Another day, another year-in-review from a popular site or app. This time it’s Spotify’s turn to unveil the top tracks, artists, and albums of the year, according to their streaming and sharing stats.
Congratulations Gotye, your song “Somebody That I Used to Know” is Spotify’s most popular track of the year. Spotify tracked the top songs in 15 different countries, and Gotye topped the list in six: Sweden, U.K., U.S., Spain, France, and Switzerland. It was also a good year for Carly Rae Jespen and Fun, who both had tracks in the top five in most countries.
Here’s what the top ten looks like for the U.S.:
Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” also won the title of most shared track of the year. But he wasn’t the most-shared artist of 2012. That honor belongs to Adele. He wasn’t the most popular male artist either, as that crown belongs to David Guetta. He had the year’s most popular album and the most shared album with Nothing but the Beat.
Rihanna was named most popular female artist and Coldplay named most popular band.
Two newer features, Spotify Apps and Spotify Radio, also have a spot on the year-in-review. TuneWiki is the company’s top app of 2012, and Pop, Hip Hop, and Dance are their most popular radio genres of the year.
In 2012, Spotify gained two million paid subscribers, pushing the total to 5 million. The service currently has 20 million total active users. Based on extrapolations from previous subscriber figures, we can project that Spotify is growing by a rate of roughly one million paid subscribers every six months.