- Alternative Character Interpretation: A rather unfunny example of why Meghan's so divisive. Many of her songs sound anywhere from vaguely to horrendously bitchy, a problem that could easily be solved if her lyrics centered on the actual problem she aims to call out.
- Base-Breaking Character: Meghan herself is pretty divisive. Some see her as a fun new star with a positive message and a unique style, while others see her as misguided at best or completely out of her depth when it comes to the messages of her songs. "Thank You", with its completely different sound and arguably more shallow lyrics doesn't help the divide. She also comes off as rather sexist in some of her views.
- Broken Base:
- Some fans did not like the new angle she took with the music video for "No." Some felt it was too overtly sexual and not anything like Trainor. Others embraced it and enjoyed her new angle and new style.
- "All About That Bass" is celebrated by some people for being an example of body positivity for heavy set figures in modern music, but others see the song as a Broken Aesop that should have been about promoting body positivity as a whole and not just towards Big Beautiful Women. Others took issue with the lyrics implying that self-confidence actually came from male validation.
- Ear Worm:
- "Because you know I'm all about that bass, bout that bass, no treble..."
- "I know you lie, 'cause your lips are movin'..."
- Heartwarming Moments: Her song "Mom" is a very touching tribute to her mother (who appears on the song during the bridge).
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- "All About That Bass" contains the lyric "And no I won't be no stick-figure silicone Barbie doll". In 2016, Mattel released a new line of Barbies featuring a curvy Barbie to add weight diversity to the line.
- Could also double as Harsher in Hindsight, Trainor's second video off her new album, "Me Too" was taken down the same day it was put up after Trainor realized her waist had been digitally manipulated to appear smaller. She was not pleased, to say the least.
- The song "I Love Me" from Thank You, right at the beginning of the first verse, has the line "They'll make jokes about my name". Many of the people who hate her stuff call her "Meghan Meghans".
- Suspiciously Similar Song: "Dear Future Husband" sounds a lot like Olly Murs' song "Dance With Me Tonight".
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: See Broken Base above. Some fans are not please with the new direction Trainor took with her newest video, preferring her as a blonde and the less sexual overtones of her previous videos.
- Unfortunate Implications: One of her songs' defining traits, for better or worse.
- "All About That Bass" is supposed to be a body-positivity song, focusing especially on curves. But the song denounces skinny people and justifies it with a weak "Just Joking" Justification.
- "Dear Future Husband" is intended to be about treating women properly and being a good partner, but the song and the video include some outdated anti-feminist views like "women are typically housewives", and the tone is much more aggressive and demanding than the message is said to be. The lyrics also have some underlying sexism toward men and promotes unrealistic expectations, such as a man should never disagree with his woman because " shes never wrong ".
- "Me Too", while trying to be a song about how great her life is, has the line "If I was you, I'd wanna be me too", which is essentially her bragging about how the listener is worse than her. In other words, she is better than you, and you are worse than her. While Boastful Raps nowadays are nothing new, this one comes in a more unwelcoming sense.
- Unintentionally Unsympathetic: The protagonist of the "Better" video. We're shown that her grandfather is in jail, but we don't know the offense and he seems to genuinely love her. Thus, it seems less like he's a deadbeat grandpa who's stretched his granddaughter's patience beyond love, but that she's an ungrateful and unnecessarily rude granddaughter who doesn't accept his love.
YMMV / Meghan Trainor