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Rob Sheffield's Top 25 Songs of 2012

From Carly Rae Jepsen to Van Halen

December 28, 2012 8:00 AM ET

Rob Sheffield's 25 favorite songs of 2012, include, but are not limited to: hits, obscurities, roller-disco jams, air-guitar disasters, rap anthems and dubious karaoke picks. And Van Halen, obviously. (Listen to most of these songs on RDIO below.)

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