Pop Danthology 2012: Vancouverite's mashup of 2012's hit pop songs goes viral

With 2012 coming to an end, people and blogs are beginning to look back at the very worst and very best of the year. This includes the year in music, and Vancouver’s Daniel Kim has managed to mash together 55 of the year’s hit pop songs into a 8-minute seamless dance beat video. “Pop Danthology 2012” has captured international media attention, and garnered over 7-million hits and 18,000 comments on YouTube since it was published on December 2nd.

Going through a year’s worth of pop songs and synthesizing it into a seamless melody is no easy task. On his blog, Daniel Kim describes the 3-month process to develop Pop Danthology 2012. It is certainly no quick and easy task, and for any daring the challenge it would require quite a bit of talent and patience as “making a mash-up is like completing a huge puzzle,” and not every piece goes together.

The video on YouTube is attaining several comments every minute, and virtually all are praising his work. In addition, as I write this, more than 103,000 “likes” have been given for the video (conversely, there have been only 2,000 dislikes, which gives the video an excellent like-dislike ratio). It is a great sample size of what the popular opinion is for this mashup.

I can confidently say that Kim is very well on his way in becoming a world-class DJ. And oh, did I mention, Vancouver represent?

This is Kim’s third annual mashup of a year in hit pop songs. You do not have to like every song in Kim’s 2012 medley, but his mashup of beats is bound to induce a sense of optimism and nostalgia into you. I have been following Kim’s work over the years – his 2010 and 2011 “Pop Danthology” mashups are among some of my earbud’s most played soundtracks.

Like for so many others, music has been my ecstasy to escape the modern grind, but to me this 2012 medley just expresses so much more in such a compact way. This has been a tough year for many. We all have our personal strifes and everyday stresses, the economy is still in a downward spiral, and the world has steadily become more divided, unstable, and dangerous over the past year. Let’s put all of that aside for 8-minutes, and remember the good times of 2012.

So, without any further adieu, I present to you Pop Danthology 2012:

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Free MP3 Audio download: https://www.facebook.com/danielkimmusic/notes

The Making of Pop Danthology: http://giftofocpd.com/2012/12/02/the-making-of-pop-danthology/

1. Adele – “Set Fire To The Rain”
2. Adele – “Skyfall”
3. Alex Clare – “Too Close”
4. Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo – “Let’s Go”
5. Carly Rae Jepson – “Call Me Maybe”
6. Cher Lloyd – “Want U Back”
7. Chris Brown – “Don’t Wake Me Up”
8. Chris Brown – “Turn Up The Music”
9. Christina Aguilera – “Your Body”
10. David Guetta feat. Chris Brown & Lil Wayne – “I Can Only Imagine”
11. David Guetta feat. Nicky Minaj – “Turn Me On”
12. David Guetta feat. Sia – “Titanium”
13. Demi Lovato – “Give Your Heart A Break”
14. Ellie Goulding – “Lights”
15. Enrique Iglesias feat. Sammy Adams – “Finally Found You”
16. Far East Movement feat. Justin Bieber – “Live My Life”
17. Flo Rida – “Whistle”
18. Flo Rida feat. Sia – “Wild Ones”
19. Fun. – “Some Nights”
20. Fun. feat. Janelle Monáe – “We Are Young”
21. Gotye feat. Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used To Know”
22. Gym Class Heroes feat. Neon Hitch – “Ass Back Home”
23. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull – “Dance Again”
24. Jessie J – “Domino”
25. Justin Bieber feat. Big Sean – “As Long As You Love Me”
26. Justin Bieber – “Boyfriend”
27. Karmin – “Brokenhearted”
28. Katy Perry – “Part Of Me”
29. Katy Perry – “Wide Awake”
30. Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger”
31. Ke$ha – “Die Young”
32. LMFAO – “Sorry For Party Rocking”
33. Madonna feat. M.I.A. & Nicky Minaj – “Give Me All Your Luvin'”
34. Maroon 5 – “One More Night”
35. Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa – “Payphone”
36. Nelly Furtado – “Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)”
37. Ne-Yo – “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)”
38. Nicky Minaj – “Pound The Alarm”
39. Nicky Minaj – “Starships”
40. One Direction – “Live While We’re Young”
41. One Direction – “What Makes You Beautiful”
42. Owl City & Carly Rae Jepson – “Good Time”
43. P!nk – “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”
44. Pitbull feat. Chris Brown – “International Love”
45. PSY – “Gangnam Style”
46. Rihanna – “Diamonds”
47. Rihanna – “Where Have You Been”
48. Rita Ora – “How We Do (Party)”
49. Swedish House Mafia – “Don’t You Worry Child”
50. Tyga – “Rack City”
51. Usher – “Climax”
52. Usher – “Scream”
53. The Wanted – “Glad You Came”
54. Will.I.Am feat. Eva Simons – “This is Love”
55. Zedd feat. Matthew Koma – “Spectrum”

Pop Danthology 2011

Pop Danthology 2010

Written by Kenneth Chan, a Columnist at Vancity Buzz. Follow me on Twitter: @kenjmtchan