Heavy Rotation: Public Radio's Top Songs Of 2012

Few artists were played as much on public radio this year as the Mercury Prize winners in Alt-J. (Jory Cordy)
Few artists were played as much on public radio this year as the Mercury Prize winners in Alt-J. (Jory Cordy)

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If there's one thing public radio DJs know how to do, it's spot a great song. They spend the entire year combing through every album that shows up at their station and endlessly surfing the web, looking the world over for overlooked gems. It's nice work if you can get it.

So, as part of our look back at the year that was, we asked some of our colleagues across the country to share their 10 favorite songs of 2012. Then, we took those picks and created this continuous mix of the best the year had to offer: indie, roots, jazz, classical and even, courtesy of our friends at Q2 Music in New York, a little avant garde.

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alt-J

alt-J

Divine Fits

Divine Fits

Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear

Tame Impala

Tame Impala

Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes

Avi Avital

Avi Avital

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor

Catherine Russell

Catherine Russell

Chano Dominguez

Chano Dominguez

Robert Glasper Experiment

Robert Glasper Experiment

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen

Anaïs Mitchell

Anaïs Mitchell

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