I often look back on 2012 as the year I became a grown up.
This was because I bought my first house in 2012. I also managed to find someone daft enough to propose marriage to me.
Yep, I got engaged in 2012. December 2012 to be precise. Christmas Eve no less.
5 years on and I still haven’t made it up the aisle. 2 cancelled weddings later, I’ll be honest and admit; I can’t ever see me becoming a Mrs.
2012 was a pretty fun year. Although I became a grown up (I didn’t really, I’m 31 and a Mother of 1 and I still don’t feel like an adult), I didn’t let engagements and mortgages stop me letting lose.
Just as well really because the following year was the year shit got serious. I’m glad I had a final blow out (or 9) before 2013 rolled around.
In terms of music, 2012 wasn’t exactly a year to remember. It was a year that saw a rework of Bah Bah Black Sheep dominate the music charts for a considerable amount of time. You know the song I mean, don’t pretend you don’t.
10. Katy Perry – Part of Me
It’s her best song. Probably her best video too. It’s one of those anthems you need to blast out of your car/bedroom window when you’ve been dumped by some utter rotter.
9. Bruno Mars – Locked out of Heaven
Like Number 10, I think this song is this artists best too. You can keep your, quite frankly, overplayed Uptown Funk and your cheese on toast Just The Way You Are. Locked Out Of Heaven is an absolute banger.
8. Ed Sheeran – Small Bump
I’m not the biggest Ed Sheeran fan. I might wind a few people up with this admission, but personally, I just don’t get the hype.
However, I think this song is absolutely beautiful. It’s poignant. It’s painful. And it’s incredibly well written. When you know the story behind it, it makes it all the more poignant too.
7. Rita Ora – Radioactive
It’s just a really upbeat, good feeling song. I used to listen to it when I’d power walk up the steepest hill in Bristol to my office. It would give me the added push. No wonder I was the skinniest I’ve ever been that year.
6. Drake feat The Weeknd – Crew Love
Drake AND The Weeknd? Oh what a collaboration. J’adore them both.
Those first few seconds are immense.
5. Emeli Sande – My Kind of Love
I loved Emelie Sande since she released ‘Heaven’ way back in 2011. I think she has a phenomenal voice, and whilst MKOL isn’t my favourite Emelie track, it’s certainly one of her best.
4. Azealia Banks – 212
It’s got one of my favourite swear words in it, so I had to feature.
Aside from that, it’s an absolute corker. C word or no C word.
3. Calvin Harris feat Neyo – Lets Go
It’s all about the collaborations for me. And this one is a masterpiece. I have too much love for Calvin Harris. Cool as fuck.
2. Girls Aloud – Something New
I spent weeks, weeks I tell you, trying to find me one of those orange dresses Cheryl, Kimberley et al are wearing in this video.
I never did find one.
1. Jay Z & Kanye West – Ni**as In Paris
Imagine going to V festival; Jay Z’s headlining. And then, mere minutes before he takes to the stage, you’re struck with the most horrendous indigestion you can barely breathe. Thus meaning you have to leave the festival and go and lie horizontal back at the hotel.
Yeah, just imagine that.
Time for someone else to walk you through their 2012. I’ll be honest here, I’ve only heard of 3 of these tracks. I’m so uncool.
10. Joy Orbison, Bodikka, and Pearson Sound – Faint
9. Burial – Kindred
8. Jake Bugg – Lightening Bolt
7. Julio Bashmore – Au Seve
6. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
5. Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
4. Todd Terje – Inspector Norse
3. John Talabot – So Will Be Now
2. Frank Ocean – Lost (no video for Lost so we’ll have to make do with this instead)
1. Chromatics – Kill for Love
Here is the person behind the self-described eclectic list of 2012 tracks.
Ayia Napa October 2012. Oh to be that skinny again.