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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Kitty Pryde, 'Okay Cupid'
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17. Kitty Pryde, 'Okay Cupid'

Love is pain, and nobody understands that quite like this suburban teen-rap every-girl. Pryde went viral with this homemade mumblecore hit, in the voice of a bored kid from Florida. It's full of wit ("It's my party, couldn't cry if I wanted to") and mall-rat ambience, as she waits for her boyfriend's drunk-dials at 3:30 a.m.

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