She did not disappoint and with a thoroughly contemporary approach to the classic James Bond sound, she delivered one of the venerable film series' top songs ever. "Take a Walk" was a top 10 hit at both alternative and rock radio. had a stunning pop chart debut with the #1 smash "We Are Young." Following the success of the hit single "Starships," Nicki Minaj released this second RedOne collaboration as a single. Nero are key architects of the dubstep movement. "Safe and Sound" received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song. DJ and dance music producer Skrillex continued his journey into mainstream territory with the release of the single "Bangarang." It was co-written with Maya Thompson, the mother of a young boy who succumbed to cancer at the age of four. "Back In Time" was a top 10 pop smash around the world. Bill Lamb is a music and arts writer with two decades of experience covering the world of entertainment and culture. She followed it with this first single from her second album "Halcyon". Billboard. "This Kiss" finds Carly Rae Jepsen exploring 80s style synth pop. Alex Clare was best known as a former boyfriend to Amy Winehouse until the use of "Too Close" in a Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 commercial turned him into a pop star. Hitting #1 on the R&B chart it was one of the top 10 R&B hits of the year. The Wanted began the British boy band invasion of 2012 with this ultra-catchy dance-pop hit. The list on this page is for all #1 hit R&B singles for 2012 using proprietary methods. Their first hit "Animal" experienced a long slow climb to the upper reaches of pop charts and "Everybody Talks" followed the same pattern in climbing even higher. The group is also one of the top achievements of the UK version of "X Factor". "Thinkin Bout You" is atmospheric R&B that explores the emotions swirling around a relationship just out of reach. Justin Bieber's top 5 pop smash is a collaboration with pop genius Max Martin, rising dance star Zedd and an inimitable rap from Nicki Minaj. Calvin Harris finally became familiar to US pop audiences through his work on Rihanna's massive hit "We Found Love" the previous year. Top 10 New Pop Artists Of 2013 - Their Hits and Legacy, Taylor Swift - "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", Kelly Clarkson - "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)", Gotye - "Somebody That I Used to Know" featuring Kimbra, Justin Bieber - "Beauty and a Beat" featuring Nicki Minaj, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - "Thrift Shop" featuring Wanz, One Direction - "What Makes You Beautiful", Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen - "Good Time", Taylor Swift - "Safe and Sound" featuring The Civil Wars, Bruce Springsteen - "We Take Care of Our Own", Nicki Minaj - "Beez In the Trap" featuring 2 Chainz, Swedish House Mafia - "Don't You Worry Child" featuring John Martin, Alicia Keys - "Girl On Fire" featuring Nicki Minaj, Calvin Harris - "Let's Go" featuring Ne-Yo, Maroon 5 - "Payphone" featuring Wiz Khalifa, will.i.am - "Scream and Shout" featuring Britney Spears, Kendrick Lamar - "Swimming Pools (Drank)", Olly Murs - "Heart Skips a Beat" featuring Chiddy Bang, Nelly Furtado - "Big Hoops (The Bigger the Better)", Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz - "Mercy", Gym Class Heroes - "The Fighter" featuring Ryan Tedder, The Script - "Hall Of Fame" featuring will.i.am, Jennifer Lopez - "Dance Again" featuring Pitbull, Justin Bieber - "As Long As You Love Me" featuring Big Sean, Ne-Yo - "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)", Pitbull - "Don't Stop the Party" featuring TJR, Calvin Harris - "Sweet Nothing" featuring Florence Welch, M.L.S, Library Science, Indiana University. Billboard publishes annual lists of songs based on chart performance over the course of a year based on Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems and SoundScan information. After he performed the song at the Grammy Awards, "Turn Up the Music" debuted inside the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Katy Perry addressed her breakup with Russell Brand in song. It was acclaimed for bringing a slinky, sexual element to the band's rock. And the winners are: 10. OneRepublic dug deeper into gospel influences for this uplifting pop hit. The group explored a more adult power pop sound on the song. Few pop artists create as effortlessly upbeat and cheerful music as singer-songwriter Andy Grammer. While the pop music establishment in the US remains resistant, Lana Del Rey was one of the top pop artists of the year in the UK. "Titanium" was a major success both for dance music producer and artist David Guetta as well as Australian singer-songwriter Sia. Ben Haggerty, aka Macklemore, was one of the major independent music success stories of 2012. The accompanying music video received an MTV Video Music Awards nomination for Best Video With a Message. "Mercy" served as the lead single from the GOOD Music label compilation album "Cruel Summer". 24-year-old Canadian Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, was one major talent that was overlooked. Darren Criss covered the song on the TV show "Glee". It is Alicia Keys' biggest pop hit single in five years. Flo Rida's "I Cry" is built around sampling from Brenda Russell's 1988 hit single "Piano In the Dark" by way of the dance recording "Cry (Just a Little)" by the Bingo Players. The song dates back to a 2008 EP by the group titled "Shake My Hand". Indie rock band Passion Pit made inroads toward the mainstream in 2012 with their single "Take a Walk." After signing to major label Interscope and working closely with British producer Alex Da Kid, the group saw "It's Time" climb the charts peaking inside the top 5 on both the alternative and rock songs charts. For the first single from his album "Fortune", Chris Brown headed strongly into pop-dance territory. "Cough Syrup" was the second top 5 alternative hit from the group's self-titled debut album. The song spent more than 20 consecutive weeks in the top 10 in the US and proved one of the top party tracks of the year. It peaked at #26 on mainstream pop radio. Psy's dance for the song may someday go the way of the Macarena, but for now, it was one of the most distinctive pop music creations of 2012. The results in this chart are not affiliated with any mainstream or commercial chart and may not reflect charts seen elsewhere. In an era in which ballads are a rare commodity at pop radio, Pink chose "Try" as the second single from her "The Truth About Love" album. It has sold nearly four million copies in the US alone. Hitting #1 on the R&B chart it was one of the top 10 R&B hits of the year. Nickelodeon network boy band Big Time Rush aimed for a summer pop anthem with the song "Windows Down." List of #1 Rock & Roll Singles for 2012. The result was a #1 pop hit single around the world and sales exceeding three million in the US alone. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. Britney Spears adopts a British accent and the result was an instant pop hit debuting at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Fine By Me" was co-written with producer Matt Radosevich. "Ronan" is a poignant song Taylor Swift contributed to the September 2012 "Stand Up To Cancer" telethon. "Whistle" featured thinly veiled sexual references but followed his approach of steering clear of explicit references that would turn off a mainstream pop audience. The accompanying music video features training footage of U.S. Olympic gymnast John Orozco. It was a #1 dance hit on both sides of the Atlantic and rose clear to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. He wrote the song "Young Homie" and used it for his audition for the show. "Some Nights" sold more than 3.5 million copies and reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Feel Again" reached the top 10 at adult pop radio. The accompanying music video was one of the most acclaimed of the year featuring Middle Eastern women drag racing. Usher considered it the celebratory dance companion to his earlier sultry, sexy hit "Climax." Alternative pop band fun. However, her exploration of internal turmoil will not be easily forgotten. 2012 was marked by breakthroughs into the pop mainstream of alternative pop and K-Pop. One Direction - … The song includes rapping from Amy Heidemann and production by Dr. Luke. When first hearing it, Bruce Springsteen's "We Take Care of Our Own" sounds like a simple flag waving rocker. "Dark Side" hit #1 on the dance chart and the top 10 on the adult pop radio chart. Top Pop Songs of 2012 According to playlist research Sorted by popularity, shuffle for variety. B.o.B. "Call Me Maybe" spent nine weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Song. For his first solo hit, Calvin Harris chose himself for the distinctive vocals which became a deserved favorite among DJs and remixers. He struggled to find a follow-up hit, but "Somebody That I Used To Know" will be remembered for many years to come. It was certified platinum and peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. A slice of mainstream pop perfection introduced Canadian singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen to pop fans around the world. "Brokenhearted" reached #1 on the dance chart while climbing into the top 10 at mainstream pop radio. The dancefloor smash contains one of Rihanna's most effortlessly appealing vocals. It has received 2 Grammy Award nominations in country music while also reaching the top 40 at adult pop radio. Advertising use of the song helped it cross over from topping the alternative and rock songs chart to become a top 3 pop hit. The simple, intimate lyric coupled with Calvin Harris' striking neo-disco arrangements became one of the most memorable dance hits of the year. The group collaborated with the Norwegian duo Espen Lind and Amund Bjorklund, the same team behind the massive hit "Hey, Soul Sister.". The song was a top 10 dance hit single in the U.S. "Part Of Me" was a leftover song from the sessions the produced Katy Perry's album. Taylor made weapons-grade teen pop; Kanye put his brain on cruise-control, dubstep kingpins and stadium rockers invited us all to their parties, Taylor Swift made weapons-grade teen pop; Kanye West put his brain on cruise-control, dubstep kingpins and stadium rockers invited us all to their parties, Contributors: Jon Dolan, David Fricke, Andy Greene, Will Hermes, Christian Hoard, Jody Rosen, Rob Sheffield, Rob Tannenbaum, Simon Vozick-Levinson, In This Article: The song could well convince any listener that, "Anything Could Happen.". It hit #3 on the UK pop singles chart while quickly climbing into the top 40 on both the US dance chart and the Billboard Hot 100. It took a superstar collaboration, but will.i.am finally earned his first major solo pop chart hit with this lead in for the solo album #willpower. See Billboard's rankings of this year's most popular songs, albums, and artists. Many compared the song to Michael Jackson's "Off the Wall" era. The song closed the year climbing both the dance chart and pop chart. "Wide Awake" is a celebration of the personal strength required to learn from past mistakes and move forward. It debuted at #2 just behind fun's huge hit "We Are Young." For 2012, the list for the top 100 Billboard Hot 100 Year-End songs was published on December 14, calculated with data from December 3, 2011 to November 24, 2012. Top 100 Best Pop Songs Of 2012 Share PINTEREST Email Print Music. Kelly Clarkson wrapped up her first decade as a pop star with the release of a greatest hits collection. Ultimately "Home" reached #1 at adult pop radio and #2 on the rock songs chart. "One Thing" is the second single released by boy band One Direction in the US. Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men are part of the folk-rock eruption into pop charts around the world. His debut full-length album "The Heist" hit #2 on the overall album chart while topping both rap and R&B albums.