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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Danny Brown, 'Grown Up'

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Brown exults with delicious self-satisfaction in his transformation from least-likely-to-succeed to Detroit's top rap hope since Eminem: "Scribbled in my notebook and never did homework/Low attention span/Guess these Adderall worked." Spiced with old-school scratching, it's the year's sunniest hip-hop nostalgia trip.

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