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The year in pop, in 5 minutes

FORREST WICKMAN
Last updated 14:53 04/12/2013

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DJ Earworm has posted his annual year-in-pop mashup, the United State of Pop.

Part of why I like Earworm's yearly mashup is that it provides a pretty straightforward look back at the most popular songs of the year, with little editorialising.

Earworm says that the 25 hits represent "the most popular songs in the US, as determined by Billboard's weekly Hot 100 charts.

This year, as listening to this mashup makes clearer than ever, listeners seemed to be drawn to a surprisingly melancholy mix of songs, from We Can't Stop to Stay to  Royals to I Knew Your Trouble and When I Was Your Man, with no all-conquering, all-uplifting Call Me Maybe in earshot. Here's hoping that 2014 feels a little sunnier.


For the complete list of songs, head over to YouTube.

-Slate

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