Top 5 in music of 2012

Call her, maybe.

Top 5 in music of 2012

1.    Frank Ocean, “Channel Orange”

2.    TIE: Father John Misty, “Fear Fun”; PSY, “Gangnam Style”

3.    Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”

4.    Gotye, “Somebody That I Used to Know”

5.    TIE: Rihanna, “Diamonds”; Ke$ha, “Warrior”

*This list includes albums + singles.

I’ll start by criticizing myself (and roping you all in with it, so it might touch a nerve). How did we all leave “We Are Young” by Fun. off this list? Is it because we’re all too old to sing that song out loud? It can’t be! We all love movies about teenagers. Is it the annoying way that they punctuate their name? (Sometimes it’s in all caps, sometimes in all lowercase and it usually has that annoying period at the end). Or is that opening of the song just too schlocky to make it all worth the amazing chorus? Seriously, if that song was the chorus alone, it would be the song of the year. To tell you the truth, it probably still will be anyway. Also, here’s where I’m a little bit of a jerk: That Gotye song officially started getting airplay last year. -Pat Healy, music editor  

For me, the problem is “My friends are in the bathroom, getting higher than the Empire State.”

This line ruined friends, getting high and New York for me. FOR SHAME, Fun! Monica Weymouth

“Somebody That I Used to Know” stays on the list because it made me think there was this really great Police song from the ’80s recently discovered and newly released. I think I just proved your old fogeys theory.” Amber Ray



“And there was another noteable Police ripoff this year – Pat and I were just talking about “Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars. Strange to see Sting make a vicarious comeback. … Maybe this supports the argument that I’m already an old fogie, but I had to look up the Rihanna and Ke$ha songs because I hadn’t heard them before. Ke$ha has finally been the first to inspire me to call something “devil music” in an unflattering way.” Heidi Patalano

Heidi, you are killing me! Tell me that when “Tik Tok” comes on you don’t feel like you run the world. Tell me!” MW



“I may agree with Ke$ha’s choice of toothpaste, but it all stops there.” HP

“I can’t tell whether I’m repulsed or amazed that Ke$ha collects fans’ teeth.” Meredith Engel

“Another bit of food for thought: Would “Gangnam Style” make the list if there weren’t a video? People probably posed the same question about Duran Duran in 1982, and it’s strange how this bit of devil’s advocacy is still relevant in 2012. But seriously, in an age where music videos aren’t shown on regular TV anymore, it is interesting that a video made such a huge cultural and musical splash. Also, who is the most ridiculous person you saw in 2012 attempt the dance?” PH

“I think it would have –hell, I still haven’t even seen the Gangnam Style video, but I somehow know the dance. I personally enjoyed Britney trying her hand on it while appearing on Ellen (but why was she dressed like a flight attendant for that episode?). Related: Has anyone done the “Gangnam Style yourself” eCard? Kind of the Elf Yourself thing.” ME



“I think a prerequisite for Best Song of the Year means we can sing along with it. Oh man, I’m such a xenophobe.’ Dorothy Robinson

“Heeeeeey sexy lady” — count it!  MW

“What about Kanye this year? Did anybody vote for “Cruel Summer”? PH

“I say this every single year, and I hate change so I’ll say it again: I have never heard anything by Kanye West that I didn’t want to turn off immediately. Who’s old and grumpy? This girl — this girl right here.” MW

“Oh man, Monica, give Mercy a chance! There’s so much going on in this track. I love how it flawlessly switches between winding dancehall to some gritty southern rap all while maintaining a cool, dark undertone and then suddenly taking a left turn to an electronic dance party. Yup, you have to bring ALL your moves to the floor. Adding to the awesomeness is the all-black ninja-bedouin looks everyone sports in the stylized video. It’s totally one of those fashion moments I can see being referenced years from now.” Tina Chadha

“Tina, I appreciate you thinking that I’m anywhere near this cool.” MW

“I’m really proud of our list — I think it’s a great compilation of the best of what was playing on most people’s iPhones this year. But for me, 2012 was the year of Innovative Leisure. The small L.A.-based label put out fantastic new albums by rhythm and blues throwback Nick Waterhouse and breezy psych rockers the Allah-Las. Both became fixtures on the beachy, blissed out soundtrack to my summer (which, regrettably, lacked the actual SoCal sand and water).” AR

“I’m just really proud that our mostly white staff picked “Channel Ocean” as the best album. We still have it, people!” TC

Music editor Pat Healy’s Top 5

1. Father John Misty “Fear Fun”

2. Michael Kiwanuka “Home Again”

3. Big Boi “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors”

4. Frank Ocean “channel ORANGE”

5. TIE: Bruce Springsteen “Wrecking Ball” & The Walkmen “Heaven”

This was a weird year for music. For the first time I feel like there was actually too much to listen to. Look at the top lists of any major publication and there are very few similarities. I, for one, am surprised more outlets aren’t praising the stellar songcraft of Father John Misty and Michael Kiwanuka. Neither are reinventing the wheel. In fact, both seem very much rooted in sounds of the ’60s and ’70s. But as for my next two entries, Big Boi and Frank Ocean, I think both are really doing great things to push their genres forward. Big Boi took a brave tact on this most recent album, which also didn’t make that many lists (presumably due to its December release date). Instead of just a few indie collaborations here and there, like he has done in the past, almost every track is a collaboration, with either Phantogram or Little Dragon. The results are completely original. Frank Ocean’s results are completely original too. I said this in discussing the symbolism of Whitney’s death, but it really is like he is on the forefront of bringing a much needed update to R&B. The new school, which includes Miguel and The Weeknd never knew a world where hip-hop didn’t exist and that has formed their worldview in such a unique way that the old soulsters didn’t have.  And in fifth place, maybe it’s just loyalty, but two of my favorite acts released albums that weren’t my favorites they’ve ever released, but I can still go back and enjoy them.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.