The 50 Best Songs of 2012
this song of heartbreak. You'd think Channy Leaneagh was in ecstasy as she shouts "you're still a liar/your words are not enough" over and over as the song builds to its dueling-drum kit crescendo. -- Dan Reilly
42. A Tribe Called Red, "Look At This"
A Tribe Called Red's story is worth merit on its own -- the Native Canadian DJ trio has matched traditional powwow drumming and chants with various EDM sub-genres to create some new and unique. None of which would matter it the experiment sucked -- but it doesn't and "Look at This" best exemplifies Tribe's signature sound. Though they're connected to the Mad Decent crew, this isn't something trendy for hipster idiots walking around Coachella in headdresses. What Tribe are doing is tapping into a thousand years worth of primal beatmaking and the resulting music is something worthy of that heritage. -- Aaron Brophy
41. The Weeknd, "The Fall"
In 2011, Abel Tesfaye announced himself as one of the era's most exciting artists via three online mixtapes, capped off with the late-December release of Echoes of Silence, which included this typically dark-hued rumination on his sudden success. Like an avant-R&B Icarus, The Weeknd's voice soars high, dodging dubby handclaps and druggy sonics as he tries to prepare himself for the inevitable collapse. Oh, and even if his narrator sounds unreliable, claiming "I ain't scared of the fall," Abel won't be facing it anytime soon considering his major-label re-release Trilogy went Top Five despite having already been doled out for free. -- Joshua Ostroff, Senior Editor of Spinner Canada