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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Superchunk, 'This Summer'
Jason Arthurs47/50

47. Superchunk, 'This Summer'

The beloved North Carolina indie-rock veterans make a break for the bridge after raiding the fridge and bust out a shot of school's-out, storm-the-beach teenage fun – a perfect mess of sand-in-your-Converse good times, good-looking shoulders and well-honed guitar heat that can rip through your SPF-50.

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