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Death Cab for Cutie ushers in 2013 with Spotify's most viral song

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Musician Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie performs with Magik*Magik Orchestra at the Beacon Theatre on April 27, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
Mike Lawrie
Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie performs at the Beacon Theatre on April 27, 2012, in New York.

Music listeners were getting into the 2013 spirit last week, listening to songs that helped ring in the new year. Death Cab for Cutie's 2003 song, "The New Year," topped Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks in the U.S. from Monday, Dec. 31, to Sunday, Jan. 6. In the U.K., Abba's "Happy New Year" was the most viral song on Spotify in the same period.

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Dec. 31, to Sunday, Jan. 6, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.


1. Death Cab for Cutie, "The New Year" (Barsuk Records)

2. The Neighbourhood, "Sweater Weather" (the (r)evolve group)

3. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, "Thrift Shop" (Macklemore)

4. MIKA, "Popular Song" (Casablanca Music, LLC)

5. Tamar Braxton, "Love and War" (Streamline Records)

6. CHVRCHES, "The Mother We Share" (Create Control)

7. Various Artists, "I Dreamed a Dream" (Cameron Mackintosh Ltd)

8. Christina Aguilera, "Just a Fool" (RCA Records)

9. Alicia Keys, "Brand New Me" (RCA Records)

10. In This Moment, "Blood" (Century Media Records)


1. Abba, "Happy New Year" (Polar Music International AB)

2. Tom Odell, "Another Love" (ITNO/Columbia)

3. CHVRCHES, "The Mother We Share" (National Anthem)

4. 1 Fish Man, "One Pound Fish - Radio Mix" (Warner Bros.)

5. Lulu & The Lampshades, "Cups" (moshi moshi records)

6. Howard Shore, "Misty Mountains" (Watertower Music Under Exclusive License to Decca)

7. HAIM, "Don't Save Me" (Haim Productions Inc., Under exclusive license to Polydor Records)

8. James Zabiela, "The Healing" (Born Electric)

9. Ellie Goulding, "Figure 8 - Xilent Remix" (Polydor Ltd. (UK))

10. Metallica, "Nothing Else Matters" (Blackened Recordings)