It's that time of the year when nearly everyone is handing out superlatives: "Best albums of the year," "Best sings of the year," "Best rock band with mohawks of the year." Most of the time these lists of "Best whatever..." are silly and don't mean a whole lot, however there's something undeniably catchy and readable about organizing things into a list that keeps folks coming back to read them.
But a few years back a San Fransisco-based DJ named Jordan Roseman (aka DJ Earworm) started putting his own spin on this annual ritual of top 25 lists by creating a series of mash-ups known as "The United State of Pop."
Each year, DJ Earworm takes the Top 25 Billboard hits from the past year and mixes them into a single track that not only sums up the overall state of current pop music, but is also generally a pretty fun and listenable track on its own merits.
Here's a look at this year's "United State of Pop 2010" track, a mostly dance-pop number with the year's biggest songs:
"Don't Stop the Pop"
Here's a look at the songs that went into this year's mash-up:
|2||"Need You Now"||Lady Antebellum|
|3||"Hey, Soul Sister"||Train|
|4||"California Gurls"||Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg|
|5||"OMG"||Usher featuring will.i.am|
|6||"Airplanes"||B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams|
|7||"Love the Way You Lie"||Eminem featuring Rihanna|
|8||"Bad Romance"||Lady Gaga|
|10||"Break Your Heart"||Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris|
|11||"Nothin' on You"||B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars|
|12||"I Like It"||Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull|
|13||"BedRock"||Young Money featuring Lloyd|
|14||"In My Head"||Jason Derülo|
|16||"Telephone"||Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé|
|17||"Teenage Dream"||Katy Perry|
|18||"Just the Way You Are"||Bruno Mars|
|19||"Cooler Than Me"||Mike Posner|
|20||"Imma Be"||The Black Eyed Peas|
|21||"Empire State of Mind"||Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys|
|22||"DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love"||Usher featuring Pitbull|
|23||"Billionaire"||Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars|
And just in case you were curious how much things have changed over the past few years, take a look at the past editions. It may just be us, but it seems like previous years had a much larger variety of tunes than 2010. Could be a bad sign of dance pop taking over the world or probably just a coincidence...