When it came to the chart-topping singles of 2012, some artists, like fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and Taylor Swift, reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the very first time. Others, like Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna and Maroon 5, were no strangers to the dizzying highs of the pop chart’s upper tier.
Altogether, 13 lucky songs made it to #1 — down one from last year. And several have since gone on to be nominated for Grammys. Maroon 5′s “One More Night” and Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” spent the most time at the top (9 weeks), while on the other end of the spectrum, three other singles spent one solitary week in the peak position.
So how will you remember the biggest songs that sound-tracked 2012? Idolator editors Robbie Daw, Sam Lansky, Carl Williot and Erika Brooks-Adickman all racked their brains and tried to sum up each in one word. (It’s harder than you think!) Catch their abbreviated, retrospective reviews below.
1. LMFAO, “Sexy And I Know It” (2 weeks at #1)
RD: “Delusional” EBA: “Cheeky” SL: “Pounding” CW: “No”