Since Los Angeles Top-40 radio stations are perennially six weeks behind the rest of the country, I’m only now discovering the pure joy of a pop confection known simply as “Call Me Maybe.” The song, which is in iTunes’ top ten (and notably #74 on KIIS-FM Los Angeles’s playlist), might be described by the casual observer as “vapid” or “ridiculous.” But to me, I call it nothing short of SHEER GENIUS.
Sure, Carly Rae Jepsen’s mere name might make you want to go running for the hills, and sure she might be the protege of The Biebs, but don’t let this pseudo-Michelle Trachtenberg scare you. The only thing you should fear is the song’s hook taking up permanent residence in your head for the next several weeks.
Nevertheless, after the jump, check out five surprisingly fun and charming tributes to “Call Me Maybe,” including one co-starring Justin Bieber himself!
5. The Frat Boy Semi Response Video
I’m not sure if this video is a response to Carly, a remix of Carly, or just a guy singing because he wants to sing (probably all three), but the production values are slick (as far as amateur stuff goes), and again, it’s gleeful fun, even if it is totally dopey.
You know you’ve made it when GloZell takes the time out of her busy schedule to give a play-by-play of your video. Warning: Carly Rae Jepsen video spoilers ahead (not to mention some very valuable civil rights lessons)!
3. The A-Bunch-Of-Guys-Bored-In-Their-College-Dorm-Lipsync-Fest
Whenever there’s a new pop sensation on the charts, the first to lipsync it are not the gays (of which I am one), but in fact college guys bored in their dorms (also into this stuff: deployed soldiers bored in the barracks). Here’s a group going to town on the tune. These guys better enjoy their moment in the spotlight because it’ll only be a matter of time before seven glitter-covered, Speedo-wearing dudes from West Hollywood release their own music video.
2. “Call Me Maybe” Cover By CIMORELLI
This appears to be an a cappella group of some sort. The arrangement is actually pretty good.
1. Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale, and some guys from Big Time Rush Dance to “Call Me Maybe”
This is the video that inspired countless tweens to follow suit. Justin, Selena, and Ash (I use their first names because we’re all besties in my head) take to the webcam with their friends and dance the night away. Truth be told, these kids look like they’re having so much fun, it’s hard to not find their enthusiasm infectious. I don’t know about you guys, but the silliness of it all takes me right back to high school. Could this possibly be my favorite Bieber production?