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Best of 2012: Singles #5-#2

2. Bruce Springsteen, "Wrecking Ball" (Columbia): An anthem

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Happy new year! Last week, we counted down the year's best albums. This week, we look at the Top 25 singles of 2012.

5. Frank Ocean, “Thinkin' 'Bout You” (Def Jam): A light-hearted, laid-back kind of love song that may help reinvent R&B.

4. Miguel, “Adorn” (ByStorm/Black Ice): “Sexual Healing” + “Little Red Corvette” = irresistible

3. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me...

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Best of 2012: Singles #10-#6

6. Leonard Cohen, "Crazy to Love You" (Columbia):

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Happy new year! Last week, we counted down the year's best albums. This week, we look at the Top 25 singles of 2012.

10. Cloud Nothings, “Stay Useless” (Carpark): The newcomers from Cleveland declare themselves with this bash-it-out indie-rocker that's as catchy as they come.

9. Zedd featuring Matthew Koma, “Spectrum” (Interscope): The scope of Seaford native Koma's lyrics and...

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Best of 2012: Singles #15-#11

11. The Gaslight Anthem, "Here Comes My Man"

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Happy new year! Last week, we counted down the year's best albums. This week, we look at the Top 25 singles of 2012.

15. Scissor Sisters, “Inevitable” (Casablanca): A solid, discofied love song built on Jake Shears' fragile falsetto.

14. Usher, “Climax” (RCA): A gorgeous, red hot soul ballad mixed with icy electronic synths.

13. Kellie Pickler, “Where's Tammy Wynette”...

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Best of 2012: Singles #20-16

Taylor Swift performs onstage during Z100's Jingle Ball

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Happy new year! Last week, we counted down the year's best albums. This week, we look at the Top 25 singles of 2012.

20. Zac Brown Band feat. Trombone Shorty, “Overnight” (Atlantic): A catchy, irresistible R&B number from an unlikely source.

19. The Vaccines, “Teenage Icon” (Columbia): A raucous, indie-rock declaration.

18. Divine Fits, “My Love Is Real” (Merge):...

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