I never thought it would be easy, but selecting my favorite ten tracks from Australia's amazing pool artists this year proved to be a ridiculously epic mission. I've reviewed well over 100 of my favorite Australian songs during 2012, and to highlight such a small percentage of them seems a travesty.
Australian music has gone from strength to strength. For the first time in twelve years, we had a U.S. #1, and Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" wasn't just a flash in the pan, spending 8 weeks in the top spot. Others like Tame Impala, The Presets and The Temper Trap have continued their recent success, while young bands like San Cisco and Last Dinosaurs have started to gain huge popularity overseas.
What I love the most, though, is covering some of the lesser known bands. Bands with so much talent and potential who are just waiting for people to find out about them. My top ten covers a variety of genres, tracks from the overflowing indie pop talent pool, the emerging beats community, and others in the rock, dance, and psychedelic categories.
Australia is very privileged to have so much great local music, and it's been amazing sharing some of it with you this year. I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have.
Honorary mentions go to tracks from Made in Japan
, Hayden Calnin
, Van She
and Dappled Cities
. Sorry guys.