These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Critical Research Failure: During his diatribe against awful Britpop in his review of "Want U Back", he cited as examples the Romanian pop duo The Cheeky Girls, whose accents at least should have been a hint, and the Irish twin act Jedward - though the latter is more forgivable as they broke out on a UK talent show.
The "Worst of 2004" features him ripping Lloyd for a line about "bulldoggin' hoes like them Georgetown Hoyas." The fact that this line was bitten from OutKast's hit "Rosa Parks" goes unmentioned.
In his "Deuces" review, he says Ashlee Simpson was kicked out of the pop world for lip-syncing. Ashlee had three more hits from her next album after the incident.
In his "Black and Yellow" review, he does his Finish The Rhyme bit with Wiz Khalifa's line "And my car look unapproachable", which he ends by mocking him for not even trying to come up with a good rhyme in the next line. However, Wiz had actually rhymed it (though stretching it painfully) with the two previous lines, one of which Todd had even played beforehand: "Stay fly like I'm supposed to do".
Cited the "Marvin Gaye sample" in his "Blurred Lines" review. There's no sample credited in the song. Pharrell was actually able to pull off a Suspiciously Similar Song to the Gaye song in question (he and Robin Thicke are now suing Gaye's estate over it) so it's understandable that Todd and a large part of the Web were fooled.
He also stated that all three were happily married men when Pharrell was only engaged at the time.
When talking about "Take Care", he mentions Jamie XX's version of "I'll Take Care of You" came out in 2011, but fails to mention that the song that he was talking about also came out in 2011, despite it being his #1 song of 2012, (although the single was released in 2012). He also fails to mention that XX produced the song.
He also lists Crossfade and Puddle of Mudd in there; they're both also Post Grunge bands.
He mentions several times that Cee Lo Green's "Fuck You" chart success was attributed to Glee covering it. He fails to mention that the song's resurgence was around the time it was nominated for Record and Song of the Year at The Grammys which may have contributed more to its success.
Ear Worm: As a reviewer of popular music, Todd often encounters these, both good and bad.
Discussed in his review of Chris Brown's "Deuces"; however, he calls that song an Ear Snail, stating that "it's slow, gross, and [has] no chance of getting in your ear".
Discussed again in "Scream and Shout", with Todd stating that will.i.am gets the inspiration for his musical compositions from "awful, clattering, obnoxious sound[s]" such as "car alarms, jackhammers, vacuum cleaners, your neighbors having sex, [and] the dripping faucet that keeps you awake at night".
Fridge Brilliance: Did you notice how he performed Friday in a much less mocking manner than most TGWTG cast members? Do you recall when he told his fans on Twitter that he wasn't going to make fun of the song, as "at this point, it would just be cruel"? He gave his word.
In his One Hit Wonder review of Carl Douglas' "Kung Fu Fighting", his suggestion that the song's lyrics sound like the excited babble of a young fanboy who's just come out of a kung fu film set to music. And also his reasoning to support his theory that black Americans in the seventies loved kung fu films.
Todd gets roped into reviewing Crossroads with the Nostalgia Chick after she tries her hand at playing "I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman". While she wasn't doing it well, there may be another underlying reason for him to intervene, given a musical taste he established in his later Worst Songs of 2011 review. He prevented the Chick, who is definitely white, from playing the piano.
At the end of the "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" review, he plays Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"... in particular, the part that was sampled in Kanye West's "Stronger", which similarly referenced Nietzsche's famous quote.
He Panned It, Now He Sucks: He briefly came under fire for his attitude towards adult alternative after he explained it at length on "The Lazy Song".
In his countdown of the top 10 worst pop songs of 2009, he describes "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus as the kind of song they get American Idol winners to sing. Later, the winner of The X Factor (the UK equivalent to Idol), released a cover of "The Climb" as his debut single.
In his review of "Imma Be", he made a joke about Fergie's dubious authenticity by playing an acoustic version of "My Humps". Guess who's planning an acoustic album? No, not Fergie. Worse.
What, you mean like the admins? I've talked to Bhargav, he walked me through the process of uploading my videos to TGWTG and he also politely informed that no, he didn't think I had a chance of dating The Nostalgia Chick. Does that count?
He once (reviewing "Like A G6") used the term "Oriental" to describe East Asians, unaware it could be taken as a slur. He eventually reviewed "Born This Way" which got Lady Gaga in trouble for exactly the same thing.
When reviewing "Empire State Of Mind" for the list of his favorite songs of 2010, he pointed out the tendency for the people he's met from New York (the one time he's been there) to claim to be superior over the slightest things, and eventually finds he identifies with the idea. Guess which state's residents he's been spending a lot of time with lately? And where he eventually moved?
In his "Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 1976," he mentions a few soft rock singers that he likes, but stops just short of Michael Bolton, saying that he would still pick him over Peter Cetera. About a month later, Michael Bolton's guest spot on Jack Sparrow made him more popular than any of the other singers mentioned.
To prove the point further, Todd mentioned in the "Give Me Everything" review that the song needed someone to liven it up, using Bolton on that very song as his final example.
In his "Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 1987" list, he says that he likes "Tonight" and "Tonight, Tonight", but "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" is too many tonights for him. He probably wasn't expecting Hot Chelle Rae to put his theory to the test before even a year had passed. (Not to mention "Tonight..." (I'm Fucking You) in the same year.)
To prove the point further, he ends the review of HCR's song with "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight"!
And if that wasn't enough, "Tonight..." and "Tonight, Tonight" were his two least favorite songs of 2011.
Speaking of "Tonight...", back in his review of "We Are the World 25" Todd claimed that Enrique's Latin Lover shtick was beginning to wear thin. 1 year later...
Back in his review of 'Grenade', Todd used a joke where he accidentally shows a picture of Brüno instead of Bruno Mars in the opening bit. Royce Da 5'9" made a similar reference at the end of his verse in 'Lighters' (which had Mars on the chorus), reviewed by Todd nearly a year later.
In his review of Timbaland and Justin Timberlake's "Carryout," Todd says that if James Cameron spent millions on CGI for a film with nothing but a guy getting hit in the nuts, it still would have been better than Avatar. Todd would later make a video about the Top Ten Groin Shots in Movies.
In his "Replay" review, Todd complains about the "Vaguely foreign, reedy-voiced R&B singers" and asks for the Boy Bands to make a return. Two years later, guess what group is topping the album and singles charts worldwide? Not to mention, another group is having similar but significantly less success.
In his review of Taylor Swift's We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together he notes that with the direction she's taken, it's likely Taylor will be auto-tuned and using dubstep soon. Her next single? I Knew You Were Trouble which has dubstep in it, which he brings up at the end of the review.
In his Top 10 of 2010, he declared Neon Trees weren't going to get another hit after "Animal", two years later, they returned to the Top 40 with "Everybody Talks".
When reviewing Bruno Mars's "The Lazy Song", he derided it as a typical "white guy on acoustic guitar" song, despite how Bruno is not white and possibly not a guy. In a later review, he pointed out that his Distaff Counterpart to the genre is "white chick on piano". Is it any wonder that when Bruno later released a piano ballad note "When I Was Your Man", he firmly established himself as a man in the title?
During his "Firework"/"Born This Way" review, he begins thinking of a parody of the former and tells "Weird Al" Yankovic to watch out. Al ended up parodying the latter instead.
Declaring he would never review another Ke$ha song becomes funny after "Die Young" made his list of best songs of 2012
In his "Worst of 2004" list, when Lloyd makes a reference to Georgetown in "Southside", Todd says "Georgetown Hoyas. Big East Conference" In 2013, Georgetown left the Big East to join the new Catholic 7.
In his review of "Cooler Than Me" by Mike Posner, his lists a number of things cooler than Mike Posner. One being the Bill Engvall Show. Now it's safe to say that someone from that show is indeed cooler than Posner.
In his Top 10 of 2012, he declared Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's kid was going to be seriously screwed and it looks like he's on his way to being right considering reports that they named their daughter North West.
Similar to the "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" example above, Todd used the song "Time of My Life" for the credits to the "Worst Hit Songs of 1987" video. He probably didn't expect the Black Eyed Peas to sample that song and run with it in "The Time (Dirty Bit)" half a year later.
For yet another credits example (and possible Foreshadowing), Todd ended the "Want U Back" review with a heavily censored version of Eamon's "Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)". Just a few months later, it's on his "Worst Hit Songs of 2004" list.
In his "Blurred Lines" review, he says if Robin Thicke wants to be Justin Timberlake "He should start hosting Saturday Night Live and stop talking to other members of Nsync". This becomes funny when it was revealed Timberlake initiated the NSYNC reunion at the 2013 VMA Awards.
Also hilarious in spite of said reunion, it was Thicke who made more headlines follow the show.
In the beginning of his Hannah Montana: The Movie review, Todd mentioned that, because "Can't Be Tamed" wasn't a hit (despite fan requests for him to review it), he wasn't sure if Miley Cyrus would ever have a career again. Well, fast-forward to 2013, and after both "We Can't Stop" and her VMAs performance, it's safe to say that Miley Cyrus certain has made an infamous return.
When he reviews fun.'s "We Are Young", he commented that they were trying to emulate Queen. It's been announced that Nate Ruess will be performing with Queen at the iHeartRadio festival. Too bad Freddie Mercury cannot perform with them to drive in the Freddie/Nate comparison...
In his "Back in Time" review, he says that there are soundtrack hits that make you think of the movie anymore. A year later that changed when Anna Kendrick's "Cups" became a huge hit that firmly makes people think of Pitch Perfect.
All the way back in his third video, he mocks the idea that a celebrity like Miley Cyrus could be as unused to L.A. life as she claims to be in "Party in the USA", speculating that she was probably snorting cocaine with the Jonas Brothers before recording the song. Four years later, when reviewing "We Can't Stop", he is actually surprised when she puts a cocaine reference in the lyrics.
In his Worst of 2012 video when discussing "The Motto", he says "If You Only Live Once is your motto, try to sound more enthused about it". Not long after did The Lonely Island and Adam Levine release their version of the song, the Hamtastic "YOLO"
In his Worst of 1976 list, Todd is upset that two novelty songs ("Disco Duck" and "Convoy") hit #1. His Worst of 2012 list has him upset that a novelty song ("Gangnam Style") did not hit #1
In his review of "Titanium", Todd says that David Guetta was leading us all into our "bland, boring, robot future. I approve!" A year later, he's lamenting how pop music in 2013 was just boring EDM.
In the "Top Ten Songs About Mediocre Romance", Nostalgia Chick tells Obscurus Lupa to back off from Todd by quoting "Super Bass" ("You'll get slapped if you' lookin', ho!"). A year later, in the "Want U Back" review, when Todd goes on a "date" with Lupa and asks her about Nicki Minaj, Lupa says she thinks she knows who she is.
Hype Backlash: His reaction to "Call Me Maybe" and is the major reason he dislikes it.
Squick: Judging by the comments on his old YouTube page, quite a few people were grossed out by him Erotically Eating fast food. So was he apparently, that shit got everywhere according to the outtakes.
The numerous clips of gorillas mating in the "Gorilla" review. Justified in that that was the point (to show how unattractive the metaphor proposed in the song is), but that doesn't make it any less difficult to watch.
Tear Jerker: In the "Mr. Awesome Goes to Washington" video, Todd's voice breaks slightly as he explains what the That Guy with the Glasses site means to him, and how SOPA could severely damage it.
Declaring the girl from Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" is a ho, despite the fact that she's only described as wearing a bikini and having long tan legs (although to be fair, given that his point was less that the girl in question was a ho and more that women in such songs are hardly ever thought of as equals and more as sex objects/hos, the point still stands).
In the "Gorilla" review, he said that most people don't find gorillas to be attractive, with the exception of Noodle. While he's right, more than one fan thought that calling her a 'hot little number' while playing the 'Dare' video (where Noodle was fifteen at the most) was kind of.. off.
Has made multiple references to being dumped, and something about him is so... Adorkable. On top of that, some of the songs he reviews push him to the edge of his sanity, to the point of tears, as demonstrated by Hannah Montana: The Movie. It makes you wanna hug him.
Also in his Hannah Montana review his last birthday was rather... depressing.
In his review of 'Fifteen', he bitches about how the song doesn't apply to anyone who wasn't an attractive blonde girl at fifteen (or basically, anyone who wasn't Taylor Swift) and then says that since he's not a girl, or fifteen, or attractive, none of it applies to him- especially not the bits about dating or having friends. Aw.
He also admits that despite it being Played for Laughs, the Bait and Switch story about a girl breaking up with him (only for it to turn out to be from an episode of Saved by the Bell) was actually not too far off from something that really did happen to him, so the emotion in his voice there is genuine.
And in his "Worst of 2010" review he talked about how the period between his videos was longer because he wanted to relax over Christmas and also he got MRSA.
In his Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2010, Todd remarks after hearing Nothin' On You by B.O.B saying "what girl could possibly listen to something so lovestruck, so happy, and not be swept off her feet?" On this realization, Todd excitedly goes to talk to Lupa... but then quotes "Carryout". Cue disappointed slump. Aaawwww.
As if that wasn't bad enough, later on after listening to "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum causes him to get drunk, Todd calls Lupa and pours his heart out to her. Except it wasn't Lupa he called, it was Lordkat.
Reading on Twitter about Todd's struggle to get internet after he moved also warrants this. (along with laughs, of course)