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

Randy Newman, 'I'm Dreaming'
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23. Randy Newman, 'I'm Dreaming'

"I'm dreaming of a white president," Newman sings like a mush-mouthed Bing Crosby. Judging from the YouTube comments, lots of folks didn't get the joke. It's classic Newman satire in the "Short People" mold, a very funny, deceptively breezy take on a painful truth about a segment of the American electorate.

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