Well to answer that question in specific terms, Carly Rae Jepsen will be performing at the Polaris gala September 19, as her album Emotion is one of 10 shortlisted for the annual prize. One of her fans (a jepsie) recently used an image to explain why she is referred to as Carly “Slay” Jepsen. We took the idea a little bit further in the listing of Metacritic scores for selected popular albums below. (No offence to fans of the other artists.)
We didn’t include any albums from her fellow Canadians, as Canada is not in a competition with itself. However, we make a brief reference to Justin Bieber’s Purpose with a Metacritic score of 63, Drake’s Views 69, and The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness 74, all below her towering score of 78. The number 78 can also serve as a reference point to the year 1978 which lies in the decade Carly promises to pay tribute to next. While Emotion was all about the 80s, Carly wants to get us dancing Bee Gees or ABBA style promising that her fourth studio album will be all about the 70s. Strobe lights? Yes, please. Platform shoes? Ah, maybe we’ll pass on that one. Carly is probably best at getting us dancing. Even the security guards at her early concerts couldn’t stand still. While we eagerly wait for her next album, with Emotion Side B holding us over, here is a summary of Carly Rae Jepsen’s biggest hits to date.
Carly Rae Jepsen’s 10 Biggest Hits to Date
10. Tonight, I’m Getting Over You
From album Kiss, Carly penned this track with a legion of writers including the ubiquitous Max Martin. While making it to #88 in Canada, it was a Top 40 smash in the UK peaking at #33.
9. Run Away with Me
The opening track from critically acclaimed Polaris shortlisted Emotion was co-written with Sweden’s Shellback. Without much radio support, it climbed to #83 at home and #58 in Britain.
Anticipation rode high in the days surrounding Carly’s Kiss album for a collaboration with Justin Bieber, as she had been signed to his management team. Fans were not disappointed with the result. “Beautiful” made the Top 40 at #37.
7. Tug of War
Jepsen’s folk-pop debut single and title track of her first album was co-written with Canadian dance pop doyen Ryan Stewart. Reaching #36, this one went gold, and Carly became to the rest of the world Canada’s best-kept secret.
Followup to “Tug of War”, “Bucket” was the album’s second single. Also going gold, it did slightly better on the charts reaching #32 in the summer of 2009.
5. This Kiss
Off Carly’s second LP, “This Kiss” became a staple of radio airplay and peaked on the charts at #23.
Followup to smash hit “Call Me Maybe”, the original version of “Curiosity” from the EP of the same name was all over the airwaves and also went gold. It made it to #18 on the Billboard Hot 100.
3. I Really Like You
Despite a lukewarm response from radio, the lead single from album Emotion went gold and peaked on the charts at #14. It was even a bigger hit in the UK where it reached #3.
2. Good Time
A surprise collaboration with Owl City, “Good Time” topped the charts becoming Carly’s second #1. It was included on album Kiss helping the album go gold and win the JUNO award for Album of the Year.
1. Call Me Maybe
“Call Me Maybe” took a while to build momentum but once it did it became a global blockbuster, topping the charts in dozens of countries around the planet including Canada. It apparently was the best-selling digital single of 2012 in the world and was domestically certified at 8x platinum. The song was included on both the Curiosity EP as well as album Kiss.