Every summer, there is one song that's insidious. (How many times did you unconsciously hum along toLMFAO's"Party Rock Anthem" last summer?)
But if this year's seasonal favorite seems particularly inescapable, there's good reason. Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" not only plays seemingly incessantly, but it's also been covered and parodied dozens of times. Whenever your friend from high school tweets another version of it, the original gets stuck in your head. AGAIN.
The first viral cover featured
and some of his famous friends goofing off and lip-syncing the song, and shortly thereafter (and certainly not coincidentally), Jepsen was signed to his label. Next thing you know,
posted a video too. And this might sound crazy, but it just took off from there.
Maybe this exponential multiplying of the song is what inspired
's remix. Deacon, the unofficial standard-bearer of Baltimore's experimental music scene, layered Jepsen's vocals over each other some 147 times for an online remix compilation. Deacon's interpretation starts out innocently, but it slowly descends into madness. It might just be the cure for people who have "Call Me Maybe" stuck in their heads. The "Call Me Maybe" compilation features 43 remixes of the song, including an awesome '90s-sounding version by DJ Colostomy Bagpipes called "Call Me MiDi."
Here's a guide to the most memorable performances of the "Call Me Maybe"
Corgi Rae Jepsen:
Taking the Meow Mix jingle to new levels of production value, a group called The Pet Collective created a "Call Me Maybe" video that stars "Corgi Rae Jepsen." Instead of the singer, you hear (in-tune) barks, but the best part is the visuals: Corgi Rae (an actual Corgi) re-enacts Carly Rae's video scene by scene.
Harvard baseball team:
Bored on a van trip to a game, the team did a silly lip-sync to the song, complete with one player fast asleep in the back row, oblivious to the dance moves surrounding him. This video inspired its own parody (there's that multiplying again) called "Draft Me Maybe," featuring some major-league first-round-draft choices holding up signs with their key stats and lip-syncing along with lyrics such as, "And all the other teams, they appraise me, so here's my numbers, so draft me maybe." It sounds funnier than it is, mostly because they look beyond embarrassed to be there.
As noted, it all started when Justin Bieber (and his little friends
and Big Time Rush) sang along with the song on video. But the weirdest celebrity tribute has to be Mr. Usually-Above-It-All himself, James Franco. He and a friend recorded themselves lip-syncing, sort of: They don't even seem to know the words, not even the ubiquitous chorus. Maybe it's a statement about the state of society or something.
Man with the Golden Voice:
In what Time magazine is calling "the meeting of the memes," editors asked Internet star Ted Williams to give a dramatic reading of the lyrics on video. It's as smooth and yet awkward as you imagine.
Someone with way too much free time managed to cut together individual words from
's speeches and interviews to create a video of him "singing" the song. Absurd, hilarious, and slightly Autotuned, it's a must-see. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady also got the same treatment.
It doesn't really qualify as a cover or a parody if Jepsen herself is participating, but this one is still a ton of fun, so we're including it here. Jepsen, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots gather in front of a camera before her appearance on the show and accompany her singing with elementary-school instruments like a triangle, recorder, ukulele, xylophone and more. It's adorable, it's joyful, and like the original version of the song, it's infectious.
Songs of the Summer
Here's the past few years' songs of the summer, according to an analysis of the Billboard Hot 100:
"Vision of Love," Mariah Carey
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You," Bryan Adams
"Baby Got Back,"Sir Mix-A-Lot
"Can't Help Falling in Love," UB40
"I Swear," All-4-One
"Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)," Los Del Rio
"I'll Be Missing You,"
"The Boy is Mine,"
"Genie in a Bottle," Christina Aguilera
"Bent," Matchbox 20
"Let Me Blow Ya Mind," Eve featuring Gwen Stefani
"Hot in Herre," Nelly
"Crazy in Love,"
"Confessions Part II," Usher
"We Belong Together," Mariah Carey
"I Kissed a Girl," Katy Perry
"I Gotta Feeling," The Black Eyed Peas
"California Gurls," Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg
"Party Rock Anthem,"
feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock