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SPIN’s 40 Best Songs of 2012

Do you remember when you first heard “Gangnam Style” and the small child next to you looked up and went, “Really, man? Are you kidding me?” Or the first time you heard “Call Me Maybe” and the creepy single guy who lives next door said, “Hey, buddy, how old you think that singer is?” Or when you first heard “Mercy” and muttered to yourself, “That fuckin’ guy,” and then the next 25 times you heard it, you were like, “Good gawwwd.” Well, we’re here to relive those magical moments and so many, many more. 2012, the year the single danced on the album’s grave with renewed vigor. Mercy! CHARLES AARON AND ROB HARVILLA