5 Tracks That'll Take You Back To Summer 2012

Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe"
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Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe"

Ah, when chatting with friends meant more emojis than words, and you worked tirelessly on the perfect selfie for your new favorite social media platform, Instagram.

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When you weren’t struck silent in awe by Ryan Lochte’s 11 gold medals at 2012’s Summer Olympics, you were listening to these songs. (Or check out the whole year's No.1s here.)

1."Call Me Maybe" - Carly Rae Jepsen

Her crush may have not called her back, but fame certainly did. Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” was the smash hit of smash hits. Jepsen’s first go at stardom was actually meant to be a folk song until producer John Ramsay transformed it into bubblegum pop— and thank goodness he did. The Canadian Idol alumni’s flirty lyrics paired with Ramsay’s production made for a summer song so catchy that it was covered by scads of celebrities—including Cookie Monster.

2.”Payphone” - Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa

Rap-pop collaborations in the 2000s seemed to guarantee a hit, and it worked yet again with “Payphone,” a somber hit about a romance gone abruptly wrong.  For the music video, Adam Levine lived out action star fantasies as a hero overtaking bank robbers while Wiz Khalifa delivered quick verses in then-stylish fingerless gloves.

3."We Are Young" - Fun. feat. Janelle Monae

Fun. frontman Nate Reuss seemed determined to land a summer hit, and a summer hit he got. After the dim success of the band’s debut album, he snagged Beyonce’s and Kanye West’s producer, Jeff Bhasker (also the guy responsible for introducing Fun. to Janelle Monae). What they all created together was an indie-leaning masterpiece with broad pop appeal.

4. "Lights" - Ellie Goulding

One of our first introductions to Ellie Goulding, “Lights” had a touch of a dark side, plus a great melody and the kind of beat you could dance to. Goulding was among the first to rock the partially-shaved head that trended in 2012, as seen in the song’s music video. We wonder if the electro-tinged melody (and hairstyle) were at all inspired by her then-boyfriend, Skrillex (aka. Sonny John Moore)? 

5. "Titanium" - David Guetta feat. Sia

It was no surprise that David Guetta’s beats, joined by Sia’s songwriting and soaring voice, made for an epic club hit. The track originally featured Mary J. Blige, but Guetta chose Sia’s demo—and released it without getting her approval. We’ll just blame his impulsiveness on the summer heat.


Little did we know...

The Hunger Games wouldn’t be the only book making headlines. E.L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey became insanely popular among thrill-seeking ladies everywhere. The very, very R-rated trilogy, which began as Twilight fan fiction, sold 100 million copies. It made the summer so hot that a number of public libraries banned the book.