Just a Click Away: The Most Downloaded Songs of 2012

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The Internet has brought us many wonderful things (ninja cat!) and many horrible things (see any episode of Tosh.0) but undoubtedly one of the most controversial aspects of the internet is the ability to download music. From Napster (flashback!) to The Pirate Bay, our ability for instant-musical-gratification is unparalleled. These five songs are, according to Nielsen SoundScan (“the official method of tracking sales of music and music video products throughout the United States and Canada”), the most downloaded of 2012. Thank you, Internet.
Just a Click Away: The Most Downloaded Songs of 2012
The Internet has brought us many wonderful things (ninja cat!) and many horrible things (see any episode of Tosh.0) but undoubtedly one of the most controversial aspects of the internet is the ability to download music. From Napster (flashback!) to The Pirate Bay, our ability for instant-musical-gratification is unparalleled. These five songs are, according to Nielsen SoundScan (“the official method of tracking sales of music and music video products throughout the United States and Canada”), the most downloaded of 2012. Thank you, Internet.
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The amount that a song was downloaded does not necessarily equate to the amount of cultural weight it should be given. With some of these songs, there is an obvious merit to the music beyond its pop culture solvency. With the others, it is quite the opposite. But, like most pop music, things come and go – hopefully some of these songs were wiped from hard drives almost immediately, while others should linger on in our pop culture memory as funny, sweet and nostalgic.


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