A good pop album is always appreciated, and Dedicated by Carly Rae Jepsen is exactly that. In a profile with GQ, Jepsen mentioned how the album is something that you would listen to when doing everyday things, such as vacuuming. Inspired by that, here are some songs off the new album that are perfect for completing various chores.
Laundry is a chore universally despised. Making dirty clothes clean is a task that takes a lot of time and energy, especially when there are so many other things you can do, like napping! Julien is the perfect song to make you forget about how much you love cheese wontons while you try to fold your clothes. With its upbeat tempo, dancing madly as Carly Rae Jepsen croons about a relationship that “was more than a fantasy” comes naturally.
Playing this track on repeat will make laundry feel like a fun breeze instead of a drag. You will be in bed wearing warm, fresh pajamas and watching Sailor Moon in no time.
Now That I Found You: Sweeping
Now That I Found You is a song that you can bop to from the second the music starts. As Carly Rae Jepsen sings about “nothing like this feeling now that I’ve found you,” it’s easy to get distracted and start dancing around. Sweeping is the perfect remedy. A simple chore that doesn’t take that much work means you can dance more and work less. Take advantage of this opportunity and make some crazy dance moves with your broom. Does anyone fancy using one as a guitar?
Want You in My Room: Taking Care of Pets
Taking care of your pets is the most fun chore there is. My favorite part of the day is making my cat purr by giving him tummy rubs. (He allows me to pet his tummy! He trusts me! I love him!) Want You In My Room is a song that is just as fun. The bongo beat makes you want to jump around, while Carly Rae Jepsen obviously has a good time singing about how much she wants to be “a little bit closer.” Every part makes a pure bop purr-fect for dancing around the house with your favorite animal friend.
Happy Not Knowing: Making the Bed
Making a bed is one of those chores people are split about. Some people do it every day, some people never do it. (I frankly support the latter. You’re just going to come back 10 minutes after you get out, so what’s the point?) Even though Carly Rae Jepsen is singing about being fine with being in an androgynous relationship,
“I just don’t have the energy”
is something you can also say about making the bed. If you find yourself needing to make it, listen to this big bop in order to keep yourself going. You’ll find yourself napping on the floor to keep your fresh bed looking neat in no time.
I’ll Be Your Girl: Cleaning Dishes
Cleaning dishes is a task that quickly gets repetitive. Grab a dish. Wash. Rinse. Dry. Repeat. You can use a dishwasher if you have one, but you still have to do most of the work. Make this chore more fun by listening to I’ll Be Your Girl. You can imagine getting jealous like Carly Rae Jepsen does and smashing a plate you’re cleaning over someone’s head. Or maybe placing a plate down in front of someone with slightly more force than is needed.
Whichever you prefer.
Too Much: Meal Prep
Cooking is also one of those chores that is a lot. You’re telling me you have to buy ingredients and make the food before you eat it? That feels like too much work when gallons of ice cream exists. A lot is also happening in Too Much, with Carly Rae Jepsen singing about how she feels that she overdoes it. Maybe you will end up making too much food as you listen to this song. Or maybe you will not “numb your heart’s desires” and end up making the perfect sushi-ice cream combo that you have always wanted. It’s up to you.
The Sound: Cleaning the Floor By Hand
This track is one of the sadder songs on Dedicate. The song is about how Carly Rae Jepsen wants a love that is action, or, as she puts it, “the sound.” It’s hard to find a relationship that’s real, one that means more than the words said. In a way, cleaning the floor by hand is the same. It’s hard and tiring, and it’s way easier to clean with a mop.
However, it’s ultimately worth it the hard way, just like the song states. Warning: you might sob as you find yourself on your hands and knees scrubbing. You’ll feel better about it though, and you’ll have clean floors. Win-win!
Feels Right: Packing
Packing is a chore that only happens at a time of huge change. Placing your entire life in boxes and hoping everything comes out fine is always nerve racking. When you figure out where to put your granny’s much-loved heirlooms, destress by listening to Feels Right. One of the most joyous songs on the album, belting the long notes loudly makes you forget all your problems. The featured artist on the track, Electric Guest, helps to make it a happy song. You’ll forget “all the things you’ve left behind” as you ignore those pesky boxes and become excited about the change coming.
Right Words Wrong Time: Vacuuming
Right Words Wrong Time is another of the sadder songs off the album. On this track, Jepsen sings about the ending of a relationship where (surprise, surprise) the other person always says the right words at the wrong time. Vacuuming is also a sad task. It’s loud and detail-oriented, taking up all your attention. It’s annoying to hit every corner, and you can easily become obsessed with finding every tiny dirt particle.
With this in mind, these two obviously go together. Warning though, listening to this track on repeat also might make you cry as you find dirt bunnies. At least you will be distracted from what you’re doing, and feel cathartic while doing so.
For Sure: Mowing the Lawn
On the bonus track, Carly Rae Jepsen wonders if her relationship is over and how she has “to know for sure.” Even though this song starts slow, by the time it is over it has become an intricate, amazing bop. A nice, freshly mowed lawn is slightly the same. It’s pretty and allows you to roll down hills and run around barefoot without stepping on sharp glass or twigs. This song will keep you on track to get through all the lawn work you need to do. You’ll be lounging around and reading a good book on the lawn soon.
Party For One (Single) By Carly Rae Jepsen: Cleaning Your Room
Often, cleaning your room is exactly that: making your space nice. Simple.
However, sometimes it’s more than that. It’s finding that picture you took on the happiest day of your life you thought you lost years ago. It’s remembering how badly someone hurt you when you find an unexpected gift or a note from them. The song is sad and hopeful and happy all at once. Party For One conveys this well, with Carly Rae Jepsen recovering from a relationship that went south. She’s alone and still into the other person but okay with that, finding the joy in:
“Dancing with myself, back on my beat.”
This song is a fun pop song that also shows how hard it can be to get over someone. Bop around to this one while making your room so nice you can see the floor again.