Awesome / Todd in the Shadows

  • Managing to rap the Preamble in his "Do You Remember" review
  • Blink and you'll miss it, but in his Best Hits Of 2010, he references 2010: The Year We Make Contact and Doctor Who. Despite the fact that he had a long diatribe about us and his fellows being nerds.
  • In the video for Taylor Swift's "Fifteen," Todd comments "A woman is more than her body, Taylor." No further explanation is needed.
    • In the same video, he displays to us how truly great of a critic he is by telling us a story about a girl he dated, and broke up with at a dance. The emotion in his voice is almost genuine and you really do believe him... then he reveals that that didn't happen to him at all, and he was describing an episode in Saved by the Bell. Which is why Todd hates the song: his revealing that his story happened to someone else made it lose all emotional impact it had, because Todd is telling you to feel sad because he feels sad that the kid in that episode felt sad. That's exactly what Taylor Swift herself is doing in that song, and it's hard to feel sad at all because Taylor is telling a different girl's story.
  • On Spoony's Vlog during MAGfest, you get to hear Todd sing "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears For Fears on Rock Band. And OWN it.
    • Todd himself said that the original singing over his voice made him sound better than he actually is. Not an excuse for the awesomeness of this cover, though.
    • There's a moment in the "Walking in Memphis" video where he comes up with a parody of the chorus on the spot, and not only make it funny, but also manages to sing it pretty good despite the fact that he isn't really trying to make it sound good.
  • Todd calling out the pop music industry for forcing Cee Lo Green to only be able to hit the top ten using Glee, yet the horrible "Tonight I'm Loving/Fucking You" gets in without problem.
  • Would it be cheating to say that whenever Todd plays a piano version of the song he's reviewing, it's a special moment altogether?
    • Don't forget the DuckTales theme.
    • He even managed to make "One Tin Soldier" sound haunting in his retrospective of the song, playing it in a minor key using the organ setting.
  • Todd figuring out how to play "Whip My Hair" on his piano by ear.note 
  • Real life example: Finding a way to happily date one of his co-workers, who travels the country on a regular basis and doesn't even live in the same state. For those of us who have tried long-distance relationships, this is definitely a Crowning Moment of Awesome for Todd.
  • Calling out Bruno Mars on his opinions towards college in the review for "The Lazy Song".
  • After being persuaded by Kyle to continue his review of "Sexy and I Know It", Todd switches to Kyle's more academic, analytical style and gives an impressively solid critique of how insulting and damaging the underlying message of the song is (the idea of men being physically attractive is laughable). Of course, he then gives up again and declares that song "sucks because it sucks", but he carries on with the more analytical effort for five minutes, at least making it clear that his hatred for the song was more than just a knee-jerk response. Bonus points for contrasting it against Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy" and explaining in detail what that song did right.
  • Going to Washington, D.C. with The Nostalgia Chick to take on SOPA.
  • After a failed attempt to take the top spot on Todd's Top Songs of 2010 List, Todd rounds out his 2011 list with two simple words: FUCK YOU.
  • Todd's resolute, unrepentant lack of forgiveness for Chris Brown's assault on Rihanna (and, tangentially, the music industry's apparent willingness to overlook it, as well as the fans who still support Brown) is nearly heroic. Todd is not going to let this go.
    • His words to Chris Brown while reviewing his atrocious single, "Deuces". While Todd says that a person shouldn't pay for one crime for their entire lives, he considers the subject matter of the song so vile that he can't help but get even more angry at Chris Brown.
    • His "review" of Chris Brown's "Turn Up The Music", in which he barely mentions the song itself and spends the rest of the video again explaining why Chris Brown is a terrible human being. The best part is that it's not just a "Chris Brown sucks" rant, but rather an eloquent yet enraged speech that discusses all the aspects that make Chris Brown's current presence in the media and so-called "forgiven" status by some fans and mainstream America completely unacceptable. It's truly a noteworthy video from Todd that shows he is intelligent and understands a large part of the general public's disgust with Brown.
      • What makes it even better is that his half-a-minute mention of the song itself is all he needed to do— there's nothing else to say about it, it's that pointless.
      • Which is overall his point about Chris Brown—there is nothing about him that stands out more than any other contemporary R&B singer. Todd mentions that while there was controversy with Michael Jackson, he at least had done landmark things that changed the music industry, whereas Brown is just generic for his chosen genre.
      • Also, he announces his tumblr—Trolling Chris Brown, where fan can submit trolls of their own (mostly mocking his twitter posts). On that tumblr is an even longer and stronger rant about the "Team Breezy" aka Chris' fans who not only have forgiven him but love to demonize Rhianna/say she deserved what she got, with references to the movie Mean Girls and why he hates when girls act like that to each other.
      • Todd weighs in on the scandal that caused Chris Brown to delete his Twitter account.
    • In his Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 2011, he makes some scathing jokes towards Chris Brown.
      Chris Brown: I don't see how you can hate from outside of the club. You can't even get in! Haha!
      Todd: But I can hate you from outside the police station, you piece of shit!
      • Also:
        Chris Brown: I'm getting paper!
        Todd: What, arrest papers, you loathsome little toad?
  • When he actually analyzes "Back In Time", and picks out a few really obscure references to Men In Black in the lyrics. Granted, one of them is a joke, but the fact that he was able to connect it to Men In Black is kind of awesome.
  • Calling out the mean-spirited "Want U Back" (a song in which the narrator actively tries to destroy her ex's happy relationship) as being about "a look into the mind of an immature little shit and her every ugly little thought, dressed up in a shiny pop package".
    Todd: This is probably the only kind of breakup song that a snotty, in-your-face teen like Cher Lloyd could've performed credibly, but just because she sounds believable doesn't make it any more listenable.
    • And from his Top Ten Worst Songs of 2012 list where this song ranks, he imitates Cher Lloyd: "(in a British accent) It's the sound of trying too hard. *blows raspberry*"
  • Flipping his shit while listening to "Why" by Jadakiss, which asks (among other things) why Bush 'knocked down the towers' and called Kobe Bryant's rape victim a whore.
  • Pointing out that the beloved 1980's movie Dirty Dancing is about a teenage girl losing her virginity to a womanizing older man.
  • The "Little Things" review is one long Take That! to One Direction for writing songs that sound like they're trying to be romantic and supportive, but will in reality only make their listeners feel worse about themselves.
  • Calling out Dr. Dre for his use of a homophobic slur. Also became a Crowning Moment of Funny when he pointed out that some of the lyrics made it sound like he and Eminem were hot for each other.
    Todd: Also, you know what they say about glass houses...
  • Calling out the sexism of Beyoncé's "If I Were A Boy" in his Worst of 2009 list. To elaborate—
    Todd: The real tragedy here is that most of Beyonce's songs annoy me because they don't have a tune, but the tune here is fine; and usually Beyonce's singing makes me feel like I'm being hit with a brick, but her singing here is fine. No, the problem is with the moronically sexist lyrics!
    Todd: Yeah, see, Beyonce thinks that only guys hurt the ones that love them.
    Beyonce: And chase after girls
    Beyonce: And I'd never get confronted for it 'cause they'd stick up for me
    Todd: And girls never have their friends stick up for them when they screw around. Guys never get taken for granted. Yeah, that's the way it works, all right. (Pause) No, I'm not bitter.
    Todd: I mean, I've had my heart stomped on before, but I don't go around saying, "all girls are the same, they'll try and take your money, blah blah blah...". I'm not saying that to be congratulated, I'm just saying I'm not a 13-year-old who just got dumped for the first time, and neither is Beyonce! What possible excuse is there for this?!
    Todd: And you're just an overrated pop singer. Next!
  • In his review of "Feel This Moment", calling out Pitbull's blatant sampling, and countering by sampling himself. The best thing? Most of his sampled insults still feel like they're relevant to the review.
    • Also in regards this review, the fact that he was able to make a 15 minute review out of a song he felt there was nothing to say about is pretty awesome. In fact, at 15:50, for three years it was his longest review to date of a video covering one song, even though the first minute or so is him pondering the charts before the prelude. And its script was of the same quality as those of his other reviews. But that was surpassed by his review of "7 Years" in 2016, which is 18 minutes long.
  • In his "Cruise" review, he calls out Florida Georgia Line for not stopping at Stop Signs
  • EMF actually wrote to Todd saying they liked his "One Hit Wonderland" episode of their hit, "Unbelievable". Todd was admittedly confused, but even so.
  • Todd explaining why "Blurred Lines" is a bad song, in particular his rant about how the video is degrading towards women.
  • Calling out Alicia Keys for stealing the phrase "Girl on Fire" from The Hunger Games.
  • Considering how large a fanbase Wizards of Waverly Place has, Todd deserves props for being honest and to the point about his opinion on the show.
    • Doubly goes with his opinion on Glee.
  • Having many times expressed his utter disdain for One Direction as a group, being able to admit how much he liked "Best Song Ever" was very big of him.
    • He later went on record to say that not only are they nice people, but he had "Best Song Ever" on his Top 10 List that year.
  • Whenever he mocked or was disappointed by an artist in an earlier video, only for them to turn around and make a song that Todd gushes over.
  • Todd actually got mentioned and quoted in a Yahoo! article! Specifically, one about the 25th anniversary of U2's Rattle & Hum.
  • Similarly, this review of Zac Brown Band's "Jump Right In" name-drops both Todd and the term "white guy with acoustic guitar". (Bonus: It was written by a troper.)
  • The Ten Worst Songs of 2013, as he declares once and for all that it was one of the worst music years ever, and even talks about how he wanted to do a full video on his #1 pick, Katy Perry's "Roar", but it doesn't even give him anything to talk about.
    • After years of being impressed and annoyed by Drake, him finally coming out and calling Drake "the most inconsistent waste of talent."
  • In 2013, Todd created a second Twitter account called "MacklePhil", which retweeted examples of people claiming that praising Macklemore for his support of gay marriage doesn't make sense because Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" was harshly criticized for saying his opinion about it. Because saying you support gay marriage and that you don't are the same thing. What makes it awesome is that Todd retweeted so many examples that, come the Grammies, the account reached its retweeting limit. Shortly afterward, "MacklePhil" was suspended for too many retweets. Todd couldn't stop laughing.
  • His review of Jason Derulo's abysmal and sexist single "Talk Dirty". Among the highlights:
    • Calling out Jason on his mentality of "seeing the world as a Baskin-Robbins menu of flavors of different girls, which is mild-to-moderately offensive".
    • And for visiting Rio de Janeiro and not noticing the anti-government riots there.
    • And for visiting Haiti, one of the most desperately needy nations in the western hemisphere, just to score chicks.
    • Calling out the racism of having an Asian stereotype - even better, Todd was ready to leave before then, and when he hears it, he dashes into the room.
  • Despite feeling 2013 was a VERY weak year for pop music, it's quite impressive that he was able to put together a best list of 10 songs he really liked with no filler picks. Other music reviewers weren't able to pull that off.
  • Calling out Iggy Azalea for her appropriation of hip hop culture when she's not even American (she's Australian) and also for being repeatedly insensitive.
  • The review of Magic!'s "Rude" has a great ending. When Todd hears the line "but no still means no", he goes on a rant about how awful the narrator of the song is, and how he just can't take no for an answer. Todd says something akin to "who can't understand that 'no means no'", pauses, then leaves the room in disgust. It possibly implies that Todd just compared the narrator to Robin Thicke and the controversy over Thicke's song "Blurred Lines," which had lyrics that suggested rape. That takes a lot of courage, consider how big "Rude" was at the time and how it didn't get half the controversy that "Blurred Lines" did.
  • In his episode of One Hit Wonderland on Snow's "Informer", even though he admits he doesn't really like the guy, Todd thinks the In Living Color! skit on him was way too harsh, especially in comparison to their gentler skits on Milli Vanilli and Vanilla Ice.
  • Determining to review every movie Madonna has been in. To specify, this doesn't just include her numerous star vehicles, but even ones where she had a supporting role. Including her Old Shame appearance in the no budget (and no talent) film A Certain Sacrifice, and the documentary Truth or Dare.
  • In the "Shake it Off" video, Todd calling Taylor Swift out yet again for her inability to take criticism.
  • Todd's impressive string of tweets listing his favorite songs by numerous artists, especially ones that he has shown disdain for like Nickelback, Beyonce, and Bro Country bands.
  • His Top 10 Worst Songs of 2014 video, where he declares it a year even worse than 2013 for music, despite trying to be more positive, having lots to say about every song on his list. And his #1 pick, Jason Derulo's "Wiggle", he had set at #1 since the first hearing of it.
  • Once again being able to compile a Top 10 list of songs in a bad year, though he admitted on Twitter that he almost couldn't come up with ten.
    • Also admitting that he was wrong to criticize "Call Me Maybe" for being too "girly" and that there was nothing wrong in a song being that. And he proves that by putting Charlie XCX's "Boom Clap" at #2, saying he loved the song and praised it for being so good.
  • Slamming Nick Jonas in "Jealous" for the line "It's my right to be hellish." Up until then he was kind of on the guy's side but that line makes him turn the whole review around and smack the guy for his entitlement.
  • Todd's righteous fury at discovering Bryan Adams forced to delete any and all references to him and his career. He gets so disgusted and offended that he just ends the 1991 retrospective right there.
  • Calling out the sexism in Meghan Trainor's "Dear Future Husband" and how even if were meant to be ironic (like a certain Shania Twain song, which he also references), it'd still fail terribly due to the gender roles being so outdated.
  • Calling out Crazy Town for using the suicides of "recently deceased, beloved celebrities" as cheap analogies in their rhymes.
  • His absolute rage over how The Next Best Thing takes what could have been a great story far ahead of its time about gay rights, and wastes it on a horribly contrived Conflict Ball situation. He ends up declaring this the first time throughout the numerous terrible films he's sat through for Cinemadonna that he's genuinely gotten angry at Madonna herself.
  • During his review of Alien Ant Farm's "Smooth Criminal", Todd calls out the world on how Dead Artists Are Better, saying that Alien Ant Farm covered one of Michael Jackson's songs when he wasn't extremely popular. Furthermore, he mentions they looked past his reputation to cover one of his better songs.
  • His review of Madonna's Swept Away remake is a very thoughtful compare and contrast with the original film, showing how despite near-identical plot beats the remake is far worse, and completely lacks the level of irony the original had to make its offensive subject matter worth the effort of defending.
  • Him calling out "Girl Crush" by Little Big Town in his Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2015 for pulling Bait-and-Switch Lesbians.
    Todd: I didn't think they could make a song about girl-on-girl that was more horseshit than "I Kissed a Girl", but Little Big Town pulled it off.
  • Todd demonstrating the awesome instrumental break in Major Lazer and DJ Snake's "Lean On" by showing it intercut with his own piano cover of it, only for the two to eventually coalesce in perfect harmony. It really needs to be heard to be believed. No doubt about it, "the finest twenty seconds in pop music of [2015]" done great justice.
  • His epic "The Reason You Suck" Speech about Jason Derulo at the beginning of his review of "Wiggle"...
  • ...which was then topped by his take-down of Justin Bieber in the "Sorry" review, where he states that he doesn't accept Bieber's insincere apology and goes on to criticize the general public for turning a blind eye to the horrible things artists like R. Kelly and Chris Brown did just to endorse their music without guilt.
  • His calling out Lukas Graham in his review of "7 Years", for taking what could have been a decent Growing Up Sucks song and using it as an excuse to fuel his ego. He actually sounds legitimately frustrated and even goes so far as to say he's amazed that the lyrics aren't just Lukas repeating his name over and over and over.
  • You know who's a fan of Todd's dogs? Vincent D'Onofrio.
  • Despite his extreme distaste for "One Tin Soldier," he admits that he really likes the chorus, a bitterly sarcastic recitation of people using religion to justify hatred, which then turns to the poignant image of a single toy soldier being all that's left of humanity.
  • Todd using his "Scars for Your Beautiful" review to sum up his problems with the self-empowerment tracks he's had to cover: oftentimes, they're bland platitudes more beneficial to the singer than to the people they're trying to reach. Topping it off is how guilty he feels, knowing how many people find genuine inspiration in these songs. He thinks they deserve better than what they're getting.
  • The twist ending to the story of The Buggles: Trevor Horn moved into producing for other bands, where he's become one of the biggest names in the business with a career that's going strong to this day.
    • Todd also brings to light that not only did Trevor Horn and Geoffrey Downes wind up joining Yes, but also that Downes was one of the founders of Asia.
  • Todd's mostly confused rather than angered by "Bad and Boujee" ... up until Quavo uses the word "dyke." (And Quavo is a man, so N-Word Privileges, or rather, D-Word Privileges are very much not in effect here.) At that point, Todd bluntly says, "Go fuck yourself."
  • While admitting that he probably waited too long to review Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" and at this point there's nothing left to say about it, he still goes all in while accusing Taylor of desperately trying to take back control of the narrative of her career by pretending she was moving toward her current bad girl image all along, which no one is buying.
    • Then, when going back to the song during his "Worst Songs of 2017" list, he points out that the song makes Taylor come off as insecure, defensive, and confused, like most real-life bullies. He also compares the song to Taylor showing people her "Burn Book" and expecting them to be impressed...which nobody is.
  • His long, rather justified attack on the major overuse of indie rock in commercials in his "Thunder"/"Feel It Still" review.
    • To a lesser extent, calling out Portugal The Man for the lyrics making light of being a rebel in the style of those from The '60s, as the current political climate is way too turbulent to make light of. He then caps it off by putting "Feel It Still" over that infamous Kendall Jenner Pepsi ad.
  • In the review for "Freaky Friday," even though Todd admits he's probably the only person left on the planet who still cares about Chris Brown's assault of Rihanna, he can't let the line Brown sings about "my controversial past" go, tearing Brown a new one again.
    Todd: This joke could have been made with anybody... But you had to go with one of the most horrific people in music! What, were Phil Spector and Charles Manson not available? What the hell is wrong with you?!