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Year-end prediction criteria: to qualify for either list, the song needs to have debuted in Billboard's year-end list for that given year. If a song was already in a best/worst hit songs list the previous year, it won't qualify for the year in question.

Keep in mind that a lot of his song reviews on Billboard Breakdown are based on first impressions, and thus are not entirely indicative of a song being on a best/worst list or not.


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     2017 Year-End Predictions 
Guesses for Mark's 2017 year-end lists.


  • "Castle on the Hill" by Ed Sheeran (year-end #40): Mark appreciates the U2-esque rock vibe its going for, and listed it as one of his favourite songs from the "Divide" album.
    • He also highlighted the song in his mid-year best of 2017 video, and keep in mind this goes for everything he's reviewed that year overall, not just the hits, so there's a good chance it could be near the top of the list, if not #1 overall.
      • Confirmed, but at #3.
    • Also, "Shape Of You" (year-end #1), despite the fact that he's becoming increasingly exasperated by the song's longevity on the Hot 100.
      • Confirmed as an honourable mention
  • "Water Under The Bridge" by Adele (year-end #88): It was listed as one of his favourite songs on the "25" album.
    • Confirmed at #10
  • "Slide" by Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean & Migos (year-end #71): Mark, while expressing surprise at this collaboration given the different musical stylings of all 3 acts, stated in his initial review that the song works surprisingly well despite that. He's also given praise to Calvin Harris' new musical direction and it seems his liking to the song has only grown since he first reviewed it.
    • Also, "Feels" ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean (year-end #74).
      • "Slide" confirmed as an honourable mention, jossed for "Feels" however.
  • "DNA." by Kendrick Lamar (year-end #62): It was his favorite song from "DAMN." and was his best of the week when the entire album debuted on the Hot 100. Chances are very high this makes his list, and it could potentially be his #1.
    • Confirmed at #2. "HUMBLE." also made it onto the list at #9.
  • "Feel It Still" by Portugal. The Man (year-end #45): A tweet to ARTV hinted that he was at least considering it for his best list.
    • Confirmed, but as an honourable mention, saying the song kind of cooled on him.
  • "Strip That Down" by Liam Payne featuring Quavo (year-end #36): Mark enjoys Liam's solo work and commended this song and "Bedroom Floor" in particular.
    • Jossed with no mention.
  • “It Ain’t Me” by Kygo & Selena Gomez (year-end #27): Mark stated on Instagram that it’s “easily one of the best hits of 2017”. That pretty much confirms the song has a spot on the list.
    • Yep, at #4.
  • “Praying” by Kesha (year-end #67): It’s not a question of whether or not the song will make the list. It’s a question of whether or not it’ll be #1
    • The answer to that question is yes, it's #1.
  • "Redbone" by Childish Gambino (year-end #25): While his initial impression of the song on Billboard Breakdown was pretty lukewarm, it had grown on him by the time Mark reviewed its parent album, and he did state that he was happy to see it do well on the chart. Another factor that might push it into consideration was that it was featured in the movie Get Out, which was one of Mark's favourite movies of the year.
    • Confirmed at #7, even down to it's usage in "Get Out".
  • "Love Galore" by SZA featuring Travis Scott (year-end #80): He said he liked it on Billboard Breakdown and gave its parent album a fairly positive review.
    • Jossed, no mention.
  • "iSpy" by KYLE featuring Lil Yachty (year-end #28): He found the song surprisingly enjoyable and didn't mind Lil Yachty's feature (which is impressive given Mark's real dislike for Yachty).
    • Jossed, no mention.
  • "24K Magic" by Bruno Mars (year-end #16): He loved it pretty much as soon as the song came out.
    • Confirmed as an honourable mention
  • "All Time Low" by Jon Bellion (year-end #75): He surprisingly gave this best of the week over 24K Magic the week it debuted, so chances are he still likes it as much if not more.
    • Yep. Unlike "24K Magic", it made the list proper, at #6
  • "Wild Thoughts" by DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller (year-end #18): Named it as his best of the week on Billboard Breakdown and said that the "Maria Maria" sample worked really well.
    • He's said recently, however, that he hasn't thought about the song much since the summer, saying that's it's not bad but not memorable.
      • Yep, jossed
  • "Sign Of The Times" by Harry Styles (year-end #87): While his review of the song on Billboard Breakdown was rather nitpicky, he admitted that it was due to the fact that he is a fan of the '70s rock style this song emulates, and despite that he did name it as his best of the week, as well as one of the best songs from its parent album (a project he liked).
    • Confirmed at #5


  • "Body Like a Back Road" by Sam Hunt (year-end #8): Mark's initial review of it on Billboard Breakdown was scathing to say the least, and as of July, his hatred of the song hasn't subsided one bit.
    • There's a good chance that this could be his #1 pick for similar reasons as why "Bottoms Up" was his worst hit song of 2014: it's an example of how bad mainstream country music has become in recent years. Also, a common theme with Mark's #1 worst hits choices since 2013 is that he feared those songs could potentially have a negative effect on society in some capacity, and he's already quipped on Billboard Breakdown a couple of times that the song's success is a sign of severe cultural decline.
    • Yep. #1.
  • "Juju On That Beat (TZ Anthem)" by Zay Hilfigerrr and Zayion Mc Call (year-end #63): Mark's hatred of "Vine rap songs" is well-known by this point.
    • Confirmed #10.
  • "Don't Wanna Know" by Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar (year-end #38): The Pokemon Go-themed music video caused Voltorb to be severely triggered amongst other things Mark finds wrong with it.
    • Jossed, no mention.
  • "Congratulations" by Post Malone featuring Quavo (year-end #10): He despised "White Iverson" and finds this to be not much better.
    • Same goes for "Rockstar" featuring 21 Savage (year-end #56).
    • "Congratulations" is Jossed, "rockstar" is #9.
  • "Fake Love" by Drake (year-end #37): Mark found the song's production to be really sloppy and Drake's vocal performance to be really unflattering.
    • Confirmed, #5.
  • "Tunnel Vision" by Kodak Black (year-end #55): The fact that the song's popularity is due to the thematically-unconnected music video annoys Mark, plus Kodak's imprisonment for sexual assault is a major Berserk Button for him.
    • Confirmed #2.
  • "Bad Things" by Machine Gun Kelly and Camilla Cabello (year-end #41): Mark named it as his "worst of the week" in the song's debut charting week on Billboard Breakdown, and it seems that his opinion of the song has only gotten worse over time.
    • A dishonourable mention.
  • "Chained to the Rhythm" by Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley (year-end #73): As of the "Witness" review (a project he really didn't like), Mark has only found the song to be more myopic and self-serving in its attempt at being a "message song" with each listen.
    • Confirmed #7.
  • "Look What You Made Me Do" by Taylor Swift (year-end #39): He went on a rant blasting the song both on Twitter and on Billboard Breakdown (giving it a dishonorable mention in case of the latter), calling it an incoherent copy of a copy and accusing Taylor of swallowing her own tail amongst other things.
    • Confirmed #3.
  • "Say You Won't Let Go" by James Arthur (year-end #11): He found the song to be painfully mediocre, and hinted in the 11 Nov 2017 episode of Billboard Breakdown that it's a likely candidate for the worst list.
    • A dishonorable mention.
  • "Swang" by Rae Sremmurd (year-end #64): He called the song awful when he originally reviewed it for Billboard Breakdown, with him also comparing Swae Lee's falsetto on the song to torture and warning his viewers to "skip the song if you ever possibly can". With that kind of reaction, it's pretty much guaranteed a spot on the worst list.
    • Yeah, pretty much entirely for Swae Lee's hook, it wound up at #4.
  • "Look At Me!" by XXX Tentacion (year-end #99): He said it was "far from good" and that it was essentially a desperate attempt for attention.
    • Mark stated on Twitter that he’s never hated “Look At Me!”, so its chances of appearing on the list proper are rather slim.
    • Yep, jossed.
  • "do re mi" by blackbear (year-end #98): Named it as his worst of the week on Billboard Breakdown and called it "pissy".
    • Plus he said in this tweet that "the song that came ahead of Look At Me (on the year-end list) is worthy of SO much more contempt," which refers to this song.
    • Confirmed #8.
  • "Bad And Boujee" by Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert (year-end #6): Named it as his worst of the week on Billboard Breakdown for being "sloppy, tedious, and overdone than anything else", and was rather annoyed when it eventually topped the Hot 100.
    • Jossed, and while discussing "Slippery" by Migos & Gucci Maine (which made it as a dishonourable mention), he said he didn't hate Migos and he understands their appeal.
  • "XO Tour Llif 3" by Lil Uzi Vert (year-end #13): Called the song "trash" and named it as his worst of the week on Billboard Breakdown.
    • Confirmed as a dishonourable mention.

     2018 Year-End Predictions 
Guesses for Mark's 2018 year-end lists.


  • "No Limit" by G-Eazy ft. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B: It got "Best of the Week" on Billboard Breakdown, as he liked A$AP Rocky's hook and Cardi B's verse.
    • Confirmed as an honorable mention.
  • "New Rules" or "IDGAF" by Dua Lipa: He was positive on the album, and when each of the songs debuted on different weeks, he gave them an "honorable mention" and "Best of the Week" respectively.
    • Both confirmed, "New Rules" at #8 and "IDGAF" at #3.
  • "LOVE." by Kendrick Lamar ft. Zacari: He listed it as one of his favorite songs from DAMN. Later, he called it "one of the few songs that are worth a damn on the Hot 100 right now."
    • Jossed.
  • "Finesse" by Bruno Mars & Cardi B: He already thought "Finesse" was one of the best songs from 24K Magic, and with the remix, he liked Cardi B's guest verse.
    • Confirmed as an honorable mention.
  • "Stir Fry" by Migos: He has given it quite the praise for being a Migos track, giving it "Best of the Week" on Billboard Breakdown, as well as listing it as one of the best songs from the otherwise lackluster Culture II.
    • Confirmed #9.
  • "Marry Me" by Thomas Rhett: He's given it Best of the Week, called it one of the best songs from Life Changes, and said it was a runner-up for his Best Songs of 2017 list.
    • Confirmed #2.
  • "Nice for What" by Drake.
    • Confirmed #7.
  • "Delicate" by Taylor Swift.
    • Confirmed #5.
  • "In My Blood" by Shawn Mendes.
    • Jossed.
  • "Mine" by Bazzi: He gave it Best of the Week on Billboard Breakdown, and he all but assured its appearance when it, along with "Te Bote" (see below), dropped out and said the two songs would appear on opposite lists.
    • Confirmed #6.
  • "Youngblood" by 5 Seconds of Summer.
    • Confirmed as an honorable mention.
  • "No Tears Left to Cry" by Ariana Grande.
    • Confirmed #4.
  • "Tequila" by Dan + Shay.
    • Jossed.
  • "You Make It Easy" by Jason Aldean.
    • Jossed.
  • "Say Something" by Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton.
    • Confirmed as the #1 best hit song of 2018.
  • "Whatever It Takes" by Imagine Dragons.
    • Jossed.
  • "Back to You" or "Wolves" by Selena Gomez (the latter with Marshmello).
    • "Back To You" was not on the list at all, but "Wolves" was indeed an honorable mention.
  • "Eastside" by Benny Blanco, Halsey & Khalid
    • Jossed, although it surprisingly appeared at #10 on his best list in 2019 despite being ineligible.
  • "Ric Flair Drip" by Offset & Metro Boomin
    • Jossed.


  • "Gucci Gang" by Lil Pump: He gave it "Worst of the Week" on Billboard Breakdown, and the reception to this song overall has been negative.
    • Jossed, no mention.
  • "Bad at Love" by Halsey: He gave the album a negative review, and anytime he mentions this song in the top ten, he has an annoyed tone.
    • Confirmed, #10.
  • "I Fall Apart" by Post Malone: First he listed it as one of the worst songs from Stoney. Then he gave it "Worst of the Week" on Billboard Breakdown. Finally, when discussing "Rockstar" on his 2017 worst list, he mentioned that "I Fall Apart" would've taken the spot had it made the year-end. At this rate, the question isn't whether it will make the list, but where it will land.
    • "Better Now" could also be a contender.
    • Jossed for "Better Now", with Mark saying it never bothered him, but confirmed for "I Fall Apart" at #3, with Mark even calling back to what he said on the Worst of 2017 list in the preamble.
  • "Gummo" or "Fefe" by 6ix9ine (the latter ft. Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz): 6ix9ine seems to be 2018's Kodak Black.
    • Jossed for "GUMMO", with Mark saying he understands the appeal of that song despite not really liking it, but confirmed for "FEFE" at #2.
  • "Meant to Be" by Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line: Pop songs pretending to be country is a major pet hate of Mark's and this song is no exception.
    • Confirmed, #8.
  • "The Middle" by Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey: He has criticized the production, and said in its debut week on Billboard Breakdown that if it weren't for Migos, it would've easily been one of the worst. He has since described it as "thuddingly mediocre".
    • Jossed, no mention.
  • "Him & I" by G-Eazy & Halsey: Between his dislike of both artists and giving the song a dishonorable mention on Billboard Breakdown, it could be a contender.
    • A dishonourable mention.
  • "SAD!", "Moonlight" or "changes" by XXXTENTACION: He gave a negative review of the album and the song.
    • Jossed for "SAD!" and "Moonlight", but confirmed for "changes" at #7.
  • "Freaky Friday" by Lil Dicky ft. Chris Brown: Before that week's Billboard Breakdown even came out (in which he gave the song an all-caps "WORST OF THE WEEK", the first song since Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" to be given that "honour"), he tweeted that it was "the worst thing [he's] heard in months".
    • Confirmed, and just like "Body Like a Back Road", it made #1.
  • "Lucid Dreams" by Juice WRLD: He heavily criticized the melodramatic lyrical content of the song, calling it an "insufferable bitch-fest".
    • A dishonourable mention.
  • "I'm Upset" by Drake: He cited it as the worst song to come out of the Drake/Pusha T beef as well as one of the worst on Scorpion (an album he gave an overall negative review of), criticizing the murky production, Drake's lack of intensity and the lyrical content.
    • Confirmed, #4.
  • "Friends" by Marshmello & Anne-Marie: Has called it the least likeable of Marshmello's singles so far, critizing the instrumental and the "sour & wonky" lyrical content, giving the song "Worst of the Week" on Billboard Breakdown.
    • Confirmed, #6.
  • "Wait" by Maroon 5.
    • A dishonourable mention.
  • "I Like Me Better" by Lauv: On Billboard Breakdown he said it felt more like an "underweight demo" rather than a full song, and his exasperation with the song has only seemed to grow with its success.
    • Jossed, no mention.
  • "Sicko Mode" by Travis Scott: He cited it as the worst song on Astroworld and the "Worst of the Week" in the ensuing episode of Billboard Breakdown, criticizing the production and Drake's "awkward, lazy and painfully out of place" contributions to the song.
    • Jossed, no mention.
  • "Walk It Talk It" by Migos ft. Drake.
    • A dishonourable mention.
  • "Yes Indeed" by Lil Baby & Drake
    • Jossed, no mention
  • "Lights Down Low" by MAX ft. gnash
    • Jossed, no mention.
  • "Te Bote" by Casper Magico, Darell, Nio Garcia, Ozuna, Nicky Jam & Bad Bunny: He gave it Worst of the Week on Billboard Breakdown, and he all but assured its appearance when it, along with "Mine" (see above), dropped out and said the two songs would appear on opposite lists.
    • Yep, at #5.
  • "Outside Today" by Young Boy Never Broke Again.
    • Jossed, no mention.

     2019 Year-End Predictions 
Guesses for Mark's 2019 year-end lists.


  • "bad guy", "when the party's over" and/or "bury a friend" by Billie Eilish: "bad guy" is a less likely candidate, but he gave "when the party's over" an all-caps BEST OF THE WEEK on Billboard Breakdown, and he included it in his Best Albums/Songs of the Midyear video, making it a huge contender for #1.
    • All songs confirmed, with "bad guy" being an honorable mention, "bury a friend" at #4, and yes, "when the party's over" indeed at #1.
  • "Dancing with a Stranger" by Sam Smith & Normani.
    • Confirmed, an honorable mention.
  • "Beautiful Crazy" by Luke Combs.
    • While Mark praised the song when it debuted on Billboard Breakdown, there's a chance it soured on him based on a comment he made regarding "Crazy Girl" by the Eli Young Band on his Worst of 2011 list, where he criticized country songs that call girls crazy and that "even respectable artists like Luke Combs will try to play to this territory even to this day."
    • Jossed.
  • "Wow." by Post Malone.
    • Confirmed as an honorable mention, and it would have been #10 had Mark not forgotten that "Eastside" was on 2018's year-end list. "Goodbyes" with Young Thug was also an honorable mention.
  • "Shallow" by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper.
    • Confirmed, #2.
  • "Speechless" and/or "All to Myself" by Dan + Shay
    • Both jossed.
  • "Sweet but Psycho" by Ava Max
    • Confirmed, #7.
  • "Better" by Khalid
    • Confirmed, an honorable mention.
  • "Señorita" by Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
    • Despite praising the production of the song and understanding its appeal, Mark didn't have nice things to say about the chemistry between Shawn & Camila (which he reiterated in his review of the latter's second album) and negatively compared the song to other collaborations by Camila's former Fifth Harmony groupmates, so it might end up missing the list altogether.
    • Jossed.
  • “God’s Country” by Blake Shelton
    • Confirmed, #3.
  • "Hot Girl Summer" by Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign
    • Jossed.
  • "Worth It" by YK Osiris
    • Jossed.
  • "Look Back at It" by A Boogie wit da Hoodie
    • Jossed.
  • "Pop Out" by Polo G ft. Lil Tjay
    • Jossed.
  • "Rumor" by Lee Brice
    • Jossed.
  • "Walk Me Home" by P!nk
    • Confirmed, an honorable mention.
  • "Murder on My Mind" by YNW Melly
    • Confirmed, #6.
  • "The Git Up" by Blanco Brown
    • Jossed.
  • "Pure Water" by Mustard and Migos
    • Confirmed, #8.
  • "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus and/or "Panini" by Lil Nas X: Mark released the thumbnail for the best list and Lil Nas X is on it, so at least one of these song is guaranteed to show up somewhere.
    • "Old Town Road" confirmed at #9, "Panini" wasn't on the list.

Songs that made his best list but weren't predicted above:

  • "Close to Me" by Ellie Goulding & Diplo ft. Swae Lee, an honorable mention.
  • "Baby Shark" by Pinkfong, an honorable mention, which may have been a joke.
  • "Eastside" by Benny Blanco, Halsey & Khalid, at #10, even though it didn't qualify per his own rules.note 
  • "Money in the Grave" by Drake ft. Rick Ross, at #5.


  • "break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored" and/or "7 rings" by Ariana Grande: He all but stated that the former will make the worst list, but it's implied he has some disdain for the latter as well.
    • "break up with you girlfriend, i'm bored" is confirmed at #3. "7 rings" wasn't on the list at all.
  • "Mo Bamba" by Sheck Wes.
    • Confirmed, #10.
  • "Swervin" by A Boogie wit da Hoodie ft. 6ix9ine.
    • Confirmed, a dishonorable mention.
  • "ZEZE" by Kodak Black ft. Travis Scott & Offset.
    • Confirmed, a dishonorable mention.
  • "Without Me" by Halsey: He has consistently stated how he thinks the song is terrible, and that it was only improved in any way when Juice WRLD of all people hopped on the remix. So it's not a question of if "Without Me" will make the list, but how high it'll rank.
    • Confirmed, #5.
  • "Leave Me Alone" by Flipp Dinero.
    • Jossed.
  • "Whiskey Glasses" by Morgan Wallen.
    • Jossed.
  • "Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi: He stated how the song sounds like a more melodramatic version of Passenger's "Let Her Go", a song that made his worst list in 2013, and acknowledged the song in an exasperated tone when it hit the top 10 a few months after its debut.
    • Confirmed, a dishonorable mention.
  • "I Don't Care" by Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber.
    • Jossed.
  • “Robbery” by Juice WRLD: It scraped onto the year-end list at #100 and is the only song on the list to get an all-caps “Worst of the Week” on Billboard Breakdown. This could very well be his #1.
    • Confirmed, but surprisingly only at #9.
  • “Talk You Out of It” by Florida Georgia Line: He criticized the production and Tyler Hubbard’s performance in his review of the song on Billboard Breakdown.
    • Jossed.
  • “Eyes on You” by Chase Rice: Like with “Talk You Out of It” above, he critiqued the song’s production as well as the creepy subtext in the lyrics while citing Rice as a wannabe, giving the song the dishonourable mention that week.
    • Confirmed, a dishonorable mention.
  • "Truth Hurts" by Lizzo: While in his Billboard Breakdown review in May he wasn't overly impressed with the song, by the time he guested on Rocked Reviews' podcast in November, Mark said that he couldn't stand it. Whether it's enough to actually put it on the list remains to be seen.
    • Jossed.
  • "Talk" by Khalid: Mark has said multiple times on Billboard Breakdown that he doesn't like the song, which he reiterated on Rocked Reviews' 2020 Grammy nominations podcast.
    • Confirmed, a dishonorable mention.
  • "One Thing Right" by Marshmello & Kane Brown: Mark heavily criticized the production & melody, calling the song "complete crap" in his review on Billboard Breakdown where he gave it "Worst of the Week".
    • Confirmed, #6.

Songs that made his worst list but weren't predicted above:

  • "Shotta Flow" by NLE Choppa, a dishonorable mention.
  • "Money" by Cardi B, a dishonorable mention.
  • "Thotiana" by Blueface, at #8.
  • "Only Human" by the Jonas Brothers, at #7.
  • "Wake Up In The Sky" by Gucci Mane ft. Bruno Mars and Kodak Black, at #4.
  • "MIDDLE CHILD" by J. Cole, at #2.
  • "Hey Look Ma, I Made It" by Panic! At The Disco, at #1.

     2020 Year-End Predictions 
Guesses for Mark's 2020 year-end lists.


  • "Dance Monkey" by Tones And I: He's been very positive on this one, and given that it's currently in the top 10 it'll probably make the year-end list comfortably. Expect this to be very high.
  • "Blinding Lights" by The Weeknd: He gave it "Best of the Week" on Billboard Breakdown, and tweeted out that there's "no excuse" for it not to be a hit. Now that it is, it's pretty much a lock for his best list.
  • "Don't Start Now" by Dua Lipa: Dua Lipa grabbed two spots on his best list in 2018 with "New Rules" and "IDGAF," and he seems to like the follow-up. While his initial comments when it debuted on Billboard Breakdown made it seem like he didn't like it as much as he wanted to, more recent remarks suggest it's grown on him since then.
  • "Even Though I'm Leaving" by Luke Combs: If it manages to make the year-end then expect this to be very high, if not #1: it very nearly made his list of his 50 favorite songs of the 2019- overall, not just the hits.


  • "hot girl bummer" by blackbear: He gave this a scathing review on Billboard Breakdown, tearing into its obnoxious production and misogynistic lyrics, and it ended up as an all-caps WORST OF THE WEEK. It's definitely the frontrunner for his #1 right now.
  • "Intentions" by Justin Bieber ft. Quavo: He's only had negative things to say about this song since it came out, so expect a high placement for it.


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