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!
After they tweeted about it on their personal profiles, Jepsen instantly gained international attention, and got signed by Scooter Braun to his Schoolboy Records.
Braun revealed that Bieber has "never jumped out and promoted an artist like this before.
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.
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.
As part of promotion for the song, Jepsen performed the track on The Ellen De Generes Show, where she made her US television debut, and at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards.
"Call Me Maybe" has been covered by several artists, including Kelly Clarkson, Fun, Big Time Rush, Lil Wayne and Cody Simpson, and parodied by Cookie Monster and some of the news staff of National Public Radio.
It was also covered on "The New Rachel", the season premiere episode of the fourth season of Glee.
"Call Me Maybe" was nominated for two Grammy Awards, for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 55th Annual ceremony, but lost to "We Are Young" by Fun and the live performance of "Set Fire to the Rain" by Adele, respectively.
Musically, "Call Me Maybe" is a pop and teen pop track that alludes to the inconvenience that a love at first sight brings to a girl who hopes for a call back from a new crush.