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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The Vaccines, 'Teenage Icon'

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Nicky J. Sims/Redferns

London's Vaccines leaven Strokes-tight tunes with a self-deprecating sense of humor: "I had a photo where John Lennon may have stood/Or so I'm told," Justin Young sings against itchy, breakneck guitar, adding to the rich canon of undeniable punk-rock songs about being an unbearable punk-rock poseur.

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