2012 was the year of Psy, and New Year’s Eve was no exception. According to a karaoke survey, more singers chose the South Korean singers hit song “Gangnam Style” over the traditional favorite “Auld Lang Syne” by Robert Burns.
The study, which was conducted in the UK, found that Psy’s hit song accounted for 23 percent of nearly 100,000 songs sung on Monday night. Song tabulations were collected by Karaoke firm Lucky Voice’s online service.
Other popular choices from the survey included Adele’s “Someone Like You” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”
According to Lucky Voice CEO Nick Thistleton:
“Auld Lang Syne has always, without fail, been the people’s choice to celebrate the start of the new year. Since we started recording the UK karaoke charts, no song has come close to taking the number one spot, yet since we added Gangnam Style to our catalogue of over 8,000 songs at the end of last year we have seen it quickly become an established karaoke favorite.”
The top 10 New Year’s Eve songs in the UK according to LuckyVoice.com included:
1. Gangnam Style, Psy (23%)
2. Auld Lang Syne, Robert Burns (4.5%)
3. Someone Like You, Adele (4.3%)
4. Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen (3.7%)
5. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, Taylor Swift (3.5%)
6. What Makes You Beautiful, One Direction (3%)
7. Last Christmas, Wham (2.6%)
8. Candy, Robbie Williams (2.3%)
9. Sweet Caroline, Neil Diamond (2%)
10. Troublemaker, Olly Murs (1.5%)
That’s the list for the UK. Did our US readers notice any other popular favorites during their own New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Here’s to hoping for a 2013 that is free of “Gangnam Style” pandemonium. As the saying goes, out with the old and in with the new.