Yesterday, we learned Carly Rae Jepsen's infectious "Call Me Maybe" finally reached number one in the Billboard charts, kicking Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" to the curb after eight weeks at the top. While the notion that a song about an actual phone call seems somewhat anachronistic in this text- and IM-dominated age, "Call Me Maybe" follows a long line of great pop about the telephone. Read on for the ten best songs ever written about calling someone (or wishing someone would call you).
10. Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe"
The latest in a long line of great pop songs about the phone.
9. Oberhofer, "Landline"
Like anyone even has one of those these days.
8. The Decemberists, "Angel Won't You Call Me"
Fun fact: This is one of only two Decemberists songs I will even tolerate. It's a perfect piece of sixties pop that channels Neil Sedaka's "Next Door to An Angel."
7. The Black Angels, "Telephone"
A song that sounds like a long-lost Kinks song from 1964.
6. De La Soul, "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)"
"Leave your name and number and I'll get back to you" = I'll never call you back.
5. The Grateful Dead, "Operator"
Do people even call information anymore? We just Google it.
4. Squeeze, "853-5937"
Super cheesy, but you can't deny it. And as the YouTube description says: "GLEN ASKS - PLEASE DO NOT DIAL THE NUMBER." You could always try Jenny.
3. ELO, "Telephone Line"
Jeff Lyne really wants you to call him. The phone sounds at the beginning are actually a Moog.
2. The Nerves, "Hanging on the Telephone"
You know it's a classic when it's a band's only single and it still sounds as fresh as 1976.
1. Blondie, "Call Me"
The gold standard in phone songs.
Got a favorite song about the telephone? Add it in the comments!