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29/12/2012

Duration:
1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 29 December 2012

Paul Gambaccini presents his annual review of the greatest hits from the US charts of 2012, counting down the top ten best-selling albums and singles of the year. He also reveals the top three R&B and rock songs, plus the top three most downloaded country tracks.

Adele has reigned supreme in the album charts for a second year running. Her album 21 is now close to having sold ten million in the States. UK act One Direction have also broken through with two number one albums in 2012. While a third British act - Mumford & Sons - have made an impressive return with their second album.

On the singles' side, several songs have sold over five million. Which track will be the best-seller of the year? Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye and We Are Young by Fun. are still battling for supremacy.

Paul has all the facts and figures for America's Greatest Hits of 2012.

Music Played

32 items
  • Image for Whitney Houston

    Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You

    Number Ten Best-Selling Album of the Year: Whitney: The Greatest Hits Number One Catalogue Album

  • Image for PSY

    PSY Gangnam Style

    Number Ten Best-Selling Song of the Year (3 million seller)

  • Image for Luke Bryan

    Luke Bryan Country Girl (Shake It For Me)

    Number Nine Best-Selling Album of the Year: Tailgates & Tanlines

  • Image for Flo Rida

    Flo Rida WILD ONES (featuring Sia)

    Number Nine Best-Selling Song of the Year (3 million seller)

  • Image for Lionel Richie

    Lionel Richie STUCK ON YOU (with Darius Rucker)

    Number Eight Best-Selling Album of the Year: Tuskegee

  • Image for Fun.

    Fun. Fun. - Some Nights

    Number Eight Best-Selling Song of the Year (over three and a half million sales)

  • Image for Carrie Underwood

    Carrie Underwood Good Girl

    Number Seven Best-Selling Album of the Year: Blown Away

  • Image for One Direction

    One Direction What Makes You Beautiful

    Number Seven Best-Selling Song of the Year (over 3.5 million sales)

  • Image for One Direction

    One Direction Little Things

    Number Six Best-Selling Album of the Year: Take Me Home

  • Image for Kelly Clarkson

    Kelly Clarkson Stronger

    Number Six Best-Selling Song of the Year (over 3.5 million sales)

  • Image for Justin Bieber

    Justin Bieber Believe

    Number Five Best-Selling Album of the Year: Believe

  • Image for Nicki Minaj

    Nicki Minaj STARSHIPS (KH Edit)

    Number Five Best-Selling Song of the Year (3.9 million sales)

  • Image for Mumford & Sons

    Mumford & Sons I Will Wait

    Number Four Best-Selling Album of the Year: Babel

  • Image for Maroon 5

    Maroon 5 Payphone

    Number Four Best-Selling Song of the Year (over 4.5 million sales)

  • Image for John Legend

    John Legend TONIGHT (BEST YOU EVER HAD) (featuring Ludacris)

    Number Three Adult R&B Song of the Year

  • Image for Hunter Hayes

    Hunter Hayes Wanted

    Number Three Best-Selling Country Song of the Year (2 million sales)

  • Image for The Black Keys

    The Black Keys Lonely Boy

    Number Three Rock Song of the Year

  • Image for One Direction

    One Direction Up All Night

    Number Three Best-Selling Album Of The Year: Up All Night

  • Image for fun.

    fun. fun. - WE ARE YOUNG (featuring Janelle Monae)

    Number Three Best-Selling Song of the Year (5.9 million sales)

  • Image for Estelle

    Estelle Thank You

    Number Two Adult R&B Song of the Year

  • Image for Luke Bryan

    Luke Bryan Drunk On You

    Number Two Best-Selling Country Song of the Year (over two million sales)

  • Image for Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift I Knew You Were Trouble

    Number Two Best-Selling Album of the Year: Red (over 2.5 million sales)

  • Image for Carly Rae Jepsen

    Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe

    Number Two Best-Selling Song of the Year (over 6.25 million sales)

  • Image for David Guetta (featuring Sia)

    David Guetta (featuring Sia) Titanium

    Best-Selling Electronic Dance Music Song of the Year

  • Image for Beyoncé

    Beyoncé Love On Top

    Number One Adult R&B Song of the Year

  • Image for Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

    Number One Best-Selling Country Song of the Year (over 2.75 million sales)

  • Image for Adele

    Adele Set Fire To The Rain

    Number One Best-Selling Album of the Year: 21 (over four-and-a-quarter million sales in 2012)

  • Image for Gotye

    Gotye SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW (featuring Kimbra)

    Number One Best-Selling Song of the Year & Number One Rock (Six and three quarters of a million sales)

  • Image for Alex Party

    Alex Party Saturday Night Party

  • Image for Paul van Dyk

    Paul van Dyk For An Angel

    CD Single, Deviant

  • Image for Porter Robinson

    Porter Robinson Language (Extended Mix)

  • Image for Florence + the Machine

    Florence + the Machine Spectrum (Say My Name) (Calvin Harris Remix)

    CD Single, Island, 1

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