The 10 Worst Songs of 2011 (So Far)

​It's hard to believe that the same year that brought the bone-chilling beauty of Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues and Bon Iver's self-titled release produced the musical pairing pictured above. Yes, Jack White and ICP, the combination that no one -- not their fans, not the critics, not even the Loutallica people -- wanted.

We know there's still plenty of time for competition, but these are our selections of the worst songs of 2011... so far. 

LMFAO - "Party Rock Anthem" 

It seems like simple, mind numbing fun now, but I have no doubt that in 15 years, this will be the song that people listen to ironically at late 2000s-themed parties. They'll wear clothes from American Apparel, glasses that do nothing to protect from the sun or improve sight, and reminisce about how silly this shit was. I hope I'm wrong; with any luck it'll just be forgotten. 

Design the Skyline - "Surrounded by Silence"

True, I don't have the taste for metalcore, but this is asinine, faux rage from the suburbs done by skinny white kids, so weak that even I could kick their asses. Good job, Victory Records. Are you proud of yourselves? It seems like these dudes were scooped up for their "look" and were told the whole music part will come in time. 

Brian McFadden - "Just the Way You Are (Drunk At the Bar)"

Formerly of Australian boy band Westlife, Brian McFadden is well versed in how to get his date rape on. Classy!

Bruno Mars - "The Lazy Song" 

This is a song about jerking off and sleeping in a Snuggie all day. So rather than staying home and doing that, Bruno Mars wrote a song about it, and we have to listen to it. (Hey, has he caught that "Grenade" yet?) 

Rebecca Black - "Friday" 

Viral video turned virus. 

Kim Kardashian - "Jam (Turn it Up)"

If you couldn't get enough of this shrieking harpy on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," now you can put her nasal drone right on your iPod. Has there ever been a more generic dance song? Ever?

Jack White and ICP - "Leck Mich Im Arsch"

Everything Jack White touches is gold. Usually. Now, he's a failed alchemist who left this big, steaming pile of feces sweltering in the summer sun and called it satire. Not funny. 

Hot Chelle Rae - "Tonight Tonight"

This song is bad, but the lyrics are the worst of 2011. There's a classic episode of Zach Galifianakis' internet interview series "Between Two Ferns" where he interviews Charlize Theron. He tells her "[My girlfriend] looks a little bit like you and a lot like Dog the Bounty Hunter." So, Hot Chelle Rae decided to rip the joke and put its author as the butt of it. "I woke up with a strange tattoo/Not sure how I got it, not a dollar in my pocket/And it kinda looks just like you, mixed with Zach Galifianakis." 

Lady - "Yankin"

What does "Yankin" even mean in this context? Whatever. Vulgarity gets you attention. NSFW. 

Limp Bizkit - "Shotgun" 

They're baaaack. Thirty seconds in, this song sounds like it's been going on for three minutes. Then, it proceeds to carry on for well over four. It's kind of a metaphor for their career. 

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