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One Direction Head To Head With Obama In Facebook Popularity

For some, 2012 will forever be remembered as one of boy band resurgence.

Today, Facebook released its Year in Review and revealed the 20 biggest moments of 2012 on the social network. One Direction follow Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in public figure mentions. While athletes Tim Tebow, Eli and Peyton Manning and Jeremy Lin also make the list, Madonna and Phillip Phillips rounded out the music mentions.

The trends of 2012 continue with the most popular songs, films, memes and more. PSY’s Gangnam Style made it into the top 5 Memes.

In addition to tracking the most popular stories and people of the year, Facebook comprised the same data for their 1 billion users. Users can view 2012 summarized in the form of photos, friends added and pages liked.


1. “We Are Young” (feat. Janelle Monáe) – fun.

2. “Somebody That I Used to Know” – Gotye

3. “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen

4. “What Makes You Beautiful” – One Direction

5. “Payphone” – Maroon 5

6. “Mercy” – Kanye West

7. “Some Nights” – fun.

8. “Home” – Phillip Phillips

9. “Boyfriend” – Justin Bieber

10. “Take Care” (feat. Rihanna) – Drake


1. The Hunger Games

2. The Avengers

3. Magic Mike

4. The Vow

5. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

6. 21 Jump Street

7. The Dark Knight Rises

8. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

9. Skyfall

10. Prometheus


1. TBH (to be honest)

2. YOLO (you only live once)


4. One-word Comment

5. Gangnam Style

6. Cinnamon Challenge

7. Cray

8. SMH (shake my head)

9. Big Bird

10. Linsanity

-Annie Reuter, CBS Local

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