Today In Best Of’s: Spin, Complex, FACT and Gorilla Vs. Bear Pick Favorites

by (@zaragolden)

The Best Of‘s continue, today with Spin, Complex, FACT and Gorilla vs. Bear picking their favorite tracks from the year that’s almost past us. Singles lists are always fun because it’s easier to make a good single than a good album, and because there are so many to chose between. So these lists still have a lot of the Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean action that we’ve come to except, as well as love for viral phenomenons like the Carly Rae Jepsen‘s and radio thumpers like G.O.O.D. Music‘s “Mercy.” And because FACT and Gorilla vs. Bear’s tastes tend to run left-of-center, you might even find there’s something new for you to love on one of these lists.

Spin enlisted the very smart and very funny Charles Aaron and Rob Harvilla to annotate their 40 Best Songs of 2012 list, and so we feel obliged to warn those of you who may be reading this at work or trying to get something done: once you start clicking, you really won’t want to stop. Really, it’s very good. The top ten:

10. Solange, “Losing You”
9. Sleigh Bells, “Comeback Kids”
8. Psy, “Gangnam Style”
7. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe (Sekuoila LOL Mix)”
6. Miguel, “Adorn”
5. Bat For Lashes, “Laura”
4. Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
3. Frank Ocean, “Bad Religion”
2. Japandroids, “The House That Heaven Build.”
1. G.O.O.D. Music, feat Kany West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz, “Mercy”

Complex spends most of their time covering rap, and their 50 Best Songs of 2012 list more or less reflects that, but they’ve got a few fun curveballs tucked in there. From the top:

10. Major Lazer, “Get Free”
9. Nicki Minaj featuring 2 Chainz, “Beez in the Trap”
8. Lana Del Rey, “Ride”
7. Chief Keef featuring Lil Reese, “I Don’t Like”
6. Juicy J, “Bandz A Make Her Dance”
5. Meek Mill featuring Big Sean, “Burn”
4. Frank Ocean, “Pyramids”
3. Rick Ross featuring Drake and French Montana, “Stay Schemin’”
2. Kendrick Lamar featuring Gunplay, “Cartoon & Cereal”
1. G.O.O.D. Music, “Mercy”

For those seeking some of the best smaller scale or more left-of-center releases, you could do no better than Gorilla vs. Bear’s year end lists. Their Best Album‘s list includes some artists we’ve been busy covering (Kendrick Lamar, Jessie Ware, Miguel, Frank Ocean), others that we don’t cover but do love (Chairlift, , Schoolboy Q, Grimes) and plenty that we’re now eager to give a spin. Their Best Songs list is more of the same, and it comes with a year end mix that can’t be beat and is free for download! Their top ten:

10. Grizzly Bear, “Yet Again”
9. Chromatics, “Back From the Grave”
8. Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
7. Earl Sweatshirt, “Chum”
6. T.I. featuring Andre 3000, “Sorry”
5. Major Lazer, “Get Free”
4. Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland, “The Narcissist”
3. Frank Ocean, “Pyramids”
2. Grimes, “Oblivion”
1. Usher, “Climax”

FACT, a publication that trades mostly in electronic music and news, is another publication who’s year-end list always makes for a good read. This year’s list is no exception, with usual suspects sitting near the top and some more interesting choices (Gunplay! Le1f! Heems! Jeremih!) tucked into the depths. Their top ten looks like this:

10. Wolfgang Voigt, R├╝ckverzauberung 6
9. Swans, The Seer
8. Terrence Dixon, From the Far Future Pt. 2
7. Jam City, Classical Curves
6. How to Dress Well, Total Loss
5. Spaceghostpurrp, God of Black
4. Horrid Red, Celestial Joy
3. Cooly G, Playin Me
2. Lee Gamble, Diversions 1994-1996/Dutch Tvashar Plumes
1. Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d. City