The Biggest of 2012: The Billboard Year-End Charts

As we come to the end of 2012, it's time to look back at the biggest records and artists of the year and the authority on all such things is Billboard.

With the publishing of their year-end charts, we can see where the music business has gone and what the public has purchased. Obviously, they were still very much enamored with Adele who, for the second year in a row, had the biggest album of the year with 21.

It was also a huge year for new artists as six of the ten biggest singles were from first timers including a top three of Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and .fun.

In the area of veteran artists, it really was all about the amazing comeback of Lionel Richie. Not only did he have the highest selling album by a veteran artist with Tuskegee (number 9 for the year) but he held the same spot in the world of Country music (number 3) and Adult Contemporary Tracks (Endless Love with Shania Twain was number 30).

Madonna also did well for all the criticism she received for the low sales of her album. MDNA was the third biggest seller for a veteran artist (number 44 for the year) and, when all charts were taken into account, she was the top veteran artist overall at number 23. The album was also number 2 on the Electronic Albums chart. In addition, on the Dance/Club Play Songs, she came in at 33, 41 and 44.  While the album may not have been up to the gold standard set so many times over the years, it was still a moderate success for 2012.


Chart Date 2012

Comprehensive

Top 200 Albums
TW Title Artist
1 21 Adele
2 Christmas Michael Buble
3 Take Care Drake
4 Red Taylor Swift
5 Up All Night One Direction
6 Tailgates and Tanlines Luke Bryan
7 Babel Mumford and Sons
8 Talk the Talk Rihanna
9 Tuskegee Lionel Richie
10 El Camino Black Keys
18 Whitney: The Greatest Hits Whitney Houston
44 MDNA Madonna
50 Wrecking Ball Bruce Springsteen
71 A Different Kind of Truth Van Halen
76 Duets II Tony Bennett
83 Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
106 Slipstream Bonnie Raitt
108 Greatest Hits Guns N' Roses
114 Clockwork Angels Rush
117 Greatest Hits Journey
128 Legend Bob Marley & the Wailers
132 Kisses On the Bottom Paul McCartney
137 Tempest Bob Dylan
142 Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits Creedence Clearwater Revival Featuring John Fogerty
145 The Very Best of Neil Diamond Neil Diamond
147 The Bodyguard Whitney Houston
164 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Edition: The Best of Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd
166 Christmas Symphony Mannheim Steamroller with Members of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
170 Merry Christmas, Baby Rod Stewart
174 Immortal Michael Jackson
175 A Charlie Brown Christmas Vince Guaraldi Trio
176 Sinatra: Best of the Best Frank Sinatra
182 Americana Neil Young and Crazy Horse
192 That's Why God Made the Radio Beach Boys
193 Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd
195 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Edition: The Best of Lionel Richie Lionel Richie
198 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston
200 Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys

Top 100 Artists
TW Artist
1 Adele
2 Rihanna
3 Taylor Swift
4 Drake
5 Justin Bieber
6 Nicki Minaj
7 Katy Perry
8 Maroon 5
9 LMFAO
10 One Direction
23 Madonna
25 Bruce Sprinsteen
30 Roger Waters
38 Whitney Houston
72 Lionel Richie
76 Van Halen
82 Michael Jackson

The balance of the Billboard Year-End charts are after the cut.
Top 100 Singles
TW Title Artist
1 Somebody That I Used to Know Gotye Featuring Kimbra
2 Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen
3 We Are Young fun. Featuring Janelle Monae
4 Payphone Maroon 5 Featuring Wiz Khalifa
5 Lights Ellie Goulding
6 Glad You Came The Wanted
7 Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) Kelly Clarkson
8 We Found Love Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris
9 Starships Nicki Minaj
10 What Makes You Beautiful One Direction
- No Veteran Artists Charting



R&B

Top 100 R&B Albums
TW Title Artist
1 Take Care Drake
2 Talk That Talk Rihanna
3 Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded Nicki Minaj
4 TM:103:Hustlerz Ambition Young Geezy
5 My Life II…The Journey Continues Mary J. Blige
6 Tha Carter IV Lil Wayne
7 Watch the Throne Jay Z Kanye West
8 God Forgives, I Don't Rick Ross
9 Lioness: Hidden Treasures Amy Winehouse
10 Looking 4 Myself Usher
35 Immortal Michael Jackson
72 Sparkle Soundtrack
83 Flashback K.C. & the Sunshine Band
91 Icon Temptations
93 Triple Feature Whitney Houston

Top 100 R&B Singles
TW Title Artist
1 Love on Top Beyonce
2 Climax Usher
3 Lotus Flower Bomb Wale Featuring Miguel
4 The Motto Drake Featuring Lil Wayne
5 Mercy Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz
6 Adorn Miguel
7 Heart Attack Trey Songz
8 No Lie 2 Chainz Featuring Drake
9 Strip Chris Brown Featuring Kevin K-MAC McCall
10 Make Me Proud Drake Featuring Nicki Minaj
51 Fool For You Cee Lo Green Featuring Melanie Fiona or Phillip Bailey
70 Lately Anita Baker



Country

Top 75 Country Albums
TW Title Artist
1 Red Taylor Swift
2 Tailgates & Tanlines Luke Bryan
3 Tuskegee Lionel Richie
4 Own the Night Lady Antebellum
5 Blown Away Carrie Underwood
6 My Kinda Party Jason Aldean
7 Chief Eric Church
8 Clear As Day Scotty McCreery
9 Night Train Jason Aldean
10 Uncaged Zac Brown Band
37 Icon George Strait
39 Here For a Good Time George Strait
54 Heroes Willie Nelson
60 Old School New Rules Hank Williams, Jr.

Top 100 Country Songs
TW Title Artist
1 Time is Love Josh Turner
2 You Don't Know Her Like I Do Brantley Gilbert
3 Why Ya Wanna Jana Kramer
4 Cowboys and Angels Dustin Lynch
5 (Kissed You) Goodnight Gloriana
6 Better Than I Used to Be Tim McGraw
7 Even If It Breaks Your Heart Eli Young Band
8 Lovin' You is Fun Easton Corbin
9 Springsteen Eric Church
10 Drunk on You Luke Bryan
42 Love's Gonna Make It Alright George Strait

Rock

Top 75 Rock Albums
TW Title Artist
1 Babel Mumford & Sons
2 El Camino Black Keys
3 Here and Now Nickelback
4 Mylo Xyloto Coldplay
5 Some Nights fun.
6 Making Mirrors Gotye
7 Sigh No More Mumford & Sons
8 Ceremonials Florence + the Machine
9 Living Things Linkin Park
10 Born and Raised John Mayer
14 Wrecking Ball Bruce Springsteen
22 A Different Kind of Truth Van Halen
29 Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
30 Slipstream Bonnie Raitt
31 Clockwork Angels Rush
38 Tempest Bob Dylan
52 Americana Neil Young and Crazy Horse
54 Beyond Magnetic (EP) Metallica
55 Old Ideas Leonard Cohen
56 I'm With You Red Hot Chili Peppers
64 Monster KISS
66 Apocalyptic Love Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators
71 A Foot in the Door: The Best of Pink Floyd Pink Floyd

Top 100 Rock Songs
TW Title Artist
1 Lonely Boy Black Keys
2 These Days Foo Fighters
3 Burn It Down Linkin Park
4 Somebody That I Used to Know Gotye Featuring Kimbra
5 Gold on the Ceiling Black Keys
6 Tongue Tied Grouplove
7 Little Talks Of Monsters and Men
8 We Are Young fun. Featuring Janelle Monae
9 It's Time Imagine Dragons
10 Ho Hey Lumineers
20 Live to Rise Soundgarden
33 The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie Red Hot Chili Peppers
37 Look Around Red Hot Chili Peppers
39 Monarchy of the Roses Red Hot Chili Peppers
43 You're a Lie Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators
72 Been Away Too Long Soundgarden
83 Standing in the Sun Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators
93 This is Gonna Hurt Sixx: AM
100 She's the Woman Van Halen



Dance

Top 50 Dance/Club Play Songs
TW Title Artist
1 Spectrum Zedd Featuring Mathew Koma
2 How We Do (Party) Rita Ora
3 Spectrum (Say My Name) Florence + the Machine
4 Pound the Alarm Nicki Minaj
5 Where Have You Been Rihanna
6 Somebody That I Used to Know Gotye Featuring Kimbra
7 Naked Dev Featuring Enrique Iglesias
8 Blow Me (One Last Kiss) P!nk
9 Dark Side Kelly Clarkson
10 R.I.P. Rita Ora Featuring Tinie Tempah
30 Hotel Nacional Gloria Estefan
33 Turn Up the Radio Madonna
41 Give Me All Your Lovin' Madonna Featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.
44 Girl Gone Wild Madonna

The Other Charts
Chart #1 Top Veteran
Digital Songs Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye Featuring Kimbra None
Radio Songs Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye Featuring Kimbra None
Digital Albums 21 - Adele 24. Tuskegee - Lionel Richie
Adult Contemporary Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson 30. Endless Love - Lionel Richie and Shania Twain
Adult Pop Songs Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye Featuring Kimbra None
Dance/Electronic Albums Sorry For Party Rocking - LMFAO 02. MDNA - Madonna
Hard Rock Albums Here and Now - Nickelback 03. A Different Kind of Truth - Van Halen
Folk Albums Babel - Mumford & Sons 08. Tempest - Bob Dylan
Bluegrass Albums The Goat Rodeo Sessions - Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thiele 01. The Goat Rodeo Sessions - Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thiele
Jazz Albums Christmas - Michael Buble 02. Duets II - Tony Bennett
Jazz Songs Here We Go - Peter White 01. Here We Go - Peter White
Blues Albums Slipstream - Bonnie Raitt 01. Slipstream - Bonnie Raitt
Catalog Albums 19 - Adele 02. Whitney: The Greatest Hits - Whitney Houston
Reggae Albums Peace of Mind - Rebelution 04. Rebirth - Jimmy Cliff

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