Election year pop music compels, delights and devastates

Bruce Springsteen told us who we are and where we’re going with more passion and guts than all of the presidential debates combined. Infectious pop jingles from Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars made us giddy on EDM-dominated mainstream radio. And we mourned the loss of icons Whitney Houston, Donna Summer and our South Florida neighbor Robin Gibb.

Pop music in this election year was certainly a compelling talking point. Here are my picks for the top music, artists and developments of 2012:

Wrecking Ball

Call Me Maybe We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Locked Out of Heaven Some Nights Girl on Fire
Gangnam Style


Radar Love

American Idol Home

Glee Nashville

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