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August 23: Carly Rae Jepsen performs with Owl City on NBC's "Today" show in New York City.

Before we turn to 2013, one more look back at songs and albums you called your favorites of 2012.

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1, "Labrador," Aimee Mann
2, "Summer Child," Dar Williams
3, "Charmer," Aimee Mann
4, "Chasing What's Already Gone," Mary Chapin Carpenter
5, "Soul Companion," Mary Chapin Carpenter
6, "Winner," Pet Shop Boys
7, "Heart of Hearts," Great Big Sea
8, "It's Possible," Roxette
9, "Silenced By the Night," Keane
10, "Time Spent in Los Angeles," Dawes
11, "Cold October," Escondido
12, "November Sun," Susanna Hoffs
13, "Little Talks," Of Monsters and Men
14, "Heart on Fire," Scars on 45
15, "Mountain Sound," Of Monsters and Men

And a few extras:
"Every Time I'm Home," Sam Chase
"Hero," Family of the Year
"Take a Walk," Passion Pit
"I'll Say It," Kathy Griffin
"Worlds Are Made of Paper," Ben Taylor
"That Game," Laura Warshauer
"Next to Me," Emile Sande
"Teardrop Windows," Benjamin Gibbard
"The Sweet Hello, the Sad Goodbye (Bassflow Remake)," Roxette
"Stay Young, Go Dancing," Death Cab for Cutie

Michael Trust
Boston, Massachusetts


If you're still reading ... thanks! Here are my top 13 albums of 2012 (13 in honor of looking ahead to '13).

As always, a sincere thank you for all your e-mails throughout the year. Here's to a happy, healthy and safe 2013. Looking forward to sharing your insights and continuing the conversation about charts and music all year long!

13, Demetri Martin, "Standup Comedian"
12, Roxette, "Travelling"
11, Karmina, "Car Train Ship Plane (2012)"
10, Martha's Trouble, "A Little Heart Like You"
9, The Beach Boys "That's Why God Made the Radio"
8, Cheryl Wheeler, "Cheryl Wheeler Live"
7, Alanis Morissette, "Havoc and Bright Lights"
6, Aimee Mann, "Charmer"
5, Madonna, "MDNA"
4, Mary Chapin Carpenter, "Ashes and Roses"
3, Stars, "The North"
2, Liz Longley, "Inside This Song" (EP)

1, The Strange Familiar, "Chasing Shadows" (seen above performing my No. 1 song of 2012, "Run Away Heart," at a visit earlier this year to Billboard's New York offices)