The year in music, as mashed by DJ Earworm

I’m not a music critic. I couldn’t dissect a song to tell you what parts of it are good and what parts are bad. That’s why you won’t see me writing about music a lot.

But this is an exception.

The above is United State of Pop 2011 (World Go Boom) by DJ Earworm. It’s a mashup of the 25 most popular songs of 2011, including songs by Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, LMFAO, Rihanna and Adele. It was uploaded to YouTube on Christmas Day.

And it’s awesome. But I expected it to be.

To describe it as a “mashup” seems unfair. In reality, this is a song created from little bits of other songs, a masterpiece of musical editing that is as awe-inspiring by its complexity as it is catchy in its melody.

If you haven’t heard of this before, you need to listen to the previous years’ versions:

Each is just as impressive. And for added awesomeness, each can be downloaded free as an MP3. Just follow the link in the YouTube description to DJ Earworm’s website.

4 thoughts on “The year in music, as mashed by DJ Earworm

  1. AlexH

    Proof perhaps that most of the today’s popular music sounds pretty much the same.

    It should also be noted that without consent from all the artists, this would be in violation of copyright.


  2. Sheldon

    Holy Crap! I have been to Hell and the soundtrack is Virgin Radio (with the exception of Adele). Sure, people are going to call me an old coot and other nastier things but I think what this collection of “hits” of 2011 proves is that it’s really difficult to tell where one song ends and the next begins. It reminds me of a widget machine that just pumps out one after another, identically, day in and day out. Pardon me while I go flush my head out with some Foo Fighters.

  3. Vahan

    Well it is Pop music. Bland easy on the ears background noise. Well except maybe Gaga. Thankfully there are great bands still out there making great music, but no one is playing them. Like My Morning Jacket, Bon Iver, Explosions in the Sky and Arcade Fire, who have become popular, so they are played more often and Fitzs and the Tantrums they are good too.


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