The 100 Best Songs of 2012 as Determined By Combining 23 Other Publications' Best Songs Lists

For the past few weeks, every music website under the sun has dutiful churned out their "Best Songs of 2012" lists, but who has time to read them all? Besides, many publications' staffs suffer from that dreaded hive mind and a specific focus. So we decided to go all slapdash Nate Silver and combined 23 other publications' lists into one giant meta list.

We used the following publications: American Songwriter (AS), Beats Per Minute (BPM), BET, Complex (CX), Consequence of Sound (CoS), Fact Magazine (F), The Guardian (G), Gorilla vs Bear (GvB), Little White Earbuds (LWE), The Line of Best Fit (LBF) NME, NPR, No Ripcord (NR), Paste (P), Pitchfork (P4K), Pretty Much Amazing (PMA), Popdust (PD), Pop Matters (PM), Resident Advisor (RA), Rolling Stone (RS), Spin (SP), Spinner (SN), and XLR8R (X8).

We gave each #1 song 10 points, each #2 song 9.9 points and so forth all the way down. To ensure that every song got at least one point, the last 10 songs on 100-place lists each got 1 points. We also used one unranked list (NPR) and one partially unranked list (PMA). All unranked songs got one point each.

So, without further ado, here are the results. Spoiler alert: R&B is back in a big way.

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@largeheartedboy I've heard like 5 of those songs. #yearofoutoftouchme

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