Billboard has been working hard, gathering and listening to songs galore in order to burst your brain with song knowledge during its Chorus Week. (Yes, apparently that’s a thing.)
The objective? Finding a song from this century that “will have the power to get a bar full of strangers singing in unison at the top of their lungs decades from now.”
The criteria? Billboard shares that its song choices were “ranked by no metric other than the songs that most immediately came to mind when thinking about everything that a great chorus should be.”
Seems easy enough, right?
Wrong. Well, we guess easy enough that its goal has been accomplished with none other than Canada’s own Carly Rae Jepsen being awarded top honours for her 2012 debut jam, “Call Me Maybe”.
Spending nine weeks atop the Hot 100, the song caught ears in every corner of the pop world. From “Sesame Street” to the U.S. Olympic Team (Canada should have really hopped on that one) Carly Rae Jepsen “encapsulates everything you’ve ever felt in a post-crush rush in 17 words”.
Anyone who’s been enrolled in a university or college program or visited a campus in the past decade will likely have already belted out a couple of the tracks on the list.
Rounding up the top five were Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone,” The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside,” Outkast’s “Ms. Jackson” and the song used in everyone’s favourite Taylor Swift apple commercial (no, not that one), Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle”.
Jepsen herself took to Twitter to admit she’s “pretty stinking proud & happy ’bout that.”
For the Billboard’s full list and lengthy explanations, check it out here. Find the playlist for your listening pleasure here.