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

Japandroids, 'The House That Heaven Built'
Leigh Righton24/50

24. Japandroids, 'The House That Heaven Built'

Two Vancouver guys cut the year's most fist-pumping indie-rock song, a scorcher that suggests Springsteen with a sore throat and his underpants on fire. Amid atomic-buzz-saw chords and a raggedly catchy hook, Brian King rails against a "lifeless life," concluding, "If they try to slow you down, tell 'em all to go to hell." Yeah!

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