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December 4, 2012 2:07 PM   Subscribe

Daniel Kim is back again this year with the Pop Danthology 2012, a mega mash-up of 55 pop songs from 2012 (SLYT).
posted by Lutoslawski (25 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
The first person to say they didn't recognize any of these songs will have their account deleted.
posted by mrnutty at 2:12 PM on December 4, 2012 [7 favorites]


Sad that Usher's truly excellent "Climax" only got a snippet, but I guess just repeating that song three and a half times on loop would violate the spirit of the exercise.

No one will convince me that Adam Levine is not a sex murderer with a torture dungeon.
posted by superfluousm at 2:21 PM on December 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


I look forward to danthing to it.
posted by ostro at 2:23 PM on December 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


So it turns out that distilling 2012 pop music into its essence sounds like... 90s pop music?
posted by oulipian at 2:26 PM on December 4, 2012


No one will convince me that Adam Levine is not a sex murderer with a torture dungeon.

Certainly not American Horror Story: Asylum.
posted by roger ackroyd at 2:27 PM on December 4, 2012


Why do you think he took that role? The easiest place to hide is in plain sight.
posted by superfluousm at 2:29 PM on December 4, 2012


The first person to say they didn't recognize any of these songs will have their account deleted.

Challenge accepted.
I know three of the songs, and only because they have well well parodied.
The rest? No clue. But I feel I can confidently say the music of 2012 was no patch on 1982.

That could be because it's been mixed into a blancmange, or it could be because it all sounds the same. I'm not sure. I had to hit eject before I accidentally heard Beiber.
posted by Mezentian at 2:31 PM on December 4, 2012


I'm not going to complain about his year in pop. I actually really liked some of these songs though I readily admit that most of them are, as pop music is want to be, forgettable.

What I will say about this mashup is that I could easily see all of these songs being things that you could, with some effort, seamlessly mix together (as was done), with one exception.

When Adele came on in the middle it A. felt like Mr. Kim couldn't exactly find how to combine it with all the bleeps and boops around it (I say that as someone who likes electronic music) and B. It was the only song in the bunch that I was kind of sad when its part of the mix ended. I was kind of hoping she would just keep going for the next 5 or 6 minutes.

Conclusion: Some of the artists here are certainly doing really cool, new things even if it doesn't always sound it. I particularly like Nicki Minaj. That being said, I agree with a lot of this year's critics in saying that Adele, while taking liberal inspiration from soul music of the past, is doing her own, wonderful thing and deserves all those Grammys.
posted by sendai sleep master at 2:38 PM on December 4, 2012


Skyfall and Goyte's song seemed like they were poorly integrated for the most part but other than that it seemed like it integrated the songs relatively well although there were obviously movements of similar tempo music.
posted by vuron at 2:43 PM on December 4, 2012


I want to see this guy versus the person who puts together United States of Pop in a mash-off. I love when they get to this part of the year and let their craft go to work.
posted by deezil at 2:43 PM on December 4, 2012


The first person to say they didn't recognize any of these songs will have their account deleted.

Okay. In the approximately 30 tortuously auto-tuned seconds I stuck with it, I didn't recognize any of the songs. Thank god.
posted by Thorzdad at 2:45 PM on December 4, 2012


Wow that's pretty impressive. I don't really follow pop music, but that was a nice crash course in 2012.
posted by dobie at 2:45 PM on December 4, 2012


This made me realize that thanks to the Great Christmas iPhonening of 2011, I spent a lot more time in 2012 driving my teenage daughter around town in silence, with her headphones plugged in, and a lot less time with the radio tuned to the "Katy Perry Station," as we so affectionately refer to it.
posted by drlith at 2:54 PM on December 4, 2012 [2 favorites]


No one will convince me that Adam Levine is not a sex murderer with a torture dungeon.

No one will convince me that Madonna isn't a vampire. What was she doing in there?
posted by fuse theorem at 3:44 PM on December 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


Reluctant props to Chris Brown, he stands a head (or a least a couple inches) above a lot of the RnB club pop on this list. Though I really like "Let Me Love You" (Ne-Yo) .

Hate Jesse J but "Domino" is an interesting looking video. All of this year's most expensive, most badass, weirdest female pop music fashion trends in one place! My regards to her stylists.

I could have sworn some of these songs were recorded before 2012. "Whistle" is a 2012 song, really?? That song feels like it's been around forever. Great song. Also, I'm not a big fun. fan but they do have a knack for massive rock choruses.

Thumbs up on Carly Rae, Cher Lloyd, Adele and Rihanna, they're consistently good acts. OTOH I went ahead and checked out Ellie Goulding's "Anything Could Happen" and it's a truly dire song. Does that mean she's on this list on the strength of "Lights" (2010)?

Should we list our favorite massively popular pop songs of 2012 that didn't make this mashup? I'm missing R. Kelly "Feeling Single", Ciara and Brandy, Lloyd and Miguel, Frank Ocean and Laza Morgan. Crossover RnB is where it was at this year. Also, why is MIA "Bad Gurlz" not here???
posted by subdee at 4:50 PM on December 4, 2012


Ellie Goulding's "Anything Could Happen"

The song hit #5 on the UK Singles chart and #7 on the US Hot Club Dance Songs chart. It may have been included because of its dance chart performance.

For those interested... Here is Daniel Kim's breakdown of how he created the mashup.
posted by hippybear at 5:03 PM on December 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


Sixteen-year-old me hates twenty-four-year-old me for liking this. Whatever, he can go listen to The Jesus Lizard sober.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 5:19 PM on December 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


Ah, wait. I see. Yes, that song isn't actually in the mix is it?

So why is Lights in the playlist? Wikipedia has a clue:
"In the United States, "Lights" was a sleeper hit, spending one year and three months on the Billboard Hot 100 before finally reaching number two on the chart in August 2012, after being released in May 2011. The song was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with sales of over three million downloads in the United States." [emphasis mine]
posted by hippybear at 5:19 PM on December 4, 2012


But I feel I can confidently say the music of 2012 was no patch on 1982.

Here's the billboard top 10 for 1982 and the rest of the top 100:

1 Olivia Newton-John Physical
2 Survivor Eye Of The Tiger
3 Joan Jett and The Blackhearts I Love Rock N' Roll
4 Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder Ebony And Ivory
5 J. Geils Band Centerfold
6 Human League Don't You Want Me
7 John Cougar Jack And Diane
8 John Cougar Hurts So Good
9 Steve Miller Band Abracadabra
10 Chicago Hard To Say I'm Sorry

As much as we'd like to think it was all Husker Du and the Mats, the idea of Danthology 1982 makes me shudder.
posted by Edward L at 7:22 PM on December 4, 2012


Ok, everything I've ever said in defense of '80s music? I take it back.
posted by drlith at 3:12 AM on December 5, 2012


Don't make me pull out my record collection, young persons.

The 1980s were awesome. It's just the charts that suck.

Also, Danthology 1982 needs to be a thing. If nothing else: no autotune.
posted by Mezentian at 3:36 AM on December 5, 2012


Aw, I just mocked up a nice post for this only to find out it's already been posted. Ah well. Have 2011 and 2010's versions of the danthology at least.
posted by flatluigi at 11:31 AM on December 5, 2012


I think I prefer the 2011 one - it seems to progress better.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:43 PM on December 5, 2012


If you need an excuse to watch the video again, he's just annotated the video with the samples he uses in each part.
posted by flatluigi at 11:53 AM on December 9, 2012


Awesome! Still, a lot of songs on there benefit from the mix treatment - "Part of Me" sounds much better at a slower tempo.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 5:20 AM on December 10, 2012


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