@CarlyRaeJepsen throws away her #OneHitWonder status and goes for gold with #IReallyLikeYou

If there’s one thing Carly Rae Jepsen knows how to do, it’s get a song stuck in your head forever and ever. This time around, Jepsen throws away her #OneHitWonder status (see No. 6 on my “Best of 2012” list) and goes for gold with “I Really Really Really Really Really Really Like You.” Take a listen below.

Let’s get this out of the way first: it sounds like Carly took the best parts of Taylor Swift‘s 1989 crossed with Betty Who‘s “All Of Me,” one of my jams from the past year. Which isn’t the worst thing, especially since all three artists have stated that they were heavily influenced by the ’80s pop movement. So, at least we can all say that these artists have captured the spirit of the ’80s for today’s generations…

Tom Hanks lip-syncing Carly Rae’s “I Really Like You”

Also, the music video: it’s really really really really really really cute. Major props to whoever thought bringing Tom Hanks (and a rehabilitated Biebs) in was a good idea. Not only does it give this song that fresh, innocent feel, it also makes the music video stand on its own merits. Neither the song nor its accompanying video are carbon copies of each other, making both their own events. It allows both to be celebrated in their own rights. Just as she did with her “Call Me Maybe” video, Jepsen adds even more flair to a song that has the charisma of a pageant beauty queen (in other words, these songs have enough personality to begin with).

Overall, Jepsen has had the fortune of producing something in the same wheelhouse of her previous MAJOR hit without seeming tired or too trying. Great job, Carly, and I can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us this year.

I Really Like You

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GRADE: ★★★★☆

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