Everyone’s got an opinion, so we’ve pulled together the #1 songs at the top of the best music lists in 2012 for your compilation of the very best songs of the year. Amazingly this year several outlets picked the same songs — lots of Carly Rae Jepsen and Kanye West with a surprising number of nods to Usher.

MTV/New York Times/The Guardian
Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe”

SPIN/BET/Complex magazine
G.O.O.D. Music (Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz) “Mercy”
Due to explicit content, watch the video on VEVO.

fun. f/ Janelle Monae “We Are Young”

NPR’s Top Ten of Top 40
One Direction “What Makes You Beautiful”

Washington Post/Billboard
Usher “Climax”

Gotye f/ Kimbra “Somebody That I Used To Know”

Taylor Swift “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

American Songwriter
Shovels & Rope “Birmingham”

Entertainment Weekly’s Most Played Songs
Ellie Goulding “Anything Could Happen”

The Lumineers “Ho Hey”

Rolling Stone Reader’s Poll
The Killers “Miss Atomic Bomb”


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