Quick, what’s the most famous day to fall on the 25th of the month? If you said National Telephone Day, who are you, how did you even know this day existed, and why didn’t you say Christmas?
But yes, today is National Telephone Day. The day we celebrate Alexander Graham Bell’s groundbreaking invention of the telephone – a tool once used to communicate with the people around us, and is now instead used to look at pictures, watch videos, play games, find dates and read articles about National Telephone Day.
So what better way is there to honour the telephone than to remember and relive the ten best songs and music videos featuring telephones.
10. Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
Giving us perhaps the biggest song of 2012, pint-sized Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen took the world by storm with her hit “Call Me Maybe”. It would be impossible to create a list of the best songs about phone calls without this absolute gem. Is she a bit aggressive in this song? Sure. Would her approach of giving a guy her phone number immediately after meeting him maybe scare said guy off? Probably. But sometimes we have to do crazy things. People thought Alexander Graham Bell was crazy for trying to invent the telephone, and now look where we are.
9. 867-5309/Jenny by Tommy Tutone
Coming in at the nine spot, we get the oldest song of the bunch. That means it represents the most pure and unadulterated form of the classic phone call. It tells the story of a girl named Jenny, whose number is written on a wall with the words, “For a good time, call 867-5309.” And of course, the gentleman in question calls this number to make Jenny his girl. Still a better love story than Twilight.
8. Kiss Me Thru The Phone by Soulja Boy ft. Sammie
Okay, so maybe this one doesn’t necessarily belong in a list of the ten “best” songs about phone calls. But nothing truly says unrequited love like, “I miss you, I miss you, I miss you, I really want to kiss you, but I can’t.” Soul-shattering.
7. Payphone by Maroon 5 ft. Wiz Khalifa
And now, with perhaps the most fraudulent song on this list, Maroon 5’s “Payphone”. You’re calling from a payphone? Didn’t they outlaw those things when Colin Farrell was held hostage in one back in 2002? Regardless of the song’s ridiculous theme or Adam Levine’s ability to dodge bullets in the music video, it’s an incredibly catchy tune. “Payphone” would climb the Billboard Hot 100 alongside Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”, making 2012 the biggest year for the telephone since 1876.
6. I Just Called To Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder
There’s really not much to say about this song and/or video. Stevie Wonder is amazing, the song is definitively a classic, and he sings into a telephone that’s attached to his piano throughout the entire music video.
5. Hotline Bling by Drake
We won’t go into too much detail about this one either, as ol’ Aubrey may be making another appearance in this list. But basically, Drake is a sad boy who often expresses his sadness by singing about his phone calls with former flames. It does however crack the top five because it gave us one of the best and easiest dance moves of 2015.
4. Telephone by Lady Gaga ft. Beyoncé
It’s a little wild to think about how big Lady Gaga was at one point. Sure, she’s still popular and recently performed at the Super Bowl, but she may never again reach the level of success she had during her 2008-2010 run. The pinnacle of her dominance can be seen right here in this music video, featuring Beyoncé (yes, the Beyoncé) as what is essentially the backup act. Yes, in 2010, Beyoncé was Lady Gaga’s Kelly and Michelle.
3. Marvins Room by Drake
Remember when I said Drake may be making another appearance on this list? Well here he is again. This one comes in higher primarily because it actually feels real. “Hotline Bling” was an ultra fun song, despite it’s content. But “Marvins Room” is one of those Drake songs that leaves you sitting there in silence, wondering, thinking, being a sad boy/sad girl, minutes after it stops playing.
2. Hello by Adele
This isn’t just one of the best songs featuring an infamous phone call, but it’s one of the best and biggest songs of the past decade. It marked the triumphant return of a woman we hadn’t heard from in over three years, and I’ve probably listened to it close to 1,000 times. It’s as close to perfection as a single song can be. So you’re probably wondering, how the heck isn’t it number one?
1. good kid, m.A.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar
Well, Adele’s “Hello” isn’t number one because no single song can compete with how Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore album good kid, m.A.A.d city used phone calls and voicemails. Sure, I cheated. But Kendrick’s song “HUMBLE.” and his album “DAMN.” are currently number one on basically every other major list right now, so I decided to throw it back to this absolute masterpiece of rapping and storytelling. You can listen to the sixth track, “Poetic Justice” above or do yourself a real favour and listen to the entire album on Spotify.