50 Best Songs of 2012

Taylor made weapons-grade teen pop; Kanye put his brain on cruise-control, dubstep kingpins and stadium rockers invited us all to their parties

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A$AP Rocky, 'Goldie'

A$AP Rocky
Brock Fetch

Rapped with a wink, the year's best sex'n'drugs'n'luxury-goods bragfest makes magic in the details – the wicked metalsmith groove, the punch-line non sequiturs ("Got a condo out in space/Open up your legs, tell me how it taste"), the way his voice pops up a couple octaves on the word "dick." A new master of style.

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