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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Teen, 'Better'
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38. Teen, 'Better'

Teen aren't teens, actually – they're four Brooklyn twentysomethings. But on "Better," they're adolescent in the best sense, with keyboards swirling over a muscular thump that gives the classicist girl group a low-fi makeover. And the chorus is pure youthful bravado: "I'll do it better than anybody else." Not much neo-girl pop does.

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