Rap Genius Presents: The 147 Most Popular Tracks of 2012

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Wassup fam!

As you know, we’ve done the RG community’s choice of top 100 rap songs of 2012 and the 12 top verified explanations of 2012 and our expectations for 2013. Here’s the most popular 147 songs of 2012 (based on unique pageviews):

Peep the Spotify playlist here!
(Bolded songs have verified explanations)

147 “We All Try” — Frank Ocean
146 “I Am Your Leader” — Nicki Minaj ft. Cam'ron & Rick Ross
145 “Guap” — Big Sean
144 “Take It To The Head” — DJ Khaled ft. Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, & Rick Ross
143 “3 Kings” — Rick Ross ft. Dr. Dre & Jay-Z
142 “Ma direction” — Sexion d'assaut
141 “The Ride” — Drake ft. The Weeknd
140 “Bag Of Money” — Rick Ross ft. Meek Mill, T-Pain, & Wale
139 “You See Me” — Childish Gambino
138 “Same Love” — Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert
137 “Liquorice” — Azealia Banks
136 “Next” — The Weeknd
135 “Starships” — Nicki Minaj
134 “Lamborghini Angels” — Lupe Fiasco
133 “Ill Mind Of Hopsin 4” — Hopsin
132 “The City” — Game ft. Kendrick Lamar
131 “The Motto (Remix)” — Drake ft. Lil Wayne & Tyga
130 “To The World” — Kanye West ft. R. Kelly & Teyana Taylor
129 “Wassup” — A$AP Rocky
128 “Around My Way” — Lupe Fiasco
127 “Sabotage” — Wale ft. Lloyd
126 “UP! (Beat the P*ssy UP)” — LoveRance ft. Iamsu & Skipper
125 “Purple Swag” — A$AP Rocky
124 “Club Paradise” — Drake
123 “6 Foot 7 Foot” — Lil Wayne ft. Cory Gunz
122 “Sandwitches” — Tyler the Creator ft. Hodgy Beats
121 “Rigamortus” — Kendrick Lamar
120 “I Do” — Young Jeezy ft. Andre 3000 & Jay-Z
119 “Who Gon Stop Me” — Kanye West & Jay-Z
118 “Orange Juice” — EarlWolf
117 “The Morning” — The Weeknd
116 “Sweet Life” — Frank Ocean
115 “The Morning” — Pusha T ft. 2 Chainz, Common, Cyhi Da Prince, D'Banj, Kid Cudi, & Raekwon
114 “The One” — Kanye West ft. 2 Chainz, Big Sean, & Marsha Ambrosius
113 “Initiation” — The Weeknd
112 “Buried Alive (Interlude)” — Drake ft. Kendrick Lamar
111 “Power Circle” — Rick Ross ft. Gunplay, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, Stalley, & Wale
110 “Bandz A Make Her Dance (Remix)” — Juicy J ft. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
109 “Work Out” — J. Cole
108 “Loud” — Mac Miller
107 “Cartoon & Cereal” — Kendrick Lamar ft. Gunplay
106 “My Life” — 50 Cent ft. Adam Levine & Eminem
105 “Bastard” — Tyler the Creator
104 “The Art of Peer Pressure” — Kendrick Lamar
103 “Marvin’s Room” — Drake
102 “Good Ones Go (Interlude)” — Drake
101 “Love Game” — Tyga
100 “Earl” — Earl Sweatshirt
99 “Ambition” — Wale ft. Meek Mill & Rick Ross
98 “Faded” — Tyga ft. Lil Wayne
97 “Rolling Stone” — The Weeknd
96 “Practice” — Drake
95 “No Worries” — Lil Wayne ft. Detail
94 “Payphone” — Maroon 5 ft. Wiz Khalifa
93 “Angels” — The xx
92 “Celebration” — Game ft. Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Tyga, & Wiz Khalifa
91 “Tron Cat” — Tyler the Creator
90 “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst” — Kendrick Lamar
89 “Exodus 23:1” — Pusha T ft. The Dream
88 “HiiiPower” — Kendrick Lamar
87 “Martians vs. Goblins” — Game ft. Lil Wayne & Tyler the Creator
86 “Brand New Guy” — A$AP Rocky ft. Schoolboy Q
85 “Bitch Bad” — Lupe Fiasco
84 “Lord Knows” — Drake ft. Rick Ross
83 “She Will” — Lil Wayne ft. Drake
82 “Headlines” — Drake
81 “Burn” — Meek Mill ft. Big Sean
80 “Wicked Games” — The Weeknd
79 “Lost” — Frank Ocean
78 “My Homies Still” — Lil Wayne ft. Big Sean
77 “Rack City” — Tyga
76 “Montreal” — The Weeknd
75 “Cashin Out” — Cash Out
74 “The Zone” — The Weeknd ft. Drake
73 “We’ll Be Fine” — Drake ft. Birdman
72 “Cameras” — Drake
71 “Glory” — Jay-Z ft. Blue Ivy Carter
70 “Blunt Blowin'” — Lil Wayne
69 “Swim Good” — Frank Ocean
68 “Just What I Am” — Kid Cudi ft. King Chip
67 “A.D.H.D” — Kendrick Lamar
66 “Hands on the Wheel” — Schoolboy Q ft. A$AP Rocky
65 “Novacane” — Frank Ocean
64 “The Recipe” — Kendrick Lamar ft. Dr. Dre
63 “Take Care” — Drake ft. Rihanna
62 “All Gold Everything” — Trinidad James
61 “I’m Different” — 2 Chainz
60 “Freaks and Geeks” — Childish Gambino
59 “Remember You” — Wiz Khalifa ft. The Weeknd
58 “Gucci Gucci” — Kreayshawn
57 “Forrest Gump” — Frank Ocean
56 “Backseat Freestyle” — Kendrick Lamar
55 “M.A.A.d City” — Kendrick Lamar ft. MC Eiht
54 “Underground Kings” — Drake
53 “Rella” — Odd Future (Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats, & Tyler the Creator)
52 “Bonfire” — Childish Gambino
51 “I Don’t Like” — Chief Keef ft. Lil Reese
50 “Look What You’ve Done” — Drake
49 “Thrift Shop” — Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz
48 “Super Rich Kids” — Frank Ocean ft. Earl Sweatshirt
47 “Gotta Have It” — Kanye West & Jay-Z
46 “Nobody’s Perfect” — J. Cole ft. Missy Elliott
45 “Lotus Flower Bomb” — Wale ft. Miguel
44 “Peso” — A$AP Rocky
43 “Hate Sleeping Alone” — Drake
42 “The Real Her” — Drake ft. Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne
41 “Bad Religion” — Frank Ocean
40 “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” — Kendrick Lamar
39 “Cold” — Kanye West ft. DJ Khaled
38 “Doing It Wrong” — Drake ft. Stevie Wonder
37 “Goldie” — A$AP Rocky
36 “New God Flow” — Kanye West ft. Ghostface Killah & Pusha T
35 “Amen” — Meek Mill ft. Drake & Jeremih
34 “Dance (Ass) (Remix)” — Big Sean ft. Nicki Minaj
33 “Ill Mind of Hopsin 5” — Hopsin
32 “Shot for Me” — Drake
31 “Money Trees” — Kendrick Lamar ft. Jay Rock
30 “Over My Dead Body” — Drake ft. Chantal Kreviazuk
29 “Heartbeat” — Childish Gambino
28 “Climax” — Usher
27 “Crew Love” — Drake ft. The Weeknd
26 “Pink Matter” — Frank Ocean ft. Andre 3000
25 “Pyramids” — Frank Ocean
24 “Poetic Justice” — Kendrick Lamar ft. Drake
23 “Yonkers” — Tyler the Creator
22 “Diced Pineapples” — Rick Ross ft. Drake & Wale
21 “Love Sosa” — Chief Keef
20 “One More Night” — Maroon 5
19 “Oldie” — Odd Future (Domo Genesis, Earl Sweatshirt, Frank Ocean, Hodgy Beats, Jasper Dolphin, Left Brain, Mike G, Taco, & Tyler the Creator)
18 “Stay Schemin'” — Rick Ross ft. Drake & French Montana
17 “Pop That” — French Montana ft. Drake, Lil Wayne, & Rick Ross
16 “Birthday Song” — 2 Chainz ft. Kanye West
15 “I Don’t Like” — Kanye West ft. Big Sean, Chief Keef, Jadakiss, & Pusha T
14 “No Church in the Wild” — Kanye West & Jay-Z ft. Frank Ocean
13 “As Long As You Love Me” — Justin Bieber ft. Big Sean
12 “Drank In My Cup” — Kirko Bangz
11 “HYFR” — Drake ft. Lil Wayne
10 “Fuckin' Problems” — A$AP Rocky ft. 2 Chainz, Drake, & Kendrick Lamar
9 “Beez In The Trap” — Nicki Minaj ft. 2 Chainz
8 “Swimming Pools (Drank)” — Kendrick Lamar
7 “Thinking Bout You” — Frank Ocean
6 “No Lie” — 2 Chainz ft. Drake
5 “Clique” — Kanye West ft. Big Sean & Jay-Z
4 “The Motto” — Drake ft. Lil Wayne
3 “Niggas in Paris” — Kanye West & Jay-Z
2 “212” — Azealia Banks
1 “Mercy” — Kanye West ft. 2 Chainz, Big Sean, & Pusha T

What a list. A total of 87 different artists made the list this year (18 of which have verified accounts!). Drake seems to be pretty popular with a total of 31 appearances! Next was Kendrick with 17, Wayne with 15, Frank Ocean and Kanye West tied with 12, and Rick Ross and The Weeknd tied with 10. Other popular artists included 2 Chainz (9), Big Sean (9), Jay-Z (8), Tyler the Creator (8), A$AP Rocky (7), and Wale (6).

2012 is officially over! We made so many big moves and couldn’t have done it without all of y'all help. All the love and support is greatly, greatly appreciated and we’re going to continue to change the world one explanation at a time…so here’s to 2013 being an even bigger year for RG, with more TV appearances, classroom takeovers, and verified accounts…we’re comin' for you Kanye!

Peace and love from the RG Team