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The Top Ten UK Hits of 2012

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by Katie Thompson (subscribe)
University of York Graduate, aspiring to be a journalist with dreams of one day publishing my own novel. Blog: Published work can be seen at and
Published December 31st 2012
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10) Olly Murs feat. Flo Rida Troublemaker
Essex cheeky chappy Olly Murs treated his lady fans to some hip-hop with this catchy homage to an unpredictable lover. The rap from Flo Rida probably could have stayed back in the Sunshine State, but nonetheless, this was as memorable an Olly Murs tune as any.

9) DJ Fresh feat. Rita Ora Hot Right Now
Rita Ora was probably feeling pretty Hot Right Now as she performed this upbeat track in a very questionable catsuit at T4 On The Beach. Nonetheless it rocketed her to stardom, achieving over 35million viewers on YouTube.

8) Nikki Minaj Starships
Known for her ample backside rather than her gift as a poet, Miss Minaj cracked the pop market with Starships, ensuring she was flying just as high in the charts back in February.

7) Gotye feat. Kimbra Somebody That I Used To Know
Belgian-Australian Gotye caused a storm in the UK pop charts and havoc for painters and decorators, as the video for this mellow lover's ballad featured a very colourful Gotye clad head to toe in Rainbox Dulux.

6) Bruno Mars Locked Out Of Heaven
Mr Mars tried breaking the new-wave genre with this catchy ditty, echoing past hits of Sting and boasting some saucy lyrics. Mars has since confessed that the inspiration for the song was none other than Bond girl Halle Berry.

5) Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe
Canadian singer Carly Rae stormed the charts with this unforgettable bubblegum pop hit. The Marmite song was so popular that it even riled Lady Gaga, who sent Jepsen a slightly threatening tweet relating to the track beating Born This Way in the charts. Ouch.

4) Fun We Are Young
Indie rock New Yorkers Fun channelled a bit of their inner The Who during their video to We Are Young back in April, smashing up the place with this teenage anthem. Let's just hope they didn't set the world on fire like they warned.

3) Robbie Williams Candy
With his first #1 in eight years since Radio, Robbie's latest contribution to the UK charts comes with the help of lyricist Gary Barlow. Perhaps its greatest asset however is the accompanying video, which sees our Robbie jump through a windscreen and set himself on fire completely unscathed.

2) Adele Skyfall
Globally renowned singing phenomenon Adele remained coy about her involvement on the latest James Bond theme and then, in true celebrity style, catapulted herself back into publicity by releasing the Bassey-inspired ballad at 0:07 hours. Classy.

1) Psy Gangnam Style
If Korean Psy isn't proof of Youtube being the most direct route to a #1 hit these days, I don't know what is. Love it or hate it, nobody can forget the cowboy-esque dance moves in its questionable billion plus viewers video be honest though, how many of you knew it was about a lady enjoying an espresso?

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