My Favorite Songs for the First Half of 2012

As we pass the midpoint of 2012, it feels like a natural time to stop and reflect quietly on the music we have had the opportunity to enjoy thus far.  Thanks to Spotify, I have happily been compiling a "Best of 2012" playlist as I listen to this and that.  It would be selfish of me not to share the little gems I've been squirrelling away, so I'm listing them below.  For the most part, they are derivatives of the albums I've listened to, so there is that limitation; however, I have listened to a lot of albums, and I usually try to choose those with the highest probability of success.  If you see a void where there should be songs from a particular artist or album, please bring it to my attention as soon as possible.  If you're on Spotify and want me to share this playlist, leave a comment below and I can get your email address from there.  Enjoy!

- "Some Nights" - Fun.
- "One Foot" - Fun.
- "Why Am I the One" - Fun.
- "Representing Memphis" - Booker T. Jones
- "Love The Way We Used To" - Estelle
- "Do My Thing" - Estelle, feat. Janelle Monae
- "Back To Love" - Estelle
- "Anyhow" - Leonard Cohen
- "Come Healing" - Leonard Cohen
- "Different Sides" - Leonard Cohen
- "Rocky Ground" - Bruce Sprinsteen
- "Land of Hope and Dreams" - Bruce Springsteen
- "Isn't That So" - Lyle Lovett
- "Afro Blue" - Robert Glasper, feat. Edykah Badu
- "Give It Away" - Andrew Bird
- "Near Death Experience Experience" - Andrew Bird
- "Come Away to the Water" - Maroon 5
- "Nothing To Remember" - Neko Case
- "Safe & Sound" - Taylor Swift
- "Rules" - Jayme Dee
- "Simple Song" - The Shins
- "For A Fool" - The Shins
- "Fall Of '82" - The Shins
- "Out On The Road" - Norah Jones
- "Happy Pills" - Norah Jones
- "Say Goodbye" - Norah Jones
- "Good Girl" - Carrie Underwood
- "Two Black Cadillacs" - Carrie Underwood
- "Love Interruption" - Jack White
- "Right Down the Line" - Bonnie Raitt
- "You Can't Fail Me Now" - Bonnie Raitt
- "So Good" - B.o.B.
- "Castles" - B.o.B., feat. Trey Songz
- "So Hard To Breathe" - B.o.B.
- "Both Of Us" - B.o.B., feat. Taylor Swift
- "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" - JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
- "Queen of California" - John Mayer
- "Something Like Olivia" - John Mayer
- "Born and Raised" - John Mayer
- "Man On Fire" - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
- "That's What's Up" - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
- "I Don't Wanna Pray" - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
- "Back in Time" - Pitbull
- "Big Parade" - The Lumineers
- "Flapper Girl" - The Lumineers
- "Ho Hey" - The Lumineers
- "Twisted" - Usher, feat. Pharrell
- "Looking 4 Myself" - Usher, feat. Luke Steele

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  • Great list! Will need to download some of these through iTunes.

  • Ah Leonard Cohen, I can play Hallelujah on my ukulele

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