The 2012 French Singles Chart

Newcomers ruled the French singles chart in 2012, as the best-selling song was “Ai Se Eu Te Pego” by Michel Teló (around 297,000 sales). The song reached the top spot for the first time in the week ending 22nd January and stayed there for nine non-consecutive weeks. “Ai Se Eu Te Pego” was in the top 10 for 17 weeks.

“Somebody That I Used To Know” is at two for Gotye featuring Kimbra, that song was number one for nine consecutive weeks in April and May and spent a total of 23 weeks in the top 10. Carly Rae Jepsen is at number three with “Call Me Maybe”. It spent a 2012-record of 11 weeks at the top from June to September and was in the top 10 for 26 weeks. Her “Good Time” (with Owl City) is at number 52 in 2012.

The last number one of 2012 is at number four, PSY‘s “Gangnam Style” was at the top for four weeks, two in October and two in December. It was in the top 10 for 14 weeks. Adele is at five with “Skyfall” which was number one for six weeks in November and December and spent 13 weeks in the top 10. In 2011, Adele had two songs in the top five, “Rolling In The Deep” at two (number 38 in 2012), and “Someone Like You” at four (number 15 in 2012).

“I Follow Rivers” only reached number four in March and April but is at six in 2012 for Lykke Li, the song spent 11 weeks in the top 10. Lana Del Rey is at seven with “Video Games” which was number two in March during its 16 weeks in the top 10. Her “Born To Die” is at number 97 for 2012. Shakira is at eight with “Je L’Aime A Mourir”, the song was number one for four weeks in January and stayed in the top 10 for 14 weeks (I don’t count the weeks in 2011).

There are three songs in the top 20 for Sexion D’Assaut, “Wati House” at 20, “Ma Direction” at 17, and “Avant Qu’Elle Parte” at 9. They all reached the top five. “Avant Qu’Elle Parte” was number three for nine (!) non-consecutive weeks and 16 weeks in the top 10. In 2011 Rihanna was number nine with “Man Down”, she is number ten with “Diamonds” in 2012. “Diamonds” spent 14 weeks in the top 10 and was at the top for three weeks in September and October. Rihanna‘s “Where Have You Been” is at number 23.

The other number one songs in 2012 are Tacabro at 13 with “Tacatà”, Gusttavo Lima with “Balada” at number 14, C2C‘s “Down The Road” at 16, “Bara Bará Bere Berê” at number 41 for Alex Ferrari, and Mylène Farmer with “A L’Ombre” at 95.

Some songs in French had a great success, “Le Sens De La Vie” is at number 21 for Tal, le Collectif Paris-Africa Pour l’UNICEF is at 32 with “Des Ricochets”, “Positif” at number 35 for Matt Houston featuring P-Square, Shy’m at 36 with “Et Alors !”.

Some artists have several songs in the top 50. Pitbull is at 19 with “Back In Time” and at number 42 with “International Love” (featuring Chris Brown). David Guetta and Sia (as a featured artist) have “Titanium” at number 27 and “She Wolf (Falling To Pieces)” at 31. “This Is Love” (featuring Eva Simons) is at number 33 for will.i.am who is also at number 47 with “Scream & Shout” (featuring Britney Spears).