The top songs of 2012, according to Australian commercial radio

Adding weight to triple j’s position as tastemaker for commercial radio, the most played song on Australian airwaves in 2012 was The Black Keys’ ‘Lonely Boy’ while the most played local tune was Matt Corby’s ‘Brother’.

The two songs both appeared near the top of triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2011 – ‘Lonely Boy’ at number two and ‘Brother’ in third place. Despite topping the radio charts in Britain and the US, Gotye’s Hottest 100 topping ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ was just the 27th most played song on Australian radio in 2012. In 2011 the song was the 55th most played song on commercial radio and 60th most aired on triple j. It failed to make the list of triple j’s 100 most played songs for 2012.

The results back promoter Michael Chugg’s recent claims that “mainstream radio will not fucking play Australian music until they have to” and the list of Australian acts that did manage to rack up radio time in 2012 makes for depressing reading. Only Corby, Hilltop Hoods, 360, Havana Brown, and reality show stars Timomatic, Guy Sebastian, Justice Crew and Delta Goodrem, made the top 100 cut. Parachute Youth’s ‘Can’t Get Better Than This’ may have been the most played song on triple j last year, but the track didn’t even dint the list of the 100 most played songs on Australian commercial radio.

Although the Black Keys breakout hit topped the song list, the duo could only manage 12th place on the overall artist airplay list. Pop stars dominated the list of the most played acts of 2012 with Pink, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, David Guetta, and Katy Perry all played more than 40 000 times on Australian radio last year. Only three Australian acts – Guy Sebastian, Timomatic and INXS – managed to break into the list of the top 20 most played performers of 2012.

The Most Played Songs on Australian Radio in 2012:

1 The Black Keys – ‘Lonely Boy’ (16244 spins)

2 Ed Sheeran – ‘Lego House’ 15626 spins)

3 Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Call Me Maybe’ (14818 spins)

4 fun. Feat Janelle Monae – ‘We Are Young’ (14472 spins)

5 Matt Corby – ‘Brother’ (14041 spins)

6 Coldplay – ‘Paradise’ (13944 spins)

7 Train – ‘Drive By’ (13443 spins)

8 Maroon 5 – ‘One More Night’ (12717 spins)

9 Pink – ‘Blow Me (One Last Kiss)’ (12219 spins)

10 fun. – ‘Some Nights’ (12176 spins)

The lists were compiled by AirCheck from their monitoring of commercial radio on 54 commercial radio stations plus triple j and Sydney’s FBi. Check out the full list at AirCheck