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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Passion Pit, 'Take a Walk'

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This synth-pop nugget is one of the greatest songs of the Great Recession: "My partner called to say the pension funds were gone," sings Michael Angelakos with barely suppressed panic. Then the bright, upwardly mobile chorus kicks in, and you are reminded why pop songs exist: to help mute the pain.

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