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Your ultimate 2012 playlist

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You can check out the entire playlist on EW’s Spotify.

Nicki Minaj, ”Champion” — Nicki hosts a slow-rolling rapper’s delight, starring Drake, Young Jeezy, and elder statesman Nas.
Foo Fighters, ”These Days”
Azealia Banks, ”Bambi”
Bruce Springsteen, ”Death to My Hometown”
Big K.R.I.T., ”Country Rap Tunes” — Mississippi’s mixtape maestro scores your next BBQ with chill vintage-OutKast swagger.
The Black Keys, ”Run Right Back”
Alabama Shakes, ”Hang Loose”
Kimbra, ”Cameo Lover”
Beach House, ”Wishes”
Rihanna, ”Talk That Talk” — RiRi walks it like she talks, with an assist from thick synths, an undulating hook, and a Jay-Z guest spot.
Carly Rae Jepsen, ”Call Me Maybe” — To fully explain the greatness of this Canadian pop nirvana would require several hours and a PowerPoint presentation — or a peek at Justin Bieber’s Twitter.
Taylor Swift, ”Safe & Sound”
Alex Winston, ”Sister Wife” — The opera-trained indie chanteuse has no Big Love for her romantic rivals on this supremely catchy pop jangler. We trust that he’ll make the right choice.
The Wanted, ”Glad You Came” — Don’t have enough air miles saved for an Ibiza getaway this summer? Close your eyes and let this British boy band take you away like dance-pop Calgon instead.
Fiona Apple, ”Anything We Want” — She’s been working this spare new spine tingler into her recent live comeback shows. And yes, we want.
Florence + The Machine, ”Seven Devils” — Flo’s swirling song sorcery soundtracks the epic new ads for Game of Thrones — which sort of justifies all the time we’ve spent cliff-top jousting to it already.
fun., ”Some Nights”
Bruno Mars, ”Runaway Baby”
Chiddy Bang, ”Handclaps & Guitars” — The upbeat Philly duo spread ”swelly” vibes, pay tribute to English girls and Acuras on this woozy party jam.
Justin Bieber, ”Boyfriend” — Yay, Justin Timberlake’s finally back, and he’s — wait, what’s that? Wrong Justin? Aww, they grow up so fast!
2:54, ”Scarlet”
Dierks Bentley, ”5-1-5-0”
Kelly Clarkson, ”Mr. Know It All” (country version)
Jack White, ”Sixteen Saltines”
Rascal Flatts, ”Banjo” — Between Mumford & Sons, side-gigging bluegrass champion Steve Martin, and this bumpin’ barn-banger, banjos are so back.

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