As the title of this mix kind of implies, these are my 100 favourite tracks of 2012 (more or less - no artists are featured twice and there are about 10 tracks that could easily be swapped out with 10 that didn't make it on this mix).
This mix could also be considered a combination of the favourite albums & eps list that I'm not going to put together (UPDATE: I lied… here is my 5 favourite EPs and my 5 favourite albums). I originally thought that by just doing a really big mix, I would save myself the stress of having to order which albums were my favourite… but it turned out that even narrowing things down to 100 songs was a lot of work.
If you think something else should have totally been on the list, feel free to let me know in the comments below. But just know that I already had to make some painful cuts just to get a list down to 100 (in fact, my trouble in narrowing things down to 100 led to me making a Spotify playlist featuring 212 of my favourite tracks). And you should also be aware that there are plenty of things that came out this year that I still haven't listened to.
Also, this is not in any real order. Besides an order that makes for an enjoyable 6 hour mix tape. So, that being said, press play and enjoy (and if you don't enjoy at least 80% of these tunes, then I guess we have very different ear drums).
And if the thought of listening to a 6 hour mix tape sounds a bit daunting (or maybe you don't have a job like me where you have music on for 12+ hours), I've linked up all 100 tracks to where they can be listened to on exfm. So feel free to jump around and find some artists to explore further.
My 100 Favourite Tracks From 2012 (linked to exfm)
Big And Bright - Whistle Peak | The Stranger - Lord Huron | Emmylou - First Aid Kit | Misty's Nightmares 1 & 2 - Father John Misty | Catamaran - Allah-Las | Where I Go At Night - arrange | Near Death Experience - Andrew Bird | Say I Wanna Know - Nick Waterhouse | Banjo - Leonard Cohen | Lonesome - Dr. Dog | All The Bros Say - ABADABAD | Flesh And Bone - Keaton Henson | Step Out for a While - Patrick Watson | Float - Pacific Air | Never Cry - Gorgeous Bully | Lost In The Light - Bahamas | Dark Parts - Perfume Genius | Girlfriend - Streets Of Laredo | Full Circle - Ben Kweller | Ben - Tyler Butler | Summer Music - Advance Base | Call Girl Blues - Diamond Rugs | Smiles For Adoption - Inspired and the Sleep | Why Don't You Know? - Mitchmatic | Forest Whitaker - Bad Books | Famine - I Am Oak | Cavalier - Shovels and Rope | Firewater - Django Django | Malibu Rum - the Wooden Sky | I Will Love You - Summer Twins | Late Night Bikes - Capybara | War Horn - Shakey Graves | The House That Heaven Built - Japandroids | Patsy Cline - Dark Dark Dark | This Is Not A Song - Islands | Ho Hey - The Lumineers | Stalker - Water Music | Holy Roller - Thao & The Get Down Stay Down | Not a Perfect Person (Looks Like I Fucked Up Again) - Bill Baird | Bonfires - Alberta Cross | Pretty Eyes (Feat. John Vanderslice) - Dream Brother | OS X - Grandpa Was A Lion | Andrew in Drag - The Magnetic Fields | Jazzputin - Evan P. Donohue | Fate - Young Man | Don't Let Me Get Lonely - The Record Company | Youth - Daughter | Memphis In the Rain - Justin Townes Earle | Fantasy II - Fenster | Middle Aged Unicorn on Beach with Sunset - aleks & the ramps | 2B2 - Lambchop | I Don't Wanna Pray - Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros | Simple Song - The Shins | In The Beginning - Todd Snider | I'm Shakin' - Jack White | Overcome With Light - Bowerbirds | Silent Machine - Cat Power | Museum of Flight - Damien Jurado | Forrest Gump - Frank Ocean | Varðeldur - Sigur Ros | So the Wind Won't... - Jesus H. Foxx | Daredevil - Fiona Apple | Stay At Home - Yellow Ostrich | Annie - Joseph McNulty | Go Ego - Eight and a Half | Elephant - Tame Impala | Back In The Fall - Zachary Lucky | Alligator - The Babies | Danger in the Dancehall - Jesse Woods | Goin' To The Party - Alabama Shakes | Darlin' - Josh Ritter | American Charm - Hip Hatchet | Revolution - Dr. John | Sedna - Efterklang | Who Knew - You Won't | Aint Scared - ScotDrakula | Seized - Floating Action | Ghosts - Lands & Peoples | Joseph - Howth | Grown Up - Danny Brown | She woke at three with a thumping heart - Grand Salvo | Australia - Conner Youngblood | Deep River - Bobby Womack | The Corner - Cory Branan | Ecce Homo - Titus Andronicus | Brave - Right Away, Great Captain! | Fiction - The XX | Like Ice Cream - Divine Fits | Jack Of All Trades - Bruce Springsteen | Sisterly - Fang Island | Brains - Lower Dens | daughter of a cop - elvis depressedly | Hometown Hero - Andy Shauf | Bones - Michael Kiwanuka | Want To Be - Black Coffee & Cherry Pie | Cry for Judas - The Mountain Goats | Tears On Tape - Bro. Stephen | Encyclopedia Of Classic Takedowns - A.C. Newman | We Are Fine - Sharon Van Etten | It All Began with a Burst - Kishi Bashi
PS - if you don't see little play buttons beside each track, now would probably be a good time to instal the exfm browser extension (it basically turns the internet into your own music player, and you can 'heart' the songs you like and have them saved to your exfm profile page). Much recommended.