Spotify have revealed their most streamed songs of 2012. Unsurprisingly, there are a couple cringe-worthy things, but the presence of art pop breakout artist Gotye and of fun., who had quite a year, may indicate an interesting shift in larger popular musical tastes.
Most streamed songs on Spotify globally are:
1. Gotye featuring Kimbra - ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’
2. Carly Rae Jepsen - ‘Call Me Maybe’
3. Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe – ‘We Are Young’
4. Flo Rida - ‘Whistle’
5. Flo Rida featuring Sia - ‘Wild Ones’
The most streamed bands are:
2. Maroon 5
4. Mumford and Sons
5. Florence and the Machine
Pop radio is inundated with songs one may have considered "hip" just a couple years ago. A member of my family who listens solely to pop radio has gushed to me about folk artists lately, and when I first fell in love with Gotye, I would have never dreamt that he would catch on the way he has on such a large scale.
There's a theory that culture makes major shift every 10 or so years. What are your thoughts? Do you think we're experiencing a shift, or that we're heading down same old path?