Top Ten Worst Songs of 2016

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41Can't Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake

Mediocre. I don't hate it, but it is insanely forgettable. Overplayed to death as well. - Spark_Of_Life

One thing I forgot to mention in my triplet review including this, is that this is one of the few songs I've ever heard that structured wrong. A lot of pop songs follow the 1564 chord progression, because it fluidly leads onto a wide variety of pleasing melodies. This song, on the other hand, uses a 1646 progression, which means the song is completely stationery, and can't do anything with itself without a complete mid-song reconstruction. It actually explains why this song is so bland and energyless. - WonkeyDude98

Even then, it could have worked. Happy worked, mainly because it had color and harmony. This is so dull and lifeless. - WonkeyDude98

Not horrible, but so incredibly bland and generic. It sounds like a cheap ripoff of Happy, except that song worked and was fun. This song just sounds forced and fake.

I am not a Justin Timberlake. I like this song.

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42Pillow Talk - Zayn Malik

This song makes me want to vomit. The lyrics are disgusting and Zayn's vocals are abominable. There's a reason why Simon Cowell didn't want him to go solo, and this is precisely it. - TheEvilNuggetCookie

I feel sick and literally angry at him for making such horrible lyrics and nasty videos. Just shows how pop has degraded over the years.

Laying on the verge of "so bad it's good". Zayn sounds somewhat irritating. - Swellow

Ladies and Gents, grab the pillows! It's time to take a nap at this poor attempt at a pop song! *dude...why did you have to drop this hard? *

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43No Money - Galantis

Pitch shifting + Incredibly bland electronic beat + Awful singing = Galantis. - Swellow

A song that may seem to be written and sung by a 4 year old girl, a steeple of a drugged up disco in the 70's... only in 2016

This song is just as bad as KidzBop and I'll admit it catchy but I don't even want to listen to it anymore cause it's trash. Ripoff of Meghan Trainor but actually is bad. Honestly hope this doesn't hit #1. I don't know if this is gonna be as bad as Friday. But horrible work. 1/5 - AlphaQ

Good production, but insanely atrocious vocals.

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44We Don't Talk Anymore - Charlie Puth

Please, Selena and Charlie, change the title to "We Don't Sing Anymore" and then retire. - Spark_Of_Life

Why is this guy still making trash like this? I hated One Call Away but this takes the cake. Awful lyrics. This song is trying to imitate somebody that I used to know and failing. Awful lyrics, atrocious production, both artists not trying to work the song out together, enough said.

Charlie Puth showed so much promise on See You Again. But nope. This, along with Marvin Gaye and One Call Away are all on my 20 worst songs of the 2010s. What happened? Good job Puth, hope you're happy.

I hope you and Selena don't sing anymore cause this song is trash. 1.5/5 - AlphaQ

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45Perfect Illusion - Lady Gaga

Not Lady Gaga's best. It's a bit too safe. It's still Lady Gaga, and in the mainstream in 2016, I'll take what I can get. 4/5 - WonkeyDude98

Except for Gaga being a little nasal at times, this is pretty damn good. But still, it's no Bad Romance. - Spark_Of_Life

I was expecting a new song by her. Perfect Illusion is great --- and great song title. This song pushed all the bad songs out of the way. - madoog

Hate this song - 0744rose

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46Better - Meghan Trainor

I went in with low expectations, and somehow I was even more let down than I expected to be. Why, Meghan? Just why? - Spark_Of_Life

Garbage with an awkward guest verse from Yo Gotti. Like the music video though. 0/5 - ProPanda

This is like NO if it was hidden under a shade of saccharinity. Also, Yo Gotti's worst performance. -1/5 - WonkeyDude98

Liked the song, but hated the music video.

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47Back to Sleep - Chris Brown

Chris Brown, making a song called Back to Sleep, where he says "f you back to sleep", with his daughter on the front cover. I think that Chris Brown is now only popular so people can see how miserably he constantly fails. - WonkeyDude98

I'm going back to sleep until something actually good to listen to is made... - MeaganSaysHI

Chris Brown keeps getting worse and worse. This song might be worse than Love Me by Lil Wayne. - RalphBob

This is a 2015 song guys - AlphaQ

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48No Problem - Chance the Rapper

I like this song but seriously, it's about time 2 Chainz got his fake ass off these tracks that have so much potential to them - Mcgillacuddy

Are you kidding me? This song is awesome, even though Chance is doing a young thug impression.

I will always have a problem with Chance the Rapper. What's even worse is that 2 Chainz is unfunny and Lil Wayne is in this song! What a massive mess! -1/5! - SelfDestruct

I like this song. I give it 5/5. - madoog

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49Make Me - Britney Spears

Do people still care about Britney Spears? The last time she had a hit by herself was the late 2000s, and her last hit "Pretty Girls with Iggy was one of the most annoying songs of the 2010s. She desperately needs to retire. - Swellow

Oops!...she did it again, and by that I mean make a bland pop song that sounds horribly cheesy, outdated and much worse than her early work.

Why is this here nobody cares about Britney Spears anymore. Want proof My mom used to listen to her when she was in her 20's. And that's the time when she sold albums a lot. - Aguythatpeopleignores

Love it 99 out of 100

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50Mama Said - Lukas Graham

Um, this is like a HORRIBLE version of "Hard Knock Life" by Jay Z. At least the kids in that song could actually sing

Jay Z did Hard Knock Life better than these talentless hacks behind 7 Years. Cringey and annoying. - Spark_Of_Life

One of the worst songs I've ever heard. - RalphBob

Yo mama said for you to quit making music and to go to bed. - AnimeDrawer

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51Cake by the Ocean - Dnce

Kidz Bop is singing this. Now kids will think it's about cake, but it's really about sex. - mayamanga

The annoying beat plus dumb lyrics equals this song.

This si from 2015, and it's getting old. - Powerfulgirl10

What are you talking about? This is great

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52Ain't My Fault - Zara Larsson

Two words: Tremendous letdown. She makes two amazing songs, Never Forget You and Lush Life, and she follows those up with THIS? Please get on the right track, Zara. - Spark_Of_Life

Not sure if this is good or not. I mean, Zara's amazing as usual, and besides the drop, the production is solid. But, the lyrics... This is a song where Zara tries to be that good pretty girl who stople your guy by accident and should be innocent. 2/5 - ProPanda

I agree that some of these songs on this list are terrible, but I mean come on, this song is amazing

Yet another piece of crap from a singer who is only famous for being beautiful.

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53Snapchat - Soulja Boy

Does anyone actually give a crap about Soulja Boy anymore? I haven't even seen any of his singles charting since 2010 or so. - Zach808

I was looking at new rap music to find material for my list, and when I saw this I expected the worst. Soulja Boy failed even then. - WonkeyDude98

What even is this? Like, I've never heard of it but I can already tell from the title and "artist" (using that term lightly because Soulja Boy) it's either so-bad-it's-good or just crap. I'm not gonna listen to it to find out because at the end of the day, I don't care about Soulja Boy.

Soulja Boy needs to retire pretty much as desperately as Madonna. Since the first, every terrible single from this guy is worse than the previous. - thebloogerblogger

Soulja Boy still makes music? I forgot about him since 2008 - AlphaQ

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54Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers

Right, I'm deleting my old comment to write a newer one, because my mind cannot be made up about this. While the verses have a good meaning and the guitar plunks in the background fit nicely, the drop polarizes me. It's the one thing that I cannot make my mind up about. It's a headbanger, but also a little bit repetitive. Eh, I'll leave it as a 3/5 for now, I'm starting to like it a bit more. But Closer, on the other hand... - JackMM

Honestly this is one of the few good pop songs of today

I like the verses, but the drop ruins this song. With a better drop, I would love this song much more.

The voice is annoying, and the beat sounds like crap. Why is this song so popular? - NikBrusk

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55Close - Nick Jonas

I don't like either artist, but this song is not bad at all especially coming from a former Disney star.

Nick Jonas's best song to date. Tove Lo holds up Nick's semi-weak delivery. A comfortable-to-weak 8/10. Probably an honorable mention on my best songs of 2016 at the end of the year. - Spark_Of_Life

I really don't like this song. It's bland, colorless pop coming from a former Disney star. Is that not a path to window-smashing and head-shaving? Tove Lo is adiqutte, I suppose, but the finest part of her act are lyrics and production. No risks are taken, no new sounds are explored. The main theme in this radio-friendly trash heap is "I'm Nick Jonas, I'm so edgy! I have sex! ". And so it goes.

This song isn't too bad. - Powerfulgirl10

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56Closer - The Chainsmokers

I thought it actually couldn't possibly get any worse than when Sweatshirt somehow slithered its way into the public eye. But then I heard this. I am a pretty big Chainsmokers fan and have enjoyed much of their work in the past, but I will never listen to another song of theirs again without a heavy measure of skepticism. This song is just so wrong in so many different, unique, and horrifying ways. The maudlin, gross lyrics, the irritating, hedonistic chorus, and that beat drop...sweet Jesus, I don't even like to talk about it.

I simply can't stand this. What type of lyrics are those? The songwriters obviously didn't even try to write. Play Baby, play Sweatshirt, play Stupid Hoe, I'd rather listen to those instead of this terrible "song".

Not sweatshirt... I'm surprised it hit #1 on the Billboard if people don't like it. - AlphaQ

I like the good ol' Smokers, but this is basically unlistenable. Halsey is awful in her complete boredom (as expected), whoever told the Chainsmokers they should sing should be flogged, and whatever that breakdown was. And these lyrics are just...weird. Easily one of the worst songs of the year.

Bad just really bad

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57T-Shirt - Thomas Rhett

I'm surprised this abomination found its way onto the list, but I don't care right now. All that matters is that it's a shameful, gutless piece of garbage from a talentless hack who doesn't deserve to be called a "country" singer. - WonkeyDude98

The inspiration of Sweatshirt

I would say I'm surprised this song is horrible but this is Thomas Rhett we're talking about. The only thing I'd be surprised at is if he put out a song that didn't end up on my year end worst list. It'd be a miracle.

It came out before Sweatshirt, and it managed to be worse. - Swellow

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58All My Friends - Jacob Sartorius

A cancerous rip-off of Cold Water and Let Me Love You. This poor kid just needs to retire already. - Spark_Of_Life

Am I the only one who thinks this song sound like Lean On?

Cancer boy makes another song. Too bad he can't sing, AT ALL. - Swellow

I'm starting to think that he's just trying too hard to be hip with the kids. Your grades matter more, dude.

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59All in My Head (Flex) - Fifth Harmony

Wow how lazy they just repeat the first verse instead of singing a different second verse. Rihanna did this in kiss it better. Pop artists are so lazy. - NicoleJohnnyLutherBrianFan

This song is bearable. However, I neither like it nor dislike it. I am neutral. - madoog

Wow! This songs sucks. Fifth Harmony's vocals are so autotuned here that they sound like emotionless robots. The lyrics are meaningless, the instruments are barely there, and it just sounds bad all around. It's so bad not even Fetty Wap can save it. - Spark_Of_Life

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60Sweet Design - Sia

This song was intended to be sang by J.Lo (the same woman who brought us Booty), but some slip-up happened and this song went to the already terrible This is Acting album, which made it worse for me. Not only do the vocals of Sia make it unsuitable for her to sing a booty anthem, but when you have lyrics that reference the even worse Thong Song and Baby Got Back, that's when you've dropped low. - Swellow

Haven't heard it, but why is Sia of all people making a booty song?

Wait, Sia made a song about the rear end that came out the producer's rear end? Actually shocking

This song sounds so stupid - ProPanda

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