What Is The Best Song Of 2012?

Does one song stand out as the greatest musical achievement of the year? Place your nominations here, and they could win an award.

Ultimate Guitar

As part of our forthcoming UG Awards 2012 post, we're asking readers to vote in a new category each day for a special post over the holidays.

Today's category:

What is the best song of the year?

We want you to place a nomination in the comments and upvote the ones you agree with. The one with the highest number of up votes wins the award.


The song had to be released in 2012. It doesn't have to be a single.

Please place your nomination in this format: Artist "Song Name"

Voting tips

- Place ONE nominations per comment, or the upvotes won't count. You can place as many nominations as you want across different comments, though.

- Do a quick search of the page to make sure someone else didn't already nominate that song. Just scroll down to the bottom so all the comments have loaded, then do a search on the page (ctrl-f on a PC, cmd-f on a mac) for its name.

You're welcome to discuss the topic in the comments and reply to nominations, as usual.

Remember to vote in our other award categories too. The list so far:

Guitarist of the Year

Band of the Year

Best New Act

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    Darth Wader
    The drunk guy who sings the flawless rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody...that came out this year, right?
    Come on people now! Shit on your brother, everybody get together, try to downvote one another! Right now!!!!
    Honestly I feel as though the mentality the people have that do all these downvoting is... "I haven't heard that song, that means that it's a Hipster song, all Hipster music is shit! Now I am going to jack off to a Green Day/Periphery fan fiction I am writing #YOLO #ANYTHINGBUTROCKANDMETALSUX!11!!!1!"
    Obvious troll is obvious. nice man, keep on hatin on Periphery. It suits yourself well even tho you yourself had told me that you like them.
    I'm doing it just to spite you now ;P Cause I actually do like Periphery.
    eh well i hate Green Day anyway...and i do like some underground rap, some reggae and blues as well, theres more to me than just Periphery and the such, and i will nvr say YOLO, nvr.
    The only one I downvoted was Gangnam Style because I can't stand it. I was also ready to downvote anybody that nominated Gotye -Somebody I Used To Know because it's actually worse IMO. But I was amused seeing everybody in negative number territory. No, I don't like Psy... go ahead and downvote me.
    I downvoted lots of things here, but only those I've heard and knew that I didn't like (which was almost every one that I recognized). Honestly, most of the songs here that are getting nominated as the best songs of the year are something I couldn't even stand to listen to. I really want to broaden the scope of newer artists that I listen to, but not by compromising quality in exchange for a modern soundtrack. Lists like these are really discouraging, because they make me feel like I'd be wasting my time exploring more new music if the things mentioned here are what many different people are referring to as the best of the year.
    All of these downvotes are why we can't have nice things
    We have a number 69 thumbs up. It's a good nice number I didn't break it. and maybe that is good on this awesome xmas best of list. Merry happy time of year for all!!
    Gangnam Style. Gentlemen start your hate engines.
    Tenacious D - Rize of the Fenix
    Rush - The Garden
    No freaking way. Are you kidding me? A chord strum-allong song the best of the year? NOOOOO
    Slash - "Anastasia"
    Legend Jedicsc
    Call Me Maybe
    No contest
    It actually is the best song of 2003 imo if we're talking about being catchy and popularity, sort like how "I kissed a girl" was back in 2008. It's just one of those songs.
    This is bad and you should feel bad.