Spotify reveal 2012’s most-streamed songs and artists

November 30, 2012 by Cassie Whitt

Spotify reveal 2012’s most-streamed songs and artists

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:
1. Coldplay
2. Maroon 5
3. Fun
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?

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