The ‘Fresh’ 40 Countdown — 2012 Edition

No. 40: Gym Class Heroes - "Stereo Hearts"
No. 40: Gym Class Heroes - "Stereo Hearts"
(Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images)
No. 39: Andy Grammer - "Fine By Me"
No. 39: Andy Grammer - "Fine By Me"
(Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
No. 38: Adele - "Rolling the Deep"
No. 38: Adele - "Rolling the Deep"
(LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
No. 37: Bruno Mars - "It Will Rain"
No. 37: Bruno Mars - "It Will Rain"
(Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
No. 36: Matt Nathanson - "Run"
No. 36: Matt Nathanson - "Run"
(Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
No. 35: Christina Perri - "A Thousand Years"
No. 35: Christina Perri - "A Thousand Years"
(Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
No. 34: David Guetta, featuring Sia - "Titanium"
No. 34: David Guetta, featuring Sia - "Titanium"
(Photo credit by Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
No. 33: One Republic - "Feel Again"
No. 33: One Republic - "Feel Again"
(Photo by Tim Boyles/Getty Images)
No. 32: Andy Grammer - "Miss Me"
No. 32: Andy Grammer - "Miss Me"
(Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
No. 31: Of Monsters and Men - "Little Talks"
No. 31: Of Monsters and Men - "Little Talks"
No. 30: Taylor Swift - "We are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
No. 30: Taylor Swift - "We are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
(Photo by Kevin Kane/Getty Images)
No. 29: Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen - "Good Time"
No. 29: Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen - "Good Time"
(Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
No. 28: One Direction - "What Makes You Beautiful"
No. 28: One Direction - "What Makes You Beautiful"
(Photo by Kevin Kane/Getty Images)
No. 27: Karmin - "Broken Hearted"
No. 27: Karmin - "Broken Hearted"
(Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)
No. 26: Ed Sheeran - "The A Team" (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)
No. 25: Train - "50 Ways to Say Goodbye"
No. 25: Train - "50 Ways to Say Goodbye"
(Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
No. 24: Jason Mraz - "I Won't Give Up"
No. 24: Jason Mraz - "I Won't Give Up"
(Photo by Sonny Tumberlaka/AFP/Getty Images)
No. 23: Maroon 5 - "One More Night"
No. 23: Maroon 5 - "One More Night"
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Alex Clare (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Alex Clare
(Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Alex Clare (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
No. 21: Adele - "Rumour Has It"
No. 21: Adele - "Rumour Has It"
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
No. 20: Katy Perry - "Part of Me"
No. 20: Katy Perry - "Part of Me"
(Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
No. 19: Phillip Phillips - "Home"
No. 19: Phillip Phillips - "Home"
(Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
No. 18: Demi Lovato - "Give Your Heart a Break"
No. 18: Demi Lovato - "Give Your Heart a Break"
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
No. 17: Katy Perry - "Wide Awake"
No. 17: Katy Perry - "Wide Awake"
(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
No. 16: Rihanna, featuring Calvin Harris - "We Found Love"
No. 16: Rihanna, featuring Calvin Harris - "We Found Love"
(Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)
No. 15: Matchbox Twenty - "She's So Mean"
No. 15: Matchbox Twenty - "She's So Mean"
(Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
No. 14: Jessie J - "Domino"
No. 14: Jessie J - "Domino"
(Photo by Leon Neal/AFP/GettyImages)
No. 13: Katy Perry - "The One That Got Away"
No. 13: Katy Perry - "The One That Got Away"
(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
No. 12: Fun. - "Some Nights"
No. 12: Fun. - "Some Nights"
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
No. 11: Maroon 5, featuring Wiz Khalifa - "Payphone"
No. 11: Maroon 5, featuring Wiz Khalifa - "Payphone"
(Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
No. 10: Adele - "Set Fire to the Rain"
No. 10: Adele - "Set Fire to the Rain"
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
No. 9: Pink - "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
No. 8: The Wanted - "Glad You Came"
No. 8: The Wanted - "Glad You Came"
(Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
No. 7: Carly Rae Jepsen - "Call Me Maybe"
No. 7: Carly Rae Jepsen - "Call Me Maybe"
(Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
No. 6: Neon Trees - "Everybody Talks"
No. 6: Neon Trees - "Everybody Talks"
(Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)
No. 5: Fun, featuring Janelle Monae - "We Are Young"
No. 5: Fun, featuring Janelle Monae - "We Are Young"
(Photo by Christopher Berkey/AFP/Getty Images)
No. 4: Ellie Goulding - "Lights"
No. 4: Ellie Goulding - "Lights"
(Photo by Odd Anderson/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christopher Polk/KCA2011/Getty Images)
No. 3: Train - "Drive By"
(Photo by Christopher Polk/KCA2011/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christopher Polk/KCA2011/Getty Images)
No. 2: Gotye - "Somebody That I Used to Know"
No. 2: Gotye - "Somebody That I Used to Know"
(Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
No. 1: Kelly Clarkson - "Stronger"
No. 1: Kelly Clarkson - "Stronger"
(Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/GettyImages)
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