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

5

Neil Young and Crazy Horse, 'Ramada Inn'

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Danny Clinch

A 17-minute epic on the scale of "Like a Hurricane" that surveys a long-term relationship in the wake of grown kids. Time and drinking take their toll, love almost saves the day, and a road trip becomes a revelation without a resolution. "Every morning comes the sun," Young sings. And the guitars play on.

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