It’s the end of the year, and everybody is going to be telling you about their favorite things from 2012. From news headlines, to songs, to albums, to television shows, so I decided to do the same and bring you my top 10 JAMZ of 2012.
Now keep in mind that these are MY top JAMZ of 2012; not yours, not 102 JAMZ’, or anyone else’s. If you would like to tell me what you thought of my list or give me YOUR top JAMZ, feel free to leave them in a comment or tweet me: @itsMeanJean. Quick honorable mentions go to “Tonight (Best You Ever Had),” John Legend (ft. Ludacris) and “Too Close,” by Alex Clare.
10. “Boyfriend” — Justin Bieber
First single from JB’s Believe album showed a different side to Justin Bieber, as he tried to move from just being a teen sensation to an artist who appeals to all ages. I remember seeing many Facebook statuses and Tweets of people who said they liked the song…until they found out that it was Bieber! Sounds like a win in my book.
9. “Diamonds” — Rihanna
When I heard that Rihanna was releasing ANOTHER single from ANOTHER album, her seventh in as many years, I asked myself why, and expected it to be the typical Rihanna club banger. I was pleasantly surprised by the song and it seems as though the public felt the same as the song spent three weeks at #1 on the Hot 100, while also leading her Unapologetic album to her highest first week sales. It was also her first #1 album.
8. “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)” — Ne-Yo
First single from Ne-Yo‘s R.E.D. album played out similarly to David Guetta‘s smash single “Without You,” (ft. Usher), in that the production was EDM based while featuring classic R&B lyrics. This is what keeps both Usher and Ne-Yo relevant in today’s dance-influenced music landscape. Although the song had to grow on me, you can’t deny that it was a hit.
7. “Somebody That I Used To Know” — Gotye
This song literally came out of nowhere and then was EVERYWHERE. It spent eight weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 over the Spring/Summer. I don’t think there is a person in the country who hasn’t at least heard this song one time, as it finished at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 End of the Year charts, making it the most popular of 2012.
6. “Climax” — Usher
While scouring the internet to get a feel for some of the top songs of 2012, I was surprised to see that Billboard and Time Magazine both chose this as the best song of 2012. While it was a great song, I won’t lie…I completely forgot about it. The lead single to Usher‘s Looking 4 Myself album, the song was produced by D!plo and was another EDM influenced track. The song supposedly isn’t about sex, although the video will suggest otherwise. Still a very good song though.
5. “Locked Out Of Heaven” — Bruno Mars
Another song that took me more than one listen to get into, and by the time I did, like most songs on this list, it was EVERYWHERE. The current #1 song has everything a great song needs…good lyrics (that make you question what Bruno is really talking about) and a catchy hook. It’s also unlike most of the music that is currently out, and different is good.
4. “Clique” Big Sean (ft. Kanye West & Jay Z)
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a HUGE Kanye West fan, but even I have to say I was somewhat disappointed in Kanye West Presents: Cruel Summer. Yes, that’s the whole title of the album. This song though, did not disappoint. A quick back story on the song: Big Sean recorded his verse on the song, Kanye and Jay Z heard, liked it, and wanted to be a part of it. Sean then expected them to take the song and boot him from it. Luckily they didn’t, as each of the three artists brought it on the track.
3. “We Are Young” — fun.
During NBA All Star Weekend here in Orlando, one of our 102 JAMZ On Air Personalities, Nino, told me about this band, telling me that their drummer does a lot of the drums for Kanye West. Before I could go and check out the album this song was, say it with me, EVERYWHERE! It took off and launched fun. into another level. They followed it up with another smash single in “Some Nights,” as well as six Grammy nominations. I don’t see them going anywhere for a long, long time.
The song even got a little hip hop love from local artist Ivan:
2. “One More Night” — Maroon 5
Although this one didn’t rank as high as “Payphone” did on the year end charts, this was my jam. As you can see from this list, I love when different genres of music are represented in the same song, and you could definitely get the Reggae influence in this one. If for nothing else, I am glad that this song blocked Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” from hitting #1 on the US Hot 100, which is another factor that elevated it above “Payphone” in my eyes. LOL
1. “Adorn” — Miguel
Let me preface this by saying that I USED to be a huge fan of R&B music. Eventually it all started sounding the same, and I just stopped caring about it. The first two singles from Miguel‘s Sure Thing album, “All I Want” (ft. J. Cole) and the title track “Sure Thing,” got my attention, and when he released the first installment of his Art Dealer Chic EPs, I was all in. This song was on that EP, but took a while before it was officially released as a single on his highly acclaimed Kaleidoscope Dream album. Miguel is also garnering comparasionss to Prince and Stevie Wonder, which can never be a bad thing. The song has also been nominated for three GRAMMYs including Song of the Year at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, and clearly has my vote!
So there’s my list! What did you think? Hit the comments and let me know YOUR top 10. Thanks for reading!