"Somebody That I Used to Know" played more often than other overplayed hits this year
Gotye's endlessly parodied, repeatedly remixed, constantly Shazam'ed "Somebody That I Used to Know" was Spotify's most played and most shared song worldwide this year. In a press release on Thursday (November 29), the company announced that the singer's breakout hit bested popular tracks "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen, "We Are Young" by fun., and "Whistle" and "Wild Ones" by Flo Rida for top song. (PSY fans must've gotten their "Gangnam Style" fix exclusively through YouTube.)
Bit of a different story when talking stateside, though not by much. Gotye, fun., Carly Rae, and then fun. again (for their titular second single "Some Nights") had the four most commonly streamed songs in America in 2012, with Maroon 5's Overexposed "Payphone" filing, appropriately, in the fifth slot. Flo Rida's "Wild Ones," featuring Sia, bowed at No. 7.
Among the online music provider's 15 million global users, David Guetta was the most popular male artist, and his 2012 Nicki Minaj-guesting album Nothing But the Beat was the most popular album overall. He's followed by Gotye's Making Mirrors (the album on which "Somebody" appears), Drake's Take Care, Lana Del Rey's Born to Die, and One Direction's Up All Night. Though her first Billboard No. 1 album Unapologetic hasn't yet made its way onto the platform, Rihanna was its most played female artist. Her sixth studio album, last year's Talk That Talk, was the seventh most streamed album of the year.
Have one for the road.