Pop Song Reviews - The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2012

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  • Jerry Rajer  - Agreed.
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    Good work as always, btw here is my self made review of Scream&Shout if anyone wants to see it:
    http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=WQbyOTu2jm4
  • inaname  - Nice Review
    Alot of dumb musical stuff this year. I would of put some of those metions on the list, myself. But I agree with your choices.
  • secretsheik
    I had really expected him to talk about how 50 ways to say goodbye has a significant portion that sounds like phantom of the opera...
  • MeganNacionales  - Thank You!!!
    Somebody else who hears it! My dad and brothers like to 'torture' me with this song because they like it and don't understand why I don't. I described it as a "Mariachi Phantom Drive By". x(
  • TheGreatGlissando
    I think the worst of this year is probably the least awful out of the four he's done, birthday cake isn't as bad as Hot Chelle Rae or Diva anyway :)
  • PlayMp1
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    I would have put Starships on the list, for sure. Rap Critic does a well-deserved takedown of Minaj in his Worst Lyrics I've Ever Heard... in 2012 video.
  • cosmic-clover  - I don't understand Minaj's appeal.
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    She catches me like she tries to be a ghetto version of Lady Gaga most the time, and the few songs I've heard from her have horrible lyrics. In one of her songs, she keeps telling haters to 'suck her dick' as a form of insult to them (I'm still trying to figure out how that could work).
  • PlayMp1
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    According to Rap Critic, Minaj once was a ferocious firespitter with genuinely biting, smart lyrics - this was two years ago. Then, once she really started running with Young Money, her lyrics went beyond rock bottom, right on down to the planet's core.

    So, in other words, she sold out harder than frickin'... uh... need an example that isn't Metallica... Oh! Celtic Frost on the album Cold Lake! Or Dimmu Borgir!

    You probably didn't understand that, sorry. Nonetheless, her draw was her attitude, sex appeal (if she isn't made up like some kind of ridiculous Gaga wannabe, she's actually pretty hot), once-good lyrics, and energy. She first abandoned energy, followed by lyrics, appearance, and finally even her attitude has gone from "destroyer of haters" to "boobs boobs boobs boobs lotta boooooooobs" (Actual line from an actual Minaj song - watch that Rap Critic video).
  • Ohsha
    Todd called "Fuck You" one of the worst songs of 2011? He really does have shit taste in music.

    There are a lot of good acoustic songs by white men like
    https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=37k_Ri1XxEc

    #10

    "50 Ways to Leave your Lover" isn't silly or dark. Your own description contradicts. It's just a song about a girl convincing a guy to dump his current girlfriend for her and his lingering guilt over the notion.


    #9

    Rihanna's first big hit Umbrella was all about stuttering too remember? Remember that old song, "I can tell you're lying, 'cause what you're implying, stutter, stutter, stuh stuh stuh stutter, stutter" and the other stuttering song that came out round the same itme?

    #6
    I hate to see Country's sissification but atleast this guy can sing.
    There's no trickery in a girl getting wet for Hunter Hays. He's handsome.

    #5
    Scream and Shout sounds like wannabe LMFAO which's a very low bar to aim for.

    #3
    Maroon 5 has always been poppy shit.
    That's not reggae Todd it's a ska riff.


    Todd's just pretending not to understand "take me down like a domino". Right?
  • Arwin_Rand
    Actually Todd put Cee Lo Green's "Fuck You" on his BEST list for that year. He was just mad that he couldn't do it for the year it came out. Go to his best songs of 2011 list and you'll see it there.

    I won't comment on anything else except number 6. Seriously? I cannot believe anyone defends Hunter Hayes on any grounds. He's an insincere pretty boy who's sole contribution to my favorite genre consists of giving it it's own Justin Bieber and he ought to be shunned from the genre when he's doing better than legitimate country acts.
  • PlayMp1
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    You know that ska and reggae are heavily related... right? That little off-beat guitar riff is common to both genres. Reggae is just slower and has different instrumentation. Listen to a typical Bob Marley song and try and tell me that that isn't there.

    Also, I may be repeating what that other guy said, but Todd put Fuck You as his #1 BEST for 2011. Go watch the damn video.
  • onewinged23
    To be honest, I really hoped that "Onebullshit" is going to be #1 and now I'm upset that you haven't "honoured" them by recognising their singles as the infection to our ears. Hell, they have even used "Backstreet boys" for their single! Everytime I hear their song it just makes me sick...

    I just wish they have never been popular...

    Also, just in case of serving the society, please don't make a review on one of their songs, unless you won't play their infamous "music" video or the video will be muted.

    I think you should have mentioned JB(not Jack Black) feat. "Plastic donkey" - Beauty and a Beat. I swear if I will hear that song on radio for 2 more months, I'll go insane. I don't know any other definition for this than "It's a weapon used to weaken your brain cells".

    Great list and I hope to see best hits of 2012 from you soon.
  • SlyDante
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    Well, I think Todd might HAVE to do a One Direction review in the future..."Little Things" is in the Top 40 right now, & it may be their worst single yet. Let me put it this way: Imagine a boy band song written by Pat Monahan. If it gets to the Top 20, it needs to be burned for all to see & made an example of.

    Also, ditto on a "Beauty and A Beat" review as well. It's not really THAT bad, but it is annoying, & I'm pretty positive it only got airplay because Selena Gomez gets mentioned once. Also, that awful pun for a title makes me somehow want to punch this song. Hard.
  • PlayMp1
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    I seriously think he should have done What Makes You Beautiful for a full review. I mean, yeah, he covers the song's dumbest line ("you don't know you're beautiful, that's what makes you beautiful") in a spectacular take down, but I want him to nail the rest of what the fuck is wrong with that song.
  • sharonlovesgoodmusic
    You my friend are a god. Thank you for hating that shit band from Britain. What upsets me the most is that Great Britain has amazing bands who do not get reconized. The best boyband from the UK wil always be Take That. They made a comeback in 2006 and their music has gone from pop to adult pop music with meaning. They write their own songs and produc their own songs.They have won Best Live Act at the Brit Awards numous times.
    Please listen:
    http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=273eSvOwpKk
  • JackitK  - Never safe
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    I thought I was safe from Drive-by in this list when the other Train song was mentioned. But then comes #2.

    So a stupid song brought a stupid saying into the Internet? Why am I surprised? I should of saw that coming.
  • T-70  - FINALLY!
    God that was satisfying. 2012 has been destroyed. Now, to find the remnants... the good music.
  • iDEMANDWeekendAtBernies3  - Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    YES! Been waitin for this. You're the best thing on TGWTG man.
  • zenfrodo
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    AGREED AGREED AGREED!!

    Todd is by far the best thing on TGWTG (though Bum Reviews runs neck & neck). Keep it up, Todd. I enjoy your stuff even when I have no clue what the song you're reviewing is.

    It's a sad, sad, reprehensible commentary on American culture when someone like Chris Brown still has female fans.
  • DeadCobra
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    Cool
    I agree with the most of them but some are great songs
    One direction sucks yes i prefer the Key of Awesome remake but they are better then Justin Bieber
    O yes why is no Justin Bieber #1 no matter what he is always the worst
  • Mousy Voice
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    I have no taste in music. In fact, Whistle, Drive-by, and even some of the recent crap from boy bands and Justin Bieber don't bother me that much. But Birthday Cake just sent shivers down my spine. Hand me a Hefty bag because I'm about to cough up my birthday cake.
  • Rulk
    Cake is a lie? I thought this was 2013 not 2007
  • doctormo  - Cod
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    This page has a good explination of the British slag 'cod'

    http://www.word- detective.com/2008/04/ cod-mock/
  • mrrubino
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    Yooooouuuu slaaaaaaaaaag!
  • Otaku_Youkai
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    Hey Todd do you think that when the jessie in domino says "dancing in the moonlight" it sounds like the song dancing in the moon by kingharvest or toploader

    if it doesn't its probably just me
  • Hakajin
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    It's not just you; I thought the same thing.
  • cosmic-clover
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    Add me to that list as well, it was the first thing I was thinking when I heard the song.
  • Ellie Bee
    Great job as always, Todd. This year, I hope for a few things to happen to the music industry:

    1. Pat Monahan and the rest of Train need to realize that they're in their forties and need to grow the eff up.

    2. Sia should go back to being an indie artist, as she actually made good music.

    3. The world needs to stop Chris Brown from ever having another hit. No pun intended.
  • MichaelGrey
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    Okay, one after another.

    1. Fifty Ways doesn't really sound much like Drive By. Except for maybe the chorus. That's it. And I kind of like how creatively weird the ways she died are. It shows the guy is literally running out of reasonable explanations for how she died. He's getting more and more desperate for ideas every time some new person asks where his girlfriend is. Plus the video is funny.

    2. This one is just...eh. The overplay factor really did ruin it for me.

    3. I agree again. Pitbull is a guy you really can't get too mad at. His dumbassery is kinda cute.

    4. Cher Lloyd. Ugh. Just...ugh. This song is really...REALLY bad. I think it deserves to be higher than Scream and Shout. The way it rips off Miley's song and the sociopathic narrator are far worse than Scream and Shouts failings in comparison.

    5. Wanted. It's harmless and you are a really cynical guy. Like the eighteen bazillion other people on this site. God forbid any guy actually doesn't want to go all the way because as we all know, ALL men automatically want to hump every nice girl they see. Because ALL men are pigs.

    6. Scream and Shout isn't that bad. I'd they'd stuck with the "oh, we oh, we oh we oh" stuff, then it woulda been fine, it has a really nice hook/chorus. But the rest is...kinda like an acid trip. But still, that is one heckuva catchy hook.

    7. Flo Rida. Just...I...this song is bad, really bad. REALLY bad. MOVING ON!

    8. This song was overplayed to me, and I admit, it does come off as something a douchebag would say, done to a fakey reggae-esque background.

    9. Hefty bag. Okay. I...I don't get this guy. Now for the next one...but first, look. We get you don't like boy bands. One Direction is HARMLESS, okay? Stop reading too deeply into fairly innocent bubblegum pop and boy band songs. It makes you paranoid and kinda dumb.

    10. Okay. I didn't know this song existed until you put it on the list. So I checked into out.

    God dammit. This freakin sucks. I admit, it is...just, I...I didn't...I didn't want to end up agreeing with you on most of these songs but when it comes to this...UGH. OH GOD ALMIGHTY.

    Lick the ICING OFF!?!?! Really, Ms. Drake? LICK THE ICING OFF.

    AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!
  • SlyDante
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    Just because a song is "harmless" & "innocent" doesn't mean it's GOOD. That kind of thinking led us to countless Boyz II Men knockoffs & R&B/pop cash-ins doing bland, uninspired, unmemorable R&B love ballads, which IMO were basically the '90s equivalent of White Guy With Acoustic Guitar songs.
  • MichaelGrey
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    It also doesn't mean it's BAD either. I had no real problem with 'Tonight Tonight' because it wasn't really offensive in any way, shape or form, it was just generic. But Todd put it on his worst list at number one just because it was so generic.

    In other words, he looks too deeply into this. There's a time when you SHOULD be looking deeply, and a time to realize when something is EXACTLY WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE. There isn't always a need to overanalyze songs.
  • PlayMp1
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    "One Direction is HARMLESS, okay? Stop reading too deeply into fairly innocent bubblegum pop and boy band songs. It makes you paranoid and kinda dumb."

    I fail to see any reasoning here. The line, if you apply any critical thinking to it, suggests exactly what Todd said. As an aside, Todd's very *first* video, Down, started off with him saying "Let's do one of my favorite things - overanalyzing various pop songs." Note the overanalyzing.

    Besides, Stephen Colbert took the far nerdier approach to analyzing that line already, funny enough. He figured out that since what makes her beautiful is not knowing she is, by telling her she is, she is no longer beautiful, but she is beautiful, therefore she has to exist in a quantum superposition between beauty and non-beauty.

    "It's harmless and you are a really cynical guy."

    If he wasn't cynical, we wouldn't be here.

    "Like the eighteen bazillion other people on this site. God forbid any guy actually doesn't want to go all the way because as we all know, ALL men automatically want to hump every nice girl they see. Because ALL men are pigs. "

    In this case, it's because he's exactly like the fuckhead at a party who brings an acoustic guitar and gets about 12 girls to cluster around him as he strums some generic progression and barely sings out some generic lovey-dovey lyrics. Those generic lovey-dovey lyrics practically scream, "I wanna get in your pants!" in the subtext.
  • MichaelGrey
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    Stephen Colbert. Yeah. He's so funny. That's why he's got all the Emmy awards-OH WAIT!

    No. Actually, he's not. Because as the years have gone on, he's become less like a parody of a conservative commentator and...just become exactly like them. There's almost NO difference now in the rhetoric. There was a time when he was so over the top in comparison it was funny. But now they're ALL over the top. So his type of humor doesn't work. It's just another reminder of how bitter and psychopathic the right wing media has gotten and it makes me a little sad.

    " If he wasn't cynical, we wouldn't be here."

    This is the internet. Name a single internet personality of note that doesn't have cynicism in their videos to any degree.

    "Those generic lovey-dovey lyrics practically scream, "I wanna get in your pants!" in the subtext."

    You and Todd seem to share this critical lack of understanding a very important thing. Here it is. SOMETIMES A CIGAR IS JUST A CIGAR.
  • Falconfly
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    @MichaelGrey: There's a difference between cynicism and realism.

    I agree TITS can be very cynical, but no matter how naive OD is, the fact is that they're still prommoting that kind of mentality.

    If you think things like Twilight and OD are simply guilty pleasures that bear no relevance in the societal development of young girls, do yourself a favor and research.
  • MichaelGrey
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    Twilight is written as something that's meant to be taken much more seriously than it deserves to be, most of One Direction's songs aren't. As such, I'm more merciful towards them,
  • Mangakun
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    I will agree with you on your first point. It's not that he has to over-analyze EVERY song he comes across. It's that he has to over-analyze every HIT song that he comes across. I personally find no problem in this, being that I think music should be taken a bit more seriously if it gets into the top hits list. I still do think that Todd's being too harsh on a typical boy band, however.

    And the only other thing I can comment on is your last point. To be fair, just because a song has boring, generic lovey-dovey lyrics in them, that doesn't mean that they "practically scream 'I wanna get in your pants!'" Granted, I'm a cynical guy also and don't think too much about guys who write songs like these, but come on. You can't make one horribly cheesy song without everyone thinking that you want to get into a girl's pants? The guy could just be bad at writing anything else, he might just BE a horrible cheesy guy, the guy might want a hit song-- there are other reasons people make these kinds of songs. They're generic lyrics because that's what the ladies like for some reason.
  • MichaelGrey
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    Glad to see somebody else feels similarly to what I put forth. Sometimes guys ARE just that cheesy and over the top in their romanticism. And sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
  • sharonlovesgoodmusic
    To set the record straight: The best selling boyband in the UK will always be Take That.
    Paul Mcartney is a fan of Take That so is Elton John.
    THe USA has failed to reconize the best popacts of the UK of the past twenty years: Take THat and Robbie Wiliams.

    The reason why people hate One Direction is that they got their success pretty easy. Take That were literally spit on, rejected and ignored the first four years of their career, because of hard work (these guys performed everywhere, schools, pubs, cafes) they finally got to number one.

    This is the best popact that Britain ever had:
    http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=273eSvOwpKk
    http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=ZqGoZVjF9Ew
  • PlayMp1
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    Maybe it's less the lyrics themselves and more the attitude the song presents. Like I said, it's like the asshole who brings a guitar to a party solely to pick up girls and not because he loves playing and writing music.

    It's a little difficult for me to relate to that sort of idea (that is, playing music to get girls), being that I'm a percussionist who doesn't specialize in rock.
  • Ginn87
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    I don't listen to pop all that much but I love your reviews Todd! very funny!
  • lordpants
    "that one thing" is their parents money.
  • SlyDante
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    Alright, may as well chuck in my two cents as well...

    10. Ehhhhh...Meh. Not good, but as bad or banal as a lot of Train's other singles (I'm looking at you, "Hey, Soul Sister"). At least they actually sound energetic on this one. But yeah, I can definitely see your point of view.

    9. Sorry Todd, gotta disagree with you on this one. While I DEFINITELY agree that Rihanna needs to take a damn break already, can't say this song was really bad in the slightest. In fact, I really liked it. But again, I respect your opinion.

    8. Well, you pretty much said everything I was thinking in the original video review, so yeah, crap that couldn't even bother to tie in with the film properly in any way.

    7. The only positive thing I can say about "Want U Back" is that at least it isn't Rita Ora's "How We Do (Party)", another UK Katy Perry wannabe which hit the Hot 100 but thankfully avoided being a hit. Just an awful, ugly song from the POV of a petty bitch. Which reminds me, Carrie Underwood's "Good Girl" was a close contender for the worst among the same lines as well, but thankfully wasn't ugly enough.

    6. As I went over the Year-End Hot 100 alongside you, I just found myself being increasingly dulled by sub-standard country song, one after the other, with nothing exciting to offer. Out of the countless of them, I figured at least one of them had a chance at cracking the worst, & this was apparently bland enough to do so.

    5. Crap, I honestly wanted to see a full-video takedown of this garbage...It's actually moved to #8 right now, it's highest position so far, despite your predictions, sadly. And good lord, did will.i.am actually have to sample Britney for that one part? Does she even know she's on this song? And why a sample from "Gimme More", a song & video associated with the lowest & most depressing points of Britney's career?

    4. I got nothin', either. No hook = Nothing left even remotely worthy of a mention.

    3. I actually kinda liked this song the first time I heard it. The TWELFTH time or so, though, I began to really hate it. Not as much as you, but yeah, awful.

    2. F***in' hefty bag...Garbage...

    1. I just knew, the second I saw this song on the charts & heard it online, "this is going to be the year's worst. Todd's worst, in fact." Whereas "Rude Boy" sounds like a seductress, this crap is basically a two-dollar hooker constantly shouting "F*** ME!!" over & over via the constantly annoying repetition of cake, cake, cake. Chris Brown makes it worse, but no matter who they got, it was destined to be garbage. Actually, it wasn't...I mean, this was originally just a goddamn one minute-eighteen second interlude. This is quite literally The Song That Should Not Have Been. The. Absolute. Worst. Of. 2012.
  • SlyDante
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    My own picks, btw...

    1. Rihanna feat. Chris Brown - "Birthday Cake (Remix)"
    2. Big Sean feat. Nicki Minaj - "Dance (A$$)"
    3. Train - "Drive By"
    4. Flo Rida - "Whistle"
    5. Tyga - "Rack City"
    6. Cher Lloyd - "Want U Back"
    7. will.i.am feat. Britney Spears - "Scream & Shout"
    8. Pitbull - "Back In Time"
    9. 2 Chainz feat. Drake - "No Lie"
    10. Christina Perri - "A Thousand Years"

    Six out of ten...Not bad.

    Kinda surprised you didn't include Big Sean, though. I just don't buy the "so bad it's good" angle of that song. It's crap, plain & simple. Tyga & 2 Chainz were just pure cliched dickcheeses (and in no way do I get the hype behind the latter) with awful-sounding songs, & Christina Perri put the same amount of energy into her hit song about finding true love at first sight as she did her hit song about getting over a breakup...That is, to say, crushing dullness. I dare imagine her winning the lottery.

    All in all, damn good video, Todd! Can't wait to see what you have for the best, my good sir! ^_^
  • cosmic-clover  - In regards to number 5 on Todd's list
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    Maybe we'll get lucky and have Bad Lip Reading make another hilarious song using the music video as the bases similar to other Will.I.Am songs. Or maybe not, seeing as Will.I.Am and Nicki Minaj took down the one making fun of their song that horribly sampled "Video Killed the Radio Star," which I will assume was because it was a infinately better song.
  • Oblivion Mara
    They used a sample of Video Killed the Radio Star? I didn't know that ! Poor Buggles/Camera Club...
    Using samples of far better songs strikes me as a common trick these days - and I'm not quite sure it sits well with the people who wrote said songs... I know nothing about this, but aren't they supposed to have a say? Or are copyright-related matters in the hands of the labels?
  • cosmic-clover  - Unfortunately they did.
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    I found out about the song's existence thanks to this Bad Lip Reading song that was pretty funny (thankfully someone posted it back online).

    http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=PaegWKLtEj0

    Then I clicked the original one to see what the song was, and then part of my soul died that they sampled 'Video Killed the Radio Star' into an annoying and badly made song called 'Check it Out.' Complete with lyrics telling me how awesome the beat is, and a horrible use of autotune.

    http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=pqky5B179nM

    As for copyrights, I think that does go more into the record labels more so than the artists. It's how it works in movies and video games, usually the distributor or studio owns the rights to the product.
  • Letheral
    I remember hearing birthday cake and immediately feeling like a terrible person for liking it. However I find Brown and Rihanna both releasing love songs around the time that they're supposedly 'rekindling' whatever stockholm sydrome relationship they got going on more disgusting. I find diamonds and don't wake me up more reprehensable than birthday cake.
  • sammie_30
    Can you please please do a full One Direction review for one of their other songs. Please i'm begging
  • sharonlovesgoodmusic
    The best boyband from the UK will always be this band:

    http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=ZqGoZVjF9Ew
    http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=273eSvOwpKk
  • WizeOaldOwl
    I feel there should have been an honorable mention for Ke$ha's Die Young. It's not beyond unlistenable like most of her other songs but it's still pretty annoying. I'm honestly surprised it even got as big as it did because it is by far Ke$ha's most boring, least memorable song to date. I almost wish it were more obnoxious so that I could hate it more. A lot of people complain that Ke$ha spent most of 2012 on auto-pilot and it shows. Ke$ha haters like myself were pretty silent because she didn't really give us anything to work with and her biggest hit didn't evoke any kind of reaction at all. It's just not a very good song. I will say this, however. I don't think it was necessary for her to remove the song from the radio for giving the "wrong message" concerning the Sandy Hook shooting. The song has a completely different meaning and really wasn't disrespectful in that regard, though good on Ke$ha, I guess, for trying to pay her respects. Now if she could just leave us alone, I'd be happy.
  • Steve the Pocket
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    If she hadn't taken it off the radio, Clear Channel (who apparently control every radio station in America since I don't know of any competing networks) certainly would have, since that's how they roll. Better she make a token gesture and get some good will from the public for it.

    God knows she's not getting any for her music. HEYO!
  • PlayMp1
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    Clear Channel owns a vast majority (to the point where they should probably have anti-monopoly regulations kick in on them, but the FCC loosened those regulations in the late 90s) of the stations, but not all. Viacom is one of their bigger competitors.
  • armagod679
    Actually, I'm not too surprised Ke$ha was ignored. She hasn't been relevant since 2010.
  • Oblivion Mara
    She released a new album in last Novemeber... And has a featuring with Iggy Pop *cries bitter tears*.
    I was actually surprised. That one is a huge improvement from her last productions, but, considering what we've been used to beforehand, that's not saying much. I am still too confused (and perhaps a bit biased by the fact one of my favorite artists chose to add his name to the project), and as of today I don't seem to have managed deciding if I considered this music being worth listening or not.
  • Oblivion Mara
    Won't say it's good, though. But it is all a matter of taste.
  • Dromedary Meat Cactus
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    The station C89.5 FM in Seattle (which is a high-school run station) has been playing Die Young all along. They didn't stop. Heard it several times recently. They aren't Clear Channel owned, though.
  • PlayMp1
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    I may live in the Puget Sound area (Olympia represent, I guess?), but there is NO way I'm letting my dial get close to 89.5FM. I'll stick with 99.9 for my generic pseudorock, thankyouverymuch.
  • Steve the Pocket
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    The "not appearing in this list" breakdown returns! Hallelujah! One Direction's hatedom must be especially happy; even if none of the band's songs made the list, that's one hell of a consolation prize.

    I will give One Direction this much: if it weren't for them, Key of Awesome (who are otherwise possibly the lamest parody act to ever get popular, not that there's much competition) would never have given the world "This is the part where we na-na-na-na". Which I still find hilarious.

    And after your last Chris Brown video, I was a little concerned that your obsession with him had gone too far and that I might one day see you on the news after he mysteriously turns up dead. But ... a TATTOO of a beaten woman? ON HIS NECK? Fuck it, if you do get on the news I'll be the first one cheering you on. His mere existence is an affront to God, nature, and every good person who has ever lived, and he's officially surpassed Fred Phelps as my candidate for worst person in America.
  • Mothmouth
    "... They're the quintessential American band... "

    And you're the quintessential idiot.
  • ColeYote
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    Seriously, I think (among many others) The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Eagles, Aerosmith, Grateful Dead, REM and every grunge band would like a word with that guy.
  • PlayMp1
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    Despite being Australian, AC/DC is even more of a quintessentially American band. They don't take shit from anyone, refuse to adapt to the times, and rock their asses off without stopping for forty goddamn years. Sure, this means every album after Back in Black sounds the same, but damn is that a good album they keep remaking!
  • pomaflah
    I don't listen to pop music as a rule, but I go to watch you to find out what the stuff I've been sort of hearing all year actually was. What is that Jewish guy doing in the first song, anyway?
    And I actually like Wanted BECAUSE of its chastity.
  • CyborgPrince
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    The rabbi? I think he was just getting groceries before getting accosted by Pat Monahan.
  • CyborgPrince
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    Can it be? Yes, it does exist. Todd has finally made a worst songs of the year list and it doesn't contain any Beyonce (not that I'm a fan, just something I noticed). I didn't think it could be possible. Though I guess it was because she spent this year being a mother more than releasing music. Though, then again, was she on the worst list of 2011? I can't remember.

    When I saw P!nk at the beginning, my first instant though was 'you better not put her on here you fuck', but then I remembered that the song you use in between your list choices doesn't count. P!nk is pretty much the only musician on the charts I listen to these days and she's proof that good pop music still exists somewhere under all the crap.

    I haven't even heard of some of these songs, but then again I don't really pay attention to what's big on the radio or on music television (if that even exists anymore with all those shitty "reality" shows). I like symphonic metal and alternative, which is not what you will find on the pop charts. That isn't to say I shun pop music, I just listen to other stuff more.
  • DMaster
    ...he hasn't done so since the FIRST one. The closest you could get to saying he has was including a Beyonce song on the Worst of 2004 list, and he didn't even put it on there because of her.
  • ParaChomp
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    I don't listen to music that much, I'm more there for the beat. Simple or not, it gets my brain imagining things and by God, every time these songs came up on the radio my thoughts were bland, odd, and repetitive. To boot, the lyrics are down right awful.

    Great list and happy new year!
  • PlayMp1
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    I'm not attacking you directly, but few things annoy musicians more than people who respond to the question of why they like a song with "it has a good beat!" when it's identical to every other friggin' beat on pop radio. I know that I constantly try to pin down things I like (or dislike) in whatever I'm hearing at the moment.

    For example, when I hear a typical pre-Black Metallica song, I think "I love the energy of these riffs and unadulterated machismo... but I don't like how despite their constant experiments with time signature in the later albums, they refuse to play something that isn't purely minor pentatonic." You don't have to be a musician either to figure out these kind of annoyances. An example: bad lyrics or energy-deprived songwriting. You don't have to be a musician to know when something lacks energy (note: slow, quiet songs can still have tons of energy, it just has to be contained and released gradually) or when a line makes no goddamn sense.
  • DRCEQ
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    Should I be glad that this review, this video right here, is the *FIRST* time I've even heard of that Birthday Cake song?

    I'm not even kidding. I've been listening to two different Top 40's pop stations on the radio last year, one of which mixes in more rock music like Daughtry, Nickelback, Linkin Park, and Avril Lavigne as well as the usual pop songs that mostly got reviewed by Todd this year, and the other focusing more on Hip-Hop (which lead me to unfortunately hearing "The Motto" by Drake.)

    This song was never mentioned, played, or otherwise hinted that this "Birthday Song" by Rihanna and Chris Brown even existed.
  • PlayMp1
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    Probably the one song that is more consistently bad than the entirety of Nickelback's repertoire.
  • shawnredkid  - just to let you know ToddintheShadows
    I think you made a mistake at one part of your list specifically at #6 when you chose a song known as wanted by hunter hayes and you said that it was his FIRST "BIG" single which is not the case since the first one is actually Storm Warning that was on the billboard charts in 2011 even though his first hit single only got to #78. So what you said was somewhat invalid but it's not like you check the list from 100 all the way to 51 every week to know it.
  • Flukey0
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    cod means phony or mock
  • Guild Navigator
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    Wow,those are some terrible,TERRIBLE songs. Somewhere Snow is laughing at all the people who called Informer the worst song that could ever be made.
  • armagod679
    Luckily for me, I don't listen to very much pop music and have managed to avoid most of these songs entirely.

    Except the ones that were big in the summer. I heard those a lot.

    And I know I'm gonna get a lot of shit for this, but I actually kind of like One Direction. I think they're harmless and catchy, and they appeal to my nostalgia for the Backstreet Boys and make me feel less old for remembering who the Backstreet Boys are. Trust me, when you work with kids who have never heard of Jesse McCartney (as much as he sucks), you begin to miss that type of crap and take whatever schlock you can get.
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