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Alex Clare

Best and Worst 2012: Carly Rae Jepsen, Taylor Swift, and the other best singles of the year

Carly Rae Jepsen

One encouraging trend that ran throughout 2012 was the egalitarian nature of hit singles. Whether you were a Joni Mitchell-loving Canadian Idol survivor, an Australian with a bruised ego, or a bunch of Florida emo survivors high on Queen, the music world fully embraced you as long as your inescapable earworms continuously delivered thrilling results.

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