If you've read any of my work thus far, you know that I love to hate things. It's a passion of mine, honestly. However, every now and then, I like to sprinkle in some positivity on top of all the detestation. Woot. Now, as the title suggests, this is of course a part II, and part I of this series will be linked at the end. I think this least needs no further explanation, so let us begin with:
There's no better time to reflect upon the worst music that 2017 had to offer than late into January, right? Right?
As 2017 quickly draws to a close, its time to toughen up and dissect the best and the worst of what the musical world had to offer these past 12 months. While the majority of people seemed to detest 2016 as a whole, the music we were gifted wasn't actually as bad as one would think. However some of the worst trends to saturate popular music in 2016 have only seemed to worsen, growing larger and more inescapable every year. It just seems that recently pop music has lost its "pop," leading to more and more mediocre instrumentals and lyrical themes to spread like generic wildfire. It is with this in mind where we shall begin to take a look at some of the worst songs to come out in 2017, however we shall first set some ground rules. First off, as with any musical or cultural commentary, this list is entirely subjective. I have my own theories and ideas as to what makes music "objectively" bad (as if there were such a thing), and these biases can be greater understood by reading some of the other works I've done on popular music. Second, this list won't be exploring the worst deep cut off of the album that your cousin's German neighbor put together using a 4-year old version of FL Studio in his basement, rather this list will be focusing on songs that are either by well known and successful bands or artists, or songs that were simply successful themselves. With this in mind, let us begin this list with:
When Weezer emerged amongst the rubble of grunge music in the mid 1990's with their debut self-titled Blue Album in 1994, it was obvious that their influence on the rock scene would be felt for years to come. However as rock moved into the new millennium, Weezer's discography seemed to falter, leading many fans to leap from the band wagon in large numbers. By 2010, it seemed most fans were content with the notion that each Weezer album (for the most part) got worse as time wore on, however Weezer's sudden resurgence in the mid 2010's has seemingly stoked a passionate fire amongst Weezer faithful, one that has sparked numerous conversations surrounding which Weezer albums are better than others. So in this list, I will try to dissect the importance of each album in Weezer's discography and hopefully produce my own personal objective ranking of each studio release. While the phrase "personal objective" might seem like an oxymoron, it is important to understand that I am attempting to rank these albums in a way that I feel is the objectively correct manner, as opposed to doing so based solely on personal taste. So without further ado here is my Weezer - Worst to Best:
As of July 2017, it was revealed that rock is no longer the most popular musical genre in the United States. While many different factors played into rock's seemingly sudden fall from grace, one particular catalyst can be identified as the deluge of bland and uninspiring rock music that came out of the 2000s. From the formulaic post-grunge stylings of Puddle of Mudd, Nickelback, and Creed that dominated rock radio in the late 90s to mid 2000s to the offensively brain-dead dribble that nu metal bands like Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach, and pop punk bands such as Simple Plan and Good Charlotte, pumped out, the public was being pushed into listening to the worst that the rock scene had to offer. While the 2000s bred about as many awful musical acts as any other decade, the 2000s were an interesting time period in which it seemed that the most mediocre and drab talents were planted upon the pedestal of the mainstream, leaving some of the truly great bands to gain audiences within the underground. In this list we will be taking a look at some of the best bands to produce rock music during the 2000s, as opposed to that... well, other list I made about 2000s rock bands (will be linked below). Like in previous decade-centered lists, not all of these bands made music only throughout the given decade. Each of these bands not only produced amazing work during the 2000s, but were also major players in the rock scene by innovating and influencing other bands and subgenres. Let us kick things off with:
In the immortal words of the great hip-hop luminary Unkle Adams, "Oy I’m from the 90s, boy I’m from the 90s, boy I’m from the 90s, didn’t cha knooooow?! Girls with the scrunchies, ribbons, and boooows, the Velcro shoes and the neon cloooothes." Real words to live by right there. However, with the sickening deluge of 90s nostalgia that seems to spew from every corner of the internet in 2017, it's easy to forget all of the aspects and components of 90s culture that were simply atrocious. While much of the music that came out of the 90s has since proven itself to have the ability to withstand the test of time nearly 20 years later, like with any decade, the 90s gifted us plenty of garbage, as well. But while Shirley Manson and the gang surely produced some of the most interesting rock music of the decade, it was not enough to distract from all the trash (cause ya see?). In this list, I will be taking a look at seven of the worst rock bands to gift this decade with its sonic displeasures, because boy do I love to hate things. Let us kick off this super objective and not at all meme-centric list with: