Top 10 Worst Years for Music

The Top Ten
1 2014 2014 (MMXIV) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2014th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 14th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 5th year of the 2010s decade.

I feel that 2015 was a really great year for modern music, especially compared to other recent years. The worst of these years (or possibly second worst, thanks to 2016) is 2014. There was so little variety. The charts seemed to stand still for weeks on end. At least three songs were played over and over again, with no escape: Happy, Shake It Off, and All About That Bass.

This year also marks the mainstream debut of Meghan Trainor, famous for writing one of the worst songs in recent memory: Dear Future Husband. Oh, and Tove Lo was there too, with her intolerable song. Then there was Bobby Shmurda, Maroon 5's incredibly underwhelming comeback, and Jason Derulo... I could go on. 2017 doesn't look much better, unfortunately, but it's only April so who am I to judge?

2 2015 2015 (MMXV) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2015th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 15th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 6th year of the 2010s decade.

Not good. Justin Bieber topped the charts in 2015.

At least we had Better When I'm Dancin' and Good to Be Alive, probably Meghan Trainor's best songs. Also, That's What I Like by Flo Rida.

The Peanuts Movie songs aren't bad at all.

I agree with a lot of reviewers that music in general has taken a dramatic downward spiral, notably since 2010, with no imagination or very little put into what is released. But my God, how bad was 2015? There were so many bad records released that sold in huge quantities.

From a UK perspective, these dire songs hardly moved in the charts throughout the year. Surely 2015 must have the lowest number of new releases making an impact on the top 10 since records began. It's hard to pick a figurehead to sum up the pure crappiness of 2015. Justin Bieber would be a natural choice, though he is pipped to the post by what could well be the worst record ever recorded, Silento with Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) (or whatever it's called). Thank you for destroying my faith in music.

3 2017 2017 (MMXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2017th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 17th year of the 3rd millennium, the 17th year of the 21st century, and the 8th year of the 2010s decade.

It's Everyday Bro, Mi Gente, Sam Hunt, and inescapable earworms that I didn't really like, such as What About Us and Praying (which this site calls the best song of the year, though I didn't feel the craze for it). Previously acclaimed artists also started making bad "music," proving there is no hope for music if we do nothing.

Many musicians of yesteryear (when music was REAL) died this year, just like in 2016. Oh, and Kelly Clarkson came back again with her worst (and most overrated) song yet, "Love So Soft," which was the inevitable consequence of letting artists prioritize making catchy songs over making good songs.

4 2013 2013 (MMXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2013th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 13th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 4th year of the 2010s decade.

I hate the fact that the excellent Moby released "Innocents" this year, which was fantastic, only to have every review compare it with "Random Access Memories". Nothing wrong with "RAM", but that's imbecilic. And there was still "What Does The Fox Say", which is more annoying than having mosquitoes nesting in your wardrobe, and crap like "Roar" and "Wrecking Ball", which I simply won't bother with.

In my opinion, 2012 was a decent year. It had Gotye, fun., Adele, Ellie Goulding, and other good artists. 2014 has been average so far, but 2013 was garbage. It was a huge letdown after the indie rock explosion of 2012. I can think of about 12 good hit songs of 2013.

5 2018 2018 (MMXVIII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2018th year of the Common Era (CE), the 9th year of the 2010s decade, the 18th year of the 21st century, and the 18th year of the 3rd millennium.

The only good song from this year was Seams. Besides that, there were literally no good songs from this year. Only pure garbage was being released then.

2018 sucked for music big time! Mumble rap and depressing pop music were still polluting the airwaves. Of course, pop music didn't sound like pop at all. This year was mostly dominated by rap music. People started listening to 6ix9ine, Kodak Black, and XXXTentacion, who were terrible rappers and terrible people.

Drake was dominating the charts this year, and he kept being featured on other songs made by unknown artists - they get popular. Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of Drake, but he just keeps trying to find ways to stay relevant, and his songs this year weren't that great! I got sick and tired of hearing Drake's boring, monotonous voice on every song. And the In My Feelings challenge was just stupid and annoying! So I'm not a big fan of Drake anymore. What else...

Oh yeah, some pop artists were trying to get into the trap sound, and they come out as mediocre to just plain terrible! Of course, 2018 was also a bad year for the Billboard country chart. Meant To Be, which is not a country song, ruled the chart for 50 weeks! It also became the biggest country song of all time. This just shows that 2018 will be remembered as one of the worst years for music, and I stand by that. This year should be on top of this list!

6 2016 2016 (MMXVI) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2016th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 16th year of the 3rd millennium, the 16th year of the 21st century, and the 7th year of the 2010s decade.

Music lost its meaning. Rap began to overshadow, and they all soon became about the same things. Pop songs were becoming more EDM, and they were all just theme songs of love. Coldplay was no longer Coldplay, just Chris Martin. Even Adele and Rihanna were getting repetitive. And this was truly the year where I really started to hate Twenty One Pilots.

We also lost two of the greatest rockers ever: Bowie and Prince. On the bright side, Green Day came back full throttle, Metallica was hitting harder than ever, and Bowie released a masterpiece before his death. Terrible year for the modern artists, but older artists helped to fix it a bit.

7 2012 2012 (MMXII) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2012th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 12th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 3rd year of the 2010s decade.

So yes, the mainstream of 2012 was a very terrible time. With dubstep in full swing, lame pop rappers coming into the scene like Drake, and dried-out pop-rock like Maroon 5 and Imagine Dragons continuing their legacy of making an extra buck for some boringly simple songs.

But are we going to overlook some of the highlights of this year? Two of the greatest pop masterpieces came out this year: Frank Ocean's Channel Orange and Tame Impala's Lonerism. And let's not forget Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, an album that brought the hope of hip-hop back to many long-time fans.

8 2010 2010 was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2010th year based on Anno Domini/Common Era designations. It is the 10th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 1st year of the 2010s decade.

The year that the aftereffects of the Summer of Death and the Black Eyed Peas led to complete, mind-destroying garbage. "Baby", Usher's "OMG", "California Gurls", "Teach Me How to Dougie", Young Money's "BedRock" (complete with that infamous "grocery bag" line), Ke$ha's first few singles, Enrique Iglesias' turn towards club music, Chris Brown's "Deuces", "Dynamite", "Like a G6", "Whip My Hair", "Imma Be", and even Santana collaborating with Scott Stapp.

This should be number 2. Number 1 being 2013, of course. Good music was pretty much nonexistent. Any good song that was released was killed by overplay or flopped instantly.

9 2005 2005 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2005th year of the Common Era and Anno Domini designations. It was the 6th year of the 2000s decade.

I was warned by a friend about 2005. Actually, they were right. 2005 was an awful year in mainstream music. Rap was infamous during that year due to the genre being infested with creepy sex songs or strip club songs. Listen to Wait (The Whisper Song) by the Ying Yang Twins, Some Cut by Trillville, or Play by David Banner (uncensored versions), I dare you. Hip-hop sex songs were insufferable that year.

Rock was also bad that year, except for Green Day, as Nickelback songs invaded the charts. Pop was also making a transition. But it's a mixed bag, as the pop music of that year was just watered down with useless samples. It was a good year for underground music, with Gorillaz having one of the best songs of that year. But that's it. Avoid this year at all costs.

10 2009 2009 was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2009th year of the Common Era and Anno Domini designations. It was the 10th and final year of the 2000s decade.

Katy Perry, Kesha, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Jay-Z, The Black Eyed Peas, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Young Money, Keri Hilson, Jamie Foxx, and 3OH!3 all released bad songs this year which were all very overplayed on mainstream radio. This was also the year when mainstream radio started to play the same 10 songs over and over again, unlike in the past when they'd throw in a mix of older songs.

Not only were there many bad songs released by bad artists this year, but even the "good" artists started going downhill. And let's not forget this was the year when Katy Perry and Kesha were most popular, Lady Gaga released bad music, and Nicki Minaj released her first single.

The Contenders
11 2006 2006 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2006th year based on the Common Era/Anno Domini designations. It is the 6th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 7th year of the 2000s decade.

2006 was indeed the worst year for music, at least for metal and rock. Now let me tell you something: before 2006, these two genres were at the top of their peak. Metal, or nu-metal at least, was still going strong, and rock was still at its best. For some reason, 2006 started the decline of the two genres, and the sudden rise of pop and rap music began to skyrocket.

Now, in the present, we have horrible pop and rap music, and it still gets rewarded. Metal and rock get none, and you barely see a metal or rock song in the top charts. It's sad how music is today, all because of that year.

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13 2008 2008 was a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2008th year based on the Common Era/Anno Domini designations. It is the 8th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 9th year of the 2000s decade.

Music was alive and well... until Katy Perry destroyed it. Now everyone thinks mainstream music is crap. Yes, there may have been some bad music before, but mainstream music still had its critically acclaimed moments. Now we have a critically bashed singer making several number ones (either by payola or people are just plain stupid).

This was the year where everybody was leaning towards auto-tune and pop-like records. Prime example, take a hardcore gangster rap group like Three 6 Mafia. 2008 brought us Three 6 Mafia songs like "Lolli Lolli (Pop That Body)". And Kanye tried singing to us in 2008. This is just part of the reason why this is one of the worst years in music.

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15 2019 2019 (MMXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2019th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 19th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 10th and last year of the 2010s decade.

Why is this not higher than 2018 or 2017? I don't even know where to begin. I mean, this year already sucked without the music, then the music had to be absolutely trash. 2018 was actually a good year for music, then we get stuff designed for freaking 10-year-olds.

This was a bad year for rap music because a lot of it was just low-key trash and was too obnoxious to hear on the radio. As for the rest, music is starting to sound pretty good.

I personally hated this year for music because none of my favorite artists released anything. So yeah, kind of a lame reason, but it is what it is.

16 2007 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2007th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 7th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 8th year of the 2000s decade.

What other year has great musicians like Daughtry, Nickelback, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Hinder, Soulja Boy Tell Em and great songs like Party Like A Rockstar, This Is Why I'm Hot, A Bay Bay?

I was being sarcastic. Mainstream music (at least in the USA) in 2007 was dreadful. Maybe indie/alternative was good that year, but too much trash polluted the airwaves. Only a handful of songs I would consider decent.

Michael Jackson did not release anything. Also, this was the time Justin Bieber started uploading videos to YouTube...

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1966 on the lower end of the sixties? 1966 was way better than 1961. Just listen to all those US garage bands and English Freakbeat bands from 1966. 1961 was when rude, raw, and rebellious rock and roll of the fifties faded more into pop. They were great songs in 1961, but I think it deserves a place on this list. Other years of the sixties were better.

It's good that the British Invasion happened in 1964, cleaning up the nasty leftovers that the 50s left from 1960-1963. The music of the early 60s was a mixed bag. On one hand, you got really good and energetic rock 'n' roll and jazz. On the other hand, you got boring, easy-listening stuff and depressing teenage tragedy songs that you can't get through without being shocked at the end and say, "What were people thinking back then?"

Overall, the early 60s were just... bland and tasteless.

19 1990 In 1990, the reunification of East and West Germany marked a historic moment in the aftermath of the Cold War. Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist, introduced the concept of the World Wide Web, revolutionizing the way people access and share information. Nelson Mandela's release from prison... read more

And yes, this was the year that Styx tried to make a comeback with their album "Edge of the Century"... and failing, as a result. It tried to sound heavy, like what other rock artists were doing at the time and all the while Tommy Shaw was still in the group Damn Yankees. I have to say, Glen Burtnik was pretty much the poor man's Tommy Shaw.

The album generated a few crossover hits in the next year, such as "Show Me the Way" (which is a decent song, if you ask me) and "Love at First Sight", but the singles stalled on the charts and people didn't seem to care about the rock bands of old. Other groups like Little River Band and Chicago were suffering from the same effect, as well.

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To restate my past comment (the four-word one): Often considered "the worst year in music" due to Kurt Cobain's suicide and Justin Bieber's birth, but what else was there? Grace Slick aims a gun at a policeman, Ace of Base enters the height of their fame, and some idiot kid refuses to obey the pre-show disclaimer before Beavis and Butt-head started and burns his home down. But hey, there was some good in this world that year - we had lots of classic albums, mainly alternative ones!

Kurt Cobain shoots himself and a poor baby Justin Bieber doesn't even know he will be slagged off by people on here decades later in the 21st century.

21 2002 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2002nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 2nd year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 3rd year of the 2000s decade.

Not that it was very bad for mainstream music, per se, but one must note that American Idol debuted and pretty much accelerated any annoyance that is persistent in the music industry. All the singers that come from the show are pathetic if you ask me.

22 2021 2021 (MMXXI) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 21st year of the third millennium, the 21st year of the 21st century, and the 2nd year of the 2020s. 2021 was scheduled to host many major events that were originally scheduled for 2020... read more

All I can think of is My Universe, Cold Heart, Fallen Angel and…. *thinks for good songs* I can't think of any good songs from 2021 anymore. Again. How is 2014 worse than this?

The only good songs right now are every song on Lip Dip's "Venom." That's it. There are no other actually decent songs from this hellhole for music.

Literally no good songs were released in 2021. Only pure garbage was being released then.

23 2000 The year 2000 (MM) was a century leap year that started on a Saturday according to the Gregorian calendar. It marked the 2000th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations. It was the last year of the 2nd millennium and the 20th century, and the 1st year of the 2000s decade.

When things began to go downhill rapidly. I noticed that then...

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25 2020 2020 (MMXX) was a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 20th year of the third millennium, the 20th year of the 21st century, and the 1st year of the 2020s... read more

Oh my gosh! The music was so bad that year! I really hate some trashy rap music they come up with, with the worst and fastest beats. I do, however, like Taylor Swift and some other artists' music that year. The rest of them are so annoying and disgusting.

This year actually had a promising start. Of course, the first big song to come out this year was from...wait for it... Justin Bieber! He came out with this song called Yummy, and it was pretty bad! I actually thought this song was catchy, but the immature lyrics ruined it for me. (Yeah, you got that yummy yum, that yummy yum.) Man, this song is so dumb and embarrassing that it could've been written by a five-year-old. At least it didn't hit number one, thanks to Roddy Ricch's The Box taking the top spot instead! Of course, this was just the beginning...

As this year had its fair share of good songs, it still wasn't that great of a year so far. Just like last year, a bunch of songs got popular off of TikTok, with some that are good and some that are bad. On the rap side, there were still some mediocre and terrible trap songs charting. And somehow, Chris Brown and 6ix9ine had to come back with more music! What has the world gotten itself into? These guys should just retire already.

Also, I should mention that because COVID-19 spread around the world, some artists had to come out with new hits based on the situation that was going on, especially Drake. He supposedly released this song meant for TikTok called Tootsie Slide. When I saw the title of this song, I thought it was gonna suck, and I was right. It's just a boring, sleep-inducing trap song that has zero impact on me. Drake doesn't even teach anyone to dance. This is just an example of Billboard not caring for the quality of a song, only the streaming numbers and TikTok usage. Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber released their duet Stuck With U, and it's boring as hell. It's yet another charity single made to help people who are being quarantined. In the next year or so, I'll probably forget these songs ever existed. So far, this year was just below average for music.

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