Music streaming service reveals most popular tracks, albums and artists of past 12 months

Gotye has been revealed as the most popular artist on Spotify in 2012 with his hit single ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ topping the list for most streamed song in both the UK and the rest of the world.

The Australian singer-songwriter has achieved huge success with his single, first released in December 2011, with the song holding off Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’ and ‘We Are Young’ by Fun. in the rundown. Nicki Minaj (‘Starships’) and David Guetta (‘Titanium’) round off the top five most streamed songs in the UK while Flo Rida has the fourth and fifth most popular songs globally in the shape of ‘Whistle’ and ‘Wild Ones’ respectively.

Meanwhile, in the list of most popular bands, Coldplay came out on top ahead of Maroon 5, Fun, Mumford & Sons and Florence + The Machine.

Gotye recently revealed that he has no problem if he is considered a one-hit wonder, telling NME: “If I was to become a one-hit-wonder, I’d be in some good company.”

Gotye says that his real fans – who will know that the track is in fact from the singer’s third album – will have taken the time to listen to all his work before writing him off as a one-hit wonder. “I would take a sort of perverse pleasure if a certain part of the public think of me as a one-hit-wonder. If I go on to never make any music that is as commercially successful as this and that means that there’s a divide between some people’s perception of me in the pop sphere versus me and the actual music that I’ve made, and people actually taking the time to listen to the rest of it, then I think that’s actually kind of interesting.”

Take a look at the most popular tracks, albums and artists on Spotify in 2012 below:

Most-streamed tracks of 2012 (global)

1. Gotye featuring Kimbra – ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’
2. Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Call Me Maybe’
3. Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe – ‘We Are Young’
4. Flo Rida – ‘Whistle’
5. Flo Rida featuring Sia – ‘Wild Ones’

Most-streamed tracks of 2012 in the UK

1. Gotye featuring Kimbra – ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’
2. Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Call Me Maybe’
3. David Guetta featuring Sia – ‘Titanium’
4. Fun featuring Janelle Monae – We Are Young
5. Nicki Minaj – ‘Starships’

Most-streamed albums of 2012

1. David Guetta – ‘Nothing But The Beat’
2. Gotye – ‘Making Mirrors’
3. Drake – ‘Take Care’
4. Lana Del Ray – ‘Born To Die’
5. One Direction – ‘Up All Night’

Most-streamed female artists

1. Rihanna
2. Nicki Minaj
3. Adele
4. Lana Del Ray
5. Katy Perry

Most-streamed male artists

1. David Guetta
2. Flo Rida
3. Eminem
4. Skrillex
5. Gotye

Most-streamed bands

1. Coldplay
2. Maroon 5
3. Fun
4. Mumford and Sons
5. Florence and the Machine