Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2012 Wrap: MG's Top 10 (Guest Post)

You might remember me from weekly posts earlier this year covering off my favourite songs of the week. Since then I've completely dropped off the map, but Jes has asked me back to give you a list of my top ten songs of the year.

It's always challenging to decide on what I've liked best over the past twelve months, so this list is by no means comprehensive. But I do think I was able to showcase some of my favourites, while not depressing everyone with the usually listen to. So in no particular order, here are some of my favourite songs of 2012.

The Mother We Share - Chvrches
I seriously don't know how people aren't more in love with synth pop. It's the ultimate. So catchy and poppy, but you don't feel completely dirty and cheap after you listen. It's like grooving to a good Justin Beiber song, without feeling like you need to wash your brain with soap and water afterwards.

Ghosts - On and On
Randomly stumbled upon this song during the year. It's my haunting emo jam for 2012. Every good list needs an emo jam.

Give me Love - Ed Sheeran
I know Jes will approve of this song - we're both big fans of the lovely Ed. He had such a great year, and as much as it pains me to support a ginger I really do love this album and the sometimes overly cheesy lyrics.

Stubborn Love - The Lumineers
What a year (two years?) for folk music to come back. The Lumineers received a lot of mainstream celebrations surrounding their single Hey Ho, but I really do love Stubborn Love best of all.

Chameleon/comedian - Kathleen Edwards
Katheen Edwards, you're a Canadian beauty! Every music recap list also needs to meet a CanCon requirement (I don't make the rules, okay?), so it's awesome that this one fit in so effortlessly. I was able to just squeak this one in since Voyageur was released in January 2012, so I'm feeling pleased as punch that it was able to make the cut.

Same Love  - Mackelmore f/t Mary Lambert 
I still cannot listen to this song/watch the video without crying. PS who doesn't want to be invited to the wedding at the end?

Lily - Benjamin Gibbard
It was hard for me to pick just one song off of Ben Gibbard's solo album for this list, but I just find Lily to be so charming.

Deja Vu - Mo Kenney
It's been a big year for Haligonian Mo Kenney. She's been touring a bunch with mentor/producer Joel Plaskett, and she released her first album. Catch her live if you can - her cover of David Bowie's Five Years is amazing.

When I Write my Master's Thesis - John K. Sampson
The Weakerthans have been one of my favourite bands since forever - how could I not include a song from John K. Sampson's solo album?

Yellow Light - Of Monsters and Men
This is kind of cheating since the album came out in Iceland in 2011, but it didn't make it's North American debut until 2012, so I'm totally letting it slide. My list, my rules. And such an awesome album.


1. I could have a discussion with you about synth pop if you'd like. 2. LOVE England's little ginger export. 3. Glad someone from team Canada made the list - extra glad it was Kathleen. 4. When I Write My Master's Thesis - the only song on your list that was on my playlist this year, WTF. 5. All in all a delightful list! 


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