Posted in music on December 18, 2012

by Bill Pearis

Pitchfork Top Tracks

Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?

You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.

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Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks of 2012

01. Grimes: "Oblivion"

02. Frank Ocean: "Pyramids"
03. Usher: "Climax"
04. Kendrick Lamar: "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe"
05. Japandroids: "The House That Heaven Built"
06. Bat For Lashes: "Laura"
07. Tame Impala: "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards"
08. Beach House: "Myth"
09. Fiona Apple: "Werewolf"
10. Jai Paul: "Jasmine"
11. Frank Ocean: "Thinking About You"
12. Miguel: "Adorn"
13. Chromatics: "Kill For Love"
14. M.I.A.: "Bad Girls"
15. Andy Stott: "Numb"
16. Solange: "Losing You"
17. Chairlift: "I Belong In Your Arms"
18. Nicki Minaj: "Beez in the Trap" [ft. 2 Chainz]
19. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: "Only In My Dreams"
20. Kendrick Lamar: "Swimming Pools (Drank)"
21. Jessie Ware - "Wildest Moments"
22. Death Grips - "I've Seen Footage"
23. Dirty Projectors - "Dance For You"
24. Chief Keef - "I Don't Like" [ft. Lil Reese]
25. Grimes - "Genesis"
26. TNGHT - "Higher Ground"
27. Grizzly Bear - "Yet Again"
28. Cat Power - "Nothin But Time"
29. Carly Rae Jepsen - "Call Me Maybe"
30. Kanye West - "Mercy" [ft. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz]
31. Frank Ocean - "Bad Religion"
32. Sky Ferreira - "Everything Is Embarrassing"
33. Danny Brown - "Grown Up"
34. Cloud Nothings - "Stay Useless"
35. Fiona Apple - "Every Single Night"
36. Todd Terje - "Inspector Norse"
37. Killer Mike - "Reagan"
38. Hot Chip - "Flutes"
39. Schoolboy Q - "Hands On The Wheel" [ft. A$AP Rocky]
40. The Men - "Open Your Heart"
41. El-P - "The Full Retard"
42. Gunplay - "Jump Out"
43. Dum Dum Girls - "Lord Knows"
44. AlunaGeorge - "You Know You Like It"
45. Spiritualized - "Hey Jane"
46. Ty Segall Band - "I Bought My Eyes"
47. Grizzly Bear - "Sleeping Ute"
48. Burial/Four Tet - "Nova"
49. Future - "Turn On The Lights"
50. Icona Pop - "I Love It"
51. Kendrick Lamar - "Backseat Freestyle"
52. Sharon Van Etten - "Serpents"
53. Rhye - "The Fall"
54. Savages - "Husbands"
55. Miguel - "Do You"
56. Peaking Lights - "Beautiful Son"
57. Killer Mike - "Big Beast" [ft. Bun B, T.I. and Trouble]
58. Purity Ring - "Fineshrine"
59. Mac DeMarco - "Ode to Viceroy"
60. Anna Meredith - "Nautilus"
61. Jessie Ware - "110%"
62. Philip Glass - "73 - 78 (Beck Remix)"
63. Passion Pit - "Constant Conversations"
64. Julia Holter - "In The Same Room"
65. Metz - "Wet Blanket"
66. Rick Ross - "Stay Schemin'" [ft. Drake and French Montana]
67. DIIV - "How Long Have You Known"
68. TNGHT - "Goooo"
69. Le1f - "Wut"
70. Four Tet - "Pyramid"
71. Thee Oh Sees - "Lupine Dominus"
72. John Talabot - "Destiny" [ft. Pional]
73. Juicy J - "Bandz a Make Her Dance (Remix)" [ft. Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz]
74. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - "Baby"
75. Angel Haze - "Werkin' Girls"
76. Blawan - "Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?"
77. The xx - "Angels"
78. King Tuff - "Bad Thing"
79. Rich Kidz - "My Life" [ft. Waka Flocka Flame]
80. Baauer - "Harlem Shake"
81. Liars - "No. 1 Against the Rush"
82. Schoolboy Q - "There He Go"
83. How To Dress Well - "Cold Nites"
84. Lower Dens - "Brains"
85. Major Lazer - "Get Free"
86. Chief Keef - "Love Sosa"
87. Lotus Plaza - "Monoliths"
88. A$AP Rocky - "Goldie"
89. Jeremih - "733 Love"
90. Daphni - "Yes, I Know"
91. Antony & the Johnsons - "Cut The World"
92. King Louie - "Val Venis"
93. Cassie - "King of Hearts (Richard X Remix Edit)"
94. Saint Etienne - "Tonight"
95. R. Kelly - "Share My Love"
96. Merchandise - "Time"
97. Twin Shadow - "Golden Light"
98. Odd Future - "Oldie"
99. Blur - "Under the Westway"
100. Swearin' - "Just"

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Comments (93)

No surprise there.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:01 AM

money trees is the perfect place for shade and that's jus how i feel

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:02 AM

Frank Grimes. Are you really surprised?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:02 AM

RIP Frank Grimes

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:04 AM

not a single animal collective song. sa.d

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:05 AM

Pyramids > Oblivion

But hey gotta keep the hype machine moving.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:06 AM

What a boring predictable list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:07 AM

At least Tame Impala is in the top 10. Grimes! HA! Another band that will be gone next year. Another 'Girls' type flash in the pan-band.

Posted by Donald Trump | December 18, 2012 9:09 AM

So did Pitchfork break up with Animal Collective?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:09 AM

This is my first actual time listening to a Grimes song.

What the fuck is this shit?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:09 AM

Todd Terje "Inspector Norse" > everything before it

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:14 AM

what a shit year for music

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:15 AM

Where is the rock? They didn't even throw Jack White a bone.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:16 AM

Yeah I don't think I'll ever understand the appeal of Grimes or Death Grips.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:16 AM

Frank Ocean "Super Rich Kid" > all the other Frank Ocean songs on there.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:19 AM

Pitchfork will give her next album a 6.2

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:25 AM

Oooof, I thought I would've at least made it to #20 without getting nauseous, but I made it only to #13 :(

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:26 AM

Pitchfork cements its status as completely irrelevant.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:26 AM

No Tori Amos?

Posted by Mother | December 18, 2012 9:30 AM

No Swans? Pffffft.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:30 AM

The hummus is well represented.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:33 AM

No Ipods? So much variety from track to track!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:38 AM

no The Walkmen?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:44 AM

No good music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:46 AM

no Third Eye Blind on the list? That is criminal. Watch out for Stephen Jenkins in 2013. The Rise of 3EB. He will be like Bane on the music world. Better hide Animal Collective and Frank Ocean. Rise!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:56 AM

heyyyy there grimey

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:57 AM

yet, despite the usual rant, nobody has answered the question proposed in this post: Who should have been number 1 according to you?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:57 AM

This list is absolutely horrible.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 10:02 AM

1."Waswasa"-Six Organs of Admittance

Enjoy yer laptop noodling, fools.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 10:06 AM

9:57 - You didn't answer the question either.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 10:12 AM

Japandroids for #1

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 10:16 AM

1. Soundtrack of Our Lives-Shine On

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 10:16 AM

Really odd. How anyone objectively says "yeah, there's the years top 100 songs in order"

Not sure if this just an ode to credibility / pandering to P4K douche audience.

Clearly, the number 1 was No Doubt's lead single from their new album.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 10:20 AM

Sky is my number 1

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 10:36 AM

"Much anticipated?" By whom?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 10:43 AM

LOL!

So Pitchfork is basically SPIN now? What a joke.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 10:45 AM

lame list. that Grimes song isn't offensive but it doesn't go anywhere. woosh.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 11:17 AM

'bandz a make her dance' should have been in the top 5.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 11:17 AM

'Call me Maybe' should have been number 1 - didn't look at list, was it on there?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 11:22 AM

yes, at #29

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 11:34 AM

The sweet sound of a food processor mashing up chickpeas on a cold winter afternoon would be my Number 1.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 11:46 AM

^ truly a wondrous sound. Does anybody know if such a number is avail on iTunes?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 11:48 AM

Grimes ftw!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 12:08 PM

Billy Corgan is right, Pitchfork is the evil and only hurts artists long term. They love a band on the way up, trash them once they make it. It's a vicious cycle. Doesn't allow a band to break through to that next level because in the pitchfork world, selling records ain't cool.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 12:32 PM

12:32

That is an excellent point. Sure bands like "The National", "Animal Collective" and "MGMT" but they aren't really selling records, which helps develop a long term fan base. None of these pitchfork bands even sell 500,000 records. Makes you wonder where they will be in 5-10 years. Do the guys in The National go back to graphic design? An artist needs to make money to keep making music. Pitchfork bands don't have the shelf life. Look at the bands they loved 10 years ago (Rapture, Interpol, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah). Where are they today? Well they are donzo!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 12:37 PM

I bet the guys in Sunset Rubdown have day jobs. They probably sell 15,000 records a year. Even Spencer Krug must make money elsewhere.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 12:41 PM

True story....the bass player in Spoon was my waiter when I went to Bikinis restaurant in Austin, Texas. Thankfully he wasn't in a bikini. : )

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 12:44 PM

they are probably giving rubdowns on Sunset

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 12:45 PM

Pitchfork isn't interested in fostering a community of artists. And unless you are able to sell songs to soundtracks and/or commercials, being an indie artist isn't a viable means of supporting oneself.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 12:47 PM

"True story....the bass player in Spoon was my waiter when I went to Bikinis restaurant in Austin, Texas. "

Which bass player? Spoon go through bass players like Spinal Tap does with drummer. Spoon seem like a duo with a collaborating bass player.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 12:48 PM

12:37..............

Good idea. A couple years back I went through all their top albums of each year lists, the bands from 10 years ago are not even relevant or around anymore. Sure, Pitchfork has the clout to make of break an indie band critically, but it doesn't really translate into record sales, which we all know helps develop a fan base and emotional connections. If you spend money on a band, you are investing in their future. I like that idea. Pitchfork can make you famous on the blogs but Grandma is never gonna hear of you. Sad times.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 12:48 PM

12:44...tell him need a new spoon when you were at the table?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 12:56 PM

"Sure, Pitchfork has the clout to make of break an indie band critically, but it doesn't really translate into record sales, which we all know helps develop a fan base and emotional connections."

I remember the Pains of Being Pure at Heart's first album going from 1500th to 120th on amazon's best seller list the day of their Pitchfork review. Pitchfork can't turn a band into an arena act, but a positive review definatley helps out a smaller indie band.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 12:58 PM

^^^ and this year, despite releasing an EP and a LP they are not even mentioned except in certain circles

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 1:07 PM

Simple. Whomevers management and label pays the most in advertising gets the best reviews on Pitchfork. Surprised grammy nominated by the way of milking "Indie", Frank Ocean isnt Number 1. HYPE.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 1:07 PM

I think the point is pitchfork can break an indie band short term but down the road, these bands struggle. I'd love to see a documentary made of where these bands end up. Back in the 90s, you make a couple hit records and you could live off that forever. Now....back to the bread line folks or coffee shop houses. Lester Bangs was right..."rock and roll is over"....and he said that in 1973!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 1:15 PM

Pitchfork thinks they are "too cool for school". They hate anything that is "popular" beyond the few bands that they anoint that can do no wrong. Those bands include Radiohead, Arcade Fire, etc.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 1:19 PM

1:19....................

Sounds like pitchfork is the USA version of the New Musical Express (NME) over in the UK. That magazine loves a band on the way up. Rips them to part once established and feeds them to the lions on the way down. Makes me sick. It is MUSIC. Not a sporting event. We don't need heroes and villains in rock n roll. We can all co-exist.....except for Nickelback. I hate that band.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 1:21 PM

^I've been wrong, I've been down!

Posted by This is how you remind me?! | December 18, 2012 1:24 PM

Haters are gonna hate and no one is better at that than Pitchfork, aka the indie Rolling Stone magazine. #Puke #Fart

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 1:26 PM

swearin' yeeaahhhhh

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 1:36 PM

fuck pitchfork with a big rubber dick.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 1:39 PM

Grimes will headline MSG in 2013. Mark my words.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 1:40 PM

Grimes playing MSG would be hilarious.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 1:41 PM

Tame Impala opening and a Guest apprearence by Frank Ocean

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 1:42 PM

Metz will also play Shea Stadium in 2013!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 1:43 PM

Grimes...gimme a fucking break. Another pitchfork one year wonder. Remember when pitchfork couldn't stop jerking off over Annie? Where is she now?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 1:45 PM

GIVE ME THE GUESS WHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 1:46 PM

Frank Ocean will headline Farm Aid

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 1:50 PM

Bitch don't kill my vibe--- def a good trak

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 1:51 PM

Frank Ocean is probably the only one who will remain relevant.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 2:03 PM

Until he wrights that novel and all those fans who don't read fall off. There is nothing less relevant than a book by a rapper.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 2:24 PM

I get all my music news from Entertainment Weekly. Good music writers who put pitchfork to shame.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 2:27 PM

niggas like hummuss??

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 2:46 PM

No Gangnam Style?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 2:58 PM

Todd Terje deff should have been in top ten if not number one.

i know diplo is represented through Usher and Major Lazer - but Set it Off and Express Yourself were two of the best songs!

I never trust these pitchfork lists. I do learn about some cool stuff though

Posted by Taylor | December 18, 2012 4:24 PM

Anne Hathaway has a nice beaver.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 4:51 PM

Fuck Pitchfork, fuck this list, and fuck all of you. Goodnight.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 7:51 PM

When did dull and boring become "hip"? I know most indie music has gone in that direction since the 90's but c'mon. Will anyone want to hear any of this music 5 years from now? Was it really that bad a year? I think not.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 8:14 PM

lol @ 9:38

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 9:28 PM

lol @ 9:38

Really? Just another idiot on here repeating the same dopey jokes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2012 12:28 AM

So rock music isn't cool anymore?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2012 6:48 AM

pitchfork can break a band, but if the band's work starts to lack in quality, they will stop covering them. most bands can't 'make it' because it is hard to continue making Good Work. not all bands deserve to be covered for their entire existence. certainly more do than pitchfork covers, but let's be real here. art is not a democracy.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2012 11:08 AM

Most art magazines/websites produce end-of-year lists. I really can't tell what anyone on here is angry about actually. One person said they don't like mainstream stuff; P4k has rewarded Cassie, Carly Rae Jepsen, Usher just this year, Kanye West & Lil Wayne & Drake other years. Some people have called Grimes a one hit wonder artist simply supported by P4K; that is insulting to Grimes and to her fans, as though the adoration of that music is somehow disingenuous. Some people have said "where's the rock?" Japandroids, Spiritualized, Ty Seagall, Savages, Tame Impala are all represented here.

What are people truly angry about? This list is an embodiment of a collective taste, which is subjective. Sure P4K has the cred and respect among many music-listeners to boost an artist's clout, which some people on here equate to as "power" - are you angry because you think folks are being brainwashed by a hype machine and that their interest in P4K's taste is actually disingenuous? That would be very presumptuous of many peoples' (the P4K writers included) internal experiences.

Posted by Ian | December 19, 2012 12:20 PM

12:37

vampire weekend? arcade fire? bon iver?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2012 1:33 PM

12:32 Sure Corgan's right, if you let a website dictate your taste in music. You really have to take these year end lists for what they are. I just use them to see what I may have missed. Nothing more, nothing less. I do have to laugh at how much weak music gets press though. That's the first and last time I want to hear that Grimes song. Best song of the year? Ha ha ha ha......Who made this list, 12 year olds?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2012 2:57 PM

Grimes is America's sweetheart

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2012 4:09 PM

The list is garbage without Garbage.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2012 4:48 PM

If you go by this garbage list, then music is certainly over. Terrible songs this year by terrible acts like Fiona Apple, Dirty Projectors, Cloud Nothings, Cat Power, Sharon Van Etten, etc. All bloody pretentious and boring.

Here are some artists that Know how to write songs that keep the listener's attention:
"Hard Times" by Woody Lissauer. Great video too on youtube.
"Headlong Flight" by Rush.
"From a Pebble Thrown" by Ian Anderson

Posted by 12-String | December 26, 2012 5:12 PM

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2013 11:54 PM

still putting together the pieces of my mind from last night's show. can't wait for round two tonight!

Posted by Hotspot Shield 2013 | March 31, 2013 9:03 AM

Great tracks right here

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