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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

If you are getting ready for New Year's Eve, and you're working on that play list, here's a song to consider. OK, actually 68 songs stitched together into a five minute mix. We're talking about Pop Danthology, an annual music video mash up that goes viral this time of year. The creator, Daniel Kim, and he isn't even a famous DJ. He's a creative jack of all trades from Vancouver, who composes music for commercials, runs a blog and also works part-time in retail.

He's released his MASH ups on YouTube every December since 2010.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC, "POP DANTHOLOGY")

DANIEL KIM: Pop Danthology.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: (Singing) Everybody, get up. We come to...

GREENE: Last year's version got more than 45 million hits. And as Daniel Kim was putting the finishing touches on this year's mix, his fans started getting impatient.

KIM: When I posted a status update that, OK, I'm running a bit behind in schedule. The same people started swearing at me and using really foul language. It was almost sounded like I was dealing with addicts.

GREENE: Yeah he was. When he posted Pop Danthology a few weeks ago, some of us here at MORNING EDITION were playing it on loop. Just seems like a great song for New Years Eve to dance, and also feel some nostalgia for the year that's ending. We could not pass up a chance to talk to Kim about how he does it.

KIM: I choose several keys to work with. And then I just group up many songs into that one key. And then, I try to see how I can transition from one chunk to the other.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC, "POP DANTHOLOGY")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: (Singing) (unintelligible) I'm alive. I'm alive. I'm alive.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: (Singing) Come on if you feel alive...

KIM: When I notice that there is some melody in a song that breaks apart, if there's another song where during the pauses of one song they're singing, then I like to put them together so that it creates that call and response kind of effect.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC, "POP DANTHOLOGY")

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: (Singing) So we got it. Oh, no, no.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: (Singing) And how you feeling lost...

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: (Singing) 'Cause you own a piece of me. How I wish I didn't need. Chasing relentlessly, still finding that I don't know why. It's all a lie...

KIM: A lot of planning goes into this 'cause if you don't plan outs something like this, then you'll end up being stuck in a certain key. And you want to transition out but you don't have anymore material to work with.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC, "POP DANTHOLOGY")

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #3: (Singing) Is it like a wrecking ball?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: (Singing) I've been locked out of heaven.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #4: (Singing) Trouble, trouble, trouble...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: (Singing) And when you get on...

KIM: I can't stand music that progresses slowly - entertainment that progresses slowly. So making a mash up is like putting together this huge, huge puzzle. Getting just all the best parts and putting them together in a way that the listener doesn't have to just endure through boring filler parts, but they can get just the best pieces of everything.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC, "POP DANTHOLOGY")

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #5: (Singing) It's we who own the night...

GREENE: That is producer Daniel Kim. Each December, he releases "Pop Danthology," a year-end music video mash up.

Happy New Year, everybody. It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC, "POP DANTHOLOGY")

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #5: (Singing) Don't take nothing from nobody. Oh yeah. It would be royal. Royal. It's running our life and I can't change...

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