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Here they are: the Undercover 2012 songs

We are tickled to announce the song list for A.V. Undercover 2012, the third year of our dwindling-list covers series. (You remember the drill: We make this list, with your help, and then bands come to our round room and cover the songs. Once a song has been covered, it's off the list. Last band in must play the last song.) So we made some categories, you voted for your favorites, then you submitted other songs for us to consider. In a very unscientific process that involved most of The A.V. Club standing around my computer going, "Ooh yeah, that would be awesome," we came up with this final list of 25. The series will launch on March 13, the week of South By Southwest Music—where we'll once again be hosting a kick-ass party. (Details are coming this week.) Anyway, here's the final list, along with the results of the voting. As you'll see, only one really close call, in the Michael Jackson category.

Neil Young, “Heart Of Gold”
Violent Femmes, “Kiss Off”
Gin Blossoms, “Hey Jealousy”
The Flaming Lips, “Do You Realize??”
The Cars, “Just What I Needed”
New Order, “Bizarre Love Triangle”
Michael Jackson, “PYT”
Fleetwood Mac, “Go Your Own Way”
Steely Dan, “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”
Kenny Loggins, “Danger Zone”
The Decemberists, “Los Angeles, I’m Yours”
Kansas, “Carry On Wayward Son”
Suicidal Tendencies, “Institutionalized”
David Bowie, “Modern Love”
Harvey Danger, “Flagpole Sitta”
Sufjan Stevens, “Chicago”
Andrew WK, “Party Hard”
Pretenders, “Back On The Chain Gang”
Lana Del Rey, “Blue Jeans”
Arcade Fire, “Rebellion (Lies)”
Shellac, “Prayer To God”
R. Kelly, “Ignition”
Van Halen, “Panama”
The Police, “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”
Adele, “Rumor Has It”


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