Now that we’re halfway through 2012, it ‘s the perfect time to take a look back at some of the stand-out artists, projects, & events in music from the first 2 seasons of the year. Over the next 5 days, DZI: The Voice presents our picks for the best singles, mixtapes, new bands, comebacks, and moments of the first half of the year. First up, the best singles of 2012 so far.  

Hypnotic pop tunes, angst-filled hard rock, and hip hop odes to birthplaces & child rearing provided the soundtrack to the early part of 2012. These 5 singles consumed YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, and iPods. And unlike other hit songs of the first six months, we won’t forget about these tracks by the end of the next 6 months.

Best Singles

Gotye (featuring Kimbra)

single: “Somebody That I Used To Know”

While this earworm infected Australia nearly a year ago, it didn’t invade the US until January, and luckily we haven’t found a remedy yet.

Jack White

single: “Sixteen Saltines”

The former White Stripes frontman has a serious chip on his shoulder, and in “Sixteen Saltines” Jack goes full Holden Caulfield on all the phonies.

Kendrick Lamar (featuring Dr. Dre)

single: “The Recipe”

K. Dot brings the good doctor along on his debut single to confess his California love for the 3 W’s. “The Recipe” has TDE fans hungry for the Good Kid in a Mad City album.



single: “Bad Girls”

In case you weren’t convinced by her one finger salute at the Super Bowl, M.I.A.’s banger about her skills at vehicular coitus proves she’s definitely a bad girl.


single: “Daughters”

NaS used his own personal family issues to inspire a timely anthem about single fathers’ struggle raising daughters in the digital age.


Best Music of 2012 (So Far) Part 2

Agree? Disagree? Share your favorite singles of the first half of 2012 in the comment section.