Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Top 100 of 2012 Countdown Part 10

The Top 10 Hits of 2012
Numbers 10 to 1

We're here at the top 10 hits of 2012 on the Top 100 Hits of 2012 countdown.

10 - Some Nights by Fun: The title song from Fun's album Some Nights is also the #10 highest ranked single in the countdown. Here's Fun and "Some Nights".

9 - Set Fire to the Rain by Adele - Of all the songs on Adele's Grammy Award winning 2010 album release 21, this song is by far my most favorite. This is "Set Fire to the Rain" shown in the following clip at a live Royal Performance concert.

8 - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift: The lead single off Taylor Swift's #1 album Red was her first single to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Here on my Weekly Top 20 chart, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is her second song to top this chart. She previously went to #1 in late 2010 with "Back To December". Both are good songs and the latest #1 hit is here:

7 - Diamonds by Rihanna: I think the last time Rihanna has a song with only one word in its title was back in 2008 when "Umbrella" topped the charts. This year she was back with another one word title song... "Diamonds" which went to the top of the chart in late 2012 and stayed at #1 for 3 weeks. Here is Rihanna's "Diamonds".

6 - She's So Mean by Matchbox Twenty: Rock hits that make it to pop radio are not all too common these days. I can't remember if this song achieved mainstream pop radio success. However if I ran a station Matchbox Twenty's "She's So Mean" would have definitely topped my charts (it did here) and become a big hit.

5 - Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen: If you listened to the radio anytime this past summer it is more than likely that you heard Carly Rae Jepsen's #1 hit "Call Me Maybe" being played over and over and over and over again. Jepsen is that cute girl from Canada who is probably popular with every teen in America and elsewhere. Her video for this song has a surprise and for me a disappointing ending... but it endures. The song was the lead single for Carly Rae's freshman album release Kiss.

4 - Payphone by Maroon 5: Maroon 5 have two songs in the top 5 this year. This is the first one, the lead single off their 2012 album release Overexposed. This is "Payphone". The song stayed at #1 for 4 weeks and enjoyed a 16-week chart run.

3 - Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra: Australian recording artist Gotye released "Somebody I Used to Know" back in 2011 to a slow but steady popularity growth. In the time since its release, "Somebody I Used to Know" eventually became a 5 million unit platinum hit reaching #1 on nearly all of the Billboard genre as well as Hot 100 charts. The song which also features Australian singer Kimbra is featured in a video where both singers are nude and gradually painted to match the video's background which is based on a painting made by Gotye's father. The video became an international hit and has been viewed more than 361 million times. Gotye's real name is Wouter "Wally" De Backer. "Somebody I Used to Know" held the #1 position on the weekly top 20 for 5 non-consecutive weeks and stayed on the chart longer than any other song in 2012 for a total of 31 weeks. For the Top 100 Hits of 2012, Gotye's "Somebody I Used to Know" comes in at number 3.

2 - One More Night by Maroon 5: "One More Night" by Maroon 5 is the 2nd single released from the band's Overexposed album. The track turned out out to be one of my all time favorites by the band as well as for the year 2012. I played the thing on iTunes more than 70+ times since its release. It climbed the Weekly Top 20 chart fairly quickly achieving its #1 status for the first time in September 2012 where it held on for 3 weeks. "One More Night" was replaced at the top spot for a week by Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Getting Back Together" for one week after which that song was replaced at #1 with PSY's "Gangnam Style" dance single and then it was replaced again by the Taylor Swift song. Swift held on to #1 for 2 non-consecutive weeks. After Swift fell out of the #1 position, there was Maroon 5, back on top with "One More Night" in late October and most of November at #1 for another 4 weeks, accumulating in total 7 weeks at the top. The song stayed on the top 20 for 19 weeks which was good enough to land it in the #2 position in now enjoys for the year 2012. By the way, "One More Night" is also responsible for keeping PSY's "Gangnam Style" out of the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the time both songs were enjoying their popularity.

1- Drive By from Train: If there was one song that I totally loved for 2012 it has to be Train's "Drive By". From the time I first heard the song to the time I initially watched its video, I knew this was a hit. My hit. On my chart. Surely, "Drive By" is not Train's biggest hit ever, but on Mel's Weekly Top 20 it achieved status like no other song on the top 20. For starters it stayed on the chart for longer than any other song... 22 weeks except for Gotye's "Somebody I Used to Know" which enjoyed a chart run of 31 weeks. Unlike Gotye, Train's ride at #1 was an unbroken 7 weeks in the spring of 2012. The song simply ruled at the top... better than Maroon 5's non-consecutive 7 week stay later in the year with "One More Night" (just reviewed at #2)... "Drive By" got played more than 120 times on my iTunes and various iPods over the past 12 months and will still be played a lot over the next 12 months and years into the future. It is the song of the year, the best of 2012 in my opinion.

And there you have it... the blog countdown of Mel's Top 100 Hits of 2012. Over the past 10 days we've gone from song #100 to #1. From song #50 on, this countdown offered every video clip of each song featured. So in case you need to watch these again you can come here at any time. The following are links to the chart as well as each individual entry. Enjoy!

The Top 100 Hits of 2012
The Top 100 Hits of 2012 iTunes / iPod Play Counts

The Top 100 Hits of 2012: Numbers 100 to 91
The Top 100 Hits of 2012: Numbers 90 to 81
The Top 100 Hits of 2012: Numbers 80 to 71
The Top 100 Hits of 2012: Numbers 70 to 61
The Top 100 Hits of 2012: Numbers 60 to 51
The Top 100 Hits of 2012: Numbers 50 to 41
The Top 100 Hits of 2012: Numbers 40 to 31
The Top 100 Hits of 2012: Numbers 30 to 21
The Top 100 Hits of 2012: Numbers 20 to 11
The Top 100 Hits of 2012: Numbers 10 to 1

Mel's Weekly Top 20 Chart

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