“Call Me Maybe” is not lyrically talented in any way, but the words and music are just so catchy. I can’t help but jam out to it whenever I’m in my car.
I hate most music played on the radio. It all sounds the same. These days, I usually find new music I like while watching television or by looking up random artists on Pandora.
I discovered “Call Me Maybe” from my boss who loves singing along with pop music. At first, I hated the song. I thought it was ditzy and annoying. But after playing it for my roommates, it started to grow on me. Eventually, it became the song we would blast, sing and dance to at least once a day.
Most of us on campus are children of the late ‘80’s to early ‘90’s. We all love talking about stuff from when we were kids: When we had “Kenan and Kel” and “Hey Arnold,” instead of wanna-be superstars that have overrun the networks today. “Call Me Maybe” is a pop song that will remind you of the past.
I don’t think the song will go down in history as one of the greats. It’s fun, but it’s not that good. We all have our guilty pleasures and “Call me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen does have a good voice. She might be a bit ditzy, but she’s doing something right because she seems to be getting all the attention.
Bad Music Guidelines:
1. Does the title of the song appear within the song and is it used repetitively?
2. Does the artist or band rhyme in every single line?
3. Does the rhythm of the song change at all?
Generic, awful and uninspired. That is “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen in a nutshell. If you hated “Friday” then the most recent flavor of the month song will drive you insane.
Especially if all of your friends insist on listening to it. Mine do, and almost every single one who told me to give it try said something to the effect of, “It’s so terrible, but I love this song. You have to listen to it.”
A look at the guidelines, which I use to evaluate music and are not benchmarks or industry standards, shows that “Call Me Maybe” fails spectacularly.
For starters, the phrase “call me maybe” appears 12 times. Apply that to real life. If someone asks you to call them that many times in three minutes, would you really want to?
While Jepsen doesn’t rhyme in every line, she gets close. Yes, the tempo changed once or twice but the rhythm was dry and boring the whole way through.
The one redeeming quality about this song came from the music video. Spoiler alert, the guy she is chasing is not into her or any other girl for that matter.
That scene made me laugh so hard I almost fell out of my chair, but I think what I really liked was that the last 15 seconds didn’t include the song. Kudos to the director for the M. Night Shyamalan ending, but this song made my ears bleed.