What a year 2012 was, the music style that was about to define the decade was kicking in, so let’s take a look at the billboard top 100 from 2012.
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The Top 100 Songs From 2012
- Someone That I used to Know – Gotye feat. Kimbra
This song was everywhere back in 2012. And not just in 2012, it was constantly playing on the radio for years. You couldn’t get 5 minutes away from this song. No, seriously. Each store you’d go into – had this playing on the radio, each bar. Hell, even your auto mechanic had it playing in his shop. Sadly, this turned out to be one of those “one-hit wonder” songs, because after this song Gotye completely disappeared from the public view and has yet to reappear.
- Call me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
The 2nd most popular song of 2012 was Call me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen. I remember, everyone was singing this one: Girls, boys, your grandparents, maybe even your dog? It was that catchy! Even if you give it a listen today, it still sounds great… and it’s still catchy! You’d be going somewhere and you’d start humming the melody of this song because it was stuck in your head.
- We Are Young – Fun feat. Janelle Monae
I’ll be honest. I don’t really remember this song from that era. The other tracks were always catchier than this one. Still, it’s a good tune. Definitely earning its spot.
- Payphone – Maroon 5 feat. Wiza Khalifa
The first rock song on this list. Well, “rock” song. That is if you’re willing to accept that pop-rock is a valid genre of rock, of course. I remember a lot of my friends who are also musicians were singing this to their girlfriends… ah, teenage years.
- Lights – Ellie Goulding
This one was a club hit back in 2012. You couldn’t go into a nightclub that didn’t have this song playing at least once in the course of the night. Understandable though, as it’s a pretty catchy tune, reminiscent of the previous decade – while also ushering in the sound of the current decade. Honestly, one of the more influential songs of the era.
- Glad You Came – The Wanted
This song was what the summer sounded like in 2012. It really makes you reminisce of happier times at the beach, enjoying the company of your friends and a refreshing drink in hand. A cool tune all around.
- Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
Stronger is an anthem for everyone who’s been downtrodden in life by someone else. It can be an abusive partner or a toxic relationship in general. Even if you struggled with yourself in the past, this song is for you. Motivational and uplifting, deserving its spot definitely.
- We Found Love – Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
Another song on this list that lasted for years. This song had quite a long lifespan, being the subject of many remixes, covers, etc. You could hear it being played and circulating years down the line.
- Starships – Nicky Minaj
One of Nicky’s earliest hits. It’s a song that gave us a taste of what’s about to come from Nicky’s later career. It’s no wonder Nicky was the queen of rap in the 2010s – and it’s also no wonder why she’s still going strong. Quality lasts.
- What Makes you Beautiful – One Direction
One Direction was the boy band of the decade. They were everywhere, and so was this song. It kept circulating the radio waves for months on at an end, which is surprising why the Billboards top 100s put them at the 10th spot. Personally, I believe it should have been higher. It’s a tune that perfectly captures the era.
- Wild Ones – Flo Rida Feat. Sia
- Set Fire to the Rain – Adele
- Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO
- Some Nights – Fun
- Wide Awake – Katy Perry
- Good Feeling – Flo Rida
- Whistle – Flo Rida
- One More Night – Maroon 5
- Drive By – Train
- The Motto – Drake feat. Lil Wayne
- Where Have You Been – Rihanna
- Everybody Talks – Neon Trees
- Take Care – Drake feat. Rihanna
- Titanium – David Guetta feat. Sia
- I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
- It Will Rain – Bruno Mars
- Mercy – Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chains
- Boyfriend – Justin Bieber
- Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock
- Too Close – Alex Clare
- Part of Me – Katy Perry
- Young, Wild & Free – Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa feat. Bruno Mars
- We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
- As Long as You Love Me – Justin Bieber feat. Big Sean
- Turn Me on – Davin Guetta feat. Nicky Minaj
- Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
- Blow Me (One Last Kiss) – Pink
- Good Time – Own City and Carly Rae Jepsen
- Give Your Heart a Break – Demi Lovato
- Niggas in Paris – Jay-Z and Kanye West
- The One That Got Away – Katy Perry
- Feel So Close – Calvin Harris
- Someone Like You – Adele
- Scream – Usher
- Rack City – Tyga
- Domino – Jessie J
- Gangnam Style – Psy
- International Love – Pitbull feat. Chris Brown
- Home – Phillip Phillips
- Without You – David Guetta feat. Usher
- Ass Back Home – Gym Class Heroes feat. Neon Hitch
- Wanted – Hunter Hayes
- Drunk on You – Luke Bryan
- No Lie – 2 Chains feat. Drake
- Want U Back – Cher Lloyd
- Don’t Wake Me Up – Christ Brown
- Dance (A$$) – Bean Sean feat. Nicky Minaj
- Springsteen – Eric Church
- Brokenhearted – Karmin
- Not Over You – Gavin DeGraw
- Stereo Hearts – Gym Class Heroes Feat. Adam Levine
- Back in Time – Pitbull
- Work Out – J. Cole
- Rumor Has It – Adele
- Let’s Go – Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo
- Good Girl – Carrie Underwood
- Pontoon – Little Big Town
- Ho Hey – The Lumineers
- Paradise – Coldplay
- Blown Away – Carrie Underwood
- Rolling in the Deep – Adele
- Climax – Usher
- Work Hard, Play Hard – Wiz Khalifa
- Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself) – Ne-Yo
- Pound the Alarm – Nicky Minaj
- Come Over – Kenny Chesney
- Heart Attack – Trey Songs
- Drink in My Cup – Kirko Bangz
- Birthday Cake – Rihanna feat. Chris Brown
- So Good – B.o.B
- 50 Ways to Say Goodbye – Train
- Red Solo Cup – Toby Keith
- Love You Like a Love Song – Selena Gomez & the Scene
- Turn Up the Music – Christ Brown
- Die Young – Kesha
- 5 O’Clock – T-Pain feat. Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen
- A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
- Take a Little Ride – Jason Aldean
- You da One – Rihanna
- We Run the Night – Havana Brown feat. Pitbull
- It’s Time – Imagine Dragons
- Cashin’ Out – Cash Out
- I Don’t Want This Night to End – Luke Bryan
- Diamonds – Rihanna
- Hard to Love – Lee Brice
- Somethin’ Bout a Truck – Kip Moore
- Adorn – Miguel
- Fly Over States – Jason Aldean
- Even If It Breaks Your Heart – Eli Young Band
- Burn it Down – Linkin Park
That’s the list. A lot of certified classics definitely, and even more surprises. One that even got me was “Gangnam Style” being placed so low. That song influenced the world so much in 2012 and later on, it opened the gates for K-Pop to enter the world scene in the years to come. Quite literally, Psy walked, so that BTS could run.
Another surprise for me was LMFAO being placed so low, that one was definitely unexpected. LMFAO was “the thing” back in the day. Real shame how they ended up. That’s what family drama does after all.
On the topic of 100s. If you’re a guitarist, you might want to check out our list of 100 easy rock songs for guitar, you just might be inspired to learn one of the songs.
Oh, and if you’ve ever wondered how Billboard figures out which songs belong on the annual top 100 list. This is how. They calculate the information they get from Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems and from SoundScan. And at the end of the year, they sum all of that up in a handy list of 100 tracks.