As we all start making our decisions for the tracks that will make up our votes for the Hottest 100, we had our contributors tell us their favourite tracks of 2012. Each contributor gave us their top 10 and the resulting 40 tracks are the highest rated from those lists! As usual, it's a fairly eclectic list - read on and enjoy! For the most part we'll be letting the music speak for itself...
40. Grimes - Genesis
39. Fiona Apple - Every Single Night
38. First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar
37. Metric - Synthetica
36. Lisa Mitchell - Spiritus
35. Two Door Cinema Club - Sun
34. The Presets - Youth In Trouble
33. Emma Louise - Boy
32. Gary Clark Jr - Bright Lights
31. DZ Deathrays - Dollar Chills
Stay tuned for the rest of the countdown!