Looking back, the sound of 2012 has been a diverse concoction of nostalgia, pop revivals, folk music (helmed by Mumford & Sons) and, beating them all, some infectious South Korean beats.

Superstar power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z had a baby, Girls Aloud reformed and and One Direction sealed their world domination with another chart-topping album.

On the airwaves (dominated by Carly Rae Jepsen's catchy 'Call Me Maybe'), Chris Moyles bid farewell to Radio One and young whippersnapper Nick Grimshaw stepped into his shoes, ready to stir things up.

There was no Glastonbury this year, but just about filling the festival's void were the Isle Of Wight and Bestival, who secured huge headliners such as Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder respectively.

And there was no shortage of live music events. Thanks to the Queen celebrating 60 years on the throne and the epic London Olympics, some of the world's biggest stars descended on Great Britain to join in the celebrations.

Picking five standouts moments from 2012 is a pretty mean feat, but here's what we've whittled it down to - the musical goings on that got us talking throughout the year...

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  • Adele flips the finger at the Brit Awards

    In a year where no one bared their bottom at another performer, no buckets of water were thrown over VIP politicians and, sadly, the host was so polite as to be almost strait-jacketed in his repartee, all the controversy this year's Brits could muster was over an acceptance speech being cut short. Adele had just been presented with the biggest award of the night, for Best British Album, for her world-conquering '21', and had barely begun to make her emotional thank you speech - she was 12 seconds into it - when host James Corden cut her short with a "I'm sorry, I can't believe I have to do this..." and hustled her off the stage. Adele responded with a swift finger gesture, which she later apologised for, saying it was "for the suits, not her fans".

  • Gangnam Style spreads like wildfire

    This South Korean pop sensation swept the globe with his horsey dance moves and insanely catchy tune. From X Factor stars, Madonna, and Wolverine, to the prime minister - you name it, they've done it. Gangnam Style, that is. Psy now officially owns the most-watched video in the history of YouTube. It has passed Justin Bieber's 'Baby' and at the time of writing had almost one billion views on the internet channel.

  • The Stone Roses reunion

    After announcing their reunion in 2011, The Stone Roses kicked off their long-awaited summer of concerts in Warrington by performing their first gig in 16 years. The band put on a breathtaking show at Warrington Parr Hall, playing an 11-song set comprising mainly of tracks from their two fabled albums. Fans were overwhelmed and Ian Brown and his bandmates even left Noel Gallagher "speechless".

  • Jennifer Hudson's Whitney tribute

    Jennifer Hudson's Whitney Houston tribute at an event put on by Grammy organisers to honour the late singer was breathtaking. Houston embodied the look of her idol, rocking a pompadour and glittery jacket reminiscent of Houston's stage costumes from the 1980s, as she belted out a medley of Houston's hits. "She has been a huge part of my life musically," Hudson said. "She's just been like this outline, this blueprint for myself."

  • The Rolling Stones 50th anniversary

    To celebrate 50 years of rocking and rolling the Stones took performed five concerts, alongside some of their very famous friends, to mark the anniversary of their debut as an American-oriented blues band. Lady Gaga, Florence Welch, Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen all took to the stage with the band. The Stones showed no signs of wear and tear – except on their ageing, heavily lined faces – as frontman Mick Jagger swaggered and strutted through the two-and-a-half hour shows. However, some fans were left outraged at the sky-high ticket prices.