Every week, a different FADER editor compiles a playlist to highlight a new release and give you a guide to that artist’s web of influences and peers. These Staff Selects live in our Spotify app, alongside GEN Fs from our archives and playlists for each issue. This week, it’s Naomi Zeichner on Carly Rae Jepsen.
I’ve been to a wedding every month this summer, which is more than I’ve been to in pretty much my entire life. At the one I went to last week, there was a 10-piece band performing spot-on Black Eyed Peas and Motown covers. But despite their musicianship, the clear highlight for everyone, ages six to 90, was when the supporting DJ played Carly Rae Jepsen’s ubiquitous, chart-topping Song of the Summer, “Call Me Maybe,” which he spun no less than five times. That track, with its flirty strings and infinite tribute parodies, is a monster all its own, but here’s a collection of seratonin-boosting stuff that kills just as well on the wedding dance floor—the grinning BFF nonsense of Spice Girls’ “Wannabe,” INOJ’s sweetly aerobic reboot of “Time After Time” and Justin Bieber’s greatest song of all time to tipsily yell BAAAAAAAAAAABBBBBYYY overtop.
Staff Selects: Call Me Definitely