Stop Calling Carly Rae Jepson Maybe the Greatest One Hit Wonder, After This:


Claire Weigus, Culture Editor

On October 21, 2022 Carly Rae Jepson released her new album, The Loneliest Time, her sixth studio album.

In 2012 Carly Rae Jepson released the pop hit “Call me Maybe”, overtaking every radio station and even getting nominated for two Grammys. She earned the number two ranking on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 2012.

Since this powerhouse of a pop song’s reach seems almost impossible to replicate, Jepson has been labeled as a One Hit Wonder. 

Though “Call Me Maybe” will forever be stuck in the heads of every teenager who not only rocked their side parts, but also, out to pop music, Carly Rae Jepson still infuses her old beloved artistry in her new songs.

Releasing “Call Me Maybe” when the genre of bubblegum pop was at its peak, enchanting teens through lyrics romanticizing young love on top of catchy beats, conformed with the current music era trends. Though her sticking to a high energy approach in her music years later, gives her audience a feeling of being able to reminisce on their pop tailored past. 

Even though that nostalgic style prevails in “Surrender My Heart” with a catchy chorus, “Go Find Yourself or Whatever” is produced with a mellow back beat and vulnerable lyrics.

She sings, “I could cut a thousand roses…Show you that I’m all torn up inside…I hope it treats you better than I could do”.

Jepsen steers away from the traditional pop style when recounting the pain of a relationship coming to a close and the hopes of it having an alternate ending. 

Expressing her hard time with letting go of a failed relationship and the annoyance at her significant other for wanting to take time to find themself is raw and relatable. The inability for her to comprehend the reasoning for the breakup is something that almost everyone can relate to, whether that’s for the ending of one’s platonic friendship or romantic relationship. Capturing these emotions through song and sharing them with the world can help those struggling to feel less alone throughout their Loneliest Times

Jepson can be heard branching out of her fast tempo pop niche with a newfound level of maturity entering the plot of her lyrics. Her former music being strictly full of upbeat cadences and obsolete lyrics is replaced in certain new songs with confessions of passion, love, and the desire for her relationship to not have fallen apart. Her words are sung vehemently as she projects introspective messages.

Carly Rae Jepson’s new album, The Loneliest Time,  shows that over the years she has proficiently crafted the ability to create lyrics that listeners will have a hard time forgetting, while incorporating ballads that reference more than the shallow hardships of modern teenage years.