Top 5 Pop Songs of 2012

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2012 was the year of huge pop hits, the likes of which, one could argue, hasn't been seen since the 1980s. One might think new media like iTunes, YouTube, TV and blogs would make these sorts of monocultural touchstones impossible, but in fact the opposite is true. Though the following singles all have different musical roots, from pop to dance to retro rock, they all were popular on YouTube before they became radio hits, and they all spawned Internet memes, covers and mentions on TV shows.
Top 5 Pop Songs of 2012
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2012 was the year of huge pop hits, the likes of which, one could argue, hasn't been seen since the 1980s. One might think new media like iTunes, YouTube, TV and blogs would make these sorts of monocultural touchstones impossible, but in fact the opposite is true. Though the following singles all have different musical roots, from pop to dance to retro rock, they all were popular on YouTube before they became radio hits, and they all spawned Internet memes, covers and mentions on TV shows.
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