Brent’s Top 5 Worst Songs of 2012

Well 2012 is coming to a close and that means an influx of countdown lists will soon become readily available. Because I always like to get a head start on things, I felt like tonight would be a great time to roll out my first such subject.

This evening the topic is music….not good music though. Below I present to you my “Top 5 WORST Songs of 2012.” These songs made me cringe every time I heard one of them on the radio, at a party, or at a sporting event and always possessed the power to spiral me into a bad mood. Some music just has no business assaulting our ears and our intelligence. Let’s get right to the list!

5. “Want U Back” – Cher Lloyd

Out of the five songs on this list, I have the most vivid “first time I heard this song” memory with “Want You Back.” I was driving from Missoula to Spokane in late June for Hoopfest and right when I prepared to exit the freeway this song came on and I immediately thought it was a joke. And I just don’t mean figuratively either…I literally thought that the radio station had put some trashy song together to give its audience a quick laugh. Not even close.

The whiny tone that “Want U Back” takes on is completely appalling. The lead up to the chorus is absolutely brutal (“Remember all the things that you and I did first? And now your doing them with her? Remember all the things that you and I did first? And now you’re doing them with her?). I think just the complete lack of maturity in the song also turns me off so much. Oh yeah, the repeating of certain words also makes the song terrible (away-way-way…clowns-clowns-clowns….jeaNS-jeanS-jeans). Don’t even get me started on that grunt. General rule of thumb: Always be skeptical of songs that use shorthand in the title (“you” vs. “u”)

4. “Work Hard Play Hard” – Wiz Khalifa

I do like some of Wiz’s songs but he made this one impossible. I got on Cher Lloyd for repetition but this song takes it to a whole new level. Want to be annoyed? Just listen to this track and hear the robotic female voice say “Word Hard Play Hard, Work Hard Play Hard, Work Hard Play Hard” over and over and over again. Just listening to the first verse will already have you peeved.

Besides the “work hard, play hard” repetition, the lyrics are just revolting to me. As you can imagine, the song is about working hard for your money and then living the high life with it but Wiz expresses the message in a less than tactful way. His own chorus is completely annoying as well with a beat that will drive you nuts. Also, when an artist says a certain couple of words an unnecessary amount of times in a song, you will never get me back.

3. “Rumour Has It” – Adele

I am not an Adele fan. Yes, I did like “Fire to the Wind” but my appreciation ends there. “Rumour Has It” has to be her worst song ever produced. I can’t stand the melody, can’t stand the vocals, can’t stand the message. Adele is not meant to make upbeat songs and this is the disaster that ensues when she does. What bothers me the most about this song? EVERYTHING! Well besides everything? That part towards the end where the music gets way slower and she does her “OOOOOOHHHOOHHHHOHHHHHH” little change up. Makes me ill.

If there is one song on this list that I have trouble explaining why I hate it is so much, this would be the one. I think just the fact that it is an Adele song and it is about her being irresistible just really rubs me the wrong way. Right now I am even angrier because the song has managed to get into my head! BUSH LEAGUE.

2. “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen

This song never caught on with me; not the first time I heard it nor the 50,000th time I heard it. In my humble opinion, “Call Me Maybe” is just straight up garbage. I never laughed once, let alone even cracked a smile, when I saw sports teams and other groups make a complete fool out of themselves when they tried to make a video or a parody of this song. I banned “Call Me Maybe” from play at any Griz venue, the song just doesn’t have a purpose at a sporting event.

I detested all of the memes, jokes, and puns that people would unoriginally make up. The fact that the title and many of the lyrics of the song make no sense whatsoever has been well-documented. I don’t think I have hated a song as much as this one in a long time. But it is more than just hating the song….I hated how it made people act. I sincerely hope I never have to hear this song again.

1. “Gangnam Style” – Psy

When it comes to this atrocity, I was actually late to the party (thankfully). So, when I heard this song knowing that it had already become a world-wide hit I was dumbfounded. Two words came to my mind when I heard it: William Hung.

I really want to know, what do people love about “Gangnam Style” so much? Is it simply the dance that accompanies it? Because I honestly don’t know how any sane person could sit down and listen to it. I find the song to be the epitome of annoying. I find it cheesy too, especially the “Heyyyyyyyyy…….sexy lady” part. What always really gets me is when the lyrics and beat goes dead and you think for one second that the song is over and then you hear those awful four words “Oppa is Gangnam Style”. It just makes me want to bang my head against a wall. I don’t go to clubs, but if I did, I would walk off the floor whenever this song was played. “Gangnam Style” is definitely the most terrible song of 2012.
I love music, but I also hate it too. Thanks for letting me vent my frustrations about the songs that made me less than happy this year. Have a great weekend everyone! Don’t Blink.