The Top Five Most Heinous Pop Songs of 2011

Yesterday, we gave you our votes for the top five pop songs of 2011. But to be perfectly honest, in our look back over the last 12 months, we found far more pop moments that made us want to rip our own ears off than ones that made us want to dance like small children. Here are the worst abominations the pop charts saw this year.

5. "Criminal," Britney Spears



Three words: Pan flute solo.

4. "Mistletoe," Justin Bieber



Like Bieber wasn't enough of a problem already, this year we had to stomach him releasing a goddamn Christmas album. We didn't know it was possible to be this enraged by something so incredibly bland and stupid. Thanks, kid. Between this insipid song and the sight of you making out in the video, we really want to slap you round the face and send you to bed early.

3. "Don't Stop The Party," The Black Eyed Peas



That Super Bowl halftime show was searingly awful on so many levels, it was an inevitability that these uber-douches would end up on one of our end-of-year worst lists. The reason we chose this song over all the other swill they've produced this year is because rhyming the word "pinnacle" with "genitals" is simply inexcusable, whichever way you look at it. "Don't Stop The Party" is utterly unimaginative and predictable from start to excruciating finish. It doesn't just make us wonder who buys this nonsense, it enrages us that anyone would even consider doing so.

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Michelexhavok
Michelexhavok

Dude, this article sucks. There's nothing wrong with any of this music, and this is coming from someone who hates mainstream pop music. Get a life.

singwell
singwell

am glad to know that I haven't listened to any of these, mostly because I saw who the artists were and cringed. None of them have IMO produced anything that is remotely memorable and if they haven't by now, I think it is nlikely that they ever will. It's not even cute fluff. It's awful.

Carlos Courtade
Carlos Courtade

Spot on review, that is exactly how I feel about LMFO or whatever they're called. Flash in the pan rubbish that sounds like cats clawing black boards. With artists out their like James Blake and Zomby it's ashamed these hacks get so much attention.

Joshua Willis
Joshua Willis

Do people over the age of 20 really listen to this crap?  Seriously folks, if you're an adult and you are familiar with more than 2 of these songs, it's time to wake up and realize that there's a ton of great music out there that doesn't solely exist to keep Clear Channel's outdated business model afloat.

brutus chalmers
brutus chalmers

LMFAO is the Village People 2.0... good to see the Village People getting some work...

KaleoK
KaleoK

She may be the best selling artist of 2011 but I think that anything by AdHell, especially Rolling ... and Someone... should top this list.

JoelSF
JoelSF

I am pro-Party Rock.

BBC
BBC

pumped up kicks was the worst my ears were subjected to this year

singwell
singwell

trouble is it sticks in your ears....but how can you do an upbeat song about a serial killer?

Rae Alexandra
Rae Alexandra

That was SO close to being on this list... no joke. I HATE that song. And, dear god, talk about overplayed...

cdickmontana
cdickmontana

I'm sorta new here--is "All Shook Down" meant as some sorta tribute to the Replacements?  And is Westerberg getting any royalties off of this "coincidence" I hope?  

I guess it's progress that none of the Worst Five came from American Idol at least.

Donheydon
Donheydon

I like Katy Perry's Teenage Dream.   But my vote for a really heinous pop song this year would be Adele  Rollin in the Deep.  I can't stand it.

singwell
singwell

I dont like adele's choice of osngs, but she has a good voice. She has the possbility of producing something memorable, lasting, because she has talent. But Katy Perry? No way she is ever going to be good.

Michelexhavok
Michelexhavok

 Just an FYI, Adele's music is based on her life and struggles and she's amazing.

Vengtoo
Vengtoo

Sounds like a pretty good plan to me dude. Wow.www.Total-Privacy dot US

Guest
Guest

Stop spamming!

John L
John L

Worst Song: Anything by Beyonce.

Corey Christensen
Corey Christensen

Get over yourself! LMFAO has produced some of the best music of the year, and their music videos are actually entertaining.  Try pulling the stick out of your butt and have some fun.

Fucklmfaoagain
Fucklmfaoagain

You're a huge faggot with absolutely no music taste. I no longer wish to live in a world with people like you.

JTErwin
JTErwin

"LMFAO has produced some of the best music of the year"This makes me sad.I don't want to live on this planet any more. 

LO
LO

The song isn't good but the video for Party Rock is great

Craigley
Craigley

LMFAO and Perry are two of my faves from 2011.

ScoobyDoo
ScoobyDoo

And you dress like ... Justin Bieber?

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

You could only come up with five?

Rae Alexandra
Rae Alexandra

Oh my God, if I'd been allowed more, this would've been a list of 50...

RJ
RJ

LMFAO and Katy Perry put out great pop songs. Just close your eyes during the videos.

Natalie B
Natalie B

dude, calm down, dont take yourself so seriously, and have a little fun.

then, tell me that Last Friday Night doesnt make you bob your head even a little.. :)

Whatthehellal
Whatthehellal

No, this drivel that passes for music doesn't affect my head at all.

Natalie B
Natalie B

I would like someone to trace the history of POP MUSIC and tell me when it became a requirement to "affect [your] head"

Twist and Shout, I Want to Hold Your Hand, All Shook Up, Let's Get It On - just a few (random) examples of historically great pop songs that really don't leave much room to expand your mind/make you think.. In fact, I would argue that California Girls by the Beach Boys is in equal company when compared to California Gurls by Katy Perry.  Twist and Shout by the Beatles was no less provocative, straightforward, or single-layered than a song like Take It Off by Ke$ha when each song is seen in the context of the cultural norms when they were released.

ScoobyDoo
ScoobyDoo

Last Friday Night is pure pop - usually for teens and early 20's.  Enjoy.  We of an 80's gen had Madonna and Duran Duran and Bananarama.

singwell
singwell

duran Duran cannot be put in the same sentence as madonna and bananarama. And even Bananarama did a good remake of Venus. The five songs here are worse than anything Madge has ever produced (she's actually done some reasonable ones eg Isla Bonita, Material Girl).

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