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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Bruce Springsteen, 'We Take Care Of Our Own'

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A huge, double-edged anthem that sounds like jingoism until you listen closer, when it reveals itself as both critique and challenge. "From the shotgun shack to the Superdome/There ain't no help, the cavalry stayed home," Springsteen declares, invoking Katrina, preaching to both the choir and the unconverted.

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