Adele and Gotye for Billboard’s 2012 Artist and Song of the Year

Posted on 12/15/2012 at 12:04 PM

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Just how good a year did Adele have in 2011? Well, good enough that the UK chanteuse was also the Billboard Artist of the Year in 2012 based solely on the leftovers of her production from last year. To our knowledge, Adele only actually recorded one song in 2012—the good-not-great Bond theme “Skyfall”—and otherwise just coasted off her 2011 releases, but that main ’11 release, sophomore album 21, was again the year’s best-selling LP (the first album to go back-to-back since MJ’s Thriller in ’83 and ’84), and she still ranked four songs on the magazine’s 2012 Year-End Hot 100, including “Rolling in the Deep” at #74, which was released all the way back in 2010. Yikes.

Speaking of the Year-End Hot 100, that list is topped by Gotye and Kimbra’s eight-week #1, “Somebody That I Used to Know.” Most (including us) would probably argue that Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” (#2 on the list) should have been #1, but these Billboard year-end lists always tend to favor songs that came out earlier and thus were able to impact a larger portion of the year, so a summer hit like “Maybe” will usually lose to a spring smash like “Somebody.” (This might also explain why The Wanted’s “Glad You Came” outranked One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful,” which is interesting.)

In any event, with those as the top two and fun.’s “We Are Young” at #3, 2012 has a top three to rank with just about any other year in recent memory. Good job, America. Let’s have a new Artist of the Year for 2013 though, huh? An Adele hat trick would be a little beyond the pale. Here’s the complete list, courtesy of Wikipedia:

1 “Somebody That I Used To Know” Gotye featuring Kimbra
2 “Call Me Maybe” Carly Rae Jepsen
3 “We Are Young” fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
4 “Payphone” Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa
5 “Lights” Ellie Goulding
6 “Glad You Came” The Wanted
7 “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” Kelly Clarkson
8 “We Found Love” Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris
9 “Starships” Nicki Minaj
10 “What Makes You Beautiful” One Direction
11 “Wild Ones” Flo Rida featuring Sia
12 “Set Fire to the Rain” Adele
13 “Sexy and I Know It” LMFAO
14 “Some Nights” fun.
15 “Wide Awake” Katy Perry
16 “Good Feeling” Flo Rida
17 “Whistle” Flo Rida
18 “One More Night” Maroon 5
19 “Drive By” Train
20 “The Motto” Drake featuring Lil Wayne
21 “Where Have You Been” Rihanna
22 “Everybody Talks” Neon Trees
23 “Take Care” Drake featuring Rihanna
24 “Titanium” David Guetta featuring Sia
25 “I Won’t Give Up” Jason Mraz
26 “It Will Rain” Bruno Mars
27 “Mercy” Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz
28 “Boyfriend” Justin Bieber
29 “Party Rock Anthem” LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock
30 “Too Close” Alex Clare
31 “Part of Me” Katy Perry
32 “Young, Wild & Free” Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars
33 “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” Taylor Swift
34 “As Long as You Love Me” Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean
35 “Turn Me On” David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj
36 “Moves Like Jagger” Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera
37 “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” Pink
38 “Good Time” Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen
39 “Give Your Heart a Break” Demi Lovato
40 “Ni**as in Paris” Jay-Z Kanye West
41 “The One That Got Away” Katy Perry
42 “Feel So Close” Calvin Harris
43 “Someone Like You” Adele
44 “Scream” Usher
45 “Rack City” Tyga
46 “Domino” Jessie J
47 “Gangnam Style” PSY
48 “International Love” Pitbull featuring Chris Brown
49 “Home” Phillip Phillips
50 “Without You” David Guetta featuring Usher
51 “Ass Back Home” Gym Class Heroes Featuring Neon Hitch
52 “Wanted” Hunter Hayes
53 “Drunk on You” Luke Bryan
54 “No Lie” 2 Chainz featuring Drake
55 “Want U Back” Cher Lloyd
56 “Don’t Wake Me Up” Chris Brown
57 “Dance (A$$)” Big Sean Featuring Nicki Minaj
58 “Springsteen” Eric Church
59 “Brokenhearted” Karmin
60 “Not Over You” Gavin DeGraw
61 “Stereo Hearts” Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine
62 “Back in Time” Pitbull
63 “Work Out” J. Cole
64 “Rumour Has It” Adele
65 “Let’s Go” Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo
66 “Good Girl” Carrie Underwood
67 “Pontoon” Little Big Town
68 “Ho Hey” The Lumineers
69 “Paradise” Coldplay
70 “Blown Away” Carrie Underwood
71 “Rolling in the Deep” Adele
72 “Climax” Usher
73 “Work Hard, Play Hard” Wiz Khalifa
74 “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)” Ne-Yo
75 “Pound the Alarm” Nicki Minaj
76 “Come Over” Kenny Chesney
77 “Heart Attack” Trey Songz
78 “Drank in My Cup” Kirko Bangz
79 “Birthday Cake” Rihanna featuring Chris Brown
80 “So Good” B.o.B
81 “50 Ways to Say Goodbye” Train
82 “Red Solo Cup” Toby Keith
83 “Love You Like a Love Song” Selena Gomez & the Scene
84 “Turn Up the Music” Chris Brown
85 “Die Young” Kesha
86 “5 O’Clock” T-Pain featuring Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen
87 “A Thousand Years” Christina Perri
88 “Take a Little Ride” Jason Aldean
89 “You da One” Rihanna
90 “We Run the Night” Havana Brown Featuring Pitbull
91 “It’s Time” Imagine Dragons
92 “Cashin’ Out” Cash Out
93 “I Don’t Want This Night to End” Luke Bryan
94 “Diamonds” Rihanna
95 “Hard to Love” Lee Brice
96 “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” Kip Moore
97 “Adorn” Miguel
98 “Fly Over States” Jason Aldean
99 “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” Eli Young Band
100 “Burn It Down” Linkin Park


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