Oh, yes! Yes! The No. 1 Song of 2012 is thankfully, graciously, deservedly… brilliant! What a wondrous year it has (finally) been to celebrate a return to melodic music. For the first time in many a year, radio recognized that gimmick-filled hip-hop loops and temporary shoop shoops were no longer fulfilling the masses… Thanks to social media, YouTube and iTunes, which taught radio a lesson: Folks want to hear melodies they can sing along with. The masses want MUSIC, for god’s sake. (Doink!)
As minions of The Nun are well aware, I have ever… always… perpetually… been a dogged proponent of the power of pop music to maintain the enduring spirit of the melodic memories that define the times of our lives… It’s taken the radio airwaves a good 15 years to rediscover that songs… with choruses… are what everybody wants. Wow, what a revelation, huh?
And so (drum beat)… Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” is the No. 1 song of 2012, a song that will forever mark what we were all doing at a particular time with a particular person in a particular situation… because the track is utterlhy indelible… I could not be happier that Billboard has deemed it the top song of the year, based on a combo of radio airplay and sales.
And the same goes for the No. 2 Song of the Year, “Call Me Maybe” from Carly Rae Jepsen, so pervasive across pop culture in the year gone by that it will always be associated with all you were doing and who you were doing it with during the summer of 2012.
Ah, yes, this is how I hold onto every hit from the 1980s to this day: Their melodies remain so entrenched that I associate them with time and place. And that, cool cats, is the magic of good music.
The majority of 2012’s Billboard Top 10 Songs are a wonder to behold… the anthemic “We Are Young” from fun., the giddy pop delight of Maroon 5’s “Payphone,” the enticing seduction of Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” and the joy of radio listeners’ first love via Brit boy band One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.”
Oh yes, 2012 has redeemed all that music aficionados live to love about music… with the exception of Nicki Minaj’s gruesome, icky, gimmicy “Starships”… but nine out of ten… I dare not complain.
Billboard’s Top 10 of 2012
1) Somebody That I Used To Know
Gotye Featuring Kimbra
2) Call Me Maybe
Carly Rae Jepsen
3) We Are Young
fun. Featuring Janelle Monae
6) Glad You Came
10) What Makes You Beautiful