The 10 Greatest Love Songs of 2012

All that apocalypse panic made for some great love songs.

by Lizzie Plaugic

Man. 2012, huh? 1 in 5 of us thought the world was going to end last Friday, 3 in 5 of us recorded a YouTube cover of "Call Me Maybe," citation needed and Anne Hathaway dreamed a dream. Anyway, it was a great year for love songs across a wide variety of genres, so let's get right down to it, shall we? Let us know if we missed your personal favorite in the comments — the more the merrier. 


10. J. Cole ft. Missy Elliot, "Nobody's Perfect"
Ok, it's not the most romantic song, but that's what Michael Buble's for. Let's look at this as a narrative of 2K12 love: a couple smokes weed together, sneaks around avoiding their roommates, and heats up some leftover lasagna. Nobody's keeling over from infatuation, but at least they have solid, regular companionship with someone who accepts their flaws — and hey, isn't that love?


9. Fiona Apple, "Anything We Want"
Sometimes I feel like Fiona Apple's lyrics have been culled from Lewis Carroll's nonsensical word-orgy "Jabberwocky," but "Anything We Want" manages to wring equal parts lust and affection from Apple's musings. "Let's pretend we're eight years old playing hookey / I'll draw on the wall and you can play UFC rookie / and then we'll grow up / and take our clothes off" — pirouetting from childish innocence to knowing lust has always been one of Apple's strong suits, and "Anything We Want" finds her still in great form. 


8. Leonard Cohen, "Crazy To Love You"
Ah, Leonard Cohen. Once I was stuck in immobile traffic on the hottest of hot summer days with nothing but a Leonard Cohen CD in my car. It was a strange experience: on one hand, it was like I had been transported a to world where the car fumes pouring through my window no longer mattered and everything was ok; on the other, I was going insane and it seemed a mind-numbingly slow death was imminent. It felt like I was in love.


7. Beach House, "Other People"
Even the most furious of one-night-stands can turn into something pre-matrimonial if you throw in a Beach House soundtrack. Victoria Legrand warbles, "Other people want to keep in touch/Something happens and it's not enough," as couples everywhere carve hearts and initials into tree trunks. Bittersweet, but heartfelt.


6. Willis Earl Beal, "Away My Silent Lover"
Willis Earl Beal makes me cry — because I'm lonely — but I'm sure if I were in love his music would make me feel really nice. The theme of the song is kind of like, "if you love something, let it go," but Beal seems to believe in a sort of adorable boomerang effect: "When my heart disintegrates and my voice is no more, we'll eternally be mates... but for now it's all nostalgia." Doesn't that make you feel like you need to go out on the porch and make a phone call?


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