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

19

Beach House, 'Other People'

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Liz Flyntz

The Baltimore duo's gorgeous minimalism keeps getting more refined. Victoria Legrand cryptically ponders love over vaporous organ, until everything goes silent but for a drumstick hitting a cymbal. And it's like a sound you've never properly heard before. The chorus blooms like a fireworks fountain, and the world feels new again.

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