Previously, we listed what we thought were the top five viral videos of 2012. Then we asked all y’all on Twitter to suggest our next “our picks”. Most of you said we should do music – so here we are. The below are some of the tunes that we simply couldn’t shake off the entire year.
Let’s see if it was the same for you:
Fun. – We Are Young (September 2011)
Sure, the song was released more than a year ago but it got us singing by heart for an entire year. “We Are Young” has had mixed reviews because of its lyrics, which apparently talks about drinking, drugs, and domestic abuse. But haters can be haters and it doesn’t matter because the band’s song became an instant chart-topper. Also, in more recent news, it’s raking up Grammy nominations like they’re free of charge. A total of six nominations, to be exact. What do haters have to say now? Right?
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Avicii – Levels (October 2011)
This bangin’ electronic dance music (EDM) tune stuck with us all through 2012 and it would’ve been a crime if we didn’t include this in our list. It has become so familiar that we’re pretty sure that “Levels” can be identified even if it was being played from a mile away. Admit it – every time a DJ/producer drops this, you get goosebumps. And when Avicii was in Kuala Lumpur for #THIRST2012 (if you were there), you were waiting to hear it.
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Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe (February 2012)
People are usually surprised when they find out that the artiste behind one of 2012’s most popular “bubblegum pop” songs is oh, about 27 years old. Despite that, it didn’t stop her from becoming an international success. “Call Me Maybe” became the signature teeny bopper song, spawning hundreds of spoofs and covers across various YouTubers’ channels and people/groups from different walks of life. The truth is, as much as one might find Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit single juvenile and sickening, one also realizes that it’s hard to shake off. Something to someday tell your kids about! C’mon, who doesn’t off and on again joke about, “But here’s my number, so call me maybe?”
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BIGBANG – Fantastic Baby (March 2012)
You know you have aced a “hit song” when it plays at malls, retail stores, restaurants and cafes, and get this – clubs. As proven by its mainstream success, BIGBANG and their fans around the world can agree on one thing – that language is certainly not a barrier when it comes to music. Although “Fantastic Baby” isn’t the title track off their “Alive” album, it became so immensely huge that even Billboard had no choice but to recognize it as one of the biggest tunes of the year. Hip house ftw.
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Psy – Gangnam Style (July 2012)
We honestly don’t think that Psy’s in any way a good representation of what K-Pop is really all about but props to the man who put Korea on the map (of the international music industry). What initially started out as a poke at the lifestyle of the “Beverly Hills” of South Korea aka “Gangnam District” immediately went viral (thanks to social media), influencing pop culture worldwide with its catchy beat and “horse riding” dance. “Gangnam Style” became the first video to hit the one billionth views mark on YouTube. And we bet Psy is still trying to digest how his pseudo parody has since dominated the world.
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Sorry, clearly we couldn’t go without including Psy. In any case, which one of the above was your favourite tune?