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.
Well, why the hell not? Both men hide their faces; we've never seen Todd drive, and we've never heard the Stig talk; ergo....
Todd is a convict hiding from the law.
A bit darker, but we already know he's a magnificent stalker. What else could he be up to in his free time??
Todd's got an Omega deal going on under the hoodie.
Again, why not?
Todd has Asperger's Syndrome.
This troper has a friend with the disorder that sounds almost identical to Todd, voice, facial/mouth expressions (in Nostalgia Chick 's Movie Reviews), reactions to things, etc. It could happen? (And too, If he is One of Us, he'll Joss this one.)
Or maybe your friend just has an uncanny resemblance to Todd.
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: Besides that this song's beat is very disjointed with the lyrics and that the song is yet another "Money, Cash, Hoes" 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 entry in the "Money, Cash, Hoes" genre of rap, 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; 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 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 song is "Holy Grail" with a pulse, fixing most of the problems Todd had with "Holy Grail". 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.
"Happy" by Pharrell Williams. Todd compared Pharrell to Cee Lo Green who had his number one song of 2011.
"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.
"Aint It Fun" by Paramore: It fits the mold of a retro track that have dominated Todd's lists.
"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 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 themself. 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. If the song manages to become a hit, it seems destined to be on his list due to the unholy alliance of the two worst things to ever happen to country music.
"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.
"#Selfie" by The Chainsmokers, likely to be a dishonorable mention because it's another song made for the purpose of going viral like "Harlem Shake" and "The Fox"
"All of Me" by John Legend: He called the song uninteresting on Twitter
Jossed. In the review Todd said that the song is nowhere near the worse 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 et al.note Too Short, French Montana or Tyga: Yet another disgusting and misogynistic song from two of Todd's least favorite rappers.
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"; however, the song sounds similar to "It's Time", which made Todd's "Best of 2012" list, so the song might grow on him.
Todd will review Best Song Ever
And it'll be snarktastic.
Confirmed. And as much as he wanted to rip it a new one, HE LIKES IT!
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. Artists/groups listed here may have had more success outside the US or on genre-specific charts. Some 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.):
"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 and "The Freshman" by The Verve Pipe, perhaps in one review!
"Black Betty" by Ram Jam
"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.
"Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65: Pretty much the definition of an Ear Worm and also incomprehensible lyrics.
"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.
"Counting Blue Cars" by Dishwalla
"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.
"Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin
"Der Kommissar" by After The Fire: A victim of the "cover as a first hit" curse, the original was from Falco.
"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.: Todd stated that he didn't like the song, but acknowledged that it earned its place in pop culture history thanks to its Ear Worm hook.
Also, Todd already discussed a cover by Pseudo Echo, who themselves are a one-hit wonder outside of their native Australia, in his "Worst of 1987" retrospect. 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.
"Groove is in the Heart" by Deee-Lite
"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.
"Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" by Fuel: The band had more success on the Rock charts.
"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.
"It Takes Two" by Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock
"It's My Life" by Talk Talk
"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.
"Lovefool" by the Cardigans
"Lovin' You" by Minnie Riperton
"Lullaby" by Shawn Mullins
"Luka" by Suzanne Vega: Her only other hit was a #5 remix of her song "Tom's Diner" by the production group DNA.
"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
"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
"Stars Are Blind" by Paris Hilton: If Todd does review her, he'll most likely drop the "did not deserved better"note and like Eddie Murphy, probably deserves worse verdict on her, given that she is basically famous for being a socialite.
"Steal My Sunshine" by Len
"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 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.
"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.
"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 (specifically vocalist Corey Taylor and 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.
"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.
"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 very well known, 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, he wasn't popular with mainstream audiences in America while he was alive. Regardless, Todd is unlikely to review Jimi as an one hit wonder because his greater work is too well known and is right behind the Beatles and the Rolling Stones as the most legendary musicians of the 1960s.
"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.
"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.
"Drive" by Incubus: Despite only one Top 40 hit, the band remains a staple 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.
"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.
"New World Man" by Rush: Despite only having one Top 40 hit, 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 more 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; however, influence does not necessarily equal chart success, as Nirvana only had 3 Top 40 hits on the Hot 100. "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 the only one non-hardcore fans of Nirvana would likely 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.
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
"Bodies" by Drowning Pool: The song drew considerable controversy when it was used by the U.S. military as audio torture in Guantanamo Bay.
"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.
"Dragostea Din Tei" by O-Zone
"Friday" by Rebecca Black. Didn't even hit the Top 40, but was still notorious via Memetic Mutation.
"I'm Shipping Up to Boston" by Dropkick Murphys: The song has never entered the Hot 100 despite selling more than a million digital copies; however, it gained considerable popularity when the song was featured in The Departed, and the song remains a de-facto anthem of Boston area sporting events. The band remains regional favorites in the New England area.
"I Melt With You" by Modern English
"I Want Candy" by Bow Wow Wow
"My Own Worst Enemy" by Lit
"Sandstorm" by Darude
"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 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.):
"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.
"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.
"Bust a Move" by Young MC
"Creep" by Radiohead: See "Technically True One Hit Wonders"
"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".
"Down" by 311: Despite only two hits on the Hot 100 in the low 30s, the band has several hits on the alternative charts and celebrate their own holiday: 311 Day, which is actually an extended concert held on March 11 of every even numbered year since 2000.
"Electric Avenue" by Eddy Grant
"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
"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
"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 romcom She's All That.
"Lump" by The Presidents of the United States of America: "Peaches" was their only entry in the Top 40 at #29; however, "Lump" is probably their Signature Song as "Weird Al" Yankovic parodied it with "Gump", and it appeared on the Rock Band 2 soundtrack.
"More than Words" by Extreme
"More than Words Can Say" by Alias
"My Sharona" by The Knack
"One Week" by Barenaked Ladies: "Pinch Me" charted at #15; however, "One Week" is better remembered by most Americans for its Motor Mouth lyrics. Also, the band are more successful in their native Canada.
"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. However, Todd might not review this since Fort Minor was the hip-hop side project of Linkin Park frontman Mike Shidona.
"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.
"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 pop signers from Europe, 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
"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.
"Two Princes" by Spin Doctors
"We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister: "I Wanna Rock" is equally as famous; however, that song only peaked at #68.
"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 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 US single, and it was thoroughly discussed by Todd in his "Worst of 1987" retrospect, which probably disqualifies them.
"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.
"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 with the advent of the Rick Roll.
"No Diggity" by Blackstreet
"On the Dark Side" by John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown band
"Poison" by Bell Biv Devoe
"Pump Up The Jam" by Technotronic
"Regulate" by Warren G
"Roll to Me" by Del Amitri
"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.
"(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 7 Top 40 singles as the lead singer of Dru Hill; however, the stupidity of "Thong Song" overshadows his other work.
"U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer: His highest charting hit was actually "Pray".
"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 single. 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.
Top 10 Worst Uses of Sampling:
"Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice using "Under Pressure" by Queen
"U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer using "Super Freak" by Rick James
"Good Vibrations" by Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch using "Love Sensation" by Loleatta Holloway
"Wildside" by Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch using "Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed
"I Think I'm in Love with You" by Jessica Simpson using "Jack and Diane" by John Mellencamp
"Pump It" by The Black Eyed Peas using "Misirlou" by Dick Dale
"SOS" by Rihanna using "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell: Todd mentioned it in his review of "S&M" as a wasted sample.
"All Summer Long" by Kid Rock using "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.
"Live Your Life" by T.I. ft. Rihanna using "Dragostea Din Tei" by O-Zone: Automatically jossed as Todd had listed the song as the 11th best song of 2009.
"Right Round" by Flo Rida using "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 using "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65
"Whatcha Say" by Jason Derulo using "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap
"The Time (Dirty Bit)" by The Black Eyed Peas using "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes: Likely to be in the top 3, if not #1, since Todd vowed to never rank will.i.am low on his Worst Lists ever again.
"Good Feeling" by Flo Rida using "Levels" by Avicii using "Something's Got A Hold On Me" by Etta James
"Back in Time" by Pitbull using "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 using "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana
"I Cry" by Flo Rida using "Cry (Just A Little)" by the Bingo Players using "Piano in the Dark" by Brenda Russell: Even if Todd did this list, this is automatically a joss, as he liked "I Cry" in his "Best of 2012" list, and even said it "sampled a song [he] really liked"
"Feel This Moment" by Pitbull ft. Christina Aguilera using "Take on Me" by a-ha
"Holy Grail" by Jay-Z ft. Justin Timberlake using "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana: Given what "Holy Grail" is about, Todd acknowledges that the sample was used in the correct context; however, he complains that Jay-Z and Justin took one of the most explosive and angry songs of the 1990s (if not of all time) and made it sound dull and boring.
"Berzerk" by Eminem using "The Stroke" by Billy Squier
Top 10 Dumbest Dance Crazes
The Dougie: This may not even qualify as a dance because of its so few movements.
"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.
"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: Like "Hey Man, Nice Shot" above, the song is 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 both MTV and VH-1 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
"We Can't Stop" by Miley Cyrus
"Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus
Top 10 Most Controversial Artists and Bands
Amy Winehouse: She was probably more known for her drug and alcohol addictions than her singing.
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. "Dead Man's Party" is also fondly remembered, but that never charted. Like Mark Mothersbaugh, Oingo Boingo frontman man Danny Elfman is very well known as a composer.
Todd's Top 10 Most Hated Bands and Artists of All Time:
Beyonce: Todd put three songs of hers in his Worst of 2009 list. He mainly hates the misandristic themes in her songs.
Chicago: More specifically, their output starting with 1976's Chicago X, Todd actually tolerates their earlier work.
Calvin Harris: Todd blames Calvin Harris' production Rihanna's "We Found Love" for the rise of EDMnote the more boring and emotionless examples at least in mainstream music.
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 hates about Katy Perry.
Rihanna: Todd mainly dislikes her 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; 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.
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.
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.
"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"
"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 et al.note 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.
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.