It’s been a massive year for music-streaming service Spotify, which finally opened for business in America this year after earning raves in Europe since it began in 2008. In fact, many observers believe it’s the most serious competitor to iTunes in years. But what do Spotify users listen to? Irresistible pop hits, of course. 2012 Grammy nominees Foster The People snagged two spots on Spotify’s list of the most-streamed songs of the year — which departs from iTunes’ own year-end charts in several interesting ways. (Sorry, Katy Perry). Who topped the list? Check below.
1. “Pumped Up Kicks”, Foster The People — No surprise, actually, since it’s been embedded into our auditory cortex since we saw them at Coachella.
2. “Stereo Hearts”, Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine — We know it’s good, that’s why we premiered it.
3. “Rolling In The Deep”, Adele — Obviously. There’s a reason it has sold more downloads than any song, ever.
4. “We Found Love”, Rihanna — One of her best songs ever, and officially her biggest.
5. “Helena Beat”, Foster The People — Funny, if the indie-pop trio was going to have two songs on the list, we would have expected the other to be 2011’s best non-singles.
6. “Moves Like Jagger”, Maroon 5 — There’s no truth to the rumor that streams of this song rose dramatically on the heels of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
7. “Super Bass”, Nicki Minaj — Only #7? Our sympathies to Entertainment Weekly, Taylor Swift and Sophia Grace.
8. “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites”, Skrillex — Who would’ve predicted that the bespectacled musician chased through Reno by Jessie And The Toy Boys would score a nomination for Best New Artist?
9. “Give Me Everything”, Pitbull, featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer — Mr. Worldwide sure kept the dancefloors full this year, it was just a question of which of his booty shakers would earn the most spins. We’re sure Lindsay Lohan isn’t amused.
10. “Party Rock Anthem”, LMFAO — New rule: every pop jam that hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 must have a North Korean remix.
Which songs would you expect to be more popular on Spotify? (No Watch The Throne tracks whatsoever?) Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments.