The Best UK Pop Singles of 2012Posted on the 12 January 2013 by Virginiamae
1. Florence and the Machine - Spectrum
Whether the luminescent original version, or the elegantly amped-up Calvin Harris remix, "Spectrum" was the year's most addictive hit of pop euphoria.
2. Girls Aloud - Beautiful Cause You Love Me
Truly enough to make the words "big ballad" seem utterly insufficient.
3. Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen
It may seem a bewitchingly pretty trifle on first listen, but further investigations reveal intriguing layers of retrospection and reflection.
4. Ed Sheeran - Drunk
It has the benefit of not only being one of the year's most heart-twisting ballads, but also possessing one of the greatest music videos ever.
5. Leona Lewis ft. Childish Gambino - Trouble
6. Robbie Williams - Candy
A winning, seemingly effortless, coy and charming comeback.
7. Cheryl Cole - Call My Name
There are better songs on A Million Lights (such as the title track and "Last One Standing"); however, this was last summer's most irresistible anthem.
8. Alexandra Burke - Elephant
With its unusual structure and sharp, sassy lyrics, this song really didn't get its due on the charts.
9. Olly Murs ft. Flo-Rida - Troublemaker
Just ridiculously catchy. I know it's a controversial statement, but this might actually be the catchiest Olly Murs song ever.
10. The Saturdays - 30 Days (JRMX Radio Remix)
I love the extra panache lent to the already-delightful Sats song by this charismatic remix.
11. Queen of Hearts - Tears in the Rain
The edge has to go to the original version for its effervescently haunting feel; yet, the Damn You Mongolians remix intrigues with its subtle breakdown.
12. Girls Aloud - Something New
The most important pop comeback ever got a fantastic start with this girl power anthem.
13. Little Mix - DNA
Just try resisting that "D-d-d-d-NA" hook. Good luck with that.
14. Marina and the Diamonds - Power and Control
Another fascinating, romantically doomed misadventure in the life of Electra Heart.
15. Charli XCX - You're the One
Far from a cookie cutter major label songstress as one writer notoriously alleged, Charli continues to impress with her angsty pop magic.
16. Matt Cardle - It's Only Love
Cheesy and extremely effective emotiveness.
17. Cinnamon Girl - Friends
An attention-grabbing debut indeed.
18. Parade - Light Me Up
This winsome, bubbly track was a free download, which makes one wonder what's next for the resilient girl group.
19. Cheryl Cole - Ghetto Baby
The somewhat absurd video notwithstanding, this Lana Del Rey-penned slow burner was a memorable highlight of Cheryl's latest album.
20. Little Mix - Wings
A super-fun blast of retro-adorable.
21. Keane - Disconnected
Stereotypically Keane-tastic, but still highly enjoyable.
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