It is time, dear lovers of pop, to poll your chart hearts, as Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe” just mounted a bubbly coup of Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used to Know” and heisted the Billboard Hot 100 number one slot from those spurned Aussies after an eight-week run. Billboard is citing numbers in the 3-million range, the way of digital download sales-to-date. Which is less than half of what Gotye have achieved thus far. But a new reign of pop power could change all that, couldn’t it? Such is where you come in, as we embrace an old fashioned lyric battle. On one hand we have Jepsen’s string-flirtatious digit-chaser “Call Me Maybe,” the swooning Canadian starlet getting all summer hot for a potential hook-up:

 

Hey, I just met you
And this is crazy
But here’s my number
So call me maybe

 

On the other hand there’s downtrodden Gotye fast-forwarding past the digits, the chase, the maybes, and on to the sour sentiments “Somebody That I Used to Know,” cathartically howling:

 

But you didn’t have to cut me off
Make out like it never hap end and that we were nothing
And I didn’t even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough

 

So what have you, reader? Who’s the real number one, here? Is it time to kick out the summer jam optimism of “Call Me Maybe” and bow to the new reign of Jepsen? Or should we fall back to the pessimism of the wounded set Gotye, and take summer lovin’ with a grain of salt some more? Comment away!

 

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