Top 40 most streamed tracks of 2012: Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and Sia lead the pack

Data from the Official Charts Company shows big differences in streaming and download charts for 2012

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Posted 5th January 2013 in News, Gotye | By Clickmusic News Desk
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The Official Charts Company has unveiled the top 40 'most streamed' tracks of 2012 with some big surprises.

Before we get into the surprising results, let's deal with the not-so-surprising top two: Gotye and Carly Rae Jepsen. 'Somebody That I Used to Know' and 'Call Me Maybe' were number one and two respectively, which means the two artists can claim both the most listened to and the most purchased singles of 2012.

The Official Charts Company reports that UK music fans streamed songs over 3.7 billion times during 2012. That's a 42% increase on 2011's estimate of 2.6 billion streams

It looks like British music fans are using streaming services to preview tracks and albums before purchasing. Many of the artists who rank high in streaming chart placed low in the end of year sales chart. M83's 'Midnight City', Lana Del Rey's 'Video Games' and Ed Sheeran's 'A Team' were all streamed heavily, but fans opted to buy the albums over individual singles.

You can see the full Official Streaming Chart of 2012 Top 40 below:

1. Somebody That I Used To Know: Gotye Ft Kimbra
2. Call Me Maybe: Carly Rae Jepsen
3. Titanium: David Guetta Ft Sia
4. We Are Young: Fun. Ft Janelle Monae
5. Starships: Nicki Minaj
6. We Found Love: Rihanna Ft Calvin Harris
7. Too Close: Alex Clare
8. Wild Ones: Flo Rida Ft Sia
9. Drive By: Train
10. Domino: Jessie J
11. Drunk: Ed Sheeran
12. Payphone: Maroon 5 Ft Wiz Khalifa
13. Lego House: Ed Sheeran
14. The A Team: Ed Sheeran
15. Levels: Avicii
16. Video Games: Lana Del Rey
17. N*ggas In Paris: Jay-Z & Kanye West
18. Whistle: Flo Rida
19. Feel The Love: Rudimental Ft John Newman
20. Paradise: Coldplay
21. Earthquake: Labrinth Ft Tinie Tempah
22. Princess Of China: Coldplay & Rihanna
23. Take Care: Drake Ft Rihanna
24. Gangnam Style: Psy
25. Born To Die: Lana Del Rey
26. Spectrum: Florence & The Machine
27. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together: Taylor Swift
28. Turn Me On: David Guetta Ft Nicki Minaj
29. Bangarang: Skrillex Ft Sirah
30. Hall Of Fame: The Script Ft Will I Am
31. Where Have You Been: Rihanna
32. Next To Me: Emeli Sande
33. Mama Do The Hump: Rizzle Kicks
34. Good Feeling: Flo Rida
35. Diamonds: Rihanna
36. Don't You Worry Child: Swedish House Mafia/Martin
37. Moves Like Jagger: Maroon 5 Ft Christina Aguilera
38. Midnight City: M83
39. 212: Azealia Banks Ft Lazy Jay
40. Shake It Out: Florence & The Machine