First Hit #1: June 23, 2012
Arguably the most successful alumni of Canadian Idol, though not an actual winner, Carly Rae Jepsen got a massive hit by making a song that was completely inescapable once you heard it, for removing it from your head takes complicated surgery. It’s a simple song, sure, a little bit of pop music with clever use of strings that sounds kind of like it could have been recorded by Tiffany. But it works because it’s simple, that’s what makes it so easy to sing along, that’s why one might, on occasion, wake up screaming the lyrics in terror because you just can’t get this nonsense out of your head. It is, in a honesty, near perfect for what it’s trying to be – there’s a line about “all the other boys” that’s delivered in a way that suggests nobody quite knew what to do with it, so it’s not completely perfect – which is what makes it terrible. It’s like the funniest joke in the world in that way, it’s almost dangerously catchy. You could weaponize Carly Rae Jepsen if that wasn’t banned by the Geneva convention.