2012 – A Pop Spectacular

Roy Ward

When Roy was 7 a girl tied him to a tree and tried to set him on fire. He now lives in Leeds with his boyfriend. These facts may be connected. Vada's Deputy Editor, he loves pop culture in all its forms, plus feminism; drag queens and Nigella Lawson. Find him on Twitter @badlydrawnroy.

2012 hasn’t been a bad year really, has it? And the more you think about it, the more you realise how large a role music has played in most of the big events this year. Whether it was Grace Jones putting other singers a third of her age to shame as she hula-hooped around a stage belting out ‘Slave to the Rhythm’ at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert or even the much-hyped Spice Girls reunion at the Olympic Closing Ceremony, 2012 was a pretty pop-filled year. Speaking of the Games, I am now absolutely convinced that if you throw any kind of event, Emeli Sandé will show up and do a couple of ballads – make sure you put out an extra couple of bottles for that New Year’s Party, she’ll almost certainly appear and you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared.

It’s all the more surprising then that when Vancouver-based DJ and burgeoning YouTube star Daniel Kim uploaded his 2012 uber-mashup, or Danthology, there wasn’t a Sandé in sight. A huge medley of over 50 different pop songs from the last year, the video seamlessly blends songs from artists all the way from Adele to Zedd, everything from bastions of the “LOL I’M WASTED” genre of pop like Ke$ha and LMFAO to the gentler sounds of Gotye and Ellie Goulding. Yes of course the now ubiquitous ‘Gangnam Style’ makes an appearance, but Kim also uses the megamix to highlight some lesser-known gems like Nelly Furtado’s ‘Big Hoops’ or Christina Aguilera’s ‘Your Body’ (maybe this is more popular than I realise, but this was legitimately the first time I had ever heard it, so apologies in advance to the Xtina stans).

So go on, give it a whirl – who knew that Fun’s ‘We Are Young’ sounds so perfect when mashed up with Cher Lloyd?

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