The best songs of 2012 as tabulated from points will be avaiable in a few days, once the final chart for 2012 is out. I also have a list of the biggest songs of the decade so far on the way. It will probably be out on Tuesday or Wednesday
Hey Tempest, what points scale do you use? How can Thrift Shop with 10 weeks on the chart have a total of 1630, whereas Gotye has a combined total of 1915 over 55 weeks? Doesn't quite ring true...just wondering
Oops!! Good spotting I base the points on what charted from January to February as mentioned on this site. Somehow, I got the points wrong on Thrift Club. Gotye first charted on 22 August 2011 which would account for 19 weeks where points for 2012 were not allocated. I also made a mistake in the listing for Hall Of Fame which gets a mention twice, so I have just fixed that up too. Obviously the Decade Chart will also be out so I fixed that as well. Please let me know if you see any more mistakes.
With download sales up and CD sales plunging, it made for a stable Singles chart and a very unstable Albums Chart. Ironically, sales of the old-fashioned vinyl record were up 16.3%. Toy Love even chose to release their two new albums on record alone. The Top 10 Singles in 2012 were very slow movers producing six tracks to top the charts for five weeks or more. In total, 191 new songs hit the Top 40, up from 172 in 2011, but still the eleventh lowest since the chart began in 1975. Norwegan Gotye managed 55 weeks with Somebody That I Used To Know and in doing so, becoming the second most weeks for a song to chart. There were no shortages of TV talent show competitors in the chart, from Australia’s Reece Mastin; America’s Chris Rene (who auditioned for the first season of American X-Factor) and Canadian Idol’s Carly Rae Jepsen, Australia’s Karise Eden, UK X-Factor’s Cher Lloyd and our own Clara van Wel. With the exception of Guy Sebastian, Kelly Clarkson and Stan Walker they don’t generally hang around very long. We lost some major artists in 2012. Whitney Houston, Donna Summer and the Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb all passed away and as a result, re-entered the singles and/or album chart. New Zealand produced a disappointing 35 hit singles, the second lowest in the history of the chart. A total of 65 albums entered the Top 40. The most unexpected was a six-week stay at the top for 1960’s guitar legend Peter Posa. We saw the usual strange re-entries in both main charts, ranging from Paul Simon’s 1988 album Graceland; Neil Diamond’s 1972 live set Hot August Night and a 1993 compile from Prince. A number of back catalogue singles from Jeff Buckley, The Pogues, Donna Summer, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and OPSHOP also charted. Despite the unstable album chart, an increasing number of long players reached 100 weeks (a total of seven) with 24 albums logging up 50 or more weeks. Adele also clocked up an incredible 38 weeks at the top.