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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Van Halen, 'Stay Frosty'
Robert Yeager16/50

16. Van Halen, 'Stay Frosty'

This single-handedly proved the reunion was worth the wait. Diamond Dave rides the Van Halen brothers' flashiest riffs in decades, shooting o one-liners with the wisdom of a strip-club Zen master – from "You want to be a monk, you got to cook a lot of rice" to "Look beyond that kung-fu fighting/God is love, but get it in writing."

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