TIME’s No. 1 Song of 2012: No, It’s Not ‘Gangnam Style’

And it wasn't Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" either

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Korean rapper-singer Psy performs on NBC's "Today" show in New York September 14, 2012.

Douglas Wolk’s list of the Top 10 Songs of 2012 ranges from a hidden treasure, Can’s “Graublau” — a newly edited, 17-minute garage rock from a 1969 German film — to more mainstream tunes. The viral hit “Gangnam Style” by Psy and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” near the top of the list — where they belong given the sheer amount of Internet memes they have inspired. In fact, you can even listen to both at the same time, thanks to one mashup. This month, Google revealed to TIME that “Gangnam Style” was also the top-trending U.S. lyrics search of 2012, probably because fans were trying figure out the meaning of the catchy Korean lyrics — and perfect their invisible horse dance moves at the same time.

But what was TIME’s #1 pick? Click here to find out or listen to TIME’s Top 10 Songs of 2012 playlist.

41 comments
GemmaRowbotham
GemmaRowbotham

@boyonthegreen think I prefer Gangnam Style #classy come and work with me, will be in Nero later

akt24
akt24

@TIME Thankgod!

SMcCurley1
SMcCurley1

@TIME Thank God it's not Gangnam style. That's all I have to say about that.

GregorioBori
GregorioBori

@TIME a billion of visitors has seen that guy dancing; it‘s not the most intelligent song, but 2012 will be musically remembered for psy...

MaEmmaSchwartz
MaEmmaSchwartz

@TIME In Venezuela there are currently emptiness of being able: President and Vice President in Cuba. #TellTheTruthAboutChavez

RodrigKildysart
RodrigKildysart

@TIME That's as maybe but Gangnam Style will be the most remembered fortunately or unfortunately.

BMatias24
BMatias24

@TIME omg wuuut? probably the worst list in the history of list

LadyBugLeto
LadyBugLeto

@TIME / 30SECONDSTOMARS have a New album coming out this yr - REAL MUSIC.!

_MrBlack__
_MrBlack__

@TIME OhThxGod ImRtRoyallySickOfPsy & HisNuttsyInvisibleHorseDance SheeshWhatADweeb & HeHasTheWholeWorld Bob'gUp&DownLikeTheIdiotsTheyAre!!

splendidcarter
splendidcarter

@TIME yea I loved call me maybe so much!it was like a gift then and it always lift ma heart:like make me 4get I had issues!!!Carly we luv ya

BigFatBaldGuy1
BigFatBaldGuy1

@TIME Thank goodness! Here's to a New Year without THAT song

tfleming2566
tfleming2566

There was no "best of" this year...When you have novelty/bubblegum songs like Gangnam Style and "call me maybe" in the top ten of any "best of" list for the year, it just goes to show how pathetically low the state of the music indistry has really gone and the crap that the music buying public are willing to waste their money on.

Erin_lee5
Erin_lee5

@TIME this music list is what's wrong with the music industry now....

whitesnow21c
whitesnow21c

@TIME you just have shut my mouth by saying its not gangnam style XD

dhtherex
dhtherex

@TIME number one song of the yr shuld b anything by bruno mars or adelle!! They both rock. Or resurrect a michael jackson or elvis song. Duh

Saffta
Saffta

@TIME If Gangnam or Call Me Maybe is NOT the choice then TIME is as out of tune with America as the Rebpublicans are!

Surly_Prole
Surly_Prole

@TIME It seems that whoever compiled this list gets their taste in music from the same place your reporters get their journalistic integrity

sunwillset
sunwillset

@TIME What Makes You Beautiful?:)

MaureenFrancis
MaureenFrancis

@TIME boo!! You'll make us flip though 15 pages on a cell phone to get the answer. Meh! Who cares?!

ArmChairPundit1
ArmChairPundit1

@TIME HOWCOME we fire a CEO or Coach who can't manage employees or players but don't impeach Presidents who can't manage Congress?

ZainRaheel
ZainRaheel

@TIME #Climax by @UsherRaymondIV ?

SashkaBirman
SashkaBirman

@TIME I didn't hear any good songs this year, but Gangnam style

Lizzy808
Lizzy808

@TIME thank goodness it is not gangham style!

truthwritten
truthwritten

@TIME Yes, yes I can, because you keep posting these trivial best of 2012 lists over and over.

poteland
poteland

@TIME And yet PSY's picture is still on the cover of that article, Gangnam Style *should* be the song of the year. :P

Sazare
Sazare

@tfleming2566 "Call Me Maybe" isn't a novelty, it's a genuinely good song. And good songs can come from ANY genre. I don't know that it's necessarily the BEST song of the year, but it's a damn good one and it deserves at least some placement on the list. Maybe, just maybe, you're just an old coot who doesn't appreciate new music anymore. People have been saying the same thing you just said for decades. Even during the hayday of the Beatles people were lamenting the days of good music.

Letstalkturkey1
Letstalkturkey1

@ArmChairPundit1 @TIME what? Please read what impeachment is. Clinton was impeached... for what many who impeached did. Newt zip up...

tfleming2566
tfleming2566

The fact that people like you actually think that "call me maybe" is a good song just goes to show how poor peoples taste in music is these days. 5 years from now, nobody will even remember that stupid song or really any other song thats been released in recent memory. The days of genuinely good and timeless music pretty much ended with the 1980's. Back then you actually had to actually had to have talent to make it in the music industry unlike these days where all you have to have is a gimmick and a quick, catchy, disposable hit. Everything after the 80'shas either been sampling of everything before that or quick forgettable hits that end up as end of the year punchlines when people try to figure out how and why it ever became a hit in the first place..It's sad really...They don't make quality, timeless music anymore./...and honestly, why should they when people don't know any better and are willing to accept novelty songs like "call me maybe" as quality music. The music industry pumps out the simple, watered down music, and you fall for it hook, line and sinker....

ArmChairPundit1
ArmChairPundit1

@Letstalkturkey1 @TIME in Obama's case Impeachment for being incompetent. He demands his way or no way like a dictator.