The UG Playlist: Songs We Loved In 2012

Hear the songs we loved in 2012. You might be surprised at the eclectic taste in the UG offices - take a look and get to know more about the people who bring you this site every day.

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The Ultimate Guitar team always puts the community first, but for just one post we thought you might like an insight into the team by hearing about our favourite songs this year.

Not every song was released in 2012, but in one way or another they became the soundtrack to our year.

Each entry has a comment from the team member who nominated it.

You might be surprised at the breadth of music tastes in our office - scroll through and see if you find anything new to love.

And say hello to us in the comments, we'll be diving into the discussion over the holidays to talk about our favourite music.

The Offspring "Dirty Magic"

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"A nicely re-recorded version of their 1992 classic (they even sang it in the same key!). I've been looking forward to the new Offspring album since 2008. Sadly, 'Dirty Magic' was the only listenable cut on this LP." - Pavel, Tab Manager

Muse "Supremacy"

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"Simply the best song from their new album. I've seen Muse live twice this year, and both times I was blown away by the stage production and performance." - Dmitriy, Quality Assurance Dpt.

Hadouken "Bliss Out"

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"It was the only 2012-released song from my playlist. I guess it just appealed to me with cool beats." - Alexander, Web Content Manager

Dark Tranquillity "The Bow And The Arrow"

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"This is a really dark and bombastic song from, in my opinion, the most important pioneers of the melodic death metal genre." - Asilia, R&D Dpt

Placebo "B3"

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"As a fan of Placebo, I've been waiting for their new EP release. Cuz, Molko, y'know." - Dmitriy (a.k.a. HooK), Quality Assurance Dpt.

Mylene Farmer "A L'Ombre"

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"Mylene Farmer is my favorite singer. Her music is like French wine: it gets better with age." - Nikolay, Programmer

Muse "Survival"

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"Muse might have contributed to the 'Twilight' soundtrack, but they still know how to do the right things!" - Artyom, Quality Assurance Dpt.

Big Pink "Stay Gold"

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"This song kickstarted 2012 for me - a nice reminder of early 90s' shoegaze bands. Too bad it's the only decent track on their album." - Ian, Chief Editor

Lana Del Rey "Diet Mountain Dew"

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"I think that Lana Del Rey's ability to write and perform great songs is a bit overshadowed by her media personality." - Kate, Licensing Dpt.

Nickelback "Lullaby"

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"Reminds me of a special evening in Hard Rock cafe - very relaxing music." - Tamara, Technical Support Dpt.

Rush "BU2B"

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"Definitely my song of the year! This is the best piece I've heard from Rush in a while." - Vladimir, Programmer

Tame Impala "Solitude Is Bliss"

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"This song is exactly what I've been waiting for. Tame Impala is my discovery of the year." - Andrew, System Administrator

Burzum "Surtr Sunnan"

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"I like Nordic metal and the mythology that surrounds it. Burzum always produce excellent tracks." - Alla, Release Manager

Imagine Dragons "It's Time"

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"I liked it, because this song feels like 2012 to me. Things at UG have been changing for the better, but you have to remember to go your own way too. That's what this song is about to me." - Max, Programmer

Kamelot "Sacrimony"

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"They've been my favorite group for 5 years already, and every new album is like a present. Roy Khan (singer) left the group in 2011, but this song sounds great with their new frontman Tommy Karevik." - Oleg, Programmer

Green Day "Kill The DJ"

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"Cool mixture of dance rhythms, jangling guitars, poppy vocals and serious attitude. This track made my September vacation one to remember." - Andrew, Programmer

Hypno5e "Story Of The Eye"

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"I picked this song for two reasons. First, it's a great example of their experimental sound which combines technicality, rage, sadness and beauty. They have a really interesting approach to writing their music and song structures. Second, it's an inexpressible trip for me - a real story with genuine emotion that I feel every time I hear it." - Anthony (a.k.a. N-D), Web Content Manager

Jack White "Freedom At 21"

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"One of the best musicians ever. I couldn't ignore his debut solo album." - Natalie, Editor

Gotye "Somebody That I Used To Know"

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"Not exactly a 2012 song, but still a nice example of an artistic approach to songwriting and recording with mass appeal." - Ivan, Art Director

Snowgoons "Goonsville (feat. Blaq Poet & Usual Suspectz)"

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"Good old rap music from the streets makes me wanna be stronger, if you know what I mean, bro. Ahem." - Vladimir, Release Manager

Deftones "Swerve City"

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"A brutal, uncompromising opening to what is probably Deftones' finest record since 'White Pony'. An excellent balance of melody and aggression with flawless execution." - Alec Plowman, Writer

Adele "Rolling In The Deep"

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"The only pop song that may appeal to UG community." - Oleg, R&D Dpt.

Tame Impala "Apocalypse Dreams"

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"I discovered their older album 'Innerspeaker' this year and played it more than anything else, but the new Beatles-infused 'Lonerism' LP has some of the best pop songs I've ever heard. This is one of them." - Tom Davenport, Writer

Thanks for making 2012 a year to remember. We're always honored to be working with such an awesome community every day.

We love checking out your music tips, so this is a good time to post them in the comments. And feel free to ask us anything you like, a few of us will be taking part in the comment thread over the holidays.

Oh, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at UG!

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    My reaction was: "um... meh... K... OMFG TAME IMPALA ON UG!!!!", then "um... meh... oh, Jack White, that's cool, Deftones is cool too, OMFG TAME IMPALA MENTIONED TWICE!!!!".
    Keep giving good feedback about them so the editors know our readers want to see more!
    Tame Impala are bringing recognition to my home town! There's plenty of amazing music around here.
    I didn't even realize Placebo put out new music this year. I guess they're not that popular anymore, but that track was really good.
    I don't know who posted this article, and who is the current editor of the UG team, but thanks guys, today you gave me the best X-Mas present ever!! Finally a small peace of rap music is here on UG, glad to see that even in Russia voice of the real streets is heard loud and clear! Vladimir, respect, you're ma man, ya mean?
    How come Gaslight Anthem doesn't get any recognition on this site? Handwritten was one of the best rock albums of the year and, surprisingly, it's even had some mainstream radio playtime. I don't get how they never get mentioned by anyone, ever.
    I agree. For me, not just the best of 2012, but one of the best of the last few years. Also, good to see Rush on there. Clockwork Angels is track-for-track awesome. My number two of 2012.
    People are complaining about Nickelback being on this list, but how many of you actually listened to the song?
    I don't think you understand the severity of this. They like something that I don't like. How dare they!?
    I did and liked it. I still don't get why Nickelback gets so much shit all the time. Someone please explain without saying they all sound they same. People's opinions are more stale than they say the music is.
    jealousy, straight up, people cant handle the fact that theyre "total sellouts that sound the same in every song" and yet were in the top 30 i believe for highest selling acts (thats of every genre of music) of the 2000s and have a world wide fan base
    That Muse album is actually painfully bad. The new Green Day stuff (what I've heard) is pretty shitty, too. "It's Time" and "Somebody I Used To Know" have really worn on me, but I liked them both at one point. Great to see the love for Deftones, Tame Impala, and Jack White, all of whom put out top-15 (for me) albums this year. I just wish UG would give some recognition to Purity Ring, BTBAM, Japandroids, Converge, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, Chromatics, Gojira, Cloud Nothings, Sleigh Bells, And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Code Orange Kids, Every Time I Die, Frank Ocean, Swans, Crystal Castles, Grimes, Smashing Pumpkins, DIIV, Baroness, How To Dress Well, Metz, Moon Taxi, Enter Shikari, Air, and a ton of other stuff...
    "That Muse album is actually painfully bad." tbh so is Enter Shikari, Every Time I die, COK (lol) and Japandroids. Also, BTBAM is one of the most fapped bands on this site, and Gojira, Baroness, Smashing Pumpkins, and the above bands get their fair share too. Seeing Burzum on there blew my mind though. Not that I particularly love ol Kirstian there, but I didn't think UG did either...
    I can see not liking Enter Shikari, but I really loved what they did on A Flash Flood of Colour. ETID's new one was the best of their career, imo. I can't say specifically why I like the COK album so much, but I've been listening to it a ton and I never get tired of it. Japandroids, in my opinion, put out the third best record this year, behind Purity Ring and BTBAM (and The Parallax II seems very underrated on UG from what I've seen). The new Smashing Pumpkins album also seems pretty underrated, even though it's not much compared to Mellon Collie or Siamese Dream, or even Gish.
    As a Burzum fan, they should remove that track from the list. We all know that the only worthwhile song Varg has done since Filsofem has been Jeg Faller. Now for some classic Burzum to get that shit out my ears...
    the UG team does have a diverse taste in music, do keep lists like these coming. PS: Is it just my ignorance or the UG team is actually full of Russians (or from Russian origins)?
    Tame Impala are wearing a bit thin with all the acclaim they're garnering, but it's well deserved so who gives a ****!
    The song I listened to most this year was Sails of Charon by the Scorpions, and Dragon Attack by Queen was a close second.
    I saw Hypno5e with Cynic and Chimp Spanner a while ago; fantastic band, great live show as well.
    I love both Dark Tranquillity and Burzum, but I must say that their recent efforts have been somewhat lacking.
    I really didn't enjoy Lonerism all that much. I'll wait for my thumbs down now.
    Sensual Lettuce
    My first listen through I thought the same, but I stuck with it and now it's my favourite album of the year. I can definitely see why you didn't dig it though, it's very "pop". Probably to do with Kevin's love of Kylie Minogue...
    I heard it a few times. I thought it was all right, but I wasn't getting the big "wow" everyone else seemed to have. Not so much the pop cause I've heard plenty of poppy albums this year that I've enjoyed. Maybe some day I'll get into it. In the meantime Sigur Ros, Death Grips, and Mount Eerie still hold my top albums of the year.
    Why is Survival on this list? That's probably the least good song on Muse new album :/
    "'Dirty Magic' was the only listenable cut on this LP" You're deaf then. DGB is a great record.
    Its really not and I loved Rage and Grace as well as their earlier stuff.
    "Rush "BU2B" "Definitely my song of the year! This is the best piece I've heard from Rush in a while." - Vladimir, Programmer" At least someone knows what music is.
    BU2B is a great song, but I liked either "Caravan" or "Seven Cities of Gold" better
    Oh, I think this page was Ultimate GUITAR, where's Tame Impala and Snowgoons guitar?
    Deftones 'Swerve City',, hell yes!! But why Lana del Rey 'Diet Mountain Dew'?? 'Off to the Races' is much cooler
    If you like metal, I recommend checking out Accept-"Stalingrad." Lots of good songs on that album, surprised at least one of them didn't make this list.
    I love how in the documentary "It Might Get Loud" Jack White kinda dogs on people for using effects.
    rush BU2B "best from them i heard this year!" -came out 3 years ago