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Carly Rae Jepsen’s Infectious New Single, and the Singles That Could Have Been

Carly Rae Jepsen’s Infectious New Single, and the Singles That Could Have Been

Carly Rae Jepsen

It's no 'Call Me Maybe,' but you might really, really, really, really like it. 

Some people vividly remember their first time they drank alcohol, smoked a cigarette, or did anything else that could be labeled "addictive." I remember the first time I heard "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen.

It was an accident - one of the happiest of my life - when I was halfway down Spotify's "Top Lists" in March 2012 listening to another song when I didn't hit "back" in time. It skipped forward to the bubbly, viral tune that would become the song of the summer, and I proceeded to listen to it 300 more times before the end of the month. And no, I didn't get tired of it that entire calendar year.

Unfortunately, she was soon written off as a one-hit wonder after her second, equally strong, solo single "This Kiss" didn't catch fire as quickly, and then the third single off that same album, "Tonight I'm Getting Over You," did even worse. Realistically, Jepsen had many more single-worthy songs from Kiss, but she never got a chance to show them off.

"Tiny Little Bows": Although it took me more than a few listens to get that she's singing about Cupid's bow and not bows on presents, nonetheless I was hooked after the first few "la la's" and her boyfriend cities.

"Curiosity": This could have been her club hit. The tempo is a little slower and would be much more bumpy in a good remix. "I'm sick of love, sick of courtesies, don't call me up just so I can please you." What do people love more in a good club mix than being able to get sassy?

"More Than A Memory": Everyone needs a breakup, or, almost-breakup song, and this was Jespen's best on the album. It's about two people who are both too stubborn to admit they were wrong and the ensuing, age-old question of will they, or won't they?

"Guitar String/Wedding Ring": One listen of this bop and you'll know that all it would have taken is one viral video for this to be a white girl wedding staple. But save it for the tale end of the reception, part of the song's charm is to see how people translate "you're a bird in the water, I'm a fish on the ground" into dancing.

"Drive": Though it sounds similar to "Call Me Maybe," "Drive" rightfully belongs on any road trip playlist. Actually, it belongs on any traveling playlist. Just put it on every playlist you have.

"Sweetie": This one is about that boy, everyone knows one, who doesn't realize someone likes him until he's blatantly told. Featured in the second season of Girls, I had hopes for this song taking off, but alas, I'm destined to be one with the most listens to it on Spotify forever.

That brings us to her new single, "I Really Like You," which lives in the same general space as her first hit, but with a slightly rougher edge, trading in the violin-esque sounds in "Call Me Maybe" for a more noticeable guitar. This time she isn't worried about the boy calling her back, she's taking the initiative herself but worried she came on too strong.

What's the problem she had the first time? Most people -- obviously not me -- can only take so much similar-sounding up-tempo pop at once, but now that it's been almost three years to the day since I first threw a wish in the well with Carly, they might be ready for some more. If Meghan Trainor can do it, why can't Carly Rae Jepsen?

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