The tracks on this list should all look familiar, considering they all sat on the top of the list at one point or another. 2012 was an interesting year, where artists like Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and 2 Chainz, really took it home with their singles. While the proof is listed below, the top spot belonged to Common, whose “Stay Schemin” remix hit as the #1 most popular song of 2012 on HipHopDX. Sure it was a direct shot against Drake (which explains much of the popularity). However, in the midst of current charting artists showing up every week, it spoke volumes that a veteran like Common could formally take the win. Check out all of the singles below. Some are not a surprise at all, while others are something of a shock.

The Top 10 Most Popular Singles Of 2012

1. Common – Stay Schemin Rmx (Drake Diss)

2. Kanye West f. Jay-Z & Big Sean – Clique

3. Kanye West f. DJ Khaled & DJ Pharris – Cold [Prod. Hit-Boy]

4. 2 Chainz f. Drake – No Lie [Prod. Mike WiLL Made It]

5. Nas – The Don [Prod. Heavy D, Salaam Remi & Da Internz]

6. Kendrick Lamar f. Dr. Dre – The Recipe [Prod. Scoop DeVille]  

7. Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)

8. DJ Khaled f. Nas, Scarface & DJ Premier – Hip Hop

9. Rick Ross f. Dr. Dre & Jay-Z – 3 Kings

10. Pusha T & Kanye West f. Ghostface Killah – New God Flow