Worst Years for Music
The Top Ten
It sucks because that's the year Scott Weiland died. - Soulstealer
To pimp a butterfly and 1 direction break up... This doesn't deserve to be at number 1. - Pointingfingers
One direction, that was sad. One direction was my childhood. - Luckys
2015 was a great year. The reason? Wolf Alice with My Love Is Cool. - NoOneEverSuspectsTheButterfly79 Comments
This year's charts was filled with utter trash. The worst ever Billboard Top 20 is in 2017 (29/100, it was that bad). Sometimes, all the songs in the Top 10 were just all trash. - AlphaQ
This is the year a ton of Mumble Crap popped up out of nowhere. - I80
Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington died this year and mumble rap suddenly took over the charts destroying pop music
I know I keep on asking but... Is it number 1 yet? - LightningStrike51 Comments
Not a single platinum record except Taylor Swift, which was pretty terrible. Linkin Park, Jack White, Foo Fighters, Rancid, and Weezer all returned, but couldn't achieve recognition due to competition by Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, and One Direction. The one year I feel rock returns, crappy pop records knock it back down.
Good GOD, this year blew. Even in other bad year's in music, I can at least pick over 30 song's I actually like or appreciate. 2014 and 2016 though, I tried, I really tried, but GOSH both of these years were horrendous. I'm almost to my 20s but I can safely say that 2014 and 2016 are the worst years for music since I've been alive and trust me, it is very VERY rare for me when I see a billboard top 100 and only less than 25% of song's were actually stuff I like or respect. While I do think 2016 was somehow worse, it's almost as if everyone in 2014 had 0 IQ.
23, Bang Bang, Anaconda, Wiggle, Loyal, All about that Base, #Selfie, Rude, Hello Kitty, Fancy, Shake it Off, Talk Dirty, Black Widow, Dark Horse, Problems, etc.
Even the good stuff wasn't very strong. Most of the good either carried out into 2015 or were just leftovers from 2014. It was let down or rare.
I could go on but I stand firm on my opinion.
Well this year was really bad for music. I mean it's my least favorite. 2015 had good songs but the hits like Hello were boring. But in this year the hits were a lot worse. Anaconda which I thought it was decent has a horrible music video which is why I rate it 1.5/5 instead of 3/5. The other hits were just stupid and useless. The hits that sucked included: Hello Kitty, Wiggle and a lot more crap. This year was great for movies though. - AlphaQ
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 and at least three songs were played over and 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 and then there was Bobby Smurda, Maroon 5's incredibly underwhelming comeback, Jason Derulo... I could go on. 2017 doesn't look much better, unfortunately, but it's only April so who am I to judge?39 Comments
2015 in my opinion was a good year for pop music, not because everything was really good and meaningful music or anything, but mainly because there was a lot of variety. The first month or two a lot of these 2015 hits lingered around until they finally got stale, and I was eager to see what 2016 had to offer. First I saw some tropical house-influenced tracks and I thought that had some potential. Then there were more tracks with tropical influences. Then there was a Meghan Trainor album with a set of the two worst hits of the century. Then there were more tracks with tropical influences. There was an overall lack of effort this year from way too many artists, as well as the "White Guy With a Guitar"-concept which Todd in the Shadows often refers to being an absolutely massive construct for artists this year, with Shawn Mendes, Lukas Graham and Charlie Puth all being as horrible as such an artist can be. Even the most successful album of the year, Views by Drake, was an utter ...more
This year was actually decent. It's way too overhated, come on. - AlphaQ
This is the absolute worst year of music. Why is 2012 and 2011 considered worse than this? All of the songs they play are the same and they all suck. This year is the worst for music, and I don't know a single person who likes it. 2012 was the last year for real music, and you had these amazing electric artists, most of them who retired 1 or 2 years later. 2011 was also a good year for music. This should be number 1.
I don't really have any feeling about this year in music (apart from the deaths of many celebrities), but here's what I have to say about the hits:
7 Years: I don't understand all the hate for this song. I think people just hated it because it was always on the radio. The music in the background actually sounds good, and even though the intro may sound similar to the rest of the song, it is still good. 7/10
Work: A pile of garbage that many people liked. Just a mess, enough said. 0/10
Gold: it's like 2016 What About Us, it played on the radio way too much (and I only chose to like it because I kept hearing it). One day in late July 2016 it was on 3 stations at once! 2/10
Pillow Talk: Yet another good chord progression and melody wasted on a sexually explicit song. 7/10
Closer: Another song that people probably just hated because it was popular. My dad actually once compared it to if Trump tried to sing. Anyway, 7/10.
Love Yourself: Pretty much ...more - allamassal
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.
2012 though had a lot of mainstream songs which are bland these days! HAPPY of 2013 is definitely not one of the best songs! It is the worst - sryanbruen
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. - PositronWildhawk
2013 was a pretty good year. We had Arctic Monkeys explode back onto the scene with Do I Wanna Know? , R U Mine? and Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High? (and some other bangers which weren't questions). We had Daft Punk with Get Lucky, and Lorde with Royals. Avicii gave us Wake Me Up and Hugh Laurie released a blues album, Didn't it Rain. - NoOneEverSuspectsTheButterfly
After 2012, good music become increasingly rare to find. While a few of today's music is good, most of it after 2012 sucks. - RandomThings31 Comments
Last year of good music. Whitney Died too, meaning that music would soon start going down hill. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ
In my opinion this was the last good year for music, after 2012 pretty much every genre went downhill, also Whitney Houston died in 2012, I guess music unfortunately died with her
This year was good. We had Drake somehow giving us good stuff, Alex Clare giving life to dubstep, Maroon 5 being good, and Imagine Dragons becoming popular. - WonkeyDude98
No offense if you a Maroon 5 fan but they getting worse. 2012 was their best year though (Payphone, Moves Like Jagger) - AlphaQ
It was the year music took a downfall, when it ended. - RandomThings14 Comments
Justin Bieber rose to fame... the only bad thing about this year.
Either than Justin Bieber's Baby it was actually a really fun ear for music. So much better than the crap we have from 2013/14/15
Drugs, sex, partying, girls, getting drunk, computers, autotune. Yep, 2010... - 3DG20
This was the year Kanye west went downhill and released that overrated pile of crap "my beautiful dark twisted fantasy" - DaWyteNight22 Comments
This year is the new worst year for music. It used to be 2017, but, because mainstream music gets at least 1 million times worse every year, it's now 2018. Every year, in music, is always worse than the last. It's been this way since 2010. Now, we have some stupid nutjobs who shouldn't be famous and don't deserve fame at all. These include, but are not limited to, Drake, Lil Pump, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber (yes, that piece of crap on legs is STILL popular), Cardi B, Post Malone, etc etc. All the people I listed are nothing but talentless bums; they got no talent at all. It's more than likely that none of them write their own songs; all their songs are about sex and when they're not, it's about another horrible, dumb, sick-diseased topic. Go back to the 70s and none of this tripe and vomit existed. Back then music was based around the artist's own thought and imagination, and the charts were not dominated by attention-seeking little idiots. They are very talented ...more - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva
The late 10's are the worst years for music and on top of that after the 00's mumble rap hasn't changed in fact it has gotten worse.
How is this below 2015, 17, 16, 14, 13, 12 and 10? The music was horrible - Ar0nT0pTeNz05
Here's my opinion on the 2010s decade of music:
2018: No. No. UNACCEPTABLE.
As for 2019, it's probably not shining like a star, but literally TEN TIMES BETTER than 2018, because at least pop is trying to come back to life.
This was the first year in a long time, where the quality of music in general dropped hard, along with America's morale. While this was a great year for the underground (Sufjan Stevens, Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem for example), pop music was AWFUL this year. In one of the worst decades ever for pop music, this must be one of the worst (not the worst) years for it. This year is responsible for introducing us to T-Pain, Chris Brown, and for bringing Akon to the near top. The rap was inane, the pop useless radio static that was annoying, the country was blah, and the R&B would murder a human being with proper taste. To put this god-awful year into perspective, this year gave us "My Humps", "Hollaback Girl", "Fack", and "Crazy Frog". Shall I say more?
At least we had more then 3 music genres at the time and true about the morale - ronald2002collins
As George Bush enters his second term and Hurricane Katrina devastates New Orleans, American music hit a low. Yes, Green Day were still all over the press, but The Black Eyed Peas complete their transition into sell-outs, Kanye West utters "George Bush doesn't care about black people" during the Katrina telethon, Madonna releases her last good album, like, ever, and "Hollaback Girl" rules the nation. And all this happened the year Revenge of the Sith took moviegoers everywhere by storm.
I actually liked Fack but hate Hollaback Girl
My Humps by The Black Eyed Peas hit #3. Photograph by Nickelback hit #2. Run It! By Chris Brown ft. Juelz Santana hit #1. Need I say more?12 Comments
The introducing of emo music. Yuck. - AlphaQ
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 top of their peak metal, or nu-metal at least, was still going strong and rock was still at is best. For some reason 2006 started the two genres to decline and the sudden rise of pop and rap music begins to skyrocket. Now going to the present we now have horrible music of pop and rap and still gets rewards for it and metal and rock gets none, and you barely see a metal and rock song in the top charts. Is sad how music is today all because of that year.
The dark ages of hip-hop.
Pure garbage6 Comments
There was a lot of good music this year, why is it on this list? There were lots like, Boom Boom Pow, I gotta feeling, lady Gaga was very popular, the black eye Perez ruled summer this year so it was great for music.
Katy Perry, Kesha, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Jay-Z, The Black Eyed Peas, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Young Money, Keri Hilson, Jamie Foxx and 3o! 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 down hill. 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... - DaWyteNight
This is actively my least favorite year in the 2000s for music. There was barely anything this year that was REALLY good. It doesn't have the most bad songs, that would probably either be 2007 or 2008. And it doesn't have the worst songs, that would obviously be 2006. However, there were many songs this year I don't think I would come back too unlike the good from 2000-2008. Sadly, this trend carried on in 2010 but just being worse. Even being 9 turning 10 years old, I was sick of the overplayed mediocre stuff from 2009.
Chris Brown battered Rihanna, and there ended up being a song somehow worse than Break Up by Mario, Gucci Mane, and Sean Garrett, in the same year that song released (Diva by Beyonce). - WonkeyDude9812 Comments
2011 wasn't just bad because of Friday. It was the year Kanye West released Watch the Throne which was also the time he started going downhill. - AlphaQ
Let's not forget about "Party Rock Anthem".
The year Bad Meets Evil released I'm On Everything. That song was a nightmare - Hotheart123
No, stupid hoe was released in 20128 Comments
Music was alive and well...until Katy Perry destroyed it. Now everyone thinks mainstream music is crap. Yes there may be some bad music before, but mainstream music still had its critically-acclaimed moments. Now we have a critically bashed singer making several #1's (either by payola or people are just plain stupid).
We get crap like Lolipop, your So Gay, When I Grow Up, A Milli and more crap
We did get Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, along with Coldplay's last album before their pop transition.
Spring, summer, and fall of that year really disapointed me. The song of that year sounds horrible. Some of the biggest hits sounds terrible. It's like every artist releasing One Direction music.4 Comments
This was when Emo became mainstream - DarkBoi-X
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.
Why is 2007 on this list? Three legendary classic rock bands reunited this year, either for a one-off show or full tour. They are namely: Genesis, The Police, and Led Zeppelin! That should overrule a lot of the crappy music that came out that year. - Oneside
Good indie, but mainstream music was at an all-time low. Emo, country, post-grunge, ringtone rap. Although 2018 is close to the abyss with fratboy pop music (cough Post Malone) - StingrayDesantis12 Comments
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 deserve a place on this list. Other years of the sixties were better.
What the hell? Uh, in puzzled!
We got The Temptations and Ray Charles. That was it.
Why is 61 so high3 Comments
I don't really know how good 1990 was for other genres' but it was really good for metal.
1990 had good music
My favourite album from this year is mike old field's amarok, which isn't even his 5th best album. That just shows you how much good music there was during this year. - SammySpore
The year sandwiched between Guns N Roses and Nirvana eras was a dark time. Only about 10 of the hit songs from that year were decent.
Wouldn't call it a bad year but this was the year when weird songs that shouldn't really be taken seriously makes it into the charts and gets overplayed in radios - Million
Barbie girl is released and mmmbop is on top of the charts. Things can't get much worse than that.
A pile of novelty songs but as well as that biggie died so everything that was good about bad boy just disappeared like that
OK Computer was released that year and went on to become one of the greatest albums of all time. Not a bad year.9 Comments
Welcome to Sky Valley - Kyuss
Superunknown - Soundgarden
Division Bell - Pink Floyd
Purgatory Afterglow - Edge of Sanity
Awake - Dream Theater
Jar of Flies - Alice in Chains
Goodbye to the Age of Steam - Big Big Train
but to you Kurt Cobain's death and Justin Bieber's birth outrules everything - Alkadikce
Kurt cobain dies and Justin Bieber's born - gemcloben
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!
Dookie, Ready To Die, Illmatic, (which is regarded as one of the best rap albums of all time,) were all released. - cachu15 Comments
I'm sorry? Red Hot Chili Peppers released Californication this year and so many great bands got their start this year, such as Coldplay, the White Stripes, Muse, and My Morning Jacket. - Songsta41
Slim Shady was born GUYS, REALLY?!?!
What? The Slim Shady LP was released. - cachu
PaRtY lIkE iT’s 1999 BiTcHeS!
The UK saw 12 different #1 hits. Some were brilliant (especially the Shadows' "Wonderful Land"), but in June, we had a real STINKER, Mike Sarne and Wendy Richard's "Come Outside". 1961 wasn't bad, though.
The Marshall Mathers LP! One of the best rap albums of all time
What no.Linkin Park released Hybrid Theory which was the best album of al ltime and Eminem released Marshall Mathers LP and Rage Against The Machine mad some good cover songs this year. - DarkBoi-X
Eh. This year was really lukewarm in all honesty. Nothing really good compared to 1999 but there was nothing really bad either. I mean every now and then you would get great songs like smooth or terrible songs like who let the dogs out but the year was just mostly undirectional. 2000 has a lot of that late 90s cheese which can make for some guilty pleasure songs which I do like =) but this year was still just lukewarm. Not even clost to the worst year but definitely far from the best year as well.
When things began to go downhill rapidly. Noticed that then...10 Comments
John Lennon, John Bonham, and Ian Curtis all died this year.
This music itself was pretty good though
John Lennon and John Bonham died, ending the (albeit broken-up) Beatles, and the most influential rock band of all time, Led Zeppelin.
High amounts of death (John Lennon, John Bonham, Keith Moon, Bon Scott, Ian Curtis), not to mention Blondie's "Call Me" stopping disco from dying like it should have earlier that year and the release of some of the worst music videos of all time (example: "I Will Follow" by U2).
This is the year when Led Zeppelin ended, John Bonham, John Lenon, Bon Scott, Keith moon died
Not that 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
This was a good year, the Gorillaz came out
Meh not really. I mean The Eminem Show was awesome - AlphaQ
In my opinion
I wouldn't consider this the entirely worst year for music compared to last year and the year before since we have a lot of artist comebacks, bops & ballads and that mumble rap is slowly dying out of the charts since Drake and Migos released many songs this year but never made it to the charts.
However, what I find iffy about this year is that a lot of the songs are copies (not sampled, copies) and they're also awfully short. But at the same time I don't find it as depressing as 2017 and 2018.
In conclusion; lots of goods songs released this year but if you compare to years 2010-2014, there's quite a gap and hopefully this keeps going in 2020
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. - Chris2285
Unpopular opinion, but this was probably the best year for music of the entire decade. - Zx4
Even the worst songs of the year (7 Rings, Old Town Road) were not worthy of the top ten worst. - I804 Comments
The Day the Music Died and Elvis getting drafted are reason enough for 1959 to be here.
Chicago, in full-on crap mode, CHEATS up the number-one hit of the year, "Milli Vanilli" releases all "four" of their "hit singles", corny hair metal ballads were EVERYWHERE, no one bought the soundtrack to Weird Al's cult classic UHF, the only aspect of "Like a Prayer" that the press cares about is THE STINKING VIDEO, and future CONGLOMERATE SELL-OUT Taylor Swift is born. Oh, and Jefferson Airplane reforms for a final album DESPITE THEIR THIRD INCARNATION FORMING SEVERAL YEARS EARLIER AND CORRUPTING AMERICA WITH THEIR BRAND OF CORPORATE ROCK! Save us, very obscure rock band from Seattle! Save us from the awful storm that is 1989!
Where do I even start? How about the fact that Milli Vanilli had four hits on the year-end Hot 100? How about the fact that most of the biggest hits of the year were extremely boring love songs? How about the fact that hair metal found a way of getting worse by performing love songs? How about the fact that a Will to Power song ranked higher than Listen to Your Heart, Toy Soliders, Like a Prayer, Love Shack, and Lovesong? How about the fact that post-Peter Cetera Chicago had the biggest hit song of the year?
Tom biggins Was born I hate him He's not my teacher he's my enemy Tom never shave his stupid Beard He begin the Bossy teacher he's make me apologize to the teacher and stupid Obama tom the jerk he's Justin BIEBER'S teacher Tom the mean teacher I hate him He was never Born Tom say Justin Bieber didn't do it he liar I hate tom the fat ass teacher saying tell the truth
This is one of the worst years for music. The only years that were worse than 1989 for music were 2013 and 2010.5 Comments
The year nu metal first got popular...
Mase was raps hottest star that just says something
This was actually excellent. Kanye had the College Dropout. Eminem released Encore which isn't as bad as you think. Loads of songs were funny. The College Dropout is self-explanatory why it's good while Encore's fun songs outnumber the atrocious ones. - AlphaQ
I originally thought this was one of the best years in recent memory, but it was really dull. There were a few good exceptions, but nothing memorable. The more memorable pop music came a few years later.
Though encore is the worst Eminem album it's awesome compared to lil Wayne's trash
When I meant worst I didn't mean it was bad. Encore was OKAY4 Comments
Not a year with the worst music but the year with the smallest amount of songs that I love. Maybe I haven't looked in the right places though
Are you kidding?! 1985 had some of the most awesome music ever!
What is this doing in the top ten worst? 85 was a good year.
This time of the decade metal was on full blast. Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and all the great thrash metal bands. Disappointed that 1985 is in the list.7 Comments
How bad can it get? How about a year where people got so sick of hearing disco disco disco that it spawned a full-on riot! Which it did, in Chicago: the Disco Demolition at Comiskey Park. Sure, there's been a lot of bad music years, but nothing matches one capped by an event of sheer outrage like THIS!
By far my least favorite year. That Angelo-Saxon miltary band constructed some terrible pieces. - ProPanda
All you did was catch some litems player at an inn and watch him play 4 songs smh
What in the name of…recorded music wasn't invented yet
Mariah Carey had her breakdown, and George Harrison and Aaliyah died. That is many bad things that had happened in a single year. Enough Said.
It was a bad year we lost george harrison
9/11 occurred - DPS501
Worst year ever for music. There was no good songs released on that year. All the good songs were released in 1999. 2001 is a really dissapointing year for music and will always be one of the worst.
This year was the best for rock and hard rock music but the worst part that deep purple disbanded because dave goverdale decided to leave the band form his band whitesnake. But led zeppelin released presence and sold poor copies less than the previous successful records and still this album had commercial success for topping the number one charts on billboard 200. By the way this year wasn't so bad, there is nothing to admit about 1976's music, it had some great songs like superstition by stevie wonder, dirty deeds done dirt cheap by AC/DC and other great songs.
The year Chicago released "If You Leave Me Now". Enough said.
Last year the Stanley cup went back to Canada.
Worst year ever. Who was even around back then exactly.
Music was invented in this year
This low? Dirty Rap (the worst genre of music ever) was born this year. - I80
This is the year the bottom fell out of popular music, and it never really recovered. Not even grunge could save it after this dreck: Amy Grant, EMF, Color Me Badd, Boyz II Men, Timmy T, Hi-Five, Damn Yankees, Paula Abdul, Wilson Phillips. Now pardon me while I puke.
Freddie mercury died - XxMontrealxXRBLX
How is that a bad year for music? That's the year Bohemian Rhapsody came out.
Cash's death - LightningStrike
I'm glad this is in last. It may not be a perfect year, but it gave us 'Crazy In Love' so I give it a pass. - ProPanda
Why is 2003 up here, seriously? Radiohead, Modest Mouse, Blur, etc. I don't recall much pop from this time frame, but I believe this was THE BEST year for music. (at least in the 00s)
Eh. Definitely not the best but I honestly thought 2003 passable.6 Comments
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