It been another 12 months of heavily produced tunes designed to carve permanent neuro pathways into your mind, whether you wanted them to or not. Thus, it’s time for another one of DJ Earworm’s year-ending United States of Pop mega-mixes, his annual compressed collection of biggest pop hits of the last 365 days.
Titled “50 Shades Of Pop” after something that least sounds familiar (was this a movie? We’ve forgotten already), it comes along with a handy video featuring so many of the artists we’ve all been gabbing about since January. Naturally, we could hear (and see) music by The Weeknd, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Adele, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Ellie Goulding, Ariana Grande, Fetty Wap, One Direction, Wiz Khalifa, Mark Ronson, Sam Smith, and others for ourselves, but Spin was nice enough to include a full list of the others we may have missed in the spiraling, 50-song mashup.
Now, hold on to something, press play, and take in the loud, poppy year that was.