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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Grimes, 'Oblivion'

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On her breakthrough single, electro-pop savant Claire Boucher drops sugar-dust vocals over a thwunking synth loop, sounding perfectly dreamy until you listen to the words: "I never walk alone after dark. . . . /Someone could break your neck/Coming up behind you and you'd never have a clue." The catchiness only makes it creepier.

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