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Jan 3, 2013
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The year 2012 will go down in history as the year a single video reached a staggering one billion views on YouTube. But the past year holds so much more than just the horse dance and “Gangnam Style”; in fact, how dare you even forget “Call Me Maybe”?

As we bid farewell to another year in music, we list the hits that made us cheer, and those that made us cringe. We honor the artists who made us believe in a brighter future for mankind, and those who made us want to weep and chop our ears off. Behold, the best and the worst in music in 2012.


1) The Dance Craze We Can’t Wait for the World to Tire of: PSY’s “Gangnam Style”




We have it on good authority that this song made it to every year-end school program, family holiday gathering, and company Christmas party that took place in the past month. For the sake of everyone’s sanity, we implore all the offenders who still think this song is cute to please, please stop it already. We have not felt so strongly about a song since "The Macarena" spread its dance floor doom in 1996. In case you are the only person in the world who has yet heard the Korean craze, above is the video. 


2) The Hit We’ll Never Admit to Liking: Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”




If we’re honest about it, “Call Me Maybe” is pure pop gold: a fun beat that you can bob your head to, a catchy melody that stays in your head for days, and flirtatious lyrics that you can drop as a joke for even longer. But with everyone from your 12-year-old nieces to Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez jumping on the “Call Me Maybe” bandwagon, we’d really rather be one with the haters than confess we have the same taste in music as your regular Disney Channel viewer. Now excuse us as we put our cool shades on. We implore you to do the same.


3) The Proof That OPM Is Still Alive: Gloc-9 feat. Ebe Dancel – “Sirena”




The Filipino rapper has produced one of the best OPM singles of 2012, and it’s not just because of the Dancel teamup and the snappy beat. By daring to tackle a difficult theme, Gloc-9 exposes prejudices, provokes thought, and proves that music can be a catalyst for discourse. Here’s to hoping that this rap effort pushes other local acts into making the kind of music that challenges, not just entertains.

NEXT: Buzz bands, club DJs, and RnB's crown prince, Frank Ocean


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WORDS: CHEEKIE ALBAY
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