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2012. It was a year in which music happened.

Some of you enjoyed some bits of it, others of you enjoyed other bits of it. Some of you enjoyed some of some of it and some of the other bits of it and some other bits on top of those. Some of you enjoyed very little.

Anyway we asked you what you thought of it all and here is what you told us.


BEST SINGLE
1. Taylor Swift – ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’
2. Girls Aloud – ‘Something New’
3. Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Call Me Maybe’
4. Kelly Clarkson – ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’
5. Marina & The Diamonds – ‘Primadonna’
6. Solange – ‘Losing You’
7. Jessie Ware – ‘Wildest Moments’
8. Little Mix – ‘DNA’
9. Cheryl – ‘Call My Name’
10. Christina Aguilera – ‘Your Body’
Popjustice notes: No indie record on earth is much cooler than Taylor’s.
WORST SINGLE
1. Madonna – ‘Give Me All Your Luvin”
2. Flo Rida – ‘Whistle’
3. One Direction – ‘Little Things’
4. Chris Brown – ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’
5. Psy – ‘Gangnam Style’
6. Girls Aloud – ‘Beautiful ‘Cos You Love Me’
7. Sam & The Womp – ‘Bom Bom’
8. Christina Aguilera – ‘Your Body’
9. Tulisa – ‘Live It Up’
10. will.i.am feat Britney Spears – ‘Scream & Shout’
Popjustice notes: Flo Rida’s ‘Whistle’ is actually about putting his cock in your mouth. He has employed what is known in the trade as ‘a shit metaphor’.
BEST ALBUM
1. Lana Del Rey – ‘Born To Die’
2. Ellie Goulding – ‘Halcyon’
3. Marina & The Diamonds – ‘Electra Heart’
4. Jessie Ware – ‘Devotion’
5. Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Kiss’
6. Dragonette – ‘Bodyparts’
7. Taylor Swift – ‘Red’
8. Madonna – ‘MDNA’
9. Rihanna – ‘Unapologetic’
10. Saint Etienne – ‘Words & Music’
Popjustice notes: Lana’s album is indeed very good. Well done, democracy.
WORST ALBUM
1. Tulisa – ‘The Female Boss’
2. Christina Aguilera – ‘Lotus’
3. Rihanna – ‘Unapologetic’
4. Chris Brown – ‘Fortune’
5. Madonna – ‘MDNA’
6. One Direction – ‘Take Me Home’
7. Cheryl Cole – ‘A Million Lights’
8. Rita Ora – ‘ORA’
9. Jake Bugg – ‘Jake Bugg’
10. Nicki Minaj – ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’
Popjustice notes: This is very unfair on Tulisa, you are probably just jealous or some sort of hater.
MOST ABSURD USE OF MAJOR LABEL CASH
1. Rihanna’s 777 Tour
2. Tulisa’s album / Tulisa’s videos
3. Leona Lewis
4. Rita Ora
5. Various things involving Pitbull
6. ‘MDNA’ album campaign
7. Chris Brown, various facets of
8. Stooshe / Stooshe’s cancelled album / ‘Waterfalls’
9. Nelly Furtado’s album campaign
10. Kreayshawn
Popjustice notes: The 777 Tour won this by such an incredible landslide that we nearly didn’t bother compiling a Top 10.
MAJOR ARTIST WITH DISAPPOINTING MUSIC MOST AT ODDS WITH ABILITY TO DEMAND BETTER
1. Madonna
2. One Direction
3. Rihanna
4. Cheryl Cole
5. Christina Aguilera
6. Leona Lewis
7. Nicki Minaj
8. Alexandra Burke
9. Tulisa
10. Justin Bieber
Popjustice notes: A solid list, though we’d say Alexandra Burke can pretty much demand exactly what she ended up releasing.
LEAST INSPIRING SO-CALLED ‘MOTIVATIONAL’ POP SONG
1. One Direction – ‘Little Things’
2. The Script – ‘Hall Of Fame’
3. Girls Aloud – ‘Beautiful ‘Cause You Love Me’
4. Little Mix – ‘Wings’
5. Ne-Yo – ‘Let Me Love You’
6. Rita Ora – ‘Shine Ya Light’
7. Rihanna – ‘Diamonds’
8. Pet Shop Boys – ‘Winner’
9. Kelly Clarkson – ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’
10. Tulisa – ‘Young’
Popjustice notes: All of you who voted in this category are no better than horrid bullies.
BEST COMEBACK
1. Girls Aloud
2. Taylor Swift
3. Marina & The Diamonds
4. Pink
5. No Doubt
6. Solange
7. Garbage
8. Robbie Williams
9. Fiona Apple
10. Madonna
Popjustice notes: Girls Aloud won this the minute they came out of a meeting having decided to wear dresses inspired by Nicola’s hair.
WORST ATTEMPT AT A SOLO CAREER
1. Tulisa
2. Dappy
3. Robbie Williams
4. Nicole Scherzinger
5. Gary Barlow
6. Cheryl Cole
7. will.i.am
8. Fazer
9. Tina Barrett
10. Amelle Berrabah.
Popjustice notes: Again, you’re being very cruel to The Female Boss. Perhaps you need to spend more time in relevant places like Camden?
BEST NEW ACT TO PROPERLY GET GOING IN 2012
1. Lana Del Rey
2. Little Mix
3. Carly Rae Jepsen
4. Jessie Ware
5. Azealia Banks
6. Amelia Lily
7. Rita Ora
8. Frank Ocean
9. Misha B
10. Stooshe
Popjustice notes: Not many votes, sadly, for Jake Bugg – a true talent who will hopefully be the hero who brings real music (with guitars in etc etc) back in 2013!!
MOST RIDICULOUS RECORDING ARTIST
1. Pitbull
2. Chris Brown
3. Tulisa
4. Psy
5. Rita Ora
6. Olly Murs
7. Ke$ha
8. Dappy
9. Christina Aguilera
10. Ed Sheeran
Popjustice notes: Have you ever seen Pitbull live in concert? We saw him live THREE TIMES this year and on each occasion we could barely believe what we were seeing. (The Men In Black III song was quite good though right?) (GUYS??)
BEST RADIO STATION
1. Radio 1
2. Capital
3. Kiss FM
4. Magic
5. The Hits
6. Gaydar
7. Heat
8. Radio 2
9. Heart
10. Triple J
Popjustice notes: Radio 1′s achievement is all the more impressive when you consider that it spent the duration of 2012 persisting with a show hosted by Vernon Kay.

BEST DJ (ON THE RADIO)
1. Scott Mills
2. Nick Grimshaw
3. Sara Cox
4. Annie Mac
5. Fearne Cotton
6. Chris Moyles
7. Greg James
8. Dave Berry
9. Clara Amfo
10. James Barr
Popjustice notes: It’s nice to see Scott ‘getting his props’ here but the real question is how Dave Berry – possible the United Kingdom’s worst broadcaster – ended up on the list. Please vote more wisely in the 2013 poll.
BEST DJ (IN A NITESPOT)
1. Calvin Harris
2. Deadmau5
3. Zedd
4. Avicii
5. Swedish House Mafia
6. Madeon
7. DJ Fresh
8. Knife Party
9. Jaguar Skills
10. Diplo
Popjustice notes: There was some confusion when it came to the ‘Best DJ’ category so we’ve put the votes from those of you who got it wrong into their own Top 10.
BEST TV SHOW WITH MUSIC AS SOME SORT OF CENTRAL FOCUS
1. The X Factor
2. Glee
3. Smash
4. Later… With Jools Holland
5. Strictly Come Dancing
6. The Voice
7. Never Mind The Buzzcocks
8. Songs Of Praise
9. Eurovision
10. Made In Chelsea
Popjustice notes: Made In Chelsea doesn’t quite count but the music featured in the show has, yet again, been of a very high standard in 2012.
BEST COVER VERSION
1. Paloma Faith – ‘Never Tear Us Apart’
2. Marina & The Diamonds – ‘Boyfriend’
3. Lana Del Rey – ‘Blue Velvet’
4. Patrick Wolf – ‘Born To Die’
5. Little Mix – ‘We Are Young’
6. Sia – ‘Diamonds’
7. Stooshe – ‘Waterfalls’
8. Ellie Goulding – ‘Hanging On’
9. Mel C & Emma Bunton – ‘I Know Him So Well’
10. Gabrielle Aplin – ‘The Power Of Love’
Popjustice notes: Let’s just pause to consider the fact that Stooshe’s version of ‘Waterfalls’ is on this list. :(
MOST POINTLESS MIXTAPE
1. Misha B
2. “All of them”
3. Azealia Banks
4. Charli XCX
5. Little Boots
6. Lil Wayne
7. JoJo
8. Iggy Azalea
9. Rick Ross
10. Melody Thornton
Popjustice notes: Hey but they’re great for creating some ‘blog buzz’ right???
NEWISH ACT MOST LIKELY TO SAVE POP IN 2013
1. Mutya Keisha Siobhan
2. A*M*E
3. Madeon
4. AlunaGeorge
5. Azealia Banks
6. Chvrches
7. Little Nikki.
8. Nikki Williams
9. Rylan
10. M.O
Popjustice notes: Are MKS are newish act? Let’s just say for the sake of argument that they are.
ESTABLISHED ACT MOST LIKELY TO SAVE POP IN 2013
1. Lady Gaga
2. Beyoncé
3. Robyn
4. Lily Allen
5. Sia
6. Hurts
7. Cher Lloyd
8. Goldfrapp
9. Katy Perry
10. Kylie (Minogue)
Popjustice notes: The Lady Gaga album needs to be pretty good doesn’t it. VERY PRETTY GOOD.
MOST PATHETIC SONG TO REFERENCE ‘THE CLUB’
1. will.i.am feat Britney Spears – ‘Scream & Shout’
2. Nicki Minaj – ‘Pound The Alarm’
3. Chris Brown – ‘Turn Up The Music’
4. Pitbull – ‘Don’t Stop The Party’
5. Madonna – ‘Girl Gone Wild’
6. Conor Maynard – ‘Vegas Girl’
7. Tulisa – ‘Live It Up’
8. Cher – ‘Woman’s World’
9. Flo Rida feat Sia – ‘Wild Ones’
10. Justin Bieber feat Nicki Minaj – ‘Beauty And A Beat’
Popjustice notes: Another landslide. Congratulations, will and Britney!
BEST COLLABORATION
1. Calvin + Florence
2. David + Sia
3. Rita + Tinie
4. Carly + Owl
5. Labrinth + Emeli
6. Coldplay + Rihanna
7. Icona Pop + Charli
8. Elton + Pnau
9. Calvin + Example
10. Aloud + Xenomania
Popjustice notes: We suppose Calvin and Florence had twice the chances what with doing two songs together but both were good, so no harm done.
LEAST CONTROVERSIAL POPSTAR
1. Leona ‘Hellraiser’ Lewis
2. Ellie ‘Bigmouth’ Goulding
3. Emeli ‘The Bastard’ Sandé
4. Ed ‘Five Times A Night’ Sheeran
5. Beyoncé ‘Fury’ Knowles
6. Jessie ‘Bar Brawl’ Ware
7. Kylie ‘The Hulk’ Minogue
8. Carly ‘Rage’ Jepsen
9. Olly ‘Bloodbath’ Murs
10. Taylor ‘Impolite’ Swift
Popjustice notes: Imagine a dinner party with this lot. Actually it would probably be quite funny but you get the idea.
BEST USE OF TWITTER BY POPSTAR OR POP-RELATED PERSON OR ENTITY
1. Marina & The Diamonds
2. Cher
3. Kylie (Minogue)
4. Professor Green
5. Susan Boyle
6. Example
7. Rihanna
8. Nicki Minaj
9. Calvin Harris
10. Zayn Malik
Popjustice notes: Marina can be quite funny when she puts her mind to it.
BEST VIDEO
1. Lana Del Rey – ‘Ride’
2. MIA – ‘Bad Girls’
3. Psy – ‘Gangnam Style’
4. Robbie Williams – ‘Candy’
5. Lana Del Rey – ‘National Anthem’
6. Pink – ‘Try’
7. Girls Aloud – ‘Something New’
8. Katy Perry – ‘Part Of Me’
9. Christina Aguilera – ‘Your Body’
10. Ellie Goulding – ‘Anything Could Happen’
Popjustice notes: The ‘Ride’ video was long without being bloated, and amazing throughout.
SHODDIEST VIDEO
1. Nicki Minaj – ‘Starships’
2. Madonna – ‘Turn Up The Radio’
3. Ke$ha – ‘Die Young’
4. Alexandra Burke – ‘Elephant’
5. Girls Aloud – ‘Something New’
6. One Direction – ‘Little Things’
7. Christina Aguilera – ‘Your Body’
8. Pixie Lott – ‘Kiss The Stars’
9. Nicki Minaj – ‘Va Va Voom’
10. Tulisa – ‘Young’
Popjustice notes: We waited for months. It turned out to be utter shit. :(
POPSTAR WITH WHOM YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO MAKE LOVE
1. Marina & The Diamonds
2. Olly Murs
3. Rihanna
4. Zayn Malik
5. Harry Styles
6. Cheryl Cole
7. Lana Del Rey
8. Beyoncé
9. Robbie Williams
10. Frank Ocean
Popjustice notes: This lot certainly aren’t getting any uglier.
MOST DELUDED ARTIST
1. Tulisa
2. Rihanna
3. Christina Aguilera
4. Jessie J
5. Justin Bieber
6. Lady Gaga
7. Madonna
8. Example
9. Nicki Minaj
10. Pitbull
Popjustice notes: Okay now this is getting beyond a joke, don’t you know she’s keeping it real?
ACT WE SHOULD SEND TO EUROVISION IN 2013
1. Rylan
2. Marina & The Diamonds
3. Girls Aloud
4. Alexandra Burke
5. One Direction
6. Paloma Faith
7. Jessie J
8. Tulisa
9. The Saturdays
10. Steps
Popjustice notes: Ultimately all any of us wants is to see Rylan have a full on Rylan Nervo in front of pop’s biggest audience. Make it happen, BBC. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
ACT WITH MOST ANNOYING ONLINE FANBASE
1. Justin Bieber
2. One Direction
3. Lady Gaga
4. Rihanna
5. The Wanted
6. Madonna
7. Chris Brown
8. Christina Aguilera
9. Conor Maynard
10. Union J
Popjustice notes: A poor result here for Adam Lambert’s ‘lively’ fanbase. Try harder next year, ‘Glamberts’.
WORST LINE IN ONE DIRECTION’S ‘LITTLE THINGS’
1. “You can’t go to bed without a cup of tea”
2. “The dimples in your back at the bottom of your spine”
3. “You still have to squeeze into your jeans”
4. “You’ve never loved your stomach or your thighs”
5. “I know you’ve never loved the sound of your voice on tape”
6. “I’m joining up the dots with the freckles on your cheeks”
7. “I won’t let these little things slip out of my mouth”
8. “You never want to know how much you weigh”
9. “Though it makes no sense to me”
10. “You’ll never treat yourself right darling”
Popjustice notes: What a song.
GROUP MOST LIKELY TO SPLIT IN 2013
1. Girls Aloud
2. JLS
3. Mutya Keisha Siobhan
4. McFly
5. The Wanted
6. Sugababes
7. The Saturdays
8. Stooshe
9. District 3
10. Lawson
Popjustice notes: In many ways Girls Aloud should SPLIT IN SHAME after the whole ‘Beautiful ‘Cause You Love Me’ ‘debacle’.
LIVE ACT WHO COMES CLOSEST TO JUSTIFYING ABSURD TICKET PRICE
1. Lady Gaga
2. Kylie (Minogue)
3. Madonna
4. Robbie Williams
5. Kelly Clarkson
6. Beyoncé
7. Coldplay
8. Pink
9. Rihanna
10. Shania Twain
Popjustice notes: It can’t be overstated that Lady Gaga built A MASSIVE CASTLE for her pop concerts in 2012. You cannot argue with that. Wel you could but as someone once said, you’d be wrong.
LEAST SURPRISING SUCCESS STORY
1. Emeli Sandé
2. Rita Ora
3. Conor Maynard
4. Lana Del Rey
5. Jessie Ware
6. Little Mix
7. One Direction
8. Taylor Swift
9. Ed Sheeran
10. Carly Rae Jepsen
Popjustice notes: The foregone conclusion nature of success in 2012 was one of the reasons it’s been so hard to engage with Rita Ora and Conor Maynard. Where’s the narrative? Where – as they say in the world of the game show – is the jeopardy?
HAD IT, LOST IT IN 2012
1. Madonna
2. Nicki Minaj
3. Rihanna
4. The Wanted
5. The X Factor
6. Lady Gaga
7. Tulisa
8. Stooshe
9. Leona Lewis
10. Nelly Furtado
Popjustice notes: This is very harsh on Madonna, she sang a bit of a Lady Gaga song didn’t she which was ‘hilarious’.
DIDn’T HAVE IT, FOUND IT IN 2012
1. Taylor Swift
2. Olly Murs
3. Sia
4. Nicole Scherzinger
5. Justin Bieber
6. Solange
7. Ellie Goulding
8. Aiden Grimshaw
9. Amelia Lily
10. Paloma Faith
Popjustice notes: Olly Murs nearly won this.
BEST X FACTOR FINALIST
1. Jade Ellis
2. Ella Henderson
3. James Arthur
4. Christopher Maloney
5. Rylan
6. MK1
7. Union J
8. Melanie Masson
9. District 3
10. Carolynne Poole
Popjustice notes: We hope Jade will be a proper popstar in 2013. How’s she going to afford a tent and go camping in her back garden without a record deal? Actually tents are quite cheap these days but that’s not the point.
WORST X FACTOR FINALIST
1. Kye Sones
2. Christopher Maloney
3. MK1
4. Lucy Spraggan
5. Jahmene
6. District 3
7. Rylan
8. James Arthur
9. Union J
10. Melanie Masson
Popjustice notes: The chimney sweep who just so happened to have two major label record deals on his CV looked too desperate to ever win this show. Even more desperate than Christopher Maloney. That’s pretty desperate.
AND FINALLY: UTTER BELLEND OF THE YEAR
1. Chris Brown
2. Rihanna
3. Dappy
4. Ed Sheeran
5. Tulisa
6. Justin Bieber
7. Jake Bugg
8. Gary Barlow
9. Olly Murs
10. Jessie J
Popjustice notes: Good to see the couple we may as well refer to throughout 2013 as The Two Idiots doing well in this category.
And there we have it for another year.Do you know the best thing about all this? The best thing about the great pop and the awful pop and the heroes and fools that made it in 2012? There’ll be loads more of all of it in 2013.

HOW EXCITING.