The Birchbox Man Best of 2012 Playlist

From Gotye to “Gangnam Style”, 2012 had a dizzyingly diverse crop of chart-toppers. Here are some of our favorites of the year, broken down into three distinct categories: “Hang Out,” “Work Out,” and “Chill Out” (because, really, what else is there?). Listen to all of these songs on our very own Best of 2012 Spotify playlist. Check it out here.

Hang Out

Alabama Shakes, “Hold On”
This is sixties-rock revival with a Southern twist. An instant classic.

First Aid Kit, “Emmylou”
Leave it to a pair of Swedish sisters to invoke Americana so beautifully.

Gary Clark, Jr., “Bright Lights”
The blues is alive and well in the hands of this twentysomething guitar god.

Fun., “We Are Young”
Try not to sing along. We dare you.

John Mayer, “Queen of California”
Hollywood’s favorite womanizer moves to Montana and channels Neil Young. Somehow, it works.

Work Out

Jack White, “Sixteen Saltines”
Everything you’d expect from the former White Stripes front man: brash guitar chords, wacky lyrics, and raw energy.

Kanye West, “Mercy”
Somewhere between designing clothes and wooing a reality TV starlet, Yeezy found time to make this bass-laden street anthem.

Skrillex, “Bangarang”
The bespectacled dubstep wunderkind adds to his catalog of frenetic tracks. Great for that final sprint on the treadmill.

Bruce Springsteen, “We Take Care of Our Own”
The Boss. Enough said.

Tanlines, “All of Me”
The energetic indie duo breathes new life into ‘80s-sounding dance pop.

Chill Out

Tycho, “Daydream”
The sonic equivalent of warm milk.

Frank Ocean, “Thinkin Bout You”
One of the most critically acclaimed artists in recent memory, and for good reason.

The XX, “Chained”
The beloved British import once again prove that less is more.

Michael Kiwanuka, “Home Again”
Somewhere between Otis Redding and Bill Withers lies this soulful singer-songwriter.

Alt-J, “Tessellate”
Mellow masterpiece from the soon-to-be-everywhere indie rock band.

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