The Best Music of 2012, According to the Billboard Charts

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Ah, Billboard charts. This year, Billboard compiled a pile of year-end information that offers an interesting look at what music performed well in 2012. Here's the basic idea of how they did it, along with the results for the newly introduced On-Demand charts:

Joining the chart lineup in 2012 was On-Demand Songs. The chart, launched in March, measures every on-demand play request and plays from unlimited listener-controlled radio channels on MOG, Muve Music, Rdio, Rhapsody, Slacker, Spotify, Xbox Music and Guvera. The chart recognizes Gotye¹s ³Somebody That I Used to Know² (featuring Kimbra) and breakthrough group fun. as its top-ranking song and artist, respectively.

Each of the year-end music tallies represents aggregated numbers for each artist and title from the weekly charts. Most of those numbers are based on data from Nielsen Entertainment, with sales of physical and digital product compiled by Nielsen SoundScan and radio airplay and digital streams measured by Nielsen BDS.

Click through for the Top 5's in Billboard's Hot 100 Songs, Top Artists, Top Tours, Pop Songs, Hip-Hop/R&B, Dance/Club Songs, Social 50 Artists, and more. For the rest of the results, hit Billboard.com.

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