Multi-genre mashing on The Wallflowers return to rock radio. You’ve got Jakob’s unique voice, keyboard solos, Mick Jones’ 70’s Clash style, and breakdancers poppin’ and lockin’ to a fresh rock n’ roll anthem.
11. “ALGO ME GUSTA DE TI” WISIN y YANDEL with CHRIS BROWN and T-PAIN
The English version of “Something About You” was on my blog earlier this year but the original Spanish version sounds natural. The hip hop beats, the Reggaeton breaks, the blending of the English with Spanish, even T-Pain’s Autotune which has become SO overplayed, all comes together on one of the best party records of 2012.
10. “GANGNAM STYLE” PSY
Goyte’s “Someone I Used To Love”, Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger”, Carly Rae Jepsem’s “Call Me Maybe”, and Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Getting Back Together” each topped 50 million hits on YouTube in 2012. But Psy’s “Gangnam Style” was the #1 played song not only in 2012 but recently passed Justin Bieber’s “Baby” as #1 all-time most played video. It’s ridiculous, it’s trendy, but it’s a song I still turn up every time I hear it and the video’s energy and comedy is totally fun and contagious.
9. “ROCKY GROUND” BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
Bruce often takes the role of a preacher during his epic concert sets. Well, he’s got another song to “take ’em to church” with this Gospel-tinged hopeful song from his 2012 Wrecking Ball CD. The inclusion of a choir and rapping on a Springsteen song is an exciting unexpected twist that surprisingly works beautifully on this inspiring anthem.