2015 was a pretty great year for pop music. This however doesn’t mean that there weren’t bad songs. This list was actually hard to put together because 2015 had some great hits and I really don’t like reviewing music I hate. These songs became big in 2015, but I really wish they hadn’t. So without further ado, here are the Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2015.
Fifth Harmony ft. Kid Ink – Worth It
This song is a blatant rip-off of Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty, which wasn’t good to begin with. However, it didn’t get on my nerves enough to make the list.
Natalie LaRose ft. Jeremih – Somebody
This song is here for simply being boring. Other songs have done the same thing much better and much more interestingly. It baffles me that this was a hit.
Maroon 5 – Sugar
This is the blandest song Maroon 5 have done so far. The chorus is a non-entity and Adam Levine spends most of the track in his falsetto, which isn’t the best sound for him. This just avoided being on the list, but only just. Because, there were ten songs that I think were even worse.
The Top Ten
- Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – Bad Blood
I hate to put Kendrick on this list. His 2015 album, To Pimp a Butterfly, is one of the best from this year. However, he isn’t the issue with this song. For that, I turn to Taylor Swift. This song shouldn’t have been a single and I don’t it works as one. The production feels clunky, it does not transition well between Kendrick and Taylor’s verses and the lyrics are some of Taylor Swift’s worst. It is catty and shallow and Taylor Swift has shown that she can do depth on tracks like Style. However, Kendrick stops this from being any higher on this list.
- David Zowie – House Every Weekend
The issues with the song are the production. It is far too dark for a song about partying. The plodding bass and irritating drums, coupled with the incredibly repetitive lyrics, make this song just unbearable after a while. The phrase “house every weekend” is repeated 20 times. Now, I am a fan of minimal music when something interesting is done with it. Here, it just feels like it is on a loop without every changing. Yes, it sticks in my head, but not in a good way.
- David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha and Afrojack – Hey Mama
When you think about Nicki Minaj, think about what she does well. She is a fire-spitter and her aggression and lyrical ferocity is her biggest strength. On Hey Mama, she is framed as passive… This doesn’t work. You don’t want to hear about how she will cook and clean for you, you want her to get angry. The production doesn’t help and it is some of Guetta’s most forgettable. The only part of the song that I like is the opening sample, which on closure inspection, doesn’t really gel with Minaj’s verse. I don’t like to criticise songs purely for the lyrics, but here, the framing is all wrong.
- Rachel Platton – Fight Song
This song really has soured on me, mostly due to the chorus. The fact that nearly every line ends with the word “song” gets annoying really quickly. There are also standard lyrics that are so common in this type of self-empowerment anthem. Rachel Platton adds nothing new to it. I can’t remember anything from the verse of this songs, despite repeat listens on multiple occasions. The only that sticks out is the annoying chorus. The fact that there is a self-empowerment anthem that does nothing memorable that would empower me after listening makes me think that it has really failed in its objective.
- Tyga & Chris Brown – Ayo
The appeal of Chris Brown has always alluded me. Ayo is a perfect example of why. The lyrics are gross but this is now the standard for most Chris Brown songs (see Loyal and Back to Sleep for further evidence). The horrid lyrics are matched with some terrible production and a beat that is one of the worst I have heard in hip-hop this year. In a year when we got Fetty Wap and Kendrick Lamar producing some quality rap and hip-hop, Ayo just shows how it can be done badly.
- Skrillex & Diplo ft. Justin Bieber – Where Are Ü Now
This song would probably not be this high if it wasn’t for the drop. Sure, it is uninteresting, but it isn’t offensively so. The drop however, is the worst I have heard all year. Screeching flutes and synths then descend back to Justin Bieber’s uninterested vocals, but after the first drop, the song somehow gets worse. Little has changed but it is the fact that another one is coming. The drop is actually painful to listen to and any atmosphere previously built up is completely destroyed. This song gets actively worse on each listen, and after writing this list, I don’t want to hear it again.
- Charlie Puth ft. Meghan Trainor – Marvin Gaye
This is a song about sex that evokes the man that wrote two of the most definitive sex jams, Let’s Get It On and Sexual Healing. Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor managed to create the most sanitized song about sex ever. There is nothing sexy about the production, the lyrics are oddly creepy and neither of the vocalists have the charisma to pull something like this off. The fact that they evoke Marvin Gaye with none of the charisma of that artist. The production does nothing to help and doesn’t even create a sexy atmosphere. I can’t express how angry this song makes me, but I think that there are three songs that are even worse.
- Felix Jaehn ft. Jasmine Thompson – Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)
This poorly done cover of the Chaka Khan classic takes everything that was good about the song and removes it. The smoky synths, the vocal charisma, the propulsive drums and the melancholic yet euphoric chorus are all gone. Jasmine Thompson is no Chaka Khan and her vocals are just wrong for a song that previously had this much vocal power. The great synthesizers are replaced with limp synth strings and a xylophone. Felix Jaehn has also increased the tempo and the song doesn’t work faster. Jaehn’s tropical house worked for the remix of OMI’s Cheerleader, but here it is just a mess.
- Meghan Trainor – Dear Future Husband
This song was only just applicable for this list, but that doesn’t stop it being truly awful. Some of the lyrics feel like they could have been taken out of the 1950’s and the sexual themes are if anything more sanitized than on Marvin Gaye. This song did the rounds on Tumblr with pretty much the same reaction to me; the lyrics are awful and it paints Meghan Trainor as someone who sounds horrible to marry. She makes some extreme demands without ever having to compromise, such as “you’ll never see your family more than mine”. This song makes me so angry as we have had some great songs about love and sex (see my Should Have Been Hits list for examples), and yet Meghan Trainor is on two hits about them that are some of the worst of the year.
- Silento – Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)
This song has been on nearly every worst list, and it take the top spot here. It is one of the worst hip-hop dance songs ever. In a year when we got Hit the Quan and 7/11 (neither of which are good), Watch Me was by far the worst. The phrase “watch me” is said 73 TIMES. That is too many and it makes House Every Weekend not seem repetitive. What makes it worse is that Silento then steals moves from other dance songs, most notably Crank That by Soulja Boy, another terrible dance song. This is my pick for the worst song of 2015, and I think we can all agree that we wish Silento had stayed silent.