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  • Really, any time Todd states that a band or artists featured on One Hit Wonderland deserved better. Such as Midnight Oil, where he clarifies that they were more than successful in their native Australia, but deserve a much bigger audience stateside.
    • Sometimes, such as in the case of Cameo and The Buggles, he'll admit that they still deserved better even if they did well outside of their big hit.
  • Todd being upset about how the couple from the music video of a-ha's "Take On Me" had their relationship end in the music video of "The Sun Always Shines on TV" due to the comic book sketch person reverting back into a comic book sketch. He really cared about that couple and was upset about how it ended.
  • The last minutes of the One Hit Wonderland on "Come On Eileen", when declares the band definitely deserved better.
    Todd: [Dexy’s Midnight Runners] were just such a strikingly different band from much of the rest of the 80s. I daresay that the entire decade would've been a lot different, and probably for the better, if Dexy's had managed to notch a few more hits in this country.
  • The end of "Monster Mash", when he asks if Bobby Pickett deserved better:
    Todd: Deserve better?! My God, this guy had one of the most amazing lives I've ever read about! I'd consider myself lucky if I accomplished even a fraction of the things this guy did!
    • The fact that Pickett himself was completely fine with only having one real hit to his name. He did so much after it that he didn't need to feel bad about not being a huge musical star. It's also clear that he genuinely loved "Monster Mash" and how engraved it is in popular culture, to the point that he continued performing it until his death.
  • His OHW dedicated to Semisonic's "Closing Time," which was essentially a love letter to a band who had an influence on who he is today.
  • The video on "It's Raining Men," where he defends the song as being Narm Charm incarnate, and even manages to make clear that none of his fat jokes about the Weather Girls are anything but good-natured.
  • Title card for his "Who Let the Dogs Out" review, which features a smiling Todd surrounded by happy dogs.
    • During the actual video he uses Lindsey's dog, Kali, a couple of times, fussing over it like a father fussing over a baby.
  • In his "You Light Up My Life" review, he says that despite his distaste for Debby Boone's music, he thinks that she is one of the nicest people in the world.
  • Much like how he grew to admire Pickett despite knowing little about him at first, his newfound adoration of Biz Markie while reviewing "Just a Friend" definitely counts. As technically bad as the song is, Markie himself is just a tremendously lovable teddy bear, and Todd completely goes with it.
    • Especially when he finds some of the other works Biz got involved in. Particularly his addition to Yo Gabba Gabba!.
      Todd: That just makes you proud to be a human being, ya know?
    • Todd's response to whether or not Biz deserved better?
      Todd: Abso-friggin'-lutely. Biz Markie is an original. There's been none like him, and there won't be another like him anytime soon.
  • Admitting that he doesn't hate Shawn Mullins' "Lullaby" nearly as much as you'd think given his thoughts on certain similar songs.
  • In his OHW episode for "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors, Todd makes it clear that he thinks the fact that the lead singer became a lawyer for the musician's union, helping other artists out, is actually really cool. He also says that the idea of a former rock star becoming a lawyer to help out the little guy and prevent other musicians from being screwed over by "the man" would make a great TV show.
    Todd: He could be played by James Spader...
  • Despite his hatred of the song "Mickey", he clearly has a ton of respect for Toni Basil, from her physicality in the video despite pushing 40 at the time, to the surprising breadth of everything else she's accomplished in her life. When it comes time to decide "Did she deserve better?":
    Todd: I feel like if you asked her, she'd laugh pretty hard at the thought that she actually needed to do "better".
    • Also: chastising the movie Bring It On for using the word "retarded" and stopping himself from saying it accidentally, which is considerate of him.
  • While reviewing "Eve of Destruction", he gets into Barry Maguire's move to Christian rock in the '70s, a genre he's been very clear on his utter contempt for. But he actually ends up liking several of Maguire's songs from the era, discovering that back then the music could actually give real messages in an engaging way rather than the bland platitudes it's been reduced to today.
    • When asked if Barry Maguire deserved better, Todd's response is actually respectful.
    "(light hearted laugh) Eh, he's fine."
  • Gushing about The Darkness, and how despite being formed as a novelty joke band, they were good enough to make it as a genuine heavy metal act (and he thinks their big mistake in their later work was leaning too far into the parody elements).
  • Despite being slightly uncomfortable with its subject matter, Todd gushes about how great "I Touch Myself" is and how talented the Divinyls are. He also sincerely states that he thinks Chrissy Amphlett was a great singer and unrecognized talent when he acknowledges her passing.
    Todd: The Divinyls. They touched themselves. They also touched all of us.
  • That Todd is considerate enough to (briefly) tone down his hatred of Christian rock and Jars of Clay's religious music out of respect for the person who requested the review (a reverend) of "Flood." He even sounds almost apologetic when he talks about how he doesn't know much about traditional church music either. It goes into heartwarming when Todd is pleasantly surprised that the song featured actually doesn't have the "lack of edge" that is his main criticism with Christian music, and even when he's disappointed by the band's follow-ups, he still notes that Jars of Clay's songs seem to have a recurring theme of people simply looking for comfort in their belief, as opposed to more arrogant displays of most Christian media he has seen.
    • And then he gets to the part where the band drew ire from their own fans in 2014 when the lead singer stated it was pointless to oppose gay marriage.
  • While he originally covered D4L's Laffy Taffy on One Hit Wonderland as a quick episode, when he discovered that one of the defunct group's members, Shawty Lo, died last year, he tried to give some dedication to him before going into Laffy Taffy. After talking about it and their only other charting song, he went more into Shawty Lo's discography, and discovered he was pretty decent as a solo artist after creating his solo album! Considering that he didn't want to talk shit about the guy while the guy was still being mourned, it was quite the nice moment there.
  • In his One-Hit Wonderland for "Give It To You" by Jordan Knight, Todd isn't too happy to find that Knight covered "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" (and ends up hating the cover when it turns out to be a slowed-down ballad instead of the original's Lyrical Dissonance). The heartwarming part is when Todd explains that "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" is his favorite Prince song, and while he admits that there are a ton of good Prince covers out there, he'd rather this song be left alone because it means too much to him. He then says something that music lovers everywhere can agree with:
    Todd: God, I miss Prince.
    • Todd also re-appraises the discography of New Kids on the Block and even though he finds some of it So Bad, It's Good, he actually thinks some of their stuff is genuinely pretty good, and that they were a surprisingly eclectic group. And at the end of the episode, Todd says that Knight absolutely deserved better because, even if he doesn't really care for a lot of his music, he admits that he's a talented guy who proved surprisingly influential for the future of a good chunk of pop music.
  • The "Scatman" episode of One Hit Wonderland has a few. It brings to mind the fondness Todd developed in the Biz Markie review, as by the end, Scatman John's sheer likability completely won him over.
    • Todd pointing out that he enjoys doing request episodes, because they expose him to music that he wouldn't have heard otherwise.
      Todd: But I am glad that I got this one for a request, because the Scatman's story and music is just heartwarmingly wonderful.
    • Pointing out that Scatman John was "cheesy" but also sincere. The song is essentially a message song about Scatman John overcoming his stutter.
      Todd: He wants to make the world a better place, and who can deny that?
    • After pointing out that Scatman John collapsed at a concert and died of lung cancer, Todd points out that Scatman John was "inspiring" for how he managed to capitalize on musical success so late in life.
      Todd: This was just a stupid novelty song to me before I did this episode. And now it is the song from one of my favorite artists I've ever covered here. I feel nothing but happiness listening to this.
  • It may be a little backhanded, but after covering the career of S Club 7, he concludes that, despite not liking them overall, they had better and catchier songs that were more worthy of being bigger hits than "Never Had a Dream Come True" (their only hit in America), and that they deserved better "the same way every child star deserves better than to be ground up and spit out by the pop machine".
    • In the same video, his rant defending Hanson after S Club 7 took a swipe at them on their TV show.
  • Todd mentions in the review of "You Get What You Give" by the New Radicals that it's one of the few songs that makes him wanna get up and dance, and he doesn't dance. Just before the credits, he gets up and does just that, and there's just something so honest and wonderful about it.
    • All of the most recent comments for the songs music video are Todd fans who are listening to the song in full and AGREEING that it's an amazing song.
  • Reviews where he has blatant, overwhelming affection for the song in question are always fun. Besides "You Get What You Give" above, his enthusiasm for "Jump Around" (which he foreshadowed as far back as 2011, when he mentioned in his Q&A that it was his favorite one-hit wonder and he can rap the first verse in under thirty seconds - which he does in the review, and well) is very infectious.
  • His review of "I Love College" doubles as a ten-year anniversary special. While he's tongue-in-cheek for part of it, he also acknowledges how grateful he is to have fans and make a living doing what he's doing, and thanks his supporters for sticking around at the end. It also allows him to look at the song in question slightly more warmly, as he relates to Asher Roth's nostalgically looking back at the good old days.

    Everything else... 
  • Most, if not all, of his Magfest 2011 Vlog, where he meekly thanks his fans and all the reviewers he met while there. It almost seemed like he was close to tearing up half the time. Aw.
  • The end of his joint review of Head with Pushing Up Roses and Paw Dugan, where they sing "Daydream Believer" while Todd plays it on his keyboard. It really cements the image of the TGWTG Team being one giant group of True Companions.
  • The little spazflail Todd does in the Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 2010 when he realizes he can use the lyrics from "Nothin' On You" to win Obscurus Lupa over. Though it doesn't QUITE work out...
  • In his "Ask Todd In The Shadows" thread, when asked if he likes hugs, he proclaimed himself an "epic hugger". Aw...
  • After Lupa declared on her Twitter that she felt worthless and insignificant, Todd replied: "Yeah, you matter to a lot of people. Whatever else you worry about, don't worry about that." So sweet, especially considering Todd's on-camera relationship with Lupa.
  • Also from Twitter, is his tweets from on his birthday. He references his sad birthday shown in the Hannah Montana video and says how loved and happy he is this year. He just seems so... very happy with life. Also extra sweet since in-character Todd seems quite a depressed fellow.
    • And after that, any time he mentioned his relationship (even more when she tweets...)
  • After gay marriage equality passed in New York, Todd tweeted, "Gay marriage passed in NY. Against my better instincts, I'm throwing "Born This Way" onto the stereo." And then, immediately after, "And you know what, f**k it, I'm gonna throw it on a second time." Nice to see Todd will be supportive with a song he must be warming up to.
  • In the Vlog for Captain America: The First Avenger, there's a few times when Todd strokes Lindsay's back and shoulder. It's so sweet, especially with how happy and relaxed in general he looks.
  • His defense of Michael Vick in his "Turn Up The Music" review saying that unlike Brown, Vick has paid his debt to society, and given how Todd is a huge dog lover, it makes it even more heartwarming for him to defend Vick.
  • There's a line in his Glitter review about pretty girls who can sing and live in New York. Apply a bit of Reality Subtext and it's fairly clear who he's talking about.
  • This is possibly the most adorable moment between Lindsay and Todd yet. She's sitting at his keyboard, sounding like Beaker doing "Party Rock Anthem".note 
    • Listen closely at the end, he calls her "babydoll"!
    • He and Lindsay, out of character, review Les Misérables. Lindsay says that everyone should read the book. He says "I've heard that... a lot!" It's obvious that his teasing Lindsay for her love of the book is affectionate, which is further supported by a kiss on her forehead.
  • While filming a scene for the "Give Me Everything" review, Lindsay's pet puppy attempts to chase off Todd after he gets a little too close to Lupa. The three of them find this both hilarious and cute.
  • A record number for Todd in "We Are Young/Somebody That I Used To Know". Then there was the cut other songs in the top 5, but it was nice to see Todd, who's had to put up with songs like "Sexy and I Know It", finally getting a moment of happiness.
    • Subtle one: Todd spent the majority of the review pronouncing Gotye's name wrong (FYI, it's GO-tee-ay), but at the end, after checking out more of his music, Todd finally gets his name right, showing that he's come to really respect, perhaps even LIKE him.
    • Basically the last 5 minutes were one long Crowning Moment of Heartwarming and Awesome.
    • As it turned out, not only did Todd add "Somebody That I Used To Know" to his top list of that year; but he also declared that Gotye should be the next King of Pop. It's a sweet thought and a nice moment of recognizing a great talent in music that needs more love.
  • Todd made a tweet about how he finds that dogs are made of love. While it could be applied to most dogs, it's most likely he's referring to Lindsay's Boston terrier.
  • In several tweets, he has referred to Lindsay's dog Kali as his own. They're officially a couple now.
    • Todd often brings up Kali's small size as a thing to admire/ponder on Twitter. Which can be seen as either really cute, or really creepy. Possibly even both.
  • After being hard on two of Flo Rida's songs - "Club Can't Handle Me" and especially "Whistle", seeing "I Cry" on his Best Hit Songs of 2012 list was rather nice of him.
    • Likewise, after how he certainly wasn't nice to Pitbull's "Back in Time", putting "International Love" on his honorable mentions list was also giving some good credit, even if Chris Brown's act in it was disappointing to him.
  • In his review of "We Are The World", he makes it clear that there will be absolutely no jokes about the disaster in Haiti and says that, however narmy they may seem, he has nothing but respect for musicians who try to make a difference with their art. Best summed up with:
    "I will take an insincere display of charity over a genuine display of apathy any day of the week."
    • Subverted later in his "Earth" review, where he says that the "charities" the song's proceeds went to ended up being scams that didn't help at all, so it may well have actually been worse than doing nothing.
  • Todd warming up to One Republic, saying that they were "off the shit list" (of course, it was at the expense of Imagine Dragons).
  • Even though he's pointed out the implications of their music several times, Todd does believe the members of One Direction are genuinely nice people and is glad to see them take over the Teen Idol Crown from Justin Bieber.
  • Him relating The Neighborhoods' "Sweater Weather" to putting puppies in sweaters in his Top 10 Best Songs of 2013 was pretty nice in its own way.
  • Just how happy he was to talk about his favorite songs of 2013, especially in regards to "#Beautiful", "Suit and Tie", "Treasure", and "Get Lucky".
  • Sometime in 2014, Todd contracted MRSA again and it appears as though he could have persister bacteria, meaning he could get MRSA over and over again. He asked his title card artist on Twitter if he was going to die and his fans flocked to support him when it seemed like he was genuinely terrified about what might happen to him.
  • Despite his distaste for "All About That Bass," he makes clear that he has nothing but support for its message.
  • While reviewing Dick Tracy for "Cinemadonna", he pauses in his bashing of the film to note that in the middle of all the crappiness, Madonna herself is a shining beacon of talent and gives easily the best performance of her acting career.
  • A similar moment happens in his review of Evita. While noting the film is an extremely mixed bag, feeling that Madonna's performance is also occasionally inconsistent, Todd almost sounds proud to announce that the parts that work from really work, not just in her singing, but even in subtler moments like in Evita's reaction when she learns she's dying.
  • Even though it becomes a subversion, seeing his enthusiastic support for "Blank Space" is rather nice. And he still holds out hope that the song (officially a parody of Swift's media portrayal) has some honest Reality Subtext about herself, even after her statements call the song a joke.
  • Much like how he was happy after talking about the songs from 2013 that he enjoyed so much, after having to endure 2014, a year he considered even worse for music, it was great seeing how thrilled he was to talk about how 2014 had a very happy ending with the song that made the #1 spot on his Best Hit Songs of 2014 list, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk".
  • His tweet early in 2015 where he states he already has 3 songs contending for the best song of 2015, followed by "I love music". It's nice to see that he is enjoying pop music again after the terrible years 2013 and 2014.
  • His "relationship" with Katy Perry can be seen as this. At the beginning of Todd's career, Katy Perry was a guilty pleasure of his. In 2012 when he was ready to just submit to, she released numerous songs he couldn't get into at all, which Todd attributes to her divorce from Russell Brand at the time. Todd declares at the beginning of 2013 that he has "divorced" Katy Perry because he doesn't enjoy her new music. He found himself being very scathing of Perry throughout 2014, but then came crawling back in 2015 to declare Birthday one of his favorite songs of the previous year. Almost like a real couple. But in pop music form.
  • Todd's willingness to accept Chris Brown, a person he had previously harshly berated for his infamous assault of Rihanna, back into the pop music world at the beginning of his "Deuces" review. That is of course, before he realizes that "Deuces" is one of the douchebaggiest songs he's ever heard.
  • Literally the one good thing he has to say about The Next Best Thing is how great it is to see a film made in 2000 that takes the issues faced by homosexuals seriously and portrays a gay man as a loving father.
  • He starts his list of the worst songs of 2015 by saying he didn't actually want to make it, as the new music of the year was such a pleasant surprise after how horrible the last two years were and he just wants to focus on the good stuff.
    • Then, come the best list, he is ecstatic over how enjoyable the music of the year is (especially his top 5), more so than even his happiest best-of lists.
    • Putting "Hello" as an honorable mention on his best list because, while he didn't love the song, he's grateful for the singer and can't understand what humanity did to even deserve an Adele in the first place.
  • On Todd's Twitter, for a few weeks he had some mysterious tweets regarding an "Amy". Well, wonder no longer.
    • Todd quickly grew to love Amy so much that his Twitter quickly became 140-character existential crises pondering the nature of dogs, whether or not Amy realized she was a dog, why he loved Amy so much when she, as a dog, could never fully comprehend his love, and so forth. He also now posts pictures Amy and Lindsay's dog Kali on play-dates.
  • Although Lindsay posted a blog offhandedly mentioning that she and Todd were no longer together, it's very clear that this hasn't affected their friendship.
  • This bit from his review of I'm Going to Tell You A Secret for Cinemadonna:
    "I say this, Madonna, if you're listening, your children are adorable."
  • Todd's speech at the end of the "Black Beatles" review about how important and wonderful The Beatles are. Even after all that's been said about them in the past, it still manages to reinvigorate the love people have for the group.
  • Todd's justification for calling "Closer" the best hit song of 2016: in a year as bleak as that one, he needed at least one song that made him happy, no matter how many faults it had. When so many pop songs just reminded him of how bad the world was, this was one of the few that made him happy every time.
    • In fact, the whole goal of the list is to include the year's happier songs as antidote for how awful the year itself was (and how 2017 is looking to be). He even gives honorable mentions to songs he finds kind of lame just because they were at least trying to be happy, and even spared one of his least favorite artists because she was upbeat and at least had a personality.
    • This line:
      In a year where I felt so much older, I wanted a song about not getting older. About two stupid kids in love.
  • At the end of his "Something Just Like This" review, it gets to the point where Todd usually has a premature verdict and the song does something to let him down. Instead, it's exactly the opposite - Coldplay including a guitar solo during an EDM drop is enough to make Todd bump his rating up a few notches, leaving the review in high spirits.
  • Todd being decent enough to not jump to any conclusions about Taylor Swift's personality and whether or not she's the snake in the grass she's painted as by some. He doesn't care at all about the gossip surrounding her and even says that he leans more toward her side, even if he doesn't care for "Look What You Made Me Do" and didn't buy the Darker and Edgier persona she was pushing.
  • During his "Best Songs of 2017" list, Todd admits that while he's never really cared about Katy Perry as a person, he still felt sorry for her since 2017 was a bad year for her career-wise. He uses this as justification for putting "Chained to the Rhythm" on his list, explaining that Perry's bad year, combined with the fact that she's basically pulling a Self-Deprecation with the song, makes it incredibly dark.
  • In the "Best Songs of 2018" list, Todd talks about his love of Street Fighter, and how Chun-Li was the perfect pop culture reference for Nicki Minaj to use in the titular song, as they've both been considered the top leading ladies in their respective "games."
    • His reason for putting "Breathin'" by Ariana Grande as his number one pick? Because the song helped him deal with his anxiety.
  • Todd thinking that the 2017 total eclipse is how David Bowie, Chris Cornell, and Chester Bennington tell the world they're still watching over us and want us to be happy.
  • His Trainwreckords episode about Cut The Crap by The Clash ends on a rather sweet note; The song "We Are The Clash" was taken by critics as a pathetic attempt by the new line-up to establish their cred, but Joe Strummer says that wasn't his intention at all. What he hoped to convey is that all the fans are just as important to The Clash, if not more so.
    "It's almost un-punk how heartwarming that is, but since The Clash's music has proved to be so enduring, I think it's kind of true."
  • "Best of 2019" is probably one of Todd's most heartwarming lists, where he seems genuinely excited about all the fresh new talent and good stuff from already-established artists. He even walks backs from some of his comments on Panic! at the Disco, putting "Hey Ma, I Made It" on the list and saying Brendon Urie's probably not going to become the new Adam Levine.
    • While Todd still isn't the biggest Post Malone fan, he definitely doesn't hate the guy, and even believes that Post could have a successful career as a folk-pop singer if he really wanted to. Todd also declares that Post's song "Circles" absolutely deserves to be a #1 hit, because it's that good.
    • A minor detail, but Todd using the proper pronouns for Sam Smith (who came out as non-binary and asked to be referred to with they/them pronouns in 2019) in his Top Ten Best of 2019 video.
    • Todd once again admits that he feels sympathy for Katy Perry, viewing her as someone who has a lot of regrets about her career. Despite this, he's glad that she was still able to release one last good song in "Never Really Over," flat-out calling it one of the best songs she's ever made; he also admits that he does have a lot of positive memories of Perry's other songs, and he's grateful for that.
    • After spending the entirety of 2019 being noticeably quiet about Billie Eilish, Todd puts "Bad Guy" as his #1 song of 2019, praising both the song itself and how Eilish can effortlessly portray the Teens Are Monsters trope leagues better than others who have tried and failed before her.


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