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Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of the Billboard Top 100? The Shadow knows.
"I don't make these videos because I hate pop music, I do it because I LOVE pop music."
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Todd Nathanson (b. June 3, 1984) is a YouTube-based reviewer and former member of Channel Awesome, who focuses his snarking on pop music. Combines legitimate complaints with humorous observations and Shout Outs. Also, he always obscures his face in his videos.

Todd has 4 different shows:

  • Todd's Pop Song Reviews, where he reviews modern pop songs for how bad (and sometimes good) they are that makes him ask how they even became popular in the first place.
  • One Hit Wonderland: invokeda look at the careers of One-Hit Wonder artists, their one hit song and analyzes whether or not they had more musical talent than their one hit would imply.
  • Cinemadonna: a review series of the entire filmography of Madonna (now completed).
  • Trainwreckords: analyzing Creator Killerinvoked albums that removed well-known, successful artists from the popular spotlight.
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He also has a podcast Song vs. Song which compares big hits from pop history.

Once a frequent "Special Guest" on Pushing Up Roses' "Let's Play Shorties". Todd also regularly appeared on Roses' Let's Plays of Edutainment PC games from the early '90s. He also had frequent cameo roles and co-writing credits on The Nostalgia Chick's early videos.

His videos can be found on his YouTube account here. His Twitter account can be found here.

All tropes regarding Todd himself go to the character sheet.


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Works covered on Todd's docu-review shows:

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  • 2012
    • A Ha - "Take On Me" (1986)
    • Sir Mix-a-Lot - "Baby Got Back" (1992)
    • Carl Douglas - "Kung Fu Fighting" (1974)
    • Dexys Midnight Runners - "Come On Eileen" (1982)
    • Gerardo - "Rico Suave" (1990)
    • Billy Ray Cyrus - "Achy Breaky Heart" (1992)
    • Men Without Hats - "Safety Dance" (1982)
    • Wild Cherry - "Play That Funky Music" (1976)
    • Bobby "Boris" Pickett - "Monster Mash" (1962)
    • Chumbawamba - "Tubthumping" (1997)
    • Elmo & Patsy - "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" (1979)
  • 2013
    • Eddie Murphy - "Party All The Time" (1985)
    • Semisonic - "Closing Time" (1998)
    • Billy Paul - "Me & Mrs. Jones" (1972)
    • The Weather Girls - "It's Raining Men" (1982)
    • Rednex - "Cotton-Eye Joe" (1994)
    • EMF - "Unbelievable" (1990)
    • A Flock of Seagulls - "I Ran (So Far Away)" (1982)
    • The Proclaimers - "I'm Gonna Be ( 500 Miles)" (1988)
    • Mr. Big - "To Be With You" (1991)
    • Iron Butterfly - "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (1968)
    • The Baha Men - "Who Let The Dogs Out" (2000)
    • Rockwell - "Somebody's Watching Me" (1984)
    • Alien Ant Farm - "Smooth Criminal" (2001)
    • Debby Boone - "You Light Up My Life" (1977)
    • Dead or Alive - "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" (1984)
  • 2014
    • Marc Cohn - "Walking In Memphis" (1991)
    • OMC - "How Bizarre" (1995)
    • The Floaters - "Float On" (1977)
    • Pras - "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" (1998)
    • Nine Days - "Absolutely (Story of A Girl)" (2000)
    • Deee-Lite - "Groove Is In The Heart" (1990)
    • Biz Markie - "Just A Friend" (1989)
    • Snow - "Informer" (1992)
    • Blue Swede - "Hooked On A Feeling" (1974)
    • Michael Sembello - "Maniac" (1983)
    • Shawn Mullins - "Lullaby" (1998)
  • 2015
    • Cameo - "Word Up!" (1986)
    • Eiffel 65 - "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (1998)
    • John Parr - "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" (1985)
    • Hanson - "MMMBop" (1997)
    • The Vapors - "Turning Japanese" (1980)
    • Crazy Town - "Butterfly" (1999)
    • Meco - "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" (1977)
  • 2016
    • Toni Basil - "Mickey" (1982)
    • Barry McGuire - "Eve of Destruction" (1965)
    • Chamillionaire - "Ridin'" (2005)
    • The Darkness - "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" (2003)
    • Living in a Box - "Living in a Box" (1987)
    • Donna Lewis - "I Love You Always Forever" (1996)
    • Divinyls - "I Touch Myself" (1990)
    • Wall of Voodoo - "Mexican Radio" (1982)
    • Coven - "One Tin Soldier" (1971)
    • Jars of Clay - "Flood" (1995)
    • Midnight Oil - "Beds Are Burning (1987)
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
    • Harvey Danger - "Flagpole Sitta" (1997)
    • OK Go - "Here It Goes Again" (2005)
    • House of Pain - "Jump Around" (1992)
    • Paper Lace - "The Night Chicago Died" (1974)
    • New Radicals - "You Get What You Give" (1998)
    • Van McCoy - "The Hustle" (1975)
    • Asher Roth - "I Love College" (2009)
  • 2020
    • Young MC - "Bust a Move" (1989)
    • Lipps Inc. - "Funkytown" (1979)
    • Yello - "Oh Yeah" (1985)
    • Corona - "The Rhythm of the Night" (1993)
    • Jimmy Ray - "Are You Jimmy Ray" (1997)
    • Modern English - "I Melt With You" (1982)
    • The Buoys - "Timothy" (1970)
    • The Waitresses - "I Know What Boys Like" (1980)
  • 2021
    • Tag Team - "Whoomp! (There It Is)" (1993)
    • Mark Morrison - "Return of the Mack" (1996)
    • Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots - "Disco Duck" (1976)
    • Meredith Brooks - "Bitch" (1997)
    • The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - "Face Down" (2006)
    • Lou Bega - "Mambo No. 5" (1999)
    • Evan and Jaron - "Crazy for This Girl" (2000)
  • 2022
    • Edison Lighthouse - "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" (1970)
    • Bobby McFerrin - "Don't Worry, Be Happy" (1988)

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In one joke from Todd in the Shadows' One Hit Wonderland on SR-71's "Right Now", after finding out the band were from Baltimore, he makes such a harsh rant against the city that most of it was censored with a few official statements and some music playing over the background.

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