Diehard music fans like to argue for days about the Best and Worst Songs, but each year has its own soundtrack of catchy, breakout, can’t-avoid-them-even-on-the-subway hits. Frank Ocean and Jack White might have cornered the market on individuality, but our list of 2012’s Catchiest Songs are tunes that, love ‘em or hate ‘em, dominated radio, YouTube, and pop culture completely.
Some of 2012’s Catchiest Songs are obvious — such as Carly Rae Jepsen’s bubblegum summer sensation “Call Me Maybe,” which landed on millions of teen’s cellphone ringtones. Others are predictable, like young American women’s embrace of Taylor Swift’s pithy breakup anthem “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” and doe-eyed heartthrob Justin Bieber’s breathy “Boyfriend.”
But did anyone foresee Korean singer Psy galloping onto the American music scene with his strangely addictive “Gangnam Style”? Or a Belgian Australian artist named “Wally,” pop name Gotye, and his mournful “Somebody That I Used to Know”? Technically, “Somebody” was released abroad in 2011, but according to newspaper USA Today: “If you put all the song’s U.S. spins onto one station that played nothing else starting on Jan. 1, 2012, it would still be repeating [Gotye] well into 2017.”
On the dance charts, pop diva Rihanna reigned with her ironically titled “We Found Love,” which played even as she tweeted pics of controversial ex Chris Brown. David Guetta’s “Titanium” featuring Sia became the longest-running dance single on the Billboard charts and Avicii’s “Levels” was equally unavoidable
So here’s our list for Catchiest Songs of 2012, in case you’d like to make your own soundtrack with our cloud-based music delivery service. (Listen to your music anywhere on any device.) What are yours?
10. Boyfriend — Justin Bieber
9. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together — Taylor Swift
8. We Are Young – fun.
7. So Good – B.o.B.
6. Levels – Avicii
5. Starships — Nicki Minaj
4. Gangnam Style — Psy
3. Titanium — David Guetta featuring Sia,
2. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
1. Somebody That I Used to Know — Gotye