Top 100 2012

The top 100 2012 lists the 100 most popular hits in the UK singles music charts in 2012.

2012 - Monthly Figures
2012 - A Brief Summary of Events

Position Artist Title
1 Gotye Ft Kimbra Somebody That I Used To Know
2 David Guetta Ft Sia Titanium
3 Nicki Minaj Starships
4 Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe
5 Fun Ft Janelle Monae We Are Young
6 Jay-Z & Kanye West Niggas In Paris
7 Lmfao Sexy And I Know It
8 Jessie J Domino
9 Rizzle Kicks Mama Do The Hump
10 Flo Rida Ft Sia Wild Ones
11 Alex Clare Too Close
12 Azealia Banks Ft Lazy Jay 212
13 Rudimental Ft John Newman Feel The Love
14 Maroon 5 Ft Christina Aguilera Moves Like Jagger
15 Emeli Sande Next To Me
16 Train Drive By
17 Jason Mraz I Won't Give Up
18 Rihanna Ft Calvin Harris We Found Love
19 Coldplay Paradise
20 Drake Ft Rihanna Take Care
21 Maroon 5 Ft Wiz Khalifa Payphone
22 Labrinth Ft Tinie Tempah Earthquake
23 Skrillex Ft Sirah Bangarang
24 Kelly Clarkson Stronger
25 Florence & The Machine Spectrum
26 One Direction What Makes You Beautiful
27 David Guetta Ft Nicki Minaj Turn Me On
28 Coldplay & Rihanna Princess Of China
29 Flo Rida Whistle
30 Avicii Levels
31 Taylor Swift We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
32 Swedish House Mafia Greyhound
33 Stooshe Black Heart
34 Rita Ora Ft Tinie Tempah R.I.P.
35 PSY Gangnam Style
36 Rihanna Where Have You Been
37 Nicki Minaj Pound The Alarm
38 Olly Murs Dance With Me Tonight
39 Script Ft Will I Am Hall of Fame
40 Flo Rida Good Feeling
41 Emeli Sande Read All About It, Pt. III
42 Dj Fresh Ft Rita Ora Hot Right Now
43 Ed Sheeran Lego House
44 Lady Antebellum Need You Now
45 Fun Some Nights
46 Paloma Faith Picking Up The Pieces
47 Little Mix Wings
48 Ed Sheeran Drunk
49 Flo Rida I Cry
50 Katy Perry Wide Awake
51 Owl City / Carly Rae Jepsen Good Time
52 Sean Paul She Doesn't Mind
53 Rihanna Diamonds
54 Emeli Sande My Kind of Love
55 Jessie J Ft David Guetta Laser Light
56 Sam & The Womp Bom Bom
57 Lana Del Rey Video Games
58 Pitbull Ft Chris Brown International Love
59 Adele Skyfall
60 Chris Brown Don't Wake Me Up
61 Otto Knows Million Voices
62 Labrinth Express Yourself
63 Of Monsters & Men Little Talks
64 Ne-Yo Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)
65 Usher Scream
66 Lloyd Ft Andre 3000 / Lil Wayne Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)
67 Swedish House Mafia Ft John Martin Don't You Worry Child
68 Calvin Harris Ft Ne-Yo Let's Go
69 Will I Am Ft Eva Simons This Is Love
70 Christina Perri Jar Of Hearts
71 Wiley Ft Ms D Heatwave
72 Lmfao Party Rock Anthem
73 Justin Bieber Boyfriend
74 Katy Perry Part Of Me
75 Maroon 5 One More Night
76 Rita Ora How We Do (Party)
77 Mumford & Sons I Will Wait
78 Tulisa Young
79 Labrinth Ft Emeli Sande Beneath Your Beautiful
80 The Wanted Chasing The Sun
81 Lana Del Rey Born To Die
82 David Guetta Ft Sia She Wolf (Falling to Pieces)
83 Cheryl Call My Name
84 Ellie Goulding Anything Could Happen
85 Disclosure Ft Sam Smith Latch
86 Pink Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
87 Calvin Harris / Florence Welch Sweet Nothing
88 Lumineers Ho Hey
89 Adele Someone Like You
90 Alyssa Reid Ft Jump Smokers Alone Again
91 Angel Wonderful
92 D'Banj Oliver Twist
93 Ed Sheeran The A Team
94 Calvin Harris Ft Example We'll Be Coming Back
95 One Direction Live While We're Young
96 Conor Maynard Ft Ne-Yo Turn Around
97 Will I Am Ft Mick Jagger & Jennifer Lopez T.H.E (The Hardest Ever)
98 Conor Maynard Can't Say No
99 Avicii Silhouettes
100 Katy Perry The One That Got Away


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A Synopsis of The Events in 2012

In spite of a prediction by the ancient Egyptians that 2012 would be a year of great change and by the lost Mayan civilisation's belief that the world would end on December 21st 2012, we all appear to be still here! Indeed the media frenzy beforehand was so intense that the French police blockaded all access to the hillside village of Bugarach which it was claimed was one of a few sacred mountains which would be unaffected by the impending disaster. Common sense appeared to prevail when the expected mass influx of believers never materialised.

Other types of natural disaster proved all too real. 2012 was the year when rainfall for the UK was the second highest ever recorded and for England, the highest since records were first kept. In what seemed like a never ending series of flood warnings and alerts, most areas in the UK saw houses and businesses badly affected by flooding, some more than once. This paled into insignificance when compared to hurricane Sandy which after causing havoc in the Caribbean, deviated from the route normally taken by hurricanes and blew full speed into New York causing massive destruction and flooding there also. At its peak, reportedly 8.5 million people in the U.S.A. were without electricity. Wikipedia reported at least 253 people died in seven countries due to the storm. This happened in the final run up to the American Presidential election and saw both candidates abandon electioneering to concentrate on the national emergency. The ultimate election outcome was victory and another four years in office for President Obama.

Following the so called “Arab Spring” in 2011, there was continued unrest in the middle east. The violence in Syria escalated causing thousands of Syrians to flee across the border to Jordan, over 270,000 refugees having arrived between March 2011 and December 2012. In Egypt, President Mohammed Morsi published a decree giving him sweeping new powers he said were "necessary to push through much-needed reforms." The decree effectively meant that his decisions were final and could not be overturned by any other authority. This did not go down well with much of the electorate and led to widespread protests.

Yet again communities had to face the aftermath of a gunman running amok. In Newtown Connecticut in the U.S.A., 20 children and 6 teachers at Sandy Hook primary school were killed. The gunman had earlier killed his mother and when the first policeman arrived at the school, he shot himself . This followed an incident earlier in the year at a cinema in Aurora City Colorado when a lone gunman opened fire in a cinema, killing 12 and wounding a further 59.

There was a lot to celebrate in 2012. Firstly, there were the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. On a memorably miserable Sunday afternoon, the continuous down-pouring of rain failed to dampen the spirits of the hundreds of thousands who turned out to watch the Pageant on the river Thames. The Royals also stoically endured several hours of exposure to cold and wind and rain which was no doubt a contributory factor to the Duke of Edinburgh's admission to hospital the following day. Fortunately the weather improved for the open air concert and fireworks to conclude the celebrations on the Monday.

As a late postscript to the Jubilee, on the 3rd December it was announced that the Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant, making 2012 one of the better years for the Royal Family.

Hard on the heels of the Jubilee came the Olympic games being staged in London. In the games which were universally acknowledged as spectacular and memorable, the British team had possibly their greatest ever success, coming 3rd in the medals table with 29 gold medals, behind the U.S.A. and China. Amongst a number of heroic performances too long to list, we saw Bradley Wiggins cycle his way to gold only a short time after his triumph in winning the Tour De France, Andy Murray winning gold in the tennis after his disappointment in losing the Wimbledon final and Jessica Ennis who had been used as the face of the games in the advertising leading up to the games, absolutely annihilate the competition in the heptathlon.

A year after his death, the rumours of paedophilia which had been circulating about Jimmy Savile took on more substantive form as literally hundreds of people came forward to make complaints about Savile.

In 2012, we lost

  • Public Figures, politician Sir Rhodes Boyson, Sir Rex Hunt (governor of the Falkland Islands at the time of the Argentinian Invasion), American General "Stormin' Norman" Schwartzkopf, Astronomer Patrick Moore, Brian Cobby (first male voice of BT's speaking clock) and Neil Armstrong - first man on the moon.
  • Sports personalities, Atlantic rower John Fairfax, rugby players Nevin Spence & Mervyn Davies, cricketers Tom Maynard & Tony Greig, darts player Jocky Wilson and Syd Waddell (the voice of darts).
  • Showbiz stars Earnest Borgnine, Larry Hagman, Clive Dunn, Max Bygraves, Frank Carson, Simon Ward, Victor Spinetti (most famous for his appearances in the first 3 Beatles films), Angharad Rees, Sylvia Kristel, Herbert Lom (of Pink Panther fame), Eric Sykes, hairdresser Vidal Sassoon, "Corrie" stars Bill Tarmet & Geoffrey Hughes, wildlife presenter Terry Nutkins, newsreaders Sir Alastair Burnet & Kenneth Kendall.
  • From the music world, Whitney Houston, Robin Gibb, Davy Jones (Monkees), Joe South, Jon Lord, Etta James, Donna Summer, Andy Williams, Jim Marshall - the designer of the ubiquitous Marshall amplifier, Scott McKenzie, Bert Weedon - the inspiration for many aspiring guitarists, Dave Brubeck, composer Marvin Hamlisch, Ravi Shankar, lyricist Hal David.

Another year - another iPhone. The iPhone 5 was announced in September and the initial demand was higher than for its predecessor, selling over 5 million in the first 3 days it went on sale. However, android based phones continued to outsell it with Samsung the undisputed market leader. This was also the year when Apple and Samsung called a truce and stopped suing each other over alleged patent infringements. Apple was also busy on the tablet front, releasing the 3rd generation iPad and then before the year end, the 4th generation iPad and the iPad mini. Here too it faced stiff competition from android and Samsung, with the Galaxy tab2 providing much of the functionality of an iPad at a significantly cheaper price. Not wishing to be left out of the tablet revolution, Microsoft released Windows 8. Designed as a one size fits all operating system, the default interface was targeted at tablet users and left many traditional Windows users mourning the loss of the "START" button. Google and Amazon also got into the tablet act with their own offerings, setting up 2013 as a very interesting year to see who came out on top.


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