This year’s worst of the worst songs were exceptionally bad, despite many of them becoming multi-platinum singles (see 2015 list here).
10. Santigold (feat. ILOVEMAKONNEN) – Who Be Lovin’ Me
Undoubtedly the best song on this list, Santigold’s second comeback single from the 99¢ era simply suffers from too much corniness.
9. Britney Spears (feat. G-Eazy) – Make Me…
The last few Britney comeback singles have been pretty bad, but “Make” with G-Eazy is undoubtedly her worst of them all.
8. Ray J (feat. Chris Brown) – Famous
After two much publicized breakups, Ray J and Chris Brown decided to let their frustrations out on wax – to ill-fated results.
7. Maroon 5 (feat. Kendrick Lamar) – Don’t Wanna Know
Either Kendrick’s label owed Maroon 5 a favor, or Kendrick received a seven-figure payola for his uninspired verse on “Know”, but in either instance the song suffers tremendously.
6. Jacob Sartorius – Sweatshirt
Jacob’s primary claim to fame comes from being an internet sensation, but “Sweatshirt” doesn’t live up to his numerous Justin Bieber comparisons in any way possible.
5. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
Although he’s not well-known for poppy, pick-me-up anthems, the lead single from the ‘Trolls’ soundtrack makes Justin appear as if he’s trying way too hard for mainstream listeners.
4. Iggy Azalea – Team
Iggy Azalea attempted to return to rap with a song that has no features (finally), but it just proves that she’s only moderately interesting when someone else is on a song with her.
3. Meghan Trainor – Me Too
There’s no pop singer worse than Meghan Trainor right now, and her foray into pseudo-EDM (complete with a Photoshopped video) is almost as bad as her debut single “All About That Bass”.
2. Fifth Harmony (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) – Work From Home
Viewed as a group of young role models, Fifth Harmony’s “Work” is an unbearable song with one of the most nonsensical choruses in modern pop history.