Top 5 Dumbest Songs of 2016
Let's face it, sometimes pop music is kind of stupid! I've sort of been making it an annual tradition to pinpoint the five DUMBEST songs to have come out in the course of a given year.
So here are the rules: It has to be a song that we here at 106.1 KISS-FM played in regular rotation, and the song had to be added to our playlist in the year 2016, not prior. I also want to make it clear that because a song is on this list does NOT necessarily mean it is a BAD song, although it certainly CAN be.
There are many factors that can make a good song DUMB. Perhaps it's the song's impact on society [think "Harlem Shake" or "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)"], maybe it's the song's lyrical content (think "Gangnam Style" or "The Fox"), maybe the title makes me want to puke [like "I Luh You, Papi" or "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)"]. Whatever the case may be, these are what I felt were the five DUMBEST songs of 2016!
#5: Jeremih - Oui
If you're not sure how to pronounce this song's title, think of the goofy Nintendo console from ten years ago or the sound a five-year-old makes when they go down a slide. While I think Jeremih was trying to come across as intelligent because he was using a foreign language as his title (it's the French word for "yes," you see), the play on words comes off more as lame than brilliant. I tried to avoid saying the dumb name of this song any time it came up while I was on the air!
#4: Mike Posner - I Took a Pill in Ibiza
When I saw this song from Mike Posner climbing the charts, slowly at first, and making an impact on pop radio, I thought it would just be a novelty based on the title alone. But as they say, you can't judge a book by it's cover. The song went on to be one of the most-played songs on the radio of the entire year... As it should have, it's an excellent track! But the lyrical content, and ESPECIALLY the title, are very stupid!
#3: RIHANNA FEAT. DRAKE - WORK
Another example of a song I genuinely enjoyed, when Rihanna and Drake rejoined forces early this year for the hit "Work," the world gasped and lost their mind. The most common complaint was that listeners couldn't understand what Rihanna was saying. Followed by the complaint that, even if they COULD understand what she was saying, what she was saying was stupid. Rather than attach the original audio of the song, please enjoy this pig shakin' his bacon to the track!
#2: D.R.A.M. fEAT. LIL YACHTY - BROCCOLI
Well for starters, the song is called "BROCCOLI!" Secondly, if you think the title is stupid, the lyrical content won't make you feel any better. D.R.A.M. and Yachty use the healthy, stalky green vegetable as a euphemism for marijuana. While I admit I've never been all that firmly tapped into the marijuana community... "Broccoli" was a new one for me.
#1: DESIIGNER - PANDA
Everything about this song is annoying, it really hits all of the criteria for being a DUMB song. The extra "I" in Desiigner's stage name; The song's title, "Panda;" The lyrics; The beat; The video... EVERYTHING! And, of course, it was wildly successful and divisive. Also, I was as disappointed as you were to find out that this song was sadly NOT about adorable Asian bears :(