Worst Years for Music

The Top Ten

1 2015

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. - NoOneEverSuspectsTheButterfly

Best year for music - Breadwinnersislofe

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2 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.

The year when awful songs like Anaconda and Shake It Off were released. - CharismaticKat

Where do I begin? In 2014, big butt anthems hit their height in music. Songs like Fancy (which I somehow liked when it was popular) and Wiggle helped ensure that 2014 in music will be remembered in a bad way. I could go on all day about how awful Nicki Minaj's album The Pinkprint was. Especially the two songs, "Anaconda", and "Only". "Anaconda" was basically Baby Got Back 2.0 only worse (don't get me started on the video), while "Only" is full of swearing and has a beat that gives me the chills. There were some good songs like Love Runs Out and Chandelier, though. - allamassal

Should be number 1.2015 actually had good songs. - DarkBoi-X

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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.

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? - LightningStrike

Worse than 2015 in my opinion. - MrCoolC

Why isn't this at number 1 yet? - LightningStrike

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4 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 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

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.

2016 the worst year in general

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5 2013

No - Breadwinnersislofe

After 2012, good music become increasingly rare to find. While a few of today's music is good, most of it after 2012 sucks. - RandomThings

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

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

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6 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.

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

Here's my opinion on the 2010s decade of music:
2010-2014: Good
2015-2017:... Fine.
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.

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!

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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!

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7 2010

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" - DaWyteNight

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

This was a good year for music! You people are just voting because of Bieber! - Aha223

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8 2012

It was the year music took a downfall, when it ended. - RandomThings

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

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9 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 - 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?

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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... - DaWyteNight

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.

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). - WonkeyDude98

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.

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The Contenders

11 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.

This wasn’t a great year but man we had the back parade sides that though it was pretty bad

The dark ages of hip-hop.

Pure garbage

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12 2011

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 2012

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13 2008

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

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).

I thought this year was just fine. Good albums all around with the few junk stuff played on the radio. We got some pretty nice songs to be released for all genres. It honestly wasn't that bad. - cjWriter1997

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

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14 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

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15 2007

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.

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) - StingrayDesantis

Worse than 2000, that is for certain.

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16 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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18 1994

Kurt cobain dies and Justin Bieber's born - gemcloben

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. - DarkBoi-X

What about Pink Floyd's Division Bell? - Alkadikce

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!

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19 1997

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

This is the worst year for music because of Barbie Girl, The Teletubbies song.

The song Everlong by Foo Fighters shouldn't release in 1997, it should be released at least 1999 or 2000.

MMMBop who gives a damn crap about that!

OK Computer was released that year and went on to become one of the greatest albums of all time. Not a bad year.

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20 2000

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

When things began to go downhill rapidly. Noticed that then...

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.

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21 2004

Overall, I'd say this was a pretty good year for rap, at least for me. Eminem's Encore released, an album I guiltily enjoy, and Kanye West's College Dropout and Madvillain's Madvillainy both came out this year. (The latter being one of the only two albums I've ever given an 11/10 to) - WonkeyDude98

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

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22 2002

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

23 1980

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

24 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. - Songsta41

Slim Shady was born GUYS, REALLY?!?!

What? The Slim Shady LP was released. - cachu

PaRtY lIkE iT’s 1999 BiTcHeS!

25 2003

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.

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26 1989

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?

Dance Garbage, Hair Bands, Milli Vanalli, Bad Boy Bands Like New Kids & Boys To Men, Overrated Stuff Like Metalica & Guns & Roses All Dominated This Year

That's Never A Good Thing

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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27 1998

The year nu metal first got popular...

Mase was raps hottest star that just says something

28 1990

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

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

1990 had good music

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.

29 1996

Spice Girls

30 1985

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.

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31 1066

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

32 1976

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.

33 1959

The Day the Music Died and Elvis getting drafted are reason enough for 1959 to be here.

34 1979

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!

35 1970

What's wrong with Aerosmith?

The Beatles broke up and we lost Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.

Janis and Jimi died, The Beatles broke up and Aerosmith debut :(

36 2001

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.

37 1993

Last year the Stanley cup went back to Canada.

38 1901
39 1987
40 458

Worst year ever. Who was even around back then exactly.

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42 1988
43 1927
44 1026

Music was invented in this year

45 1992
46 2019

Eh 2019 just started? - Userguy44

So far, It's not that bad; but not special either..

Lol it's only been two months..
However, music so far is average but just wait.. it will flop - Million

Just because Submarine Man and Lil Meerkat became famous doesn't mean that it is a bad year already. - Userguy44

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48 1991

Freddie mercury died - XxMontrealxXRBLX

49 1977

Not when many amazing albums are released in this year alone.

This was the time disco went full-blast and they rigged the UK charts the week "God Save the Queen" went #1 so that Rod Stewart, ONE YEAR before he released his worst to date, reigned again.

At least they had God Save the Queen. We have nothing like that now on the charts. - Gg2000

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