Cornucopia: The 2012 Fall Playlist, Vol. 2

Autumn is in full swing, except here in L.A. where early October will get you 90 degrees worth of sweat, sunburn, and sticky leather seats in your Mini Cooper convertible. So before you overdose on candy corn and pumpkin scones this month, open your ears to these tracks I've hunted and gathered for your musical feast.

Don't worry, they're gluten-free.

1. "This Kiss" by Carly Rae Jepsen -- Because this Canadian tartlet has proven that she can keep up the infectiousness. It may not be as ubiquitous as "Call Me Maybe," but it's an admirable second effort nonetheless.

2. "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Capital Cities -- Sinead O'Connor's 1990 hit gets an electro-lounge makeover...and all is well with the world:

3. "Die Young" by Ke$ha -- Congrats to Miss Glitter Tramp for making it to this list. Finally, a single of hers that doesn't make me want to put a scalpel to my ears -- yet.

4. "Try" by Pink -- The second single from the awesome The Truth About Love is an uplifting piece of pop-rock perfection.

5. "Runnin'" by Adam Lambert -- A bonus track that will never see the light of day and never be enjoyed by the masses. Shame, because this one hell of a rousing production that should be blared on the highways.

6. "How to Be a Heartbreaker" by Marina and the Diamonds -- Or, if you like watching a bunch of speedo-wearing hotties showering together, then by all means, watch the video.

7. "Take A Walk" by Passion Pit

8. "The City" by Madeon:

9. "Skyfall" by Adele -- Simply the best Bond theme song since 1995's "Goldeneye." A perfect union of vocals and orchestration. Stay classy, Miss Adkins.

10. "Radioactive" by Rita Ora

11. "Masquerade" by Nicki Minaj

12. "Sweet Nothing" by Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch:

13. "Push and Shove" by No Doubt

14. "Must Be The Love (Radio Edit)" by Arty & BT feat. Nadia Ali

15. "Flower" by Kylie Minogue

16. "Diamonds" by Rihanna

17. "Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars:

18. "Close Enemies" by Example -- I'm coining the term "emo-dubstep" for this one.

19. "We Came to Smash" by Martin Solveig feat. Dev -- If you've seen Pitch Perfect, then you probably bounced in your seat along to this techno thumper.

20. "Girl On Fire (Inferno Version)" by Alicia Keys feat. Nicki Minaj

21. "My Passion" by Akcent

22. "After Party" by Koffee Brown"

23. "Don't Stop The Party" by Pitbull feat. TJR

Happy Halloween Costume Hunting,



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