Charting the Hits

Rhapsody charts a song’s popularity as a percentage of the times it’s been streamed vs. the No. 1 track. Here, the most popular tracks of 2012 are sorted by genre. Each square represents one song. Each color represents a different genre.

The year’s most streamed song was Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra, shown here in the central box. It dominated in multiple genres, including Alternative (#1), Rock (#4), Adult Contemporary (#6), Dance/Club (#6), and Pop (#8)

#1 Christian song Building 429, Where I Belong <1%

#1 Gospel song Andraé Crouch featuring Marvin Winans, Let the Church Say Amen 2%

#1 Latin song #1 Regional Mexican song La Arrolladora Banda el Limón de René Camacho, Llamada De Mi Ex 2%

#1 Dance/Club song Zedd featuring Matthew Koma, Spectrum 6%

#1 Tropical song #15 Latin song Prince Royce, Incondicional 6%

#1 Country song Josh Turner, Time Is Love 7%

#1 Adult Contemporary song #11 Pop song #35 Dance/Club song Kelly Clarkson, Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) 9%

#1 Rock song #7 Alternative song The Black Keys, Lonely Boy 15%

#1 R&B/Hip-Hop song Beyoncé, Love on Top 20%

#1 Rap song #4 R&B/Hip-Hop song Drake featuring Lil Wayne, The Motto 36%

#1 Pop song #45 Adult Contemporary song Ellie Goulding, Lights 45%

The top 50 Gospel and Christian singles had no overlap with any other chart

60% of songs charting in both Pop and Rap were by Flo Rida

No songs on the Country chart appeared on any other chart, but four artists had songs on both the Country and Adult Contemporary charts

88% of songs in the Latin top 50 also appeared on other charts


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