PureVolume's Top 10 Songs of 2012

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It's no secret that 2012 has brought forth some incredible new tunes, and we're here to pay tribute to those songs that have topped our own charts as the most played tracks of the year.

Some of these jams come from bands whose music will stay preserved in 2012, and others come from bands who are just now breaking onto the scene. There are pop tunes, rock tunes, tunes by the most seasoned of musicians—each unique in sound but similar in the sense that they helped make 2012 a great year to be a music fan. 

Check out which bands have enjoyed the most plays on PV this year, spin their chart-topping tracks, and let us know which songs you're adding to your own end of the year lists! 

10. Thrice "Words In The Water" (Live)

This has been a bittersweet year for Thrice fans. After announcing their hiatus in November 2011, the band kicked of 2012 planning a massive final tour, travelling across the country on said tour, and wrapping their whirlwind journey with Anthology—a live album featuring performances from the tour. We had the pleasure of premiering "Words in the Water" back in October, and after the year this band has been through, we're even more pleased to have this track appear on this list.

9. The Icarus Account "She Walks Away"

2012 saw twin duo Trey and Ty Turner expose a more mature side to their music with their new album, Carry Me Home. Released as the album's first single and decked out with a hard-hitting music video, "She Walks Away" may depict a tale of losing out on love, but it has certainly won over crowds with its pretty acoustics and honest lyrics.

8. The Spill Canvas "To Chicago"

This year, the Spill Canvas put an end to their hiatus with the release of their first full-length in two years, Gestalt. Lead single "To Chicago" quickly rose to the top of our charts when it dropped back in April, and it's continued to remain a significant presence on the site ever since.

7. DEHFROZY "Carol"

These alt-rockers from Brazil have had an incredible presence on PV this past year, cementing themselves in our top charts for months on end and representing the music of our expanding overseas audience.

6. All Time Low "The Reckless and the Brave"

To say this has been an incredible year for All Time Low would be putting it lightly. 2012 saw the band write and record their highly-acclaimed new album, Don't Panic, independently, join the Hopeless Records family for its release, and go on to top charts everywhere. "The Reckless And The Brave" became an anthem of sorts from the day it dropped, and it remains one of the year's leading singles to this day.

5. Anberlin "Someone Anyone"

Before Anberlin dropped Vital to an eruption of praise, they hit us with the album's lead single, "Someone Anyone." With its explosive instrumentals and incredible storyline—frontman Stephen Christian noted it was "inspired by the peaceful Egyptian protests that began in 2011"—it's certainly one of the more powerful songs soundtracking our year.

4. Never Shout Never "Magic"

We're sure Never Shout Never's new album, Indigo, will be topping some "Best Of" lists itself this year, but lead single "Magic" made its own noteworthy impact on PV'ers from the start. With its sunny, retro-tinged vibe and dreamy pop melodies, it's classic NSN with a psychedelic twist.

3. Ghost Town "Monster"

Talk about a break-out year. These mysterious alt-rockers started making a serious buzz when they dropped "Ghost in the Machine" back in September, and since then, their presence here on PV has risen to epic proportions. Within the past few months, they've dropped a new single almost every week, have finally revealed their identities, and have edged their way into our most played tracks of the entire year. How's that for impressive?

2. Of Monsters and Men "Dirty Paws"

We fell in love with this Icelandic outfit immediately after spinning their gorgeous breakout album, My Head Is An Animal. Since then, they've made quite a name for themselves. Album track "Little Talks" rose to No. 1 in their native country and has won fans over worldwide, they've toured tirelessly, and they've taken part in numerous festivals.

1. Deftones "Tempest"

This is a band that needs no introduction, and a single that needs no explanation as to why it has ranked No. 1. We also find it quite fitting that a tune inspired by doomsday prophecies would round out this year's list. Eerie? Regardless, "Tempest" is without a doubt one of the most flawless singles of 2012, and one that deserves a spin . . . or five . . . right now.

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