’m in the minority here but I’ve tried to listen to ‘Celebration Rock’ several times at home and really? What do you guys hear in this band? Boring, trite bar band music that’s been done way, way better by a gazillion bands over the last 40 years. You’re kidding right! Tuneless drivel if you ask me. It really speaks to the fact that 2012 wasn’t that great of a year in music at all. I’ve been a music fanatic since the 70′s so I should know. The Walkmen and The Black Keys and several other American bands blow these guys away and I’m a Canadian! In fact they kind of suck IMO. Sorry as ya all posted it as your number one track. But the people really deserve better. Just look at all of the Frank Ocean worshipping going around. Yikes! Wake me when it’s over!!
      Purity Ring suck too! And they’re from the same city as I am!

  46. and when this year is over can you all come to realize that frank ocean isn’t really that good.

  47. Very surprised “Heaven” from The Walkmen didn’t make it. That song still absolutely rules.

  48. songs that scratched my itch…

    “Watch the Corners,” Dinosaur Jr
    “Pre-Language,” Disappears
    “Open Your Heart,” The Men
    “Strangers,” Lotus Plaza

    and Ty Segall… but I’m having trouble picking which one. If he had picked the best songs from those three albums and just released one it would be album of the year in my book.

  49. The Kendrick Lamar love is very spiriting — though I probably would have gone with one of the other songs on the album. I was only just recently encouraged to check him out by reading this article about his unorthodox treatment of masculinity compared to what you expect in hip-hop.

    Very interesting read:

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