It's been a toughie. 2012 has been an incredible musical baptism of a year for me. From the eighteen pop-punk mixtapes that Elise gave me for my eighteenth, to my re-discovery of Blink182, Fall Out Boy, Nirvana and Death Cab For Cutie; it's fair to say that it has been an educational time. However, for the top twenty five I thought I'd focus on my most played; since that's what charts are all about.
25. Blue Cassette-Friendly Fires. I received their second album, Pala for Christmas last year and would not 'stop the tape machine' for anyone.
24. No One Does It Better-You Me At Six. The Gateway album, Sinners Never Sleep saw me through spring, and this steady ballad shows what I hope to see of You Me At Six in the future.
23. This Is The First Thing-You Me At Six. Endlessly catchy and endlessly played on my Ipod, this song was the soundtrack to the early part of 2012.
22. The Middle-Jimmy Eat World. This is the most uplifting song you will ever hear. Fact.
21. Show Me Lights-Friendly Fires. This slice of indie evokes my summer holidays in Spain and is perfect escapism.
20. Anchors Make Good Shoes If You Have Issues-Courage My Love. Canadian pop-punk that's good for the soul.
19. Yellow Light-Of Monsters And Men. NYLON magazine recommended Iceland's finest indie band to me and this song is truly beautiful. I ordered their album from America so that I could listen to it before it came out in the UK.
18. No Consequences-VersaEmerge. Bum-shakingly, headbangingly good; in a way this is rock music's 'best of both worlds' and yeah, that's a Hannah Montana reference.
17. This Island-Natives. My friends went to see Natives without me. I wasn't happy. But, ironically, this song makes me feel a helluva-lot better.
16. Mix Tape-Brand New. Yeah it's old. But it's a good 'un.
15. Stay With Me-You Me At Six. This song sounds like an anthem. Lyrically it probably isn't; but it just feels god damn good. Even better live!
14. Remembering Sunday-All Time Low. All Time Low. Juliet Simms. Death Cab esque lyrics. Perfection.
13. The Girl-City and Colour. A late entry that has swooped in and stolen my heart, then given it back, wrapped in warmth and fresh grass and lemonade and all things lovely.
12. Everything's Embarrassing-Sky Ferreira. An apt song for a year that has at times been embarrassing. Published typo-s, crushes gone bad, a one direction concert, falling over aplenty. But, if being embarrassed about stuff gets you down, this track will lift you straight back up again.
11. World In A Bottle-Anavae. It's Anavae.
10. Outlines-All Time Low. If Twin Atlantic didn't exist, this would be my song of the year.
09. The Rumour-You Me At Six. It's paranoid breakdown is incredible.
08. Reckless-You Me At Six. This is 2012 personified.
07. Make A Beast Of Myself-Twin Atlantic. This was the marijuana of my road to addiction.
06. Edit Me-Twin Atlantic. I played this to a guy I liked. He said it was Americanised. Adios. Cue the next track.
05. You're Turning Into John Wayne-Twin Atlantic. Is it anti-American? Or is it anti-laconic faux-Texan drawls. All I know is that you need big hands to play the fret-stretch 9-5 and that drop-C is the tuning of the gods. And that I need to shut up.
04. Bloodshake-Peace. Fizzy.
03. We Want Better Man-Twin Atlantic. Never have lyrics been so appropriate. And I wish I would have listened with conviction and grace//Instead I stand here screaming at a docile human race//So here is the handle, now get a fucking grip//And say we want better man, yeah we want better man
02. Sparkly Touch-Twin Atlantic. Not an Edward Cullen euphemism. Something about egos and glitter. Maybe. I'm not sure. All I know is that Sam McTrusty witnessed me get the words wrong.