As with 2010 and 2011, the last few days of the year will be dedicated mostly to an recap of my favorite songs of the year.
"Hold On" by Alabama Shakes was omnipresent on the radio in 2012; it seemed to be playing every time I was in the car. And while I was a bigger fan of this song than I was of the entire "Boys and Girls" album, there's no doubt that "Hold On" is one of those rare songs that can withstand heavy rotation, and like a snowball rolling down a steep hill, just grow in stature with repeated listens. Rolling Stone tabbed it as the #1 song of the year, and I suspect it will end up high in the upcoming Pazz & Jop poll.
"Hold On," Alabama Shakes.