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2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby sonofsamiam » Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:11 pm

Hi everyone, I'm finally ready with the results, thanks for your patience.

There were 25 lists submitted this year, and 562 individual songs received votes. Also, I chose to go with the more standard weight distribution system this year, rather than doing this through rounds of voting. I'm not sure if that was controversial or not, but I didn't have much time for administration, and I was curious how this type of tallying would work out. My guess is that the results would have been similar either way.

Here is a quick rundown of our previous winners.

2008: Fleet Foxes | "White Winter Hymnal"
2009: Grizzly Bear | "Two Weeks"
2010: Kanye West | "Runaway"
2011: The Black Keys | "Lonely Boy"

With that, I'll start posting some results shortly.
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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby sonofsamiam » Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:35 pm

So one neat thing that occurred in the tallying is that 97 songs received over 50 points. Since 50 points is the maximum 1 song can get, that meant that the songs that got only one #1 vote all made the Top 100, but in a tie for 98. This pleased me since it meant everyone's #1 appears somewhere, but those that got the lone vote are at the end of the list rather than wedged somewhere in the middle.

Here's a quick rundown of 51-98 (or 101 I suppose):

[98] Frank Ocean | Pink Matter | 50 points | 1 voter | 50.00 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 315 | Fan: Charlie Driggs (1)
[98] Kathleen Edwards | Change the Sheets | 50 points | 1 voter | 50.00 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 816 | Fan: Greg (1)
[98] King Tuff | Loser's Wall | 50 points | 1 voter | 50.00 pts per vote | Critics Rank: unranked | Fan: Romain (1)
[98] Odd Future | Oldie | 50 points | 1 voter | 50.00 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 86 | Fan: acroayear (1)
**********Our lone #1s**********
[97] Julia Holter | This Is Ekstasis | 50.09 points | 2 voters | 25.04 pts per vote | Critics Rank: unranked | Fan: sonofsamiam (6)
[96] The Bombay Royale | Sote Sote Adhi Raat | 50.51 points | 2 voters | 25.26 pts per vote | Critics Rank: unranked | Fan: Henrik (4)
[95] Perfume Genius | Hood | 50.66 points | 4 voters | 12.67 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 96 | Fan: BleuPanda (28)
[94] Tame Impala | Apocalypse Dreams | 50.72 points | 3 voters | 16.91 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 111 | Fan: Jackson (8)
[93] Foals | Inhaler | 51.24 points | 2 voters | 25.62 pts per vote | Critics Rank: unranked | Fan: Chilton (4)
[92] | Fitzpleasure | 51.37 points | 2 voters | 25.69 pts per vote | Critics Rank: unranked | Fan: Slick (4)
[91] Swans | Avatar | 51.63 points | 3 voters | 17.21 pts per vote | Critics Rank: unranked | Fan: JamieW (14)
[90] Rover | Aqualast | 51.63 points | 2 voters | 25.81 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 728 | Fan: Romain (3)
[89] Todd Terje | Inspector Norse | 51.67 points | 3 voters | 17.22 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 8 | Fan: Jackson (12)
[88] Killer Mike | R.A.P. Music | 52.12 points | 2 voters | 26.06 pts per vote | Critics Rank: unranked | Fan: kingoftonga (6)
[87] Killer Mike feat. Bun B and T.I. | Big Beast | 52.14 points | 3 voters | 17.38 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 66 | Fan: OtisRedding (10)
**********Interestingly close Killer Mike tracks**********
[86] Bat for Lashes | All Your Gold | 54.01 points | 2 voters | 27.00 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 415 | Fan: Moonbeam (3)
[85] Chairlift | I Belong In Your Arms | 54.26 points | 4 voters | 13.57 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 50 | Fan: Craig (22)
[84] Melody's Echo Chamber | I Follow You | 54.90 points | 3 voters | 18.30 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 213 | Fan: sonofsamiam (16)
[83] Cloud Nothings | Stay Useless | 55.05 points | 3 voters | 18.35 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 88 | Fan: Nassim (17)
[82] Icona Pop | I Love It | 55.32 points | 2 voters | 27.66 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 75 | Fan: SuperFurry (2)
[81] Scott Walker | Epizootics! | 55.80 points | 3 voters | 18.60 pts per vote | Critics Rank: unranked | Fan: sonofsamiam (7)
[80] John Talabot | Last Land | 55.99 points | 3 voters | 18.66 pts per vote | Critics Rank: unranked | Fan: JamieW (9)
[79] iamamiwhoami | kill | 56.45 points | 2 voters | 28.22 pts per vote | Critics Rank: unranked | Fans: Henrik (9); Moonbeam (10)
[78] Frank Ocean | Sweet Life | 57.10 points | 3 voters | 19.03 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 268 | Fan: antonius (5)
[77] Passion Pit | Take a Walk | 58.48 points | 3 voters | 19.49 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 47 | Fan: Slick (8)
[75] Chromatics | Birds of Paradise | 60.78 points | 2 voters | 30.39 pts per vote | Critics Rank: unranked | Fan: JamieW (1)
[75] iamamiwhoami | goods | 60.78 points | 2 voters | 30.39 pts per vote | Critics Rank: unranked | Fan: Moonbeam (1)
**********An odd true tie -- the 2 tracks above both got one #1 vote and one #41 vote.**********
[74] Fiona Apple | Anything We Want | 61.27 points | 2 voters | 30.64 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 1162 | Fan: DaveC (3)
[73] Pepe Deluxé | A Night and a Day | 62.03 points | 3 voters | 20.68 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 542 | Fan: Charlie Driggs (9)
[72] The Men | Open Your Heart | 62.10 points | 3 voters | 20.70 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 67 | Fan: Brad (7)
[71] El-P | The Full Retard | 62.26 points | 4 voters | 15.57 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 72 | Fan: OtisRedding (20)
[70] Ondatrópica | Tiene sabor, tiene sazón | 63.41 points | 2 voters | 31.71 pts per vote | Critics Rank: unranked | Fan: Dan (1)
[69] Electric Guest | Amber | 63.58 points | 2 voters | 31.79 pts per vote | Critics Rank: unranked | Fan: Romain (2)
[68] Fiona Apple | Hot Knife | 63.75 points | 2 voters | 31.88 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 278 | Fan: kingoftonga (1)
[67] The Shins | It's Only Life | 64.31 points | 2 voters | 32.15 pts per vote | Critics Rank: unranked | Fan: Slick (3)
[66] Leonard Cohen | Going Home | 65.22 points | 3 voters | 21.74 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 172 | Fan: Chambord (3)
[65] Kendrick Lamar | Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst | 65.61 points | 2 voters | 32.81 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 101 | Fans: sonofsamiam (5); Jackson (9)
[64] Silversun Pickups | The Pit | 66.20 points | 2 voters | 33.10 pts per vote | Critics Rank: unranked | Fan: JamieW (2)
[63] Electric Guest | This Head I Hold | 69.53 points | 4 voters | 17.38 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 117 | Fan: Romain (6)
[62] Jack White | Sixteen Saltines | 73.89 points | 5 voters | 14.78 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 43 | Fan: acroayear (14)
[61] Leonard Cohen | Darkness | 74.22 points | 3 voters | 24.74 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 104 | Fan: Charlie Driggs (5)
[60] Bruce Springsteen | We Take Care of Our Own | 79.72 points | 3 voters | 26.57 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 77 | Fans: Stephan (5); Slick (9)
[59] Actress | N.E.W. | 81.24 points | 3 voters | 27.08 pts per vote | Critics Rank: unranked | Fans: Jackson (7); DaveC (8)
[58] Fiona Apple | Werewolf | 81.37 points | 4 voters | 20.34 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 225 | Fans: acroayear (8); kingoftonga (9)
[57] Ondatrópica | Suena | 81.85 points | 3 voters | 27.28 pts per vote | Critics Rank: unranked | Fans: Dan (7); sonofsamiam (10)
[56] Burial | Loner | 82.40 points | 5 voters | 16.48 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 176 | Fan: Jackson (15)
[55] Jai Paul | Jasmine | 84.44 points | 5 voters | 16.89 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 18 | Fan: Henrik (10)
[54] The Beach Boys | Summer's Gone | 84.62 points | 2 voters | 42.31 pts per vote | Critics Rank: unranked | Fans: acroayear (3); Greg (3)
[53] Andy Stott | Numb | 85.76 points | 4 voters | 21.44 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 73 | Fans: Nassim (4); Jackson (10)
[52] Death Grips | I've Seen Footage | 86.28 points | 4 voters | 21.57 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 103 | Fan: Brad (6)
[51] Frank Ocean | Lost | 86.59 points | 5 voters | 17.32 pts per vote | Critics Rank: 338 | Fan: Greg (10)

Some really great stuff in there.
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2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results: 50-46

Postby sonofsamiam » Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:04 pm

[50] John Talabot | Destiny

88.17 points | 5 voters | 17.63 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 53
Fan: Nassim (13)



[49] The Shins | Simple Song

90.12 points | 3 voters | 30.04 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 120
Fan: Craig (1)



[48] Cloud Nothings | Wasted Days

90.82 points | 3 voters | 30.27 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 59
Fans: Craig (4); Nassim (5)



[47] Sky Ferreira | Everything Is Embarrassing

91.67 points | 3 voters | 30.56 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 30
Fans: Dan (2); guigs2910 (10)





[46] Kendrick Lamar | Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe

92.36 points | 5 voters | 18.47 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 56
Fan: acroayear (7)



So far, not too terribly far from the critics placements. The Shins got sort of forgotten as the year progressed, likely because Port of Morrow on the whole was sort of tepid. But I'm glad that "Simple Song" got recognized here, since it's a great stand-alone track.

Also, I'm surprised "Everything Is Embarrassing" didn't come in higher.
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2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results: #45-41

Postby sonofsamiam » Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:33 pm

[45] Gregory Porter | Be Good (Lion's Song)

92.82 points | 3 voters | 30.94 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 646
Fans: Stephan (3); Dan (4)





[44] Bill Fay | Never Ending Happening

95.83 points | 2 voters | 47.92 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 319
Fans: DaveC (1); Greg (2)





[43] Godspeed You! Black Emperor | We Drift Like Worried Fire

98.79 points | 3 voters | 32.93 pts per vote
Critics Rank: unranked
Fans: Jackson (4); Brad (8); acroayear (9)



[42] Godspeed You! Black Emperor | Mladic

99.10 points | 4 voters | 24.77 pts per vote
Critics Rank: unranked
Fan: Brad (1)



[41] Killer Mike | Reagan

99.40 points | 4 voters | 24.85 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 164
Fan: kingoftonga (4)





Really happy to see those Gregory Porter and Bill Fay songs make the Top 50...lovely stuff. It is entries like that where we kick the ass of the critics.

Also, the statistical dead heat between the GY!BE tracks made me smile.

Finally, :music-rockon: to "Reagan".
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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby sonofsamiam » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:18 pm

Would love to hear your comments, folks...surprises, good and bad?

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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby Honorio » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:19 pm

Sorry for not voting, no time during 2012 for 2012 (if this makes sense). But I'm happy to see the song by Bill Fay on the Top 50 (if I have voted it could have been even higher).

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2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results: #40-36

Postby sonofsamiam » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:22 pm

OK, Top 40 time, coincidentally opening with an ultimate Top 40 song...


[40] Carly Rae Jepsen | Call Me Maybe

100.15 points | 4 voters | 25.04 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 7
Fans: acroayear (4); guigs2910 (5)



[39] Cat Power | Ruin

100.48 points | 6 voters | 16.75 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 40
Fan: SuperFurry (4)



[38] Hot Chip | Flutes

100.88 points | 4 voters | 25.22 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 52
Fan: Nassim (1)



[37] Twin Shadow | Five Seconds

101.03 points | 4 voters | 25.26 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 10
Fan: BleuPanda (5)





[36] Sleigh Bells | Comeback Kid

102.21 points | 5 voters | 20.44 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 74
Fan: Slick (2)



I thought "Call Me Maybe" might come in a touch higher, given the Pazz and Jop results and its general ubiquity, but 40 seems fine, too. Also, somewhat surprised that Twin Shadow landed so low. The rest seem appropriately enough placed.
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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby sonofsamiam » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:40 pm

Honorio wrote:Sorry for not voting, no time during 2012 for 2012 (if this makes sense). But I'm happy to see the song by Bill Fay on the Top 50 (if I have voted it could have been even higher).


I hear you -- with all the polls going on it is hard to pick and choose where to put one's emphasis. But yes, wonderful to see Bill Fay, in all his sincerity.

EDIT: Also, "Never Ending Happening" was one of those interesting placements where the power of 2 people could make a big difference...a #1 and a #2 placement got it in the Top 50.

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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby sonofsamiam » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:48 pm

OK, I'll get us to the Top 30 and step away to let more people see this, and since it might be a better time for folks a little later...

[35] First Aid Kit | The Lion's Roar

102.45 points | 4 voters | 25.61 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 552
Fans: Chambord (5); DaveC (10)



[34] Swans | A Piece of The Sky

107.92 points | 3 voters | 35.97 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 1061
Fans: sonofsamiam (1); Jackson (2)





[33] Miguel | Adorn

109.86 points | 6 voters | 18.31 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 12
Fans: OtisRedding (8); Dan (9)





[32] Alabama Shakes | Hold On

111.80 points | 4 voters | 27.95 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 26
Fans: acroayear (5); Nick (7); antonius (8)



[31] Jessie Ware | Running

113.64 points | 6 voters | 18.94 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 16
Fan: Henrik (12)




"The Lion's Roar" coming in so high was a pleasant surprise, several people really like that one. Speaking of which, I was glad Swans, and specifically "A Piece of the Sky", made the Top 40. That track has the highest average score of all songs in the Top 40, reflecting the love it/hate it attitude to Swans that we all know so well here.

I was a little surprised that "Adorn" landed so low relative to the critics; it really is quite great. "Hold On" and "Running" both landed in relatively predictable spots, I think...
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Postby Nick » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:10 pm

Nice to see "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" in the top 50, although I would have liked to see it a bit higher. At first I was rather lukewarm in my feelings towards the song. Now it's possibly my favorite song off of "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City", and a serious contender for my top 10 songs of the year. Funny how that works out.

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Postby sonofsamiam » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:38 pm

Nick wrote:Nice to see "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" in the top 50, although I would have liked to see it a bit higher. At first I was rather lukewarm in my feelings towards the song. Now it's possibly my favorite song off of "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City", and a serious contender for my top 10 songs of the year. Funny how that works out.


Kendrick probably got impacted by vote-splitting more than anyone, except perhaps Swans. It seems like everyone has a different favorite from the album.

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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby sonofsamiam » Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:39 pm

No time like the present, let's keep on going...

[30] Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2Chainz | Mercy

124.16 points | 7 voters | 17.74 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 23
Fan: Nick (10)



[29] Chromatics | Kill for Love

124.80 points | 7 voters | 17.83 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 42
Fan: BleuPanda (14)



[28] First Aid Kit | Emmylou

132.51 points | 8 voters | 16.56 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 39
Fan: Dan (8)





[27] Fiona Apple | Every Single Night

134.59 points | 7 voters | 19.23 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 22
Fan: BleuPanda (9)



[26] Grimes | Genesis

136.59 points | 6 voters | 22.77 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 14
Fan: Nick (9)



We're at the point where the songs are getting lots of votes. All of these are in the critics top 50 so no huge surprises...
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Postby Jackson » Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:46 pm

Some thoughts:

I love the 51-100 section; a lot of killer cuts like "Inspector Norse" (why so low?), "I Follow You", "N.E.W.", and "A Night and a Day" made it.

The back-to-back Godspeed tracks is so perfect. I had trouble initially deciding which one I preferred until "We Drift..." became the clear standout at the end of the year.

When I think about it, I really wouldn't have minded seeing "Call Me Maybe" higher, and maybe I underrated it on my own list. I think it's the most ubiquitous and widely loved pop song since "Crazy".

Why does everyone here love Frank Ocean so much more than Miguel? "Adorn" is a fantastic track that I would have expected to make the top 10 (and it finished behind Alabama Shakes???).

Nice that just two votes can get "A Piece of the Sky" a top 40 placement. Swans split a lot of votes in this poll.

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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby sonofsamiam » Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:06 pm

I'll take us to the Top 20, and leave the rest for tomorrow...

[25] The Tallest Man on Earth | 1904

139.75 points | 5 voters | 27.95 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 114
Fans: Stephan (1); Craig (10)





[24] Spiritualized | Hey Jane

144.88 points | 7 voters | 20.70 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 17
Fan: Nick (6)



[23] Usher | Climax

144.96 points | 6 voters | 24.16 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 5
Fans: OtisRedding (3); guigs2910 (6); BleuPanda (8)



[22] M.I.A. | Bad Girls

147.62 points | 6 voters | 24.60 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 13
Fans: guigs2910 (3); OtisRedding (9)



[21] Frank Ocean | Bad Religion

150.34 points | 8 voters | 18.79 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 36
Fans: Dan (5); acroayear (6)




Nice to see an AM special with "1904". Also good to see "Hey Jane".

"Climax" is a lot lower than with the critics, and M.I.A. too (though not as significantly). Still, those are respectable placements. Note that there is still not a whole lot of gap from placement to placement on here.
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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby Nick » Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:52 am

Sonofsamiam, here's the thread for the 2008 songs poll results.

http://pub37.bravenet.com/forum/static/ ... 1&cmd=show

"White Winter Hymnal" by Fleet Foxes was the winner.

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Postby Jackson » Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:28 am

Nick wrote:Sonofsamiam, here's the thread for the 2008 songs poll results.

http://pub37.bravenet.com/forum/static/ ... 1&cmd=show

"White Winter Hymnal" by Fleet Foxes was the winner.


Wow, 15 of the top 40 was just by Fleet Foxes, Vampire Weekend, and TV on the Radio. And I thought R.E.M. placing 5 of our top 15 for 1992 was bad...

Also, Duffy's "Mercy" is a pretty good song, but I'm shocked it finished second. I wonder what this poll would look like if taken today.

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Postby Nassim » Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:51 am

No big surprises indeed, though I expected Every Single Night and Bad Religion to make the top 20, even likely top 10.

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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby Stephan » Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:15 am

#25, awesome result!

Great list so far, lots of songs I haven't listened to yet. I wish I would've remembered to vote for Bill Fay as well, definitely one of the best songs of the year.

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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby sonofsamiam » Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:55 pm

OK, let's get into the Top 20....

[20] Kendrick Lamar | Swimming Pools (Drank)

154.02 points | 7 voters | 22.00 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 28
Fans: guigs2910 (7); OtisRedding (7)





[19] The xx | Angels

157.71 points | 8 voters | 19.71 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 21
Fan: DaveC (13)



[18] Blur | Under The Westway

159.06 points | 6 voters | 26.51 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 37
Fans: Slick (1); SuperFurry (3)



[17] Sharon Van Etten | Serpents

166.65 points | 9 voters | 18.52 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 78
Fans: Brad (4); Chambord (6)





[16] Frank Ocean | Thinkin Bout You

169.65 points | 8 voters | 21.21 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 11
Fans: BleuPanda (3); Nick (8)



The placement of "Swimming Pools (Drank)" behind "Angels" and "Under the Westway" is a really good representation of how vote-splitting can work. Nine songs from good kid got votes, and "Swimming Pools" accounted for 35% of Kendrick's total points. Meanwhile, "Angels" got 85% of The xx's points, and only one Blur song of course got votes. Speaking of which, "Under the Westway" is nice and all, but I'm surprised it has gotten THIS much support. People must really miss Blur.

Otherwise, I was very pleased by the placement of "Serpents", which continues to grow on me -- it's a fantastic track, nice and concise and full of seething rage. I was a little surprised that "Thinkin Bout You" was as low as 16 -- I think people sort of chose between that and "Bad Religion".
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Postby Henry » Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:57 pm

[16] Frank Ocean | Thinkin Bout You

My first listen for this song. What took me so long? Ocean's vocals are fantastic!!!!

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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby sonofsamiam » Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:23 pm

[15] Santigold | Disparate Youth

189.96 points | 10 voters | 19.00 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 29
Fan: antonius (10)



[14] Bat for Lashes | Laura

194.63 points | 8 voters | 24.33 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 9
Fans: SuperFurry (1); Chilton (5)



[13] Tame Impala | Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

198.95 points | 10 voters | 19.89 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 31
Fans: Chilton (3); Charlie Driggs (7)



[12] Django Django | Default

201.20 points | 9 voters | 22.36 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 32
Fans: Stephan (6); Craig (8); SuperFurry (8)



[11] iamamiwhoami | sever

209.71 points | 6 voters | 34.95 pts per vote
Critics Rank: unranked
Fans: Henrik (1); Moonbeam (2); Chilton (6); Dan (6); Stephan (9)





An interesting batch -- all except for "Laura" significantly outperformed the critics' list. I'm glad "Disparate Youth" got credit, considering it came from an uneven and generally unacclaimed album. It's a songs list, after all.

Also, amazing placement for "sever" -- completely ignored by the critics, it languished with very few votes in our poll until the last few days, at which point it rocketed up to nearly making the Top 10. A true AM special...
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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby sonofsamiam » Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:39 pm

I hope no one minds, but time will be tight for me over the next few days, so I may have to rattle the rest of this off quickly. Here's 10-8

[10] ∆ | Breezeblocks

211.02 points | 9 voters | 23.45 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 41
Fans: antonius (1); Chambord (2); OtisRedding (4)



[09] Burial | Ashtray Wasp

212.18 points | 7 voters | 30.31 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 744
Fans: Jackson (1); Nassim (3); sonofsamiam (4); DaveC (7)





[08] Dirty Projectors | Gun Has No Trigger

241.22 points | 9 voters | 26.80 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 20
Fans: BleuPanda (2); Charlie Driggs (2); OtisRedding (5); DaveC (6); Chilton (9)



"Ashtray Wasp" was actually Top 5 for a brief amount of time, but faded in the end. Still, a pretty solid spot for an 11-minute+ song that was not on a "proper" LP.

As for the others, "Breezeblocks" is jaunty enough but I'm still very surprised it made the Top 10. And 92% of Dirty Projectors' points went to "Gun Has No Trigger" -- is it just me, or is that song the white "Crazy"? (Assuming "Crazy" isn't the white "Crazy".)
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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby sonofsamiam » Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:44 pm

So, I gotta say that #6 was something of a pleasant surprise...

[07] Tame Impala | Elephant

241.72 points | 10 voters | 24.17 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 19
Fans: Henrik (2); Craig (6); SuperFurry (7)





[06] Jessie Ware | Wildest Moments

252.51 points | 10 voters | 25.25 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 16
Fans: antonius (2); DaveC (4); Stephan (8)





If someone had told me that "Wildest Moments" would top everything by Tame Impala before the poll began, I would have thought they were nuts. But here it is, and it's pretty cool, 'cause it's a darn fine song. So is "Elephant", actually, which I'll admit to being pleased about coming ahead of "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards".

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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby sonofsamiam » Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:02 pm

Indie rockers, indie rockin'...

[05] Grizzly Bear | Yet Again

283.51 points | 11 voters | 25.77 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 15
Fans: OtisRedding (2); kingoftonga (3); Nick (4); Craig (5)





[04] Japandroids | The House That Heaven Built

295.32 points | 9 voters | 32.81 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 2
Fans: Nick (2); acroayear (2); Slick (5); BleuPanda (7); Craig (7); guigs2910 (9); SuperFurry (10)





Japandroids actually didn't get a ton of votes relative to some other songs, but those that love 'em, LOVE 'em.

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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby Henrik » Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:29 pm

Great list, although I will probably never get Japandroids and Kendrick Lamar. I am so happy about "Sever"!

About "Disparate Youth", I included it in my list (near the bottom), although its' verse is VERY similar to Punkrocker / Hiphopper. Do you guys know these songs?

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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby sonofsamiam » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:11 pm

Note that this is nearly 100 more points than #4 -- true consensus at the top of this year:

[03] Beach House | Myth

395.75 points | 13 voters | 30.44 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 3
Fans: Chambord (1); Craig (2); Stephan (2); Dan (3); guigs2910 (4); Nick (5); BleuPanda (6)





Even though Bloom was #3 in the album poll, "Myth" amassed nearly 80% of Beach House's song points. It looks like everyone here agrees that it is the highlight.

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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby sonofsamiam » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:14 pm

[02] Grimes | Oblivion

425.83 points | 13 voters | 32.76 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 4
Fans: BleuPanda (1); guigs2910 (1); Chilton (2); Jackson (3); Nick (3); kingoftonga (5); Moonbeam (6)









And if there was any doubt...





[01] Frank Ocean | Pyramids

500.24 points | 15 voters | 33.35 pts per vote
Critics Rank: 1
Fans: Chilton (1); Nick (1); OtisRedding (1); guigs2910 (2); sonofsamiam (2); Craig (3); BleuPanda (4); Nassim (7); Henrik (8); JamieW (10); kingoftonga (10)





At the end, probably no big surprise here. "Pyramids" won it pretty handily.

All in all, I'm very happy with the final list. Nice job once again, AM.

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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby Otisredding » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:28 pm

Thanks sonofsamian. Great work for a great year of music with a wonderful song at number one.
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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby Jirin » Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:32 pm

I totally get Frank Ocean, but I totally don't get why people love the song Pyramids so much. For me Thinkin Bout You is by far the best song on the album, but there are also some other gems like Super Rich Kids which are also far better than Pyramids.

Pyramids is melodically and lyrically very dull, IMO.

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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby Jackson » Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:08 am

To me "Super Rich Kids" is dull and "Pyramids" is the only moment of the entire album where I think, "yeah, I can see why this is the consensus #1 for the year." But I still would have preferred "Oblivion" winning this poll. As for the rest of the top 5, "The House that Heaven Built" is a good song that I probably should have voted for, but I always looked at what Japandroids did this year to be a tamed-down version of what Fucked Up did in 2011 with David Comes to Life. "Yet Again" is kind of boring ("Sleeping Ute" is the album highlight by far), and "Myth" is really boring.

The highlight of the entire poll is "Ashtray Wasp" cracking the top 10. I haven't seen it that high almost anywhere else (it was #1 on the atease forum's list), and I thought I might be one of the only voters backing it. Nice to see "Disparate Youth" do well too.

Great job compiling and hosting sonofsam, though the amount of Youtube embeds on this page seems like an attempt to intentionally crash my computer /

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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby sonofsamiam » Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:58 am

Jackson wrote:Great job compiling and hosting sonofsam, though the amount of Youtube embeds on this page seems like an attempt to intentionally crash my computer /


My apologies, I was worried about that and got carried away. I dumped a lot of the links out of the posts, hopefully load time is more tolerable now!

Tomorrow I'll post the whole list, and try to throw some stats together as well.

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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby Nassim » Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:00 am

I think Alt-J and Django Django are the most overrated bands of 2012 (by the European critics at least, they seem to get less acclaim in the US) but kuddo for picking the 2 songs that annoy me the less.

I went to Laneway Festival in Brisbane last Friday and the show-stopping moment of the day was Bat for Lashes singing Laura, just stunning and haunting, man ! The Jessie Ware set was surprisingly fantastic too, she is so elegant when she sings (she isn't when she speaks with a thick scottish accent, with a "fuck" punctuating each of her sentences). Though my fav moment of the day was Wasted Days by Cloud Nothings.

I'm happy with Pyramids at #1, heck it's almost 2 of the best songs of the year in one single track ! I was quite pissed with the official video by the way, takes out my favorite half of the song.

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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby sonofsamiam » Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:38 pm

Here's the whole list from top to bottom, for those who like things straightforward:

[01] Frank Ocean | Pyramids
[02] Grimes | Oblivion
[03] Beach House | Myth
[04] Japandroids | The House That Heaven Built
[05] Grizzly Bear | Yet Again
[06] Jessie Ware | Wildest Moments
[07] Tame Impala | Elephant
[08] Dirty Projectors | Gun Has No Trigger
[09] Burial | Ashtray Wasp
[10] ∆ | Breezeblocks
[11] iamamiwhoami | sever
[12] Django Django | Default
[13] Tame Impala | Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
[14] Bat for Lashes | Laura
[15] Santigold | Disparate Youth
[16] Frank Ocean | Thinkin Bout You
[17] Sharon Van Etten | Serpents
[18] Blur | Under The Westway
[19] The xx | Angels
[20] Kendrick Lamar | Swimming Pools (Drank)
[21] Frank Ocean | Bad Religion
[22] M.I.A. | Bad Girls
[23] Usher | Climax
[24] Spiritualized | Hey Jane
[25] The Tallest Man on Earth | 1904
[26] Grimes | Genesis
[27] Fiona Apple | Every Single Night
[28] First Aid Kit | Emmylou
[29] Chromatics | Kill for Love
[30] Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2Chainz | Mercy
[31] Jessie Ware | Running
[32] Alabama Shakes | Hold On
[33] Miguel | Adorn
[34] Swans | A Piece of The Sky
[35] First Aid Kit | The Lion's Roar
[36] Sleigh Bells | Comeback Kid
[37] Twin Shadow | Five Seconds
[38] Hot Chip | Flutes
[39] Cat Power | Ruin
[40] Carly Rae Jepsen | Call Me Maybe
[41] Killer Mike | Reagan
[42] Godspeed You! Black Emperor | Mladic
[43] Godspeed You! Black Emperor | We Drift Like Worried Fire
[44] Bill Fay | The Never Ending Happening
[45] Gregory Porter | Be Good (Lion's Song)
[46] Kendrick Lamar | Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe
[47] Sky Ferreira | Everything Is Embarrassing
[48] Cloud Nothings | Wasted Days
[49] The Shins | Simple Song
[50] John Talabot | Destiny
[51] Frank Ocean | Lost
[52] Death Grips | I've Seen Footage
[53] Andy Stott | Numb
[54] The Beach Boys | Summer's Gone
[55] Jai Paul | Jasmine
[56] Burial | Loner
[57] Ondatrópica | Suena
[58] Fiona Apple | Werewolf
[59] Actress | N.E.W.
[60] Bruce Springsteen | We Take Care of Our Own
[61] Leonard Cohen | Darkness
[62] Jack White | Sixteen Saltines
[63] Electric Guest | This Head I Hold
[64] Silversun Pickups | The Pit
[65] Kendrick Lamar | Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst
[66] Leonard Cohen | Going Home
[67] The Shins | It's Only Life
[68] Fiona Apple | Hot Knife
[69] Electric Guest | Amber
[70] Ondatrópica | Tiene sabor, tiene sazón
[71] El-P | The Full Retard
[72] The Men | Open Your Heart
[73] Pepe Deluxé | A Night and a Day
[74] Fiona Apple | Anything We Want
[75] Chromatics | Birds of Paradise
[75] iamamiwhoami | goods
[77] Passion Pit | Take A Walk
[78] Frank Ocean | Sweet Life
[79] iamamiwhoami | kill
[80] John Talabot | Last Land
[81] Scott Walker | Epizootics!
[82] Icona Pop | I Love It
[83] Cloud Nothings | Stay Useless
[84] Melody's Echo Chamber | I Follow You
[85] Chairlift | I Belong In Your Arms
[86] Bat for Lashes | All Your Gold
[87] Killer Mike feat. Bun B and T.I. | Big Beast
[88] Killer Mike | R.A.P. Music
[89] Todd Terje | Inspector Norse
[90] Rover | Aqualast
[91] Swans | Avatar
[92] ∆ | Fitzpleasure
[93] Foals | Inhaler
[94] Tame Impala | Apocalypse Dreams
[95] Perfume Genius | Hood
[96] The Bombay Royale | Sote Sote Adhi Raat
[97] Julia Holter | This Is Ekstasis
[98] Frank Ocean | Pink Matter
[98] Kathleen Edwards | Change the Sheets
[98] King Tuff | Loser's Wall
[98] Odd Future | Oldie

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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby sonofsamiam » Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:07 pm

And here are the top artists by their cumulative points:

01 | Frank Ocean | 1049.94
02 | Grimes | 624.80
03 | Tame Impala | 522.03
04 | Beach House | 498.20
05 | iamamiwhoami | 447.47
06 | Kendrick Lamar | 441.17
07 | Jessie Ware | 426.79
08 | Grizzly Bear | 395.37
09 | Fiona Apple | 357.16
10 | Burial | 355.99
11 | ∆ | 348.77
12 | Japandroids | 315.94
13 | Bat for Lashes | 315.86
14 | Swans | 306.40
15 | Chromatics | 302.62
16 | First Aid Kit | 271.62
17 | Dirty Projectors | 263.96
18 | Django Django | 260.54
19 | Leonard Cohen | 257.55
20 | Killer Mike | 236.01
21 | John Talabot | 227.97
22 | Ondatrópica | 210.68
23 | Godspeed You! Black Emperor | 197.88
24 | Sharon Van Etten | 197.41
25 | El-P | 194.48
26 | Santigold | 189.96
27 | The xx | 187.09
28 | Spiritualized | 177.90
29 | Cloud Nothings | 174.61
30 | Blur | 170.06
31 | Hot Chip | 168.23
32 | Andy Stott | 163.82
33 | The Tallest Man on Earth | 162.67
34 | Madonna | 161.15
35 | The Shins | 154.43
36 | Cat Power | 151.61
37 | Chairlift | 149.00
38 | M.I.A. | 147.62
39 | Usher | 144.96
40 | Electric Guest | 133.11
41 | Miguel | 132.78
42 | Liars | 129.33
43 | Jack White | 126.69
44 | Bill Fay | 126.39
45 | Kanye West | 124.16
46 | The Beach Boys | 118.73
47 | Gregory Porter | 113.19
48 | Sleigh Bells | 112.21
49 | Alabama Shakes | 111.80
50 | Death Grips | 109.55
51 | Julia Holter | 102.88
52 | Twin Shadow | 101.03
53 | Carly Rae Jepsen | 100.15
54 | The Men | 95.56
55 | Silversun Pickups | 94.85
56 | Dr. John | 93.33
57 | Actress | 93.20
58 | Sky Ferreira | 91.67
59 | Wadada Leo Smith | 90.53
60 | Dead Can Dance | 87.71
61 | Ebo Taylor | 85.32
62 | Nas | 85.14
63 | Jai Paul | 84.44
64 | Michael Kiwanuka | 82.54
65 | Scott Walker | 79.92
66 | Bruce Springsteen | 79.72
67 | Tindersticks | 76.68
68 | King Tuff | 73.88
69 | Pepe Deluxé | 72.40
70 | Neneh Cherry and The Thing | 69.87

"Pyramids" by itself would have been #4 on that list. The big shocker to me is iamamiwhoami edging out Kendrick Lamar.

I generally like the overall variety of artists on here. It seems like it was an especially good year for female artists and female-led groups. Half of the Top 10 and 8 of the Top 16 have women in lead roles, which is a really refreshing turn of events.

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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby Jackson » Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:28 pm

sonofsamiam wrote:
[46] Kendrick Lamar | Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe
[50] John Talabot | Destiny
[53] Andy Stott | Numb
[56] Burial | Loner
[57] Ondatrópica | Suena
[59] Actress | N.E.W.
[65] Kendrick Lamar | Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst
[68] Fiona Apple | Hot Knife
[71] El-P | The Full Retard
[72] The Men | Open Your Heart
[73] Pepe Deluxé | A Night and a Day
[80] John Talabot | Last Land
[81] Scott Walker | Epizootics!
[84] Melody's Echo Chamber | I Follow You
[88] Killer Mike | R.A.P. Music
[89] Todd Terje | Inspector Norse
[91] Swans | Avatar
[94] Tame Impala | Apocalypse Dreams
[97] Julia Holter | This Is Ekstasis


There are a lot of gems throughout this list. Not as unpredictable at the top as last year (who saw "Lonely Boy" and "The Glorious Land" taking top 2?), but really interesting top-to-bottom.

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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby Nick » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:45 pm

I just realized, with "White Winter Hymnal" as our choice for 2008, "Two Weeks" for 2009, "Runaway" for 2010, and "Lonely Boy" for 2011, this year is the first year where our choice for song of the year is the same as the critic's choice. Interesting.

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Re: 2012 AMF EOY Song Poll - Results

Postby Honorio » Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:58 pm

I love "Pyramids" but my favourite songs from "Channel Orange" are "Sierra Leone"/"Sweet Life" that I tend to listen on repeat as an only song (and were not on our Top 100). Conveniently placed on the first half of the album (tracks #4 and #5) I see them as Ocean's hommage to some of his music heroes from the past (but with a sound absolutely contemporary). I see Sierra Leone (by the way, good amateur video) as an hommage to Marvin Gaye, particularly Ocean's use of spoken and sung verses and the arrangements with synths sounding like strings and xylophones from 1'38" reminds me of Save the Children (but of course on "What's Going On" the strings and xylophones were real). And Sweet Life reminds of course of Stevie Wonder, not only for the vocals but also for those dreamy synths from 1'08" that seem culled from Superwoman.

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Postby Bruno » Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:20 am

Great list!


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