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12. Alex Clare, "Up All Night" (Island): A
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12. Alex Clare, "Up All Night" (Island): A rocking EDM rave-up built for chanting along and jumping up and down to celebrate your youth. It's way better than the Microsoft commercial song.

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The best pop singles of 2012

It was a great year for pop singles, with so many songs transcending niches and even traditional musical outlets to reach the widest audiences possible. Here's a look at the best. — GLENN GAMBOA, glenn.gamboa@newsday.com