Top Ten Tunes- 2012

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 2012.

For previous top ten tunes, please click on the year: 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011


In 2012, Gary Dobson and David Norris are jailed for life for the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence back in 1993, the Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee marking 60 years on the throne and there is a 4 day bank holiday int he UK to celebrate, David Rathband the policeman blinded by Raoul Moat in 2010 is found dead at home, the tallest building in Europe, the Shard is opened in London standing 1,016 ft tall, London hosts the 2012 Olympics and it was amazing, Great Britain comes third in the Olympics medals table, London then hosts the 2012 Paralympics, which was also amazing, a documentary reveals that deceased TV presenter Jimmy Saville sexually abused underage girls, Scotland Yard launches a formal criminal investigation into Jimmy Saville after over 200 sexual abuse victims come forward, Hurricane Sandy hits the US East coast and the Caribbean killing over 200 people, US President Barak Obama is re-elected, a 20 yr-old gunman kills 26 people– most of whom were children- at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the first man on the moon Neil Armstrong dies, Whitney Houston dies in a bathtub at the age of 48yrs, the films Skyfall, The Impossible, The Avengers, Brave, Argo, Lincoln and Les Miserables are released and I turn 36 years old.

Daniel Craig;Javier Bardem

2012 will always be synonymous with the Olympics and the feel good factor it created across the UK (and hopefully across the world too). I obsessively watched both the Olympics and the Paralympics and forced my two year old daughter to do the same. Even though she had no idea what was going on, she still joyfully waved her Team GB flag at the TV screen. In other 2012 news, I also somehow got Glandular Fever which in turn gave me hepatitis. So, you win some, you lose some. I struggled again in finding 10 songs I loved from this year (maybe because I was either obsessed with sport or very, very ill in 2012), but there are some real gems in this lot. Here they are, in no particular order.

1. Wildest Moments by Jessie Ware


2. Wild Ones by Flo Rida featuring Sia


3. Skyfall by Adele


4. Wisely & Slow by the Staves


5. Under the Westway by Blur


6. Age by Lianne La Havas


7. Laura by Bat for Lashes

Bat for lashes press shot

8. Titanium by David Guetta featuring Sia


9. Read All About It Part III by Emeli Sande (yes I know we all got a little sick of her in 2012, BUT this is still a stunning song with an important message)

10. I Am What I Am by Beverley Knight (watch Bev OWN the stage at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony)

In 2012, my favourite may have been Emeli Sande, BUT now it most definitely is Titanium. So, which one is your favourite gang?

See you next week for 2013!


  1. rachaelstray · August 3

    A lot happened in 2012. I enjoyed the Olympics and I loved watching the torch procession with my mam and little brother in Newcastle. My favourite song would probably be Emili Sande and yes the charts were a little over-saturated with her that year!

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    • thebeasley · August 12

      Yeah, she was bit of a victim of her own success, wasn’t she? Still love that track though.

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  2. samfiftysomething · August 3

    Oh heck sounds like you had a tough time in that year. Our household that year were also obsessed with the Olympics and the Paralympics. I just remember Adele taking over the world in that year 🙂

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  3. My Mashed Up Life · August 3

    Jessie Ware for me – that album is so good and I still listen to it.

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  4. angelanoelauthor · August 3

    Confession: I didn’t know that Sia was saying “Titanium” in the song. Which is pretty ridiculous given that IT’S THE TITLE OF THE SONG. But, there you go. I do love that one though. And the Wild Ones, too. I listened to it and danced around my kitchen. So there’s something to that for sure. An excellent way to start the day.

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    • thebeasley · August 12

      Haha that makes me so happy that my playlist starts your day. 2012 was an excellent year for Sia, that’s for sure.


  5. mydangblog · August 3

    It was a good year for Sia—I love “Titanium!”

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  6. Losing the Plot · August 3

    I think Skyfall, if only for the reason that I clapped, very excitedly, yes – in the full cinema, when the Aston Martin turned up. I am THAT sad 😆

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    • thebeasley · August 12

      Haha. Skyfall is SUCH a good film. I may have got excited at that bit too.

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      • Losing the Plot · August 12

        But I take it that you didn’t publicly embarrass yourself and your dear husband? 🤣😂🤣

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      • thebeasley · August 12

        I was going to say no, I didn’t, but then I remembered that my alarm went off on my phone in the middle of the film, but because of my cloth ears, I didn’t realise for ages until everyone in the cinema was turning around and glaring at me!

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      • Losing the Plot · August 12

        Aww! Poor you x

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      • thebeasley · August 12

        I was mortified. I forgot alarms still go off on your phone even if you’ve turned the phone off 😳 Lesson learnt.

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  7. Thanks to a holiday in Turkey where they played it repeatedly, Ai Se Eu Te Pego by Michel Telo was my top song of 2012… such a summery song and you can just make up the lyrics 😀

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  8. willowdot21 · August 4

    Great year, can’t choose one so have to go with Laura by Bat For Lashes and Titanium by David Guetta and Sia ( got some Titanium in my back) .we went to the para Olympics it was just brilliant 💜

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  9. Scrum_Jet · August 5

    Mmmmm it’s between Bat for Lashes, Jessie Ware and The Staves.

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