Editor's Note: The end of 2012 is upon us, so we thought we'd put a cap on things by sharing some of our personal favorite shows, albums, events and general shenanigans. Join us as we indulge in some navel-gazing!
To wrap up the end-of-year coverage for Nitpick Six, here are the six most absurd pop songs of 2012. Here's to a Happy New Year, and to 365 days of new ridiculous radio songs pleading for your money and attention.
6. Three-way tie: The Lumineers - "Hey Ho" / Fun. (feat. Janelle Monae) "We Are Young" / Phillip Phillips - "Home"
None of these songs are absurd on their own, but none had any right to be spun between Katy Perry and Taio Cruz. The Lumineers' track is an easily-digested take on indie folk, Phillips' tune is a cover of a song that was too mediocre for the already mediocre Mumford & Sons to bother writing, and the Fun. track is decent but features the most wasted cameo ever. Each track represents the strangeness yet to come on pop radio, and each one is certainly disappointing to anybody flipping on Z107.7 to hear club jams.
5. Rihanna - "Diamonds"
Imaginary conversation during the recording of "Diamonds:" "Hey, Rihanna, that was great, but this time can you say the word 'bright' more like a robot-alien imitating a surprised Japanese school girl? Oh, you only have to do it once, we'll just loop it." You have to love songs that take longer to listen to than they took to record.
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