Choose YOUR Best R&B & Dance of 2012
Banging beats filled our ears in 2012, but which were the BEST? It's time for you to decide! Check out the nominees below and then have your say.
2012 was massive for French DJ and producer David Guetta, with a string of infectious dancefloor hits and collaborations, but it was his epic collab with Sia on Titanium that secures him this nomination. Featuring a 1980s-inspired sci-fi music video, the track topped UK charts and kept us dancing all year long. Vote for Titanium.
Nicki Minaj went from pop sensation to pop royalty in 2012, with her massive hits, colourful videos and some incredible collaborations. Starships was the cream of the crop, with a video filmed in exotic Hawaii and a bikini-clad Nicki looking as
hot as a Hawaiian summer, this became her highest-charting UK single
to date. Vote for Starships.
East London rapper Wiley scored big with his track Heatwave, a summery tune with a lively pool party video to match. It topped UK charts and became a summer anthem for many. Was it big enough to make your choice for best R&B and dance hit this year? Vote for Heatwave.
Flo Rida harvested a mighty crop of chart-toppers in 2012, but Good Feeling was hart to beat. It features vocal samples from legendary soul singer Etta James
and the video shows the body-building legend exercising his way
around Europe on his world tour. There's even a brief appearance from his buddy Snoop Dogg! Vote for Good Feeling.
Jay-Z and Kanye West - Paris
Jay-Z had a new baby and Kanye had a new Kardashian in 2012, but the boys still found time to tour the world as part of their Watch The Throne project. On the LA leg of the tour they filmed the video for Paris, a track which became so influential it was even used in a campaign video during the French Presidential elections! Directed by Kanye West himself, the music video is an eye-popping, strobe-lit assault on the senses and more than matches the massive sound of the track. Vote for Paris.
Despite his smooth and soulful reputation, Usher has been no stranger to the dance floor in recent years. His nominated track Scream is the second single from his mega-selling Looking 4 Myself album. With a stripped back video - just Usher showing us his best moves - the track was produced by Swedish hit-maker Max Martin and gave the US singer a Top 5 smash in June. Vote for Scream.
Sean Paul spent a couple years away from the British charts, but stormed back into the big time this year with some massive tunes. She Doesn't Mind - featuring a guest spot from everyone’s favourite rent-a-rapper Pitbull - had a video set in an airport, with stewardesses behaving in a way that simply doesn’t happen on Easyjet! The tune was a sky-high hit, and flew all the way to No 2. Vote for She Doesn't Mind.
Not only was Hot Right Now one of the undisputed club anthems of the year, it also marked the chart debut of guest vocalist Rita Ora. We all know she’s gone on to big things this year, so I guess we can add talent-spotter to DJ Fresh’s list of achievements! Is Hot Right Now hot enough to get your vote? Vote for Hot Right Now.
212 is one of the dirtiest dance tunes ever released, courtesy of Harlem hipster extraordinaire Miss Azealia Banks. The video became a viral hit on YouTube before storming the charts - people just couldn’t believe those filthy words were coming from the mouth of a such a sweet and innocent looking girl in a Mickey Mouse jumper! It wasn’t all shock tactics though. 212 was one of the most awesomely infectious beats of the year and Azealia’s amazing tongue-twisting rhymes were up there with the best of the best. Vote for 212.
Combining soulful vocals from Yorkshire-born soul singer John Newman with a throbbing dubstep beat, Rudimental’s Feel The Love provided a fresh sound, and was a well-deserved No 1 hit. Was it big and bold enough to get your vote this year? Vote for Feel The Love.