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Bear in mind that Todd's picks on his Top 10 lists are subjective.

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    Top 10 Worst Uses of Sampling or Interpolation 
  • "Wild Thing" by Tone Loc sampling "Jamie’s Cryin’" by Van Halen
  • "Funky Cold Medina" by Tone Loc sampling "All Right Now" by Free
  • "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice sampling "Under Pressure" by Queen
  • "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer sampling "Super Freak" by Rick James
  • "Tic Tac Toe" by Kyper sampling "Owner of a Lonely Heart" by Yes
  • "Pray" by MC Hammer sampling "When Doves Cry" by Prince
  • "Wildside" by Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch sampling "Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed
  • "I Wish" by Skee-Lo sampling "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield
  • "Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve sampling "The Last Time" by The Rolling Stones: This song counts a bad use of sampling because The Verve lost all profit on their only major hit after the Stones' manager sued (and won) for songwriting credits and royalties.
  • "Come With Me" by Puff Daddy sampling "Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin
  • “Ugly” by Bubba Sparxxx sampling “Get Ur Freak On” by Missy Elliott
  • "Take It to da House" by Trick Daddy sampling "Boogie Shoes" by KC and the Sunshine Band
  • "E" by Drunkenmunkey sampling "Without Me" by Eminem
  • "I Think I'm in Love with You" by Jessica Simpson sampling "Jack and Diane" by John Mellencamp
  • "Nasty Girl" by Nitty sampling "Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies
  • "Let's Go" by Trick Daddy ft. Twista and Lil Jon sampling "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne
  • "I'm Ready" by Cherie sampling "Urgent" by Foreigner
  • "Fack" by Eminem sampling "Me So Horny" by 2 Live Crew
  • “Hung Up” by Madonna sampling “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” by ABBA
  • "Pump It" by The Black Eyed Peas sampling "Misirlou" by Dick Dale
  • "SOS" by Rihanna sampling "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell: Todd mentioned it in his review of "S&M" as a wasted sample.
    Todd: ♪Waste of song/ Whoa-oh/ Waste of song♪
  • "Push It" by Rick Ross sampling "Scarface (Push It to the Limit)" by Paul Engemann
  • "Fergalicious" by Fergie ft. will.i.am sampling "Give it All You Got" by Afro-Rican
  • "This Is Why I'm Hot" by MIMS sampling "Jesus Walks" by Kanye West, "Tell Me When to Go" by E-40 ft. Keak da Sneak, "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" by Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg and "Shook Ones Part II" by Mobb Deep
  • "Beautiful Girls" by Sean Kingston sampling "Stand by Me" by Ben E. King
  • "Me Love" by Sean Kingston sampling "D'yer Maker" by Led Zeppelin
  • "The Boss" by Rick Ross ft. T-Pain sampling "Paul Revere" by Beastie Boys
  • "Don't Stop the Music" by Rihanna sampling "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" by Michael Jackson
  • "All Summer Long" by Kid Rock sampling "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd and "Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon: He mentioned his dislike of this song in his Dexy's Midnight Runners episode of One Hit Wonderland.
  • "Undead" by Hollywood Undead sampling "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne
  • "Right Round" by Flo Rida sampling "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" by Dead or Alive: If he did this list, "Right Round" would likely make the list since Todd stated that anyone who confuses the two songs would get punched.
  • "Sugar" by Flo Rida sampling "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65
  • “Goodbye” by Kristinia DeBarge sampling “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” by Steam
  • "Pass Out" by Chris Brown ft. Eva Simons sampling "Call On Me" by Eric Prydz sampling "Valerie" by Steve Winwood
  • "Whatcha Say" by Jason Derulo sampling "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap
  • "Buzzin’" by Mann sampling "I Can’t Wait" by Nu Shooz
  • "I Like It" by Enrique Iglesias ft. Pitbull sampling "All Night Long (All Night)" by Lionel Richie
  • "Like a G6" by Far East Movement sampling "Booty Bounce" by Dev
  • "Check It Out" by will.i.am ft. Nicki Minaj sampling "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles
  • "Whip My Hair" by Willow Smith sampling "Whip It" by Devo and "Turn My Swag On" by Soulja Boy Tell 'em: Todd was more outraged by the former sample than the latter.
  • "The Time (Dirty Bit)" by The Black Eyed Peas sampling "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes: Todd said that the "The Time" parts and the "Dirty Bit" parts don't fit together (neither on a musical nor lyrical level), and pointed out that the Peas didn't even get the lyrics right.
  • "S&M" by Rihanna sampling "Master & Servant" by Depeche Mode: This one might not count since Todd finds "S&M" to be a guilty pleasure, and he hates Depeche Mode (but he may have changed his mind; see below).
  • "Don't Wanna Go Home" by Jason Derulo sampling "Show Me Love" by Robin S. and "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" by Harry Belafonte
  • "She Ain't You" by Chris Brown sampling "Right Here" by SWV & "Human Nature" by Michael Jackson
  • "Good Feeling" by Flo Rida sampling "Levels" by Avicii sampling "Something's Got A Hold On Me" by Etta James
  • "Back in Time" by Pitbull sampling "Love is Strange" by Mickey & Sylvia: He discussed thoroughly why the sample is out of place in the review of said song.
  • "Hello" by Karmin sampling "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana
  • "Live While We're Young" by One Direction sampling "Should I Stay or Should I Go" by The Clash
  • "Feel This Moment" by Pitbull ft. Christina Aguilera sampling "Take on Me" by a-ha: Todd thought the sample sounded "like complete crap". He also pointed out that it was irrelevant, and likely only included to leech off of the popularity of "Take on Me".
  • "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke ft. T.I. & Pharrell Williams sampling "Got To Give It Up" by Marvin Gaye
  • "Play Hard" by David Guetta ft. Ne-Yo & Akon sampling "Better Off Alone" by Alice Deejay
  • "Best Song Ever" by One Direction sampling "Baba O'Riley" by The Who
  • "Holy Grail" by Jay-Z ft. Justin Timberlake sampling "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana: Given the song's subject matter, the sample was used in the correct context; however, Todd complains that Jay-Z and JT took one of the most explosive and provocative songs of the 1990s and made it sound dull and boring.
  • "How I Feel" by Flo Rida sampling "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone
  • "Show Me" by Kid Ink ft. Chris Brown sampling "Show Me Love" by Robin S.
  • "The Man" by Aloe Blacc sampling "Your Song" by Elton John
  • "Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz sampling "Hermetico" by Balkan Beat Box
  • "Me & My Broken Heart" by Rixton sampling "Lonely No More" by Rob Thomas
  • "I'm Ready" by AJR sampling SpongeBob SquarePants
  • "Mama Said" by Lukas Graham sampling "It's the Hard Knock Life"
  • "Anaconda" by Nicki Minaj sampling "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot: Todd thinks the sample failed to add a new twist on "Baby Got Back", so it essentially amounted to stealing someone else's work. He also doesn't understand why Mix's voice is sampled at all — Nicki trying to impress a one-hit wonder from 22 years ago makes no sense to him.
  • "I Like It" by Lil Wayne sampling "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" by Yes
  • "Don't Tell 'Em" by Jeremih ft. YG sampling "Rhythm Is a Dancer" by Snap!
  • "Somebody" by Natalie La Rose ft. Jeremih sampling "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" by Whitney Houston
  • "Post to Be" by Omarion ft. Chris Brown and Jhené Aiko sampling "Murder She Wrote" by Chaka Demus & Pliers
  • "Worth It" by Fifth Harmony ft. Kid Ink sampling "I Got 5 On It" by Luniz
  • "About You" by Trey Songz sampling "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon
  • "Hey Everybody!" by 5 Seconds of Summer sampling "Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran
  • "Messin' Around" by Pitbull ft. Enrique Iglesias sampling "Take It on the Run" by REO Speedwagon
  • "Don't Mind" by Kent Jones sampling "Practice What You Preach" by Barry White
  • "Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)" by Zay Hilfigerrr and Zayion McCall sampling "Knuck If You Buck" by Crime Mob ft. Lil Scrappy
  • "Bad Things" by Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello sampling "Out of My Head" by Fastball
  • "Wild Thoughts" by DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller sampling "Maria Maria" by Santana ft. The Product G&B
  • "Look What You Made Me Do" by Taylor Swift sampling "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred: Todd said that the chorus sounded like a really bad Black Eyed Peas song and was very anticlimactic after all the build-up in the pre-chorus. However, while he seems to think sampling "I'm Too Sexy" was an odd choice, he said he wished it had sampled more of it because "that song's fun". With that said, Taylor was probably going for "intimidating" and not "fun", so that likely wouldn't fit the tone of the song.
  • "Rubbin Off the Paint" by YBN Nahmir sampling SpongeBob SquarePants
  • "Lucid Dreams" by Juice WRLD sampling "Shape of My Heart" by Sting
  • "Broken" by lovelytheband sampling "Kids" by MGMT and "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People
  • "ME!" by Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco sampling "One of These Things" from Sesame Street
  • "RITMO (Bad Boys for Life)" by The Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin sampling "The Rhythm of the Night" by Corona
  • "Hard to Forget" by Sam Hunt sampling "There Stands the Glass" by Webb Pierce

    Top 10 Best Uses of Sampling or Interpolation 
  • "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang sampling "Good Times" by Chic
  • "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer sampling "Super Freak" by Rick James
  • "Good Vibrations" by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch sampling "Love Sensation" by Loleatta Holloway
  • "Regulate" by Warren G ft. Nate Dogg sampling "I Keep Forgettin’" by Michael McDonald
  • "Caress Me Down" by Sublime sampling "Under Me Sleng Teng" by Wayne Smith
  • "Can I Kick IT?" by A Tribe Called Quest sampling "Walk On The Wild Side" by Lou Reed
  • "Changes" by 2Pac ft. Talent sampling "The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby and the Range
  • "Freak Like Me" by Adina Howard sampling "Sing A Simple Song" by Sly and the Family Stone and "I'd Rather Be With You" by Bootsy's Rubber Band
  • "Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down" by Puff Daddy sampling "Break My Stride" by Matthew Wilder
  • "I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans ft. 112 sampling "Every Breath You Take" by The Police
  • "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" by Pras ft. Mya and Ol' Dirty Bastard sampling "Islands in the Stream" by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
  • "Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve sampling "The Last Time" by The Rolling Stones: Although beyond the whole legal battle, Todd will probably think positively of this sample.
  • "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" by The Offspring sampling "Rock of Ages" by Def Leppard
  • "Thank You" by Dido sampling "Theme from the Planets" by Dexter Wansel
  • "Wild Wild West" by Will Smith ft. Dru Hill and Kool Moe Dee sampling "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder and "Wild Wild West" by Kool Moe Dee
  • "Butterfly" by Crazy Town sampling "Pretty Little Ditty" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • "Steal My Sunshine" by Len sampling "More, More, More" by Andrea True Connection
  • “Be Faithful” by Fatman Scoop sampling “Love Like This” by Faith Evans
  • "Stan" by Eminem sampling "Thank You" by Dido
  • “Angel” by Shaggy sampling “Angel of the Morning” by Merrilee Rush & the Turnabouts and “The Joker” by the Steve Miller Band.
  • "Bootylicious" by Destiny's Child sampling "Edge of Seventeen" by Stevie Nicks
  • "Sing for the Moment" by Eminem sampling "Dream On" by Aerosmith
  • "Crazy in Love" by Beyonce ft. Jay-Z sampling "Are You My Woman (Tell Me So)" by The Chi-Lites
  • "Gold Digger" by Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx sampling "I Got A Woman" by Ray Charles
  • "Tell Me When to Go" by E-40 ft. Keak da Sneak sampling "Dumb Girl" by Run-DMC
  • "Back Like That" by Ghostface Killah ft. Ne-Yo sampling "Song Cry" by Jay-Z
  • "Why You Wanna" by T.I. sampling "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)" by Crystal Waters
  • "Make Me Better" by Fabolous ft. Ne-Yo sampling "Al Sa'ban Aleh" by Sherine
  • "Stronger" by Kanye West sampling "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" by Daft Punk
  • "Swagga Like Us" by T.I. ft. Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne sampling "Paper Planes" by M.I.A.
  • "Live Your Life" by T.I. ft. Rihanna sampling "Dragostea Din Tei" by O-Zone
  • "Miss Independent" by Ne-Yo sampling "Forget About Me" by Lil Bit
  • "Undead" by Hollywood Undead sampling "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne
  • "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys sampling "Love on a Two Way Street" by The Moments
  • "Nothin' On You" by B.o.B ft. Bruno Mars sampling "I Gotcha" by Joe Tex
  • "Young Forever" by Jay-Z ft. Mr. Hudson sampling "Forever Young" by Alphaville
  • "Moment 4 Life" by Nicki Minaj ft. Drake sampling "Confessin' a Feeling" by Sly, Slick and Wicked
  • "The Show Goes On" by Lupe Fiasco sampling "Float On" by Modest Mouse
  • "Work Out" by J. Cole sampling "Straight Up" by Paula Abdul
  • "Niggas in Paris" by Kanye West and Jay-Z sampling "Baptizing Scene" by Reverend W.A. Donaldson and Blades of Glory
  • "Young, Wild and Free" by Wiz Khalifa ft. Snoop Dogg and Bruno Mars sampling "Sneakin' in the Back" by Tom Scott
  • "Take Care" by Drake ft. Rihanna sampling "I'll Take Care of You" by Gil Scott Heron and "It's My Party" by Lesley Gore
  • "My Life" by Slaughterhouse ft. CeeLo Green sampling "The Rhythm of the Night" by Corona
  • "I Cry" by Flo Rida sampling "Cry (Just a Little)" by the Bingo Players sampling "Piano in the Dark" by Brenda Russell
  • "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" by Kendrick Lamar ft. Jay-Z sampling "Tiden Flyver" by Boom Clap Bachelors
  • "Suit and Tie" by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z sampling "Sho Nuff" by Sly, Slick and Wicked
  • "Berzerk" by Eminem sampling "The Stroke" by Billy Squier, "Fight for Your Right" by the Beastie Boys and "Feel Me Flow" by Naughty by Nature
  • "2 On" by Tinashe ft. ScHoolboy Q sampling "We Be Burnin' (Recognize It)" by Sean Paul
  • "Hotline Bling" by Drake sampling "Why Can’t We Live Together" by Timmy Thomas
  • "Closer" by The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey sampling "Over My Head (Cable Car)" by The Fray
  • “Nice for What” by Drake sampling “Ex-Factor” by Lauryn Hill
  • "I Like It" by Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin sampling "I Like It Like That" by Pete Rodriguez
  • "A Lot" by 21 Savage featuring J. Cole sampling "I Love You" by East of Underground
  • "Doin' Time" by Sublime (and later covered by Lana Del Rey) sampling "Summertime" by George Gershwin
  • "death bed (coffee for your head)" by Powfu ft. Beabadoobee sampling "Coffee" by Beabadoobee: Todd panned the rest of the song, but thought the chorus actually recontextualized the sample in a good way.
  • "Break My Heart" by Dua Lipa sampling "Need You Tonight" by INXS

    Top 10 Dumbest Dance Moves/Crazes or Music-related Memes 
  • The Dougie
  • The Macarena
  • The Gangnam Style dance
  • The Electric Slide
  • The Harlem Shake
  • The Soulja Boy dance
  • The Single Ladies dance
  • The Stanky Legg
  • The Cotton-Eye Joe
  • Twerking
  • The Dab
  • The Whip and the Nae-Nae
  • Break Your Legs
  • The Duff
  • The Bop
  • The Chicken Dance
  • The Sprinkler
  • The Juju on That Beat Dance
  • The Mannequin Challenge
  • The Milly Rock
  • The Toosie Slide: He compared it to the Cha-Cha Slide with a bad hangover.
  • Rickrolling

    Top 10 Most Controversial Songs 
  • "Accidental Racist" by Brad Paisley ft. LL Cool J: As much as he uses the song as a Running Gag, it's bound to show up.
  • "All the Things She Said" by t.A.T.u.: At the time of the song's release in 2002, the song's video drew controversy for its lesbian undertones. Also, the duo hails from Russia, which has a strong anti-LGBT stance.
  • "Birthday Cake" by Rihanna ft. Chris Brown
  • "(Bitches) Love Me" by Lil Wayne ft. Drake and Future: Todd called the song disgusting for its misogyny in his "Worst of 2013" retrospect.
  • "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke ft. Pharrell Williams and T.I.: The controversy is more centered around the music video rather than the lyrics, although Todd did say the lyrics were #rapey.
  • "Bodies" by Drowning Pool
  • "Cop Killer" by Body Count
  • "Die Young" by Kesha
  • "Fuck Tha Police" by N.W.A.
  • "Friday" by Rebecca Black
  • "God Save The Queen" by the Sex Pistols
  • "Hey Man, Nice Shot" by Filter: Since the song came out the year after Kurt Cobain's suicide, many people believed that the song was about him; however, Richard Patrick wrote the song in 1991, 3 years before Cobain's death. The song was actually inspired by the 1987 public suicide of disgraced Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer.
  • “If U Seek Amy” by Britney Spears
  • "Jeremy" by Pearl Jam: Another song about a public suicide; however, this time, it was about a student killing himself in front of his classmates. MTV cut out the music video's climax where Jeremy commits the act, and MTV and VH1 stopped playing the video altogether after the Columbine High School massacre.
  • "Jesus Christ Pose" by Soundgarden: Listeners in the UK were so outraged by the song's supposed anti-Christian views, the band received death threats. MTV banned the song's video due to its imagery, particularly a young girl on a cross.
  • "Judas" by Lady Gaga
  • "Killing an Arab" by The Cure
  • "Kim" by Eminem
  • "Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen: The slurred vocals led to some pretty dirty Mondegreens at the time and eventually prompted the FBI to embark on a two-year investigation that went nowhere.
  • "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)" by Lil Nas X
  • "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  • “Rump Shaker” by Wreckx-N-Effect
  • "Smack My Bitch Up" by The Prodigy
  • "Something in Your Mouth" by Nickelback
  • "U.O.E.N.O" by Rocko ft. Future & Rick Ross: Rick Ross has a verse which implies that he date rapes girls.
  • "WAP" by Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion
  • "We Can't Stop" by Miley Cyrus
  • "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus
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    Top 10 Worst Uses of Nursery Rhymes in Modern Music 
  • "Bang Bang Bang" by Mark Ronson using "Alouette"
  • "Bitch Came Back" by Theory of a Deadman using "The Cat Came Back"
  • "Booty Man" by Craig David using "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe"
  • "Chain Hang Low" by Jibbs using "Does Your Hair Hang Low?"
  • "Down In It" by Nine Inch Nails using "Rain, Rain, Go Away"
  • "Eenie Meenie" by Sean Kingston & Justin Bieber using "Eenie Meenie Minie Mo"
  • “FEFE” by 6ix9ine using “Eenie Meenie Minie Mo”
  • "Sally Walker" by Iggy Azalea using "Little Sally Walker"
  • "Starships" by Nicki Minaj using "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"
  • "Start Without You" by Alexandra Burke using "Polly Wolly Doodle"
  • “Startender” by A Boogie wit Da Hoodie using “Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes”
  • "Swagger Jagger" by Cher Lloyd using "Oh My Darling, Clementine"
  • "Take It Off" by Kesha using "The Streets of Cairo"
  • "Wiggle" by Jason Derulo using "Patty Cake"

    Top 10 Worst Guest Verses/Vocals 
  • Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett in "Break Up" by Mario
  • Gudda Gudda, Jae Millz, Tyga, Nicki Minaj, and Lloyd in "BedRock" by Young Money: Lil Wayne is the leader of Young Money, and ergo, the lead artist; also, Todd gives Drake a pass for having the only good line in the song.
  • will.i.am in "OMG" by Usher
  • Tyga and Kevin McCall in "Deuces" by Chris Brown
  • Pitbull in "I Like It" by Enqire Iglesias: As Todd said in his "Worst of 2010 (which he didn't already cover)" retrospect: "[Pitbull] makes the good songs go bad, and the bad songs get worse."
  • Pitbull in "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" by Usher
  • Kanye West in "E.T." by Katy Perry
  • Wiz Khalifa in "Payphone" by Maroon 5
  • Astro in "Want U Back (UK single release)" by Cher Lloyd: In his review of the song, Todd wanted to hear the version with the guest verse, hoping it would put the jealous and catty lead in her place. But it turned out the ex-boyfriend was both as catty as her and played by a kid.
  • Chris Brown in "Birthday Cake (Remix)" by Rihanna
  • Nicki Minaj in "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys
  • Nelly in "Cruise (Remix)" by Florida Georgia Line: Todd already hated the original, and notes that the guest verse wasn't even necessary, as Todd claims that he found a version of "Cruise (Remix)" which cuts Nelly's part out, and Todd only barely notices it was missing.
  • Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J in "23" by Mike Will Made It (Miley Cyrus sings the first verse and the hook)
  • Future and Rick Ross in "U.O.E.N.O." by Rocko
  • Juicy J in "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry
  • 2 Chainz in "Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo
  • Rita Ora in "Black Widow" by Iggy Azalea
  • Kendrick Lamar in "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift
  • Kendrick Lamar in "Don't Wanna Know" by Maroon 5
  • Camila Cabello in "Bad Things" by Machine Gun Kelly
  • SZA in "What Lovers Do" by Maroon 5: Even though Todd said he liked SZA, he states that Adam Levine dragged her down in this song.
  • Taylor Swift in "I Don't Want to Live Forever" by Zayn Malik
  • Chris Brown in "Freaky Friday" by Lil Dicky
  • Everyone who contributed a line in "Earth" by Lil Dicky: Every line not sung by Lil Dicky himself is basically a cringeworthy punchline.
  • Brendon Urie in "ME!" by Taylor Swift

    Top 10 Worst Covers 
Covers by Glee and Kidz Bop should be excluded since Todd may be inclined to give them their own worst covers lists. This list should only include covers which were released as a commercial single and not album filler by the covering artist.

  • All Saints covering "Under the Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Austin Mahone covering "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)" by Modjo
  • Bananarama covering "Venus" by Shocking Blue
  • Big Mountain covering "Baby, I Love Your Way" by Peter Frampton
  • Billy Idol covering "Heroin" by Velvet Underground
  • Blue Swede covering Jonathan King covering "Hooked on a Feeling" by B. J. Thomas
  • Britney Spears covering "I Love Rock & Roll" by Joan Jett
  • Bruce Willis covering "Respect Yourself" by the Staple Singers
  • Buckcherry covering "I Love It" by Icona Pop and Charli XCX as "Say Fuck It"
  • Calum Scott covering "Dancing on my Own" by Robyn
  • Captain and Tenille covering "Shop Around" by the Miracles
  • Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink covering "Lady Marmalade" by Labelle
  • Club Nouveau covering "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers: This upbeat cover misses the somber tone of the original song, and despite the group being black, Todd would likely label this cover as "cod reggae" for the "We be jammin'" refrain.
  • Counting Crows and Vanessa Carlton covering "Big Yellow Taxi" by Joni Mitchell: While Todd is a fan of the Counting Crows, this cover totally misses the point of the original.
  • Dream Theater covering "Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden
  • Dynamite Hack covering "Boyz-n-the-Hood" by N.W.A.
  • Eric Clapton covering "I Shot the Sheriff" by Bob Marley
  • Falling in Reverse covering "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio
  • Fall Out Boy and John Mayer covering "Beat It" by Michael Jackson
    • Todd may be more forgiving on Fall Out Boy since Todd admitted that he doesn't hate them and likes a few songs of theirs; however, Todd definitely hates John Mayer.
    • He thought it was pretty bad
  • Gary Jules and Michael Andrews covering "Mad World" by Tears For Fears: Hinted in the Darkness OHW, where he said it was overrated.
  • George Harrison covering "Got My Mind Set On You" by James Ray
  • Grand Funk Railroad covering "The Loco-Motion" by Little Eva: Todd compared "Sweet Hitch-Hiker" to it, describing the song as "shitty, boogie-blues butt-rock."
  • Hinder covering "Born To be Wild" by Steppenwolf
  • Jedward and Vanilla Ice covering "Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie and "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice
  • Jerrod Niemann covering "You Don't Treat Me No Good" by Sonia Dada
  • Jesse and the Rippers covering "Forever" by the Beach Boys: Despite appearing on the Summer in Paradise album, Todd emphasized that this is not a Beach Boys song, due to John Stamos performing the lead vocals.
  • Jessica Simpson covering "Take My Breath Away" by Berlin
  • Jessica Simpson covering "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" by Nancy Sinatra
  • John Legend and Kelly Clarkson covering "Baby, It's Cold Outside" by Dean Martin: Todd thinks the original sounds pushy and bullying instead of romantic, but many people thought this attempt to remove the problematic elements was too forced — Todd compared it to making a dead frog flop around by electrocuting it.
  • Jordan Knight covering "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" by Prince
  • Kanye West covering "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen at Glastonbury 2015
  • Kylie Minogue covering "The Loco-Motion" by Little Eva
  • Limp Bizkit covering "Faith" by George Michael
  • Limp Bizkit covering "Behind Blue Eyes" by The Who
  • Madonna covering "American Pie" by Don McLean
  • MC Hammer covering "Have You Seen Her" by the Chi-Lites
  • Michael Bolton covering "When A Man Loves A Woman" by Percy Sledge
  • Michael Bolton covering "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding
  • One Direction covering "One Way or Another" by Blondie and "Teenage Kicks" by the Undertones
  • Orgy covering "Blue Monday" by New Order
  • The Osmonds covering "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" by the Righteous Brothers
  • Panic! at the Disco covering "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen
  • Pseudo Echo covering "Funkytown" by Lipps Inc.
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers covering "I Found Out" by John Lennon
  • Seether covering "Careless Whisper" by George Michael
  • Selena Gomez covering “Magic” by Pilot
  • Shinedown covering "Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Smash Mouth covering “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” by War
  • The Ataris covering "Boys of Summer" by Don Henley: Todd loves the original song, so he'd probably feel that this upbeat pop punk cover misses the somber tone of Henley's lyrics.
  • UB40 covering "The Way You Do The Things You Do" by The Temptations
  • Vanilla Ice covering "Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry
  • Weezer covering "Africa" by Toto.
  • Will to Power covering "Baby, I Love Your Way" by Peter Frampton and "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Will to Power covering "I’m Not in Love" by 10cc
  • Non-singles that might be worth (dis)honorable mentions:
    • Any cover by The Countdown Singers: This group of studio musicians keeps releasing sound-alike covers that aren't exactly known for their high quality. Unlike Glee or Kidz Bop, he probably won't have anything interesting to say about individual covers.
    • The Beach Boys covering "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" by the Shangri-Las: This was one of the bad covers on Summer in Paradise.
    • Duran Duran covering "911 Is a Joke" by Public Enemy: The Cover Album Thank You was poorly received in general, but this track has been singled out as particularly bad because it ruined the tone of the original Protest Song.
    • Train covering “Careless Whisper” by George Michael

    Top 10 Worst Kidz Bop Covers 
  • "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga: This one is infamous for removing the LGBT references, and will probably get a high position for that alone.
  • "Bring Me To Life" by Evanescence: This cover takes out any seriousness the song has with its terrible-sounding instrumental, the too-enthusiastic children singing such a dark song and the offbeat adult repeating "Wake me up!" and "Save me!".
  • "Feel Good Inc." by Gorillaz: Not even people who actually like Kidz Bop will defend this one. It's filled with poor attempts to imitate the unique sound that made Gorillaz well-loved in the first place, obvious fake laughs, and tone-deaf vocals that make it unlistenable throughout.
  • "Gangnam Style" by PSY
  • "If I Were a Boy" by Beyoncé: Not only is it unlikely that any of the kids understand that the song about a woman mad at her past relationships and stereotyping men, but Kidz Bop thought it would be a good idea to have boys singing!
  • "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO: Almost everything was taken out, with only the chorus and Lauren Bennett's verse kept in.
  • "Rude" by MAGIC!: If there's one thing kids shouldn't be singing about, it's marriage.
  • "Starships" by Nicki Minaj: If only for the "We're Kidz Bop and we're taking over!" line.
  • "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Has some of the most excessive and bizarre lyric changes in all the franchise.
  • "Wake Me Up When September Ends" by Green Day: The original song about about Billie Joe Armstrong's late father, and Todd will likely find the cover very disrespectful.
  • "Welcome To My Life" by Simple Plan: Todd already despises the original, and it doesn't help that the kids singing are waaaay too enthusiastic.
  • Other songs with adult themes (e.g. "My Immortal", "Summertime Sadness", "In the End" and "Boulevard of Broken Dreams").

    Top 10 Best Covers 
  • Alien Ant Farm covering "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson
  • The Animals covering "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" by Nina Simone
  • The Animals covering "House of the Rising Sun"
  • Annie Lennox covering "No More I Love You's" by The Lover Speaks
  • Aretha Franklin covering "Respect" by Otis Redding
  • The Beatles covering "Twist and Shout" by The Isley Brothers
  • Björk covering "It's Oh So Quiet" by Betty Hutton
  • The Black Crowes covering "Hard To Handle" by Otis Redding
  • Blondie covering "The Tide Is High" by The Paragons
  • The Carpenters covering "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" by Klaatu
  • The Clash covering "I Fought The Law" by the Bobby Fuller Four
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival covering "I Put A Spell On You" by Screaming Jay Hawkins
  • Cyndi Lauper covering "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Robert Hazard
  • Disturbed covering "Land of Confusion" by Genesis
  • Disturbed covering "The Sound of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel
  • Donna Summer covering "MacArthur Park" by Richard Harris
  • Elvis Presley covering "Burning Love" by Dennis Linde
  • Elvis Presley covering "Hound Dog" by Big Mama Thornton
  • Fugees covering "Killing Me Softly" by Lori Lieberman
  • Guns N' Roses covering "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan
  • Guns N' Roses covering "Live and Let Die" by Paul McCartney
  • Hall and Oates covering "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by The Righteous Brothers
  • Janis Joplin covering "Me and Bobby McGee" by Kris Kristofferson
  • Jeff Buckley or Rufus Wainwright covering "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen
  • Jimi Hendrix covering "All Along the Watchtower" by Bob Dylan
  • Jimi Hendrix covering "Hey Joe" by the Leaves
  • Joan Jett covering "I Love Rock and Roll" by the Arrows
  • Johnny Cash covering "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails: The cover was recorded just months before his death, giving the song a greater impact.
  • Kevin Sharp covering "Nobody Knows" by Tony Rich
  • Marilyn Manson covering "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" by the Eurythmics
  • Marilyn Manson covering "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell
  • Manfred Mann's Earth Band covering "Blinded by the Light" by Bruce Springsteen
  • Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse covering "Valerie" by The Zutons
  • Marvin Gaye covering "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by The Miracles
  • Metallica covering "Turn the Page" by Bob Seger
  • Metallica covering "Whiskey in the Jar" by Thin Lizzy
  • Motley Crue covering "Smokin' in the Boys Room" by Brownsville Station
  • Natalie Imbruglia covering "Torn" by Ednaswap
  • Nirvana covering "The Man Who Sold the World" by David Bowie: While David Bowie liked Nirvana's rendition and regretted not even being able to talk to Kurt Cobain before he died, it irked Bowie when younger people attributed the song to Nirvana when he was the original writer/performer.
  • Quiet Riot covering "Cum on Feel the Noize" by Slade
  • Rage Against The Machine covering "How I Could Just Kill a Man" by Cypress Hill
  • Rage Against The Machine covering "The Ghost of Tom Joad" by Bruce Springsteen
  • Ram Jam covering "Black Betty" by Leadbelly
  • Ray Charles covering "Georgia on My Mind" by Hoagy Carmichael and His Orchestra: Charles' rendition was adopted as Georgia's official state song in 1979.
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers covering "Higher Ground" by Stevie Wonder
  • Santana covering "Black Magic Woman" by Fleetwood Mac
  • Seal covering "Fly Like an Eagle" by The Steve Miller Band
  • Sinead O'Connor covering "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Prince
  • Smashing Pumpkins covering "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac
  • Soft Cell covering "Tainted Love" by Gloria Jones
  • Tina and Ike Turner covering "Proud Mary" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Whitney Houston covering "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton
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    Top 10 Most Controversial Artists and Bands 

    Top 10 No Hit Wonders 
Artists and bands who are well known, influential, and popular, yet do not have a Top 40 hit on the Hot 100.

  • 311: The band has several hits on the alternative charts, have 9 albums in the Top 15 of the Billboard 200 and celebrate their own holiday: 311 Day, an extended concert held on March 11 of every even numbered year since 2000.
    • Possibly jossed, as in his OHW review of "Butterfly", Todd stated that he hates 311.
  • Against Me!
  • Alice in Chains: Despite almost no hits on the Hot 100, Alice in Chains have the distinction of having the first EP, Jar of Flies, to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200.
  • Björk
  • Bob Marley: "Roots Rock Reggae" did hit #51 however.
  • Cage the Elephant: Despite having nine #1 alternative hits, they have never had that one big crossover hit.note  Although they remain popular with a devoted fanbase.
  • Garth Brooks: Discounting the one hit as Chris Gaines, none of Garth Brooks' country hits were ever released to pop radio.
  • Oingo Boingo: "Weird Science" was the closest to the Top 40 the band had reached at #45. Like Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh, Oingo Boingo frontman man Danny Elfman is very well known as a composer.
  • Phish: Like the Grateful Dead, Phish are very well known for their live performances, have a devoted following (especially among tape traders), and don't perform the same show twice. Phish inherited the role as the jam band to follow after Jerry Garcia's death.
  • Primus
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Slipknot: Corey Taylor's lesser-known band, Stone Sour, briefly cracked the top 40 with "Through Glass".
  • Sublime
  • Swans
  • The Offspring: "Come Out and Play" cracked the top 40 on the airplay charts, however.
  • The Ramones
  • tool
  • Townes Van Zandt: One of the most influential songwriters in folk music to never have seen chart success in his lifetime.
  • Velvet Underground: Frontman Lou Reed hit top 40 with "Walk on the Wild Side," but his group did not had the same luck.
  • Yellow Magic Orchestra

    Top 10 Worst Musicals, music-centric or dance-centric films, or films staring musicians (not including nonfictional documentaries or concert films) 
Any film staring Madonna is should be excluded from this list since Todd covered her entire filmography in the Cinemadonna mini-series.
     Top 10 Best Musicals or Music-centric films 

    Top 10 Worst Rockumentaries (not including mockumentaries) and Concert Films 
  • Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds
  • Jonas Brothers 3D Concert Experience
  • Justin Bieber: Believe: If only because of Bieber.
  • Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
  • Katy Perry: Part of Me
  • One Direction: This Is Us
  • Rattle and Hum: Todd already discussed the five biggest flaws with the film.

    Top 10 Best Rockumentaries and Concert Films 

    Todd's Top 10 Most Hated Bands and Artists of All Time 
Todd has to explicitly say somewhere (e.g., his videos, Twitter, Patreon, Song vs. Song Podcast, FAQ) he hates the artist/band in question.
  • 311: Todd mentions on Twitter and his OHW review of "Butterfly" that he hates the band.
  • 4 Non-Blondes: They are responsible for Todd's most hated song of the 90's, and if Todd ever does an OHW episode about "What's Up", his opinion on their other work is likely to be negative.
  • 50 Cent: During his OHW review of "Laffy Taffy", he compared the song's Jolly Rancher line unfavorably to a line from 50 Cent's Candy Shop - an action he preceded by saying "I can't believe I'm saying this because I don't like 50 Cent at all..."
  • 6ix9ine: In the Worst Hit Songs of 2018, Todd gives him a (dis)honorable mention "just for being a shitty human being".
  • ABBA: He thinks they're terrible, despite their positive reputation these days.
  • Bryan Adams: In addition to hating most of his work (aside from "Summer of 69"), Todd mainly despises him for his Take That, Critics! behavior towards Allmusic.
  • Iggy Azalea: Being a white, female Australian expatriate co-opting black, Dirty South culture doesn't help her case. Todd later tweeted and mentioned on his Worst of 2018 list that while he doesn't think she's a bad rapper, she's not good enough that it's worth putting up with her.
  • Justin Bieber: Todd hated Bieber for his immaturity when he first got big as a teenager, and Todd especially hates Bieber for his douchebag attitude as an adult. This tweet virtually guarantees Justin Bieber would make one of the high positions.
  • The Black Eyed Peas: Todd was once a BEP apologist (mostly defending their pre-Fergie songs, but also a few of the Fergie-era ones), but he has soured on them and gone back on his statement that he liked some of their songs. In the "The Time (Dirty Bit)" review, he said that while he thinks their early work is better, it's not that different from the rest, and it ended up kind of looking like a pose. In the "Look What You Made Me Do" review, he said that their music ranges from middling to really bad, and called will.i.am's sound annoying, vapid and musically incoherent. Even back when he defended the Fergie-era lineup, he thought they were stupid.
  • Chris Brown: Had Todd made this list early in his career, Chris Brown would most likely have topped it. However, Todd admitted in the "Worst of 2014" that he doesn't have the passion to hate Chris Brown like he did in earlier videos, but Todd still finds him reprehensible nonetheless.
  • Luke Bryan: The poster boy for bro-country, along with Florida Georgia Line.
  • Bucks Fizz: In the Song vs. Song podcast, he said they're an awful band that sounded like ABBA if they had continued into the '80s and gotten far worse (which says a lot, considering he already dislikes ABBA).
  • The Calling: "There is one real noteworthy thing about them. Something that makes them very compelling to me, and I hope for you too. And that thing is that I fucking hate them."
  • Camila Cabello: Todd thinks she's a pretty bad artist who doesn't have a great voice, and lacks both charisma and a personality.
  • Lewis Capaldi: Todd hates "Someone You Loved" and thinks Capaldi is terrible at both singing and songwriting, calling him one of the most talentless artists of the 2010s.
  • Captain and Tennille
  • Peter Cetera: Todd hates Cetera for turning Chicago from a decent, energetic jazz-rock band into a terrible, schmaltzy soft rock band.
  • Chicago: Todd actually doesn't mind their earlier work (ex. "25 or 6 to 4"); however, it's their output since 1976's Chicago X as well as frontman Peter Cetera that Todd hates vehemently. Todd originally called them the "Nickelback of the 80s"; however, as of the "Girls Like You" review, he now calls them the "Maroon 5 of the 80s". If Todd ever makes this list, expect them to show up in one of the high spots.
    Todd: Have I mentioned that I hate Chicago? Have I mentioned that I hate, hate, hate, hate Chicago? 'Cause I haaaaaate Chicago!
  • Luke Combs: Todd stated he has not heard a single Luke Combs song he liked. He also commented in his Worst of 2020 list that if someone ike Sam Hunt sang his songs, more people would be thrashing it.
  • Daya: He calls her the least talented among the Lorde wannabes.
  • Depeche Mode: Todd finds them intolerably tedious and can't stand Dave Gahan's voice. However, in the Safety Dance episode of OHW, he mentions them when listing off the "really good" synth-pop acts from Britain, so he might've softened on them just a bit.
  • Jason Derulo: Todd said in his review of "Talk Dirty" that Derulo is the only man who can make Chris Brown "look charming and charismatic".
  • Fifth Harmony: "What if the Pussycat Dolls had even less charisma or talent?" In particular, Todd dislikes the group's Breakup Breakout star Camila Cabello.
  • Flo Rida: He sees him as one with no personality and nothing to really discuss with him.
  • Florida Georgia Line: Along with Luke Bryan, this duo is one of the poster boys for bro-country.
  • G-Eazy: Todd calls him uninteresting, especially since earlier white rappers had to earn their notability/notoriety. Todd also calls him out for having a painfully generic rap name.
  • The cast of Glee
  • Selena Gomez: Among the former child actresses-turned pop princesses, Todd doesn't get Selena's appeal at all.
  • David Guetta
  • Hinder: Todd went as far as calling the band worse than Nickelback in his FAQ, and he has said that "Lips of an Angel" was one of his least favourite songs of all time.
  • Enrique Iglesias: Todd has called him a singer who adds nothing to a song. In the "We Are the World 25 for Haiti" review, he said that he was sick of his Latin Lover shtick. However, he hated his attempt to sound more aggressive in "Tonight...".
  • Jack Johnson: One of the first artists Todd mentioned explicitly that he hated on the show. If John Mayer is the poster boy for the "White Guy with an Acoustic Guitar" genre, then Jack Johnson is a close second.
  • Jeremih: Todd called him the "poor man's Jason Derulo" on Twitter, and he already dislikes Derulo. His best chance of avoiding the list is probably his lack of relevance.
  • Jet: Todd stated that he hated the group in his review of "Tonight, Tonight", and reaffirmed his hatred of the band in his One Hit Wonderland review of The Darkness.
  • The Jonas Brothers: By the end of 2019, he had decided he hates their post-comeback material, putting "Only Human" at #10 on his Worst list and even saying he despises "Sucker". However, he doesn't think their Disney-era music was horrible and understands why they have an enduring fanbase.
  • Kenny G: Todd ended his "Worst of 1987" retrospect with Angrish while discussing "Songbird", his #1 worst song of that year.
  • Kidz Bop: Todd calls them "one of the most hilariously wrong things [he'd] ever encountered in music." However, it's unlikely Todd would attack any current or former member of the group, and would reserve his ire towards their handlers.
  • Lil Dicky: Todd basically called him an unfunny version of Andy Samberg. He thrashed both "Freaky Friday" and "Earth", and wasn't particularly impressed by Dicky's earlier material (though he did note that "there was some sign early in Dicky's career that he was going to be an actual rapper who happened to be funny"). To make matters worse, Todd suspects that a lot of Dicky's success comes from AstroTurf. If it weren't for DJ Mustard's contributions to "Freaky Friday" making the music itself enjoyable, Dicky would've held the dubious distinction of being the only artist to top two consecutive Worst lists. In the Worst of 2019 video, Todd declared "Earth" the worst hit song of the year and said Lil Dicky was the first time he had a nemesis in years.
  • Lil Pump: He hated "Gucci Gang", putting it #5 on his Worst list for 2017. "I Love It" suffered the same fate in 2018, although Todd primarily hated that song for Kanye.
  • Lil Wayne: Todd pretty much hates everyone on the Young Money label except for Drake and Nicki Minaj; however, Todd states that even they are squandering their talent by staying with Lil Wayne. Also, Lil Wayne's frequent collaborations with Chris Brown doesn't help his case.
  • Limp Bizkit
  • Lloyd: Todd compared his voice to Marilyn Monroe and tore apart both "Southside" (#5 on his Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2004 list), as well as his guest spot on "BedRock" (roughly his #3 Worst Hit Song of 2010).
  • LMFAO: Not only does Todd find their party songs skin-crawlingly repulsive, he hates the fact that the only reason they ever got famous was due to nepotism, with both members of the duo being descendants of Motown founder Berry Gordy. While their career wasn't that long and they're pretty much forgotten as of 2021, the combination of annoying party songs and nepotism may be enough to get them a low spot on the list. However, it's also possible Todd is now nostalgic about "Party Rock Anthem" as he initially predicted, especially since pop music has become so downbeat and depressing in recent times, in contrast to the mindless fun LMFAO brought to the genre.
  • Mike Love: Todd was really annoyed by Love during the Summer in Paradise Trainwreckords to the point that he already considered him to be an "enemy of this show" in the "Toosie Slide" review.
  • Lukas Graham: Todd has only reviewed one song of theirs, but it's safe to say that they made a terrible impression. He hated "7 Years" to the point of naming it the #1 worst hit of 2016, and thinks their frontman comes across as an egomaniac.
  • Mario: Todd summed up his music as "ranging from the forgettably terrible to the terribly forgettable". It doesn't help that he's responsible for "Break Up", which Todd hated and named the #2 worst hit of 2009. However, he has a good chance of missing the list because he hasn't really done anything noteworthy in years and wasn't bad in a memorable way.
  • Maroon 5: More specifically, Todd has frontman Adam Levine on the shit list. Todd singles out "Moves Like Jagger" as the moment their musical quality started to decline. In the "Girls Like You" review, Todd straight up compares Maroon 5 to his other most hated rock band of all time, Chicago. If Todd ever makes this list, Maroon 5 will probably make a high position, possibly even #1 given how the group is a near-perennial fixture on Todd's Worst lists.
  • Ava Max: Todd was unimpressed by "Sweet but Psycho" and thought "Kings & Queens" was terrible. However, as it remains to be seen whether she'll be more than a Two-Hit Wonder, and she at least has an identity, she most likely wouldn't be more than a dishonorable mention.
  • John Mayer: If Todd does this list, John Mayer would very likely make the list since he is Todd's poster boy for all WGWAGs.
  • Gerardo Mejía
  • Natalie Merchant: Hinted in the "Hey Soul Sister" episode, where Todd said adult alternative was the only place that hadn't yet realized that she "was a terrible, terrible mistake".
  • Mindless Self Indulgence: On his FAQs, he said that they were awful and that he doesn't see their appeal whatsoever.
  • Jason Mraz
  • Olivia Newton-John
  • Nickelback: Todd thoroughly outlines why he thinks Nickelback sucks and deserve all the hate they get on his FAQs. Expect to see them in a high position if Todd ever makes this list.
  • *NSYNC: Todd even states that he prefers their contemporaries, the Backstreet Boys. However, Todd does have mixed feelings about Justin Timberlake's solo career.
  • Rachel Platten: His "Worst New Artist" of 2015.
  • Powfu: "Powfu may be the worst fucking rapper in history."
  • The Pussycat Dolls
  • Rick Ross: Todd indicated that he dislikes Rick Ross in the "Party Rock Anthem" review.
  • Saving Abel: He also called them "worse than Nickelback" in his FAQs.
  • Shinedown
  • The Shins: On his FAQs, Todd stated that the band represented everything he hated about Indie Rock and named their well known song "New Slang" as one of his least favorite songs of the 2000s.
  • Simple Plan: This band serves as Todd's benchmark for bad pop punk bands specifically and bad bands in general. In fact, as mentioned in the "Worst of 2004" retrospect, "Welcome to My Life" led to the creation of Todd in the Shadows, with Todd bitching about the song on his LiveJournal in 2004. This tweet from late 2019 reaffirms Todd's hate for the band ("when I say there's no equivalent to Simple Plan, I mean that there's no one who sucked as much"). This all but assures Simple Plan's inclusion on the list, should Todd make it.
  • Soulja Boy: Todd's benchmark for bad rappers.
  • Staind: He stated that "Staind don't get enough shit. What an awful band" on Twitter and mentioned his disdain for them in a number of episodes. While he mostly doesn't mind frontman Aaron Lewis's career in Country Music, he hated "Am I the Only One" due to its racist defense of Confederate statues, feeling the song fell flat due to its whininess and insincerity.
  • Cat Stevens: Todd mentioned in the Mr. Big OHW review that he can't stand Cat Stevens' work.
  • Styx: He calls them "pretentious Journey", and considers them to be the lamest band in history.
  • Toto: He said in his Song vs. Song podcast that their entire IV album was terrible except for "Africa", compared them to Chicago, and thought they came across as just a bunch of session musicians, as they had been prior to forming as a band.
  • Train: More specifically, Todd hates frontman Pat Monahan and his inability to write any decent lyrics.
  • Meghan Trainor: He compares her to early Justin Bieber as being too young, too cocky and not having enough charisma to back it up. He also called her the "poor man's Fergie" (who herself, to Todd, was already the poor man's Missy Elliott), especially with her second album. On the other hand, Todd did give her somewhat of a pass because she at least has a vision, and most of her music is upbeat.
  • Tyga: Even without his association with Lil Wayne and Young Money, Todd finds him to be a terrible rapper.
  • UB40
  • will.i.am: In his solo work; will.i.am seems to be content with recycling the same awful beat from "Dirty Bit" over and over again.
  • X Ambassadors: In his dishonorable mentions for 2016, Todd outright states he hates the band, calling them "badly functioning Mumford & Sons animatronics". He later reaffirms his hatred of the band in the "Thunder"/"Feel It Still" review.

Artists and bands who would've likely made the list in the past that Todd really doesn't dislike as much anymore

  • Miley Cyrus: While he's not a fan of her, he doesn't seem to hate her that much either — she's only made one Worst list (with "The Climb" at #10 in 2009). In the 2015 list, he said that at least she has a vision, unlike Selena Gomez. And in the 2018 list, he said that at she at least has a powerful voice while comparing her to Camila Cabello. Overall, Selena and Camila seem more likely to make the list.
  • Future: Initially, Todd didn't get why Future was a thing and "the most influential man in music" after hearing Future ripoffs. However, he isn't likely to make the list anymore as Todd finally understands his appeal and put "Life is Good" as an honourable mention on his best list for 2020.
  • Calvin Harris: Todd blames Calvin Harris' production of Rihanna's "We Found Love" for the rise of EDM in mainstream music. However, Todd stated that Calvin was starting to get on his good side with the inclusion of "Slide" featuring Frank Ocean and Migos in the "Best of 2017".
  • Lil Baby: Todd initially called him one of the worst rappers alive, but he might be unlikely to make the list since Todd hinted in the "Astronaut in the Ocean" review that he no longer hates him.
  • Pitbull: As of his Best Hits of 2015 video, he does seem to have warmed up to him some.

    Todd's Top 10 Most Hated Songwriters, Producers, and Record Executives 
This list covers specifically those who write and produce songs for other artists and not necessarily those who write and produce their own material.
  • Bangladesh: AKA, the guy who produced "Break Up" and "Diva" — Todd's #2 and #1 worst hits of 2009.
  • Dave Bassett: The guy who wrote "Second Chance" and "Fight Song". He also wrote "Ex's and Oh's", which might soften Todd's opinion on him.
  • Scooter Braun: He was partly responsible for Justin Bieber's ascension to mainstream consciousness.
  • Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam: These two are the corporate hacks at Razor and Tie responsible for creating Kidz Bop.
  • Cirkut: A "guilty by association" example, he frequently collaborates with Dr. Luke and Max Martin.
  • DJ Mustard: Todd tweeted "You guys might not know [who] DJ Mustard is, but trust me: You hate him". Todd later said on Twitter that he at least understands what he's trying to do, but that it's not really for him. However, Todd seems to have gradually warmed up to him, having put "IDFWU" on his Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 2015 list and stating DJ Mustard was the sole reason "Freaky Friday" did not top his Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 2018 list.
  • Dr. Luke: If Todd doesn't hate him for his music, then he'll almost certainly hate him for his alleged sexual abuse towards Kesha.
  • Simon Fuller: While Fuller has an impressive portfolio of artists he's worked with and created the Idol franchise, Todd criticized his production style in the S Club 7 OHW review, especially when compared to Max Martin.
  • Teddy Geiger
  • David Guetta
  • Calvin Harris: Todd used to hate Harris' early work but has since started to lighten up on him.
  • Marshmello: In the Worst of 2019 list (which "One Thing Right" with Kane Brown was #7), Todd called him the worst of the big name producers, claiming he ruins everything he touches with his featureless production that all sounds the same, regardless of who he works with.
  • Max Martin: The songwriter/producer who has arguably perfected the "art" of the Sell-Out, Max Martin is responsible for several Pop Song Chord songs making the Top 10 since the mid-1990s. At the same time, however, he has produced several songs Todd likes, including some Katy Perry hits, and four of his songsnote  made his best list for 2015. Additionally, Todd made quite a few favorable comments about his production style while discussing the comparatively "edgeless" S Club 7. It may be safer to say that Todd has mixed feelings about Max Martin.
  • Mike Will Made It: "I mean, that's not a calling card at the beginning of his songs, that's a warning label."
  • Lou Pearlman: His 2016 death will not likely spare him any ire for his shady business practices, which landed him in federal prison.
  • Bernie Rhodes: His meddling made Cut the Crap sound much worse than it had to. In the Trainwreckords episode, Todd made it clear that he is not willing to give Rhodes a pass just because he was important to The Clash's previous success.
  • J.R. Rotem: Specifically, Todd hates his misuse and abuse of sampling.
  • Rick Rubin: Probably unlikely since he has lent his hand on a slew of classic albums with artists as diverse as LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, System of a Down and Johnny Cash. However, Todd can still talk about how Rubin is often associated with the Loudness War.
  • Shellback: He frequently collaborates with Max Martin.
  • Scott Storch: Todd blames him for every bad dance song which was released in the early and mid 2000s, claiming that he uses the same template: "some vaguely world music-sounding Indian riff or something, add hip hop beat, done".
  • Ryan Tedder: Todd's opinion of Tedder and OneRepublic might have softened at the expense of Imagine Dragons; however, that doesn't mean Tedder still didn't write and produce songs which Todd dislikes.
  • will.i.am: Not content with keeping his awful beat(s) to himself, he sometimes lend his composition "skills" to other artists.

    Top 10 Worst Lines Covered on the Show 
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  • "1-800-273-8255" by Logic ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid: "Who can relate? Woo!"
  • "7 Years" by Lukas Graham: Various lines, but the part of the song that infuriates Todd the most is the narcissistic shout of "Lukas Graham!!!" in the middle of the song.
  • "Back in Time" by Pitbull: "Don't you know that I don't give a NUMBER TWOOOOOOO?!" (or various others)
  • "Bedrock" by Young Money ft Lloyd: A few different ones, mainly "GROCERY BAG"
    • "And I got her...grocery bag" confirmed.
  • "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke ft. Pharrell Williams and T.I.: Various lines
    • "What rhymes with hug me" confirmed.
  • "Dear Future Husband" by Meghan Trainor: Various lines, but most notably "We'll never see your family more than mine" stands out.
  • "Deuces" by Chris Brown ft Tyga & Kevin McCall: Various lines but mainly "Like Tina did Ike in the limo, it finally hit me."
  • "Drive By" by Train: "Just a shy guy looking for a two-ply / Hefty bag to hold my-y-y-y-y love..." or "They don't like it, sue me / Mmmm the way you do me"
  • "Earth" by Lil Dicky: "We forgive you, Germany!"
  • "Eenie Meenie" by Sean Kingston and Justin Bieber: "Shawty is a eenie meenie miney mo lover"
  • "Freaky Friday" by Lil Dicky ft. Chris Brown: Various lines, with particular note to the end of the song with Kendall Jenner (much more so than the Ed Sheeran or DJ Khaled cameos), as well as Dicky (as Chris Brown) rapping, "ain't nobody judging 'cause I'm black, or my controversial past."
  • "From a Distance" by Bette Midler: Various lines. Todd found its "God lets terrible things happen because He is watching from a distance and can't see them" message horrifying because it just made it sound like God is completely apathetic about us.
  • "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer: "Me not working hard? Yeah right... Picture that with a Kodak / Or better yet, go to Times Square, take a picture of me with a Kodak"
  • "Hey Soul Sister" by Train: Various lines, but most notably the bridge stands out ("The way you can cut a rug/Watching you is the only drug I need/So gangsta, I'm so thug").
  • "I Can Transform Ya" by Chris Brown & Lil Wayne: Several, but especially "I transform smaller & she puts me in her pants"
  • "Imma Be" by The Black Eyed Peas: Either the endless repetitions of "Imma be" (which is easy to mishear as "I'm a bee"), or "I'mma be ya bank, I'll be loaning out semen".
  • "Jar of Hearts" by Christina Perri: The cheesy "You're gonna catch a cold/From the ice inside your soul" or "And who do you think you are?/Runnin' 'round leaving scars/Collecting your jar of hearts/And tearing love apart".
  • "Jealous" by Nick Jonas: "It's my right to be hellish / I still get jealous"
  • "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars: Various lines. The most likely candidate seems to be "I might mess around and get my college degree". Todd might also choose the awkward bragging about sex ("Meet a really nice girl, have some really nice sex/And she's gonna scream out: 'This is Great'") or "Turn the TV on, throw my hand in my pants", as he thinks Bruno shoehorned in the mentions of his genitals in a (failed) attempt to make the song sound less childish.
  • "Little Things" by One Direction: Various lines
  • "Loyal" by Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga: "Just got rich/ Took a broke nigga's bitch"
  • "Marvin Gaye" by Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor: "Let's Marvin Gaye and get it on"
    • Confirmed.
  • "My First Kiss" by 3OH!3 ft. Ke$ha: "My first kiss went a little like this [kiss] And twist. [kiss kiss] And twist." Todd found the kissing noises gross, and thinks the artists bragging about their first kiss makes it sound like they're in middle school.
  • "Never Be the Same" by Camila Cabello: The pre-chorus, with Todd singling out the way Camila says heroin as "hero-ween" to try and force a rhyme as the worst two seconds of pop music in 2018...before he subsequently changed it to "Freaky Friday"'s "controversial past" line.
  • "Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus: "I'm noddin' my head yeah/ I'm movin' my hips like yeah"
  • "Scars to Your Beautiful" by Alessia Cara: No lines in particular stand out; however, Todd does call the song out on its (mis)use of the "Millennial Whoop".
  • "Sexy Bitch" by David Guetta ft. Akon: "Damn, you's a sexy bitch, a sexy bitch / Damn, you's a sexy bitch, damn, girl!"
  • "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift: Various lines. He even said he could make a list of the worst moments from the song on its own; in particular, Todd singles out "This... Sick... Beat", the cheerleader chant, and a forced giggle early in the song, with the last one being the worst.
    • The bridge is jossed. Todd felt that he'd have to include the whole thing if he included any of it, and he wanted to keep it punchy.
  • "She Looks So Perfect" by 5 Seconds of Summer: "You look so perfect standing there / In my American Apparel underwear"
    • Confirmed.
  • "Slow Hands" by Niall Horan: "Slow hands like sweat dripping down our dirty laundry". These lines got the song a dishonorable mention on his Worst of 2017 list.
  • "Sorry" by Justin Bieber: "You gotta go and get angry at all of my honesty" / "But you know that there is no innocent one in this game for two"
  • "Talk Dirty" by Jason DeRulo: (in bad Asian accent) "What?! I don't understand"
  • "The Time (Dirty Bit)" by The Black Eyed Peas: Various lines, particularly will.i.am for getting the chorus of "Time of My Life" wrong.
  • "Tonight (I'm Fucking You)" by Enrique Iglesias featuring Ludacris: "Please excuse me, I don't mean to be rude / But tonight I'm fuckin' you"
  • "Tonight, Tonight" by Hot Chell Rae: "Even the white kids"
  • "Treat You Better" by Shawn Mendes: Pretty much the entire song, but in particular "Better than he can!" (if only because of the enunciation of the line).
  • "Trumpets" by Jason DeRulo: "Is it weird that your ass remind me of a Kanye West song?"
  • "Whistle" by Flo Rida: Various lines
  • “Why” by Jadakiss: “Why did Kobe have to hit that raw? Why'd he kiss that whore?”. This line disgusted Todd, as “that whore” refers to Kobe’s alleged rape victim.
  • "Wiggle" by Jason DeRulo ft. Snoop Dogg: He said he could make a Top 20 out of that, so at least one would be bound for a list like this. He singled out "You know what to do with that big, fat butt", "Go ahead and go ham sammich" and "Schwing" when he talked about that. "Just a little bittle" could also qualify for neither rhyming nor being a word.

    Top 10 Artists and Bands who frustrate and/or disappoint Todd 
Either artists and bands which Todd likes but have done things to squander their talent or otherwise make Todd uncomfortable in liking them OR artists and bands which Todd hates but keep making songs which Todd likes.
  • Beyoncé: He really didn't like Beyonce at first, putting three songs of hers on his Worst of 2009 list. He has warmed up to her this decade though, even putting "Sorry" on the best list; however, he is still hesitant of her messianic cult.
  • Big Sean: Todd admits that he likes Big Sean more than he should, calling him a boring rapper, but one who can be funny on purpose.
  • Cardi B: Similar to Nicki Minaj, Todd likes Cardi B, but states that she is wasting her potential.
  • The Chainsmokers: "#SELFIE" was Todd's second most hated song of 2014, and like many people, he was ready to write The Chainsmokers off as one hit wonders, but when the duo had a big year in 2016, Todd expected them to be a perennial contender for the worst list for years to come. However, "Closer" was Todd's most favorite song of 2016, and "Paris" took the penultimate spot on the "Best of 2017" list. Todd also gave "Something Just like This" with Coldplay a positive review.
  • Charli XCX: Todd generally likes Charli XCX as a singer, but she wrote some songs that Todd hated.
  • Coldplay: Todd hated their early 2000s work (e.g., "Yellow", "Clocks", "Speed of Sound"), but he has since warmed up to their 2010s work (e.g., "Vida la Vida", "A Sky Full of Stars", "Adventure of a Lifetime", "Something Just Like This").
  • DaBaby: While Todd likes DaBaby's output, he is a similar case to Cee Lo Green, Sia and Morgan Wallen in that his comments at Rolling Loud in July 2021 that aren't likely going to sit well with Todd.
  • Drake: Todd outright stated that Drake was wasting his talent in the "Worst of 2013" video, and Todd's patience with Drake seems to be waning.
  • Eminem: While Todd likes Eminem's pre-Encore output, Todd's feelings about his more recent output has been mixed at best to apathetic at worst.
  • Fall Out Boy: Todd likes Fall Out Boy; however, whenever he makes a negative review of a Fall Out Boy song, Todd gets a lot of flak, particularly when he added "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)" on the "Worst of 2013" list.
  • Ariana Grande: As Todd tweeted: "[she has] pipes like Mariah Carey, [and] diction like Elmer Fudd".
  • Cee Lo Green: Despite "Fuck You!" topping the Best of 2011 list (which Todd eventually retracted on), it's unlikely his rape comments will sit well with Todd.
  • Lauryn Hill: He described her acclaimed debut as "fierce, thoughtful, inspiring", and said she was a great performer when she had a good night. However, she has a bad habit of showing up late to concerts, and Todd was baffled that despite this, she didn't postpone her MTV Unplugged 2.0 performance after blowing her voice out in a rehearsal the night before. He called the recording of this concert one of the worst albums ever made — the songs are unfinished and sound the same, she sang and played badly, and the songs are intercut with disjointed rambling about her performance being "real" because "reality is good", which Todd felt was merely a pretentious excuse for her poor performance. Then she never released another album. If Todd puts Lauryn on the list, he'll probably be sympathetic towards her because many of her behaviours can be attributed to her emotional issues, and he criticized her record company for releasing the Unplugged 2.0 album to squeeze more money out of her. However, he also admitted that he felt insulted by her personally when he listened to the album.
  • Imagine Dragons: Todd loved them upon the release of "It's Time" back in 2012, but almost everything they put out since then has brutally underwhelmed him. At the end of 2019, he stated he really wants to like them despite being one of their vocal critics.
  • R. Kelly: Todd said he likes R. Kelly's voice but finds him to be a disgusting human being for being a pedophile.
  • Kesha: Todd seems to have a love/hate relationship with Kesha.
  • Lady Gaga: Todd admits that she is a very talented singer, songwriter, and performer; however, Todd dislikes her more pretentious and eccentric aspects.
  • Kendrick Lamar: Todd likes Kendrick's solo work, but his guest appearances with Robin Thicke, Taylor Swift, Sia and Maroon 5 reek of Sell-Out; however, he later admits that Kendrick seems uncomfortable with being a guest rapper on pop tracks.
  • Dua Lipa: Todd states in the "Without Me" review that he likes Dua Lipa but notes that she lacks anything to really make her stand out.
  • Bruno Mars: Todd admits that Bruno Mars is a talented singer/songwriter and is good at emulating other artists; however, Todd hates Bruno's more melodramatic and wangsty material.
  • Nicki Minaj: Todd likes her more aggressive rap singles but hates her softer pop singles and later stated that she's wasting her talent by staying with Young Money.
  • One Direction: Todd hated their songwriters for pandering to their teeny-bopper fanbase more than the band's members themselves, and soften up on them with the "Best Song Ever" review. However, Todd dislikes Zayn's solo work.
  • Panic! at the Disco: Todd liked their earlier work, but he states that frontman Brendon Urie is seemingly undergoing "Adam Levine-ization", with their comeback single "High Hopes" making Todd's dishonorable mentions for 2018, and Todd thoroughly trashes his guest vocals in Taylor Swift's "ME!". However, in the Best of 2019 retrospect, Todd drops the comparison to Adam Levine and Maroon 5 in favor of comparing Urie to Rivers Cuomo and Weezer.
  • Katy Perry: Todd pretty much hated Katy Perry since her 2008 breakthrough single "I Kissed a Girl", yet several songs of hers ended up on Todd's best lists, most infamously "California Gurls" in 2010 at #2. Todd tried to embrace her tastelessness wholeheartedly after 2011; however, her output since her divorce from Russell Brand, particularly from Prism, reaffirmed everything he hated about Katy Perry, stating that most of her output since then was either too tasteless (e.g. "Dark Horse", "This Is How We Do", "Bon Appétit", "Swish Swish") or not tasteless enough (e.g. "Wide Awake", "Roar", "Unconditionally", "Rise"). However, Todd later admitted that Katy Perry is best enjoyed sparingly.
  • Rihanna: Similar to Kesha, Todd mainly seems to have a love-hate relationship with her. Despite admitting that he mostly liked her music in a 2011 FAQ (which he rescinded in his "S&M" review), he mainly grew to dislike her over the next year for her Call of Duty-esque release schedule for new albums, seemingly favoring quantity over quality, acknowledging that her managers have been afraid of her being forgotten, refusing to let her take a break. Despite this, Todd might have grown a fonder tolerance of her, as she only released one album since those comments, and was the main reason why "FourFiveSeconds" made his 2015 Best list.
  • Ed Sheeran: Todd has a higher tolerance of Ed Sheeran than he does for most WGWAGs; however, Todd seemed uncomfortable about adding 2 Ed Sheeran songs to his "Best of 2014" list. "Shape Of You", on the other hand, shows that Todd doesn't like the idea of Ed being a man about sex.
  • Sia: Todd has mixed feelings over Sia's music, and she somehow tends to be even more eccentric than Lady Gaga; while Lady Gaga relishes the limelight, Sia actively shuns it. Similar to Cee Lo Green however, her comments regarding autism in the aftermath of Music aren't likely going to sit well with Todd.
  • Taylor Swift: Todd claims that he's had more than enough Taylor Swift in his life for a long, long time; however, Todd admits that most of the hate against her is overblown. Her transition from country-pop to straight up pop doesn't help Todd's opinion.
  • Justin Timberlake: While Todd generally likes JT, his output since "Suit and Tie" has not impressed Todd.
  • Usher: While Todd likes Usher as a singer, he was partly responsible for bringing Justin Bieber into public consciousness.
  • Morgan Wallen: Todd named his song "More Than My Hometown" as his Best Hit Song of 2020, only to immediately disown him a few weeks after as he caught into controversy for yelling the N-word on camera.
  • Kanye West: Todd generally liked Kanye's output, but found his ego to be unbearable. Todd said he was finally done with Kanye in the 2018 Worst list.
  • Zedd: Much like Ed Sheeran for WGWAGs, Todd likes Zedd's work more than most EDM artists, but Todd states that Zedd tends to drain the featured artist's personality, citing Paramore frontlady Hayley Williams in "Stay the Night" as an example.

    Todd's Top 10 Favorite Artists and Bands of All Time 

    Todd's Top 10 Most Hated One Hit Wonderland bands/artists 
  • "Smooth Criminal" by Alien Ant Farm: While Todd loved the cover, he called Alien Ant Farm the least interesting band he covered on OHW.
  • "Mickey" by Toni Basil: Despite Todd admitting that Toni did pretty well for herself, he still hated the song.
  • "You Light Up My Life" by Debby Boone
  • "Bitch" by Meredith Brooks: Todd doesn't like the song despite at least respecting its place in pop cultural history, and while he thought Brooks' sophomore album Bad Bad One was decent, he wasn't impressed by her as a whole and was particularly put off by her recent politics.
  • "Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling: He stated that he hated this band almost a minute into the review, so it would likely rank fairly high, although not #1.
  • "Butterfly" by Crazy Town: Though Todd actually defends the big hit, he was very unimpressed with the rest of their catalogue.
  • "Laffy Taffy" by D4L
  • "Disco Duck" by Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots: While the song has grown on Todd since he put it at #5 on his Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1976, he certainly doesn't consider Rick Dees to be a legitimately good musician.
  • "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65: Had this not been a Patreon request, Todd would have skipped it entirely.
  • "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" by Elmo and Patsy: He claims that making the episode was a mistake. Prior to "The Night Chicago Died", it would likely be #1.
  • "Rico Suave" by Gerardo
  • "Party All the Time" by Eddie Murphy: Notably, this is the only one-hit wonder who Todd explicitly felt deserved worse.
  • "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)" by Nine Days
  • "The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace: He straight-up called it one of the worst songs he's ever reviewed, and unlike bands like Coven and S Club 7, Paper Lace is not redeemed by their other work outside of their signature hit.
  • "Cotton Eye Joe" by Rednex
  • "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell: Despite loving the hit, he claimed that was mostly due to Michael Jackson. His answer to "Did He Deserve Better?" here was probably the most emphatic no he's ever directed at an artist featured on the show.
  • "Never Had a Dream Come True" by S Club 7: He was more hard on the song rather than the group, though he did inflict some scathing comments in his review, calling them "edgeless" and even going so far to compare them to The Wiggles. However, they're also a guilty pleasure of his to a certain degree, as he finds their music extremely catchy.
  • "Informer" by Snow

    Todd's Top 10 Favorite One Hit Wonderland bands/artists 
  • "Take on Me" by a-ha
  • "Just a Friend" by Biz Markie
  • "Lovefool" by The Cardigans
  • "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba
  • "Fire" by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
  • "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" by The Darkness
  • "Groove Is in the Heart" by Deee-Lite
  • "Come on Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners
  • "I Touch Myself" by Divinyls
  • "I Ran (So Far Away)" by A Flock of Seagulls: Todd called its follow-up "Space Age Love Song" one of his favorite 80s songs, and said that the band deserved a little bit better.
  • "MMMBop" by Hanson: It would likely make the list despite Todd not considering the band a one hit wonder.
  • "Jump Around" by House of Pain: Given that he in his FAQs states that it's his favorite one hit wonder of all time, it would most likely be #1.
  • "Beds Are Burning" by Midnight Oil: He loves them so much that he thinks they deserved way better even though they were already huge in their native Australia.
  • "I Melt with You" by Modern English
  • "Return of the Mack" by Mark Morrison
  • "You Get What You Give" by New Radicals
  • "Here It Goes Again" by OK Go
  • "Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett: While his music career didn't extend very far beyond novelty, Todd expressed overwhelming admiration for what a renaissance man he was outside of the original hit.
  • "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers
  • "Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Dop)" by Scatman John
  • "Closing Time" by Semisonic
  • "Oh Yeah" by Yello
  • "Bust a Move" by Young MC

    Todd's Top Ten Worst "I'm Back, Bitch" Singles (also including "I'm Here, Bitch" singles) 
  • "Disco Inferno" by 50 Cent: Not only does Todd dislike Fiddy in general, this aimless club jam kicked off an album cycle that threw the rapper's career into question, despite its commercial success.
  • The Black Eyed Peas
    • "Boom Boom Pow": While it was a commercial success, Todd hates this song.
    • "The Time (Dirty Bit)": It's possible Todd would tie this with "Boom Boom Pow", as both songs were #4 on his Worst list for their respective year.
  • "I Can Transform Ya" by Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz: As Chris Brown's first hit since domestically abusing Rihanna, this big, raucous single (complete with a looping "WAH-WAH" sound effect that in hindsight isn't too different from the mechanical noises in Justin Timberlake's "Filthy") served no purpose except to reaffirm his greatness as if the scandal never happened. Although Lil Wayne's guest spot distracts from the focus on Chris, the track arguably serves as an "I'm Back, Bitch" single for him as well, as he was at the height of his popularity when it came out.
  • "Bad Boy for Life" by P. Diddy, Black Rob & Mark Curry: Its only subject matter is trying to reaffirm Bad Boy Records' supremacy after people began questioning their staying power. Considering nearly the entire label's classic arsenal of rappers was gone by then, it didn't exactly turn out well for Diddy and company.
  • "Can't Be Tamed" by Miley Cyrus: Todd referred to this as an example of the "I'm Back, Bitch" single failing in the "ME!" Pop Song Review.
  • "Where the Hood At?" by DMX: The song is pretty much every hollow cliché about DMX bundled into one, notable only for its frightfully homophobic first verse. Its title is only vaguely about anything at all, and the song itself is pretty much just boasts and barks over a loud, stomping beat with lots of trumpets. While the song is implied to be a diss towards Ja Rule, the lyrics aren't explicitly directed towards any single individual. Although "Party Up (Up in Here)" was DMX's only real pop smash, he had been a titanic figure in the hip hop industry as a whole since It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, consistently topping the Billboard 200 with every new album. Whereas his early material showcased a lot of spiritual depth beneath his hardcore exterior, this song was pretty much the pinnacle of his gradual Flanderization into just another loudmouthed gangsta rapper known for exaggerated macho posturing and nothing else.
  • "Just Lose It" by Eminem: This was Todd's Worst Hit Song of 2004. He said it was the first Eminem track that was as bad as an Insane Clown Posse song.
  • "Young and Menace" by Fall Out Boy: As reluctant as Todd may feel about bashing Fall Out Boy again after the backlash he got for putting them on his Worst list for 2013, even most of their diehard fans consider this a bad song.
  • Fergie
    • "London Bridge": Although this was her first single as a solo act, she had already become one of the biggest and most recognizable pop stars through the Black Eyed Peas by this point. With a nonsensical title metaphor, self-indulgent lyrics, and production that's literally just a bunch of tuneless noises threaded into a giant-sounding track, this captures the exact effect that the "I'm Back, Bitch" single is intending for. Similar to Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack", the song was hugely successful in its mission, but that doesn't mean Todd likes it.
    • "M.I.L.F. $": This was also a big sounding, self-promoting comeback single for Fergie, but since she was already a borderline has-been by 2016, it probably doesn't fit the "I'm Back, Bitch" definition as neatly as "London Bridge" does. Regardless, whereas "London Bridge" affirmed Fergie as one of the biggest pop stars in the world during the album cycle for The Duchess, "M.I.L.F. $", much like "Filthy", destroyed whatever remained of her career in the aftermath of its extremely negative reception from the public.
  • "Believer" by Imagine Dragons: It's one of his least favorite songs by them, due to its incoherent lyrics and sickly imitation of "Black Skinhead".
  • "Show Me What You Got" by Jay-Z: This was Hov's comeback single after his brief "retirement" in the mid-2000s. Although it charted well upon release, it was forgotten about super quickly and the reception towards it was lukewarm at-best. People felt that the beat was busy and overblown, while the lyrics were a muddled mess of self-aggrandization and lazy club clichés that weren't up to par with Jay-Z's usual skills. Although he eventually reaffirmed his star power with American Gangster and The Blueprint 3, his career almost ended after the failure of this single and its parent album Kingdom Come, which is widely regarded as one of the worst in his discography.
  • "Jenny from the Block" by Jennifer Lopez: Hinted in the "7 Rings" and MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 episodes. Its theme of J.Lo trying to affirm her humble roots is ultimately nothing more than a perpetuation of her brand, which had already been clumsily based around said theme for some time.
  • "American Life" by Madonna: It's more or less about nothing to him, aside from some extremely tepid commentary on show business. In particular, Todd said that Madonna's attempt at critiquing her world of shallow luxuries was so shallow that she may as well be bragging. On the other hand, he may disqualify it because it at least tried to be about something else than "I'm Madonna! Look at how awesome and important I am!" even if the execution left a lot to be desired. It could still be a dishonorable mention, though.
  • "Welcome Back" by Mase: It's a bit debatable whether or not this counts because Double Up would have probably killed his career had he not gone on hiatus and become a Christian minister immediately after its release, but he certainly treated this song as if he was still as important as he was in 1998. Its followup, "Breathe, Stretch, Shake", was also a big, empty single about absolutely nothing except him being back, so it could possibly get a dishonorable mention.
  • "2 Legit 2 Quit" by MC Hammer: Todd referred to this as an example of the "I'm Back, Bitch" single failing in the "ME!" Pop Song Review.
  • "Nastradamus" by Nas: This song was hastily released in the midst of Nas' declining clout in the New York rap scene against Jay-Z and a leaking fiasco that badly interfered with the production of his third album I Am..., which came out to relatively lukewarm reception and prompted him to put out a whole new record in the same year. Having already donned the Escobar alter ego, Nas reintroduced himself yet again as Nastradamus to coincide with the Y2K scare. Like the phenomenon it was inspired by, Nastradamus and his corresponding album of the same name turned out to be all hype and no substance. The record is, hands down, the worst-received entry in Nas' whole discography, and it would take the success of Stillmatic, spearheaded by the Jay-Z diss track "Ether" (a response to "Takeover"), to put his career back on track.
  • "Pop" by *NSYNC: Todd considers it the worst song of an already bad band. In the "Filthy" Pop Song Review, he argued that your music isn't dirty just because you say it is.
  • "D'You Know What I Mean?" by Oasis: He compared it to "Filthy" (which he hated) in the Trainwreckords episode for Be Here Now. "It's the same kind of dumb, overbearing, empty lead-off single you release when you're too big to care or try anymore."
  • "Roar" by Katy Perry: He may consider it this type of song simply because it's completely pointless to him.
  • "Rockstar" by Post Malone ft. 21 Savage: Although Post Malone wasn't quite at his peak yet before releasing this song, he was certainly on the rise, and this leadoff single to Beerbongs & Bentleys immediately established him as one of the biggest music stars in the world. While it missed Todd's Worst list for 2017, he has called it "garbage" in hindsight and even stated that it "managed to rock less than Nickelback's 'Rockstar'." It could easily make this list by virtue of representing how 2017 was such a dull and dreary year for pop music that even an "I'm Back, Bitch" single that year had to have a mellow drone to its tone.
  • "ME!" by Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco: Todd found this track to be extremely flavorless and felt it could have ended Taylor's career had it not been for its attention-stirring followup.
  • Justin Timberlake
    • "Filthy": This would likely be #1, due to how high it was on Todd's Worst list for 2018 and the fact that Todd predicts it to be a career-killing song for Justin.
    • "SexyBack" ft. Timbaland: Todd said he hated this song in the "Filthy" Pop Song Review.
  • "Me Too" by Meghan Trainor: It's about nothing except Meghan bragging about how good she feels and how awesome and successful she is. It probably doesn't qualify because it was the second single from its album, but it could still make a dishonorable mention because it's otherwise similar to "I'm Back, Bitch" singles. It doesn't help the song that Todd thinks Meghan is annoying when she's cocky, and the chorus is reminiscent of a will.i.am song.
  • "Discothèque" by U2: Todd called this U2's "I'm Back, Bitch" single on Twitter and the Song vs. Song podcast.
  • "Without You" by Van Halen: He may consider it this type of single due to being big, overlong, and lyrically incoherent, in which case it would be a near-guaranteed #1, as he called it one of the worst songs he's ever heard.
  • "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)" by will.i.am ft. Jennifer Lopez & Mick Jagger: This was supposed to be the lead single of #willpower, but ended up being dropped from the album — likely because of its poor reception. Considering that Todd dislikes will.i.am in general, he's very unlikely to appreciate this track.
  • "Rudebox" by Robbie Williams: Although Robbie Williams never had a top 40 hit in America, he's undoubtedly one of the biggest singers in the world overseas. He already had another "I'm Back, Bitch" single six years earlier with "Rock DJ", which became a career highlight that saw him at the height of his powers. This, however, was universally panned due to its jumbled, bloated mix of old school hip hop and electropop, as well as its cringey, incoherent lyrics. If "Rock DJ" was Robbie's equivalent of "SexyBack", "Rudebox" was definitely his "Filthy", which it stylistically resembles in more than a few ways. His career ultimately survived, but this song definitely killed his claim to arrogance, which was so cornerstone to the enterprise he built for himself previously.

    Todd's Top 10 Worst Christmas Songs 
  • Bumper music:
    • "Merry Christmas, Kiss My Ass" by All Time Low: "So I wrote you a song/Hope that you sing along/And it goes,/'Merry Christmas, kiss my ass!'" feels like something Todd might want to say to the artists behind these "masterpieces".
    • "Fuck Christmas" by Fear
    • "If We Make It Through December" by Merle Haggard: These songs certainly won't make it easier for Todd to make it through December.
    • "It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas" by Pet Shop Boys: The opening line "Christmas is not all it's cracked up to be" is kind of appropriate. The narrator also complains about the lack of White Christmases, and asks, "Bing Crosby, are you listening to me?".
    • "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl: The lines "You scumbag/You maggot/You cheap lousy faggot/Happy Christmas your arse/I pray God/It's our last" would sum up Todd's feelings about these songs.
    • "Christmas Is Pain" by Roy Zimmerman
  • Various novelty songs. Todd thinks Christmas music in general suffers from overplay. That's particularly problematic for novelty songs, as there may not be much to them once the novelty wears off, and Todd is likely to think many of them have stupid concepts in the first place. It doesn't help that some of them are sung by children, which he may find grating. Notable examples include:
  • "Do They Know It's Christmas" by Band Aid: A Charity Motivation Song, which isn't exactly his favourite genre. Though based on this tweet, the Band Aid 20 version might be the most likely to make the list if he only picked one.
  • "Mistletoe" by Justin Bieber: Todd has given it a very negative review.
  • "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" by The Chipmunks: On one hand, Todd could possibly be nostalgic for the '80s television show, but on the other, this is a quintessential example of the dumb novelty hit that dominated the dark period he described in the "Monster Mash" episode.
  • "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" by Elmo and Patsy: In the One Hit Wonderland episode about it, he said it might be his least-favorite Christmas song of all time (though that was years before his "The Christmas Shoes" tweet). Another potential #1.
  • "Grandma's Homemade Christmas Card" by Merle Haggard: Todd has described it as album filler. He may also hate it for making Randy Brooks decide to write "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer".
  • "Santa Baby" by Madonna: Due to the way in which she performs it, Todd could feel it's loaded with Unfortunate Implications.
  • "Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney: Hinted in the "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" OHW.
  • "Funky, Funky Xmas" by New Kids on the Block
  • "The Christmas Shoes" by NewSong: Todd has called it "the bleakest, most soul-crushingly nihilistic song I've ever heard". Probably a strong candidate for #1.
  • "A Day to Celebrate" by Princess Leia: The closing song from the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special.
  • "Jingle Bells" by The Singing Dogs: While Todd didn't explicitly say that he hates this version of the song, he did mention that it often appears on lists of most-hated Christmas songs of all time.
  • "Nuttin' for Christmas" by Smash Mouth ft. Rosie O'Donnell: While it's possible Todd would consider the song a breath of fresh air for its slightly more cynical take on the holiday season, this version in particular would probably seem like a horrible idea to him.
  • "Santa Claus Is Watchin' You" by Ray Stevens
  • "Wrap Rap" by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Top 10 Worst Attempts at Social Commentary 
  • Arrested Development
    • "Mr. Wendal": In the Zingalamaduni Trainwreckords, Todd called this adolescently preachy and felt that a homeless person shouldn't necessarily be worshipped as some fountain of wisdom.
    • "Shell": A rebel song that Todd just found browbeating.
    • "Warm Sentiments": This track is more of a personal story than an attempt at a political statement, but if Todd does consider the stuff about abortion an attempt at social commentary, he'll probably list it because he was appalled at it in the Zingalamaduni Trainwreckords.
  • "Flatline" by B.o.B: He mentioned how horrified he was that there are still people who believe Earth is flat when discussing this. It doesn't help that the song promotes various other conspiracy theories, including anti-semitic ones such as Holocaust denial and "the Jews somehow control everything".
  • "Summer in Paradise" by The Beach Boys: It's supposed to be about the Earth, but spends too much time milking old Beach Boys songs and being about Mike Love's ego. Todd summed up its message as "we must save the environment because Mike Love needs somewhere to ogle 20-year-olds". However, when it comes to bad environmental songs, it probably wouldn't beat out "Earth".
  • "A Different Beat" by Boyzone: He cited this as an example of a bad environmental song from the '80s and '90s in the "Earth" Pop Song Review.
  • "I've Never Been to Me" by Charlene: Todd will probably dislike its message that women can only be "complete" and live fulfilling lives if they get married and have children. It doesn't help that the narrator tells the "discontented mother and regimented wife" to be happy about her bad and possibly abusive marriage. Todd may give it an unfavourable comparison to "Dear Future Husband" — INBTM is even more old-fashioned, clearly sincere (it can be argued that DFH is tongue-in-cheek), and a White Chick With Piano ballad he'll probably find boring (at least DFH is upbeat).
  • "Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins: This was around the time Phil Collins was delving full-on into dull adult contemporary music, and its glurgy story about a homeless woman asking for help, juxtaposed with a chorus guilting the audience, is nothing short of preachy.
  • "15 Minutes of Fame" by Daze: It's obscure and wasn't a hit, but if Todd ever discovers this, he'll surely be appalled by how awkwardly it tries to comment on the world's obsession with trash television at the time (they were a bubblegum eurodance group who specifically changed their aesthetic to avoid being compared to Aqua).
  • "911 Is a Joke" by Duran Duran: A cover of a very gritty and politically charged song by Public Enemy, it's not only suddenly in the hands of a white band famous primarily for being MTV heartthrobs, but it also strips the piece of its tone with jovial, Beck-inspired production and obviously half-serious rapping by Simon Le Bon.
  • "Illegal Alien" by Genesis: Phil Collins addresses the troubles of disenfranchised immigrants with a goofy fake accent that may as well be a mockery of racial minorities.
  • "Don't Call Me Angel" by Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Rey: Todd thought it was nominally empowering, but mostly about being attracted to guys. He also mentioned that being called "angel" probably isn't a big concern in most women's lives, and found some of the lyrics confusing.
  • Lauryn Hill
    • "Adam Lives in Theory": Todd singled out the "Eve was so naive, blinded by the pride and greed/Wanting to be intellectual/Drifting from the way she got turned down one day/And now she thinks that she's bisexual" lines for sounding rather unfortunate, even though he says that maybe it's not what it sounds like. It doesn't help that the rest of the song is an excessively long, heavy-handed allegory about Adam and Eve.
    • "I Find It Hard to Say (Rebel)": Todd has already discussed thoroughly how much he can't stand MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 in the Trainwreckords episode covering it. He specifically said this track isn't going to inspire anything in people except to "get their latte somewhere else."
  • "Drowning" by Hootie & the Blowfish: While Todd has said that its statement (blasting the Confederate flag) was brave for a '90s song, he thinks the song itself blows.
  • "Fly" by Hopsin: It wasn't a real hit, but it did get viral infamy for its embarrassingly surface-level commentary on the establishment. Also, some of Hopsin's other songs contain lyrics with very #problematic comments about women and Asians.
  • "Miracles" by Insane Clown Posse: It tries to encourage the listener to take time to look at the world and appreciate the things that life has to offer, but it's hard to take seriously because of the ridiculous lyrics. Todd named the infamous "Fucking magnets, how do they work?" line one of the top 10 iconic bad lines of the decade, and the following "and I don’t want to talk to a scientist, y’all motherfuckers lyin', and gettin' me pissed" is unlikely to improve his opinion on the song.
  • "Why" by Jadakiss ft. Anthony Hamilton: Todd thinks it's full of stupid questions. The research failure doesn't help. Its promotion of the "Bush did 9/11" conspiracy theory doesn't help. The fact that it asks "why'd he kiss that whore?" about Kobe and his alleged rape victim really doesn't help.
  • Jewel
    • "America": According to Todd, the lyrics just kinda give up halfway through. He singles out the "We are getting tanned in America, we love Spam in America, Polanski's banned from America..." lines. It doesn't help that he generally finds Jewel's jabs at superficiality unimpressive.
    • "Intuition": Todd thinks it's a heinous song and finds Jewel's jabs at superficiality unimpressive. He also criticized the music video — he felt that the sensationalist images of Jewel (intended to spoof commercials) were just normal commercialization with a slapped-on "it's satirical" excuse she could pull when she was accused of selling out. On top of that, he has mocked the hypocrisy of this anti-consumerism song being used in a $70 million advertising campaign for Schick razors.
  • "Tunnel Vision" by Kodak Black: It's basically a song where Kodak Black blames his frequent legal issues on the police being racist. Todd may agree with Diamond Axe Studios Music that racism is a topic worth discussing, but the song comes across as "whiny suspect plays the race card" instead of the intended "scathing indictment of a corrupt justice system". It doesn't help that the original version featured the lyric "I get any girl I want, I don’t gotta rape" in response to the rape allegations against Kodak Black.
  • "Am I the Only One" by Aaron Lewis: It's a song that claims right-wing people are oppressed and whines about the "liberal media". Considering Todd's own political views, it's no surprise that his Pop Song Review of the track utterly thrashed it, especially for its racist defense of Confederate statues. Even taking personal disagreements out of the equation, Todd thought the song falls flat due to its whininess and insincerity, stating even Tom MacDonald has more of a point to his music.
  • Lil Dicky
    • "Earth": He gave this environmental awareness song a very negative review for multiple reasons: Not only do the animal jokes fail to be funny, the gross-out ones actively undermine the Green Aesop by portraying animals as stupid and disgusting, which doesn't exactly motivate the listener to save their home. The "We forgive you, Germany!" line is out of place and tasteless. Lil Dicky's freestyle feels like "a kid bullshitting through a presentation on a book he didn't read" and features gratuitous sexual content. It doesn't help that the song sounds like bad environmental songs from the '80s and '90s, and has uninspired lyrics like "We love the Earth, it is our planet". On top of that, Todd mentioned that it wasn't even a good way to raise money for charity because people don't spend much money on music nowadays and the song plummeted on the charts quickly, so the animators' salary probably ate up most — if not all — of the revenue anyway.
    • "Freaky Friday" ft. Chris Brown: Might qualify for such a list due to Lil-Dicky-in-Chris-Brown's-body wondering if he can say the N word, and Chris-Brown-in-Lil-Dicky's-body's infamous "Ain’t nobody judging 'cause I’m black or my controversial past" line.
  • "1-800-273-8255" by Logic ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid: The "who can relate, woo!" line pretty much undoes all the sincerity of what Logic's trying to lend a hand to.
  • "7 Years" by Lukas Graham: During his scathing review, Todd went on the song's Genius page, where the writer's annotations of his own lyrics confirm that "he does, in fact, genuinely believe that he is dropping truth bombs all over the place". Needless to say, Todd was unimpressed.
  • Any song by Tom MacDonald: Like Hopsin, this rapper is only virally famous, but his understanding of racism is so defensive and so self-centered that he's pretty much guaranteed to offend Todd. While "Whiteboy" is his most infamous track, his other singles are no less misguided. Todd mentioned in his "Am I the Only One" Pop Song Review that he tried to write a review of MacDonald's work, but that ended up backfiring as it ended up being more of a review of MacDonald himself in a similar vein to that of his reviews of "Trollz" and "Turn Up the Music" rather than any of his music.
  • "White Privilege II" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: A song that stirred up so much backlash that it arguably killed Macklemore's entire career, at least in America.
  • "American Life" by Madonna: He called it a shallow critique of shallowness.
  • "Ebony and Ivory" by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder: Todd has said he hates this song, which most people consider a huge letdown considering the pedigree of its two performers.
  • "From a Distance" by Bette Midler: Todd thinks the song just makes it sound like God neither knows nor cares about our problems.
  • "The Christmas Shoes" by NewSong: It tries to have a message about charity and the True Meaning of Christmas, but Todd found it glurgey to the point of calling it "the bleakest, most soul-crushingly nihilistic song I've ever heard".
  • "If Everyone Cared" by Nickelback: Nickelback's spectacularly non-specific, crowd-pleasing, inoffensive attempt to make a protest song.
  • "Accidental Racist" by Brad Paisley & LL Cool J: Todd's review of this with The Rap Critic explained thoroughly how the song fails miserably to address racism and the Confederate flag controversy in the South and that it very much lives up to its title.
  • Something on Unborn Child by Seals and Crofts: Todd's reaction to this pro-life Author Tract album was "WHAT THE FUCK".
  • "Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)" by Simple Plan: Its music video tries to have a message about the dangers of drunk driving, but it probably falls flat to Todd, considering that he hates the band in general and the song is usually viewed as a notorious example of wangst.
  • "Politically Correct" by SR-71: Todd called it the "Accidental Racist" of punk in the One Hit Wonderland episode on "Right Now".
  • "Everything Is Beautiful" by Ray Stevens: Consider the fact that the same guy who recorded this fluffy pro-diversity peace song also released a song called "Ahab the Arab" and was later known for his off-color views on immigration.
  • "You Need to Calm Down" by Taylor Swift: While Todd has mentioned that the song might be meaningful to many young LGBTQ people, he thinks the message was executed clumsily — especially when it makes an analogy between homophobic hate crimes and anti-Taylor troll attacks.
  • "All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor: While Todd doesn't mind the music itself, he considers its body-positivity message to be horribly back-handed and overly male-dependent.
  • Van Halen
    • "Ballot or the Bullet": It's from one of his most hated albums ever, and he stated this song is "vague power-to-the-people crap" that stands for nothing, specifically criticizing Van Halen's ignorance of the title's origins.
    • "How Many Say I": This laughable final track off Van Halen III sees Eddie himself singing a glurgy piano ballad about society's ignorance of world injustice. Todd called it the "most embarrassing thing" that Eddie had ever done.
  • "When the Children Cry" by White Lion: A stand for world peace by a hair metal band that's embarrassingly out of its depth. Its corny delivery, plus its "no more presidents" line are raw proof that they can't grasp the complexity of what they're diving into. Also, White Guy with Acoustic Guitar.
  • "Spectacular" by Kiely Williams: It's about a woman who binge drinks, has (most likely unprotected) sex with a stranger, blacks out and decides she'd do it again "if he wanted" because "the sex was spectacular". After it unsurprisingly became controversial, Williams claimed that it was intended to bring attention to the issue of women getting intoxicated and having unprotected sex. Todd will likely say that if that was her intention, the song failed at getting it across because it portrays the sex as amazing and barely mentions the negative consequences. He'll probably accuse Williams of pulling a Parody Retcon and mention that the song killed her career.

    Todd's Top 10 Worst Self-Empowerment Anthems 
  • "Scars to Your Beautiful" by Alessia Cara: He considers it both too downbeat and too condescending to be a good self-empowerment song.
  • "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus: #10 on Todd's Worst of 2009 countdown.
  • "Started from the Bottom" by Drake: #6 on Todd's Worst of 2013 countdown.
  • "Intuition" by Jewel: Todd might consider it one of these because of its Be Yourself message. If he does, it's very likely to make this list, as he gave it a very harsh review in the Trainwreckords episode on 0304.
  • "Girls Like You" by Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B: It possibly qualifies as this due to its music video.
  • "So Am I" by Ava Max: Ava had not yet established nearly enough of a public personality to speak on behalf of the socially isolated underdog that she's referring to here, and the production and composition are a total rehash of "Sweet But Psycho", a song that failed to impress Todd.
  • "Galaxy Song" by Monty Python: Todd could mention this track ironically during the countdown, perhaps as the bumper music.
  • One Direction
    • "Little Things": A song telling unnamed female to love her odd bodily features more, which to Todd only comes off as insincere and bullying.
    • "What Makes You Beautiful": Todd argues that they're trying to woo the anonymous girl by preying on her insecurities, rather than genuinely appreciating her qualities.
  • "Roar" by Katy Perry: Todd named it the worst hit song of 2013 because he found it bland and completely meaningless.
  • "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten: It made #2 on his Worst of 2015 list because he found it every bit as generic as its title implies, and said it projected astonishing weakness.
  • "Love Myself" by Hailee Steinfeld: Todd has been thoroughly unimpressed by her music career, so he'd probably consider this a flavorless track, despite its thematic implications of self pleasure, in which case expect Todd to call it inferior to "She-Bop" and "I Touch Myself".
  • "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift: Todd found this track completely insincere, landing it #9 on his very competitive Worst list for 2014.
  • Meghan Trainor
    • "All About That Bass": While it missed his Worst of 2014 list due to its upbeat production, it very much falls flat as a self-empowerment anthem to him, due to its male-dependent, thin-shaming solution to body confidence issues.
    • "Me Too": It's supposed to teach the listeners to be more content and confident in themselves, but the lyrics are just Meghan bragging about herself, which Todd will probably find more annoying than empowering — one of his main gripes with Trainor is that she's too cocky and doesn't have the charisma to back it up. It doesn't help that the chorus sounds like a will.i.am song. While it missed his Worst of 2016 list because it's upbeat and its artist at least had a personality, it could still make this one.

    Todd's Top 10 Worst White Guy With Acoustic Guitar Songs (also including White Chick With Piano songs) 
  • "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" by Bryan Adams: Despite its Spanish flair, it's nonetheless a textbook example of this, due to its smug lyrics and Bryan's certified douchebag cred as a result of the AllMusic threat.
  • "Lost Boy" by Ruth B.: #8 on his Worst of 2016 list. Although Ruth B. is of Ethiopian descent, the song itself overwhelmingly gives off the type of shallow, artless, and excessively sentimental vibe Todd perceives from typical White Chick with Piano ballads, so he could easily count this for the same reasons he considers "The Lazy Song" a White Guy with Acoustic Guitar song.
  • "Mistletoe" by Justin Bieber: Received a negative review.
  • "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt: Hinted in the "Turning Japanese" episode, where he expressed relief after finding out his patron had changed their request from this.
  • "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" by Laura Branigan: While the later adult contemporary recording by songwriter Michael Bolton is much more obvious Snark Bait, this is still a textbook example of a White Chick with Piano Ballad, due to its syrupy tone and self-centered lyrics. It doesn't help that its verse sounds pretty similar to Olivia Newton-John's "I Honestly Love You", which Todd hates.
  • "Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi: Todd had a meltdown upon hearing Lewis for the first time, stating he doesn't think he's ever heard a voice he's hated so immediately. In his Pop Song Review for "7 Years" by Lukas Graham, he mentioned that the piano is replacing the guitar as the instrument of choice for the talentless douche, so this melodramatic piano ballad would almost certainly qualify by the same logic as "7 Years".
  • "Ordinary Day" by Vanessa Carlton: Hinted while describing the White Chick with Piano trope in the "Worst of 2011" list.
  • "I've Never Been to Me" by Charlene
  • "I'm Not Lisa" by Jessi Coulter
  • "Think of Laura" by Christopher Cross
  • "She's Mine" by Brett Dennen
  • Something on MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 by Lauryn Hill: Todd has already talked about how much he can't stand this album. While the person who played the acoustic guitar on this album is a black woman, he may think the songs fall under the WGWAG mindset: Like a typical WGWAG song, the presentation is very basic, and Todd found the songs boring on a musical level. He also described the lyrics as "impenetrable, unrelatable generalities", which could remind him of WGWAGs trying to impress people with not-so-great lyrics. Hill's "my poor performance is real, which is good" attitude doesn't help either.
  • "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing" by Jack Johnson: This was the song Todd cited to express his hatred for Jack Johnson on his Worst of 2009 countdown.
  • "7 Years" by Lukas Graham: Received a scathing review and topped the Worst of 2016 list.
  • "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars: #6 on his Worst of 2011 list.
  • "Now and Forever" by Richard Marx: Alternatively, he could go with Marx's signature "Right Here Waiting", a syrupy piano ballad.
  • "Daughters" by John Mayer: Hinted in the "Lazy Song" review.
  • "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz: #5 on his Worst of 2009 list.
  • "I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton-John: Hinted in the Carl Douglas and Paper Lace OHW episodes.
  • "Good Morning Starshine" by Oliver!: Due to its acousticy, starry eyed dopiness, Todd may cite this as the pioneering song of the White Guy with Acoustic Guitar genre.
  • "Little Things" by One Direction: A likely candidate for the #1 position, considering how hard he was on it.
  • "Let Her Go" by Passenger: #10 on his Worst of 2013 list.
  • "Jar of Hearts" by Christina Perri: #5 on his Worst of 2011 list.
  • "I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Original Version)" by Mike Posner: Although Todd loves the hit Seeb remix, which sounds genuinely dark and devastating to him, he expressed overwhelming disgust towards this, due to its mellow, major key presentation that made it sound pretentiously repulsive.
  • "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran: While it avoided the Worst of 2015 list, Todd thinks it's a boring song with lyrics that don't connect.
  • "Shape of My Heart" by Sting: While discussing "Lucid Dreams", Todd stated this is the worst Sting song, with the exception of "Mother". Based on the Song vs. Song podcast, he also considers Sting a douche in real life.
  • "Could've Been" by Tiffany: As Tiffany was a manufactured bubblegum princess, it's unlikely Todd would be impressed by her doing a solemn piano ballad.
  • "When the Children Cry" by White Lion: A pathetic, syrupy attempt by a hair metal band to sound deep and socially conscious.
  • "changes" by XXXTENTACION: This is a Black Guy With Piano song, but it's a really basic one that will probably fall under what Todd calls the WGWAG mindset.

    Todd's Top 10 Worst Music Videos 
  • "Your Body" by Christina Aguilera: Hinted in a tweet. Todd called it a ripoff of Lady Gaga's "Telephone" without the self-awareness to justify the shock value.
  • "Yummy" by Justin Bieber: Todd compared it to the Mr. Creosote scene from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, stating that the video takes the food theme too literally and that the food looked extremely unappetizing.
  • "Father & Son" by Boyzone: He'll probably find this music video so unfitting of the track that it's a disgrace even to Cat Stevens, who he already hates. Despite the song being a solemn piano ballad from the perspectives of a rapidly aging father and his coming-of-age son, the music video instead focuses on the five members of Boyzone making seductive poses. Like One Direction's "Little Things", the song loses its personal tone due to its presentation (although the song itself is at least a Ronan Keating solo performance).
  • "Adventure of a Lifetime" by Coldplay: Todd found the CGI monkeys so off putting, he instead used footage of Coldplay's performance at Super Bowl 50 for the "Best Hit Songs of 2016" retrospect.
  • Miley Cyrus
    • "Can't Be Tamed": Todd called this Miley's initial attempt to sexualize her image by being a bird.
    • "Wrecking Ball": Todd argued that the gratuitous nudity and weird content like Miley licking a hammer and riding a giant (wrecking) ball didn't fit the subject matter at all, and just dragged down whatever gracefulness the song could've had.
  • "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65: Todd said the CGI looked bad even for the time, and called the blue alien butt-ugly.
  • "Shush Up" by Alison Gold: The video portrays Alison Gold as a sexualized criminal who dances, commits robbery with implied murder, and is put to death in the electric chair. This would have been somewhat sleazy, but nothing unusual, if it weren't for one thing: Alison was still a preteen when it was filmed. The backlash was swift and intense. The video was pulled within days, and Alison hasn't released anything since. It also killed the career of Patrice Wilson, the mastermind behind Ark Music Factory and much of its acts, who awkwardly defended the video and called it "art". His 2015 single only gained attention for its utterly bizarre music video. While Todd may think picking on a stupid video by someone who was basically a child would be mean, he may mention this video to berate the adults involved in its production, and possibly criticize Ark Music Factory in general. (He has mentioned on Twitter that Alison made her earlier single "Chinese Food" bad on purpose to get it more views, but he could still argue that the adults at Ark shouldn't have agreed to it.)
  • "Intuition" by Jewel: Todd criticized the Indecisive Parody aspect of it — he felt that her "it's ironic" explanation was merely a cop-out she could pull when her pop makeover and the sexual imagery inevitably got her accused of selling out.
  • "Hello Kitty" by Avril Lavigne: Hinted in the "Shake It Off" review, where Todd used "Hello Kitty" as an example of Lavigne releasing something flailing and desperate. The controversy surrounding the video's portrayal of Japan doesn't help.
  • "Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO: RedFoo's and SkyBlu's flopping junk would likely make this list.
  • "7 Years" by Lukas Graham: He called the video "completely insufferable" when he named this song the worst hit of 2016.
  • "American Life" by Madonna: Specifically, the makeshift video with anything anyone could object to removed, so it ended up saying and implying nothing. Even the American flag is mixed in with a bunch of other flags. Todd called out Madonna for chickening out and cancelling the original video, which was a shocking critique of the Iraq war.
  • "Break Up" by Mario ft. Gucci Mane & Sean Garrett: He mockingly called it the "dumping you dance" in his Worst of 2009 countdown.
  • Maroon 5
    • "Animals-mals": Todd found the premise of "Adam Levine is a going to hunt you down and kill you in a sexy way" creepy, and argued that such a role is unfitting for Levine.
    • "Girls Like You" ft. Cardi B: Todd noted in his review of the song that unlike when Drake did a similar thing with "Nice for What", this video doesn't work for him, as it just reminds him "that important things are happening while Levine jerks around singing banal shit that even he doesn't care about", and that the women here "don't get to do anything but try in vain to bust a groove to this beatless, grooveless song", noting that even Ellen DeGeneres couldn't bring herself to dance to it.
  • "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars: Specifically the monkey version.
  • MC Hammer
    • "It's All Good": Todd described this video as "the real embarrassment", claiming that Hammer trying to dance like a gangsta made the entire pose look like choreography.
    • "Pumps and a Bump": Specifically the original video, for showing Hammer's bulge right at the camera. Todd argued that Hammer changing his image to become more sexual didn't work because unlike teenage stars who demonstrate that they're reaching sexual maturity alongside their audience, Hammer was much older than his audience of little kids, which he commented: "So him waving his dick and like 'oh check me out, I'm growing into my sexuality.' It's more like being flashed by your youth counselor." Todd will probably go with the "It's All Good" video over this, but it could still get a dishonorable mention.
  • Katy Perry
  • "Bad Habits" by Ed Sheeran: Todd tweeted here that he thought the video was normal-bad until the halfway point where it takes a hard turn into nonsense, noting that he would call it a Creator Killer if not for Sheeran's maddening imperviousness to cringe.
  • "Rock Me Tonite" by Billy Squier: It notoriously features Squier arising from satin sheets and prancing around in a pink tank top. He might have got away with it if it were released today (it has a mention on the Music subpage for So Bad, It's Good), but back in 1984, it just made people think he was gay, and he stopped selling out shows.
  • "Adore You" by Harry Styles: Despite Todd's utter love of the song, he dislikes the music video's focus on a CGI fish.
  • Taylor Swift
    • "ME!" ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco
    • "Shake It Off": Todd thought the joke about Taylor Swift not fitting the costumes fell flat because they did fit her in his opinion.
  • Justin Timberlake
  • "Best Friend" by Toy Box: Like Eiffel 65 below, this is another example of terrifying late '90s CGI from a eurodance group that seemed to be vying for its own Saturday morning cartoon.

    Todd's Top 10 Best Music Videos 

    Todd's Top 10 Least Sexy Sexual Songs 
  • Bumper music:
  • "C'est La Vie" by B*Witched: Many people don't even realize this cherry bomb of bubblegum is about sex.
  • "Summer of Love" by The Beach Boys: A very likely contender for the #1 spot, considering how gross Todd found it. While its sexual themes are arguably vague at-most, the salacious tone was more than enough to put him off.
  • "Yummy" by Justin Bieber: Todd has tweeted about disliking it, and pointed out that it has been compared to "Filthy" (which he hated). In the Pop Song Review, he said that while a lot of the song is okay, it's ruined by its title (which Todd thinks is a gross word) and chorus ("girl you got that yummy yummy"). It doesn't help that Todd thinks Bieber sounds like an 8-year-old kid who doesn't really get what he's talking about, which is not great for a sex jam.
  • "My Humps" by The Black Eyed Peas: Todd has used this as an example of a bad song several times, and called it the worst ass song that had ever been made... until "Wiggle", that is.
  • "Knockin' Boots" by Luke Bryan: Todd's #9 worst hit of 2019. He called it "very, very stupid" and found the lyrics repetitive (they're mostly statements like "X needs Y"). He also thought the guitars sound like they're laughing of you. It probably wouldn't beat out "Body Like a Back Road" though, because at least the metaphors make some sense.
  • "Never Be the Same" by Camila Cabello: While this one made the Worst of 2018 list because Todd can't stand Camila's breathy falsetto, he also called it a "no-vibe, soulless drone pop song" and thinks it sounded like it couldn't decide whether it wanted to be a big power ballad or a soft, countryish love song, and didn't accomplish either. It doesn't help that he thinks Cabello is a sucking black void of charisma without a single distinguishing characteristic.
  • "Muskrat Love" by Captain & Tennille: Todd has compared "Marvin Gaye" to it.
  • "I Love Makin' Love to You" by Cher and Gregg Allman: He called it a Captain & Tennille song and gagged.
  • "Laffy Taffy" by D4L: Todd criticized this song for its gross subject matter (skeeving on and groping dancers at the strip club), emphatically un-hot beat (which reminded him more of "Jingle Bells" or Pong than sex), and for comparing the strippers to the "least sexy candy possible".
  • "Wiggle" by Jason Derulo ft. Snoop Dogg: Todd gave it a very harsh review and named it the worst hit song of 2014. He even said it was worse than "My Humps".
  • "Whistle" by Flo Rida: Todd thinks the whistle Double Entendre was ruined by Flo Rida making it too explicit and literal. He also said that the goofy whistling and guitar were not sexy at all, and found Flo's attempts at seduction pathetic and desperate. The song eventually made #4 on his Worst of 2012 list (though it got moved to #5 after his full Pop Song Review for "Scream & Shout").
  • "Body Like a Back Road" by Sam Hunt: In his very negative review, Todd picked apart the analogy to explain why it's unsexy and comes across as unintentionally insulting. He later made the song #3 on his Worst of 2017 list, but it seems like it was higher than "Shape of You" primarily because he found it annoyingly catchy — he mentioned that Sam Hunt singing about sex was at least more convincing than when Ed Sheeran did it.
  • "Tonight..." by Enrique Iglesias ft. Ludacris: Todd said the "tonight I'm fucking you" line sounded a bit rapey and damaged Enrique's image as a smooth, sensitive man of romance. In fact, that line alone got the song the #2 spot on Todd's Worst of 2011 list.
  • "Birthday Sex" by Jeremih: Todd named it the #7 worst hit of 2009 and said sex was not an acceptable birthday gift.
  • "Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO: While this one has deliberate Fan Disservice that is Played for Laughs, Todd may put it on the list anyway because he thinks it failed to be funny. It made #3 on his Worst of 2011 list.
  • "Justify My Love" by Madonna: His #3 worst hit song of 1991. He summed it up as "two notes and a string of random, non-rhyming sentences", and said the lyrics "aren't even that sexy". He also mentioned that the lyrics "Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another" sound pretty unfortunate.
  • "Animals" by Maroon 5: Todd's #10 worst hit of 2014. He just found the premise of "Adam Levine is going to hunt you down and kill you in a sexy way" creepy, and thought the execution was bland and lifeless.
  • "Your Body Is a Wonderland" by John Mayer: Hinted in the Worst of 1976 list.
  • "Physical" by Olivia Newton-John: Hinted in the pilot episode of Song vs. Song, where Todd said this song blows.
  • "Donkey" by Jerrod Niemann: The "Body Like a Back Road" review used it as an example of a bad song that mixes country and hip-hop. Expect Todd to criticize the simplistic Double Entendre lyrics about the ass if he puts it on the list. He may also mention that releasing this song as a single was a bad idea — not just because of its quality, but also because the traditionally conservative-minded country fandom didn't appreciate the subject matter, which caused significant damage to Niemann's career.
  • "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails: Hinted in the Worst of 1976 list. Though it can be argued that this song is intentionally unsexy and intimidating.
  • "Yummy Yummy Yummy" by Ohio Express: Hinted in the "Yummy" Pop Song Review, where Todd stated the hallucinogenic drugs of the late '60s weren't an excuse for a song this childish.
  • Katy Perry
    • "Bon Appétit" ft. Migos: In the "Yummy" Pop Song Review, he argued that its attempt to connect food and sex just made the song disgusting. "I don't wanna literally eat Katy Perry and I don't wanna fuck a roast turkey. No one's turned on by carrots and onions and garlic powder!"
    • "E.T." ft. Kanye West: Todd found the "alien-themed Romanticized Abuse song named after the decidedly unsexy alien E.T" premise questionable. He was also very critical of Kanye's verses, which started out as strange nonsense and ended up making the metaphor so literal that he might as well be rapping about taking Katy into his van at gunpoint and assaulting her.
  • "Marvin Gaye" by Charlie Puth ft. Meghan Trainor: Todd named it the worst hit song of 2015 for being lame and not sexy at all. He thinks neither Puth nor Trainor should sing about sex, and described the song as an affront to Marvin Gaye.
  • "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran: Todd gave it a fairly negative review and made it #4 on his Worst of 2017 list because he thinks Sheeran is incapable of projecting anything but perpetual virginity, and said that even Charlie Puth has conveyed more heat.
  • "Thong Song" by Sisqó: Todd has stated that despite its sexualized themes, the song has "only ever been about underwear" to him.
  • "Afternoon Delight" by Starland Vocal Band: Todd named it the worst hit song of 1976, and described it like this: "Never in the universe has there ever been a sex song this unsexy". If he ever makes this list, expect to see this song in one of the high positions (it's not a guaranteed #1 because (1) he said that back in 2011 and might have found an even worse Intercourse with You song since then, and (2) he likely didn't consider stuff like Stuffy Old Songs About the Buttocks to be sex songs).
  • "...Ready For It?" by Taylor Swift: Todd thought it somehow managed to be both irritating and bland. He hated it so much that it defeated "Look What You Made Me Do" for #1 Worst Hit Song of 2017.
  • "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke ft. T.I. & Pharrell Williams: While Todd (as of the Paula Trainwreckords episode) thinks calling it a rape anthem is "probably overdoing it" and kind of regrets wading into that discourse, he still thinks it's a skeevy, pushy song and wouldn't blame you if it reminded you of every dipshit who wouldn't leave you alone at the bar.
  • "Filthy" by Justin Timberlake: It doesn't even have very many lyrics, and yet Todd barely knew where to start with it. He stated "filthy hands" doesn't at all work in a sexual context, "you know this ain't the clean version" is futilely attempting to sell a not-very-dirty song as raunchy, and that "all that meat" is both a bad callback to "My Humps", as well as unintentionally gay (Justin is straight, despite his legions of fans turned on by gay male pairings). Also, the production is ugly and Justin's vocals are completely try-hard. It eventually made #2 on Todd's Worst Hit Songs of 2018 list.
  • "Boom Boom Boom Boom" by Vengaboys: Their aesthetic is as edgeless as S Club 7, so Todd would probably find this too innocent to sound even remotely sexual.
  • "Spectacular" by Kiely Williams: It's not 100% clear if she intended the song to be sexynote , but expect Todd to find it anything but that. It not only features lovely lyrics like "Last I remember I was face down, ass up, clothes off", but is easy to interpret as a celebration of rape — the protagonist was so drunk that her consent was questionable at best, and a few lines suggest that the guy intentionally got her that drunk and/or drugged her.
  • "PILLOWTALK" by ZAYN: He said it reminds him of a concrete block when he named it the #3 worst hit of 2016.

    Todd's Top 10 Worst Career/Image Changes 
  • Garth Brooks becoming Chris Gaines, a fictional pop singer who was supposed to be the main protagonist of a movie that was ultimately never made.
  • The Clash's second lineup. Todd thought Bernie Rhodes' muddy, synthy production badly ruined Cut the Crap, and felt the record failed miserably to bring the Clash back to their raw punk roots.
  • Miley Cyrus's Bangerz-era persona: While Todd wasn't a fan of her Hannah Montana days either, he doesn't seem to appreciate that she broke away from her Disney image by being grossly oversexed and one-dimensionally edgy instead of legitimately mature.
  • Danish eurodance group Daze trying to go Darker and Edgier as a reaction to the Aqua comparisons following their debut record. They employed the famous Max Martin sound associated with Britney Spears as the basis for an anti-authority image, with which they tackled scandalous subjects atypical for bubblegum dance like prostitution and trash television. Despite the novelty, it came off as mostly an Indecisive Parody and badly alienated the group’s original audience, flying completely under the radar in America and bombing even in their native Denmark, where their debut record was a big hit.
  • Bob Dylan becoming a born-again Christian at the turn of the '80s: While Saved and Shot of Love are much worse-received than Slow Train Coming, Todd would probably be puzzled by this sudden change from an artist whose audience is generally very secular.
  • Jewel becoming a dance-pop diva for 0304. Todd thinks she just sold out and couldn't even pull it off well. He also hated her explanation that it was "ironic": For starters, he doesn't buy it and thinks it's a cop-out so she can pretend she's not doing what she's doing. He also argues that even if he did believe it, the whole thing would be self-defeating.
  • Avril Lavigne's gradual maturity regression since "Girlfriend".
  • Madonna going political for American Life: Todd thought it made sense in theory, but Madonna ruined it by making it all about herself.
  • Maroon 5 selling out in the 2010s: Seems like a likely number one choice.
  • Mase becoming a family-friendly Christian rapper on Welcome Back.
  • MC Hammer going hardcore for The Funky Headhunter. It alienated his existing fans who appreciated that he was family-friendly, and failed to bring him new fans because most people found his gangsta image completely unconvincing. Todd also argued that gangsta rap requires lyrics, flow, and the ability to project realness — the exact opposite of Hammer's strengths.
  • Nastradamus-era Nas.
  • Snoop Lion: When Snoop Dogg converted to Rastafarianism and became a reggae musician. It was an abrupt Genre Shift, and many Rastafarians suspected that he didn't genuinely appreciate the religion and just embraced it as a PR stunt and excuse to get high.
  • Taylor Swift's Darker and Edgier reputation-era persona: Todd doesn't think Taylor Swift can play the bad guy, and argued that the change in image was a last-ditch attempt at spin from a woman who had badly lost control of the narrative. This seems pretty likely to end up high on the list, as New Taylor is so far the only artist to make both #1 and #2 on the same Worst list. note  It doesn't help that Todd put another New Taylor song on the Worst of 2018 list (though only at #8) and reaffirmed his hate for Taylor's obsession with her reputation.
  • Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco's Adam Levine-ization since Pray for the Wicked: Possibly unlikely because in the Best of 2019 list, Todd decided Brendon Urie is starting to look more like 2000s Weezer than Maroon 5. Time will tell though whether or not he'll start to worsen as time goes on.
  • Kiely Williams's attempt to go Darker and Edgier with the controversial "Spectacular", which ended up killing her career.

    Todd's Top 10 Best Career/Image Changes 
  • The Beatles evolving from Merseybeat to psychedelic rock.
  • David Bowie in general.
  • Miley Cyrus ditching her oversexualized Bangerz-era image and becoming more respectable.
  • Nelly Furtado going from folksy singer/songwriter pop to Timbaland-produced dance-pop.
  • Carly Rae Jepsen going from an overrated bubblegum pop singer to one of Todd's favorite indie pop artists of all time.
  • Kesha going from dance-pop to singer/songwriter on Rainbow.
  • Lorde on Melodrama.
  • Machine Gun Kelly going from rap to pop punk.
  • Pantera going from hair metal to groove metal.
  • Post Malone's turn towards singer/songwriter alternative music on songs like "Circles".
  • Radiohead evolving out of their angsty grunge phase.
  • Gwen Stefani easing her way into plastic pop.
  • Harry Styles going from just another pretty face from One Direction to the modern equivalent of Peter Gabriel.
  • Sugar Ray going from metal to pop-reggae.
  • Taylor Swift going from an overly vain popstar to a talented acoustic folk singer on her 2020 albums, as well as finally becoming more socially conscious in real life ever since 2018 Tennessee Senate election (despite the flawed choices on "You Need to Calm Down").

    Top 10 Worst Choices for Singles 
  • "United Front" by Arrested Development: Although Todd liked this song, he felt it was a terrible choice for a single due to being too dreary.
  • "Maybe I Mean Yes" by Holly Dunn: Although the song was merely about a flirtatious woman playing the By "No", I Mean "Yes" trope, it killed her career because some listeners felt that the lyrics, especially the line "When I say 'no' I mean 'maybe', or maybe I mean 'yes'", condoned Date Rape. It was a new song on her Greatest Hits Album Milestones: Greatest Hits, and would likely have stirred up controversy even if it hadn't been released as a single, but it might have done less damage to her career if that were the case.
  • Jewel
    • "Intuition": In the 0304 episode, he mentions that he thinks the project might've been salvageable with a better lead single. The most likely candidates would be the personal songs with a pop sheen, which he described as "pretty good".
    • "Stand": Todd called it redundant and said Jewel shouldn't have doubled down on the "ooh I'm alienated by the shallowness of society" message. He also said she sounded haughty and pretentious.
  • "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" by Jordan Knight: While Todd believed Jordan had a lot of potential as a solo artist, he considered it a huge mistake to turn this Prince song into an easy listening ballad and was not surprised that it killed his momentum.
  • "Hello Kitty" by Avril Lavigne: Hinted in the "Shake It Off" review, where Todd used it as an example of Lavigne releasing something flailing and desperate. Its use of EDM and dubstep reeked of We're Still Relevant, Dammit!, and her attempt to capitalize on her fandom in Japan (with the music video being filmed in Tokyo and Gratuitous Japanese thrown in the lyrics) got her accused of racism. The song flopped and sped up the fall her career was in, so it'll probably make a list like this if Todd finds something better on its parent album.
  • "Donkey" by Jerrod Niemann: Releasing this song as a single did significant damage to Niemann's career because the traditionally conservative-minded country fandom didn't appreciate the Double Entendre lyrics about ass.
  • "Am I Black Enough For You?" by Billy Paul: Todd has talked about how its black nationalist themes and message alienated mainstream white listeners. It doesn't help that nearly everybody on the label, including Paul himself, thought it would indeed be a terrible choice for a single, but the head of the label loved the song and released it as his second single anyway.
  • "Bon Appétit" by Katy Perry ft. Migos: He has said on Twitter that releasing it as a single was a "bad fucking idea". In the "Yummy" Pop Song Review, he argued that while the first single from Witness underperformed, "Bon Appétit" was what really sank the album.
  • "South of the Border" by Ed Sheeran ft. Camila Cabello & Cardi B: Hinted in a tweet.
  • "ME!" by Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco: Todd found this lead single to be extremely flavorless, and felt it could have ended Taylor's career had it not been for its attention-stirring followup.
  • "Get Her Back" by Robin Thicke: While Todd felt there were a lot of pretty good songs on the Paula album, he criticized this leadoff single choice not only for being too dull coming off the success of "Blurred Lines", but also for setting the negative tone that would lead to Paula's infamously poor sales.
  • "Filthy" by Justin Timberlake: Todd put this at #2 on his Worst of 2018 countdown, where he suggested Man of the Woods could've had more hits due to stylistically fitting in with current trends, but that this song "poisoned the well really early."
  • "Follow God" by Kanye West: This tweet suggests that he thinks it was a poor choice.
  • "Spectacular" by Kiely Williams: This single was her first solo release. The controversy surrounding it ensured that it would also be her last. If it were just a random song on an album, it would probably have been controversial and possibly career-killing anyway, but then she'd at least get to release one album.

    Top 10 Worst Billboard Year-End Number-One Singles 
  • "In Da Club" by 50 Cent (2003): He doesn't like 50 Cent, and he doesn't like club songs.
  • "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams (1991): His #1 worst hit song of 1991. Probably destined for a high spot, possibly #1.
  • "Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies (1969): Expect him to find it too bubblegummy.
  • "Love Yourself" by Justin Bieber (2016): Todd gave this a dishonorable mention in his Worst of 2016 video and later elaborated upon why he hated it in his "I Don't Care" Pop Song Review - he cannot sympathize with Justin Bieber performing a stripped down, Sheeran-penned guitar ballad.
  • "Boom Boom Pow" by The Black Eyed Peas (2009): His #4 worst hit song of 2009.
  • "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille (1975): Hinted in the Paper Lace OHW, where this was the first song he played when discussing the Lame '70s.
  • "Look Away" by Chicago (1989): Despite this song coming out after Peter Cetera left the band, Todd still hates everything Chicago released from 1976 onwards.
  • "God's Plan" by Drake (2018): Todd has given it a mixed review and described its popularity as inexplicable. In the review of "Toosie Slide" (2020), he pointed out that "God's Plan" has already been forgotten — quite an "accomplishment" considering that it was the song of the year just two years earlier.
  • "Physical" by Olivia Newton-John (1982): Hinted in the pilot episode of Song vs. Song, where Todd said this song blows.
  • "How You Remind Me" by Nickelback (2002): Todd feels Nickelback deserve every bit of flack they get.
  • "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" by Tony Orlando and Dawn (1973): Another quintessential song of the Lame '70s, although Todd has hinted to be intrigued by the Vietnam subtext plastered onto the song, despite its meaning having nothing to do with the war.
  • "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter (2006): He has called this song terrible.
  • "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran (2017): His #4 worst hit song of 2017. He seems to have hinted to dislike it even more than he did at the end of that year, due to its continued success in 2018 and even 2019.
  • "Joy to the World" (aka "Jeremiah was a Bullfrog") by Three Dog Night (1971): With a song as brainless as this topping the list for this year, the Lame '70s were definitely in full throttle by 1971. While the song's plethora of big hooks make it a guilty pleasure for many, the nonsense lyrics and childish tone are certainly a stark contrast to the very charged, artistically accomplished masterpieces dominating the charts in the few years prior.
  • "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder (1986): A Charity Motivation Song, and not even a well-remembered one, either.

    Top 10 Best Billboard Year-End Number-One Singles 
  • "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele (2011): His #3 Best Hit Song of 2011.
  • "Hey Jude" by The Beatles (1968): Hinted in the Oasis Trainwreckords, where Todd stated he believes every bit of the song's simple message.
  • "Call Me" by Blondie (1980): Although 1980 is one of Todd's least favorite years for music, this song has very much stood the test of time as a pop anthem. Similar to Ariana Grande in 2018, it's likely Todd would feel Blondie were one of the only pop acts that truly mattered in 1980.
  • "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey (2005): Mariah is one of Todd's favorite pop singers of all time, and this was the song that revitalized her career after it had fallen apart in the early 2000s.
  • "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye ft. Kimbra (2012): His #6 Best Hit Song of 2012.
  • "My Sharona" by The Knack (1979)
  • "Old Town Road (Remix)" by Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus (2019): His #9 Best Hit Song of 2019. It would have been higher had he not been turned off by the overheated discourse surrounding the song and sympathized with those who didn't like the song, but those factors probably wouldn't be as significant on a list like this.
  • "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz (2013): His #8 Best Hit Song of 2013.
  • "California Dreamin'" by The Mamas & the Papas (1966note ): The first counterculture anthem to top Billboard's Year-End list (The Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" only reached #3 the previous year).
  • George Michael
    • "Careless Whisper" (1985): Despite coming out during the Wham! era, this is one of George Michael's most beloved songs, although it hasn't been entirely snark-free, either (it was parodied in Music and Lyrics).
    • "Faith" (1988)
  • "Every Breath You Take" by The Police (1983): Mentioned as one of his favorite retro 80's songs in both the "Paparazzi" episode and the Worst of 2011 list. His Song vs. Song episode pitting this against U2's "With or Without You" reaffirmed his love of it.
  • "When Doves Cry" by Prince (1984)
  • "Uptown Funk!" by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars (2015): His #1 Best Hit Song of 2014, although it would have lost to Taylor Swift's "Style" had he only counted it for 2015.
  • "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel (1970)
  • "Yeah!" by Usher ft. Lil Jon & Ludacris (2004): Todd considers this tied with Rihanna's "Umbrella" for Song of the 2000s Decade.

    Top 10 Worst Comedy/Joke Songs 
  • "Short Dick Man" by 20 Fingers featuring Gillette: Like "#SELFIE", it's just some ditzy woman (who in this case sounds basically like a female version of the The Angry Video Game Nerd) making petty, judgmental comments over a generic, monotonous beat. In the grand Lil Dicky tradition, its scope of humor doesn't extend any further beyond dick jokes. It's likely Todd will consider it a pretentious example of '90s irony.
  • "I'm a Stupid Hoe" by Bart Baker: While all of Bart Baker's music was poorly received on Rate Your Music (he has 38 singles, of which two are rated above 1.00), this one stands out by having far more ratings by the rest of his output, which allows it to rival "Earth" for the worst-rated single of all time. The "humour" consists mostly of Baker portraying Nicki Minaj as, well, a stupid hoe. If Todd comes across this song, he'll probably hate it and think it lazily insults an artist he considers talented.
  • "#SELFIE" by The Chainsmokers: Todd has called it a horrible failure as both music and comedy. When he named it the #2 worst hit song of 2014, he said that even if it had been funny, making fun of vapid white girls is shooting fish in a barrel.
  • "Disco Duck" by Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots: #5 on his Worst of 1976 list.
  • "My Boomerang Won't Come Back" by Charlie Drake: Its insensitive, racist stereotyping was super controversial even back when the song first came out in 1961.
  • "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" by Elmo and Patsy: He described it as "deeply unfunny" in the OHW episode on it.
  • "Alley Oop" by The Hollywood Argyles: Hinted in the "Monster Mash" OHW.
  • Lil Dicky
    • "Earth": Todd thought the animal jokes were terrible, and criticized Dicky for using dick jokes yet again. There's also the out-of-place and tasteless "We forgive you, Germany!" line. On top of that, Todd thinks that unlike "Freaky Friday", which at least has the saving grace of being okay on a musical level, "Earth" sounds like bad environmental songs from the '80s and '90s.
    • "Freaky Friday" ft. Chris Brown: Todd's #4 worst hit of 2018. While he thinks the song is okay as music, the lyrics will probably get it a spot on this list. Bad points include the "Ain't nobody judging 'cause I'm black or my controversial past" line, Dicky's excessive reliance on Self-Deprecation (especially of the "I have a Teeny Weenie" kind), the praise of Chris Brown (most of which doesn't even try to be funny), that Dicky's idea of what it means to be black apparently amounts to "you have a big dick and free access to the N-Word", and the cameos in the end (especially Kendall Jenner's gross masturbation joke).
  • "Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO: Todd's #3 worst hit of 2011. He called it "stupid, lazy comedy" and was annoyed by the repetitive beat that never changes and just gets louder. He doesn't even think the song is bad in an interesting way.
  • "Convoy" by C.W. McCall: #2 on his Worst of 1976 list.
  • Any song on the infamous Nostalgia Critic's The Wall: The album was poorly received in general and has been thrashed by multiple other online critics, so it's unlikely that Todd will enjoy it. However, the songs on it may avoid the list because Todd is eternally grateful to Doug and Rob Walker for hiring him in 2010 and ultimately making his autonomous career possible, and he felt uncomfortable speaking his opinion in the middle of the #ChangeTheChannel controversy, despite affirming his vehement opposition to Channel Awesome's handling of the scandal.
  • "Witch Doctor" by David Seville: Hinted in the "Monster Mash" OHW.
  • "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)" by Allan Sherman: Hinted in the "Monster Mash" episode.
  • Ray Stevens
    • "Ahab the Arab": It doesn't hold up so well for pretty self-explanatory reasons.
    • "The Streak": A dumb novelty song from good old 1974.
  • "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" by Train: #10 on his Worst of 2012 countdown.
  • "I Love It" by Kanye West ft. Lil Pump & Adele Givens: It made #5 on his Worst list for 2018, and he called it "sad and lazy."
  • "The Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley: Hinted in the "Monster Mash" OHW.

    Top Ten Worst Years for Pop Music 
  • 1959: This was the first full year of the dark time Todd described in the "Monster Mash" OHW.
  • 1960: Arguably the peak of the post-rock & roll, pre-Beatles dark era of music. Todd has singled out "Alley Oop" and "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" as particularly bad songs, but 1960 is also plagued by the poorly aged teen tragedy fad. While 1961 to 1962 are not fondly remembered either, those at least saw the beginnings of Motown as a driving force of popular music.
  • 1961: Although Motown was more established this year than it was in 1960, it's possible the dumb novelty songs and output by mediocre teen idols are overall worse to Todd this year than that year.
  • 1962: See 1961.
  • 1974: Very strongly hinted in the Paper Lace OHW, where Todd says its reputation as the worst year for music is well-earned.
  • 1980: Implied in the Carl Douglas OHW. Todd has referred to this era as "the false start of the decade", due to disco being dead, MTV-fueled new wave still not being fully established, and the majority of big hits being dull, forgettable easy listening ballads and featureless blandness. However, in the Dexys Midnight Runners OHW, he pointed out that 1980 was a much better year for music in the UK, where synthpop and new wave were already full-fledged crazes, disco had not truly died, and the 2 Tone movement was at its height.
  • 1981: It's more or less a direct continuation of the dark age of American pop music that started in late 1979 and lasted until the rise of new wave. While MTV debuted in August of this year, Todd noted in the Toni Basil OHW episode that its influence wouldn't be truly felt until the following year.
  • 1986: Hinted in a couple of tweets.
  • 1987: Todd summarized this year's music as being mostly crap when he did his worst of countdown for it, as it was plagued by dull easy listening and badly aged synthpop.
  • 1990: Implied in the Carl Douglas and Deee-Lite OHW episodes. Todd dislikes this year due to its charts being dominated by the awful backwash of '80s hair metal and schmaltzy easy listening ballads, and that the '90s had not truly started yet.
  • 2000: Todd tweeted that this was a terrible year for pop music, in contrast to 1999 being so good. In the S Club 7 OHW, he had hinted that the period was plagued by an overabundance of easy listening ballads, but 2000 was also a negative turning point for Post-Grunge, which saw Creed's "Higher" and "With Arms Wide Open" become two of the biggest songs of the year. He also considers most of 2000's huge smashes overrated.
  • 2001: Implied in the Carl Douglas OHW. Todd hates this year due to the dominance off early 2000s butt-rock, the oversaturation of easy listening ballads, and teen pop hitting a low point, especially with *NSYNC's "Pop".
  • 2014: While 2013 has grown on Todd in hindsight, he still reaffirms his hatred of this year, in which not only was the bad stuff horrible, the good stuff was less good than in previous years. The year as a whole was dominated by Iggy Azalea, dumb butt-themed songs, soulless EDM, and general sleaziness. This tweet pretty much confirmed it.
  • 2017: Although Todd felt 2016 and 2018 both improved towards the end, he felt this year "suuuuucked," due to the lack of hits by real, established pop titans and the dominance of indistinguishable EDM and Migos-wannabe SoundCloud rap.

    Top Ten Best Years for Pop Music 
  • 1965: Implied in the Worst of 1976 countdown. Not only was The Beatles' influence on popular music fully evident this year, it also saw the dynamic beginnings of counterculture rock, with songs like "Like a Rolling Stone", "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", and "Mr. Tambourine Man" all being huge hits that year.
  • 1966: Similar to 1965 in that Motown, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and The Beach Boys were all pumping out classic music, while the bad stuff wasn't nearly as prominent as it was in other years.
  • 1967: Psychedelic rock was really coming into its own this year.
  • 1969: Todd has described this as a year when pop culture was especially big. It was the height of the counterculture era of music, which the Year-End list reflects wholly.
  • 1976: Implied in the Worst of countdown, where Todd praised this year's good music as being not just plentiful, but also some of the best ever.
  • 1977: Todd described this as one of the biggest years for pop culture ever in a tweet. In particular, it was defined by disco entering its peak with the release of Saturday Night Fever, the breakthrough of punk rock (which wasn't represented on Billboard's Year-End list but was clearly one of the most important trends in rock), and landmark albums such as Rumours, The Stranger, and Hotel California (which was technically from December 1976, but particularly dominated the charts throughout 1977).
  • 1983: Implied in the Worst of 1976 countdown. This year was ruled by Michael Jackson's Thriller, as well as the full blossoming of new wave.
  • 1984: Todd described this as one of the biggest years for pop culture ever in a tweet and on the Song vs. Song podcast, and this tweet suggests a very positive impression of the year.
  • 1988: Hinted in a tweet.
  • 1992: Although Todd has said he hates the early '90s in pop music, he called this a major inflection point for music in his Best of 2019 video. 1992 was most famously the watershed year for grunge, but it also saw the final stretch of new jack swing, the continued success of Mariah Carey, the release of The Chronic, the success of U2's Achtung Baby, and fresh new bands such as En Vogue, TLC, Jodeci, and Rage Against the Machine overtaking aging relics of the '80s such as Richard Marx. Even hair metal had a few high moments on its deathbed, including Mr. Big's "To Be with You" (which Todd said he liked in his One Hit Wonderland retrospective), Van Halen's "Right Now", and Guns N' Roses' "November Rain".
  • 1999: Todd had called this one of the biggest years for pop music ever, and he's much more forgiving of artists like Will Smith and the Backstreet Boys than other music critics. When talking about "Hot Girl Summer" in the Best of 2019 list, he also hinted that even the year's most maligned single, "Summer Girls" by LFO, is "always a classic" - even though he probably meant that ironically, it's evident that even the cheesiest songs from 1999 were guilty pleasures to him. This tweet suggests further that 1999 would very likely make this list.
  • 2011: This was one of Todd's favorite years for pop music in the 2010s, thanks to dance-pop becoming a bit more diverse and indie music influencing the charts more than it did the previous year.
  • 2019: Todd called it one of the best years he's reviewed in music, thanks to its onslaught of fresh new talents and unpredictable defining hits.
  • 2020: In stark contrast to the year itself, Todd adored the pop music of 2020 and considered it more important in his life than ever. He very nearly did a Top 20 Best Hit Songs video instead of Top 10 because of how many tough cuts he was forced to make.

    Todd's Top 10 Good Songs by Bad Artists 
  • "Dancing Queen" by ABBA: Todd thinks they're awful, but he considers this their best song.
  • "Summer of '69" by Bryan Adams: Todd mostly hates Bryan Adams but has singled this out as his one great song.
  • "Smooth Criminal" by Alien Ant Farm: Todd mostly considered these guys a boring, cookie cutter early 2000s nu-metal band, but he thought this was a great cover.
  • "What Do You Mean?" by Justin Bieber: Although Todd despises all incarnations of Justin Bieber, he likes this song's production and feels the lyrics genuinely capture the frustrating disorientation of adolescent relationships, landing it an honorable mention in his Best of 2015 video.
  • "Forever" by Chris Brown: Seems like a pretty obvious choice. Chris Brown has been Todd's biggest punching bag since the very first episode of his series (where he called Jay Sean a non-violent replacement of Chris), but he has stated that he likes this song.
  • "25 or 6 to 4" by Chicago: Although Chicago are one of Todd's two least favorite bands alongside Maroon 5, he at least admits that their early work was quite good. He specifically singled this song out to represent the band at its best during his "Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1987" and "Girls Like You" episodes.
  • "Butterfly" by Crazy Town: Todd thought they were an awful band, but surprisingly quite enjoyed their one hit, which many people dislike just as much as their other stuff.
  • "Ridin' Solo" by Jason Derulo: Hinted at in the Worst of 2020 video. Even though Todd originally considered it weaker than "Talk Dirty" (which he still found severely flawed) and it wasn't on his Best of 2010 list, he called it Derulo's only good song in the "Return of the Mack" OHW.
  • Imagine Dragons
    • "It's Time": They have since become a major punching bag for Todd, essentially the epitome of indie rock's slow descent into corporatized hell, but he was legitimately stoked about them when they first broke out in 2012.
    • "Sucker for Pain" with Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Logic & X Ambassadors: Despite missing his Best of 2016 list, Todd eventually tweeted that this was his favorite song of theirs. However, since it's a collaboration with several other artists (three of which Todd hasn't spoke much positively about either, especially Lil Wayne) rather than just Imagine Dragons on their own, "It's Time" might be a likelier choice.
  • "The Bigger Picture" by Lil Baby: Despite being extremely impressed by this socially conscious detour, Todd still can't get into Lil Baby's work as a whole and gave "We Paid" a dishonorable mention the same year this track made his Best list.
  • One of Lil Dicky's early songs: While Todd wasn't too impressed by Dicky's early work, he did note that "there was some sign early in Dicky's career that he was going to be an actual rapper who happened to be funny like Macklemore or Big Sean", so something from that era might get a low spot or an honorable mention.
  • "Makes Me Wonder" by Maroon 5: Todd tweeted that this song spares Adam Levine from being the worst pop star of the modern era.
  • "I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Seeb Remix)" by Mike Posner: While Todd thinks most of Posner's work is pretty bad, Posner's own weaknesses factor into this song's strengths for Todd.
  • "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship: Todd loathes Starship as a whole, especially for "We Built This City" and "Sara", but "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" is one of his favorite songs of the 1980s.

    Todd's Top 10 Bad Songs by Good Artists 
  • "Warm Sentiments" by Arrested Development: While Todd also isn't a fan of their hit "Mr. Wendal", this song in particular was so offensive to him that it stained his entire impression of the band itself.
  • "Summer of Love" by The Beach Boys: Todd was absolutely disgusted by Mike Love's attempts at being sexy in his 50s, and the synthetic Pro Tools production certainly didn't help.
  • "Diva" by Beyoncé: Todd has grown much fonder of Queen Bey with time, but he most likely still despises this, since it was the only song originally able to defeat "Break Up" (still to this day the worst song he ever reviewed) for Worst Hit Song of 2009.
  • "Loverboy" by Mariah Carey: Todd wasn't impressed by Glitter and noted that this was Mariah's worst-received single.
  • "Dictator" by The Clash: Todd thought most of Cut the Crap was a mess, but this track stands out — he found the production and mixing so bad that he had to check if it wasn't just a hardware glitch on his end.
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
    • "Sweet Hitch-Hiker": Todd could go with this instead of "Take It Like a Friend", which was not written or performed by John Fogerty and therefore isn't a fitting representation of Creedence as a whole. Todd said he had a "very strong negative reaction" to this song, calling it crap and saying it was the predecessor to mid-'70s butt-rock bands like Grand Funk Railroad and Foghat. However, it probably wouldn't rank high on this list, since he conceded that it wasn't that bad.
    • "Take It Like a Friend": Todd considered this the worst song of the already ill-conceived Mardi Gras album, greeting it with extreme disapproval. Mostly he criticized Stu Cook's abysmal singing, but also felt the lyrics were just blatantly shit-talking to John Fogerty's face.
  • Eminem
    • "Fack": A questionable bonus track from Curtain Call: The Hits that was derided for its gross subject matter and annoying sound. Todd said in this tweet after The Rap Critic showed it to him while researching for the "Lighters" episode that it "may be not only Eminem's worst song, but humanity's worst moment".
    • "Just Lose It": It topped Todd's Worst of 2004 list.
  • "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" by Genesis: Todd loves all of the other singles on Genesis' Invisible Touch album (even "In Too Deep"), but he finds this to be a complete mess, landing it at #5 on his Worst of 1987 list.
  • At least one song from MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 by Lauryn Hill: While Todd praised Hill's debut and her good performances, he outright called this album one of the worst ever made, so something on it is bound to end up on a list like this.
  • "American Life" by Madonna: Todd called this Madonna's worst-ever single in the American Life Trainwreckords.
  • "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars: Considering all the praise Todd keeps heaping onto Bruno and how consistently he appears on his Best list, it's pretty shocking that he was once thrashing him as a douchebag, telling him to "go broke and die" for this song. While he wasn't impressed by "Grenade" or "When I Was Your Man" either, neither of those songs were bad enough to make his Worst list in their respective years like "The Lazy Song" did.
  • "All Around the World" by Oasis: Todd considered this the pinnacle of the Be Here Now album's bloated extravagance, calling it the band's failed equivalent of The Beatles' "Hey Jude" and "All You Need Is Love".
  • "High Hopes" by Panic! at the Disco: Todd said this song sounds like ass, giving it a dishonorable mention on his Worst of 2018 countdown.
  • "...Ready For It?" by Taylor Swift: Although Taylor has appeared on Todd's Worst lists numerous times, he stated he considers her one of the greatest pop stars of the 2010s in his "ME!" Pop Song Review. "...Ready For It?" is her only song to top a Worst list (though "Look What You Made Me Do" and "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" did make #2 and #6 in the same year).
  • "Filthy" by Justin Timberlake: Todd considers it one of the most catastrophic lead singles ever by a pop titan.
  • "Without You" by Van Halen: Todd called it one of the worst songs he's ever heard in the Van Halen III Trainwreckords.
  • Kanye West
  • Stevie Wonder
    • "Ebony and Ivory" with Paul McCartney: Todd has said he hates this song, which most people consider a huge letdown considering the pedigree of its two performers.
    • "I Just Called to Say I Love You": In the Michael Sembello OHW, Todd cited this song to showcase how Stevie suddenly stopped making good music after Sembello stopped recording with him.

    Todd's Top 10 Most Overrated Artists/Bands 
  • ABBA: Despite their positive reputation nowadays and success in their heyday, Todd thinks they're terrible.
  • Bryan Adams: Todd thinks we decided to give him a pass because of "Summer of 69".
  • Justin Bieber: His reputation has improved since his early years in music, but Todd still doesn't like him.
  • Chris Brown: Does he even need an introduction?
  • Captain & Tennille: They're pretty much the quintessential act of the Lame '70s.
  • Chicago: Todd's most hated rock band of all time.
  • Luke Combs: Todd doesn't get his hype except for "not being Dan + Shay".
  • Deftones: Todd doesn't get why they're considered the "guilt-free nu-metal" band.
  • Jason Derulo: He's been one of Todd's most hated artists since "Whatcha Say", with "Wiggle" in particular earning a special brand of scorn from him.
  • Drake: While Todd likes Drake as a whole, he has been baffled by how ubiquitously huge he's been in the 2010s and is absolutely burnt out by his incessant dominance of the hip hop industry. Mostly, it's Drake's output from the second half of the decade, such as "God's Plan", "In My Feelings", "One Dance", and "Jumpman" that would win him a spot on this list, although Todd does at least like a few of his recent tracks, including "Passionfruit", "Nice for What", and his guest verse on "SICKO MODE". In the negative "Toosie Slide" review, Todd reaffirms that he's tired of Drake — he complains about the sheer number of dreary Drake songs and says that Drake hasn't grown much as an artist. While Todd still likes some of Drake's music, he argues that it's a function of quantity, not quality ("there's probably at least one good song among all of these").
  • Lauryn Hill: Might get an honourable mention because of her album MTV Unplugged No. 2.0, which Todd despised even though it has a lot of defenders.
  • Enrique Iglesias: Todd called him the blandest of the late '90s Latin pop artists and hated "I Like It" and especially "Tonight (I'm F***ing You)".
  • Imagine Dragons: They're popular, but Todd dislikes most of their output. However, they're not likely to be that high on the list because their reputation isn't too good, at least with other music critics.
  • Jewel (pre-sellout): Todd wasn't impressed by her attempts to be deep, and thought she tended to oversing.
  • The Jonas Brothers: Todd doesn't understand the hype for these guys at all, saying they're "just there". By the end of 2019, he had decided he hates their post-comeback material, putting "Only Human" at #10 on his Worst list and even saying he despises "Sucker". However, he doesn't think their Disney-era music was horrible and understands why they have an enduring fanbase.
  • Lil Dicky: Todd suspects that a lot of his success comes from AstroTurf and his skills at self-promotion, and not from having songs that are worth listening to.
  • Lil Wayne: Hinted mostly in the "I Can Transform Ya" Pop Song Review, but certainly not helped by his 2010s hits, either. Todd also said "A Milli" is one of his most hated songs ever in his FAQ.
  • LMFAO: Todd dislikes their party songs and hates the fact that the only reason they ever got famous was due to nepotism, with both members of the duo being descendants of Motown founder Berry Gordy. However, it's also possible Todd is now nostalgic about "Party Rock Anthem" as he initially predicted, especially since pop music has become so downbeat and depressing in recent times, in contrast to the mindless fun LMFAO brought to the genre.
  • Lukas Graham: They didn't even achieve that much success, but Todd hated them so much that they may make a low spot or a dishonorable mention.
  • Maroon 5: Todd singles out "Moves Like Jagger" as the moment their musical quality started to decline. In the "Girls Like You" review, Todd straight up compares Maroon 5 to his other most hated rock band of all time, Chicago. In the Worst of 2019 video, Todd said even early Maroon 5 was overrated, despite having their moments.
  • MC Hammer: "Well the big reason is, and bear with me here, Hammer wasn't good to begin with."
  • Olivia Newton-John: She was one of the biggest stars in the world in the '70s and early '80s, but Todd has stated he dislikes her work, having singled out "I Honestly Love You" and "Physical" as particularly bad songs.
  • Nickelback: They've been pretty popular, but are not that likely to make a high spot because they also get a lot of hate (which Todd thinks is deserved).
  • Pitbull: Possibly unlikely because although Todd hated Pitbull during the early 2010s, he seems to have become much more nostalgic for him in later years, due to his goofy, upbeat tone and distinct identity. He even gave "Time of Our Lives" an honorable mention in his Best of 2015 countdown.
  • Mike Posner: Like Ashlee and Meghan, Todd has argued that Mike Posner was one of those "successful, but no one really liked them that much" artists. However, Posner became more popular after his comeback. Todd dislikes most of his output, however.
  • Ed Sheeran: While he's not one of Todd's most hated artists overall, the success of songs like "Thinking Out Loud" and especially "Shape of You" might get him a low spot.
  • Ashlee Simpson: She's an interesting case — Todd has argued that no one really liked her that much even at her most popular. If he considers artists that fall under "popular, but no one really likes them that much" overrated, don't be surprised if Ashlee shows up on the list. Her apparent inability to sing live doesn't help.
  • Britney Spears: Todd stated he's never been super impressed by anything Britney has ever put out, although she's mostly avoided the bad zone, aside from a few later tracks she released with will.i.am.
  • Styx: Todd thinks they're unbelievably lame and despises Dennis DeYoung's voice almost as much as Peter Cetera's.
  • Taylor Swift: She's very popular, but Todd only loves a small handful of her songs and has put her on multiple Worst lists (most notably giving her both the #1 and #2 spots on the 2017 list). However, he has also called her "one of the greatest pop stars of our time" for her ability to capture the public's imagination, so she's not likely to end up high on the list.
  • Meghan Trainor: Like Ashlee Simpson, Todd has argued that while she was highly popular at a time, no one really liked her that much. Todd himself disliked Meghan's music, but gave it somewhat of a pass because it at least had upbeat production and wasn't generic.
  • will.i.am: While Todd recognizes why will.i.am is successful, calling him the Michael Bay of music, he also despises his work, citing annoying sounds as his primary influences. Unlike Pitbull, Todd does not seem to have warmed up to him at all — he has bashed the will.i.am sound as late as in the "Look What You Made Me Do" review.

    Todd's Top 10 Most Underrated Artists/Bands 
  • a-ha: "Did they deserve better? Hell, yeah, they did."
  • Dexys Midnight Runners: "Did they deserve better? Um, yes. The answer to that is yes, I hope I made that clear."
  • Fastball: Todd grew up a fan of theirs and stressed that they're not one-hit wonders in his Worst of 2016 video.
  • Carly Rae Jepsen: Although Todd thought "Call Me Maybe" was overrated at the time of its release, Carly's later work in the indie pop scene has thoroughly and completely won him over, resulting in three of her non-hits getting honorable mentions in his year-end countdowns ("Run Away with Me" in particular is one of his favorite pop songs of all time).
  • Midnight Oil: A one-hit wonder in America. Todd loves them so much that he thinks they deserved way better even though they were already huge in their native Australia.
  • Janelle Monáe: Strongly hinted in the Best of 2018 countdown, where Todd lamented that she's never going to be a real pop star despite her talent.
  • Scatman John: He's one of Todd's favorite one-hit wonders ever. Mind you, "Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)" didn't even crack the top 40 in America.
  • Barry White: Although Barry was successful in his day, Todd feels he should be recognized more for his artistic prowess.

    Todd's Top 10 Worst "Ironic" Songs 
Several types of songs fall under this: Songs with "satirical" aspects that just come across as an excuse for the artist to do something questionable while pretending they're not really doing it. Songs that awkwardly satirize something while simultaneously trying to be that very thing. Songs that more or less end up becoming the thing they were trying to parody (in particular, poorly-executed Stealth Parodies risk becoming indistinguishable from bad-but-sincere examples). Poorly-received unironic songs where the artist tried to pull a Parody Retcon or Deliberate Flaw Retcon after the fact. Songs where it's not even clear if the artist tried to be ironic. The rare cases where the song itself serves as the Parody/Deliberate Flaw Retcon for another work or event count too.
  • "Short Dick Man" by 20 Fingers feat. Gillette: It's essentially the '90s version of "#SELFIE" in that it's just some gossipy woman dubbed over a disposable club beat, and while it predates that song, it still came out several years after Frank Zappa's "Valley Girl".
  • "My Humps" by The Black Eyed Peas: It has been claimed that it's supposed to be a Stealth Parody of crunk rap. Expect Todd, who has called the song one of the worst Booty Songs ever made, to be unimpressed by that explanation. It doesn't help that it was done in the same style as the genre it's apparently parodying, and the lyrics don't make it clear that it's supposed to be a parody — sure, they're stupid, but it's not like Todd thinks the rest of the Peas' catalogue is full of great lyricism, so unless that is ironic too, well...
  • "#SELFIE" by The Chainsmokers: Not only did Todd find this track's critique of vapid party girls to be toothlessly judgmental (making the song itself just as shallow as the girl it portrays), he found the premise wholly unoriginal, due to Frank Zappa already recording "Valley Girl" decades earlier and catty party chicks being an obvious point of satire anyway.
  • "We Can't Stop" or "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus: Her Bangerz-era persona (particularly in the live performances) was apparently supposed to be a Stealth Parody of her new image and the media's perception of it, as well as pop music, pop performances, and many of the trends in pop music, and Former Child Stars who attempt to throw off Contractual Purity with grossly oversexed and one-dimensionally edgy new personas and/or dramatically self-destruct. The problem with this is that it runs head first into Poe's Law.
  • "15 Minutes of Fame" by Daze: It's intended to critique the vapidness and cruelty of trash television, but it comes across more as a commercial exploitation of the fad, making it basically a 15 minutes of fame-type of song in itself. Not only does it have catchy, Max Martin-style production, but the interpolation of "Go Jerry!" fits way too perfectly into the rest of the song.
  • "Intuition" by Jewel: Todd hated Jewel's "ironic" pop direction in general, and was particularly harsh on this song.
  • "Take It Off" by Kesha: Todd said that if it's half-parody like people claim, it means that Ke$ha is mocking you for trying to have fun.
  • "Earth" by Lil Dicky: Todd considered this song to be completely aimless in its purpose. As a Lil Dicky "comedy" track, it tries to satirize environmental songs, yet it's simultaneously a real charity single. The result? Not much besides a marathon of animal meme jokes, followed by a string of filler observations. Todd felt that the song implies that "animals are disgusting", thus going against its environmental message, not helped by its obviously high-budget animated music video and being from 2019, making it a poor source of charity income. Ultimately, the single is barely a spoof, nor does it compel you to donate to Leonardo DiCaprio's charity with its sense of humor.
  • "I'm In Miami Bitch" by LMFAO: It was intended to parody the playboys of Miami's nightlife, but it doesn't come across as that to most viewers. (It's an incredibly generic electro song about sexing up women, by the way, and something that wouldn't sound out of place in popular rap albums.) The music video, even more so.
  • "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette: When it was pointed out that all her examples of irony were not technically irony, she suddenly decided that that was, in fact, the irony all along. However, Todd may be reluctant to add it simply because he feels that jokes about this song are overdone.
  • "Look What You Made Me Do" by Taylor Swift: This seems very likely for the #1 position on this list. In response to her deteriorating public reputation as an innocent angel, Taylor tried to reclaim the public narrative by clumsily framing all of her public gaffes as all being part of "New Taylor"'s evil plan. Todd was so unimpressed by her contrived spin control that he ranked the song #2 on his Worst list in 2017, only beaten by another "New Taylor" song.
  • "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke ft. T.I. & Pharrell Williams: Thicke tried to pass it off as parody after its lyrics were denounced as misogynistic. Todd himself thinks it's a skeevy, pushy song.
  • "Dear Future Husband" by Meghan Trainor: Some people have argued that the song is tongue-in-cheek, but Todd thinks Meghan sounded like she meant every word with total sincerity.
  • "Spectacular" by Kiely Williams: A song that portrays binge drinking followed by (likely unprotected) sex with strangers as fun, and barely mentions the potential consequences. When it became controversial, Williams claimed that it was intended to draw attention to the issues of women getting drunk and having unprotected sex.

    Todd's Top 10 Worst Trainwreckords 
  • Summer in Paradise by The Beach Boys: Todd was appalled by the poor production and abundance of shit covers and shit "Kokomo"s. He levied special criticism towards "Summer of Love", due to Mike Love's cringe-worthy attempts at seductive rapping in his 50s, as well as the John Stamos-led cover of Dennis Wilson's "Forever".
  • Two the Hard Way by Cher and Gregg Allman: Todd thought their voices and styles did not fit together at all, complained about the complete lack of chemistry in their romantic songs, and compared the sound of the album to cheesy TV from the '70s. When it comes to the artists, he's not a fan of Cher's voice in general, and he thought the normally-good Gregg just sounded disinterested. It also didn't help that the potential appeal of a real-life couple singing love songs to each other was seriously undermined by the turbulence of their real-life relationship (which was all over the tabloids), and Todd didn't even like the idea of them as a couple. While he did enjoy "Shadow Dream Song", he was less than impressed by the rest of the album.
  • Cut the Crap by The Clash: Todd thought Bernie Rhodes' muddy, synthy production badly ruined the album, especially on "Dictator", and felt the record failed miserably to bring the Clash back to their raw punk roots. While he thought "Movers and Shakers", "This Is England", and "North and South" were okay tracks, everything else sounded like pure garbage to him.
  • Mardi Gras by Creedence Clearwater Revival: An album with a lot of songs about CCR's own band chaos might sound like it would at least be entertainingly messy, but Todd didn't even think it was that, and concluded that "this album blows": Doug's songs were forgettable. Stu's were only memorable for the bad singing and excessive amount of attacks on John. Even most of John's songs were disappointingnote , with the exception being "Someday Never Comes", which Todd did find great and may be enough to save the album from a high position.
  • MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 by Lauryn Hill: Todd outright called it one of the worst albums ever made because he felt that it consisted of unfinished, boring songs that sounded the same and were performed badly. Lauryn's rambling about "reality" being a justification/excuse for her poor performance did not help either. So far, this album looks like a major contender for #1.
  • American Life by Madonna: Todd found the hype and baggage surrounding the album very off-putting, even though not everything about the album was horrible to him. Still, the "American Life" rap alone could make this a contender for the list.
  • St. Anger by Metallica: It's one of the single most infamous albums of all time, and even with all the time that has passed since its release, Todd thought it was just as bad as the hype suggested.
  • Funstyle by Liz Phair: Although Todd was starting to warm up to this album's bizarreness and respected Liz Phair's unflinching independence making it, the record's tediously meta lyrical focus ruined any chance he had of admitting to actually liking it.
  • Van Halen III by Van Halen: He thought every song was a malformed mess and described the album as a sad, pathetic note to end the Van Halen story on. Based on this tweet, Van Halen III seems like a definite lock for this list, although it only took three episodes for him to cover another Trainwreckord he hated that badly.

    Todd's Top 10 Worst # 1 Hits of the 2010's 
The most likely candidates for such a list are #1 hits that made the Worst lists of their respective years. However, some songs that were "just" dishonorable mentions or didn't make the list at all may find their way here — after all, a lot of the songs Todd put on his Worst lists never made it to #1.note 
  • "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX (2014): It avoided the Worst of 2014 list because Todd didn't have room for multiple Iggy Azalea songs.
  • "Harlem Shake" by Baauer (dishonorable mention in 2013): A song that became a hit thanks to a meme.
  • "Imma Be" by The Black Eyed Peas (2010): The Peas' only #1 hit in the 2010's. It's also one of their worst songs according to Todd. While he didn't consider it one of the top 5 worst hits of 2010, none of those were #1 hits. It doesn't help that Todd has soured on the Peas since he made the review.
  • "Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi (#4 Worst Hit of 2019): A lock for the list, although in his Pop Song Review, Todd said he was unsure if this is actually worse than "Girls Like You". Still, it's practically guaranteed to make the top 2.
  • "Like a G6" by Far East Movement ft. The Cataracs & Dev (2010): Like "OMG", it avoided Todd's honest top 5 Worst list, but could still make this one because he made it clear that he doesn't like it.
  • "Whistle" by Flo Rida (#4 Worst Hit of 2012note )
  • "7 Rings" by Ariana Grande (2019): Todd has given this song a negative review, stating its mean, materialistic tone represented why pop music had to be destroyed in the mid-2010s. It missed the 2019 Worst list though, so it probably wouldn't get anything more than a dishonorable mention.
  • "All of Me" by John Legend (dishonourable mention in 2014)
  • "Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO (#3 Worst Hit of 2011): It didn't top the Hot 100 until 2012, but it still qualifies. "As of this writing, it is now officially the #1 song in the country. I'm depressed and I know it."
  • "Rude" by MAGIC! (2014): It only avoided the 2014 list because it was happy.
  • Maroon 5
    • "Girls Like You" ft. Cardi B (#1 Worst Hit of 2018): A guaranteed choice. Based on Todd's Pop Song Review for "Someone You Loved", its only rival for the #1 spot, it's very, very likely to end up in the top 2.
    • "Moves Like Jagger" ft. Christina Aguilera (2011): It avoided the Worst list of 2011, but Todd might make it a dishonorable mention simply because he has singled it out as the moment Maroon 5's musical quality started to decline, eventually making them as bad as Chicago in his eyes.
    • "One More Night" (#3 Worst Hit of 2012note )
  • "Señorita" by Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello (2019): This tweet hints that Todd doesn't like it. It may avoid the list due to its innocuous content and lush production, but he may also consider it an absence-of-good song.
  • Katy Perry
    • "Dark Horse" ft. Juicy J (dishonorable mention in 2014): "Holy shit, I didn't have room on the list for 'Dark Horse'?! Christ, this year."
    • "E.T." ft. Kanye West (2011): Even though it missed the Worst list, Todd's Pop Song Review was clearly negative. "Roar" and "Dark Horse" are probably more likely to make the list, but this could still be a dishonorable mention.
    • "Roar" (#1 Worst Hit of 2013): Like the two rivals for the #1 spot, "Girls Like You" and "Someone You Loved", this is a song Todd considers pointless. It's probably destined for a pretty high position.
  • "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer (2011): Todd disliked it, but said it "isn't that bad". It's unlikely to get anything worse than a dishonorable mention.
  • "Psycho" by Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign (#10 Worst Hit of 2018)
  • Ed Sheeran
    • "Perfect Duet" with Beyoncé (#8 Worst Hit of 2017)
    • "Shape of You" (#4 Worst Hit of 2017): Also the #1 song of the year. Todd seems to have hinted to dislike it even more than he did at the end of that year due to its continued success in 2018 and even 2019.
  • Taylor Swift
    • "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar (#4 Worst Hit of 2015): "Look What You Made Me Do" will almost certainly be ranked above this, but this still has a chance of making the list.
    • "Look What You Made Me Do" (#2 Worst Hit of 2017): The song that introduced New Taylor, a Darker and Edgier image Todd hated. He also couldn't stand the song itself. In the "Someone You Loved" Pop Song Review, Todd hinted that it would be #3 on this list, only beaten by "Someone You Loved" and "Girls Like You".
    • "Shake It Off" (#9 Worst Hit of 2014)
  • "OMG" by Usher featuring will.i.am (2010): It avoided Todd's honest top 5 Worst list, but could still make this one because he made it clear that he doesn't like it.
  • "PILLOWTALK" by ZAYN (#3 Worst Hit of 2016)

    Top 10 Songs That Didn't Age Well 
This may be due to "Funny Aneurysm" Moment, Harsher in Hindsight, Values Dissonance, Undermined by Reality or simply Hilarious in Hindsight. We can also include songs that were too much of Unintentional Period Pieces to be enjoyable at any other time, particularly bad/blatant examples of Condemned by History trends, and similar. (Try to avoid songs that are just boring in hindsight, e.g. a song that was written specifically for an event and is now uninteresting because the event is long forgotten. Of course, a one-off song can still qualify if there's something noteworthy about it.)

  • An "I'm Back, Bitch" single that tried to portray its creator(s) as huge, but flopped, thus proving that maybe they weren't as great as they thought they were.
  • "Baby, It's Cold Outside": Todd has argued on Twitter that even though it can be argued that the woman is looking for an excuse to stay, the man's tone comes across as bullying. It doesn't help that it's not necessarily clear to a modern listener why she needs an excuse to stay in the first place. It doesn't help that Todd called it "the original Blurred Lines" in his Best of 2013 retrospect.
  • 6ix9ine
    • "BREAKIN IT DOWN": "Order stitches for these snitches, dead men tell no tales"... yeah.
    • "GUMMO": While Todd seems annoyed that some people think "I don't fuck with no old hoes, only new hoes" is a pedophilia reference, it can still be argued that the line sounds uncomfortable in retrospect.
  • "Mr. Wendal" by Arrested Development: Todd didn't mind this track when he originally bought the group's first album, but after a few years, he found it corny and tedious, even theorizing that it may have been the reason for their abrupt downfall.
  • "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" by Big & Rich: Todd considered this a huge breath of fresh air back when it first came out in 2004, but felt it ultimately became the unfortunate harbinger of bro-country.
  • "Something in Common" by Bobby Brown ft. Whitney Houston: Especially after Whitney Houston's untimely death in 2012, this duet comes across as anything but genuine.
  • "I've Never Been to Me" by Charlene: Its ignorantly idyllic treatment of traditional gender roles, even in the case of implicitly abusive marriages, is quite #problematic by modern standards.
  • A love song from Two the Hard Way by Cher and Gregg Allman: This album has a lot of songs about how much these two supposedly love each other. However, their real-life relationship was turbulent and didn't last. (The love songs between Cher and Sonny Bono have a similar problem, but at least they had chemistry and voices that fit well together — they were able to sell it even after their divorce.)
  • "Little Ole Man (Uptight, Everything's Alright)" by Bill Cosby: Due to Cosby's wholesome image being destroyed by later revelations about his horrific record of sexual misconduct, it's pretty much just as hard now to appreciate this parody single in a light-hearted way as The Cosby Show.
  • "A Guy Is a Guy" by Doris Day: Even for a song from the early 1950s, when social conservatism ruled America with an iron fist, this song's message, which actively encourages women to marry stalkers (even if they're initially resistant), is frightfully backwards.
  • "F**k wit Dre Day (and Everybody's Celebratin')" by Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg: Hinted in the MC Hammer Trainwreckords, where Todd felt the constant diss tracks of the gangsta rap era have aged badly. He singled this song out due to being directed at Eazy-E, who later died of AIDS and whom Dre has turned around on in hindsight.
  • "Toosie Slide" by Drake: In the Pop Song Review of this track, Todd called it the anthem of the quarantine, meaning it's completely worthless in any other context.
  • "Game of Love" by Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders: Its lyrics have aged badly due to their blunt heteronormativity and easily implied sexism. There's even a meme image calling it a "Mike Pence Anthem."
  • "Do You Wanna Touch Me" by Gary Glitter: This song is pretty uncomfortable now that Glitter has been convicted of possession of child porn, child sexual abuse and attempted rape of minors.
  • "F**k You" by Cee Lo Green: Hinted on Twitter. It was originally Todd's #1 Best Hit Song of 2011, but now he isn't really impressed by it.
  • "Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport" by Rolf Harris: Just like with Bill Cosby’s song, this Rolf Harris novelty hit is hard to enjoy given his history of sexual abuse.
  • "Sweat (A La La La La Long)" by Inner Circle: Although this song was seen as benign back in 1993, today its chorus can easily be interpreted as #rapey, particularly for the "and if you cry out, I'm gonna push it some more" line.
  • Michael Jackson
    • "Black or White": Despite being one of Michael Jackson's most famous songs, Todd hinted in the "This Is America" review that it hasn't aged well due to mainstream understandings of racism having evolved dramatically since the early '90s.
    • "You Are Not Alone": A love song written by R. Kelly, which becomes even harsher after the abuse allegations against both him and Jackson.
  • R. Kelly
    • "Bump n’ Grind" or "Your Body's Callin'": Although R. Kelly's music as a whole is more difficult to appreciate due to his real-life scandals, these two songs in particular (especially the former) more or less draw attention to his disconnected pervertedness in hindsight.
    • "I'm a Flirt" ft. T.I. & T-Pain: Another R. Kelly song that has aged poorly for similar reasons, made even worse by the fact that this came after the allegations against him were made public. While talking about "Freaky Friday", Todd admitted that he still listens to R. Kelly songs even though he's not proud of it.
  • Kesha's early work: Despite initially seeming like a carefree party girl upon her commercial breakthrough, the revelations about Dr. Luke's abusive treatment towards her cause her trashy, light-hearted material to seem like a forced pose in hindsight, especially since she has since gone on to record much more mature, thoughtful music that's more in-line with her real personality.
  • "Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me)" by Peggy Lee: She sings this entire song with a phony Latina accent. While pop music from the '40s is probably low-hanging fruit for a list like this, this track stands out.
  • "Last Train Home" by Lostprophets: An innocent love song comes off as a lot creepier knowing that lead singer Ian Watkins is a pedophile.
  • "The Show Goes On" by Lupe Fiasco: Todd initially called this the sixth best hit song of 2011, but now agrees with its lukewarm reception in hindsight.
  • A Mad Love declaration song from Eat Me, Drink Me by Marilyn Manson: Several tracks on the album are this to his then-girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood, made even more uncomfortable when in 2021, she revealed that he had been abusive towards her in their relationship.
  • "Indian Outlaw" by Tim McGraw: Its lyrics are from the POV of a Native American protagonist (sung by the very-much white McGraw) and full of badly-aged Native American stereotypes.
  • "Midnight at the Oasis" by Maria Muldaur: Its lyrics have not aged well due to their heavy use of cultural appropriation.
  • "When You're Mad" by Ne-Yo: It may not have stirred up that much controversy in 2006, but considering how blatantly #rapey the lyrics are, it certainly would've ruined Ne-Yo's career had it come out today.
  • "Coconut" by Harry Nilsson: Harry's fake Caribbean accent may seem a little tasteless by modern standards.
  • "Accidental Racist" by Brad Paisley ft. LL Cool J: It was already career-killingly bad in 2013, but it sounds even more cringeworthy today.
  • "All Star" by Smash Mouth: In the Song vs. Song podcast, Todd said he liked this song at first but started to despise it after it became overexposed through use in film. He may have since grown more nostalgic for it, though.
  • "Afternoon Delight" by Starland Vocal Band: Todd summed up up its reputation by saying it was extremely successful at the time, but in retrospect pretty much everyone agrees that it was absolutely terrible. With that said, Todd himself has always hated the song.
  • Taylor Swift
    • "Mean": In his Worst of 2017 episode, Todd cited this as an early omen of what Taylor would degenerate into by the time she released "Look What You Made Me Do".
    • "Shake It Off": Todd has never found its "haters don't bother me" statement believable, but it's even less convincing now that reputation and "You Need to Calm Down" have been released.
  • "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell Williams: Although this song was controversial right from the start, it was initially able to coast off the catchy disco beat and being treated as not entirely real (similar to how Todd described '90s and 2000s hip hop in his Worst of 2018 countdown). However, after the Paula fiasco confirmed everything bad about Robin Thicke that his critics already accused him of, it became much harder to separate the questionable message in "Blurred Lines" from Thicke himself.
  • "My Boo" by Usher & Alicia Keys: Although he mentioned liking it in the "OMG" review, the song has apparently heavily soured on him, if this tweet is to be believed, noting that even Chris Brown might have one song better than it.
  • "Spectacular" by Kiely Williams: A song whose protagonist sings about how much she enjoyed a one-night stand with questionable-at-best consent. (Williams later tried to justify it by claiming the song was supposed to draw attention to the issue of women getting drunk and having unprotected sex.) It was horribly received even back in 2010, but it comes across even worse now.
  • "Single White Female" by Chely Wright: The chorus ends with "looking for a man like you", which now sounds tragically insincere considering Chely later came out as a lesbian and has chronicled in her autobiography how badly her sexuality crippled her for so many years. She does change the lyrics during live performances now, though.
  • "Murder on My Mind" by YNW Melly: This song became rather uncomfortable after YNW Melly turned himself in for double murder charges.note  If he's convicted, it'll turn into a very blatant case of Harsher in Hindsight.

    Top 10 Songs That Have Improved With Time 
  • "Deeper Understanding" by Kate Bush: It's a song about becoming emotionally attached to a computer. While such devices were still primitive and only owned by a limited number of people in 1989, they have since become an everyday part of life.
  • "Respect" by Aretha Franklin: A feminist anthem right from the beginning, it has since become one of the most influential songs of all time, particularly for shattering major barriers for women and African Americans in making charged political statements in music. It's still seen as the quintessential feminist song over half a century later.
  • "You Don't Own Me" by Leslie Gore: There's a reason this feminist anthem has endured so heavily in the public consciousness, even though it's a teen idol pop song from 1963.
  • "Drowning" by Hootie & the Blowfish: While Todd thinks the song itself blows, its blasting of the Confederate flag was brave in the '90s, and is still relevant today now that public opinion has turned heavily against it.
  • Something from Billy Idol's Cyberpunk: Despite being off-the-charts lame in 1993, Todd considers this album an enormous guilty pleasure of his and feels it was way ahead of its time, specifically for its conceptual similarity to modern SoundCloud rap and cyberpunk themes becoming increasingly relevant in the world today.
  • "Virtual Insanity" by Jamiroquai: If this song's critique of society's dangerous obsession with technology wasn't already relevant in 1996, it's certainly topical today.
  • "Don't Tell 'Em" by Jeremih featuring YG: Despite giving it a dishonorable mention in his least favorite year for pop music since he started his series, Todd has since very much come around on this track.
  • "Pollution" by Tom Lehrer: Its message is still highly relevant today.
  • "Sucker for Pain" by Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Imagine Dragons with Logic and Ty Dolla Sign featuring X Ambassadors: It didn't appear anywhere on the Best list in 2016, nor did it get an honorable mention, but Todd has since called it his favorite Imagine Dragons song, making it better than "It's Time" (#7 on his Best list for 2012).
  • "New Rules" by Dua Lipa: In 2017, Todd cited this as an example of all pop music that year sounding dull and indistinguishable. In 2018, he called it the #9 best hit song of the year.
  • "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock: While Todd didn't like it back when it first came out, he stated at the time it would probably evolve into a nostalgic time capsule after the over saturation of club music faded. Now that pop music has become so dour and downbeat, it's likely Todd's original prophecy did indeed come true for him.
  • "A Little Good News" by Anne Murray: Although Todd generally dislikes Anne Murray, this song's message of being desperate for world events to not be so painful would probably resonate deeply with him now.
  • "Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett: Despite citing it as an example of "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny in his One Hit Wonderland retrospective, he stated that it's nonetheless the definitive Halloween song, making it a timeless classic in the long run after initially just seeming like yet another stupid late '50s/early '60s novelty single (and not even the first Halloween-themed one).
  • "Raise Your Glass" by P!nk: Todd hinted on Twitter that it would likely replace Lupe Fiasco's "The Show Goes On" on his Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2011 had he done the list today.
  • "Scandal" by Queen: A searing assault on sensationalist tabloid media is just as relevant (and arguably more) today as the press continues to sell sensational sleaze.
  • "Black Beatles" by Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane: Despite disliking the song initially, stating that he felt it made him feel old, Todd has since completely turned around on Rae Sremmurd, calling them the best hook artists in hip hop. Its similarity to "Truth Hurts" by Lizzo also gave it a brief popularity resurgence in 2019.
  • "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell ft. Michael Jackson: Not only is its theme of paranoia much more relevant in the age of digital surveillance, but the events of Michael Jackson's personal life after 1984 cause his guest spot to feel much more fitting in hindsight.
  • "Mother's Little Helper" by The Rolling Stones: It deals with prescription drug abuse, which is as relevant today as it was in the '60s.
  • "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" by Soulja Boy Tell 'Em (or some other old dance craze): In the "Toosie Slide" review, Todd admitted that old dance crazes like this have grown on him (to some degree) because they at least had some youthful energy, unlike the duller "Toosie Slide".
  • "What's Love Got to Do with It" by Tina Turner: It became an especially moving song after the release of the movie of the same name nine years later.
  • "Happy Birthday" by Stevie Wonder: This was Stevie Wonder's campaign for a national holiday celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Six years later, his wish actually came true.

    Top 10 Worst Novelty Songs 
  • "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini": Hinted in the "Monster Mash" episode. According to the "Want U Back" review, Todd also dislikes the cover from 1990 by Bombalurina.
  • "My Baby Daddy" by B-Rock and the Bizz: A novelty song of the Miami bass movement.
  • "My Ding-A-Ling" by Chuck Berry: Infamously, this joke novelty song is the only time the Father of Rock N' Roll ever scored a #1 hit, although Todd could feel Chuck's live commentary gives it a more interesting context.
  • "Chantilly Lace" by The Big Bopper: This track of his is a quintessential example of the inane novelty song that dominated the few years before Beatlemania.
  • "Speedy Gonzales" by Pat Boone: This is probably a lock, given that it's Pat Boone recording a dumb novelty song.
  • "Pac-Man Fever" by Buckner And Garcia: Todd would probably consider this novelty song a lame and outdated product of its time, although it's also possible that actually works in its favor, as unlike most hits from the early '80s, this track is certainly memorable.
  • "Baby Sittin' Boogie" by Buzz Clifford: Similar to Jan & Dean's "Baby Talk", this is yet another dumb baby-themed novelty song from the pre-Beatles dark age.
  • "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" by The Chipmunks: On one hand, Todd could possibly be nostalgic for the '80s television show, but on the other, this is a quintessential example of the dumb novelty hit that dominated the dark period he described in the "Monster Mash" episode.
  • "Axel F" by Crazy Frog: Crazy Frog in general hasn't aged well.
  • "Disco Duck" by Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots: #5 on his Worst of 1976 list.
  • "The Name Game" by Shirley Ellis: A silly novelty hit that probably looks really kitschy coming from the same year as "Like a Rolling Stone", "Eve of Destruction", "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", and other smash hits that gave popular music an unprecedented edge.
  • "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" by Elmo and Patsy: He has called it "deeply unfunny".
  • "Alley Oop" by The Hollywood Argyles: Hinted in the "Monster Mash" OHW.
  • "Swing the Mood" by Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers: Todd hinted in the Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 1976 video that he considers Jive Bunny an awful novelty act.
  • "Sayonara (Don't Stop)" by Lee Marrow: Todd cringed at this song's numerous badly outdated Japanese stereotypes.
  • "Deck of Cards" by Wink Martindale: It's a spoken-word novelty song in which the narrator compares his deck of cards to the Bible.
  • "Convoy" by C.W. McCall: #2 on his Worst of 1976 list.
  • "Martian Hop" by The Ran-Dells: Another dumb early '60s novelty song.
  • "Witch Doctor" by David Seville: Hinted in the "Monster Mash" OHW.
  • "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)" by Allan Sherman: Hinted in the "Monster Mash" episode.
  • Ray Stevens
    • "Ahab the Arab": A dumb novelty song of poor taste that doesn't hold up for obvious reasons is virtually guaranteed for the list.
    • "The Streak": A dumb novelty song from good old 1974.
  • "Telephone Man" by Meri Wilson: A bubblegum novelty hit with corny sexual innuendos.
  • "The Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley: Hinted in the "Monster Mash" OHW.

    Top 10 Worst Diss Tracks 
We'll count songs that attack a group of people, such as Taylor Swift's anti-hater songs.
  • "Flatline" by B.o.B: A Neil deGrasse Tyson diss track that promotes conspiracy theories and antisemitism. A strong candidate for #1.
  • "I'm a Slick Rick" by Nick Cannon: An attempt to diss Eminem that failed miserably. The song is loaded with out-of-place references to Slick Rick and Cali Swag District, forced rhyming and lyrics, and pathetic excuses for insults that amount to Nick calling Eminem a liar. The song is commonly called the worst diss track in history.
  • "Where the Hood At?" by DMX: It's a diss at Ja Rule, but the first verse is scarily homophobic, even for early 2000s hip hop standards. X basically brags about killing homosexual thugs and perpetuates hateful language throughout the entire section, not just a few isolated slurs.
  • "F**k wit Dre Day (and Everybody's Celebratin')" by Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg: Hinted in the MC Hammer Trainwreckords, where Todd felt the constant diss tracks of the gangsta rap era have aged badly. He singled this song out due to being directed at Eazy-E, who later died of AIDS and whom Dre has turned around on in hindsight.
  • "Rap Devil" by Machine Gun Kelly: An ill-equipped diss at Eminem, and Em's subsequent diss track "Killshot" is widely agreed to have destroyed him until the release of Tickets to My Downfall.
  • "It's All Good" by MC Hammer: Todd thought the title and chorus were unfitting for a diss track, and mentions how Hammer said he could "refrain from using names to get fame" even though he totally did that thing at the end.
  • "Swish Swish" by Katy Perry ft. Nicki Minaj: A Taylor diss track that Taylor "probably didn’t even notice" according to Todd. He doesn't like the song — it's one of the Katy Perry songs he has described as too tasteless — but he did at least find it less embarrassing than "Look What You Made Me Do".
  • Taylor Swift
    • "Bad Blood" ft. Kendrick Lamar: This attack on Katy Perry just reminded Todd of stupid high school drama, and he thought the song itself "sounds like dogshit".
    • "Look What You Made Me Do": A song that insinuates that someone did some vague bad things to Taylor, so now she's turning into the bad guy. If Todd counts this, it's a likely candidate for the #1 spot, as he has hinted that he thinks it's the #3 worst hit song of the 2010s (it was spared the #1/#2 spot because it was at least a gutsy move).
    • "Mean": Her first anti-hater song, framed as a simple song against bullying. Unfortunately, the lesson seems less like "Don't bully other people" and more like "Don't bully Taylor Swift" because she keeps mocking the mean girl for how "pathetic" and "alone in life" she is and how she'll never been anything other than "mean". Todd has also mentioned that Taylor apparently thought that no one could hit her if she was big enough.
    • "Shake It Off": A song where Taylor claims her haters don't bother her. Todd found it unconvincing from the start, and was arguably proven right when she released stuff like "Look What You Made Me Do" and "You Need to Calm Down" later.
    • "You Need to Calm Down": Another anti-hater song by Taylor. The problem with this one is that it draws parallels between homophobia and Taylor's haters and feuds. However, it's unlikely to rank above Taylor's other stuff because it at least tried to have a positive message in addition to "fuck my haters".

    Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Songs 
  • "Kokomo" by The Beach Boys: Although Todd is well aware of its notorious reputation, it was one of the first songs he ever loved as a kid and he finds the lyrics too ingeniously catchy to hate.
  • "Dance (A$$)" by Big Sean ft. Nicki Minaj: Todd found it genius in its badness.
  • "Closer" by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey: Although Todd thought there were all sorts of problems with it, he still named it the Best Hit Song of 2016, much to the chagrin of his viewers.
  • "Dance the Kung Fu" by Carl Douglas
  • "The Final Countdown" by Europe: Todd said he liked it for its cheesiness in the Worst of 1987 list.
  • "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco: Todd said he loves it because of how completely ridiculous it is.
  • "Float On" by The Floaters
  • Billy Idol's Cyberpunk album in general: Todd called it impossibly lame, but also said it spoke to the dork in him. The cover of "Heroin" probably seems likeliest for this list because Todd was teasing it the most.
  • "Summer Girls" by LFO: Todd said it was "always a classic" in the Best of 2019 video.
  • "Old Town Road (Remix)" by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus: Todd thought the lyrics during Lil Nas' verse were bad due to just being a bunch of tired rap cliches, but the song's goofy charm still ultimately won him over.
  • "Ric Flair Drop" by Offset & Metro Boomin: Todd said he likes it for the wrong reasons.
  • "Billy Don't Be a Hero" by Paper Lace and/or Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods: Todd called it this in the OHW episode for "The Night Chicago Died".
  • "California Gurls" by Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg: Todd introduced this as his second-favorite hit of 2010 by saying "sorry" several times.
  • "S Club Party" by S Club 7: Todd finds it extremely annoying and takes issue with the lyrics during the interlude, but he finally admitted to loving the song regardless thanks to its production and catchy chorus.
  • "Automatic Man" by Michael Sembello: A likely #1.

    Top 10 Worst/Most Stupid Band Names and Stage Names 
While bands and artists which Todd hates would be the obvious targets, this list can potentially include artists and bands Todd may otherwise like.
  • 50 Cent
  • 6ix9ine: It's surprising Todd doesn't call him "Six-ix Nine-ine".
  • Alien Ant Farm
  • Anal Cunt
  • The Band
  • beabadoobee
  • The Black Eyed Peas: Both the name of the group and its members will.i.am, Taboo, apl.de.ap, and Fergie.
  • Butthole Surfers: It was at least a more intentionally repulsive name than the other entries here, but Todd may still include it nonetheless.
  • Captain and Tennille: More so on Captain than Tennille, since it is Toni's actual surname.
  • DaBaby
  • Foo Fighters: Dave Grohl himself admitted that the band name was dumb.
  • fun.
  • G-Eazy: "How you gonna call yourself G-Eazy when there's already a Jeezy? It's like a rap name your grandma would come up with!"
  • Gotye: Despite Todd's positive reception, he did call his name unpronounceable, which might make it an honorable mention.
  • Hoobastank
  • Hootie & the Blowfish: He called it "one of the stupidest names in the history of rock".
  • Iwrestledabearonce: In the "Party Rock Anthem" review, Todd called this a name that "must've seemed funny at one point for, like, a minute".
  • Juice WRLD: Todd thought this sounded like the name of a mall kiosk after a sign burned out. However, Todd might exclude him due to his sudden death in late 2019.
  • Kajagoogoo
  • Korn: Mainly for the Xtreme Kool Letterz.
  • Lil Baby: Hinted in the Worst of 2018 list, when Todd said, "I wasn't gonna make fun of your name, dude. It's too generic for that!"
  • Lil Dicky: Todd is clearly tired of Dicky's Teeny Weenie jokes.
  • Lil Pump: Todd mocked it for meaning "small penis".
  • Lil Uzi Vert: Todd said this rap name was just a bunch of random words.
  • Limp Bizkit
  • LMFAO: Both the name of the duo and its members RedFoo and SkyBlu.
  • lovelytheband
  • MAGIC!
  • Maroon 5: If only as an excuse to bash his most hated modern band of all time.
  • Migos: Both the name of the group and its members Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset.
  • Morningwood: Another name Todd mocked in the "Party Rock Anthem" review for similar reasons as Iwrestledabearonce.
  • OneRepublic: Todd thinks this one stinks of corporate marketing and sounds like the name of a bank.
  • Passenger
  • Portugal The Man: Todd said that they had one of the worst band names in history in the "Thunder"/"Feel It Still" review.
  • Powfu: Todd thoroughly criticized his name in his Pop Song Review of "death bed (coffee for your head)", even attacking it before he was done with the episode's piano intro.
  • Soulja Boy: Given Todd's hate of him, Soulja Boy is a likely target.
  • T-Wayne: "This is T-Wayne, who is currently tied with Young Thug for "World's Most Generic Rap Name"."
  • Tech N9ne
  • The Weeknd
  • Wiz Khalifa
  • XXXTentacion
  • Young Black Teenagers: Todd will surely consider this title to be a Non-Indicative Name, as the members were all white.
  • Young Thug: Todd finds it too uninspired.

    Top 10 Worst Analogies, Metaphors, Similes, etc. 
  • "Pride" by Arrested Development: Speech comparing his racial identity to a prom tuxedo.
    Todd: You return a prom tuxedo. You sure you wanna compare your racial identity to something you rent for $100 to wear once?
  • The Black Eyed Peas
    • "Imma Be": will.i.am comparing himself to a sperm bank, apparently forgetting that people also deposit sperm at sperm banks. Also, the use of the word "loan" suggests that he'll want it back at some point.
    • "My Humps": Referring to butts and breasts as "humps" and "lumps".
    • "The Time (Dirty Bit)": apl.de.ap calling himself an app just to make a lame pun on his stage name.
  • "Deuces" by Chris Brown ft. Tyga & Kevin McCall: "Like Tina did Ike in the limo, it finally hit me."
  • "Knockin' Boots" by Luke Bryan: Most of the song is random statements on the form "X needs Y".
  • "Laffy Taffy" by D4L: Fabo comparing the strippers to the "least sexy candy possible", or him comparing his junk to a tiny Jolly Rancher.
  • Jason Derulo
    • "Trumpets": "Is it weird that your ass remind me of a Kanye West song?"
    • "Wiggle" ft. Snoop Dogg: A butt being compared to two planets.
  • "River" by Eminem ft. Ed Sheeran: "Shoulda knew to use protection 'fore I bit into your forbidden fruit, FUCK!"
  • "Whistle" by Flo Rida: Todd thought the whistle Double Entendre was ruined by Flo Rida making it too explicit and literal.
  • "MacArthur Park" by Richard Harris: The chorus infamously uses a cake that was left out in the rain as a metaphor for lost love. Also, a verse compares the lovers to a striped pair of pants.
  • "Slow Hands" by Niall Horan: "Slow hands like sweat dripping down our dirty laundry".
  • "Body Like a Back Road" by Sam Hunt: Todd picked apart the title analogy to explain why it's unsexy and comes across as unintentionally insulting.
  • "Tonight (I'm Fuckin' You)" by Enrique Iglesias ft. Ludacris: The incomprehensible "If I never lied, then baby, you'd be the truth".
  • "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys: Not only does the song rely on overused fire symbolism without doing anything interesting with it, but one of Nicki's lines makes the "girl on fire" metaphor confusing by suddenly implying that the fire is a bad thing.
  • "Peek a Boo" by Lil Yachty: "She blow that dick like a cello"
  • "Deck of Cards" by Wink Martindale: Comparing a 52-card deck to the Bible as a way to avoid being accused of gambling.
  • "Donkey" by Jerrod Niemann: Using "donkey" as a euphemism for "ass".
  • "Jar of Hearts" by Christina Perri: "You're gonna catch a cold / From the ice inside your soul" is a cheesy take on the "soul of ice" metaphor. There's also "collecting your jar of hearts".
  • Katy Perry
    • "Bon Appétit": The Fetish Retardant food metaphors.
    • "E.T." ft. Kanye West: The alien stuff was supposed to be a metaphor for a misunderstood lover who seems to be from another world, which becomes uncomfortable thanks to the Romanticized Abuse in the song. It didn't help that Kanye's verses made the metaphor too literal.
    • "Firework": "Do you ever feel like a plastic bag?" Todd also felt that the firework metaphor didn't work because firework lasts two seconds before disappearing and being forgotten.
  • Pitbull
    • "Give Me Everything" ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer: "Me not working hard? Yeah right... Picture that with a Kodak / Or better yet, go to Times Square, take a picture of me with a Kodak." This awkward Product Placement did not impress Todd.
    • "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)": "Mami got an ass like a donkey, with a monkey / Look like King Kong"
  • "Marvin Gaye" by Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor: Using "Let's Marvin Gaye and get it on" as a sexual euphemism.
  • "Russian Roulette" by Rihanna: The metaphor (about a dangerous relationship) didn't work for Todd, who just thought it was a song about literally shooting oneself in the head.
  • "Thong Song" by Sisqó: Its use of "thong" as a stand-in for "butt" just made it sound like a song about underwear to Todd.
  • "Filthy" by Justin Timberlake: The "all that meat" line, which Todd saw as a contrivance for the sake of tying the song to the theme of the Man of the Woods album.
  • "Drive By" by Train: The part where the guy sings about needing a two-ply trash bag to hold his love.
  • "All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor: Meghan Trainor calling her ass a "boom-boom" and "bass".
  • "OMG" by Usher ft. will.i.am: "Honey got a booty like pow, pow, pow / Honey got some boobies like wow, oh wow"
  • "Closed On Sunday" by Kanye West: "Closed on Sunday, you're my Chick-fil-A"
  • "BedRock" by Young Money: "And I got her...grocery bag"

    Top 10 Worst/Least Convincing Apology Songs 

If Todd did a "Top 10 Best Hit Songs" list for the "retro" years he covered so far (1987, 1976, 2004 & 1991):

    Best Hit Songs of 1987 
Todd stated that even in years of bad pop, there are a few classics.
  • "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" by Beastie Boys
  • Bon Jovi
    • "Livin' on a Prayer"
    • "Wanted Dead or Alive"
  • "In Too Deep" and/or "Land of Confusion" by Genesis: Todd stated he liked every single from the Invisible Touch album (except for "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight"), including the former track, which he stated most were expecting to put on his Worst list for 1987 based on the rest of the list.
  • "The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby and the Range
  • "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" by Whitney Houston
  • "Hip to be Square" by Huey Lewis and the News
  • "Let's Wait Awhile" by Janet Jackson
  • "Bad" by Michael Jackson
  • "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes: Despite Todd's hatred for the movie the song is from (Dirty Dancing), he mentioned the song was a solid tune.
  • "Sign o' the Times" by Prince: The credits gag states that this song owned 1987, implying that it would be Todd's top best song for the year. However, Todd may not be able to include it since Prince was a control freak and an Internet Luddite (and Prince's wishes would likely extend to his estate).
  • "Shakedown" by Bob Seger: Hinted in the 1987 Worst list, where he noted that unlike Gregory Abbott, Seger at least knew what he was talking about.
  • "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship: Todd admitted that it was one his favorite songs of the 1980s.
  • U2
    • "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
    • "With or Without You"
  • "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake
  • "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by Kim Wilde: Possibly unlikely because Todd compared the production of "Are You Red..Y" from Cut the Crap to this, saying there was "barely a difference" between the two, although he did say Cut the Crap sounded worse than typical MTV music.

    Best Hit Songs of 1976 
Todd stated early in the review that he could make a Top 30 Best Hit Songs list for 1976 and would still have to make some painful cuts.
  • "Dream On" by Aerosmith
  • "Got to Get You into My Life" by The Beatles: The song was issued as a single in 1976, so it could qualify.
  • "You Should Be Dancing" by Bee Gees
  • "Evil Woman" by Electric Light Orchestra
  • "Rhiannon" by Fleetwood Mac
  • "You Sexy Thing" by Hot Chocolate
  • "That's the Way (I Like It)" by KC and the Sunshine Band
  • "Rock and Roll All Nite" by KISS
  • "Love Rollercoaster" by Ohio Players
  • "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)" by Parliament
  • "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen
  • "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" by Paul Simon
  • "Take the Money and Run" by Steve Miller Band
  • "Fox on the Run" by Sweet
  • "The Boys Are Back in Town" by Thin Lizzy
  • "Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry: If Todd does this list and includes this song, he already thoroughly discussed the song and band during their One Hit Wonderland retrospect, so Todd likely won't say much else about it.

    Best Hit Songs of 2004 
  • "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson: Todd mentioned that he liked Kelly Clarkson early on during the "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" review.
  • "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" by Jay-Z
  • "Happy People" and/or "Step in the Name of Love" by R. Kelly: Todd said in his Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 2013 list that he likes R. Kelly's voice, but finds him to be repulsive as a human being. However, even though "Step in the Name of Love" is the more likely of the two to make the list as he said it was his favorite R. Kelly song on Twitter, his reputation declining over the years due to more allegations of sexual abuse might cause Todd to leave him off the list.
  • "You Don't Know My Name", "If I Ain't Got You" and/or "Diary" (ft. Tony! Toni! Toné!) by Alicia Keys: He stated that he really loved her second album during the "Girl on Fire" review.
  • "Get Low" by Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz ft. Ying Yang Twins
  • "Breaking the Habit" by Linkin Park: Todd said on Twitter that it was his favorite Linkin Park song.
  • OutKast
    • "Hey Ya!": It's technically a 2003 hit and is often seen as one of the greatest pop songs from that year, but it peaked so late that it was only able to appear on the year-end chart for 2004. However, Todd had "Baby Boy," another carryover from '03, on his '04 worst list, so it's still likely.
    • "Roses"
    • "The Way You Move" ft. Sleepy Brown
  • "Drop It Like It's Hot" by Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell Williams
  • Usher
    • "Burn": Todd mentioned that he liked all of Usher's four #1 singles off of the Confessions album in his "OMG" review (even though according to this, "My Boo" has heavily soured on him).
    • "Confessions, Pt. II": Hinted in the "Whatcha Say" review, where Todd heavily contrasted that song to this, showing that unlike Jason Derulo, at least Usher is genuinely sorry about his wrongdoings.
    • "Yeah!" ft. Lil Jon & Ludacris: This would probably be #1, as Todd called it the song of the decade alongside Rihanna's "Umbrella". He also praised both this and "Burn" for how it impacted their subsequent album cycle in the Paula Trainwreckords, contrasting it to "Get Her Back" and its failure to do so.
  • "All Falls Down" ft. Syleena Johnson, "Jesus Walks" and/or "Through the Wire" by Kanye West: Todd mentioned in his "Ni**as in Paris" review that he liked Kanye's first five albums, so it is likely that at least one of these will make it on the list.
  • Had "Float On" by Modest Mouse made the Billboard 2004 Year End Hot 100, it would have easily been Todd's top pick. He may let it on anyway.

    Best Hit Songs of 1991 
  • "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C+C Music Factory
  • "Someday", "Emotions", and/or "Love Takes Time" by Mariah Carey
  • "High Enough" by Damn Yankees
  • "Groove is in the Heart" by Deee-Lite: He had a lot of praise for the song in his OHW retrospective on the band.
  • "I Touch Myself" by Divinyls: Like "Groove is in the Heart", he had a lot of praise for the song in his OHW retrospective on the band.
  • "More than Words" by Extreme
  • "Disappear" by INXS
  • "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" by Lenny Kravitz
  • "Good Vibrations" by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch ft. Loleatta Holloway: He mentioned in a tweet that this was one of his favorite songs, making it a likely candidate for #1.
  • "O.P.P" by Naughty by Nature
  • "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M.
  • "Wind of Change" by Scorpions
  • "Crazy" by Seal

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