This is it, the Big Leagues, the last category in the MetroLyrics Year-End Awards: The Defining Song of 2012. It's Day 5 and it's time to vote for the song that you will always remember when you look back on 2012. The winner of this category will have been the most memorable song of the year, the song that was on everyone's lips and the song that everyone knew all the words to. Scroll down to see the nominees and vote for your pick...
"Hey I just met you / And this is crazy / But here's my number / So call me maybe"
There's just no denying that this song was huge this year. We're willing to bet that even your grandma knew it! Heck, even Cookie Monster knows it! A few months ago, you voted it the Official 2012 Song of the Summer and it was nominated for Song of the Year at the Grammys. There's not much left to say about it except that before it came into our lives we missed it so bad. We missed it so bad. We missed it so, so bad.
Bonus Material: Watch this unexpected and hilarious performance of "Call Me Maybe" where Carly Rae is joined by the One Direction boys and a few tennis stars!
"No, you didn't have to stoop so low / Have your friends collect your records / And then change your number / Guess that I don't need that though / Now you're just somebody that I used to know"
"Somebody That I Used To Know" was the little song that could. It's odd at first listen, very subdued, but it grows on you with every play until you're belting it out alone in your room remembering a lost love. This song catapulted Gotye to fame and spawned hundreds of hilarious parodies and heartfelt covers. We'll always remember where we were when we first hear those beginning few twangy notes of the song.
Bonus Material: We interviewed Gotye and he told us all about what it feels like to have the whole world know and love your song.
"You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me / But we are never ever ever ever getting back together / Like, ever… "
This song marked Taylor Swift's transition from Pop-Country to purely Pop and shocked all her fans and critics with just how catchy it was. Her album Red went on to become one of the best-selling albums of the year and many of the singles released on iTunes shot up to #1 on the music site. This song solidified Swift as the superstar that she is and gave everyone the best line to say when breaking up with somebody you can't stand: "We are never, ever, ever getting back together."
Bonus Material: Watch the crafty, scrapbooked lyric video for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."
"Tonight / We are young / So let's set the world on fire / We can burn brighter / than the sun"
We had never heard of Fun. before they released their sweeping, epic anthem "We Are Young" but when it hit the radio it was huge. It was the perfect summer song about being young and carefree but living for the purpose of changing the world. After this song, Fun. released "Some Nights" which is currently very popular, and also nominated in the MetroLyrics Year-End Awards for Most Pop-Culturally Relevant of 2012.
Bonus Material: We deCODED the deeper meaning behind Fun.'s "We Are Young" lyrics.
"Baby you light up my world like nobody else / The way that you flip your hair gets me overwhelmed / But when you smile at the ground it ain't hard to tell / You don't know Oh oh / You don't know you're beautiful"
One Direction shot up the fame ladder this year and proved that boy bands were BACK on the music scene. In the late 90's and 00's, Backstreet Boys and N*SYNC ruled the scene and we thought we'd never see a boy band revival but 1D proved us all wrong. With their relatable lyrics (seriously, this song could be about any one of their fans which makes it so appealing) and adorable good looks, these guys helped define the year in music.
Bonus Material: Check out our exclusive interview with One Direction's Niall Horan where he name-drops Demi Lovato as an example of a girl who's "hot but she don't know it."
Now it's time to vote!
Voting is still open for the Most Swoon-Worthy Lyric Of The Year, the Hardest-Partying Lyric Of The Year, the Most Pop-Culturally Relevant Lyric Of 2012, and the Break-Up Lyric Of The Year - so get those votes in! Check back next week to see who is crowned the WINNER of their category!
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