Category Archives: 2012

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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Bruno Mars – Locked Out of Heaven

First Hit #1: December 22, 2012 Bruno Mars’ career began writing songs for other people, and Locked Out of Heaven sounds like a song for someone else. Specifically, it sounds like it was written for Sting, possibly for a reunion … Continue reading

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Rihanna – Diamonds

First Hit #1: December 1, 2012 It’s becoming a rather predictable – when December rolls around, we will see Rihanna ascend to the top of the chart. Unexpectedly, it’s a rare example of a 2011 song that’s actually somewhat positive … Continue reading

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Maroon 5 – One More Night

First Hit #1: September 29, 2012 Maroon 5 isn’t going against the trend of troubled relationships, though the chorus isn’t big here – it’s actually a lull in the song, the verses are much more sonically interesting and lyrically worthwhile … Continue reading

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Taylor Swift – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

First Hit #1: September 1, 2012 2012 is a mix of breakups, big choruses and pleasant surprises, and Taylor Swift continues that trend with a sing-along chorus and a pretty upbeat little number about finally discarding an on and off … Continue reading

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Flo Rida – Whistle

First Hit #1: August 25, 2012 2012 has been an uncommonly good year for hits, arguably the best in years. Sure, it’s a year about big choruses for the most part, but there’s unconventional instrumentation, unique delivery, some really well … Continue reading

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Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe

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 … Continue reading

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