carly rae jepsen: pop's undefeatable ambassador of love

she's our favorite musician and one time at a concert someone gave her a sword to wield, so she did

carly rae jepsen (crj) is our favorite musician. we love her music and spend a lot of time listening to it. her music is 80s inspired dance pop "chill disco" with buttery feathery vocals and tender lyrics.

her most well known song is call me maybe, a song on her 2012 album kiss. the song was so popular that it was even referenced by cookie monster. unfortunately, the light-hearted pop song branded crj as a twee girlish bright-eyed darling in the minds of like everyone on earth. undaunted, crj went on to knock the ball out of the park with her album emotion, an underrated gem that critics loved.

a year after emotion came out, emotion: side b dropped. it was a complete surprise, and it rules. it's our favorite album.

crj took her time (four years!) crafting dedicated, a much more mature and confident voice. and, just like emotion before it, dedicated: side b was released. we're torn as to which we like better because they're both really good.

her upcoming album, the loneliest time has a parental warning sticker. we're very excited. based on the singles that came out, western wind and beach house, it's going to be something very special, as if tailor-made just for us.

carly rae jepsen makes music that makes me feel like when you grab your friend's hand and pull them to the dance floor and you do a silly little wiggle to get started. and isn't that a good feeling?

albums, ranked

please understand these six albums are still all in our top like 20 albums ever

  1. emotion side b
    • favorite: higher, fever, the one, body language, roses
    • least: cry
  2. dedicated side b
    • favorite: this love isn't crazy, stay away, this is what they say
    • least: heartbeat, comeback
  3. emotion
    • favorite: gimmie love, emotion, run away with me, making the most of the night, let's get lost
    • least: black heart
  4. kiss
    • favorite: call me maybe, turn me up, hurt so good
    • least: guitar string, your heart is a muscle
  5. dedicated
    • favorite: automatically in love, too much, want you in my room, the sound
    • least: feels right
  6. tug of war
    • favorite: tug of war, money and the ego, bucket, sour candy
    • least: worldly matters, hotel shampoos

favorite singles, ranked

  1. cut to the feeling
  2. beach house
  3. boys in the band
  4. let's be friends

leaked songs

crj's music process includes writing and recording a lot of music and then whittling down to the best tracks according to a theme. however, this process also yields a lot of leaked music.

some of her leaks rank in our top favorites of her discography.

  • little of mine
    • rating: 11/10
    • year recorded: 2017
    • year leaked: 2018
    • first listen: in a car in a vietnamese restaurant parking lot
    • album placement: on
    • best part timestamps: 0:50 - 1:19
  • can we again
    • rating: 9/10
    • year recorded: 2016
    • year leaked: 2021
    • first listen: new wave of dedicated side b contender leaks
    • album placement: on
    • best part timestamps: 0:50 - 1:07
  • love & paranoia
    • rating: 10/10
    • year recorded: 2018
    • year leaked: 2019, 2021
    • first listen: a treat, another leak so soon
    • album placement: on
    • best part timestamps: 2:20 - 2:57
  • white lie
    • rating:8/10
    • year recorded: 2017
    • year leaked: 2020
    • first listen: reddit alert
    • album placement: off
    • best part timestamps: 2:45-2:51
  • favourite night
    • rating: 8/10
    • year recorded: 2018
    • year leaked: 2021
    • first listen: first half of the dedicated side b contenders
    • album placement: off
    • best part timestamps: 1:00 - 1:09
  • disco darling
    • rating: 10/10
    • year recorded: 2018
    • year leaked: 2021
    • first listen: second half of the dedicated side b contenders
    • album placement: on
    • best part timestamps: 2:39 - 2:57
  • black light
    • rating: 7/10
    • year recorded 2014:
    • year leaked: 2015
    • first listen: big splurge with a tentative relisten
    • album placement: off
    • best part timestamps:
  • i believe you
    • rating: 8/10
    • year recorded: 2014
    • year leaked: 2019
    • first listen: a "catch up" of leaked songs
    • album placement: off
    • best part timestamps: 1:06 - 1:15

latest release

boppy fun! a fun song to think about dancing to. easy to listen to. joyous in that fun campy way. -j

i can make these lyrics deeper than they actually are and that's okay. it's the perfect time for when you want that brainless kind of pop and when you're contemplating anything darker, too. not that you would, but this song makes me go hmmm when i have to think about it too much. it's just so sweet. -- maddy

it's so exciting to see an artist continually push deeper into a more mature style. - tess

praise for her previous latest release, beach house

it is impossible to articulate how enjoyable it is to listen to this song. we are usually very understimulated by music, but we've been listening to this song on repeat for Days and we still keep stopping to bop for a minute. the vocals are *buttery* in a way that makes me shiver. me and tess have been convinced that the song implies she ate out this guy's wife and -- maddy

the way i can perfectly imagine her face is so sweet =w= we can hear her smile -j

we checked reviews anxiously just now, ready for people to be Wrong, but we've only seen praise :) she's so good y;all - mjt

career

  • got fifth on canadian idol
  • put out 1st album tug of war in 2008
  • 2nd album kiss in 2012 featuring the single call me maybe
  • call me maybe goes viral
  • emotion, album #3, drops in 2015 to critical acclaim
    • and not Just because of the sax solo in run away with me
  • a surprise b-side album a year later: emotion: side b
  • dedicated joins the ranks in 2019, with dedicated: side b coming a year later
  • album #7 !! , the loneliest time, comes out october 2022!

trivia

  • she's sang in simlish before to put run away with me in the sims
  • she's said in a couple of interviews she wants to write a musical
  • japan has laws in place that make it profitable to make japan-exclusive tracks, and usually they are Very good and Very easy to get through various methods
  • she did a music video with shrampton, the instagram famous cat
  • cut to the feeling, arguably one of her very best songs, was made for a canadian animated children's movie called 'ballerina'

reviews

Pitchfork

  • album: Dedicated
  • rating: 7.3
  • thoughts: beautifully worded and fair. we'd rate it higher, but we agree with the general critiques.
  • link: here

Vulture

  • album: Dedicated
  • rating: none
  • thoughts: this one barely sounds like it's talking about music. whatever.
  • link: here