Nine Worst Songs of 2011

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Welcome to another installment of Up on the Sun's 2011 Review. This week, we've been counting down our favorite songs, shows, national and local releases of 2011. This installment takes a different approach, turning our gaze to the worst of 2011's worst. Enjoy!

Another year has come and gone. The year 2011 has brought us a few decent albums and a whole lot of filth.

Songs like "Achy Breaky Heart," "My Humps" and "Who Let the Dogs Out" haunted us in past years. We've got a new list of songs from this year to never synch to your iPod (or iPad, or whatever cool/elitist device you're using these days).

Brace yourself for dreadful lyrics, sad attempts at rapping, and laughable pop music after the jump...


9. "How to Love," Lil Wayne
Weezy threatened back in June that he is going to retire after releasing Tha Carter IV, and frankly I think he should have quit while he was still ahead. It's songs like "How to Love" that make me feel sad for the future of music.
   

8. "Gucci Gucci," Kreayshawn
Every time I hear this garbage, I feel stupider, and I wish my ears could throw up what they just heard.
   

7. "Sexy and I Know It," LMFAO
I don't care that they make great songs that serve as the soundtrack for goofy parties; Redfoo and SkyBlu have absolutely disgraced the Motown and Gordy names. Something tells me that despite his son and grandson's success, Uncle/Papa Berry is ashamed.
 

6. "Bass Down Low," Dev
Hey, Dev, when you write a song with some substance, let me know.
 

5. "What's My Name," Rihanna
Rihanna, asking people that question is egotistical. It's kind of pathetic that you need reassurance that everyone is familiar with you.
 

4. "Price Tag," Jessie J
While the lyrics include insightful observations about modern society, I can't stand the way Jessie J whines when she sings the phrase "money, money, money." And I'm not usually annoyed by British accents, but this one just rubs me the wrong way.
 

3. "Judas," Lady Gaga
A lot of people actually found this song and video to either be offensive, disrespectful or just kind of disgusting, and even though I'm not particularly religious, I can't really disagree with them. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the backstory, Judas betrayed Jesus, and Gaga is all up on that guy.
 

2. "Friday," Rebecca Black
I bet you thought I would put Rebecca Black at the top of the list because you know I really can't stand her. "Friday" was bad enough, but recently, she released a song called "Person of Interest," in which she pretends to have friends in the music video. Yeah, right. Anyway, here's my excessive amount of commentary about this song from around the time it became a viral hot mess.
 

1. "Facebook Official," Heart2Heart
Somehow I managed to find something even more horrible than "Friday." Yeah, this song quietly happened this year and it might become your new earworm, so don't say I didn't warn you. This year Lance Bass made the mistake of thinking it's still 1999 by mentoring a boy band called Heart2Heart. The result was a handful of awful tracks like this one. It's worse than "We Built This City" by Starship. Oh god.

 
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Ninita
Ninita

 

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Emma Anderson
Emma Anderson

Okay, so maybe I'm the most cynical person on the planet... but I truly and honestly feel like a large percentage of these songs are jokes.  I mean, that Heart2Heart thing?!  You couldn't build a better parody if you tried.  I'm almost POSITIVE that they all thought this was utterly hilarious.  We live in the troll generation, let's face it... and pop music is getting trolled HARD.  Look at LMFAO, Party Rock and Sexy and I Know It were HUGE this year.  Hell, I even dig 'em.  But I feel like anyone with half a brain in their head likes them semi-ironically.  I'm pretty sure LMFAO was formed as a joke, and it should be acknowledged that it's an internal parody of modern music.  But the songs truly make you feel good, and are catchy as hell to boot.  I'm starting to realize that you can't criticize pop at all; it's not art.  It's all become an inflated in-joke that escalates from the point of one person actually trying to produce something listenable... disco, perhaps?  Disco was like an exaggerated bastard child of funk, and 40 years down the road we have this garbage.  But this garbage is awesome.  And funny.  And if you can view pop music as a solely comedic art form, it actually becomes quite enjoyable.  Even if you're doing it ironically.  God, future people are going to be SO confused by our generation and our affinity for all things ironic.

Chris
Chris

My objection to "Judas" is not the subject matter... that doesn't bother me at all (and I am Catholic).  My objection to it is that the song itself is crap, in my opinion - it just sounds to me like a horrible, second-rate copy of "Bad Romance" (which I love).  She didn't do anything with that song that Madonna hadn't already done before, and better, with "Like A Prayer." It was disappointing to me because I know Gaga is a great talent and could do better than copying herself (or Madonna - which many would argue she had already done with "Born This Way").  Fortunately Gaga redeemed herself in my eyes with "The Edge of Glory," which is IMO one of the BEST songs of the year.  (I'm NOT a Gaga hater, BTW.)

I'm not a fan of "What's My Name" but I found "S&M" far, far worse.  On the flip side, "We Found Love" was one of my favorite songs of the year.

I really hope no one takes "Sexy And I Know It" seriously.  It's a disposable novelty (and I personally cannot stand it, and find "Party Rock Anthem" only slightly more tolerable), but I think the guys in LMFAO know it's a disposable novelty.  Every generation has a song like this - 20 years ago, it was "Baby Got Back." Still, I have to agree that's distressing to see a song like that affiliated with the Motown name today.

Two other songs this past year that I found repulsive: Beyonce's "Run The World (Girls)" and Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song."

Coolcristobal05
Coolcristobal05

You have horrible taste in music.  Seriously, just, stop.  Only one I agree with you is Friday.  How did Judas, Sexy And I Know It, Bass Down Low, and What's My Name get in here?  You have the worst list ever, so bad, even Rebecca Black can call you up and ask, "Hey!  How come I don't have the worst single of the year?"  I hope u realize u have bad taste of musc.

Fishowtofwtr
Fishowtofwtr

These are all horrible, but hands down the WORST, most annoying, most overplayed freaking song is Hot Chelle Rae - Whatever.  This song sucks on so many levels it is inconcievable that someone actually recorded, produced and made as lame a video as this. 

KaleoK
KaleoK

Price Tag is better than any of the crap put out by AddHell! I should hav licked his b**** aka Rolling in the S*** should top the list.

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hdmi
hdmi

 You mean they aren't all Nickelback songs? *Head explodes*

coolout
coolout

I disagree...'How to Love' is one of the few Lil Wayne songs I can actually stand...especially compared to trite like 6 foot 7. The beat is solid and the songwriting decent. No worse than 'lollipop'.

Zsnyper
Zsnyper

Every single one is a cookie cutter pop act, and they suck. Go figure.

VongMee
VongMee

No doubt man, 2011 was a pretty good year. Wow.www.Total-Privacy dot US

Lakeisha
Lakeisha

No matter what anyone says, I LOVE HEART2HEART. Maybe you guys should do something with your lives and stop hating on people. I can guarantee that every person you are hating on  has more money than you. 

Nicole Smith
Nicole Smith

Hilarious. I keep replaying that Heart2Heart video thinking I might have something clever to say. 6th time completed: Life-size picture of Justin Timberlake in my bedroom and I ... still speechless.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Crap Music all loads of crap xD most never heard of suprised justin biebers not on here ...

Lenny
Lenny

Totally stumbled upon this somehow....."What's My Name" is from 2010. Aside from that I agree with everything.

T-Pain f/ Chris Brown "Best Love Song" and will.i.am "T.H.E" are terrible as well, and should be on this list. LOL.

Guest
Guest

I agree with some of your song choices except price tag and how to love. Fuse called 2011 the "year of the message".  This was the year "things will get better" youtube videos came out and artists tried to go along with this year's theme through their music. "Price Tag" has a good message and is about uniting through music without flashy music videos and whatnot..basically just make music for the love of music and not the fame. And "How to Love" deals with the issue of abortion which I find really powerful and brave for Lil' Wayne to tackle such a controversial issue instead of his usual getting girls/drunk/money stuff.  I found "Judas" to be annoying but the message is actually about good things coming out of the darkest moments.  One of the darkest times in the Bible was when Judas betrayed Jesus and it resulted in Jesus' crucifixion.  But Jesus would not have been able to die on the cross for everyone had this dark thing never happened, thus good things coming out seemingly horrible things.  In the video Gaga is supposed to be Mary Magdalene to show the dynamic relationship between her love for Judas and her devotion to Christ.  Christians should not be offended by this song because it represents forgiveness of those who betray you, and more importantly, forgiving yourself for betraying yourself at times.  (And Lady Gaga is a Christian)

CCB
CCB

The author has nothing to apologize for.  It's called "opinion", and just because someone doesn't agree with YOUR taste in music doesn't make their taste in music bad.  And for the record I agree with most of the choices.  Personally, if you think "Judas," "Sexy And I Know It," and "What's My Name" are great songs, I could (using your criteria) say that YOU were the one with bad taste in music.  However, I won't say that, because your taste in music is your taste in music, and just because I disagree with your taste doesn't mean that your taste in music is bad... it's called preference.

Lenni Rosenblum
Lenni Rosenblum

Only because I've avoided Nickelback this year at all costs so I don't even know how bad their new stuff is haha.

Jbd1
Jbd1

Just because they may have more money doesn't make them a good artist, and if that is your only reason you like someone, you need to take a few music appreciation classes, because they are awful.

Lenni Rosenblum
Lenni Rosenblum

But that doesn't necessarily mean that they're happy...

Lenni Rosenblum
Lenni Rosenblum

Dev's "Bass Down Low" was released as a single last year as well but was formally released on her album in 2011. I just felt like since "What's My Name" got played out this year, it could count for 2011. I'll definitely check out those other songs too.

Lakeisha
Lakeisha

Hey if your proud to be a bully then that's you. I try not to judge people. Music is a Art Form. There is not terrible art. There is not terrible/worst songs. The person who made this article is not a singer so honestly he needs to shut the f**k up. 

Lakeisha
Lakeisha

That is something I can agree with you on. DIFFERENT PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERENT TASTES. 

Lenni Rosenblum
Lenni Rosenblum

Ultimately what it comes down to is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. People just have different tastes and different views of the same things.

Lenni Rosenblum
Lenni Rosenblum

My intention is not to bully anyone, musicians or otherwise. I just think that some of the artists on this list became famous for the wrong reasons, that's all. Everyone in America can agree that the reason Rebecca Black became famous is not because she's a good artist by any means.

I believe that there absolutely is terrible art, but it's art nonetheless. You're right, I'm not a singer or an instrumentalist, and I can't draw or paint, etc. But I recognize a special piece of artwork when I hear or see it. If you can call one piece of artwork good art, then there has to be some sort of basis or scale of comparison, which means that, likewise, there's bad art.

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