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


The Lumineers, 'Ho Hey'

Mark Sink

This song introduced America's answer to Mumford & Sons, complete with roots-rock barn-stomp, chain-gang choir and lyrics about hanging around Chinatown, waiting for a girl. Colorado kid Wesley Schultz sings, "I don't know where I belong. . . ./I know I can write a song" like a heart-on-sleeve high-plains drifter.

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