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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Donald Fagen,
Danny Clinch21/50

21. Donald Fagen, "Weather in My Head'

Steely Dan's master of smooth-as-butter cynicism drops a perfectly manicured, casually sleek R&B groove and wry lyrics that bear a hint of ecological optimism: "They may fix the weather in the world, just like Mr. Gore said." But as for the weather in Mr. Fagen's head: It's all Sandy, all the time.

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