It’s a yearly tradition as esteemed in the pop world as Justin Bieber getting snubbed at some award show or Adam Levine complaining about the crowds at Coachella: DJ Earworm’s year-in-pop retrospective mashup, part of the “United State of Pop” series that goes back to 2007. His productions are always excellent 25-songs-in-1 encapsulations of the year that was in Top 40 hitmaking, and they’re put together with a passion and creativity that makes the final product just as fun to listen to as many of the songs contained therein, and replayable far beyond the lifespan of an average mashup.
Earworm’s recently released 2012-summarizing mash “Shine Brighter” is certainly no exception to this, a breezy run through the year in pop music focusing on a couple recurring themes—the phrases “Tonight!” and “C’mon!” the number of songs concerned with stars and shining—and using that as a launching-off point for a journey that touches on the disparate likes of Ellie Goulding, Psy and the Lumineers. It’s a blast, both as a Top 40 IQ-testing review of the year that was, and as just a joyous celebration of all things pop.
Here is the audio, the music video will be released soon:
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