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Billboard lists 2012's songs that changed radio

Friday - 12/21/2012, 2:38pm  ET

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In this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 file photo, South Korean entertainer PSY, left, performs the song "Gangnam Style" during halftime of an NFL football game between the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks, in Toronto. Viral star PSY has reached a new milestone on YouTube. The South Korean rapper's video for "Gangnam Style" has reached 1 billion views, the first time any clip has surpassed that mark on the streaming service. PSY passed 1 billion Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, and was already approaching 400,000 more views by mid-morning. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette, File)
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Neal Augenstein, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - One of the most popular songs on radio in 2012 took a very different path to the top - one that didn't involve the support of a major record label.

In Billboard's "Ross on Radio: Songs That Made A Difference in 2012," PSY's "Gangnam Style" didn't become a radio hit until it had already registered tens of thousands of YouTube views.

On Friday, "Gangnam Style" got its billionth view.

"(It) may be the first song that exists on the radio entirely as a souvenir of the time spent enjoying it elsewhere," says Sean Ross, a Billboard reporter.

The complete Billboard list includes nine songs:

1. PSY, "Gangnam Style" 2. Ellie Goulding, "Lights" 3. Gotye, "Somebody That I Used to Know" 4. The Lumineers, "Ho Hey" 5. Ed Sheeran, "The A Team" 6. Kacey Musgraves, "Merry Go Round" 7. David Guetta & Usher, "Without You" 8. Ne-You, "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)" 9. Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha-T, 2 Chainz, "Mercy"

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