Nine Worst Songs of 2011

Welcome to another installment of Up on the Sun's 2011 Review. This week, we've been counting down our favorite songs, shows, national and local releases of 2011. This installment takes a different approach, turning our gaze to the worst of 2011's worst. Enjoy!

Another year has come and gone. The year 2011 has brought us a few decent albums and a whole lot of filth.

Songs like "Achy Breaky Heart," "My Humps" and "Who Let the Dogs Out" haunted us in past years. We've got a new list of songs from this year to never synch to your iPod (or iPad, or whatever cool/elitist device you're using these days).

Brace yourself for dreadful lyrics, sad attempts at rapping, and laughable pop music after the jump...

9. "How to Love," Lil Wayne
Weezy threatened back in June that he is going to retire after releasing Tha Carter IV, and frankly I think he should have quit while he was still ahead. It's songs like "How to Love" that make me feel sad for the future of music.

8. "Gucci Gucci," Kreayshawn
Every time I hear this garbage, I feel stupider, and I wish my ears could throw up what they just heard.

7. "Sexy and I Know It," LMFAO
I don't care that they make great songs that serve as the soundtrack for goofy parties; Redfoo and SkyBlu have absolutely disgraced the Motown and Gordy names. Something tells me that despite his son and grandson's success, Uncle/Papa Berry is ashamed.

6. "Bass Down Low," Dev
Hey, Dev, when you write a song with some substance, let me know.

5. "What's My Name," Rihanna
Rihanna, asking people that question is egotistical. It's kind of pathetic that you need reassurance that everyone is familiar with you.

4. "Price Tag," Jessie J
While the lyrics include insightful observations about modern society, I can't stand the way Jessie J whines when she sings the phrase "money, money, money." And I'm not usually annoyed by British accents, but this one just rubs me the wrong way.

3. "Judas," Lady Gaga
A lot of people actually found this song and video to either be offensive, disrespectful or just kind of disgusting, and even though I'm not particularly religious, I can't really disagree with them. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the backstory, Judas betrayed Jesus, and Gaga is all up on that guy.

2. "Friday," Rebecca Black
I bet you thought I would put Rebecca Black at the top of the list because you know I really can't stand her. "Friday" was bad enough, but recently, she released a song called "Person of Interest," in which she pretends to have friends in the music video. Yeah, right. Anyway, here's my excessive amount of commentary about this song from around the time it became a viral hot mess.

1. "Facebook Official," Heart2Heart
Somehow I managed to find something even more horrible than "Friday." Yeah, this song quietly happened this year and it might become your new earworm, so don't say I didn't warn you. This year Lance Bass made the mistake of thinking it's still 1999 by mentoring a boy band called Heart2Heart. The result was a handful of awful tracks like this one. It's worse than "We Built This City" by Starship. Oh god.


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Lenni Rosenblum