Gotye, Mumford & Sons Lead Spotify Streams in 2012

Rihanna, David Guetta and Coldplay also have strong showings

Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons and Gotye.
Rob Ball/WireImage; Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage
November 29, 2012 8:25 AM ET

Gotye and Mumford & Sons were among the most played artists on Spotify in 2012, along with David Guetta, Rihanna and Coldplay.

Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" was the most streamed song of 2012, edging out Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe"; while Guetta's Nothing But the Beat topped the list of most-streamed albums, beating Gotye's Making Mirrors and Drake's Take Care.

Nine Ways Musicians Actually Make Money Today

It was a good year for Guetta, who slipped past Flo Rida and Eminem to head Spotify's ranking of the most-streamed male artists. Rihanna topped the women's list, besting Nicki Minaj and Adele; while Coldplay was the most-streamed band. 

Mumford & Sons' Babel garnered the most streams for a newly released album in 2012, racking up more than 8 million in a single week. And English boy band One Direction surpassed 100 million streams.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories


The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

More Song Stories entries »