The song was also ranked number one by the Village Voice's annual Pazz and Jop poll, which compiles the votes of music critics from all over the United States.
The song was the best-selling single worldwide in 2012, selling over 12 million copies in that year alone, and the best-selling single on the i Tunes Store in 2012.
An accompanying music video was directed by Ben Knechtel.
In it, Jepsen seeks the attention of an attractive boy next door who is revealed at the close of the story to be attracted to a male band member.
On April 18, 2016, this song ranked at number 56 on the chart.
The music video for "Call Me Maybe" was written and directed by Ben Knechtel. According to Knechtel, the main idea behind the concept was to have a "twist at the end", trying to get away from the idea of the classic "boy meets a girl" story.
The song was written by Jepsen and Tavish Crowe as a folk song, but its genre was modified to pop following the production by Josh Ramsay.The song is Jepsen's third single to enter the Canadian Hot 100, debuting at number 97 for the week of October 22, 2011.By doing so, Jepsen became the fifth Canadian artist ever to reach the top position on the new chart in her home country, after Avril Lavigne, Nelly Furtado, Nikki Yanofsky, and Young Artists for Haiti.Jepsen commented that she feels "ultimately honored to be mentioned among those names. I have their music, they've been on my records since I can remember. It's cool because at the same time, it's all that I've all ever been working for." For the chart for the week of January 12, 2013, the song jumped from number 43 back into the top 40 at number 27.In the United States, the song debuted at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the week of March 10, 2012 with 80,000 downloads.After reaching the top position on the Canadian Hot 100, Jepsen became only the fifth Canadian artist to do so in her home country since 2007.In the United States, the track reached number one on the Mainstream Top 40 chart, and is the first number one by a Canadian female artist on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since 2007's "Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne.Music deemed it as an instant summer hit, and added that "Call Me Maybe" has "a good beat, great melody and catchy lyrics; something you and your friends can belt out in the car while driving to the beach, a party, and pretty much anywhere." Jon Caramanica of The New York Times wrote that the song is "breezy and sweet, an eyelash-fluttering flirtation run hard through the Disney-pop model of digitized feelings and brusque, chipper arrangements." Nicole James of MTV revealed that "Call Me Maybe" is probably the catchiest song she has ever heard, and added that "I don't even want to tell you what the play count is in my i Tunes for that song, but the moment you press play you're sucked in."s Emily Van Zandt began her review of the track saying, "screw you, Internet. And when it's ridiculously over-produced, up-tempo bubblegum pop with terrible lyrics on a beautiful day in Chicago when I'm wearing pink pants, I just kind of want to start skipping around handing my number out to random bros, you know?Thanks to a couple of posts on blogs that I refuse to own up to following, my afternoon has been dedicated to Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe'." Van Zandt continued to state that "all I know is that I have co-dependency issues when it comes to my music. " "Call Me Maybe" achieved commercial success in Canada, and later in the United States and around the world.He sends me different You Tube videos of unsigned artists that he'd like to work with, but never someone who already had a song out and is on the radio." During the pre-chorus, Jepsen states how she suddenly becomes attracted to a person, singing, "Your stare was holding, ripped jeans, skin was showing/Hot night, wind was blowing/Where you think you’re going, baby?" As the chorus begins, the background incorporates synthesized string chords, and Jepsen explains that her feelings towards the guy are unexpected, "Hey, I just met you, And this is crazy, But here's my number, So call me maybe." Jon O'Brien of All Music stated that the songs of Curiosity recall the bubblegum pop era of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, and added that "Call Me Maybe" is a teen pop song with "a chorus that just about straddles that fine line between sugary sweet and sickly." Tiffany Lee of Yahoo!