Broken Base: Given how about 95% of his fans hated it, putting "Closer" by The Chainsmokers at #1 on his "Best of 2016" list was possibly his most controversial decision yet. Half of his fans admitted that they hated the song, but felt that it was Todd's opinion and they had no right to complain. The other half got very angry, stating that song was an absolute mess and that Todd must have been out of his mind to put it at #1... some went so far as to stop the video right after the honorable mentions so they could pretend his #2 pick ("24K Magic" by Bruno Mars) was his #1 pick.
During his diatribe against awful British pop 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 former did get their bad reputation though their success in the UK, though. Also, he showed some hint towards the Crazy Frog being British, but the animation was actually from Scandinavia.
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".
Additionally, in his review of "OMG", he gets mad at Usher's "rhyming" "wow" with "style", but the line ending with "wow" had already rhymed with the previous line, which ended with "pow pow pow", so ending with a different word is more excusable in the next two lines. Not only that, but will.i.am had 100% of the writing credit, although Todd did mention that early in the review.
Cited the "Marvin Gaye sample" in his "Blurred Lines" review. There's no sample credited in the song. Pharrell tried to pull off a Suspiciously Similar Song to the Gaye song in question, so it was understandable that Todd and a large part of the Web were fooled, but in the end both lost in a lawsuit regarding the song and were forced to pay Gaye's descendants $7.5 million due to the judge finding the song infringing of "Got to Give It Up"'s copyright.
He also stated that all three were happily married men when Pharrell was only engaged at the time. (It's likely Todd got confused by an interview Thicke gave where he sarcastically claimed "all three of us are happily married with children" while doing a bad Ron Burgundy impression.)
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.
In his review of "Cooler Than Me", he makes fun of Mike Posner's name, because of how uncool it is. He compares his name to Taio Cruz, saying that Taio Cruz had no choice but to be a pop singer due to his name. However, Taio Cruz is just a stage name.
As mentioned below, he calls "Demons" a sell-out despite the song coming out long before the band's success.
This is even Lampshaded in his worst of 2013 list where he hilariously claims it to be the result of time traveling.
Todd: Goddamn it, quit time-traveling, Imagine Dragons! How am I supposed to like a band that breaks the laws of physics? Screw you, lawbreakers!
He mentions Fall Out Boy seems to always be competing with Panic! at the Disco, despite the fact both bands are signed to the same record label, and members of Panic! are actually big Fall Out Boy fans (in fact it was thanks to FOB that Panic!'s music career got kick-started). Though, to be fair, Panic! does tend to emulate Fall Out Boy in a lot of ways & others have noticed their similarities, so it's understandable.
On top of that, in his "Uma Thurman" review, he gets a few facts wrong. He said Fall Out Boy were struggling with their third album, Infinity On High, when it was their fourth, Folie à Deux that they really struggled with. It was also a hiatus, not a break up, that they did after 6 years of constant touring & music making that burned them out. When they reformed, they didn't "come crawling back to each other." Patrick & Pete started writing new material, then Andy & Joe were brought in to help. They subsequently recorded Save Rock and Roll & relaunched the band. They also were only more overtly Emo for From Under the Cork Tree, then phased most of it out by the time Infinity on High was written & recorded, so they weren't always Emo. He also seems to think Folie & Infinity are one album, judging by the way he put the music video for their song, "I Don't Care" in for the video clips used, though that could be reading into things a bit.
One he admits to in the One Hit Wonderland episode about Blue Swede's cover of "Hooked on a Feeling," where he discovered they actually had another top ten hit ("Never My Love") when he'd already committed himself to doing the episode. Though he argues they still count as a one hit wonder, as that second hit had nowhere near the staying power of "Hooked on a Feeling" and is completely forgotten today.
In the prelude of his review of "Talk Dirty" he goes off on Jason DeRulo for supposedly calling the girl he's singing about "a shit girl". The lyric is "Baby you're the shit, girl." A popular (albeit, in this context, kind of stupid) way of expressing something is awesome.
Todd claims the song "Let Her Go" is a four chords of pop song. Well, it is, however the failure comes in when the chords he pulls up are I-V-vi-IV and the chords to "Let Her Go" IV-I-V-vi. An understandable mistake, but a mistake nonetheless.
He says that Rockwell's follow-up single "Obscene Phone Caller" didn't chart, when it actually peaked at #35.
He got attacked on Twitter for saying that Razzie voters don't watch the movies beforehand, which he later apologized for.
He accuses a number of artists for piggybacking off Ariana Grande in 2014, one of them being Zedd. Zedd already had a few Top 40 hits before "Break Free" and was already well established in the electronic music fandom/scene even before breaking into the mainstream. Todd really doesn't have a reason for this, as two of Zedd's songs were in his Bottom/Top Ten songs of 2013 (Stay the Night and Clarity).
And why would Mac Miller try to ride Ariana's coattails when "The Way" was her first hit? Probably because she was well-known from Victorious at the time. But even then, Miller had a cult following.
Todd calls Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow" a needless ripoff of Katy Perry's "Dark Horse". The irony of this is that "Black Widow" was originally going to be a Katy Perry song, but once she wrote the hook, she dropped the track since it would have been too similar to "Dark Horse". As a result, the hook was given to Iggy Azalea, and she filled in the rest of the time with rap. (Perry still has a writing credit).
When about to get to "Suit and Tie" on his Best Hit Songs of 2013 list, he says that Justin Timberlake hadn't had a hit in seven years. Before 2013, he did have two hits, albeit neither of which he was the lead act on - "4 Minutes" with Madonna in 2008, and "Carry Out" with Timbaland in 2010, the latter of which he even reviewed.
He says "Blank Space" rose faster on the charts than "Shake it Off" did. "Shake it Off" debuted at #1 whereas "Blank Space" took a few weeks to get there. On the radio charts this straight as "Shake It Off" got stuck behind "All About That Bass" for several weeks before going #1.
When talking about Cameo's "Word Up", he says he's not sure who Larry Blackmon's calling out with his "sucker DJs" line. As quickly pointed out to him on Twitter and acknowledged by him, the line has Larry backed up by blatant Run–D.M.C. lookalikes. (Made more amusing if one recalls one of his lines from Suburban Knights.)
When talking about Hot Chelle Rae's "Tonight Tonight," he points out that the second verse doesn't rhyme. It really does, but only the first and third lines ("tattoo" and "you").
In his "Uma Thurman" review, he implies that Foile a Deux was Fall Out Boy's third album. It was actually their fourth.
In his "Shake It Off" review, he calls the bridge rapping when it's actually more of a chant similar to what cheerleaders would use.
In the "Hello"/"Hotline Bling" review, Todd bases most of his criticisms of "Hello" off being about a specific ex-boyfriend, specifically the one from "Someone Like You." Adele herself has clearly stated the subject of the song is far bigger than that. Specifically, it's about every relationship she can think of, including friends and family.
Alluded to in the "Worst of 2015" list. He mentions that he heard about the controversy surrounding "Girl Crush" long before he actually listened to the song. The song was supposedly banned from various country stations for being about homosexuality, but once you listen to the song, the "Girl Crush" in question only exists because the singer is in love with a man who is in love with another woman, and she wants to be like this other woman in order to attract the man. Todd criticizes the song for employing Bait-and-Switch Lesbians: the song was controversial as if it actually was about lesbians and got all the same press, but was still a generic pining ballad. It also doesn't help that most of the "controversy" over its homosexual overtones was manufactured by the label.
When discussing "Bad Blood" he misinterprets the "You know, it used to be Mad Love" lyric in the "mad skillz" way.
In his One Hit Wonderland on "Mickey," he says Bring it On came out in 1998. It actually came out in 2000.
When talking about Jadakiss "Why" in his "Worst Hit Songs of 2004 list" it was clear he didn't do much research (or just does not know much about rap music) as he missed several meanings in the song. For example taking the line "Why, at the bar you ain't taking straight shots instead of poppin Cris" at face value and assuming it was just about alcohol, when that line was clearly a double-meaning referring to the previous line in the song asking why 2Pac and Chris (Notorious B.I.G.) were killed. The lyric was actually asking why Biggie's killer didn't shoot up his after-party instead of killing Chris. Then when talking about the line asking "Why Denzel have to be crooked before he took it" (the best actor Oscar) Todd mentions how that was not the only Oscar Denzel won an Oscar, while that is true, Training Day was his first time winning an Oscar for Best Actor(as opposed to best Supporting Actor in "Glory") and it was the first time since 1963 that a black actor had won a Best Actor Oscar, and many felt it was far from Denzel's best performance (many thought he should've won an Oscar for his portrayal in "Malcolm X" instead), therefore the line was actually pointing out how black people in the industry can only get awards if they subjugate themselves to whites or conform to stereotypes, also many of the lines that Todd says are stupid questions are actually perfectly reasonable (I.E. asking how Arnold could possibly be elected as governor of California, especially considering he had no degrees in finance, policy, or law and he’d also never held an elected office before this and was handed the highest office in the state of California)
I guess Todd just thought some questions were more important to consider than others. Just flat-out stating Washington didn't win an Oscar before Training Day is false, double meaning or no. Plus, a lot of the other questions are pretty stupid.
In his Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2011, he says that Pumped Up Kicks probably isn't about a school shooting. The band has actually stated that it is written from the point of view of a potential school shooter, with Columbine itself having been in mind, and one of the members of the band has a cousin who survived the massacre.
During his review of "Scars To Your Beautiful", he said that "Firework", "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You))", "All About That Bass" and "Fight Song" came out five, four, two and one year ago respectively. But they were definitely older than said (Firework existed as early as 2010, even, when the Teenage Dream album released).
He may have been referring to when the songs became hits ("Firework" topped the charts in late 2010 and early 2011, and Todd reviewed it in 2011).
Todd says that Adina Howard's "Freak Like Me" follows G-funk's lead by sampling George Clinton songs. An easy mistake, as the two songs sampled - Sly and the Family Stone's "Sing a Simple Song" and Bootsy's Rubber Band's "I Wanna Be with You" - are by Parliament/Funkadelic contemporaries and veterans, respectively. note Funny enough, Todd also points out that it sounds like Dr. Dre's "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang," which also doesn't actually sample a George Clinton song - rather, it samples Leon Haywood's "I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You."
In the "Jealous" review, he mentions that he does not get jealous over other guys... that's why he has been cheated on multiple time then he does a sketch of it.
Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Many fans (and Todd himself) felt that many of his 2013 were overly negative and, in Todd's words, "hard to watch" due to a combination of 2013 being a really bad year for music as well as personal issues that resulted in a more aggressive review style. Todd took the criticism to heart and tried to "have more fun and be more positive" in 2014, even though he thought that year was even worse than the last for music. note Interestingly, 2013 supplied two of his most positive reviews, "Thrift Shop vs. Suit & Tie" and "Best Song Ever," the first songs he's reviewed since "Somebody That I Used to Know" and "Ni**as in Paris" to make his year-end best-of list...and, the last until "Closer" in 2016.
Fanon Discontinuity: Some of the people who hate "Closer" instead pretended that "24K Magic" was his #1 song on his Best Hit Songs of 2016 list.
Flip-Flop of God: In regards to "All About That Bass." In his full review of the song, he discusses its themes a lot more than the song itself, saying that it's only OK. Come his "Dear Future Husband" review, he's much less wishy-washy: he hates it and says he'd rather eat venomous scorpions than listen to it again. One year later, he said on Twitter that the song sounds great, but the lyrics are still awful (calling the song "a waste").
Also with the Chainsmokers as a whole. Two songs of theirs have made different worst lists ("#Selfie" was #2 on his Worst of 2014 list and "Don't Let Me Down" was #4 on his Worst of 2016 list), but then "Closer" became the first song he's ever given a full review to actually top his year-end best list.
Any time he's asked on Twitter what his favorite song by a particular band/artist is, his answer usually changes each time. One guy noted he's given three different answers for what his favorite David Bowie song is.
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.
Fridge Logic: He accuses Imagine Dragons of selling out with "Demons". The song is on the same album as "It's Time", which Todd loves, and he never explains how you can sell out on a song that you wrote before you had any success. He acknowledged it during his "Worst of 2013" list, and could only come up with two answers: a) Time Travel, and b) admitting that he had seriously misjudged Imagine Dragons as a band.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: His Best of 2013 video begins with him absolutely miserable over the selection of pop songs in 2013. It was supposed to be humorous, but the suicide of Justin Carmical later that week resulting from overwhelming depression cast a disturbing light over the scene.
On the same note, Todd's running gag of committing suicide for his first few episodes
Todd found one himself where he tweeted a joke at Robin Williams's expense just days before his death of apparent suicide.
In his "Blurred Lines" review, Todd theorizes that the sleazy content of the song was a result of Robin Thicke already being in a happy relationship, and therefore he didn't have to worry about how he presented himself to women. Robin would later go through a messy divorce with his wife after groping a fan, and an attempt to win her back with an album dedicated to her was seen as mostly pathetic.
In the Body of Evidence review, Todd mentions distress in a black church. The episode came out the same day of the Charleston shootings.
In his Worst Hit Songs of 2015 list, he said of "Fight Song" (the #2 entry) "If this is your fight song, you're going to lose." Fast-forward to election day 2016 when Hillary Rodham Clinton, who had used "Fight Song" in her campaign, lost the presidency to Donald Trump. (Todd wasn't a big fan of Clinton, but favored her over Trump by miles, and was shocked and distraught when Trump won.)
Speaking of: one of the lines he dismisses as "stupid" from Jadakiss' "Why" asks how Arnold Schwarzenegger could be elected governor of California when he had no prior political experience. Because lord knows that couldn't happen on a larger scale...
Similarly, in his Evita video, he mentioned that going by the movie, Eva Peron just seemed famous for being famous, "like Kim Kardashian, except she somehow became a country's First Lady", dismissing the idea as ridiculous before showing a "Kanye for President 2020" article. Looking back, even if this never happens, the fact that Melania Trump actually did become a country's First Lady makes the thought a little less ridiculous.
Todd mentions in his "Holy Grail" review that he could imagine Kanye West delivering a song about the pressures of fame much more convincingly. In 2016, Kanye was hospitalized after a very well-publicized breakdown brought on by - you guessed it - excessive touring and production.
Todd's many jokes at Linkin Park's expense become much harder to take after frontman Chester Bennington's suicide in 2017. Todd himself expressed dismay over Bennington's death and said he came to appreciate the band after a while.
He Panned It, Now He Sucks: He briefly came under fire for his attitude towards the adult alternative genre after he explained it at length in "The Lazy Song" review.
He's also gotten some backlash from frustrated EDM fans after he called the genre "boring" and "having no personality to it" during the "Wrecking Ball" review. In his "Worst Songs of 2013" list, he had Zedd's "Stay The Night," a song that got a lot of critical acclaim from both EDM fans and music critics, as a "dishonorable mention" for being bad due to the repetitive lyrics (even though this is a commonplace thing in vocal EDM in general). He also made a potshot against Swedish House Mafia, which didn't exactly help his case.
He's been getting backlash from Fall Out Boy fans after putting "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light 'Em Up)" on his "Worst Songs of 2013" list, despite saying that he likes Fall Out Boy and many of their songs, such as "Dance Dance". To be fair, he stated in the video that he was expecting backlash, and what most people took issue with was that Todd called them assholes when they're actually nice and adorkable guys. He also received some flak for putting "Demons" on the same list.
Come up again (albeit Played for Laughs) in the "Best Songs of 2014" list when Todd mentions how Fall Out Boy couldn't make a song about the real word like Paramore would with "Ain't It Fun" for various reasons... before immediately saying he likes Fall Out Boy for those reasons and asks the fans not to hurt him.
Todd: The first time I heard Paramore, a friend of mine dubbed them "Fall Out Girl." But whatever else you want to say about them, though, they're a much more direct band than Fall Out Boy ever were. Fall Out Boy would never, ever write a song about living in the real world, and if they did, they stuff it full of parched, trying-too-hard metaphors that don't make sense. (quickly) And I mean that in a loving way, I like a lot of Fall Out Boy's songs because of all those things, please don't hurt me. (awkwardly gives a thumbs up)
Todd's "Worst of 2013" list has received a fair bit of scrutiny, notably mostly because Todd listed other songs but didn't bring up any of Miley Cyrus' music, even though he'd given a scathing review of two of her singles, and "Blurred Lines", which Todd gave a scathing review, only had a passing mention.
Lampshaded in the "Worst of 2014" list, in which he put "Take Me to Church" on the honorable mentions for the worst list despite being asked if he would put it on the best list.
Occasionally disses well-loved songs/albums on Twitter (Grace, OK Computernote Possibly - the precise tweet stated that a turning point in his developing his own taste in music was realizing he didn't care all that much for OK Computer, but a previous Q&A thread had him listing "Paranoid Android" as his favorite Radiohead song (he could just not like the rest of the album, and he later said his favorite song of theirs was "Creep," so who knows?). , and "Kashmir," for instance), but they actually don't seem to get that huge a negative reaction. He did, however, note that people were very annoyed that he not only likes "Get Lucky," he thinks it's Daft Punk's best song by a mile. note That isn't to say he doesn't like Daft Punk, of course. He previously stated his favorite song of theirs was "Digital Love" in an FAQ that came out 2 years prior to "Get Lucky."
He also use to hate One Direction songs due to the fact that they are nothing but self-insert songs that play with women's emotions, however, he admitted to loving "Best Song Ever" and more or less thinks that it redeems them to an extent.
Zigzagged with former 1D member Zayn Malik, whose solo debut "Pillowtalk" was reviewed by Todd and named a contender for the worst song of the year.
To an extent, the Chainsmokers. After excoriating "#selfie" two years prior, he says, despite its flaws, that he really enjoys "Closer." Still not big on the band itself, but he's giving them a shot.
Fellow "somehow-not-a-One-Hit Wonder" Mike Posner also earned respect from Todd for the remix of "I Took a Pill in Ibiza." He wasn't exactly in the Scrappy Heap to begin with, though (he would be if Todd had taken him more seriously), and the original version of "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" was so bad Todd pulled a gun on it.
So Okay, It's Average: Seems to have this opinion towards Demi Lovato. He's mentioned her in reviews as "interchangable" with other Disney startlets, but hasn't given a single song of hers a review unlike Miley Cyrus or Selena Gomez. Until 2015, when Todd named "Cool For the Summer" as his #2 top song of 2015, she had also never appeared on a Best or Worst of the Year list — even as an Honorable Mention.
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.
In his "7 Years" review, the line where he refers to Denmark as a "backwater swampland" is accompanied by an image of a rotting sheep in a bog with its spine sticking out that's rather hard to look at.
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)
He got MRSA again. And worse, from what he and Krin said on Twitter, he's probably going to keep getting it over and over again for the rest of his life.
WTH, Casting Agency?: Todd is confused as to why Jessie J is cast as the good girl and Ariana Grande as the bad girl in "Bang, Bang".