Top 30 Songs of 2012: Expert Witness Pazz & Jop

Robert Christgau’s MSN blog, Expert Witness, has a comment section filled with some of the best music discussion I’ve come across.  Last year, I hosted a poll of commenters’ favorite albums and songs of 2011.  Now, I’ve hosted a second poll there to find commenters’ favorite albums and songs of 2012.  Users voted for at most ten songs, with the songs ranked here by number of mentions.  Fifty-seven ballots were cast (compared to last year’s 51), and while all ballots mentioned ten albums, some ballots mentioned no songs at all.  Listed are those who voted for each song and those who put them in their first place slots.

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#30-20

4 mentions

“The Only Place” – Best Coast

Voters: Richard Cobeen, Glen Hadwen, Paul Hayden, Alex Wolf

the only place

“Tallulah” – Allo Darlin’

Voters: Glen Hadwen, Ryan Maffei, Christopher Monsen, John Smallwood

europe

“Simple Song” – The Shins

Voters: Nah-Tieh Bropleh, Joey Daniewicz, KT Lindemann, John Speranza

simple song

“Same Love” (featuring Mary Lambert) – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Voters: Kenny Mostern, John Smallwood, Nate Smith, Thomas Walker

same love

“Refill” – Elle Varner

Voters: Joe Lunday, Ryan Maffei, Jeff Melnick, Michael Swallop

refill

“Putin Lights up the Fire” – Pussy Riot

Voters: Joey Daniewicz, KT Lindemann, Christopher Monsen, Dan Weiss

First-place mentions: Joey Daniewicz, KT Lindemann, Dan Weiss

putin

“NYC Cops” – Himanshu “Heems” Suri

Voters: Jimmy Cook, Jason Gubbels, Joe Lunday, Michael Tatum

nyc cops

“Losing You” – Solange

Voters: Jason Gubbels, Justin Little, Jeff Melnick, Markus Rauchenwald

losing you

“Death to My Hometown” – Bruce Springsteen

Voters: Jimmy Cook, Jason Gubbels, Greg Morton, Alex Wolf

First-place mentions: Greg Morton

death to my hometown

“Bangarang” (featuring Sirah) – Skrillex

Voters: Scott Coleman, Rob Cooper, Joshua Palmes, Nate Smith

bangarang

“Amy AKA Spent Gladiator 1″ – The Mountain Goats

Voters: Jacob Bailis, Mitch Fujita, Peter Gorman, Ryan Maffei

transcendental youth

#19-15

5 mentions

“We Take Care of Our Own” – Bruce Springsteen

Voters: Paul Albone, Jeff Callahan, Greg Morton, John Smallwood, Rodney Taylor

First-place mentions: Paul Albone

we take care

“Video Games” – Lana Del Rey

Voters: Jimmy Cook, Thomas Walker

2011 voters: Joey Daniewicz, Michael Tatum, Dan Weiss

video games

“Merry Go ‘Round” – Kacey Musgraves

Voters: Kevin John Bozelka, Joey Daniewicz, Brad Luen, Christopher Monsen, Markus Rauchenwald

merry go round

“Boozophilia” – Low Cut Connie

Voters: Peter Gorman, Mike Imes, Jon LaFollette, Jaimie Stone, Jerry Withrow

boozophilia

“Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” – P!nk

Voters: Scott Coleman, Jimmy Cook, Chris Hurst, Jeff Melnick, John Smallwood

First-place mentions: Scott Coleman

blow me

#14-9

6 mentions

“The Night I Learned How Not to Pray” – Iris Dement

Voters: Chuck Bromley, Jeff Callahan, Jason Gubbels, Chris Hurst, Mike Imes, Michael Tatum

the night i learned

“Somebody That I Used to Know” (featuring Kimbra) – Gotye

Voters: Paul Albone, Tom Lane, Rodney Taylor, Dan Weber

2011 voters: Kevin John Bozelka, Dan Weiss

First-place mentions: Dan Weiss

somebody

“In C” – Loudon Wainwright III

Voters: Richard Cobeen, Jimmy Cook, Paul Hayden, Greg Morton, John Smallwood, Liam Smith

older than my old man now

“Gangnam Style” – Psy

Voters: Scott Coleman, Joey Daniewicz, Mitch Fujita, Will Hanson, Chris Hurst, Tom Lane

gangnam style

“Climax” – Usher

Voters: Joey Daniewicz, Brad Luen, Christopher Monsen, Joshua Palmes, Matt Rice, Michael Tatum

climax

“Bad Girls” – M.I.A.

Voters: Chuck Bromley, Mitch Fujita, Will Hanson, Alexander Nevermind, Joshua Palmes, Alex Wolf

First-place mentions: Mitch Fujita

bad girls

#8

9 mentions

“Andrew in Drag” – The Magnetic Fields

Voters: Chuck Bromley, Rob Cooper, Peter Gorman, Jason Gubbels, Jon LaFollette, Ryan Maffei, Liam Smith, Nate Smith, Michael Tatum

andrew in drag

#7-5

10 mentions

“Pyramids” – Frank Ocean

Voters: Chuck Bromley, Nah-Tieh Bropleh, Nick Farruggia, Jon LaFollette, Justin Little, Nick M, Christopher Monsen, Alexander Nevermind, Markus Rauchenwald, Dan Weber

pyramids

“New York Banker” – Todd Snider

Voters: Richard Cobeen, Jimmy Cook, Jon LaFollette, Christopher Monsen, John Smallwood, Liam Smith, Jaimie Stone, Michael Swallop, Dan Weber, Dan Weiss

First-place mentions: Jon LaFollette, Christopher Monsen

new york banker

“Adorn” – Miguel

Voters: Nah-Tieh Bropleh, Scott Coleman, Joey Daniewicz, Jason Gubbels, Mike Imes, Tom Lane, Jeff Melnick, Alexander Nevermind, Nate Smith, Michael Swallop

adorn

#4

12 mentions

“The House That Heaven Built” – Japandroids

Voters: Nah-Tieh Bropleh, Jeff Callahan, Richard Cobeen, Rob Cooper, Joey Daniewicz, Will Hanson, Paul Hayden, Christopher Monsen, Alexander Nevermind, Markus Rauchenwald, Michael Swallop, Dan Weiss

the house that heaven built

#3

14 mentions

“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” – Taylor Swift

Voters: Chuck Bromley, Scott Coleman, Joey Daniewicz, Glen Hadwen, Chris Hurst, Brad Luen, Ryan Maffei, Markus Rauchenwald, Matt Rice, John Smallwood, Michael Swallop, Michael Tatum, Thomas Walker, Dan Weber

First-place mentions: Michael Swallop

we are never ever getting back together

#2

15 mentions

“212″ (featuring Lazy Jay) – Azealia Banks

Voters: Chuck Bromley, Jeff Callahan, Richard Cobeen, Jimmy Cook, Rob Cooper, Glen Hadwen, Chris Hurst, Jon LaFollette, Michael Swallop, Rodney Taylor, Dan Weber

2011 voters: Kevin John Bozelka, Brad Luen, Christopher Monsen, Dan Weiss

First-place mentions: Jeff Callahan, Richard Cobeen, Jimmy Cook, Rob Cooper, Christopher Monsen, Rodney Taylor

212

#1

20 mentions

“Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen

Voters: Jacob Bailis, Chuck Bromley, Richard Cobeen, Scott Coleman, Joey Daniewicz, Mitch Fujita, Chris Hurst, Tom Lane, Brad Luen, Christopher Monsen, Joshua Palmes, Matt Rice, Raul Roque, Nate Smith, Jaimie Stone, Michael Swallop, Michael Tatum, Dan Weber

Voters for her performance with The Roots and Jimmy Fallon: Cam Patterson, Liam Smith

First-place mentions: Jacob Bailis, Chris Hurst, Tom Lane, Matt Rice, Nate Smith, Jaimie Stone

call me maybe

Below is a Spotify playlist with all songs to receive at least three mentions, excepting the following three songs: Himanshu “Heems” Suri’s “NYC Cops” and “Womyn” and Pussy Riot’s “Putin Lights up the Fire”

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