This year, 2012, I think I have seen music progress more than in the previous decade thanks to the internet, specifically social media and the radical influx of blogs making it so easy to spread new music. We saw EDM hit mainstream, with music festivals and concerts in the center of it all. Skrillex was nominated for FIVE Grammy’s. Madonna collaborated with Avicii (who?). The likes of Krewella rose to stardom in about a year, only to be signed by non other than Columbia records.
We saw hip hop reborn on the west coast by a name you may recognize, Kendrick Lamar. We saw mashups continue to grow, and then finally go (thank G-d), as more and more artists used it to perfect their craft, and then move on. Just look at what it did for 3LAU, who just completed a tour of 55 stops in a little over 2 months and is now working on his EP. We even saw Justin Bieber make someone besides himself and Selena famous – of course, I’m talking about Carly Rae Jepsen and the #CallMeMabe phenomenon. We saw the first YouTube video to ever to break 1,000,000,000 views, in less than a six months, and I still don’t understand the words to #GangnamStyle.
Kanye West not only created an all star hip hop album in Cruel Summer, but he also got Kim Kardashian pregnant, as he announced last night on stage in true Yeezy fashion. I can keep rambling about standout, scene/game/industry changing things that happened, but chances are you’re not even reading this anymore… so without further ado… we give you 69 tracks that made 2012 a special year. Bring on 2013!
P.S. download will be up tomorrow, so check back then! Download after the jump!
HIT THE JUMP FOR THE PLAYLIST!! Best of Hip Hop, EDM, and Pop. And check out 2012 mixes from Showtek, Afrojack, Kap Slap, DJ Trademark, 3LAU and Steve Angello/Size below as well!!!
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Steve Angello/Size Records: