Top 10 of 2012: #9 First Aid Kit - Emmylou 

First Aid Kit - "Emmylou"

So, if I told you the best American folk pop song of the year, wasn't by The Lumineers, but was instead by two college-aged Swedish sisters, would you believe me?

You should believe me, because First Aid Kit's The Lion's Roar isn't just a great folk/pop album, it's a great album period. And, the sort of break out song is "Emmylou", which is just this amazing song that gets into your head and doesn't leave. Harmonies, slide guitar, the wonderfully reverential chorus.

I think I listened to this song on Spotify a few hundred times before I said "man, I really like this song." It wasn't that I had to convince myself I liked "Emmylou", it's that it sounds like it's a song that's been around for 30 years, and you're sure you've heard it before. That's the sign of a perfect song.