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

fun., 'Some Nights'
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11. fun., 'Some Nights'

fun. followed their epic debut hit, "We Are Young," with another skywriting anthem, this one even more tinged with lush melancholy. It's young-adult angst that almost anyone turning 23 can relate to, with lines like "I try twice as hard and I'm half as liked." The martial beat and sky-high vocal charge still made entropy feel awesome.

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