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04.27.12 Top 10 Songs Of 2012 So Far (as Of 4/27

Top 10 Songs Of 2012 So Far (as Of 4/27)
10Kendrick Lamar
Cartoon & Cereal

Probably the last non-major label single Kendrick will ever release, "Cartoon" checks in at almost seven minutes. Kendrick's almost cartoonish rapping contrasted by Gunplay's hard hitting verses and hook set against a hazy beat makes this song one of his best.

"Genesis" is a throwback to strong female pop singers vocally dancing over synth-basslines. In this, it in incredibly successful as both art and pop.
8Death Grips
I've Seen Footage

"I've Seen Footage" best exemplifies Death Grips aggression with their style of noise and rap. Strangely similar beat to "Push It" by Salt-n-Pepa. Strange but not unpleasant.
7Beach House

Beach House have gone beyond the "dream-pop" or "shoe-gaze" to create a very emotionally compelling track with "Myth."
The House That Heaven Built

Japandroids make me nostaligic for experiences I never had, and their new song is no exception. All of the "OH OOOHH"s make it an immediate sing-a-long at shows. The pop-sensibility mixed with the misspent youth attitude definitely hits the mark.
5Cloud Nothings
Stay Useless

Steve Albini gets the most out of this guitair driven band on their new record and especially on this song. "I need time to stop moving; I need time to stay useless."
Somebody That I Used to Know

Although it came out in the middle of last year, the song didn't chart in the United States until this year so I'm including it in what we can call the "Paper Planes" exception. Whether he's derivative of Sting or Peter Gabriel, Gotye is clearly onto something in the way he channels 80's pop in this accessible hit.

Usher's unstoppable falsetto over a plodding groove from Diplo. The most meticulously nuanced and understated song the two of them have ever done.
2A$AP Rocky

A$AP Rocky's first major single from his upcoming first studio album. Rocky cooly and calmly flows over Hit Boy's breezy beat.
Kill For Love

Chromatics return with a truly captivating song and album that contains and expands on their trademark synths.
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