Thursday, December 3, 2015

DJ Earworm unveils his "State of Pop 2015" megamix

For the last nine years, San Francisco's Jordan Roseman - aka DJ Earworm - has taken the 25 top-selling songs in the US and combined them into one gigantic meta-mix.

His State of Pop mash-ups provide an overview of prevailing musical trends. The 2007 edition was full of vocoders and half-sung raps. 2008 was all about anthems - Leona Lewis' Bleeding Love, Alicia Keys' No-One, Coldplay's Viva La Vida. By 2011, EDM had taken hold, thanks to LMFAO and Lady Gaga's Born This Way, which formed the basis for Earworm's mix.

With music in a state of flux, last year's mix provided a challenge - with the downtempo musings of Hozier and Lorde having to co-exist with Iggy Azalea and Taylor Swift.

Having pulled that off, DJ Earworm set himself an even bigger challenge for 2015, trying to cram 50 tracks into his alotted 300 seconds. The result actually works better - he uses the songs in an almost impressionistic way, with synth hooks and vocal melodies appropriated into something that's simultaneously familiar and disorientating. Is Bruno Mars a backing vocalist for One Direction? Were Rihanna's Bitch Better Have My Money and Adele's Hello really written as a call-and-response? Are people still buying Maroon 5 records?

It's a clever, multi-movement medley that showcases a unique musical instinct. Can't wait to hear what he does for the 10th anniversary next year.

Here's the full list of tracks included:

Adele - Hello
AlunaGeorge and DJ Snake - You Know You Like It
Andy Grammer - Honey, I'm Good.
Ariana Grande ft. The Weeknd - Love Me Harder
Big Sean ft. E-40 - I Don't F*** With You
David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj & Afrojack - Hey Mama
Demi Lovato - Cool For The Summer
Drake - Hotline Bling
Ed Sheeran - Photograph
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do
Fall Out Boy - Centuries
Fetty Wap - Trap Queen
Fetty Wap ft. Remy Boyz - 679
Fifth Harmony ft. Kid Ink - Worth It
Flo Rida ft. Sage The Gemini - GDFR
Jason Derulo - Want To Want Me
Justin Bieber - Sorry
Justin Bieber - What Do You Mean
Major Lazer ft. MO & DJ Snake - Lean On
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
Maroon 5 - Sugar
Meghan Trainor - Lips Are Movin
Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend - Like I'm Gonna Lose You
Natalie La Rose ft. Jeremih - Somebody
Nick Jonas - Jealous
Nicki Minaj ft. Drake & Lil Wayne - Truffle Butter
Omarion ft. Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko - Post To Be
OMI - Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)
One Direction - Drag Me Down
Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo - Time Of Our Lives
R. City ft. Adam Levine - Locked Away
Rachel Platten - Fight Song
Rihanna - Bitch Better Have My Money
Rihanna ft. Kanye West & Paul McCartney - Four Five Seconds
Sam Smith - I'm Not The Only One
Selena Gomez ft. A$AP Rocky - Good For You
Shawn Mendes - Stitches
SIlento - Watch Me
Skrillex & Diplo ft. Justin Bieber - Where Are U Now
Taylor Swift - Blank Space
Taylor Swift - Style
Taylor Swift - Bad Blood
Taylor Swift - Wildest Dreams
Tove Lo - Talking Body
Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth - See You Again
The Weeknd - Earned It
The weeknd - The hills
The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face

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