It's always too easy to be snobbish about music, especially when it comes to pop music and I know I’ve been guilty in the past of criticising many pop songs of sounding the same. Just last week I wrote a news story that revealed how songs released in 2010 had eighteen times the amount of samples as those written in 1982 and this point has now been illustrated with this very clever 'mash up' featuring about ten of the most popular pop hits of the past twelve months. Some of the acts under the microscope are Rihanna, Maroon 5, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Carly Rae Jepson, Flo Rida, LMFAO and One Direction.

While some of the tracks have been manipulated ever so slightly (namely the vocals on the Maroon 5 track) the mix does display just how much the producers behind the songs have kept to the same formula and in defense of the artists themselves production credits are shared in more than one instance.

It does however prove the old adage of 'if it ain’t broke then don’t try to fix it', particularly when it comes to selling millions of records!