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Is rock dead? DJ Earworm releases his annual United State of Pop mashup

December 29, 2010 |  8:07 am


Here's a track that'll make your Shazam iPhone app explode: DJ Earworm's annual collection of the year's biggest hits, mashed up into one catchy (synthetic, faux-rave) hit. Since 2007, the San Francisco based producer and DJ has collected Billboard's top 25 songs of the year and blended them together into one song. This year he tweezes out selected melodies, rhythms, synth-washes and choruses from Katy Perry, Kesha, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, B.o.B. and a few dozen others and carefully weaves them into something resembling a hit song. The end result offers a snapshot moment of 2010, one that will either torture or tease you. Question for the rock fans: Is there any guitar in this thing? Any rockers other than, um, Train make the cut? Is rock dead?

-- Randall Roberts