Worst Years for Music

The Top Ten

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 really 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.

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.

2017! It sucks! I hate HATE hate HATE hate Hate this stupid waste with a flaming passion! I don't even consider this too be year, it was the worst year in the world, my personal life, movies, T.V. shows, video games, music, movie studios, and everything! 2017 is my worst year ever!

Where do I begin?

I switched buses, my dog died, Paramount Pictures has gone downhill BIG TIME, my family members were hitting and fighting, Hurricane Harvey, Las Vegas shooting, Texas Church shooting, so many celebrity deaths, my sister sprang her knee and ankle, my cat had surgery, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Trump's first year in the oval office, lots of terrorist attacks, so many T.V. shows getting cancelled, mediocre remakes and sequels and so much more!

I'm glad 2017 is OVER! Paramount had been making so many box office bombs in 2017 also, which made me lose interest to the studio.

Also, this year seems to be a little better, we'll see

Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington died this year and mumble rap suddenly took over the charts destroying pop music

2015

Before 2009. Maybe all of the music years are great.
So Let's review it.
2009 - 2013 = Meh
2014 = Bad because of Modern Pop
2015 = Annoying Bad
2016 = Okay
2017 = Good
2018 = Meh
2019 = Good
2020 = wait for it until the year ends
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I agree with a lot of reviewers that music in general has taken a dramatic downwards spiral notably since 2010 with no imagination or very little put in to 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 (or whatever it's called). Thank you for destroying my faith in music.

I agree. Where did the songs with meaning go? 99% of the radio songs where I live have these useless songs, for example, a song about nothing, just random words. I would've never escaped this music if I haven't looked up Vocaloid. I hate 2015's music, a lot. Not judging anyone who likes it, but in my opinion, this is music's worst year. Please, to those who can help, make songs meaningful again. Not just random words written on to a page with some auto tuning.

This should and will be #1. All the other ones had something good about them, and some of the bad songs were fun to have be phenomenons for a while (maybe some for a little too long), and maybe had big stories in the music industry. But this, no. I mean, go look at the "Best Songs of 2015" list. Not my cup of tea. Worst year by far.

2014

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.

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?

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.

2013

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

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.

The year of the emotionless and meaningless robotic songs... I can't even. I will be patiently waiting for a whole new generation of artists to come and return the triumphant era of REAL EMOTIONAL BUT DOPE MUSICS, like what we had experienced in the early 2000s.

All of the songs that came out this year were either really, really good (Eminem, Radioactive, pretty much all of Random Access Memories) or really, really bad (Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, The Fox). Personally, I think the good songs outweigh the bad ones, but it still wasn't an amazing year for music other than for a few albums/songs.

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.

I don't get why 2016 is very overhated for music. I didn't think the music from that year was terrible. Of course, most of the popular songs from that year haven't aged well but at least most of them were radio friendly. Some of them even have good and heartfelt messages. Of course this year also had a lot of dark and boring songs too. But I always thought 2018 was much worse than this! In my opinion 2016 wasn't a terrible year but this was the point that the 2010s started going downhill. By around 2019, music started getting a little better as pop music gained more presence.

every year
2010: generic dance club music
2011: starting to get more interesting
2012: really good
2013: a lot of good and a lot of bad
2014: trash
2015: a lot of trash but more good
2016: unbelievably garbage
2017: a little better but more boring
2018: most boring year in the decade
2019: really good year

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 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.

2012

Last year of good music. Whitney Died too, meaning that music would soon start going down hill.

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

Music went downhill after 2012, and it finished off the age of good music with Don't you worry child by Swedish house mafia, my favourite song of all time (although I know there's a lot better songs, but that's just my opinion). 2013-14 had some songs that were above average (mammoth and wake me up were great, call me an electronic freak all you like) but 2015-16 were terrible except for the exception of a few songs, plus so far 2017 is decent. Don't forget about the death of Whitney Houston, arguably the best female singer of all time (not my favourite, though) rest in peace. - Scarr441

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 Mad City, an album that brought the hope of hip-hop back to many long-time fans.

2010

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

There's one reason for why this year isn't number 1: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The greatest album of the decade so far

This was a good year for music! You people are just voting because of Bieber!

2018 2018 (MMXVIII) is 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.

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 and Lil Baby one of the worst rappers in history. Drake was dominating the charts this year and he kept being featured on other songs made by unknown artists and 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 monotonus 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 ...more

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

So far... GARBAGE! ABSOLUTE GARBAGE!
The only songs that make it in the top charts are mumble raos who only mumble about drugs, money, female dogs, partying and sex! All the decent songs don't last! E.g. Look at the song "Ashes" by Celine Dion! It was a decent that didn't last long in the charts! NOT EVEN A MONTH! Haven't even heard it in a radio whilst you hear Freaky Friday for months! Freaky Friday is just a trendy mediocre auto tuned hip hop insult that isn't kid friendly and or even music and no one is going to remember that song 10 years later! This is actually scary!

What's even worse is that all the good bands/artists like Kodaline, Arctic Monkeys, James Bay and many more all sounded commercial and mediocre! Annoying auto tune! Weak beat background! Annoying millenial whoop in the background! Just garbage! The only decent song that made it at the top is "In my blood" by Shawn Mendes but that's not enough! And don't get me started on what happened to Avicii!

If ...more

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.

2005

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

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.

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?

By far the worst year.

2006

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.

Pure garbage

The dark ages of hip-hop.

The introducing of emo music. Yuck.

The Contenders

2009

Should be #1. When I think of years where music was as bad as anti-pop elitists say it was, this is the first one that comes to mind. Also, the underground stuff wasn't all that noteworthy :(

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.

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...

Michael Jackson died worst year of music ever

2011

Let's not forget about "Party Rock Anthem".

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.

The year Bad Meets Evil released I'm On Everything. That song was a nightmare

The year Nicki Minaj released Stupid Hoe. It was a nightmare.

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2008

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 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.

We get crap like Lolipop, your So Gay, When I Grow Up, A Milli and more crap

2007

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.

We were introduced to Soulja Boy. That itself should make 2007 number 1.

When they play "Before He Cheats" every hour on the radio, I considered throwing my car radio out the window

2007 wasn't that good in rap as there were a lot of garbage songs like Buy You a Drank, but compared towards the crapfests in music that were 2005 and 2006, 2007 ( as well as Early 2008 ) was actually a really enjoyable year for music. I mean Soulja Boy is still one of the absolute worst songs of all time but other than that, 2007 was the closest to being a masterpiece in music compared towards the rest of the 2000s. Not the best but definitely not one of the absolute worst in music.

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1999

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.

Slim Shady was born GUYS, REALLY?!?!

Livin la Vida Loca and Britney Spears

What? The Slim Shady LP was released.

1990

1990 had good music

I don't really know how good 1990 was for other genres' but it was really good for metal.

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.

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.

1961

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 high

1994

Kurt cobain dies and Justin Bieber's born

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

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.

2000

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...

Rap crap manufactured pop crap what more can I say

Really bad year for music

1996

Spice Girls

1998

The year nu metal first got popular...

Mase was raps hottest star that just says something

1997

What? 1997 is one of my favorite years for music! Tarkan's Kiss Kiss, Radiohead's Paranoid Android, R. Kelly's I Believe I Can Fly and Blur's Song 2! But most of the hip hop was crap...

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

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

1962

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.

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