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Grimes Tops Pitchfork’s Top 100 Tracks of 2012 List

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No doubt some of you out there were pulling for Carly Rae Jepsen‘s ‘Call Me Maybe’ to top Pitchfork’s year-end Top 100 Tracks of 2012 tally, but it just wasn’t to be. You may think we’re kidding, but the insanely infectious and impossible-to-avoid nugget of summery pop goodness actually did managed to land at No. 29 on the list — which, considering P-fork’s indier-than-thou slant on things, is pretty damn impressive. So, who did snag No. 1?

At the apex of the Pitchfork 100 is Grimes, who’s been topping year-end lists left and right in what is certainly turning out to be the Year of Grimes. She secures the spot with ‘Oblivion,’ another insanely catchy pop nugget and a single off her ‘Visions’ album, which has been getting plenty of critical love — it ranked among’s own 10 Best Albums of 2012 inventory — but got robbed when it came time for Grammy nominations. Check out who rounded out the Top 10 below, and click here to check out the feature on Pitchfork for all 100 picks.

Pitchfork’s Top 10 Tracks of 2012
10. Jai Paul, ‘Jasmine’
9. Fiona Apple, ‘Werewolf’
8. Beach House, ‘Myth’
7. Tame Impala, ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’
6. Bat for Lashes, ‘Laura’
5. Japandroids, ‘The House That Heaven Built’
4. Kendrick Lamar, ‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe’
3. Usher, ‘Climax’
2. Frank Ocean, ‘Pyramids’
1. Grimes, ‘Oblivion’

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