Lady Gaga’s second single from the Born This Way album is just as derivative as her first, but at least with this song the person she’s ripping off is herself—this is basically“Bad Romance” minus everything that made it interesting. Nonetheless, this is a _far_ worse song than “Born This Way”, and I consider it easily her worst single to date.
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This song was originally intended to be a dark, edgy single, and somehow that ended up meaning ‘Justin Bieber’. On the one hand, it might be the single best song he’s ever recorded, but on the other, he sounds absolutely ridiculous trying to sing it. It’s like having the New Kids on the Block record “Eye of the Tiger”.
All right, this is the second Chris Brown song on the list I have to give a good review to, although Brown was only incidentally involved in this one…Big Sean was singing the chorus himself before Brown horned in on it. Big Sean, as is his wont, doesn’t provide the world’s most intelligent lyrics, but the chorus is quite lovely, even if it would probably sound better if it didn’t overextend Brown’s mediocre voice.
After two surprisingly improved singles, it’s sad to see Derulo step back into exactly what made people hate him on his first song…insanely inappropriate misuse of sampling. At least on “Whatcha Say”, there was a portion of the audience that might not recognize the source song, but _everyone_ knows Harry Belafonte’s “Banana Boat Song”, and turning what was, at its core, a labor anthem in upbeat disguise into just another generic party song is downright offensive.
Amazingly, Dev has managed to create a _worse_ song than “Like a G6”. A collaboration between the most lifeless singer and the most inane rappers of the modern era was a bad proposition to begin with, but the constantly skipping beat, the horribly overprocessed vocals, and a case of overproduction that makes “Born This Way” look minimalistic, combine to make this arguably the worst song of the year from a purely musical perspective.
This song sounds like Big Sean’s “Dance (ASS)” collided with a Toby Keith song, and they recorded the wreckage. The arrangements sound like an unholy mix of the worst elements of pop-country and club music, and the lyrics are basically a stereotypical booty jam, only one that mentions trucks and farms every couple of lines. Presumably they were trying to create some kind of crossover, but given how low on the Year-End 100 this was, it apparently didn’t work too well.
A sludgy, noisy, overproduced party song which comes complete with an Avril Lavigne sample, this is one of Rihanna’s worst singles of 2011, right down there with “S&M”. If you really need a song on this subject, stick with Pink’s “Raise Your Glass” or Halestorm’s “Here’s To Us”.
Another reason why Taylor Swift is better than any of the other teenybopper pop stars—would Miley Cyrus or Selena Gomez sing a song that cast them as the bad guy? Here Swift sings out the regret of the girl who callously broke a great guy’s heart and has to live with it, knowing all the while what she threw away. It’s actually strikingly reminiscent of Adele’s “Someone Like You”, and it’s another wonderful song by an artist who doesn’t get the credit she deserves.