Poll — December 31, 2012 at 8:02 am

Readers Poll 2012: Best songs of the year

Well, it’s the final day of 2012, so time has run out for us to unveil the results of the Slicing Up Eyeballs Readers Poll 2012. We’ve tallied up your votes, weeded out the ineligible stuff (like Grizzly Bear and Iron Maiden) and are ready to look back at the year that was for our beloved ’80s college-rock artists. Here we go.

Best albums | Best songs | Best reissues | Best comps/live/box sets | Best live acts





10. Depeche Mode, Untitled (aka “Angel of Love”)

BACKSTORY: First taste from the sessions for Depeche Mode’s new album, due in March.



9. Dead Can Dance, “Amnesia”

BACKSTORY: Lead single from Dead Can Dance’s reunion album, Anastasis.
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8. Madness, “Death of a Rude Boy”

BACKSTORY: First single from the ska-pop group’s new album Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da.
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7. Public Image Ltd., “One Drop”

BACKSTORY: First new song in 20 years from John Lydon’s PiL, off that band’s This Is PiL.
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6. Paul Westerberg, “My Road Now”

BACKSTORY: Demo of a piano ballad that the ex-Replacement sent to a blogger earlier this year.



5. Adam Ant, “Cool Zombie”

BACKSTORY: Lead single from the New Wave star’s first new album since the mid 1990s.
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4. Swans, “Lunacy”

BACKSTORY: Opening track from the first new album in two years from Michael Gira and Co.
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3. Dinosaur Jr, “Watch the Corners”

BACKSTORY: Lead single from third post-reunion album from J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph.
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2. Bob Mould, “The Descent”

BACKSTORY: Single from the ex-Hüsker Dü frontman’s latest, omewhat Sugar-esque, solo album.
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1. Pet Shop Boys, “Leaving”

BACKSTORY: The second single from Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe’s new album Elysium.
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  1. Hope Paul’s song gets an official release at some point–vintage Paul! And a very happy birthday to the man! :)

  2. I think PSB’s Breathing Space was perfection!

  3. I’d have to put the Fixx’s “Anyone Else” on any list of new great songs from 80s/90s bands.

  4. Eyeballs: thanks for a great year, I appreciate all your hard work. Bravo.

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