Newcomers ruled the airwaves in 2012

Carly Rae Jepsen performs onstage at the MTV EMA's 2012 at Festhalle Frankfurt on Nov. 11, 2012, in Frankfurt, Germany. Getty

Carly Rae Jepsen performs onstage at the MTV EMA's 2012 at Festhalle Frankfurt on Nov. 11, 2012, in Frankfurt, Germany.
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A Belgian-Australian singer-songwriter, a "Canadian Idol" finalist and an American indie group ruled the U.S. airwaves in 2012.

Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" and "We Are Young" by fun, featuring Janelle Monae, were the top three songs of 2012 on Billboard's year-end chart featuring the most-played songs on radio.

Before 2012, these acts were relatively unknown, but by mid-year, it was nearly impossible to escape the pop sensibility of Jepsen's catchy "Call Me Maybe," or Gotye's haunting and might we add, very relatable, "Somebody That I Used to Know." And these artists won't be going anywhere in 2013. Gotye, Jepsen and fun. will all be in the running for Grammy awards when the ceremony airs live from Los Angeles on CBS on Feb. 10.

Maroon 5's "Payphone" and Ellie Goulding's "Lights" came in at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Rounding out the Top 10 were The Wanted's "Glad You Came," Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill...)," "We Found Love" by Rihanna, featuring Calvin Harris, "Starships" by Nicki Minaj and One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful."

Billboard's year-end most popular songs were ranked by radio airplay audience impressions via Nielsen Soundscan, as well as streaming activity from various music sources.

A lot of the same faces popped up on Spotify's year-end list, too. Take a look at the most-played songs on the music site in 2012:

1.Gotye - "Somebody That I Used to Know"

2.fun. "We Are Young" - feat. Janelle Monae

3.Carly Rae Jepsen - "Call Me Maybe"

4.fun. - "Some Nights"

5.Maroon 5 - "Payphone"

6. One Direction - "What Makes You Beautiful"

7 Flo Rida - "Wild Ones" - feat. Sia

8 M83 - "Midnight City"

9. The Wanted - "Glad You Came"

10. Nicki Minaj - "Starships"

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