It’s the faceoff of the 2013 mashups! DJ Earworm pretty much started the trend of looking back at a year in music through a mashup, and his 2009 United State of Pop actually got some radio play and was played at sporting events. Everyone started to jump on the trend, but no one does it quite like DJ Earworm. Instead of just going from one song to the next, he really mixes them together both lyrically and musically so it becomes its own standalone song. Heck, even the videos have a nice flow to them. This takes a massive amount of work. This year’s “Living The Fantasy” is definitely on the slower side as he mixes up Taylor Swift, Imagine Dragons, Justin Timberlake, Lorde, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, OneRepublic, Swedish House Mafia, and Aloe Blacc as part of a 25-song mix.
Daniel Kim got a lot of views last year for his incredible 2012 mashup of 50+ songs that I still listen to. Well, Daniel is back with Pop Danthology 2013 and he’s got DJ Earworm beat in terms of numbers. The DJ mixes together 68(!!!) songs for his roundup. Yup, from Robin Thicke to Britney Spears to Rihanna to Maroon 5 to Ellie Goulding to Aloe Blacc to Anna Kendrick to Lorde to Justin Bieber to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to Lady Gaga to Justin Timberlake to Zedd to Avril Lavigne to Daft Punk to Jason Derulo to One Direction to Bruno Mars to Miley Cyrus to Drake, he even fit in Pitbull and Ke$ha‘s “Timber” that has only been out for a few weeks. This is pretty great.
Isosine uses the music of Ellie Goulding‘s “Burn”, Katy Perry‘s “Roar”, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ “Can’t Hold Us”, Yelvis‘ “What Does The Fox Say”, Bruno Mars‘ “Treasure”, and Pink‘s “Try” then adds the vocals of pretty much every pop track from this year. This is pretty fun.
Then there’s Robin Skouteris, who has made some pretty fantastic mixes over the years. Along with some of the usual suspects for her 2013 “Pop Love”, she manages to include a lot of late entries like Eminem and Rihanna‘s “The Monster”, Katy Perry‘s “Unconditionally”, Lady Gaga‘s “Do What U Want” and Celine Dion‘s “Loved Me Back To Life”. She takes her time with the 10-minute running time, and it’s not til the 3:20 mark when Britney Spears‘ “Work Bitch” comes in that this really starts to soar. From there, it has some awesome combinations of tracks like Pitbull‘s “Don’t Stop The Party” with Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky”. If you listen closely to the lyrics of different songs are even integrated with each other pretty cleverly.
Which one is the best?