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So What’s The 10 Biggest Hits of 2012?

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Last year, before peeking at Billboard’s annual end-of-the-year Top 100 Songs list, I decided to see if I could guess the top ten songs of the year myself, based solely on a combination of a.) what I’ve heard on the radio b.) common sense c.) instinct.

And I came pretty damn close. So to ensure it wasn’t just a fluke, I decided to see if I could do it again this year. I should note that Billboard’s official list takes into account radio rotation, listener impressions, downloads and sales. They also don’t exclude songs from the previous year. This explains why I included Rihanna’s “We Found Love” (#69 last year) as well as Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” (the #1 song of 2011), which remains one of the 200 most popular songs on iTunes.

Apparently I really underestimated one of the most obnoxious singles I’ve had the misfortune of hearing incessantly this year: “Glad You Came” by some band called The Wanted. I think my brain just wanted to block it out.

Still, I’m not that far off.

My Guesses

1. Goyte feat. Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know”

2. Carly Rae Jepson, “Call Me Maybe”

3. fun., “We Are Young”

4. Nicki Minaj, “Starships”

5. Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa, “Payphone”

6. Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris, “We Found Love”

7. Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”

8. One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”

9. Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”

10. Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”

Billboard Top 10 Singles of 2012

1. Goyte feat. Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know”

2. Carly Rae Jepson, “Call Me Maybe”

3. fun., “We Are Young”

4. Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa, “Payphone”

5. Ellie Goulding, “Lights”

6. The Wanted, “Glad You Came”

7. Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”

8. Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris, “We Found Love”

9. Nicki Minaj, “Starships”

10. One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”

The moral of this post: the video didn’t kill the radio star. Nor did the Internet. At the end of the day, the songs that radio DJs decide to play during you daily commute are still likely to be what you will later go home and download.

Long live Top 40 radio!


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