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Taylor Swift - "I Knew You Were Trouble"
Carly Rae Jepsen - "Call Me Maybe"
But it was boom times for the more traditional romantic teen-pop leads, too. A real banner year for bubblegum. Taylor Swift continued to burn down boyfriends like Sherman through Atlanta, but even though plenty of her usual up-the-middle strummy mash notes remained on RED, that record's big singles had a sharpness, sheen, and restlessness to them that she'd never managed before. "We Are Never Getting Back Together" is mercilessly catchy, and really, kind of funny. "I Knew You Were Trouble" is even better, toying with modern club music to portray an emotional rock bottom (that'll last at least until the next boy-bander, Kennedy, or B-list actor thinks he's the one who's getting out of it without getting a song written about him). Yet, even with Max Martin on her GChat, Swift got beat at her own game by a grown Canadian woman exceptionally apt at faking All-American Girl. Just mentioning her ubiquitous hook-delivery system started the "Call Me Maybe" head-loop you thought you were past, right? Sorry. They made it catchy on purpose.