Worst Years for Music

The Top Ten
1 2015

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'll admit. 2015 was a good year for rock and metal. We got music from bands like Nothing More and Bring Me The Horizon. But that cannot holdup the atrocities of everything else. This Silento garbage, all that autotuned talking rap garbage, this year was garbage.
This year also had the "masterpieces" like Meghan Trainor's "Dear Future Husband" and god forbid Manika's "I Might Go Lesbian".
Don't forget that this is also the year that Kanye West decided to go up on a stage and proclaim himself to be a rock star, and I quote, "the greatest rock star in the world". And then he butchered Bohemian Rhapsody.
Seriously? Is this where music has peaked? Is this what music has evolved to?
Horrible year.

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.

Oh gosh. Okay, to be honest, this year is pretty underrated. WHHATTT?! Okay, before anyone shoots me, this year has actively been the best of the 2010s. Trust me as even though I was just as annoyed this year with these songs as you guys were but this year felt a bit improved. Sure you get B $#! I'm Madonna, Pretty Girls, Whip and Nae Nae, Honey I'm Good, Hit the Quan and others but there were many redeemable songs this year that people don't give this year credit for. Examples like Get Low, Chains, The Hills, Downtown, Xs and Os, and others. There were also many good songs this year that barely got attention like Budapest, Bills, Only Love, and many others. I understand why so many hate this year as I actively hated a lot of these songs last year as much as you guys do. However, coming back to this year, I've opened up. And the bad stuff this year isint really THAT bad. I can just imagine everyone in 2025 apologizing to saying that 2015 was the worst. In my opinion, the worst year ...more

2 2014

2014 is... alright in my opinion. We had one of the best songs of the 2010s, which is Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars featuring Mark Ronson. I guess as the years pass, we get good songs and bad songs on the charts. There were a LOT of bad songs on the 2014 year end list. God forbid "Anaconda", which started the downfall of Nicki Minaj, and the song heavily samples "Baby Got Back", the ultimate ass anthem. Bro country also had a chokehold on the charts, and "This Is How We Roll" is no exception. The lyrics are the same thing as any country rap song. Also, Florida Georgia Line's vocals are very stereotypical and grating. Thank God Old Town Road came along and saved the country rap genre. This is such a mediocre year for music, and I can see why.

I believe that 2014 was the worst year for pop music. I remember listening to the radio and watching YouTube music videos, the beats and sounds of 2014 were just tacky, corny, and forgettable. "Happy" by Pharrell Williams and "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea were the only good quality songs to come out of 2014.

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?

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.

Cardi B became popular, and Bodak Yellow got to number 1. Kendrick Lamar followed up the critically acclaimed To Pimp a Butterfly with that piece of garbage known as "Humble", Cardi B became a thing and released Bodak Yellow which got to number 1, DJ Khaled released two very awful songs, and Rihanna was featured in one of them, Bodak Yellow was number 1, Chris Brown released a 46 track album, Bodak Yellow was number 1, Migos released Culture, oh and did I mention that Cardi B became popular and her song "Bodak Yellow" went to number 1 on billboard?

The only great things about this year were Khalid's popularity and Joey Bada$$ releasing a masterpiece.

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.

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

The year of bad albums.

I never liked Suicide Silence, but they just got worse with the recent album.
Fall Out Boy's selling out more than ever with their new EDM song.
Linkin Park put out a very mediocre album.

And other than that, there's no real releases that are gonna come out soon or that have came out that are really worth listening to. PVRIS is coming out with a new album, it better be good.

Trap music is killing music, though. It's everywhere, even the rock music is trap now.

Music is depressingly bad these days.

4 2013

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.

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.

Even though the year had plenty of BAD songs I personally think 2013 was a better year for chart music than 2011 or 2012.

Here are some of my Worst songs of 2013.

Anything released by One Direction
Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball
Miley Cyrus - We Can't Stop
Rihanna - Monster
Anything released by Little Mix
Jessie J - It's My Party
Katy Perry - Roar
What Does The Fox Say
Jayson Derulo - Talk Dirty
Swedish House Mafia - Don't You Worry Child

This year wasn't so bad in the mainstream as you all say. Night Visions, Marshall Mathers LP2, Random Access Memories and AM are great albums and boosted this one ahead of 2014 and 2012. I know it had its low-points, but it had those gems in the mainstream I listed that were fantastic! How is this #1?

5 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

Once you turn on the radio, you will notice that most of the songs sounds exactly the same. It is dominated by sexist, meaningless and unimaginative so-called hip hop! A lot artists decided to go generic and all the good artists would not dare to come back and save it! Even if they tried, their songs will not end up on radio (Or at least in the UK)!

If you're a type of person who can never get tired of this sexist hip-hop generation, then I can gladly and unapologetically say there is something wrong with you!

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

The hate for 2010s music in general is overblown but 2018 actually kind of deserves the hate. Also I am glad to see 2020 only at number 34 as of November.

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.

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.

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

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

The year 2003 was the last year of real music in my personal opinion, I have no hope for 2017 and really want 2018 to be a good year as that's the year I graduate from high school and hoped that music would be as good as the 70s-Early 00's, but unfortunately can see 2018 as well as 2019 being bad years as well which sucks. Now their was bad music from those years as well, but are considered as a great song compared to any song in 2016. Most songs sound the same and there were so many god awful so called artists that charted high in 2016 like Charlie Puth, Shawn Mendes, Lukas Graham, Meghan Trainor etc. 2016 even makes 2010-2015 look good. This year can be seen as the breakthrough year of let's see how many annoying noises in one song and unfortunately also with the deaths of Prince, David Bowie etc, and start of Jacob Sartorius. Hope that scum of a singer in Jacob goes completely downhill in 2017. No effort was put into any song in 2016. So this year that's just been was not a diverse ...more

7 2012

I feel like this was tied with either 2011 or 2013 in being the last good years for music, but then if I say that, "ooh, you're stuck in nostalgia! Ooh, you always like THIS from the past, you always like THAT from the past!"- AlanaThePony or BlueTelegraph, were always going to get those stupid-ass comments from them, but honestly, I don't care what they think because if I want to enjoy music from the 2000s or the early 2010s, then I can.

Actually, 2012 was a good year for music, in my opinion. My favorite song out of this year has got to be So Good by B.O.B., also This Is Love by Will.I.am, Gangnam Style (Ironically) by PSY, Some Nights by fun, and Feel The Love by Rudimental. But, there are some bad or insufferable songs such as Boyfriend by Justin Bieber (Thank God he matured after the Believe era and actually came out with a good album in 2015.), Rack City by Tyga, any of the Chris Brown songs, and One More Night by Maroon 5. Overall, 2012 was a good year for music, but not as good as 1976, 1982, 1995, and 2003.

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.

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

8 2010

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

To be honest: 2010 was great.

You got My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. I thought Kanye's personality because horrendous after 2009 but his songs still go great. Until 2011...Eminem released Recovery which is my guilty pleasure. Forget Baby and look at the positive things. Positive things in music ooutnumber the negative things so 2010 was great.

That's the year the song Baby by the talentless Justin Bieber! I can't stand that annoying song and teen fangirls obsess over Bieber!

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

I was warned by a friend about 2005. Actually, they were right. 2005 is 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, as well. 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.

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?

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?

10 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...

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.

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.

This was one of the best years in music! I think the worst year in music was 2017! Some artists really sucked like Post Malone, Lil Pump, 21 Savage, and hip hop just wasn't hip hop! What has 2017 done to music?!

The Contenders
11 2006

Overall, outside rap and r&b, 2006 was actually pretty good for most genere's of music. However, in terms billboard, this was not a good year. The good stuff was a bit better than 2005 but overall, 2006 was just not very good. Half of the list is composed of song's I like while the other half is garbage. While 2006 may not be THE absolute worst year for music, it definitely is one the worst mainstream wise. Most of the chart was infested by a shift in Rap and R&B and not only does it sound terribly outdated 11 years later, but I had to search really deep this year just to find enough rap and r&b I actually liked. Mainstream Hip Hop was so bad this year that I just had to take whatever was mediocre enough that I can get ( Money Maker, It's Going Down, Snap Yo Fingers. ). Like I said, while 2006 was a pretty good year for most music genre's, was a bad year for hip hop ( Although 2007-2010 are much MUCH worse ) and the variety just wasn't much there. All I can say is Screw Florida ...more

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.

This year in all honesty is a better stepup than 2005 but Fergies London Bridge is still one of the worst songs of all time in my opinion.

Really? But Gnarls Barkley was on the charts!

12 1960
13 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).

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." 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

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 did get Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, along with Coldplay's last album before their pop transition.

14 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.

15 1952
16 1990

Well, this is the first year of the 90s, yet it's still the 80s. Only 1991 can save the rest of the decade. I think one song from this year I can't stand is probably Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice. Probably one of the cheesiest rappers in existence. It's a good thing that The Beastie Boys and Eminem exist because they saved us from THAT white rapper. Also, the melody rips off a Queen song and just look at Vanilla Ice! He tries so hard to be gangsta, yet he has the most punchable face that a celebrity could have! It's a decent year for music, by the way. I just don't like most of the songs.

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.

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.

17 1994

1994 was a great year for music in my opinion, with Tom Petty's Mary Jane's Last Dance, Green Day's Dookie, and Pearl Jam's Vitalogy, but there were tons of bad songs that I lost count. I know there's some people that like these songs, but I'm going to unleash the dragon on my opinions. Such as the one where Bryan Adams teams up with Sting and Rod Stewart to do a song for the Three Musketeers movie, which bombed horribly with critics, plus all three singers sound terrible, Michael Bolton makes yet another soft rock ballad called "Said I Loved You... But I Lied!", plus this guy's singing voice is worse than Chad Kroeger's voice, as he sounds like he's passing a large kidney stone while singing, and Tim McGraw's country ballad "Don't Take The Girl". where he sings about the life and death of his girlfriend, similar to Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey", but different, as he ultimately sings about the death of her wife after she gave birth. Tim McGraw's a good singer, but I can't with this ...more

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!

Well yeah it was sad that Kurt Cobain died and Justin Bieber was born but Green Day released Dookie and Nas released Illmatic and the Notorious B.I.G released Ready to die and Nine Inch Nails released The Downward Spiral so it isn't too bad.

OK, there were terrible events this year but the music was amazing. Illmatic, Dookie and Ready To Die were released and there were some decent hits. Just because a good singer dies and a terrible one is born doesn't mean it's so bad.

18 1961

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 were a mixed bag. On one hand, you got really good and energetic rock n' roll and jazz, and the latter, where 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.

Sorry but I disagree. The 1960s was the only decade that personally sticks out the best each year from beginning to end. Though 61 and 66 probably might have been a bit more on the lower end of the 60s, 61 was still one of the best in music in my opinion and even if not by a few, 61 is definitely no where near one of the worst.

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.

We got The Temptations and Ray Charles. That was it.

19 2000

Don't get me wrong, 2000 was a GREAT year for music. It was also a good year as a whole. But there were some stinkers. Such as Only God Knows Why by Kid Rock, Music by Madonna and With Arms Wide Open by Creed. Eugh. Just stop it.

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.

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.

This was when Eminem released the Marshall Mathers LP! Why is it on this list?

20 2007

2007 was actually a decent year for music, in my opinion. Even after the disasters that were 2005 and 2006. Rock was good that year, as well as dance music. We're talking about the bad stuff, not the good. Rap was inescapable that year. Ringtone rap was everywhere, and it paved the way for those annoying songs from Vine and now TikTok. Crank That was such an ear-bleeding rap song that many people hated the song and many radio stations pulled it off the airwaves. That's how bad rap was that year.

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.

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.

21 2011 2011 (MMXI) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2011th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

In terms of UK #1 singles, yes! Of 30, none of them got more than 6/10. In general, I'm not sure. There have always been good and bad songs for as long as there's been popular music.

"Swagger Jagger" is a prime example. I know you've heard many bad songs. Go on, think of one! That song you've just thought of is AMAZING compared to the unspeakably deplorable product of Satan I just mentioned.

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.

Kanye West and Lil Wayne went downhill. Kanye's wasn't so obvious because Yeezus wasn't too bad but Wayne's was VERY obvious. Technically I hated most songs so yea.

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

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The year nu metal first got popular...

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Also, don't forget the adult contemporary version of Beauty & The Beast. A lot of the covers of Disney songs were bad back then, with the exceptions of Circle Of Life (from The Lion King) by Elton John, and You'll Be Forever In My Heart... Always (from Tarzan) by Phil Collins. Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson don't have much energy and strength as the original song. What. Was. Disney. Thinking. When. They. Released. This. Cover.

Lots of Boring Soft Rock was Dominating The Charts then, by the likes of Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Elton John, and more.

Too much Depressing Soft Rock Ballads on the Charts then.

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Also, I forgot about the godawful Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird medley by Will To Power (That is such a laughable music group name.) A soft version of Baby I Love Your Way, I kind of get, it was already a soft ballad to begin with, but a soft version of Freebird hurts because it's a Lynyrd Skynyrd staple! I think Suzi Carr on this sounds nice, she has a good singing voice, but Bob Rosenberg sounds like he got two chopsticks up his nasal passages while eating at a Chinese restaurant. Seriously. This version has to be heard to be believed.

The final year of the 80s, and it's a bad one at that. Every time I listen to Milli Vanilli's songs, I have to throw my headphones off a bridge and into a river! Also, the bad songs outranked the good ones on the Billboard Hot 100. Go look it up online and you'll see Look Away by Chicago at #1. People were already tired of soft rock in the late 80s, just stop it already, Chicago! You're too good for this! Overall, it's a bad year for music, but there's some diamonds in the rough. You get De La Soul's first album (3 Feet High And Rising, love it ;).) Toy Soldiers by Martika, and the Batdance by Prince, which is from one of Prince's weaker albums, which is the official soundtrack to Batman, but it's still good.

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?

Pretty much everything wrong with the late 80,s. There wasn,t a single consistently good trend present. 1989 was slow, plodding and soulless. Embarrasing hair metal bands, stinking up the radio, Garbage ballads that were lamer than ever, Teen pop being more manufactured, lowering the common denominator to the lowest in a long time. Speaking of. All the awful artists took over the charts. Paula Abdul, whose Nazally and shrill voice won her 2 top 10 year end placements, New Kids On The Block, & the lip syncing duo Milli Vanilli, who were awful. The best hits of the year, are shaky and underwhelming compared to other years, (although I,d argue Guns, N Roses had a good year), and the worst hits are so unspeakably bad (WHen the Children Cry by White Lion ESPECCIALY) that they haunt my sleep. Truly awful

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