Fun Friday: Song Of The Year

What's your favorite song of the year?

Here's mine

I always wondered who plays the guitar solo at the end of the song. Brian told me the other night that its John Mayer. That's cool.

#My Music

Comments (Archived):

    1. fredwilson

      have you seen Ben’s clean shaven look? he cut all his hair off!

      1. bijan

        Yeah, couldn’t believe it.

  1. takingpitches

    With the disclaimer I have little taste, I liked Of Monsters and Men’s album a lot, Little Talks in particular:

    1. fredwilson

      yeah, they are on gotham gal’s list of top records this year. we listened to them a lot in the first half of this year. i like the idea of including a youtube or soundcloud link in the comment. well done.

  2. Nick Tomaino

    2 Chainz is the artist of the year for me. Crack is my favorite track off BOATS…

    1. fredwilson

      my son loves that song!

      1. Nick Tomaino

        Hahah the lyrics are outrageous, but 2 Chainz is entertaining and the beats are catchy

    1. fredwilson

      new to me. thankssss!

  3. kirklove

    Just finished my year end list. A few battled it out for the top spot, but ultimately I had to give it to California by Delta Spirit:, very close second – A Simple Answer off Grizzly Bear’s amazing Shields album:

    1. fredwilson

      both are awesome you have a link to your entire list?

      1. Brian Levine

        Here’s a google doc of my top music for 2012. Are you guys into any of these?

        1. fredwilson

          Nice list. But why Google docs and not a rdio or spotify playlist?

          1. Brian Levine

            I wanted to, but about 7 of 8 of my top 20 are not on Rdio. Just subscribed to Rdio this year. Would like make the transition fully as music is the last frontier for me in terms of keeping files (everything else cloud). I know files are a thing of the past, but I can’t use it 100% exclusively yet. Over time I will. Here’s to feeling light in 2013!

          2. fredwilson

            great answer. same thing happened to kirk love. so he went with

          3. Brian Levine

            Just added you on Rdio, Fred. Here’s to a lighter, more social listening experience for 2013!

        2. kirklove

          I keep a Google Docs list, too. It’s just easier to manage and slide things around. Then I make a playlist at the end of the year based on it.

      2. kirklove

        Here’s my Rdio list. you click the MORE link you’ll see all 20. Only 13 are playable because 7 of the tracks aren’t on Rdio (boo). I’ll be putting a post up of all 20 on my Tumblr with exfm links. Problem is you can’t make playlists on exfm (double boo)

        1. fredwilson

          This will be the soundtrack to my weekend

        2. Brian Levine

          Nice list Kirk. Bat For Lashes is an amazing artist. My favorite song on that record was “Marilyn” – Laura is haunting as well. Just followed you on Rdio!

          1. kirklove

            cool. i dig that too, but Laura just grabbed me.Top 10 or 20 or even 50 lists are so subjective and near impossible. I always forget a ton of tracks I love, but the cool things it’s no big deal we get to listen to everything we like it. We live in amazing musical times.

          2. Donna Brewington White

            I just recently discovered Bat for Lashes — amazing. Love their cover of I’m on Fire — I had been looking for a way to sneak a Springsteen song into the Indie While You Work room.

    2. RichardF

      yeh we want that list Kirk….please!

    3. kirklove

      I’m a liar! A Simple Answer was third on my list. Doh!

    4. jmcaddell

      California is an old one, but better than anything they’ve done since. Grizzly Bear’s “Yet Again” is my #2 this year.

    5. Mark Zohar

      Great pick Kirk. I love that song by Delta Spirit.

      1. kirklove

        Thanks Mark!

  4. ExitPlanetEarth

    Tessellate by alt-J (∆)…

    1. fredwilson

      alt-J is trending in the comments!

    2. Matt A. Myers

      Fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

    1. fredwilson

      such a great band. we listened to that record more than any other (other than channel orange) this year. my daughter spent her summer in london and came back with them as her favorite band.

  5. William Mougayar

    Maná, a Mexican rock band I discovered. I must have played this song “Iluvia al corazon” gazillion times from SoundCloud:…And the best part is I found out that @kirklove is also a fan.

    1. fredwilson

      cool. that’s a new one to me.

      1. aminTorres

        hehe, I grew up with maná back in the d.r.

        1. William Mougayar

          That’s cool. That song grew on me although I vaguely understood the words.

    2. kirklove

      You can thank my wife for that one, otherwise I’d be totally clueless to Maná

      1. William Mougayar

        They are huge worldwide. I discovered them via Jay Leno earlier this year when they were guests.”Maná is considered to be a pioneer in the Rock en Español movement and has earned four Grammy Awards, seven Latin Grammy Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards Latin America, six Premios Juventud awards, fourteen Billboard Latin Music Awards and fifteen Premios Lo Nuestro awards.”…

    3. Wavelengths

      Muelle de San Blas — my ringtone. I heard this music coming from the kitchen when I was at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants.

      1. William Mougayar

        Awesome. Muchas gracias.

  6. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

    The song of the year in my local language is this … had a big hit on the Youtube. The same song is considered as a crap and shit by many … liked the most by youngsters.…It is a sort of english-song 🙂 English spoken in local accent and mix. Listen and see whether you enjoy it.

    1. fredwilson

      i wish there was a good way to find popular music in other cultures

      1. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

        YouTube is the answer.This one had more than 15million views.PSY – Gangnam Style – Guinness record for most likes.

        1. fredwilson

          yes, of coursebut i’d like a channel that curates the best

          1. kidmercury

            i’m sure there are playlists on youtube that serve that function

      2. William Mougayar

        You might, once Turntable goes global :)Shazam has hit lists from some world regions but it covers the pop songs mostly. iTunes just opened local stores in about 65 new countries 2 weeks ago. You only see it if you’re local. I haven’t found a way to switch countries just to discover, like GoogleNews lets you change news editions.

      3. Anne Libby

        Here’s one from Turkey that I listened to a lot early in the year. Or maybe it was last year.…The discovery story is a good one for AVC crowd: an artist/teacher whose blog I follow was traveling in Turkey. She met the musician in a cafe. He gave her a CD, she came back and wrote about it:http://dispatchfromla.typep

        1. Wavelengths

          I’m listening to the 800 album and feeling completely transported. Thanks for being my travel agent. Lovely sound.

          1. Anne Libby

            I’ve got to thank Mary Ann Moss — teacher/artist/blogger/entrepreneur/world traveler — for this one! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it.

      4. kidmercury

        there is an app called saavn which is the spotify of indian music…..although spotify itself has some indian music too

        1. fredwilson


        2. takingpitches

          upvote that. the founder/ceo is my buddy here and they have been working on this for a long time!

      5. Abdallah Al-Hakim

        There is a music app for the Arab market called Anghami – it is an iPhone only so far and they few months old cc @kidmercury:disqus

        1. Elie Habib

          Thanks Abdallah, actually we launched an Android, Blackberry and even Nokia Symbian app. We are serving mainly the unserved Middle East and North Africa region, already having the 4 Majors and all the local labels. Shameless plug – I am the co-founder.

          1. Abdallah Al-Hakim

            Cool. You guys are moving fast 🙂 last I checked it was only iPhone. I think you are doing the right strategy by focusing on young, vibrant and growing digital market in the Arabic speaking world. One question: is Anghami available for residents of Canada to use?

      6. ShanaC

        same. I want to know about how to find more crossover music…

      7. Donna Brewington White

        Write a post titled Fun Friday: Song of the Year. Great representation here of various cultures.Edit: meaning the song choices

        1. fredwilson


      8. Vincent Allote

        This is from an Indian friend of mine.. Good music. Don’t even think of overlooking these.. Seems these were composed by Oscar winner A.R.Rehman…

        1. fredwilson


    2. Ricardo Diz

      Love it. Thanks for sharing.Here’s a cool 2012 song from Portuguese singer Luisa Sobral:

      1. brianfrumberg

        Message from Youtube: The uploader has not made this video available in your country:(

        1. Ricardo Diz

          I hate those restrictions from the music industry. I guess you can more easily listen to this song on her website. Here’s a link:…. It’s song #2. Hope it helps.

    3. RodGM

      You guys have talked about Mana, great band and awesome drums player. Now, let me introduce you some Argentinian Band called Soda Stereo..the lead singer (Gustavo Ceratti) has a CVA and he is still in hospital (about 2 years now)…… (mtv unplugged)hope you like them!

      1. William Mougayar

        I like them. Thx

      2. Wavelengths

        Great sound. Thanks.

  7. RichardF

    edited duplicate…

    1. fredwilson

      i replied to your first comment. strange.

      1. RichardF

        I saw, maybe it’s something to do with how Disqus processes youtube links

  8. Donna Brewington White

    I can’t say that this is my favorite but it’s what came to mind even though it’s a cover… I get excited whenever I hear/see The Piano Guys’ reindition of Coldplay’s Paradise with vocals in Swahili. “Peponi”

    1. Anne Libby

      I must admit to liking their version of O Come Emmanuel, too…

      1. brgardner

        I really like that one too! Both are good.

      2. Donna Brewington White

        I just found it. That’s magnificent. Though, I don’t think I’ll be playing that one in the “Indie While You Work” room on

    2. takingpitches

      what a pretty video!

      1. Donna Brewington White

        I just watched again today and got chills. My guess is that much of the impact of the song came through first seeing the video version — even when I listen in audio the effect (and affect) of having seen the video carries over.

    3. george

      Very, very cool…struck an emotional cord with me!Thanks

      1. brianfrumberg

        Same here. Great rendition. Great post.

  9. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

    My all time favorite on Rock is … ” Rock you like hurricane.”Something about the drum beat in the middle and the way it ends on the very high note … gives the feeling as though like free-fall in the air.Well people may call it a oldie … but old-is-gold :-).

  10. Anne Libby

    Sparked by stumbling onto the Bristol sessions at Songza, I’ve been exploring Appalachian country music. So I’ve been more onto old music this year.The Loom plays new music that harks back (sort of via X). I love Helen, the 3rd track on Teeth. I can’t figure out how to link to the song, but the album streams at their website.'re Brooklyn-based — disclosure, a band member is a friend.)

    1. fredwilson


    2. RichardF

      really like their sound Anne. Thanks for the recommendation

      1. Anne Libby

        You’re welcome. They’ll appreciate that you guys checked in to listen!

    3. Mark Zohar

      If you like Appalachian music, check out Count This Penny who describe their music as “Appalachian pop”. Here’s one of my favorite tracks from their recent album, Pitchman.

      1. Anne Libby

        Thank you!

    4. Wavelengths

      Lovely. Thanks for the intro. I’m a bluegrass fan from way back.As a change of pace, have you listened to Gangstagrass? An NYC-based band. One of their albums is called Rappalachia. You might recognize them from the TV show “Justified.”

      1. Anne Libby

        Thanks for the suggestion! I’m hoping to go through this thread after Christmas, and listen to this and other suggested tracks…have a great day.

  11. Barry Nolan

    An oldie buy still a beauty:The Pogues – A Rainy Night In Soho

    1. ShanaC

      i love the pogues!

  12. Mat Ranauro

    I’ve been falling for the resurgence of 60’s/70’s inspired psychedelic rock (I still love me some 2 CHAINZ, @ntomaino:disqus !)But for me, this year, Tame Impala, Lucidity. (track is a couple years old I think)…

    1. Tom Labus

      good song

    2. Cam MacRae

      They’re incredible live.

      1. Mat Ranauro

        Ah, I bet they are. “Lucidity” is the song that hooked me – they have an incredible catalog of tunes to play live.I’ll have to see when they’re passing through town.

  13. Jared Krouss

    Same artist, different song. I love “Bad Religion,” especially the live version from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

    1. fredwilson

      That whole record is incredible

  14. Lance Trebesch

    Mayer is a virtuoso on guitar. Great song.

  15. JamesHRH

    I really respect well constructed pop songs – they scale! If you enjoyed the Tom Hanks movie That Thing You Do, you will get my PoV.I also respect enjoy mainstream pop stars with ridiculous natural writing ( Alannis Morisette say ) or musical gifts ( say, Adele ). Typically that lasts only for an album or two. Very few have much to say or can manage a career long term (list too long to start one, on this topic).I can’t get YouTube to co-operate – but I really like Neon Trees ‘Everybody Talks’. It fits in the first category – good hook, great lyrics, sticks in your head all day….

    1. Anne Libby

      I loved that movie.(And now, because I also love my job, I have to tear myself away from this thread and get to a meeting. I could stay here all day, yikes!)

      1. ShanaC

        i know the feeling 🙂

    2. kidmercury

      my hipster friends always make fun of me for liking a lot of pop music, but i love that crap for its usability. requires almost no effort to like it and have instantly implanted in your memory. i like the neon trees song too.

      1. JamesHRH

        A close friend from high school used to find good music before other people, he was a total maven type. We lived pretty far from the epicenters of new music in 1980, to say the least –… – so it took a lot of work to do what he did.Even though he claimed that People magazine had some of the best movie reviews, when it came to music, if stuff he had found, liked and spread around our group got popular, he stopped liking it.Led to some Diner style debates.He’s now a surf guide on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, after a global career as a tree planter, where he was involved in a controversial world record dispute (seriously,… &… & planted something like 2.5M trees.Not your average duck.

        1. rmchrQB

          Gotta piggyback on the high school thing. I went to school with Joey Burns of Calexico, known mainly for their brooding desert night vibe. But they’ve shown amazing range over the years. I get lost in their music. Just saw they have a free download of their latest “Para” at: Really enjoying the comments. Lots of new background music for today’s hideous chores like accounting :(.

    3. falicon

      Grew up in the Erie area…so I especially enjoyed that movie 😉

    1. fredwilson


      1. Carl Rahn Griffith

        They are an intriguing band with a rich and unique sound, The video to the song is a delight, also.However, truth be known, Tracey Thorn is currently ripping my heart apart with her absolutely gorgeous Christmas album, just released. Here is one beautiful song/video from the album. the biggest Christmas curmudgeon would melt at this.OK, I have to admit I have also had a massive crush on Tracey Thorn since her Everything But The Girl days – my wife has John Taylor for her long-standing pop-crush, so it’s permitted :-)PS, love that Pyramids track by the way – will need to check them out.

  16. Cam MacRae

    Two Door Cinema Club’s Beacon is my album of the year — it’s stellar.Here’s one of the many bangin’ tracks, Sun:

    1. falicon

      Digging it. Thanks!

    2. RichardF

      great album

    3. Donna Brewington White

      This is a great find Cam. Thank you!

  17. falicon

    If you are going by only songs released in 2012, then my iTunes says Thrift Shop was the one I played the most (with an astrick that my oldest son often plays a song he’s into throughout the night on repeat while he is sleeping – but I do like this one a lot too) ->…If we are going with favorite song of the year (regardless of when it was released) then I’m going to put out Bottom of the Well as one that I kept going back to and loving throughout the year ->…As always though – so many great songs…

    1. Cam MacRae

      Thrift Shop made #1 here. Still not sick of it.

      1. falicon

        Yeah I’m not sick of it yet either…I also really like his ‘Same Love’ song (… )…and as a special bonus, if you haven’t heard about them yet, check out Three Loco…Neato is prob. the most well known hit so far (… ) but they have a couple other fun gems on their new release 😉

        1. Cam MacRae


        2. Ryan Frew

          Hell yeah! Didn’t expect to find Macklemore in these comments. Artist of the year. Can’t Hold us feat. Ray Dalton is 3rd behind the 2 you mentioned.

          1. fredwilson

            That Macklemore record is awesome. Easily top 10

          2. Joe Wallin

            great to see a Seattle guy blow up!

        3. FlavioGomes

          Neato +1

    1. ShanaC

      love this

  18. Richard

    Rachael yamagata

  19. Tyrone Rubin

    Dirty Projectors – Gun Has No Trigger…Fiona Apple – Every Single Night…Spiritualized – Hey Jane…Frank Ocean – Thinking About You…First of the year defThe Shins – Simple Song…

    1. fredwilson

      I love all of those songs

      1. fendien

        Fiona’s whole album is great. I was fortunate enough to see her perform at Bowery Ballroom and Terminal 5 this year, and the concerts were epic. She gives such a raw, emotional performance.Gotye also deserves a song of the year nod. He too I got to check out at Bowery Ballroom and he put on an excellent show.Fred – we may need a Fun Friday about best concert venues. Bowery Ballrom is so small and intimate that it’d get my vote.

        1. fredwilson

          My favorite in NYC

    2. kirklove

      Damn Tyrone! I missed Gun Has No Trigger. And it also reminded me I completely forgot Para by Calexico damn!

      1. raycote

        Calexico are great live.Saw them live in october here in Vancouver at the RICKSHAW

        1. kirklove

          I saw them do an encore once because I was late to their concert. Some punk and I were busy overeating.

          1. fredwilson

            that is a top ten fail of the year in my book

  20. mejeremy

    Ty Segall ‘The Hill’ from Twins album

  21. Michael Brill

    If you’re trying to relive the 80s as you sat in the corner with pale skin and died blue-black hair (not that I’m projecting), nothing beats this for 2012…

    1. fredwilson

      Emmylou is so good

  22. ricew

    Would be great if sound cloud added a volume control button on their widget!

    1. raycote

      Gangnam styleIts silly but it has to bring a smile to yoru face 😉

      1. andyidsinga


  23. Abdallah Al-Hakim

    I discovered Ottmar Liebert via exfm by way of @wmoug:disqus Here is the link… – it is not a song but it has become one of my favourite compositions

    1. fredwilson

      yeah, that is great

  24. Laurie Barlev

    Our first family anthem (which enabled lots of dance parties before bedtime) was Call Me Maybe–but it started with the US swim team’s parody. Definitely one of the most fun songs!

  25. Guest

    Well, I like to buy fresh, buy local, so here’s the Slackwater News with Ghosts…

  26. Wes Dearborn

    Excellent taste, Fred! I listed my top 5 songs of ’12 yesterday and Pyramids was my #1 too. If you like experimental R&B, check out this guy, How To Dress Well -…He’s a quiet, geeky white kid from Chicago, but he can sing with the best of them.

    1. fredwilson


  27. daryn

    I’m going to have to go with Macklemore’s Same Love, because it’s a great song/video and also represents one of the greatest things to happen this year: the legalization of same-sex marriages in Washington State.…Honorable mention to: The Lumineers’ Ho Hey…

    1. fredwilson

      both are awesome

  28. Mesh Lakhani

    “Forever” by Haim. Sister band out of LA.… Also, check out Don’t Save Me. They have this 80’s pop thing going on.

  29. Mesh Lakhani

    Anything by the 1975. New brit band. Both their EPs are amazing. “Undo” is my favorite.

    1. fredwilson

      oooh. i think i will like this.

  30. FlavioGomes

    Something a little more organic……Growing up beside you…

  31. ShanaC

    This song “love lays low” which I think is going to be released in January…That being said, I’ve heard it played in concert 🙂

  32. raycote

    My played to death song of 2012.Not a song from this year but a song I only discovered this year.Apparently he is fairly well known, just not to me. I only discovered his music as a surprise live at the Mission folk festival in BC.Grateful – David Francey…Runner UP- Ashtabula (Lake Erie, Ohio) – David Francey…Now I’m just taking advantage- Fourth Of July – David Francey…

    1. ShanaC


  33. Mark Zohar

    Arghh. Hate picking a favorite song. “Hold On” by Alabama Shakes has to be a top contender. “Laura” by Bat for Lashes can’t be ignored. “Kill for Love” by Chromatics is a killer track, as is their new single “Cherry”. “Clean Slate” from M. Ward’s “Wasteland Companion” album was on constant repeat.Ultimately, though my album of the year also includes my song of the year.Album of the Year: Tramp by Sharon van EttenSong of the Year: Serpents by Sharon van Etten (

  34. czebro

    Lettuce – Bowler –…NY Knicks House Band about to break through as a festival headliner

  35. Tom Hughes

    I kept going back to “Play On,” by Larkin Poe, who are apparently sisters. found this by torrenting the South By Southwest ‘featured artists’ collection, then just letting Google Play ferret through it finding songs I might like. I’ve done that with each SXSW collection since 2005 (now 7500 songs — getting a bit much!), it’s by far my best strategy for finding new music.

  36. Matt A. Myers

    @fredwilson:disqus – That song is sick. Thanks for sharing.

  37. monsur

    If I had to pick one song: Japandroids – Younger Us. It has my favorite lyric of the year: “Remember that night you were already in bed, said ‘fuck it’ got up to drink with me instead”. That is the perfect encapsulation of youth right there.Other favorites include: The xx – Angels, Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You and Taylor Swift – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (yes, really).

  38. Donna Brewington White

    Finally listened to the song you shared. Feels like I’ve been on an adventure.

    1. fredwilson

      it is three songs in one

  39. Mat Mullen

    Lord Huron’s album was the best surprise of the year and Macklemore + Ryan Lewis’ album was the best story. Having a top selling album in iTunes without being signed to a major label takes some serious entrepreneurial hussel.… – #1 – powerful song.… – #2Great article about Macklemore on Rolling Stone-…

    1. fredwilson

      i love both

  40. William Wagner

    Gotye, Somebody I used to know (original and dubstep)

  41. Austin Clements

    Great choice Fred! Frank Ocean is going to clean up at the Grammys. Though I think the best song on that album is Super Rich Kids:

    1. fredwilson

      every song on that record is awesome

  42. sdefor01

    Gotta go with Missing Pieces from Jack White III’s album Blunderbuss…Hypocritical Kiss is also a great tune.

  43. Donna Brewington White

    Just when I thought I was finally becoming cool I don’t recognize half the songs in the thread. Well the education received via AVC takes a new turn. We can now add the AVC playlist to the growing list of products that could be developed out of the interactions of this community.

    1. Techman

      It also shows just how diverse everyone’s taste in music is. This community is really great indeed, and now it’s great for discovering new things. I wonder what someone could make out of this community.

  44. jmorf

    GREAT list so far. Most of my favourites are gone, but I haven’t seen one of my top 5:The Heavy – Can’t Play Dead…

  45. Eric Leebow

    It’s a toss up…Dreams of Reality by Fame or Juliet Is My Goat by Taryn Southern (story below, somewhat inspirational and funny)

  46. Lee Blaylock

    This is my favorite song this year and every year. 1991 AC/DC Thunderstruck Live at Donnington. Angus starts the concert with 150,000 folks outside. Unbelievable energy. see massive crowd jumping in unison at 2:23 – 2:30 – almost like the army in Lord of the Ringsa except w/o computer generated graphics.

  47. BradDorchinecz

    Robert Glasper, “Always Shine” featuring Lupe Fiasco and Bilal, from the Black Radio album.



    1. Wavelengths

      You sent me off to find Rammstein: “Du Hast …”


        THAT GOOD TOO.

  49. davidhclark

    Yo @fredwilson:disqus. You are the man. I was just listening to this song earlier today. It’s on my favs list. Before getting into tech, I’d never think a top VC would be this bad ass and bump this. You probably listen to this after listening to Weezy with your wife or something. lol I love it.

    1. fredwilson

      Damn straight

  50. rich caccappolo

    Cloud Nothings’ “Stay Useless”…and Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” stuck with me. I found I kept coming back to it over the course of the year.

    1. fredwilson

      nice ones Rich

  51. falicon

    hrm…that would be a fun distraction…but not one I am able to put any time into at the moment (sorry)…maybe over the Christmas break when I’m home with the kids and have a bit more free time 😉

  52. Donna Brewington White

    I was just thinking something similar. There are a number of AVC branded products that could be developed out of the interactions at AVC. The playlist created from today’s post would be fun, and then adding links would take it over the top.