DJ Earworm's United States of Pop: Which Year Rules?

The release of “Do What You Wanna Do,” DJ Earworm’s 2014 United State of Pop mashup, sparked a lively debate in the FLARE office: which of his annual mega-mixes is the best?

Even though I, like many others, was introduced to DJ Earworm’s mixes as a result of his 2009 United State of Pop mashup, his 2010 follow-up incorporated far more influential moments in pop music. For someone as undeniably sentimental as me, it’s impossible to ignore that three of the most important pop songs of the last decade (Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” Kesha’s debut single “Tik Tok” and Katy Perry’s “California Gurls”) all exist on one track. Best of all? Not one Taylor Swift song. For the love of god, Don’t Stop the Pop.  —Michael Li Preti, designer


Pop music is not my area of expertise (I once tried to caption a photo of Iggy Azalea “Lady Gaga”), so DJ Earworm’s annual United State of Pop mashups serve as my Top 40 crash course. The 2013 remix ranks No. 1 on my list because not only did I know some of the song titles without having to quietly Shazam that sh-t, but I’d listen to a number of them on repeat (with the privacy of headphones): “Safe & Sound,” “Get Lucky,” “Blurred Lines.” There, secret’s out; I like pop music.  —Rudy Lee, research editor


I, like Michael, took my first foray into the DJ Earworn canon with “Blame It On the Pop” in 2009, and nothing can budge it from my heart. That was the year I met my husband, and many of the songs remind me of those first months: “Use Somebody,” “I’m Yours,” “Halo” and even “Single Ladies” (because I no longer was one). The opening bars—with Pitbull growling “I know you want” and everyone chiming in “Pop!” and “Dance!” followed by will.i.am’s auto-tuned warble, “Rock and roooolll”—will never fail to get me on any dance floor, anywhere.  —Alicia Cox Thomson, digital managing editor


Last but not least, here’s DJ Earworm’s 2014 mix, “Do What You Wanna Do”: