This year was rife with some great and relatively diverse popular music, and it's time we give some artistic cred not just to the capital-A Artistes who care not for the embrace of the masses but to the hit makers who have probably shaped the future of wedding receptions for decades to come.
The best songs of 2012 did more than please listeners' ears; they also advanced the genres they represented, whether it was pop, hip hop, rock, EDM or whatever we're calling Fiona Apple's music these days.
None of us could escape the ubiquitous "Call Me Maybe" from Carly Rae Jepsen this year. And that turned out to be OK, because the viral parodies and singalongs made us realize that the song was worthy of our attention. As for the rest of the year, here's my rundown.