Dec 12

The Freaky Trigger Readers Poll 2012

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“Hi! I’m global megastar Rihanna. While I’m not achieving world domination I like to flick through old copies of Melody Maker and think about how I lucky I am not to have to compete with the likes of the Milltown Brothers and Haysi Fantayzee in the year-end polls of old. Of course, these days the only poll that truly matters is the Freaky Trigger Readers’ Poll, so I’m delighted to be giving you this year’s voting details!

Just email your top 20 tracks of 2012 to poptimistspoll2010@gmail.com by 23.59 31st December 2012. Simple!

– You can vote for fewer than 20 tracks
– 2012 remixes of 2011 songs etc are fine
– Your #1 track will be allocated more points than your #20 track so put them in order if that is important to you.

Happy voting!”


  1. 1
    koganbot on 6 Dec 2012 #

    “The Freaky Trigger Reader’s Poll 2012″

    So, Freaky Trigger has only one reader, eh? Or anyway, only one who participates in the poll? YAY! T-ARA WINS!</proofreader nitpickeyness>

    This is my twenty-first favorite track of the year:


    It is sung in Japanese, by people who aren’t Japanese. It was written by Swedes.

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    swanstep on 9 Dec 2012 #

    @Koganbot. No, you’re not alone: I’ve submitted my list. More rock/racket (Swans, Japandroids) and pseudo-glam stompers (Metric, Tame Impala) for me this year than for the last few years (hey, Smashing Pumpkins get two entries on my list!). Painfully aware that my music consumption is very blog-driven and that there’s a massive amount of stuff outside that bubble that I’ve not listened to.

  3. 3
    Tom on 11 Dec 2012 #

    This is the ONLY poll I will be voting in this year. I will be voting for the same records as everyone else though, probably.

  4. 4
    swanstep on 12 Dec 2012 #

    One general feeling I have about 2012 in music (that’s orthogonal to a ‘top singles’ list) is disappointment. This came in two main flavors: (i) lots of albums that I was looking forward to from, e.g., Bat for Lashes, Grizzly Bear, Jens Lekman, Dirty Projectors, Passion Pit were just OK and were significant steps down from their previous records; (ii) lots of records that I was nominally looking to never emerged at all, e.g., La Roux’s record with Nile Rodgers was promised all year, Little Boots released nothing, Roisin Murphy put out a couple of intriguing song fragments but no album. Disappointment felt to me like the constant back-beat to a year which was otherwise quite cheerily dominated by huge, communal event singles from Call Me Maybe to Gangnam Style.

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    Kat but logged out innit on 12 Dec 2012 #

    IMPORTANT NOTE: If a song appeared on last year’s top 100 list (e.g. Gotye/Kimbra is — I think — the biggest selling song in the UK in 2012 so far but was #19 on the 2011 FT poll) then I probably will ask you to swap it for something else, unless I can’t remember it actually being on the list in which case fair enough.

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    koganbot on 16 Dec 2012 #

    @swanstep: I was merely, pettily, referring to the location of the apostrophe in “Reader’s.”

    SPOILER: Neither “Gangman Style” nor “Thinkin Bout You” is in my top twenty.

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    swanstep on 16 Dec 2012 #

    @6, koganbot. A-ha, very good, complete reading comp failure on my part. Hang on tho’, ‘Thinkin Bout You’ really does lack an apostrophe (or two), so are you saying you don’t dig that song? It was in my top 3 for the year (I much prefer it to ‘Pyramids’. I guess I have pretty conservative RnB tastes.).

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    koganbot on 19 Dec 2012 #

    Don’t dig it enough to put it in my top twenty, though I’d have to go through another bout or two of thinkin bout it to know what I really think.

  9. 9
    Kat but logged out innit on 2 Jan 2013 #

    Thanks to everyone who voted! Results will follow at some point in the next few days.

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