As 2012 winds down, it’s time to look back on our musical journey and reflect on all jams past. This was a year full of heavy-hitting new releases but the most shared album in the world was a powerful contender from 2011. Adele’s 21 never left our charts in ‘12 — neither did Icelandic indie troupe Of Monsters and Men’s debut album, Alt-J’s Mercury Prize winning LP, and the soundtrack to Brazilian soap opera, Avenida Brasil.
Take a look below to see who else ruled the global Top Shared Albums on Rdio.
TOP SHARED ALBUMS — GLOBAL
1. Adele - 21
2. Of Monsters And Men - My Head Is An Animal
3. Various Artists - Avenida Brasil EP
4. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
5. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
6. Gotye - Making Mirrors
7. Paula Fernandes - Meus Encantos
8. Thiaguinho - Ousadia & Alegria
9. Audiogroove - 100% Top 40 Summer 2012
10. fun. - Some Nights
Naturally, these results are reflected back here at home, too, with the aforementioned artists and more making plenty of waves. Take a look at the Top Played Tracks in the U.K. to see who else made the grade:
TOP PLAYED TRACKS - U.K.
- 1. Carly Rae Jepsen - “Call Me Maybe”
- 2. Taylor Swift - "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
- 3. fun. featuring Janelle Monae - “We Are Young”
- 4. Gotye - “Somebody That I Used To Know”
- 5. Psy - "Gangnam Style"
- 6. Alex Clare - "Too Close"
- 7. Coldplay - "Paradise"
- 8. Jay-Z and Kanye West - “Ni***s in Paris”
- 9. Skrillex featuring Sirah - "Bangarang”
- 10. Coldplay - "Princess of China"
Loved the list? Then listen to the 20 Most Played Tracks on Rdio 2012 in the U.K. below and discover how many of the words you may already know by heart.