Every year, Bay Area-based DJ Earworm releases a mix of the top 25 hits of the year. His first breakout radio hit was “United State of Pop 2007.”
Known to some as Jordan Roseman, the mix master says the whole thing started as "tongue-in-cheek."
"I had no idea this was gonna go so far," he commented.
When asked about how he chose the name "Earworm" Roseman said it came from the German word "Ohrwurm" which is a song that gets stuck in your head.
"I wanted something super-catchy and jarring," Roseman said. "It was commonly used in German and was getting more popular in English around 2003-2004 when I was trying to find a name."
According to Roseman, it takes about a month of "focused work" to pull together each remix.
"I do start pondering it around November," he said.
As far as licensing rights go, Roseman says the music rights depend on the use.
"If it is just on Youtube and not for sale, then it is usually okay," he said. "Different venues require different levels of permissions. I usually post it on Youtube and see what happens. If I were to sell it, I would likely run into problems."
Roseman says he chooses his base song by looking at all the keys of each song and then seeing where instrumentals will fit.
Earworm's 2012 version is out now and already has nearly 3 million views on Youtube. Bay Area radio stations are playing the remix, called DJ Earworm Mashup-United State of Pop 2012 (Shine Brighter), and after listening a few times, Patch was wondering which song was the favorite in the Tri-Cities.
Some songs just bring back great memories from the year now past and some took on a life of its own like the appearance of the Gangnam Style phenomenon in Tri-Cities.
Check out DJ Earworm's remix on Youtube and take our poll on your favorite song for the year.
Here is the list of songs used in the remix, according to out.com:
Gotye and Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
Fun. - Some Nights
Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
Maroon 5 - One More Night
Fun. and Janelle Monáe - We Are Young
Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa - Payphone
Ellie Goulding - Lights
Rihanna - Diamonds
Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
Ke$Ha - Die Young
Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
Flo Rida - Good Feeling
Nicki Minaj - Starships
The Wanted - Glad You Came
Adele - Set Fire To The Rain
Lumineers - Ho Hey
One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
Flo Rida and Sia - Wild Ones
Phillip Phillips - Home
Bruno Mars - It Will Rain
Katy Perry - Wide Awake
Alex Clare - Too Close
PSY - Gangnam Style
Taylor Swift - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Flo Rida - Whistle