5. Alabama Shakes, "I Found You"
There's been plenty of e-ink spilled over Brittany Howard's towering voice (to say nothing of her band's wrecking-ball swing), so just shut up and listen: "This isn't sometimes / this is for always." Yeah, it is.  

 

4. Adam Green & Binki Shapiro, "Here I Am"
Adam Green and Binki Shapiro's old-fashioned heteronormative love duet is almost grossly sweet. But I said almost grossly sweet, because it really is just plain old sweet in a way that makes you want to nestle into your lover's neck, or even the neck of a nice stranger. Sample lyric: "Taking you from the back of my mind, to keep you with me always, all the time". D'awww...

 

3. The XX, "Angels"
The XX is one of those bands whose name will elicit a "Oh, yeah, I had sex to their first album" a lot. (This happens all the time, I swear.) If you're looking for something to whisper into your significant other's year come midnight on New Year's, you probably can't do much better than: "A silent devotion / I know you know what I mean / And the end is unknown / But I think I'm ready / As long as you're with me."

 

2. Chairlift, "I Belong in Your Arms" 
For all the world-music chanting, layers of '80s synths and general wackiness surrounding this gem from Chairlift (including an alternate version in Japanese), it all boils down to one indelible chorus hook and one direct, devoted sentiment: "I belong in your arms."

 

1. Frank Ocean, "Thinking About You"
I know Frank Ocean was on our Sexiest Music Videos of 2012 list too, but it's just a reflection of his ubiquitousness this year. Everyone loved this song. My mom loved this song. Everyone loves love and loving love and everyone loves Frank Ocean, which is good, 'cause he's "thinkin' bout forever." 

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