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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Frank Ocean, 'Thinkin Bout You'

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The year's deepest love song won us all with the subtle gender-flipping in the opening verse, but the rest of the lyrics are even better. "Since you think I don't love you, I just thought you were cute, that's why I kissed you," Ocean sings. The leap into aching falsetto a moment later is as universal as melody gets.

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