#14 - Simple Song(Also best video of 2012).
Worth it for the video alone, though this song was in the list before I'd ever seen the clip.
James Mercer delivers yet again. How does the man do it?
The Shins have released four albums since 2001, though formed in 1996. Mercer had been in a previous band since 1992. Each album has been a brilliant display of pop production. Without investigating, I believe his philosophy is quality over quantity. You can hear it in the songs. The man spends time getting them right before even getting into the studio, something younger bands come learn from.
Simple Song is from the 2012 release Port of Morrow. Highly recommended.