Tuesday, January 1, 2013 , Updated 11:08 a.m., January 3, 2013
8 most overplayed radio songs of 2012
Just be glad there's no Adele on this list. She was so last year.
Thank goodness for satellite radio. Without it, we'd be convinced that a handful of songs on regular rotation on the radio were created by the same artist. But no: They just sound the same. How very original.
In honor of the original and the not-so, we give you the earworms of 2012 -- those songs that get into our head and just won't get out.
In 2012, it was the radio that killed the radio star.
"Somebody That I Used To Know" — Gotye
Gotye — “Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)”
The Belgian-born musician Gotye did in fact make music before "Somebody That I Used To Know" came about. But it was this ballad, complete with tinkly xylophone, that made him famous. Once we got past his woebegone lyrics, though, all that was left is a vapid song that wouldn't stop playing on the radio. The song is officially just somebody we used to know.
"Call Me Maybe" — Carly Rae Jepsen
We are not going to hate on Carly Rae Jepsen. "Call Me Maybe" and its innocent, bubble-gum pop beat was the girly anthem of 2012. It spawned parodies from the U.S. Olympic swim team and the Cookie Monster, among many others. You have sung "Call Me Maybe" alone in the car more times than you care to admit. Jepsen's not going anywhere anytime soon; she was signed by Justin Bieber's manager, who has his own label.
"Just The Way You Are (Amazing)" — Bruno Mars
The radio is a fickle place: There's T.I.'s song with the raunchy lyrics "This club so packed, these h*es so drunk." And then there's soul man Bruno Mars' song "Just The Way You Are," where he croons that you — yes, you — are amazing. Women all over the world sighed collectively when this song came out. Though it has a fabulous message, it's also really annoying after you've heard it 200 times.
"Hey Ho" — The Lumineers
Released in April, "Hey Ho" really picked up steam in fall 2012. The song was featured in a Bing commercial and became one of those rare songs heard on television that was totally worth digging up online. But "Hey Ho" could've been sung by anyone, making it here today and likely gone tomorrow. Except for those "hey!" and "ho!" moments. Those are a little fun.
"What Makes You Beautiful" — One Direction
One Direction — “What Makes You Beautiful”
The Simon Cowell-created boy band One Direction stole the hearts of squee-ing tweens the world over. "What Makes You Beautiful" hit a peak in 2012, around the time the song was featured on Glee in May 2012. We sang "oh na na na na na" with the boys til we were blue in the face.
"We Are Young" — Fun.
When Fun. picked its name, do you think any of them considered how terrible it would be for SEO? They haven't had issues gaining popularity, however, as "We Are Young" was the first wildly successful single from the album Some Nights. The song is #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers and broke records for digital sales. It's a young, fun anthem, and it's impossible to avoid.
"Diamonds" — Rihanna
Rihanna's performance of it on Saturday Night Live cemented "Diamonds" as a shining star, though it always makes us want to turn the channel. Will "Diamonds" shine forever? We hope not.
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" — Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift — “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
We love the song so much that we hate it. According to interviews, Taylor Swift regularly tapes their conversations on her tour bus, which is how the iconic lyrics for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" came about. It's funny; it's catchy; and then it got stuck on repeat. Billboard reports that in October 2012, the album Red sold 1.208 million copies in a week in the U.S. — more than any album has sold in a week since 2002 (at which point Eminem's The Eminem Show sold 1.322 million). You can say you'll never, ever listen to this song again, but you'd be wrong.
We purposely are not picking "Gangnam Style" as one of the most overplayed songs on the radio. Because let's face it — most of us have heard that song more regularly online than on the radio, though it's spinning constantly on the airwaves too. We'll spare Psy one more accolade this year.
Brentney Hamilton contributed to this story.