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2012 Music

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The 22 Most Essential BuzzFeed Music Posts Of 2012

Our best lists, essays, mashups, and playlists of the year. Plus, a tribute to the incredibly sexy lyrics of Nickelback.

Future, The Best Rapper Who Rarely Raps

His album Pluto 3D blurs the line between club bangers and heart-crushing, hyperemotional confessionals.

18 Best Lana Del Rey-Isms Of 2012

LDR says some pretty dramatic things. But it's okay, Lana. We're here for you. These are all quotes from Lana Del Rey's interviews or monologues.

How 2012's Most Miserable Album Helped Me Through Depression

Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! was the only record that made sense to me when it felt like my world was falling apart.

How Nicki Minaj Brought Rage Back To Pop

"Stupid Hoe" and "Come on a Cone" make fury seem aspirational — and inspirational.

How Passion Pit Turned From A Band Into A Support Group

Michael Angelakos' music may be defined by his mental health issues, but he's making the best of it by helping out troubled fans on Twitter.

The Year Hip-Hop Went Queer

From Frank Ocean to Jay-Z, the genre made major leaps forward with the LGBT community in 2012.

4 Alternate-Universe Versions Of "Call Me Maybe"

Just imagine a world in which Carly Rae Jepsen's song wasn't a huge hit. OK, now imagine if it were a folk song about Jesus.

How Frank Ocean Transcended The Hype

Channel Orange is the best R&B album of 2012, but Ocean's most impressive accomplishment is keeping total control of his image.

Fiona Apple, Artist Of The Year

The Idler Wheel... is startlingly honest, artistically bold, and undeniably the best album of 2012. It's also one of the most gratifying success stories in music.

12 Amazing K-Pop Songs From 2012

The breakout hit "Gangnam Style" drew a lot of attention to K-Pop this year, but it wasn't the only awesome song to come out of South Korea. Here are 11 hits you may have missed, and one you probably didn't.

Sleigh Bells Made The Most Underrated Album Of 2012

Reign of Terror is relentlessly morbid but totally life-affirming. It also has a lots of amazing riffs.

Grimes And The Internet Apocalypse

Claire Boucher makes truly futuristic — and incredibly emotional — music about growing up with social media.

One Direction Made Me Love Boy Bands

I resisted boy bands all through my teens, but now I can't stop listening to 1D.

Fun. Are The Most Inventive Band On The Radio

They seem like squares, but they're the only experimental, ambitious rock band in the mainstream right now.

9 Reasons To Fall In Love With Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

The Seattle hip-hop duo are blowing up right now and for good reason. Here's a primer for the uninitiated.

The Superheroics Of Muse

The English rock trio borrow elements of Queen, Radiohead, and U2 to write songs that make you feel like you're living in a summer blockbuster.

The Year In Springsteen

With Wrecking Ball, The Boss has finally realized that he carries as much political symbolism as his songs.

Kendrick Lamar And The Post-Hip-Hop Generation

The author of Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation breaks down 2012's most stunning rap album, good kid, m.A.A.d city.

Mr. MFN eXquire's Struggle To Stay Weird

Can rap's most compelling underground star hold on to his quirks on a major label?

Taylor Swift's Tragic War Against Hipsters

No matter how much of the spotlight she gets, Taylor always portrays herself as a girl on the edge of the crowd.

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