2012 marked the rise of The Lumineers, further dominance from Rihanna, and many other great musicians hoping to make an impact on the music industry.
So let’s take a look at those who succeeded with our list of the best songs from 2012.
“Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber
Heartthrob Justin Bieber was just beginning his career a few years prior, but it's safe to say that the release of “Boyfriend” in 2012 helped boost his already growing fanbase. Bieber sings about how if he was someone's boyfriend, how great he'd treat them. This of course went down well with his largely female audience.
The song is so popular that the singer performs it many years later.
“Payphone” by Maroon 5
Maroon 5 has always been a great group that people of all ages appreciate, and in 2012, “Payphone” graced our ears for the first time. This catchy tune has some pretty sad lyrics, but the upbeat and great vocals quickly made it a hit. It even peaked at the number one spot on the Billboard Pop Charts.
“Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
Before the release of “Ho Hey,” a lot of people hadn't even heard of The Lumineers since they're more of a folk band. But this song resonated with so many people and was a widespread hit regardless of people's preferred genre. It's a slower song with great music and even better lyrics.
“Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees
Neon Tree is a pop-punk band, and this song was a huge song across radio stations around the country. The singer belts the chorus making it a fun sign to jam out to and blast while driving with your windows down. The lyrics are about how people will talk about everyone's relationships and how they can sometimes get in the way.
“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
It's safe to assume that everyone's heard “Call Me Maybe” at least a few times in their lives. This pop hit is what put Carly Rae Jepsen on the musical map and prompted a massive trend on the internet, with people making dance videos to it. There are even soldiers overseas dancing to the song, which helped boost the song in the charts.
“50 Ways To Say Goodbye” by Train
Train is an excellent band with many hits like “Soul Sister,” but in 2012, “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” came out, and everyone who's ever gone through a breakup can understand. The lyrics are a little funny and exaggerated as the singer talks about all the different ways to say what happened to their now ex, like getting eaten by a shark.
“Take a Little Ride” by Jason Aldean
Jason Aldean is a staple in country music, and he released this excellent song in 2012. The song is about the girl he likes and how he wants to drive around town with her in his passenger seat.
“We Are Young” by Fun
All the students graduating in 2012, whether in high school or college, were huge fans of this song. Fun sings about how they're young and can live recklessly and have as much fun as possible. Even for those not graduating this year, one of the main lyrics says, “so tonight, we are young,” saying anyone can live like they're young regardless of age.
“Mercy” by Kanye West
Kanye West is arguably one of the most famous musicians worldwide, and his song “Mercy” was a massive hit in 2012. Even if you never listened to the whole song or knew what the lyrics were, everyone knows the main line, “Lamborghini mercy,” and knows exactly what song it is when that line starts.
“Don't You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia
Electronic dance music (EDM) was starting to rise in popularity around this time, and Swedish House Mafia helped pave the way for those outside the genre with their song “Don't You Worry Child.” The music is lively and fun to dance to, and the lyrics are meaningful but not overly sentimental. It's a great song to dance to or even work out to.
“Brokenhearted” by Karmin
Karmin wasn't as successful in the music industry as others on this list, but there's no way we could talk about good music from 2012 without mentioning “Brokenhearted.” The song is upbeat and fun to listen to, and the lyrics are relatable. She sings about how she's been waiting all day for her crush to call her back, and we've all been there.