The World’s Most-Tagged Songs by Shazam in 2012

Shazam is that cool smart phone app that “listens” to a song you don’t know and identifies it for you. I’m always using it, especially when it comes to songs used in TV shows and commercials.  It’s a magical thing.

It’s also pretty magical for artists, managers, record labels and music publishers.  The data collected from Shazamers can be used for a million things, from gauging public reaction to measuring the success of a marketing campaign and beyong.

So what was the most-Shazamed song of 2012? Check out the chart below (click on it to be taken to the full PDF).  Then read what Hypebot says about all this Big Data.

Click to see a much more readable version.


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One thought on “The World’s Most-Tagged Songs by Shazam in 2012

  • I find this a little puzzling… these are the biggest pop hits of the year, with constant airplay. Did people need Shazam to find the name of the song/artist?


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