Just look at him! He looks like one and dress like one. He hides in the shadows in order to hide his zombie nature from us. After he's done talking about the latest Lady Gaga song or whatever, he crawls out of his window and pounces on an unsespecting midnight jogger.
Todd In The Shadow's face will be revealed for the third-year anniversary special.
It just makes sense. It would also be a great dramatic twist like with 3D Lee.
Or, alternatively, he'll stitch screening into his hoodie.
Jossed, like with his Magfest appearance, he was wearing a black cloth over the top half of his head.
While watching, take a close look at the "protagonist"...Gray hoodie? Check. The Faceless? Check. Seen in shadow most of the time? Check. Sound of a piano in the background? Check. Presumably, the reason he's running is that someone tried to force him to listen to BIEEEEEEEEEEBERRRRRRR.
This only derives from the fact of Todd and Bieber both wore gray hoodies. But here's the thing, Todd is the bitter adult version of Bieber and the reason he gets so mad is he regrets being that whiny kid that couldn't sing. He got some piano lessons and learned how to sing, and presumably got a TARDIS somehow to travel into the past and rail on pop music, including his shameful career.
An alternative to his being Justin Bieber- Ke$ha, years later, drops out of fame utterly wasted and uncared about, however she is kidnapped by a team of mad doctors who completely alter her body, voice and remove the effects of years of alcohol consumption from her system. She escapes, then broods on her lack of talent and wasted life. She learns how to play the piano, finds a TARDIS and uses it, adopts a secret identity and becomes a pop song reviewer, in the hopes of making her former self and pop music associates rethink the music that got them executed by the Seahorses in the future.
That scenario... is so... epic.
Todd In The Shadows is a former one hit wonder from the future
Going off above guesses, Todd is a former one hit wonder from the future. In fact, he might even be a one hit wonder who's one hit was a cover. He did say in his Top 10 Worst Songs of 1987 he felt sorry for those types of artists. Unable to deal with the fact his only claim to fame was off a cover of some "old" song instead of an original by him, Todd travels back to our time period to review "current" pop songs. His one hit might even be one of the songs he's reviewed.
Todd is an albino.
He wasn't kidding about being black. The reason for his decidely light complexion (from what we have seen) is that he is albino. This also explains why he has to be covered at all times, because albinos have very sensitive skin.
The Monster is Obfuscating Stupidity when it's around people like Xykon or Redcloak who it knows to be smart and cunning, because it also knows that if they should learn that the Monster is smart, logical and willing to use its powers for reasons it wants to, it might end up dead, enslaved or on the run. It occasionally uses its powers for things it wants, such as teleporting O-Chul, but whenever it does so it continues to Obfuscate Stupidity so nobody catches on. However, occasionally things become a little too much for the Monster, so it teleports to Earth and lets off steam in the most harmless way possible... reviewing pop music. To cover its tracks, the Monster changes shape to Todd, but because of habit, it/he always wears the hoodie and stays in the shadows. So far it's worked, but God knows what'll happen if anyoneelse on Earth (or in the OOTS-verse) finds out...
In his review of Chris Brown's "Deuces", there's a bit of static just before the "Valentimes" line. It's just for a split second. This digital distortion is similar to the distortion in Marble Hornets and Everyman HYBRID. Maybe Slendy's a fan of the songs Todd bashes?
Slender Man does not approve of the hatred of Take It Off. Slender Man liked Take It Off.
There's a theory that wearing a mask keeps Slendy from finding you. This is why Todd never shows his face.
He has a hoodie, he recently came down with MRSA (often pronounced 'Mer-sah') he survived it, suggesting that he's resilient and refuses to die. He also goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge whenever people make extremely terrible pop music (e.g. Deuces, but also in 'Soul Sister' when he says that he will hunt down the lead singer). Gaga isn't the only monster who is mutating quickly.
Wellll....MRSA itself isn't a killer. It simply fosters infections and is resistant to antibiotics. However, the staph infections that often appear in its wake can be lethal, so "resilient and refusing to die" both still apply.
It was said in the forum, and it's epicly awesome, so I added it here.
Todd will dress up like a normal person at Magfest and will not reveal to anybody that he is Todd In The Shadows
It will be a way to keep himself anonymous. He might also go by a different name or Todd might just be his stage name. He might also try to be mute or alter his voice so that nobody will recognize him.
Jossed. He wears his hoodie and a full face mask.
When Todd finally unmasks himself, it will be a crowd shot
It's the best way to technically say he showed his face, while screwing with his fans. In a review or other TGWTG-affiliated video, Todd will be just an extra with no familiar clothes or features.
The crossover review of Head was imagined/hallucinated by Todd.
At the end of the review, we get a shot of Todd at his piano flanked by Paw and Roses, and they're all singing "Daydream Believer". Fade to black for the credits. Fade back in, it's the same shot but with just Todd. Could just be a coincidence, but the way it's edited seems to imply they were never there to begin with.
Todd actually mentions this theory during this review's joint commentary with Paw and Roses, and it meets with their approval.
Todd hides his face out of fear of being killed by a Death Note.
Any other explanations he makes for hiding his identity are lies because if he made it public that he is in danger, he would only put himself at a grater risk. Not only does he make a point to hide his face, but he hasn't revealed his full name. As for why he's being targeted, and by who (Kira?), I can't say.
He's being targeted by Justin Beiber, who managed to get his hands on a Death Note.
It's lucky YouTube usernames don't count, as it would be a bloodbath. Though, if you've ever read YouTube comments, perhaps it would be for the best.
He uses the hoodie to not let Handsome Tom notice that he is half-blind (apparently Tom has tried contacting DJ Axis to get him to join The Game Heroes) because he wants to try his hands on stuff other than remixing video game music.
Todd is That Aussie Guy in disguise.
If your wondering about the different humour styles, Todd mentioned stealing many of his jokes from friends and family. That's why he wears the hood: to prevent Doug from learning the truth.
He says he once worked for Lord Vyce here. He joined the site shortly after Vyce was first foreshadowed (As a scout maybe?). The reason he hasn't been deactivated is that either Vyce cut the signal to protect him, leaving an extra ace up his sleeve in case he ever comes back, or he cut it himself as a result of enjoying his new job and wanting to distance himself from his old boss.
Perhaps he's from one of the universes Vyce invaded, and was hired to help eliminate the Entity. He may even be from Vyce's universe: the reason he cloaks himself is because the cloak itself is designed to keep him alive in our universe. Kind of like
Todd is an Assassin taking a stand against the Templar-run music industry.
Why does he hide his face? Because he's a Humanoid Abomination with no real form; he butchered a random guy and made a skin suit out of him for when he needs to be seen in the light, but the only salvageable parts were the hands and lower face/upper chest, hence why he covers everything else. Why does he review bad pop songs? He wants to expose them to an audience that likely wouldn't hear them at all if it wasn't for him, hence inflicting soul-crushing despair among them. He can move in the space between spaces, he kills himself multiple times but gets better, and his pining for Obscurus Lupa is a Take That, Audience!, representing the face that Lupa is beloved by people who will never actually be able to even interact with her, much less date her, again making them despair. It's far from airtight, but if he starts ranting about the moon in a later video, be afraid...
Hey, regarding the third option, black and white does make gray, and as far as we know, Todd might have a bleached-white face or even no face at all
Alternatively to the above, Todd is one of Slendy's Proxies...
And the Slenderman itself just really hates pop music, so it uses Todd as a voice box for its views on pop music. This explains why Todd himself actually seems to like some pop music, yet still pokes fun at it. It also explains the mask, since there's definitely no shortage of mask-wearing amongst Proxies...
"Every day I'm sufferin'." Being meguka is suffering. He wears the mask to cover how off-model he really is.
Krin is the Anti-Todd
Todd's title-card artist appears in Linkara's Mr T #2, also obscuring her face with a hoodie, her features over-exposed into blank whiteness. Female to Todd's male, light to his dark, visual instead of musical, Krin is his opposite. If they met, they would either make a perfect couple or annihilate each other.
Better yet Krin is the child of Todd and Lupa from the future. She has Todd's hoodie with Lupa's red hair.
Both wear hoodies, both hide their faces with backlighting (Banksy does this in Exit Through the Gift Shop), both seem to have basic video editing abilities, and both make commentary on a specific kind of popular culture. The reason Banksy doesn't want to be revealed is because he'd lose his urban street cred if was caught making internet videos about Katy Perry songs.
Todd is secretly Gudda Gudda.
He put on a mask to hide his facial tattoos and made fun of his own silly verse in "Bedrock". Notice how in other reviews, he mentions the "grocery bag" line often. Gudda Gudda hopped online to mock his own verse to show that he's really a Stealth Parody of modern hip hop.
He hides his face since proclaiming his love for his Estate is tantamount to a confession to breaking the Windflower Law. He tries to defend pop music from those who would destroy it. Also, Jessie J is an Excrucian, and the song "Domino" was a flower rite against the Estate of Analogies, by creating things that have the form and purpose of analogies, but don't actually work.
Todd and Lindsey will review Body of Evidence.
During Todd and Film Brain's review of Sunday School Musical, Todd tried to get other reviewers to watch three other movies. These movies were Crossroads, From Justin to Kelly, and Body of Evidence. He and Lindsey already reviewed Crossroads and From Justin to Kelly, so logically Body of Evidence is next.
Alternatively, he also mentioned a "50Cent movie" (possibly "Get Rich or Die Tryin'", so that may come about. ...Of course, more than likely not with the Nostalgia Chick...
An Austin Mahone song if it makes the list (which it probably won't), possibly with a comment along the lines of “If there’s anything worse than Bieber, it’s a Bieber ripoff.”
Jossed; Mahone didn't even crack the Top 20.
"#thatPOWER" by will.i.am & Justin Bieber: Todd hates both will.i.am and Bieber, although the hate for the latter is starting to wane as he becomes more irrelevant.
Confirmed #2 solely for will.i.am.
Either "We Can't Stop" by Miley Cyrus or "Come And Get It" by Selena Gomez (or very likely both).
Selena was knocked off the Top 10 by Passenger, while Miley was spared from the Worst list for being interesting(ly bad) in an otherwise boring pop year.
"Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus: Todd admitted that the song had potential to be good if it was given to a more talented singer and producer; however, Miley's bad girl baggage, blandness and emotional insincerity drag the song down, making it a contender for the "Worst of 2013" list.
"Cruise (Remix)" by Florida Georgia Line & Nelly: In the review, he mentions that the original version was a finalist for the "Worst of 2012" list for its bro-douchiness, so it will likely make the "Worst of 2013" list.
Surprisingly jossed, considering Todd hates Chris Brown.
"Harlem Shake" by Baauer: He mentioned that he "(didn't) want to even dignify" the fact that it had been the number one song and had been chart-blocking "Thrift Shop" and "Suit and Tie", especially for being the first chart-topper ever officially decided by YouTube. ("Gangnam Style" charted thanks to iTunes sales; "Harlem Shake" happened because Billboard started taking YouTube views into account.)
Confirmed honorable mention.
"… I don't get it."
"Work Bitch" by Britney Spears: A terrible song by an artist that Todd thinks is past her prime. Also, the song was written and produced by will.i.am, and Todd already hated two prior collaborations between will.i.am and Britney, so the third time won't likely be the charm.
Jossed, despite the presence of will.i.am.
"Holy Grail" by Jay Z & Justin Timberlake: His review ravaged it, calling it the 2013 version of "Lighters", and he called it terrible on Twitter.
"Gentleman" by PSY: Hated it as a follow up to Gangnam Style.
"Don't You Worry Child" by Swedish House Mafia: Mentioned in the "Feel This Moment" review that he can't stand most electronica/dance songs, showing this one specifically. Made even more evident in his Twitter when he described DJ Earworm's usage of the song in the year's mash-up as a criminal act.
"Fucking Problems" by ASAP Rocky
"My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light 'Em Up)" by Fall Out Boy: Mentioned his hate for it on Twitter. Adding to it, despite Todd stating he's a rock guy at heart, and admitting to liking some of the band's songs during his retrospect, the song is more pop-oriented and even the chorus follows The Four Chords of Pop, which is rather ironic, considering the title of Fall Out Boy's latest album is called Save Rock and Roll.
"Here's to Never Growing Up" by Avril Lavigne: Similar to "We Can't Stop", in that he called it a party song that didn't sound remotely enjoyable, but rather sad. Also, one of the song's writers was Kroeger the Ogre.
"Started From the Bottom" by Drake: Thought it was incredibly boring and said that Drake sucks at singing about how grateful he is to have been so successful.
"Rap God" by Eminem: Possibly solely for how homophobic it is.
"23" by Mike-Will Made It ft. Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J: A materialistic rap song about expensive sneakers and smoking weed. The only thing more obnoxious than Miley's singing is her rapping.
"Roar" by Katy Perry: Mentioned in his 2013 VMAs video blog that he doesn't care for the song and calls the song boring during the "Applause" review. On Twitter, he calls "Roar" a worthless song which gets worse and worse with each successive listening. This all but assures its inclusion on the "Worst of 2013" list.
Todd has declared "Roar" to be his #1 least favorite hit song of 2013. Better yet, though not mentioned directly, it's comparable to his #1 least favorite hit song of 2011, Hot Chelle Rae's "Tonight, Tonight", citing the "bad as the absence of good" argument.
"That's My Kind of Night" by Luke Bryan: This gives him the chance to explain how generic he is. The song is also a fairly smug, mainstream country song that Todd has mentioned not liking in the "Cruise (Remix)" video. Todd later confirmed his hatred of Luke Bryan on Twitter.
Mentioned, but jossed as he found the song at least interestingly bad.
"Stay" by Rihanna: He's sick of Rihanna and he called the song boring in his "Thrift Shop"/"Suit and Tie" video.
Jossed, but it was used as the piano intro.
"Crazy Kids" by Ke$ha: While Todd likes the more refined Ke$ha, this isn't a particularly "crazy" dance song, and some versions have the horrible addition of a will.i.am guest verse, sounding almost exactly as he does on "Scream and Shout."
"Chinese Food" by Alison Gold: It only charted at #29 for one week; however, it may get a mention since it was made by the same studio who made Friday. He did mention on Twitter that unlike Friday, in which Rebecca Black had no idea what she was getting into, Alison Gold made the song bad on purpose, attempting to become the next Rebecca Black.
"I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift: Mentioned in the "We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together" review that it was the worst Taylor Swift song he had ever heard.
Confirmed honorable mention.
Also used as bumper music in between songs. Todd later had to change this to generic dance music due to copyright policies.
"Everybody's Got Somebody but Me" by Hunter Hayes & Jason Mraz: Both Hunter Hayes and Jason Mraz have made appearances on previous "Worst of" lists, the former with "Wanted" in 2012 and the latter with "I'm Yours" in 2009, so a collaboration between the two will not likely sit well with Todd. This song didn't chart that high on the Hot 100 chart in 2013, so it may only make dishonorable mentions.
"Scream and Shout" by will.i.am & Britney Spears: Even though it's already on the "Worst of 2012" list, and Todd retroactively bumped its ranking up two spots from #5 to #3, he contemplated on putting it on the "Worst of 2013" list to emphasize how bad it is.
Confirmed honorable mention, although he was unsure if it should have gone on the list proper.
"Cups (When I'm Gone)" by Anna Kendrick: Todd made several tweets expressing his extreme dislike for Pitch Perfect, comparing it to Glee, a show he does not like. This may hurt his opinion on the song itself, as while he can find songs he likes in movies he doesn't like (ie Dirty Dancing with "(I Had) The Time of My Life"), he does not tend to like music similar to Glee.
"Let Her Go" by Passenger: Todd made a few tweets expressing his dislike for the song, calling it a "laughingly bad attempt at songwriting" and even saying that it was "making a late case for being included on the annual worst list". He later calls the song "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", minus the charm.
"Marry Me" by Jason Derulo: Todd very much doesn't like Jason Derulo, especially in songs in which Derulo overuses his vocals and adds incredibly obvious autotune.
Jossed. During his review of "Talk Dirty", Todd stated that he wasn't even aware that Derulo had any Top 40 hits after 2010.
"Demons" by Imagine Dragons: His review called it a terrible, boring sell-out song. In the review and on Twitter, Todd calls Imagine Dragons a musical draft bust, having high hopes for the band, but they end up sorely disappointing.
"Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons: Further expanding on his disappointment in Imagine Dragons, Todd states he didn't really like "Radioactive", stating that it wore out on him pretty quick, not helped by the fact that it persisted on the Billboard Top 100 for the entire year.
"Sail" by Awolnation: On Twitter, Todd does not understand how or why "Sail" got popular. Similar to "Radioactive", he has likely grown tired of the song's overplay, not helped by its longevity on the Hot 100 chart.
"Heart Attack" by Demi Lovato: Todd has shown his disdain for Disney's pop princesses (Miley, Selena, etc.), and he might add it solely for the first 10 seconds, similar to the inclusion of Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam's "Head to Toe" on the "Worst of 1987" list. He also called it unmemorable in a tweet.
"Beauty and a Beat" by Justin Bieber & Nicki Minaj: BIEEEEEEEEEEBERRRRRRR with Nicki Minaj. That would normally be enough, but Todd also mentioned in the "We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together" review that this song has stupid lyrics, specifically, "We gonna party like it's 3012 tonight."
"I Want Crazy" by Hunter Hayes: A song by Hunter Hayes, who made Todd's "Worst of 2012" list, in which, despite the title, Hayes continues his false good boy schtick, with there being nothing "crazy" about the song whatsoever.
"Daylight" by Maroon 5: Todd does not like Maroon 5, calls the song boring during the "Suit & Tie"/"Thrift Shop" review, and called it their worst song on Twitter.
Confirmed honorable mention.
"U.O.E.N.O" by Rocko ft. Future & Rick Ross: Besides that this song's beat is very disjointed with the lyrics and that the song is yet another "bling and bitches" anthem that Todd is tired of, there's also the fact that Rick Ross, an artist that Todd has mentioned not liking in the "Party Rock Anthem" review, has the very controversial, rapey lyrics that have unfortunately become a running gag in his reviews.
"Pour It Up" by Rihanna: Todd's sick of Rihanna, especially when she does songs with repetitive lyrics.
"Accidental Racist" by Brad Paisley & LL Cool J: The song wasn't a hit, but its misguided message, poor execution, and its long run-time will probably get another mention from Todd, bonus points if the Rap Critic returns to debate argue again.
"Boys 'Round Here" by Blake Shelton: A smug, mainstream country song that fits the bill to country songs Todd doesn't like.
Mentioned, but jossed; Todd said it was too silly to hate.
"Get Your Shine On" by Florida Georgia Line: Todd called Florida Georgia Line an awful group on Twitter; however, "Cruise" was the bigger of their two Hot 100 hits, so this one may only make the dishonorable mentions.
"Bugatti" by Ace Hood ft. Future & Rick Ross: Todd hates most songs whose subject matter is about material wealth, and this is yet another "bling and bitches" rap song, this time talking about waking up in a ultra-rare and ultra-expensive supercar.
"Lolly" by Maejor Ali & Justin Bieber: Once again, BIEEEEBEERRRR!!!!!
"Unconditionally" by Katy Perry: Todd went on a Twitter rant about how Katy's incorrect pronunciation of the word bothers him.
"Sweater Weather" by the Neighborhood: Todd tweeted that he didn't like the slow part of the song.
Jossed for the worst list; it made #10 on the best list, with Todd calling it as the winner of the "fluke indie hit sweepstakes". However, Todd did state that the song would have charted higher on his best list if it weren't for the slow part.
"Don't Drop That Thun Thun" by the Finatticz
"Gas Pedal" by Sage the Gemini
"22" by Taylor Swift: Todd compared it to the Kidz Bop version of "Tik Tok". When you're comparing something to Kidz Bop, you know it's bad.
Confirmed honorable mention.
"Summertime Sadness" by Lana Del Rey: Todd has made several tweets discussing his dislike for Lana Del Rey.
Jossed; however, it was used as the end-of-video stinger.
"When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars: In Todd's love/hate relationship with Bruno Mars, he hates Bruno's melodrama, and calls this particular song boring.
"Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz
Confirmed at #8.
"Get Lucky" by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams: All but confirmed by his adoration of it in the "Blurred Lines" review, as well as several adoring mentions on Twitter. It's likely the prime candidate for his top song of the year, as Todd exclaims that it was the song he was waiting for all summer and wanted it to be a number one hit.
Confirmed, as #1 even.
"Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake
"Suit and Tie" by Justin Timberlake & Jay Z
"Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton: Maybe more likely than "Thrift Shop", which he seemed to like more as a statement than as a song.
"Treasure" by Bruno Mars: All but confirmed by his admiration for it in the "Blurred Lines" review, as well as his admiration for it on Twitter.
"I Love It" by Icona Pop ft Charli XCX, if only because of the pun he could make in the introduction: "Some people might not like this song. But I don't care. ...I love it." (Cue riff)
At the very least, if he doesn't put it on the proper list, it could work as the credits song for the Best of list. - Confirmed as end of episode stinger
"Same Love" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft Mary Lambert: Mentioned liking it in his 2013 VMAs blog. That being said, he wasn't exactly crazy about it, saying it didn't have incredibly strong rhymes, so it might make his honorable mentions. Again, possibly more as a statement than a song.
"Royals" by Lorde: Todd has a track record of loving indie sounding songs, and he's mentioned it positively on Twitter, comparing it to "Thrift Shop". It is also comparable to Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know", as Todd calls "Royals" an "anti-pop" song and hates any remix which ruins the song's appeal by trying to make it sound more pop. Todd might end up respecting the song more than actually liking it, but it still has a good chance of making the best list.
Confirmed honorable mention. Todd said that he liked the song more for what it isn't than than what it is, and said he liked Lorde much better than Lana Del Rey.
"Best Song Ever" by One Direction: It might make it on the list. And he will feel even more humiliated than he did in the review.
"Carry On" by fun.: Back in the "We Are Young"/"Somebody That I Used to Know" review, he mentioned that he really enjoyed the other fun. songs he listened too.
"Hold On, We're Going Home" by Drake: Todd likes Drake, especially in songs in which Drake doesn't brag. However, it's somewhat similar to "Find Your Love", which may not impress Todd (as much or otherwise).
Jossed, it made his worst honorable mentions.
"Bad" by Wale
"Gone" by Kanye West: He will comment that he's technically not breaking his rules since it did chart, even if the song is eight years old and charted from a viral video.
Why not include "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi then? It reached #25 solely based on hits.
"Survival" by Eminem: Eminem and rock music? Sounds like Todd will love it.
"Clarity" by Zedd ft. Foxes: He'll say it did right what Titanium got wrong. It's also comparable to "Just Dance" and "DJ Got Us Falling In Love"
Todd mentioned in his Twitter that "Clarity" is easily his favorite EDM song of 2013, however the main chorus confuses him. Perhaps, similar to "Good Time" not making the 2012 list due to Owl City referencing Prince, it will go on his honorable mentions. Though, if he manages to figure it out, it might still make the list.
During the "Worst of 2013" retrospect, Todd admitted he doesn't hate EDM outright, but stated that EDM's repetitiveness hurts itself, which largely turns Todd off from the genre.
Ultimately, the song is confirmed as a honorable mention.
"The Way" or "Baby I" by Ariana Grande: His joking about Nickelodeon child stars has to be building up to something.
"The Way" made the honorable mentions.
"Applause" by Lady Gaga: Todd admits that the pop world needsLady Gaga, and he enjoys the song for its high energy in an otherwise boring pop landscape; however, the song's narcissistic lyrics and critic bashing may keep it off the "Best of 2013" list. In the "Holy Grail" review, however, he states that he owes Lady Gaga a huge apology after "Holy Grail" turned out to be a big time disappointment.
Jossed, though that doesn't mean Lady Gaga is off the list, as "Do What U Want" was included at #4.
"Safe and Sound" by Capital Cities: Todd has a history of liking indie rock songs that make the pop charts.
Confirmed honorable mention; however, Todd stated if "Kangaroo Court" had been a hit, it would have made the best list.
"Say Something" by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera: Todd might like a song where Christina Aguilera doesn't oversing, if he doesn't find it boring which is a possibility.
Jossed; he doesn't like it. On Twitter, Todd didn't say it was awful, but he said it was "a goddamn waste of time."
"Brave" by Sara Bareilles: Assuming Todd doesn't dismiss the song as boring, he might say Sara Bareilles did everything right on "Brave" whereas Katy Perry got everything wrong on "Roar".
Jossed; however, he states on Twitter and his 2014 Grammys v-log that he thinks that Sara Bareilles is okay.
"Counting Stars" by OneRepublic: His review called it good, as well as excitingnote Todd admitted the song was not great; however, he stated that it was certainly better than most pop music he got in 2013, and he called it OneRepublic's first good song. Todd also mentions that this song got OneRepublic off his shit list, and later admits that some of their earlier songs grew on him. Maybe not enough to make the "Best of 2013" list, but given the boring state of pop music in 2013, it has a solid shot.
"#Beautiful" by Mariah Carey & Miguel: Ignoring the awkward hashtag, Todd mentioned in the "Glitter" review that he is a fan of Mariah Carey. Perhaps he thinks that the song is sincere enough to make it on the list, or at least get a mention.
Confirmed at #9.
"Burn" by Ellie Goulding: He liked "Lights", so he might like Ellie Goulding's followup.
"Gangnam Style" by PSY: Even though it peaked in 2012, it did make the Billboard Year End Top 100 for 2013 (#55), and Todd only gave it an honorable mention in his "Best of 2012" list. Given the lack of interesting songs from 2013, it might make the "Best of" List proper this year.
However, he tweeted that "Gangnam Style" has irrevocably altered Americans' image of South Korea, calling the country "a futuristic techno-world with all of Japan's weirdness and none of its history".
"Crazy Kids" by Kesha might make his honorable mentions but will likely not make the list because of the will.i.am verse, similar to how Chris Brown kept "International Love" off of the 2012 list.
"We Can't Stop" by Miley Cyrus could also make his honorable mentions since he said that he appreciated The VMA performance because it was interesting and the song may have grew on him like "Gangnam Style".
"Power Trip" by J. Cole: Todd mentioned on Twitter that he likes J. Cole.
"Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke ft. Pharrell Williams and T.I.: Todd admitted that the song was only mediocre compared to Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Bruno Mars' "Treasure". While Todd enjoys the loose and funky beat of the song, he does has problems with the boring music video and the rapey undertones of the lyrics. Confirmed as a worst honorable mention.
In a later Tweet, Todd withdrew his approval of Pharrell's "Woo!", and called it annoying, and picked apart a few lyrics he didn't like that he didn't cover in the review. More than likely though, it will not be on either of his lists, as in a tweet he stated "Rarely has a song been so easy to like, and so easy to dislike."
Due to the above comment, Todd may do a switch up and put "Blurred Lines" as an honorable mention as well, listing the positives of the song. (Jossed, Todd said he hates it more every time he hears it)
"Wake Me Up" by Avicii: Todd might praise Aloe Blacc's vocals; however, he said on Twitter that the novelty of the song, a folk-sounding EDM song, wore off quickly.
Jossed on both lists.
"The Fox (What Does the Fox Say)" by Ylvis: He hated "Disco Duck" which is a pretty good comparison. He also dubbed it "The musical equivalent of someone making fart noises into their hands" in the "Wrecking Ball" review. On Twitter, he initially didn't know what the "joke" of the song was or why it was supposed to be funny; however, he later tweeted that the song works best a children's book after receiving the book as a Christmas present.
Jossed on both lists.
"Love Somebody" by Maroon 5: While Todd put Maroon 5 (more specifically, Adam Levine) on his shit list with "One More Night" on the "Worst of 2012" list, he did mention on Twitter that this song reminded him of a functional product, a statement so vague that it could definitely go either way.
Jossed on both lists.
"Downtown" by Lady Antebellum: Todd likes Lady Antebellum to an extent; however, Todd only likes real country songs (songs about misery, heartbreak and regret) and not the more teenybopper pandering and bro-douchey mainstream fare of late.
Jossed on both lists.
"Timber" by Pitbull & Kesha: The song is a decent dance song and is fairly fast-paced, complete with a harmonica, which is something different for dance songs as of late. In the "Wrecking Ball" review, Todd also mentioned that he was willing to welcome Kesha back to liven up a boring pop scene. Ke$ha is also back to her more refined nature like she was in "Die Young", probably helped by the fact that she only sings the chorus. Todd doesn't completely hate Pitbull either, as he called "International Love" a guilty pleasure of his in the "Best of 2012" honorable mentions, and he didn't mind "Don't Stop the Party".
However, Todd usually finds Pitbull to be stupid and repetitive, and Kesha's valley-girl nature wears on him. Also in the song, Pitbull compares women he likes to Miley Cyrus, which, given what Miley did at the 2013 Video Music Awards with Robin Thicke (in which Todd compared to The Human Centipede), could easily be marked as a stupid Pitbull line that hurts the song, similar to Owl City referencing Prince in "Good Time".
He said he doesn't despise it, but there's no reason to listen to more than once.
"Berzerk" by Eminem: Todd mentioned his fanboyism for Eminem (during Eminem's early career, at least before the "Encore" album) back in the "Lighters" review, and this song was Eminem's big foray to go back to the basics of his first few albums. However, Todd may still not like it, as he hasn't been impressed with Eminem in recent years, especially when Eminem made two spots on his "Worst of 2011" list. Todd said on Twitter that while the song wasn't great, it was nice to see Eminem had regained his mojo. Its chances seem pretty good for the best list proper or as an honorable mention.
Confirmed as an honorable mention in a tweet, but it was cut for time.
"Troublemaker" by Olly Murs ft. Flo Rida: On one hand, he puts it on his best list, followed by him apologizing that Flo Rida made his list again, even if just as a featured artist. On the other hand, Flo Rida. Also, Olly Murs sounds a bit like Adam Levine, who Todd does not like.
Jossed on both lists.
"The Monster" by Eminem & Rihanna: As previously mentioned, Eminem is a very divisive artist for Todd, and Todd is tired of Rihanna putting out music almost nonstop. He may also take a moment to discuss the song's Unfortunate Implications, which might get cut off before he can go into full-on analytical mode just like what happened in his "S&M" review.
Jossed for both lists, but played on the piano in the intro of the Best of List. He later tweeted that "The Monster" is "Holy Grail" with a pulse, fixing most of the problems Todd had with the latter. While he said "The Monster" wasn't bad, he admitted it wasn't his favorite.
"Carolina" by Parmalee: He may not even hate the song, but it might make dishonorable mentions just for him to ask what Carolina feels like.
Jossed on both lists.
"I Need Your Love" by Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding: He liked Ellie Goulding's "Lights" but said that Calvin Harris ruined 2013...
Jossed on both lists.
"Body Party" by Ciara: Todd said that "Goodies" wasn't that bad when Sage asked why it wasn't on his "Worst of 2004" list. However, "Body Party" was produced by Mike WiLL Made It, one of the people responsible for "We Can't Stop" and his #5 worst song of 2013: "(Bitches) Love Me".
Jossed on both lists.
"Mama's Broken Heart" by Miranda Lambert, although there is no evidence that Todd likes or dislikes Miranda Lambert, this song may make the list because it fits Todd's model of miserable country like "Need You Now" did.
Jossed on both lists.
Guesses for Todd's 2014 year-end lists
"Follow Your Arrow" by Kacey Musgraves. He tweeted during Kacey's performance on the 2014 Grammys that said song was "fantastic", and praised it in his 2014 Grammy vlog, but the fact that it didn't go very far up the Hot 100 will likely leave it as an honorable mention.
"Team" by Lorde
"Happy" by Pharrell Williams. Todd compared Pharrell to Cee Lo Green who had his number one song of 2011. Also, he said on Twitter that he wasn't sick of it as of April and he compared it to Stevie Wonder, whereas "All of Me" was "Three Times a Lady."
"Pompeii" by Bastille. In his review, his said that he liked it, even though he thought it was silly, which means it might not make the list.
"Ain't It Fun" by Paramore: It fits the mold of a retro track that have dominated Todd's lists.
"Counting Stars" by OneRepublic: Todd gave a fairly positive review of the song, but it didn't make his "Best of 2013" list; however, the song has persisted in the Top 20 for most of the first half of 2014.
"Turn Down for What" by DJ Snake and Lil' Jon: Todd said he likes it because it's one of the few EDM songs that doesn't bore him, praising the song for being aggressive and "in your face". He also favorably compares the song to The Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up". However, he states it's not a song he would to listen to regularly, possibly regulating the song to a honorable mention.
"Sing" by Ed Sheeran: On Twitter, Todd called the song the best Justin Timberlake song on the radio currently. He later calls the song a Flight of the Conchords song in disguise. Given that Todd likes both JT and Flight of the Conchords, it has a good shot of making his best list.
"Boom Clap" by Charli XCX: He had some praise for her in his "Fancy" review.
"Drunk in Love" by Beyonce and Jay-Z: Todd strongly dislikes Beyonce and he said that the Grammy performance was abysmal.
"Dark Horse" by Katy Perry ft. Juicy J: Todd has said that he absolutely despises this song, as well as Katy Perry's output from the "Prism" album. He called the song a worse version of "E.T", another song that Todd didn't like from her. In the review of the song, Todd states that Beyonce, another artist which Todd dislikes, is better at pulling off the "female, man-destroyer power fantasy" than Katy Perry, citing "Irreplaceable" as an example.
"The Outsiders" by Eric Church: Someone linked him to the song on Twitter and he said that it was "awful", and he has a history of hating songs that consist mainly of the singer bragging about himself/herself. May only get an honorable mention, as it had a fairly low Hot 100 peak.
"This is How We Roll" by Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan: This song seems destined to be on his list due to the unholy alliance of the two worst things to ever happen to country music. Even worse, there's a new version featuring Jason Derulo.
"Ready Set Roll" by Chase Rice. Yet another bro-country song that even some of the "bro" apologists have called bad. Chase's erratic behavior on Twitter only exacerbates it. Though it probably won't be a big enough hit to make the list.
"#Selfie" by The Chainsmokers: In the review, Todd states that the song doesn't even meet the already low standards for a viral novelty song. Unlike PSY's "Gangnam Style", Baauer's "Harlem Shake", Ylvis' "The Fox", or even Rebecca Black's "Friday", all of which became accidental hits by word of mouth, Todd calls "#Selfie" Astro Turf, commenting that the song was "carefully packaged and promoted behind the scenes to look like a viral meme", as noted by the presence of Snoop Dogg and David Hasslehoff. The song will likely only make the dishonorable mentions due to it being a minor entry in the Hot 100, dropping off fairly quickly after peaking at #16.
"Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz: He called it horrible and offensive to possibly everyone. However, In the "Wiggle" review, he called it his favorite Derulo song.
"All of Me" by John Legend: He called the song uninteresting on Twitter. In the review, Todd said that the song is nowhere near the worst song he's ever heard, but he feels that it's John Legend's weakest song.
"Play It Again" by Luke Bryan: After "That's My Kind of Night" avoided the list last year, an even worse song makes it.
"Bottoms Up" by Brantley Gilbert: Yet another bro-country song, which Todd has shown his disdain for.
"Loyal" by Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Too Short, French Montana OR Tyga: Yet another disgusting, misogynistic, and materialistic rap song from two of Todd's least favorite rappers. In his "Just a Friend" episode, he seemed more amused by it than anything.
"Fancy" by Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX: He mentioned his dislike of it on Twitter, and his review was very unsupportive. However, he did state that he hopes that Charli XCX would become the bigger name.
"Wiggle" by Jason Derulo ft. Snoop Dogg: Not even the power of Snoop Dogg can salvage a song with Jason Derulo as the lead artist. On Twitter, Todd simply said "Oh God why why why". In the review, although Todd stated that he loved Snoop Dogg and Snoop is untouchable this late in his career, he admitted that the Snoop Dogg "brand" is not a seal of quality. Hell, the description for the the video calls it, "The worst song of the decade."
"Summer" by Calvin Harris: Todd hates Calvin Harris' brand of EDM.
"Me and My Broken Heart" by Rixton. He called it a detestable Maroon 5 wannabe on Twitter.
"Rude" by MAGIC!: He said he hated the song on Twitter, and that the video made him hate it even more. Todd will likely call it the biggest example of cod reggae since Maroon 5's "One More Night".
"Birthday" by Katy Perry: Todd pretty much hates the entire Prism album; however, this song also has a rather cringe-worthy music video, along with ridiculously shameless lyrics.
Could Go Either Way:
"Best Day of My Life" by American Authors: Todd immediately dismissed the band on Twitter, calling them Imagine Dragons wannabes, so they are not likely to win 2014's "fluke indie hit sweepstakes". Given that Todd's opinion of Imagine Dragons soured in 2013, "Best Day of My Life" is leaning towards the worst list.
"Story of My Life" by One Direction: Todd no longer hates One Direction, but this doesn't mean they'll turn into his new Katy Perry.
"Drink A Beer" by Luke Bryan: While he mentions a dislike for Bryan's signature style, he has mentioned that he likes depressing songs about drinking.
"Problem" by Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea: Todd seems to like Ariana Grande as an artist, but it doesn't necessarily mean he will like this, especially considering that he hated Iggy Azalea's first big hit.
"Not a Bad Thing" by Justin Timberlake: Todd has not been impressed with JT's post-"Suit & Tie" output.
"Love Never Felt So Good" by Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake: In the "We Are the World 25" review, Todd states that there should be no more collaborations with dead people, especially Michael Jackson.
"Break Free" by Ariana Grande ft. Zedd: Both artists had hits that made it to his honorable mentions in the best of list in 2013, however it might not necessarily mean he will like this.
Probably Not Up for Consideration:
"Let It Go" by Idina Menzel: On Twitter, he states that he doesn't consider "Let It Go" a true pop song despite it peaking at #5, since the song is too closely tied to Frozen. Whether or not Todd can get past this will determine if it makes either list since his actual opinion of the song hasn't been stated; however, Todd did give a mixed-positive review of the film, saying it had serious flaws, but he felt it was better than Pixar's latest output and understands why other people would like it.
"Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson: Even though the song came out three decades ago, it did re-chart in 2014 at #14, technically meeting Todd's criteria for inclusion on his Best or Worst Hit Songs lists. Todd most likely won't consider it for his list because it wasn't even remotely new or influential to 2014.
Seeing as how Ariana's album hit #1 in the country in only 6 days to a week after its release, I think it's high time that he does so. Plus, after his gushing on the Nickelodeon stars and shows the past few times he's reviewed Disney stars, I think it would make sense if he went into detail, much to his disagreement.
"The Way" was in Todd's honorable mentions for Best of 2013, and Todd flat out stated he felt Ariana was a powerhouse.
Todd will declare 2013 the worst year of his reviewing career.
During his 2013 reviews, he noted that several songs in Billboard's Top 100 in 2013 were middle-of-the-road, easy listening ballads or electronic dance music. Todd hates both genres for being boring and emotionless, respectively, which makes them hard to review, since Todd likes to talk about personalities and emotions.
From Todd's Twitter: "'Wrecking Ball' replaces 'Roar' as the number one song in the country. My god, this has been a shit year for pop."
As he introduced his Worst of 2013: "GOOD FUCKING RIDDANCE!! No, seriously, 2013 can go screw itself. Just burn the yearbooks for this one." Also, he said he had difficulty finding 10 songs worth raging about.
He ends the Worst of 2013 video with "SCREW 2013."
He starts his Best of 2013 video with a mental breakdown, with Kyle, Paw, and Elisa having to give him a pep talk to do the list.
Todd's face is nothing special, which is why he keeps it hidden.
Note that this list reflects artists who charted on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in the US. Some artists & groups listed here may have had considerable success outside the US or on genre-specific charts. For bands & artists with considerable genre-specific chart success and/or a large cult following (such as Modest Mouse), Todd most likely won't review them on OHW. Some bands & artists listed as one-hit wonders, especially in the "Very False" category, are often considered as such in the more general sense: "an artist or band whom your average person would only recognize one song from".
True One Hit Wonders (Artists who only had one Top 40 hit on the Hot 100, and their other work either did not chart or charted below the Top 40.):
"99 Luftballoons" by Nena: She was most popular in her native Germany with moderate success in Austria and Switzerland as well.
"Addicted" by Saving Abel: The band is moderately successful on the Mainstream Rock charts, but never came close to having another pop hit. Unlike acts like Shinedown or Seether, who remain successful on rock radio, Saving Abel has fallen into almost complete obscurity.
"Addictive" by Truth Hurts
"Afternoon Delight" by Starland Vocal Band: Todd already discussed the song in his "Worst of 1976" retrospect, calling it the absolute worst hit song of the year, so a more in-depth review of the band is not likely. However, 5 years before "Afternoon Delight", Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert co-wrote John Denver's first Top 10 hit song, "Take Me Home, Country Roads".
"Around the World (La La La La La)" by A Touch of Class.
"Bad Day" by Daniel Powter
"Barely Breathing" by Duncan Sheik
"Because I Got High" by Afroman
"Beds are Burning" by Midnight Oil: "Blue Sky Mine" and "The Dead Heart" almost breached the Top 40, and the band had more popularity in the alternate charts, plus in their native Australia and Europe.
"Better Days (And the Bottom Drops Out)" by Citizen King
"Better Off Alone" by Alice Deejay
"Bitch" by Meredith Brooks: He used it for during the credits of his "Sexy Bitch/Chick" review, so he may revisit it. If Todd does review her, he'll likely make comparisons to Alanis Morissette.
"Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve: The band was essentially Screwed by the Lawyers after the manager of The Rolling Stones successfully sued The Verve for credit and royalties for the song's sampling of "The Last Time". After losing the writing credits, The Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft called "Bitter Sweet Symphony" "the best song Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have written in 20 years".
"Black Betty" by Ram Jam
"Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65: Pretty much the definition of an Ear Worm and also incomprehensible lyrics. The group's follow up, "Move Your Body", reached the Top 10 on several European charts, but not in the States. The group were most successful in their native Italy.
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" by Deep Blue Something: It was #1 on his top 10 songs about mediocre romance. He can revisit it in its own episode.
"Blowin' Me Up (With Her Love)" by JC Chasez
"Cars" by Gary Numan
"Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley: Cee Lo Green is a rather interesting case in terms of being a one-hit wonder. Technically, Cee Lo himself is not a one-hit wonder (although he only had one hit as a lead and the other a featured spot); however, his four hits came from three different acts. Danger Mouse, on the other hand, has only gone top 40 as part of this duo.
"Counting Blue Cars" by Dishwalla
“Crazy for This Girl” by Evan and Jaron: Todd mentioned the duo in his review of Nine Days' "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)"
"Dead Skunk" by Loudon Wainwright III
"Der Kommissar" by After The Fire: A victim of the "cover as a first hit" curse, the original was from Falco.
"Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin
"Flagpole Sitta" by Harvey Danger
"Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)" by Eamon: He hinted about visiting Eamon again after putting the song on in his "Worst of 2004" list.
"Funkytown" by Lipps Inc.: In the "Worst of 1987" retrospect, Todd stated that he doesn't like the song, but acknowledged that it earned its place in pop culture history thanks to its Ear Worm hook.
Also, in the same retrospect, Todd already discussed a cover by Pseudo Echo, who themselves are a one-hit wonder outside of their native Australia. Todd called the band a "poor, poor, poor man's INXS", and stated that "Funkytown" worked better as a disco song rather than a blaring, synth-heavy rock song.
"Get Ready for This" by 2 Unlimited: The duo were more popular on many European pop charts; however, they had a few additional hits on the US dance charts.
"Glad You Came" by The Wanted: Sure, it's recent, but that doesn't mean Todd can't do an episode on them. They did well in the UK and were a major act of the new boy band wave of the 2010s, but their career across the pond was blown to pieces by One Direction. This is the kind of act Todd would say "deserved better," because they're a group who were ruined by a rival act rather than undergoing a natural decline.
"Gotta Tell You" by Samantha Mumba
"Groove is in the Heart" by Deee-Lite. Confirmed.
"Handlebars" by Flobots
"Headstrong" by Trapt
"Heartbeat" by Don Johnson: Like Eddie Murphy, Don Johnson tried to capitalize on his popularity by adding a singing career.
"Here Comes The Hotstepper" by Ini Kamoze
"Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" by Fuel: The band were more successful on the alternative and mainstream rock charts.
"I Love You Always Forever" by Donna Lewis: Her follow up, "Without Love", just missed the Top 40.
"I Wanna Be Bad" by Willa Ford
"I Touch Myself" by Divinyls: The group were most successful in their native Australia.
"I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred: Todd mentioned the group in his review of "Sexy and I Know It", so a more in-depth review may be inevitable.
"If I Could Go" by Angie Martinez
"It Takes Two" by Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock
"It's My Life" by Talk Talk: The 2003 version by No Doubt, which peaked at #10, eclipses the original, which only peaked at #31.
"Jump Around" by House of Pain: In his FAQ, he calls this his favorite One Hit Wonder. You know he's going to review it one day, perhaps for his last "One Hit Wonderland" episode.
"Just the Girl" by The Click Five: Todd mentioned them in his review of "Tonight, Tonight", calling the group a throwaway act.
"Keep Your Hands to Yourself" by The Georgia Satellites: The group did have a handful of hits on the Mainstream Rock chart.
"King Without A Crown (Live from Stubbs)" by Matisyahu
"Lovefool" by the Cardigans
"Lovin' You" by Minnie Riperton
"Lullaby" by Shawn Mullins
"Macarena" by Los Del Río
"Mambo #5" by Lou Bega
"Mickey" by Toni Basil
"Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by Crash Test Dummies: They had greater success in their native Canada.
"Mr. Vain" by Culture Beat
"Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)" by Lumidee
"No Rain" by Blind Melon
"Pac-Man Fever" by Buckner & Garcia: Todd mentioned the song in his review of "Tubthumping", fearing that he may end up covering a novelty act after covering a more serious one-hit wonder.
"Puttin' On the Ritz" by Taco
"Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood: It was hugely popular to the point of cultural phenomenon, not to mention pretty dirty even by modern standards. It feels not just possible, but eventual.
"Respect Yourself" by Bruce Willis: A double whammy of a one hit wonder: it's both a film actor's vanity project and it's a cover. Todd did not include this song in his "Worst of 1987" retrospect, citing that he only wanted to include songs that he legitimately hated, although Todd did admit that Bruce Willis' only hit was an easy target for comedy material, so a more in depth review is a possibility.
"Save Tonight" by Eagle-Eye Cherry
"Sex & Candy" by Marcy Playground
"She Blinded Me with Science" by Thomas Dolby
"She's So High" by Tal Bachman
"Stacy's Mom" by Fountains of Wayne: Todd mentioned the group in his retrospect of "Absoultely (Story of a Girl)", calling the band one of the more respectable power-pop groups.
"Stars Are Blind" by Paris Hilton: If Todd does review her, he'll likely not have kind words for her, given that she is basically famous for being a socialite.
"Steal My Sunshine" by Len
"Stereo Love" by Edward Maya
"Tainted Love" by Soft Cell: Another victim of the "cover as a first hit" curse, at least in the States; Soft Cell was more successful in their native UK. Best of all, you can expect a Marilyn Manson end-of-video stinger!
"Take a Picture" by Filter: "Hey Man, Nice Shot" was more representative of the band's sound (and the only other song they're really known for aside from "Take a Picture"); however, "Take a Picture" is the song they are better remembered for in the mainstream. Also, frontman Richard Patrick was a former touring guitarist for the more well known and popular Nine Inch Nails.
"Tarzan Boy" by Baltimora
"The Boys of Summer" by The Ataris: Similar to Alien Ant Farm, they are another pop punk/alternative rock group whose only big hit was a cover of a Top 10 song from the 1980s, with the original from Eagles drummer/vocalist Don Henley. Like Alien Ant Farm, Todd likely won't have much good to say about the band.
"The Freshman" by The Verve Pipe
"The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World: The band had several hits on the Alternative charts, though are nowhere near as well-known as blink-182 or Incubus are. On his FAQs, Todd admits that he loves the band.
"The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" by Vicki Lawrence: Even though it reached #1 on the Hot 100 in 1973, the 1991 version by country superstar Reba McEntire is better remembered. Vicki Lawrence did have a second hit on the adult contemporary charts with "He Did with Me"; however, she is more well known as a comedy actress than as a singer.
"The Reason" by Hoobastank: Todd already discussed the song in his "Worst of 2004" retrospect; however, he stated that Hoobastank wasn't a bad band, albeit Incubus wannabes. Also, Hoobastank also had a few other hits on the alternative charts, but their overall body of work is less known than Incubus's or even Jimmy Eat World's.
"Through Glass" by Stone Sour: Stone Sour has several top 10 hits on the Mainstream Rock charts, making the song more of a minor fluke pop hit than an actual one hit wonder. Moreover, Stone Sour features a few members of the metal band Slipknot (more specifically vocalist Corey Taylor, and until May 2014, guitarist Jim Root), who, although far better known than Stone Sour, have never once cracked the Hot 100.
"Too Shy" by Kajagoogoo: In the "Take On Me" review, he states that "Too Shy" wasn't a good song, and the band had bad hair.
"Turning Japanese" by The Vapors
"Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles
"Wasting My Time" by Default: The group were much more popular in Canada and did about as well as Saving Abel on the rock charts.
"We No Speak Americano" by Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP: Neither act ever had another hit anywhere in the world.
"We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister: "I Wanna Rock" is also well-known, however it only peaked at #68.
"What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes: He's mentioned on Twitter and in his FAQ that he HATES this song, to the point that he may never review it, but you know he's going to give in one day, since ranting for 15 minutes about songs he hates pays the bills.
"Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling: Frontman Alex Band did have another hit with Santana in 2003, but this was the group's only top 40 hit. The group also had a few minor hits on the Adult Pop charts.
"Whoomp! (There It Is)" by Tag Team
"Why Can't I?" by Liz Phair
"You're Beautiful" by James Blunt
"Your Woman" by White Town: This song was written to be interpreted by various different ways. Todd can explore them all. He can also talk about White Town being a one-man band.
Technically True One Hit Wonders (Artists who have minimal top 40 success on the Hot 100; however, these artists are well known in the US, are massively successful internationally, very critically acclaimed, have a large and devoted fanbase, have multiple top selling albums, have multiple Top 10 hits on a genre-specific chart, and/or are influential in their genre. Todd most likely won't review these artists.):
"All Along the Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix: Although Jimi Hendrix is considered one of the most influential guitarists of all time and was right behind the Beatles and the Rolling Stones as the most legendary musicians of the 1960s, he did not see much Hot 100 chart success with his singles, but his albums did peak in the Top 20 in the Billboard 200. Technically, Jimi fell under the "cover as a first hit curse" as the original was from Bob Dylan.
"All the Small Things" by Blink182: While the band only had one Top 40 hit, they received significant airplay on pop radio and MTV in the late 1990s & early 2000s and have several Top 10 hits on the Alternative Rock charts.
"Broken" by Seether: Despite only one Top 40 hit (possibly due to the presence of Evanescence frontlady Amy Lee), the band remains a mainstay on the Mainstream Rock charts with multiple Top 10 singles.
"B.Y.O.B"note Bring Your Own Bombs by System of a Down: The band is well known for its political views, particularly if it involves Armenia, and have 3 albums which hit #1 on the Billboard 200 as well as several hits on the Alternative and Mainstream Rock charts.
"Cat Scratch Fever" by Ted Nugent: While the Nuge only had one Top 40 hit, Todd is unlikely to review him on OHW. Ted Nugent is a very outspoken advocate for gun rights, hunters' rights, and other conservative values.
"Creep" by Radiohead: They had more pop success in the UK and were successful on the US alternative charts. However, Radiohead is considered one of the most famous bands of all time, and second only to Nirvana in influence among 90's rock bands. The group had a fluke second top 40 hit with "Nude" in 2008.
"Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones: Despite only one hit, all five of her studio albums peaked in the Top 3 of the Billboard 200.
"Drive" by Incubus: Despite only one Top 40 hit, the band remains a mainstay on the alternative rock charts with multiple Top 10 hits and 4 albums peaking in the Top 5 of the Billboard 200.
"Epic" by Faith No More: People who watched Dirty Jobs may recognize its theme song, "We Care a Lot" (albeit only for the chorus). Also, Faith No More was considered one of the forefathers of the Alternative Metal genre, and Krist Novoselic stated that Faith No More was a huge influence on Nirvana. Metallica and Guns N' Roses, two of the biggest metal acts of the 1980s & early 1990s, called Faith No More one of their favorite bands, hiring them as the opening act for their infamous co-headlining Stadium Tour back in 1992.
"Feel Good Inc." by Gorillaz. Their only 40 hit in the US, but were more successful in the UK, and "Clint Eastwood" is somewhat well-known in the States despite its low peak. He's made reference to them at least twice, so it's likely that he's a fan, and their Virtual Celebrity status would provided a different angle than the usual backstories.
"Get Lucky" by Daft Punk. Another song that is very recent and could've been covered in "Pop Song Reviews", and Todd's favorite song of 2013. Daft Punk were big in Europe in their prime, but weren't very successful in the United States. The group has not returned to the Hot 100 since "Get Lucky", and since the comeback hype will be gone when their next album comes out, may never have another hit again.
"Icky Thump" by The White Stripes: The duo are one of the most successful and influential bands of the 2000s, having several hits on the alternative charts and three Top 10 albums. Also, Jack White is involved with two other successful bands: The Raconteurs and the Dead Weather, both of whom also have two Top 10 albums. Moreover, "Icky Thump" is not their most famous song: that distinction belongs to "Seven Nation Army."
"Loser" by BECK: Beck has several hits on the alternative charts as well as several Top 20 albums on the Billboard 200.
"Lost in You" by Garth Brooks (under the pseudonym Chris Gaines): Even though Chris Gaines was the short-lived rock alter-ego of country superstar Garth Brooks, Todd could look into this as an entity separate from Garth, particularly because the Chris Gaines persona was developed for a movie that never came to fruition. Also, despite his success, Garth Brooks never released any of his many country hits to pop radio.
"Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin: She had another Top 20 hit with "Piece of My Heart" as part of Big Brother and the Holding Company. Despite minimal success on the Hot 100, she paved the way for female musicians in rock music.
"Me, Myself, and I" by De La Soul: While heir guest appearance on the Gorillaz' "Feel Good Inc" charted higher on the Hot 100, "Me, Myself, and I" remains their best known work. Also, De La Soul were known as one of the progenitors of the Alternative Hip Hop subgenre, and earned a respectable number of hits on the Hot Rap Songs chart with their eclectic sampling and quirky lyrics.
"New World Man" by Rush: Despite only having one Top 40 hit which is not even considered their Signature Song (that distinction belongs to "Tom Sawyer", "Limelight" and, "The Spirit of Radio"), Rush's discography is very well known with several Top 10 hits on the Mainstream Rock charts and several Top 20 albums. The band's members are also widely well known for their musical proficiency.
"Rehab" by Amy Winehouse: Even though she only had one Top 40 hit in the US in her relatively short career, Amy Winehouse was very influential among recent female pop singers, including Adele, Lady Gaga, and Lana Del Rey to name a few.
"Second Chance" by Shinedown: Even though Todd said "Second Chance" was terrible during his "Best of 2009" retrospect, all of their singles released to date peaked in the top 5 of the Mainstream Rock chart. Notably, "If You Only Knew" came within inches of being a top 40 hit but fell short in the end.
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana: Like Radiohead, Nirvana is considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 1990s and probably the most influential one ever since the Beatles. Despite only two Top 40 hits on the Hot 100, Nirvana's two major studio albums and two live albums did hit #1 on the Billboard 200, and the band was a mainstay on the Mainstream Rock charts in the early 1990s. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was probably the most famous rock song of the early 1990s (and possibly the most famous song of the entire decade), and generally the one most non-hardcore fans of Nirvana would recognize.
"Touch of Grey" by The Grateful Dead: Though they had only one mainstream hit, The Grateful Dead are a highly influential classic rock jam band and were known for being especially innovative as a live act, and have an extremely devoted fanbase, especially in the concert tape trading community.
"Valley Girl" by Frank Zappa: Frank Zappa's discography spans nearly 100 albums. Zappa's career covered many genres, and many artists and bands cite Zappa as a major influence, including, but definitely not limited to, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, George Clinton, Primus, System of a Down, and "Weird Al" Yankovic.
"Whip It" by Devo: Though most casual listeners might regard them as a one-hit wonder, Todd will most likely not review Devo because of their influence on the new-wave and electronic pop genres. Also, frontman Mark Mothersbaugh has a considerable career as a composer for many TV show, film, and video game soundtracks.
"Wonderwall" by Oasis: Oasis was one of the biggest acts from Britain during the 1990s despite only one major Billboard Hot 100 hit; and even in the U.S. are an important figure of '90s pop culture and very influential on today's indie rock. Aside from their music, the band was quite notorious for their fascination with The Beatles as well as the volatile tempers of brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher, the latter of which ultimately broke up the band.
Somewhat True One Hit Wonders (Artists and bands who never had a Top 40 hit, but had one low charting single which received significant exposure, such as regular airplay, being a viral internet hit, or being controversial in some capacity.):
"The Bad Touch" by Bloodhound Gang: While discussing LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" during the "Worst of 2011" retrospect, Todd noted that the Bloodhound Gang put a high level of thought and creativity in every line.
"Bodies" by Drowning Pool: The band has a respectable number of hits on the Mainstream Rock chart; however, "Bodies" remains the only song they are well known for outside of rock audiences. The song often draws unwanted attention, especially after tragedies occur, due to the misinterpretation of the lyrics; the song also drew attention when it was used as audio torture in Guantanamo Bay. Notably, the band had four different lead singers on their five albums; Ryan McCombs was the only singer to be on two albums.
“Boyz-n-the-Hood” by Dynamite Hack
"Cherry Bomb" by The Runaways: Or perhaps he'll just review the movie instead. He could talk about how the band, specifically Cherie Currie made it possible for artists like Madonna, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus to perform with onstage outfits.
However, if Todd does cover the Runaways, he might focus on the more on the lesser known members as Joan Jett and Michael Steele had considerable success post-breakup with the former as a solo artist and the latter as a member of The Bangles. And maybe Lita Ford as well.
"Dragostea Din Tei" by O-Zone
"Friday" by Rebecca Black. Didn't even hit the Top 40, but was still notorious via Memetic Mutation. Had Billboard incorporated YouTube views in its chart calculations in 2011, it would have very likely made the Top 20. The Glee cover did crack the Top 40 at #34, however.
"I'm Shipping Up to Boston" by Dropkick Murphys: The song gained considerable popularity when it was featured in The Departed; however, it never entered the Hot 100 despite selling over a million digital copies. The band remains popular in the New England area, and the song continues to serve as an anthem of Boston-area sporting events, especially at Boston Red Sox games. Also, the band's three latest albums all debuted in the Top 20 of the Billboard 200.
"Song 2" by blur: Despite being one of the progenitors for the Britpop movement, their rivalsOasiswere the face of Britpop Stateside. While Blur are very popular and influential in Britain, "Song 2" is pretty much the only thing they're known for in the U.S., and even then, most Americans only recognize the "Woo-hoo!" part of the chorus to the point that they don't know the song is called "Song 2".
"Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand: The band was more successful on the British charts and on the American alternative charts.
"Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia: She had more success in her native Australia and the UK. Also, "Torn" was originally performed by Ednaswap, so Natalie fell victim to the "cover as a first hit" curse in the US, where it only peaked at #42. Keep in mind that her song was #1 on the airplay charts for weeks, and while a follow up "Wishing I Was There" also made the top 40, it's all but forgotten today. If Todd does review Natalie, he'll likely try to compare her to the more successful Kylie Minoguenote Both Kylie and Natalie are relatively short, both are alumnae on the Australian soap opera Neighbours, both are considered sex symbols in their home country, and both have a younger sister who is also a musician.
"Zoot Suit Riot" by Cherry Poppin' Daddies: This song just missed the Top 40, peaking at #41 during the swing revival of the late 90s.
Somewhat False One Hit Wonders (Artists and bands who had either exactly two Top 40 hits OR whose Signature Song never made the Top 40, but they had another single make the Top 40.):
"1 Thing" by Amerie
"867-5309/Jenny" by Tommy Tutone: It's going to be really funny when Todd realizes that Tommy Tutone is a band, and not a singer.
"A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton: Todd called the follow up, "Ordinary Day", an example of the kind of "white chick on piano" music he dislikes, having the "dreary, shallow, artless pretentiousness that lacks the talent or creativity to justify it".
"Are You Gonna Be My Girl" by Jet: Todd mentioned his hate of the song in his review of "Tonight, Tonight", since the song sounds like a commercial jingle.
"Barbie Girl" by Aqua
"Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles: She hit #36 previously with "Love Is" and had far more hits in Canada between 1989 and 1997, but "Black Velvet" is pretty much all she's known for in America. Also, as someone who grew up on country in the early 90s, he is very likely aware of Robin Lee's knockoff version which was sent to country radio.
"Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison
"Bust a Move" by Young MC
"Creep" by Radiohead: See "Technically True One Hit Wonders"
"Cult of Personality" by Living Colour
"Cum on Feel the Noize" by Quiet Riot: "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" is also fairly well known among glam metal fans; however, most mainstream music listeners only recognize them for "Cum on Feel the Noize".
"Good Vibrations" by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
"Got a Hold on Me" by Christine McVie: Unlike Stevie Nicks, Christine only had two solo hits outside of Fleetwood Mac.
"Hooked on a Feeling" by Blue Swede
"I Don't Want to Wait" by Paula Cole: "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone" charted higher; however, "I Don't Want to Wait" is best remembered as the theme to Dawson's Creek, lasted longer on the Hot 100, and is far better remembered today than her other hit.
"I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor: She had one other hit with a cover of "Never Can Say Goodbye"
"Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice: His only other hit was a cover of "Play That Funky Music".
"I'll Be" by Edwin McCain: He also was the original artist for "I Could Not Ask for More"; however the country cover by Sara Evans eclipses McCain's version.
"I'll Be There for You" by The Rembrandts: "Just the Way It Is, Baby" charted higher on the Hot 100; however, "I'll Be There for You" is best remembered as the theme song for Friends. Keep in mind that "I'll Be There For You" was a #1 airplay hit, but was ineligible for the Hot 100 until a commercial single was released long after its popularity waned. Today "Just the Way It Is, Baby" is almost completely forgotten.
"Informer" by Snow: If Todd does review it, he'll likely incorporate Jim Carrey's parody into the review. In the review of MAGIC!'s "Rude", he implies that the song isn't good.
"It's Been a While" by Staind: "So Far Away" is their only other mainstream hit; however, the band has several hits on the alternative and mainstream rock charts.
"Kiss Me" by Sixpence None the Richer: Their only other Top 40 hit was a cover of "There She Goes" by The La's; however, "Kiss Me" is their better remembered song for its use in the 1999 teen romantic comedy She's All That. Todd likely won't have much good to say about the band since they are a Christian band, and Todd usually reviles most Christian rock music.
"Lotta Love" by Nicolette Larson
"Luka" by Suzanne Vega: Her only other hit was a #5 remix of her song "Tom's Diner" by the production group DNA.
"Lump" by The Presidents of the United States of America: "Peaches" was their only entry in the Top 40 at #29; however, "Lump" is often considered their Signature Song as "Weird Al" Yankovic parodied it with "Gump", and it appeared on the Rock Band 2 soundtrack.
"Meant to Live" by Switchfoot: "Dare You to Move" charted slightly higher; however, "Meant to Live" was the song that got more airplay and the better remembered song from Switchfoot.
"Milkshake" by Kelis: Todd already covered the song in his "Worst of 2004" retrospect, and called Kelis "the world's warm-up for Fergie".
"More than Words" by Extreme
"More than Words Can Say" by Alias
"Move Ya Body" by Nina Sky: The duo had a Top 20 song as a featured artist on a N.O.R.E. song, but haven't returned to the top 40 on their own since.
"My Sharona" by The Knack
"On the Way Down" by Ryan Cabrera: His song "True" was nearly as big a hit, but only his first hit is remembered.
"One Week" by Barenaked Ladies: While the band is most successful in their native Canada, they are not exactly unknown in the US, with 5 studio albums peaking in the Top 20 of the Billboard 200. "One Week" is often considered the band's Signature Song; however, in Canada, that distinction belongs to "If I Had $1000000", to the point where in the band's early years, concertgoers would throw boxes of Kraft Dinner on stage. More recently, the group sings the theme song for The Big Bang Theory.
"Our House" by Madness: They had an earlier minor hit with a cover of Labi Siffre's "It Must Be Love", peaking at #33.
"Paralyzer" by Finger Eleven: "One Thing" was a hit 3 years before "Paralyzer," but the latter song completely overshadows it today.
"Remember The Name" by Fort Minor: "Where'd You Go" was their actual one hit, but "Remember The Name" is their more famous song, particularly for its use as a sports anthem and as a recurring movie soundtrack song. However, Todd might not review this since Fort Minor was the hip-hop side project of Linkin Park frontman Mike Shidona.
"Ridin'" by Chamillionaire: "Good Morning" just barely qualifies as a Top 40 hit and "Turn It Up", the single preceding "Ridin'", just missed the Top 40. Chamillionaire was also a guest artist on another Top 10 hit: "Get Up" by Ciara. Moreover, Chamillionaire's two studio albums did peak in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 and in the Top 5 for R&B/Hip-Hop albums.
"Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco: He was more successful in Europe, especially in his native Austria, than he was Stateside.
"Run Runaway" by Slade: Slade were more popular in their native Britain; however the band had 2 Top 40 hits Stateside, the other being "My Oh My". Also, many Americans don't realize that the song "Cum on Feel the Noize" was originally composed and performed by Slade; however, the original did chart on the Billboard Hot 100 at #98.
"Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)" by Big & Rich: The serious ballad "Lost in This Moment" was the duo's actual one-hit; however, their breakthrough novelty hit is better remembered. On Twitter, Todd called Big & Rich "a breath of fresh air" at the time of the song's release; however, Todd considered rescinding that statement with the rise of "bro-country" artists of late such as Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line.
"Show Me Love" by Robyn: She had one Top 10 hit in the US before "Show Me Love": "Do You Know (What It Takes)". While both peaked at #7, "Show Me Love" is her better remembered song Stateside. Also, Todd had mentioned more than a few times that Robyn was one of the better European popstars, so a more in-depth review is possible.
"Smack My Bitch Up" by The Prodigy: Technically, "Firestarter" was their only top 40 hit in the States; however, "Smack My Bitch Up" and its accompanying video were more well known because of controversy surrounding the song and video; both of which were outright banned by certain networks and radio stations. MTV eventually decided to air the video due to high demand, albeit only after midnight with a disclaimer.
"Summer Girls" by LFO
"Sunshine" by Lil' Flip
"Take My Breath Away" by Berlin
"Thank You" by Dido: "White Flag" charted at #18; however, "Thank You" is better known due to it being sampled in Eminem's "Stan" (which although not nearly as big a hit as "Thank You" itself, may actually be more known today).
"The Ballad of the Green Berets" by Barry Sadler: The follow up, "The A-Team"note No, not the song by Ed Sheeran, reached #28.
"The Way" by Fastball: "Out Of My Head" actually made #20. "The Way" did reach #5 but only on the airplay charts, and was held back by lack of a commercial single release. In the Nine Days review, Todd mentions that All the Pain Money Can Buy had several good songs.
"What I Like About You" by The Romantics: Their two Top 40 hits were actually "Talking in Your Sleep" and "One in a Million"; "What I Like About You" only reached #49, but Revival by Commercialization made it one of the most famous songs of the '80s while the other two are barely remembered today.
"What Would You Do?" by City High
Very False One Hit Wonders (Artists and bands with three or more Top 40 hits; however, one particular song, regardless of whether or not it's their highest charting single, had overshadowed their other work.):
"Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes: Her first Top 10 hit was a cover of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' "More Love", averting the "cover as a first hit" curse.
"Blinded by the Light" by Manfred Mann's Earth Band: While Manfred Mann had a few hits in the 1960s, "Blinded by the Light" is the only thing he is remembered for under the Earth Band moniker.
"Crank That (Soulja Boy)" by Soulja Boy Tell 'Em: Todd likely won't review him as he already expressed his hate for Soulja Boy in previous videos.
"Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)" by Glass Tiger
"Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds
"Duke of Earl" by Gene Chandler
"Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes: Todd already discussed this song on his "Top 10 Songs About Mediocre Romance" countdown, and already stated that he hated the song.
"Everybody Have Fun Tonight" by Wang Chung: Wang Chung were actually moderately successful in the US with 5 Top 40 hits. In their native UK, however, they have only one hit, "Dance Hall Days", which peaked at #16 in the US and had an appearance on the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City soundtrack.
"Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor: He could look into this one, especially with his distaste for Katy Perry's "Roar"; however, the band had 4 additional Top 10 hits, including "Burning Heart" which reached as high as #2.
"The Final Countdown" by Europe: "Carrie" was their highest charting single in the US, and it was thoroughly discussed by Todd in his "Worst of 1987" retrospect, which probably disqualifies them.
"Gangnam Style" by PSY: Even though PSY remains popular in Korea and had two more songs to recently enter the US Top 40, "Gentleman" and "Hangover" ft. Snoop Dogg, most Westerners will only remember him for "Gangnam Style", especially due to its memetic status. However, Todd most likely won't cover PSY on OHW since he already reviewed "Gangnam Style".
"Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr.: He had a Top 5 hit 2 years before "Ghostbusters": "The Other Woman".
"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C+C Music Factory
"Happy Together" by The Turtles: Their first hit before "Happy Together" was a cover of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe", averting the "cover as a first hit" curse.
"Hanging by a Moment" by Lifehouse: The band had three other Top 40 hits, including "You and Me" which hit #5; however, "Hanging by a Moment" is the song most people identify the band with. Additionally, for four years following its release "Hanging by a Moment" actually was Lifehouse's only top 40 hit.
"(I Just) Died in Your Arms" by Cutting Crew
"Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield, though since his next biggest hit peaked at #2, he'll probably be disqualified just like Astley.
"Jump" by Kris Kross: Todd mentioned it in his review of "S&M" as one of the more underrated hits of the 1990s, so Todd might look into them, even though Kris Kross had 4 Top 20 hits.
"Leave (Get Out)" by JoJo: "Too Little Too Late" was a bigger hit eventually, but "Leave" is her best remembered song.
"Louie, Louie" by The Kingsmen: They had not one, but two Top 20 hits that were covers, the other being a cover of "Money (That's What I Want)", charting at #16 in 1964. They also had another top 10 hit with "Jolly Green Giant."
"Love Song" by Sara Bareilles: Her most recent hit, "Brave", got significant airplay and a heavy sales spike, after Katy Perry's "Roar", Todd's most hated song of 2013, came out, having stirred controversy for sounding similar. Also, all three of her major-label studio albums peaked in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200.
"MMMBop" by Hanson
"Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley: Todd's title card artist Krin made a fake title card as an April Fools joke, and Todd declared that Rick Astley is not a one-hit wonder and stated that an episode covering him would not happen. Astley had 4 additional Top 10 singles in the US, including another #1 hit, "Together Forever"; however, most people only remember his first hit, especially thanks to the Rick Roll meme.
"No Diggity" by Blackstreet
"On the Dark Side" by John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown band
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana: See "Technically True One Hit Wonders" above
"Sunglasses at Night" by Corey Hart: His highest charting single in the States was actually the ballad "Never Surrender." Corey Hart was more popular in his native Canada with 10 singles in the Canadian Top 10.
"This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan: He had quite a few top 10 hits but casual listeners and younger audiences only recognize him for this song.
"(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" by Naked Eyes: They had a #11 with "Promises, Promises."
"Thong Song" by Sisqo: "Incomplete" reached #1 on August 12, 2000, and he also had 8 Top 40 singles as part of Dru Hill, which should disqualify Sisqo from a OHW review; however, the stupidity of "Thong Song" overshadows his other work.
"Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler: "Holding Out For A Hero" is well-remembered, but not particularly associated with Tyler as with "Footloose."
"U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer: His highest charting hit was actually "Pray", but the song is all but forgotten today. The only other MC Hammer song that anyone really remembers is "2 Legit To Quit".
"Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina & The Waves
"When A Man Loves A Woman" by Percy Sledge
"When I See You Smile" by Bad English
"Your Love" by The Outfield: Unlike most British bands, the Outfield were the most successful in the US with 5 Top 40 singles; however, "Your Love" was their only Top 10 hit and only remembered song. The band never even cracked the Top 40 in Britain.
Guesses for future Top 10 lists (other than year end retrospects).
Bear in mind that Todd's picks on his Top 10 lists are subjective.
"Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice sampling "Under Pressure" by Queen
"U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer sampling "Super Freak" by Rick James
"Good Vibrations" by Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch sampling "Love Sensation" by Loleatta Holloway
"Wildside" by Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch sampling "Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed
"Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve sampling "The Last Time" by The Rolling Stones: This song counts a bad use of sampling because The Verve lost all profit on their only major hit after the Stones' manager sued (and won) for songwriting credits and royalties.
"Wild Wild West" by Will Smith ft. Dru Hill and Kool Moe Dee sampling "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder and "Wild Wild West" by Kool Moe Dee
"American Bad Ass" by Kid Rock sampling "Sad But True" by Metallica
"I Think I'm in Love with You" by Jessica Simpson sampling "Jack and Diane" by John Mellencamp
"Nasty Girl" by Nitty sampling "Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies
"Let's Go" by Trick Daddy ft. Twista and Lil Jon sampling "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne
"Pump It" by The Black Eyed Peas sampling "Misirlou" by Dick Dale
"Beautiful Girls" by Sean Kingston sampling "Stand by Me" by Ben E. King
"SOS" by Rihanna sampling "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell: Todd mentioned it in his review of "S&M" as a wasted sample.
Todd: ♪Waste of song/ Whoa-oh/ Waste of song♪
"The Boss" by Rick Ross ft. T-Pain sampling "Paul Revere" by Beastie Boys
"All Summer Long" by Kid Rock sampling "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd and "Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon. He mentioned his dislike of this song in his Dexy's Midnight Runners episode of One Hit Wonderland.
"Right Round" by Flo Rida sampling "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" by Dead or Alive: If he did this list, "Right Round" would likely make the list since Todd stated that anyone who confuses the two songs would get punched.
"Sugar" by Flo Rida sampling "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65
"Whatcha Say" by Jason Derulo sampling "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap
"Like a G6" by Far East Movement sampling "Booty Bounce" by Dev
"Check It Out" by will.i.am ft. Nicki Minaj sampling "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles
"Whip My Hair" by Willow Smith sampling "Whip It" by Devo and "Turn My Swag On" by Soulja Boy Tell 'em: Todd was more outraged by the former sample than the latter.
"The Time (Dirty Bit)" by The Black Eyed Peas sampling "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
"S&M" by Rihanna sampling "Master & Servant" by Depeche Mode: This one might not count since Todd finds "S&M" to be a guilty pleasure, and he hates Depeche Mode.
"Good Feeling" by Flo Rida sampling "Levels" by Avicii sampling "Something's Got A Hold On Me" by Etta James
"Back in Time" by Pitbull sampling "Love is Strange" by Mickey & Sylvia: He discussed thoroughly why the sample is out of place in the review of said song.
"Hello" by Karmin sampling "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana
"Feel This Moment" by Pitbull ft. Christina Aguilera sampling "Take on Me" by a-ha
"Holy Grail" by Jay-Z ft. Justin Timberlake sampling "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana: Given the song's subject matter, Todd acknowledges that the sample was used in the correct context; however, he complains that Jay-Z and Justin took one of the most provocative songs of the 1990s and made it sound dull and boring.
"Berzerk" by Eminem sampling "The Stroke" by Billy Squier
"Me & My Broken Heart" by Rixton sampling "Lonely No More" by Rob Thomas
"Accidental Racist" by Brad Paisley ft. LL Cool J: As much as he uses the song as a Running Gag, it's bound to show up.
"All the Things She Said" by t.A.T.u.: At the time of the song's release in 2002, the song's video drew controversy for its lesbian undertones. Also, the duo hails from Russia, which has a strong anti-LGBT stance.
"Birthday Cake" by Rihanna ft. Chris Brown
"(Bitches) Love Me" by Lil Wayne ft. Drake and Future: Todd called the song disgusting for its misogyny in his "Worst of 2013" retrospect.
"Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke ft. Pharrell Williams and T.I.: The controversy is more centered around the music video rather than the lyrics, although Todd did say the lyrics were #rapey.
"Cop Killer" by Body Count
"Die Young" by Kesha
"Fuck Tha Police" by N.W.A.
"Friday" by Rebecca Black
"God Save The Queen" by the Sex Pistols
"Hey Man, Nice Shot" by Filter: Since the song came out the year after Kurt Cobain's suicide, many people believed that the song was about him; however, Richard Patrick wrote the song in 1991, 3 years before Cobain's death. The song was actually inspired by the 1987 public suicide of disgraced Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer.
"Jeremy" by Pearl Jam: Another song about a public suicide; however, this time, it was about a student killing himself in front of his classmates. MTV cut out the music video's climax where Jeremy commits the act, and MTV and VH1 stopped playing the video altogether after the Columbine High School massacre.
"Jesus Christ Pose" by Soundgarden: Listeners in the UK were so outraged by the song's supposed anti-Christian views, the band received death threats. MTV banned the song's video due to its imagery, particularly a young girl on a cross.
"Judas" by Lady Gaga
"Kim" by Eminem
"Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen
"Smack My Bitch Up" by The Prodigy
"Something in Your Mouth" by Nickelback
"U.O.E.N.O" by Rocko ft. Future & Rick Ross: Rick Ross has a verse which implies that he date rapes girls.
"We Can't Stop" by Miley Cyrus
"Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus
Top 10 Worst Uses of Nursery Rhymes in Modern Music
"Bang Bang Bang" by Mark Ronson using "Alouette"
"Bitch Came Back" by Theory of a Deadman using "The Cat Came Back"
"Chain Hang Low" by Jibbs using "Does Your Hair Hang Low?"
"Eenie Meenie" by Sean Kingston & Justin Bieber using "Eenie Meenie Minie Mo"
"Starships" by Nicki Minaj using "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"
"Start Without You" by Alexandra Burke using "Polly Wolly Doodle"
"Swagger Jagger" by Cher Lloyd using "Oh My Darling, Clementine"
"Take It Off" by Kesha using "The Streets of Cairo"
"Wiggle" by Jason Derulo using "Patty Cake"
Top 10 Worst Guest Verses
Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett in "Break Up" by Mario
Gudda Gudda, Jae Millz, Tyga, Nicki Minaj, and Lloyd in "BedRock" by Young Money: Lil Wayne is the leader of Young Money, and ergo, the lead artist; also, he gives Drake a pass for having the only good line in the song.
will.i.am in "OMG" by Usher
Tyga and Kevin McCall in "Deuces" by Chris Brown
Kanye West in "E.T." by Katy Perry
Wiz Khalifa in "Payphone" by Maroon 5
Astro in "Want U Back (UK single release)" by Cher Lloyd
Chris Brown in "Birthday Cake (Remix)" by Rihanna
Nicki Minaj in "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys
Nelly in "Cruise (Remix)" by Florida Georgia Line: Todd already hated the original, and notes that the guest verse wasn't even necessary.
Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J in "23" by Mike Will Made It (Miley Cyrus sings the first verse and the hook)
Future and Rick Ross in "U.O.E.N.O." by Rocko
Juicy J in "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry
2 Chainz in "Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo
Iggy Azalea in "Problem" by Ariana Grande: Todd hated Iggy in "Fancy," so he'll probably have a negative opinion of her in "Problem."
Top 10 Most Controversial Artists and Bands
Amy Winehouse: Her drug and alcohol addictions overshadowed her singing career.
Ted Nugent: He is an outspoken advocate for gun rights and hunters' rights.
Top 10 No Hit Wonders (Artists and bands who are well known, influential, and popular, yet do not have a Top 40 hit on the Hot 100):
311: The band has several hits on the alternative charts, have 9 albums in the Top 15 of the Billboard 200 and celebrate their own holiday: 311 Day, an extended concert held on March 11 of every even numbered year since 2000.
Alice in Chains: Despite almost no hits on the Hot 100, Alice in Chains have the distinction of having the first EP, Jar of Flies, to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200.
Garth Brooks: Discounting the one hit as Chris Gaines, none of Garth Brooks' country hits were ever released to pop radio.
Oingo Boingo: "Weird Science" was the closest to the Top 40 the band had reached at #45. Like Mark Mothersbaugh, Oingo Boingo frontman man Danny Elfman is very well known as a composer.
Phish: Like the Grateful Dead, Phish are a very well known for their live performances, have a devoted following, and don't perform the same show twice. Phish inherited the role as the jam band to follow after Jerry Garcia's death.
Katy Perry: Todd tried to embrace her wholeheartedly after 2011; however, her output since her divorce from Russell Brand, especially her latest album Prism, reaffirmed everything he hated about Katy Perry.
LMFAO: Not only does Todd find their party songs skin-crawlingly repulsive, he hates the fact that the only reason they ever got famous was due to nepotism, with both members of the duo being descendants of Motown founder Berry Gordy.
Maroon 5: More specifically, Todd has frontman Adam Levine on the shit list.
Nickelback: Todd thoroughly outlines why he thinks Nickelback sucks and deserve all the hate they get on his FAQs.
Peter Cetera: Todd hates Cetera for turning an energetic hard rock band into a schmaltzy soft rock band.
Rihanna: Todd mainly dislikes Rihanna for her Call of Duty-equse release schedule for new albums, seemingly favoring quantity over quality.
The Black Eyed Peas: Todd actually liked the Black Eyed Peas before they became pop sellouts (i.e. before Fergie joined the group); however, he later admits that he doesn't like the BEP songs that he said he liked.
Train: More specifically, Todd hates frontman Pat Monahan and his inability to write any decent lyrics.
will.i.am: In his post-BEP work; will.i.am seems to be content with recycling the same awful beat over and over again.
Todd's Top 10 Most Hated Songwriters and Producers note Specifically those who write and produce songs for other artists and not necessarily those who write and produce their own material
J.R. Rotem: Specifically, Todd hates his egregious sampling.
Max Martin: Max Martin is responsible for several Pop Song Chord songs making the Top 10 in the last two decades.
Mike Will Made It
will.i.am: Not content with keeping his awful beat(s) to himself, he sometimes lend his composition "skills" to other artists.
Todd's Top 10 Most Favorite Artists and Bands of All Time
Coheed and Cambria
Counting Crows: "I like Counting Crows, so shut up!"
Electric Light Orchestra
Flight of the Conchords
Jimmy Eat World
My Chemical Romance
Red Hot Chili Peppers: He calls them "comfort food" on his FAQs.
"Weird Al" Yankovic
If Todd did a "Top 10 Best Hit Songs" list for the "retro" years he covered so far (1987, 1976, & 2004):
Best Hit Songs of 1987: Todd stated that even in a year of bad pop, there are a few classics.
"In Too Deep" by Genesis
"Land of Confusion by Genesis
"Living on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi
"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship: Todd admitted that it was one his favorite songs of the 1980s.
"Shakedown" by Bob Seger
"Sign o' the Times" by Prince: The credits gag states that this song owned 1987, likely making it Todd's top best song for the year.
"Wanted Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi
"With or Without You" by U2
"(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" by Beastie Boys
Best Hit Songs of 1976: Todd stated early in the review that he could make a Top 30 Best Hit Songs list for 1976 and would still have to make some painful cuts.
"50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" by Paul Simon
"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen: Todd is all but obligated to include this song in a Best of 1976 list.
"Dream On" by Aerosmith
"Evil Woman" by Electric Light Orchestra
"Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)" by Parliament
"Love Rollercoaster" by Ohio Players
"Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry: If Todd does this list and includes this song, he already thoroughly discussed the song and band during their One Hit Wonderland retrospect, so Todd likely won't say much else about it.
"Rock and Roll All Nite" by KISS
"Slow Ride" by Foghat
"Take the Money and Run" by Steve Miller Band
"The Boys Are Back in Town" by Thin Lizzy
Best Hit Songs of 2004:
"All Falls Down" by Kayne West ft. Syleena Johnson
"Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson: Todd mentioned that he liked Kelly Clarkson early on during the "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" review.
"Burn" by Usher
"Dirt Off Your Shoulder" by Jay-Z
"Drop It Like It's Hot" by Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell Williams
"Get Low" by Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz ft. the Ying Yang Twins
"Happy People" by R. Kelly
"Hey Ya!" by Outkast
"Jesus Walks" by Kanye West
"My Boo" by Usher ft. Alicia Keys
"Roses" by Outkast
"Step in the Name of Love" by R. Kelly: Todd mentions that he likes R. Kelly's voice, but finds him to be repulsive as a human being.
"The Way You Move" by Outkast ft. Sleepy Brown
"Through the Wire" by Kanye West
"Yeah!" by Usher ft. Lil' Jon and Ludacris
Had "Float On" by Modest Mouse had made the Billboard 2004 Year End Hot 100 or peaked in the Top 20, it would have easily been Todd's top pick.
Predictions for future pop song reviews.
"Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz: Confirmed
"Happy" by Pharrell Williams: If Todd does review it, expect him to slip in the "Happy Happy Joy Joy" song somewhere, most likely as the end of video stinger.
Doubtful, as all Todd had to say about it was, "He's happy."
"Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J: Confirmed.
"Can't Remember to Forget You" by Rihanna and Shakira: Todd's made his disdain for Rihanna known, but his opinion of Shakira is not known. Such a collaboration is practically begging for Todd to review it.
"Classic" by MKTO. Specifically Todd will do his best to avoid a molestation joke when he hears the line "Do you like Michael", even though the line is actually "Thrill you like Michael". And based on his Twitter rants, expect him to compare it to Rascal Flatts.
"G.U.Y." by Lady Gaga: More specifically, he'll review the "G.U.Y. - An ARTPOP Film" video, much like he did with "Runaway", except not as a crossover.
"Loyal" by Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Too Short, French Montana OR Tyga: It's been a while since Todd tore Chris Brown a new one; however, the song has three different versions, each with a different second guest rapper, and listening to all three versions for any extended period of time would likely drive Todd insane.
Probably Jossed, as The Rap Critic has already reviewed it, although after "Fancy" got covered by both critics, it's not totally out of the question. Still, since "Fancy" was a massive mainstream pop phenomenon whereas "Loyal" was just an R&B radio hit that happened to chart high on the Hot 100, its chances are slim, at best.
"Am I Wrong" by Nico & Vinz: Just for the obvious "Ghostbusters" reference and so Todd can say "Yes"
"Me And My Broken Heart" by Rixton & "She Looks So Perfect" by 5 Seconds of Summer: These are two songs that would make a perfect "head-to-head" episode. The former are a band whose members are in their early 20s, are managed by Scooter Braun, and make mature pop music, yet haven't achieved much success outside the context of the single. The latter are a younger band whose music is more teen-oriented and are already making waves on the charts with the rest of their work. It's pretty much The Wanted vs. One Direction 2.0.
"Sing" by Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell: With that weird video, it's at least worth a mention.
"Rude" by MAGIC!: He hinted at a review around the time the "Fancy" review was released. Confirmed.
"I'm Ready" by AJR: It samples Spongebob.
"Maps" by Maroon 5: Heavily hinted at by a few of his recent tweets.
A blanket review covering Bro Country, where he can dissect what makes it popular and thrash its sexism and other faults
If Todd ever reviews a full album, it will be Katy Perry's Prism.
Todd stated that 2013 killed his hate-crush on Katy Perry, and he wanted to do a full review on "Roar" but claimed that it was too bland and boring to cover in a 15 minute video.
Likely jossed, since Todd states towards the end of the "Dark Horse" review that he's going to stop listening to Katy Perry.