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 Rolling Stones, 'Doom and Gloom'
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18. The Rolling Stones, 'Doom and Gloom'

The Stones return after seven years with the kind of apocalypse-blues kick-in-the-teeth only they can deliver. It's "Start Me Up" stripped raw for a near-future full of zombies, war and environmental chaos. Mick Jagger stretches out the word "screw" like he's slowly tightening one into the world.

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