17/12/2012 11:59 GMT | Updated 18/12/2012 07:14 GMT

5 Wow Moments In Music 2012: Adele, The Stone Roses, Jennifer Hudson, Rolling Stones And Gangnam Style (VIDEOS)

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...

5 Wow Music Moments Of 2012