YMMV / Carly Rae Jepsen

  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Arguably the main reason why Carly was overlooked prior to the release of E•MO•TION. After the monster hit that was Call Me Maybe listeners wrote her off as a One-Hit Wonder trying to make a Career Resurrection, not helping matters was that I Really Like You the lead single of E•MO•TION being a perceived as a rehash of Call Me Maybe. Though well after release it's not uncommon to hear new fans admitting that was a mistake.
  • Big in Japan: The reason why E•MO•TION was released earlier in Japan.
    • Taken up to eleven with her remix album for E•MO•TION released exclusively in Japan and her video for "First Time" made available only in Japan.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming:
  • Cult Classic: E•MO•TION has put Carly Rae in this position, not being overly popular beyond her megahit "Call Me Maybe", but instead being an acclaimed artist with a smaller, devoted fanbase.
    • She's still not too widely known, but E•MO•TION: Side B managed to make it to many critics' short list for the best album of 2016.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The guy she interested in "Call Me Maybe" has no line of dialogue or lyrics but the fact that he is gay and is quite good looking made Carly has quite a Periphery Demographic with gay men.
  • Memetic Mutation: Lampshaded:
    "I don’t think I’ve seen all of [the parodies], but I’ve seen enough to be pretty blown away. I saw the Cookie Monster one the other day. Sesame Street, man. It doesn’t get any better than that!”
    • The iconic horns of Run Away With Me on Vine and Tumblr
    • The "I Really Like You" video, in which Tom Hanks lip-syncs the song.
    • The song "Store" with its hilarious lyrics.
    • Give her a sword!
  • Moe: She's adorable.
  • Older Than They Think: People who only know her from "Call Me Maybe" would be very surprised to learn that her first album (Tug of War) was released in 2008.
    • On another level, Store from E•MO•TION Side B was originally written for an ''anti smoking ad'' back in 2011
  • Periphery Demographic: After the release and acclaim of E•MO•TION, Carly seems to have gained a fanbase among more indie/alternative music listeners. Case in point: readers of Pitchfork voted E•MO•TION most underrated album of 2015. And "Run Away With Me" is bolded on music aggregate site Rate Your Music, which normally isn't very kind towards mainstream pop releases.
    • Critics went nuts for the album too. In the Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop Critics Pollnote , E•MO•TION came in third, behind only Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly and Courtney Barnett's debut album.
  • Retroactive Recognition: After the success of "Call Me Maybe", some radio stations chose to ride on her newfound fame by playing "Tug of War". Cue people's jaws dropping when they recognize the song from a few years ago and realize, "Holy shit, that was Carly Rae Jepsen!?".
  • Signature Song:
    Hey, I just met you
    And this is crazy
    Is "Call Me Maybe"
    • "I Really Like You" and "Run Away with Me" are also contenders, too.
  • Sleeper Hit: While not necessarily a hit, the Cult Classic status of E•MO•TION could be seen as this. On release E•MO•TION listeners pretty much wrote Carly off as the 'Call Me Maybe girl trying to make a comeback', however a combination of very positive word of mouth (or people forcing their friends to listen to E•MO•TION), critical acclaim and later on the Memetic Mutation such as Run Away With Meme helped spread the popularity of E•MO•TION far and wide across the internet to end up becoming one of 2015 most talked about music releases.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: While Kiss is decent, it's pretty obvious the album was rushed to capitalize on the success of "Call Me Maybe". On E•MO•TION, there is much more detail to its songs and lack of any Album Filler, and the catchy numbers are even more catchier and awesome than before.
    • E•MO•TION: Side B gets reviews that are somewhere between this and Even Better Sequel; Metacritic gave it an 80 (compared to the original's 77) and it was on quite a few critics' short list for one of the best albums of the year. Not bad for an EP.
  • Tear Jerker: "Your Type" hits hard close to home for anyone ever in a one-sided love.
    • "Fever" and "Roses" are the closest of what could be called "sad songs" from her.