While downing my fifth helping of mac and cheese with my sixth glass of wine, I realized how much I’m loving pop music this year. It could be too much turkey and carbs making me nostalgic, but despite many personal disappointments in 2012 – why, Amy Poehler and Will Arnette? why?! – the music scene has been steadily rocking my existence the past 11 months. All credit goes to YouTube and its community of awesome for constantly breathing new life into even the most overplayed hits by celebrating or ridiculing them just when I get bored. Give thanks with me to Google’s greatest acquisition by checking out my top three favorite, time-sucking viral music clips, covers and parodies. You’re welcome!
Psy is K-Pop at its finest. The South Korean phenom achieved global fame with his “Gangnam Style” song thanks mostly to the outrageous four-minute spectacle that is the music video. It went viral in less than a month–now at 775 million views and counting! Not going to lie, at least 500 of those are from me repeatedly watching to learn the dance. Don’t act like you didn’t.
I loved me some Gotye when the You Oughta Know alum’s single dropped in July 2011. But like Adele‘s “Rolling in The Deep” or Usher‘s “Yeah,” “Somebody’s” omnipresence had me ready to rip off my own fingernails by the end of the year. Then a Canadian indie five-piece called Walk off the Earth uploaded a YouTube cover in January featuring the band performing the song using a single guitar simultaneously. I just can’t quit you, Gotye!
1. Carly Rae Jepsen’s Famous Friends Lip-Sync To “Call Me Maybe”
It was the lip-dubbed friend fest that spawned dozens of high-profile parodies from the likes of Katy Perry, U.S. Olympic teams, soldiers, even a Big Bang Theory flash mob. But nothing outshines the original that blew up in February featuring top pop and Disney starlets Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Big Time Rush and Ashley Tisdale dancing around to the tune like they’re having the time of their lives. Would I have fell in love with “Call Me Maybe” without that video? Maybe. I would have missed it so bad, though.