We know what you’re thinking, “How can Carly Rae Jepsen‘s ‘Call Me Maybe’ count as the Song Of The Summer when it’s already been out for forever?” Yes, it does feel like “CMM” has been “in our way” for quite some time now. And whether you were one of the first to hop aboard the Jepsen bandwagon or one of the last, you know just how addictive the Billboard cover girl‘s song is. Just when you think you’ve finally exhausted this sweet, sweet earworm, somehow you find the power to listen to it just. one. more. time.
Each day this week, we’re going to make the case for five current or soon-to-be Hot 100 chart-toppers and then leave it up to you to crown 2012′s Song of the Summer. Yesterday we brought you Justin Bieber‘s “All Around The World”; now jump below for our plea for “Call Me Maybe”.
Co-written by Carly, her bandmate Tavish Crowe and Josh Ramsay, lead singer of Marianas Trench, “Call Me Maybe” appeared as the lead single for the September 2011 EP of Curiosity. (If you can believe it, the tune was initially intended to be a folk song.) Writing a hit wasn’t beginner’s luck; Carly already had her 2008 album Tug Of War under her belt, and the 26-year-old was recently signed to Schoolboy Records, the label started by Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun. CRJ explains:
I felt like the timing couldn’t have been better — right when I’d come to this peak of honing it in and having all of the experiments that succeeded and failed. It was nice to feel confident in what I was doing and feel like I really liked it. And to have someone like Justin, and of course Scooter [Braun], come along and say, “What you’re doing, we don’t want you to change it, we just want to share it in a bigger way,” it was just really cool.
We wonder if Justin, Selena Gomez and friends knew that their homemade lip dub video to the Canadian pixie’s little ditty would transform it an Internet-wide sensation that eventually spread to television and radio. Not that JB and Sel can take all the credit. The upbeat teen crush anthem taps into something universal. Just ask the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders, former Heads Of State and mega pop stars (including Katy Perry) who have given the song their own personal tribute.
Perhaps it’s just too easy to call it for Carly. She’s been riding high on the Billboard charts for 17 weeks, going to #1 on the Hot 100 for two weeks — something the four other summer songs in the running have yet to achieve.