From now until New Year’s Eve, I’ll be counting down my top 100 songs of the year. Every week, I make a top 40 list, and each position gets a certain amount of points, plus, I add in some extra points for weeks at #1, which goes towards their yearly total. The survey period is from December 4, 2011 to November 25, 2012. Ties are broken by (1) peak position, then (2) weeks at peak position, and then (3) number of weeks on chart should it go that far. They came so close, yet they’re so far away from the top spot. Here are my #4 and #3 songs of 2012.
004. ED SHEERAN – “The A Team”
ALBUM: + // LABEL: Elektra
PEAK: #1 for one week // WEEKS ON: 29 // POINTS: 888
Here’s another of this year’s surprise hit singles that started off across the pond. Ed Sheeran learned to play guitar from a young age and took his talents on the road, playing hundreds of shows a year that supported small EPs that he put out without any big distribution. Sheeran made quite a name for himself on the independent scene, so much so that fans flocked to buy his music when he signed to a major label, Atlantic Records. “The A Team”, his first single, debuted at #3 on the U.K. Singles Chart back in June 2011, spending twelve weeks in the top ten and twenty-seven in the top 40. Album +, released several months later in September, debuted at #1 on the album chart there. It was then time for Sheeran to conquer the U.S. market. The song went to AAA radio in late February, but it was announced several weeks prior to that and I happily jumped on board before it impacted at radio. It entered into my Next In Line on the chart dated January 8, 2012 and then debuted at #35 on the top 40 the next week, January 15. It raced up the chart, landing in the top ten by the end of February before spending one week at the top of the chart in late April. It was the only song to spend one sole week at #1 this year, and it also took the slowest trip to the top for this year, taking fifteen weeks to do so. Just a frame shy of the 30-week mark, it exited in early August. Followup single “Lego House” is currently in the top 20; it went to #5 in the United Kingdom in the fall of last year. With a Grammy nod for Song Of The Year at this year’s Awards, “Team” may not have seen its full potential just yet nearly a year after its Stateside release. We’ll see what happens in February.
003. FUN. – “Some Nights”
ALBUM: Some Nights // LABEL: Fueled By Ramen
PEAK: #1 for eight weeks // WEEKS ON: 28+ (32 as of 12/23/12) // POINTS: 961
Look! Up on the charts! It’s “Cecilia”! No, it’s “Send Me On My Way”! Wait a second… it’s neither of those songs. It just sounds like them! Flying high, dawning a red cape and a F on the stomach, why, it must be fun. and the longest-running #1 song of the year. Yes, for the second year in a row, the song that spent the most time at the top has been denied a slot at #1 on the year-end chart. Last year, Coldplay‘s “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”, which spent seven weeks at #1, only ended up at #8 for the year, so #3 isn’t so bad for the trio based out of New York City. This has also happened in 2007 and 2009. The band is one of three to place two songs within the top ten songs of this year, which has never happened before; I guess it shows how strong and consistent the material from these acts was during this chart year. “Some Nights” was always a fan favorite with its anthem quality sound, along with lyrics about wanting to be independent and respected for whatever you support. It was a big digital seller and streaming hit before the song was ever released to mainstream radio. It entered the In The Mix section on May 6, 2012, just as “We Are Young” was spending its second and final week, and then debuted in the top 40 at #35 on the charted dated May 20. It rose quickly, landing in the top ten by early July and into the #1 spot by July 22, spending eight consecutive weeks at the top until it was kicked out in mid-September. The song still remains on my chart, though it’s fallen down into the 30’s, and could stay there as the end-of-the-year freeze continues. As I mentioned before, “Carry On” is the current #1 song on my weekly survey, and will likely rank high on next year’s list. Perhaps “Nights” may just make a lower appearance on it too.
Tomorrow. New Year’s Eve. The two biggies are here. Who’s in, and more importantly, who is #1 for 2012? You’ll find out very soon.