10 of the “Best” Worst Songs Turning Ten Years Old
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Let’s take some to be kind and rewind…all the way back to 2007, the year that gave us a lot of memorable songs. We heard a song about a girl named Delilah in New York City, and T-Pain promised to “buy us a drank,” and Amy Winehouse (rest her soul) refused to go to rehab. That same year some artists also managed to make a name for themselves by creating some of the best worst songs in history. If you can’t remember any off the top of your head, let me remind you:
“The Sweet Escape” performed by Gwen Stefani featuring Akon
We may not know where Akon is now, but we definitely know what he was doing from 2006 to 2008, when he blessed us with his nasally voice. He taught us how to properly sing, “Woo hoo, Yee hoo” in this song while when provided us with a lyrical mystery. It took forever to figure out what she was saying at the end of the first verse: “Cause I’ve been acting like sour milk that fell on the floor/It’s your fault you didn’t shut the refrigerator/Maybe that’s the reason I’ve been acting so cold.” I’m not even exactly sure what that means, but hey, I guess it works for this song.
“Umbrella” performed by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z
As soon as you hear those drums and Jay-Z’s signature, “Uh huh, uh huh,” you already know it’s about to go down! This song shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it remains one of the most important songs in pop culture history. While it’s extremely catchy, the fact that Rihanna decided to add so many unnecessary syllables to the word “umbrella” makes it one of the best worst songs of ALL TIME!
“Girlfriend” performed by Avril Lavigne
You either loved this song or you hated it, but one thing we all had in common was the fact that the cheerleader chant of “Hey Hey, You You. I don’t like your girlfriend” was stuck in our heads for most of 2007. Avril Lavigne already solidified her place in pop culture history with songs like “Complicated” and “My Happy Ending,” but this song made her an icon. The only thing that made this song even better was the remix with fellow 2007 pop culture icon, Lil’ Mama. Which brings me to…
“Lip Gloss” performed by Lil’ Mama
There’s no way I couldn’t include “Lip Gloss” on this list. It might be one of the funniest songs ever created. Who knew that a song about lip cosmetics could become such a monster hit? I mean, how many of us have actually been called down to the principal’s office to “write down where we get (our lip gloss) from?” Shout out to Lil’ Mama for creating one of the dopest Middle School dance bangers.
“Last Night” performed by Keyshia Cole featuring Diddy
Diddy has somehow made a name for himself by appearing in the background of artists’ music videos for no reason or just saying unnecessary words on their songs. However, in this song, he decided that it would be a good idea for him to try singing, and his unfortunate singing voice can be heard in the chorus of this song. Luckily, Keyshia Cole’s powerful voice makes up for Diddy’s annoyances, and it made the song pretty incredible. Thanks, Keyshia!
“A Bay Bay” performed by Hurricane Chris
Hurricane Chris wrote some of the strangest and most clever lyrics, ever. He says, “It’s so hot up in the club, that I ain’t got no shoes on.” Then goes on to say, “I shine real bright in the light because I’m a star/8 shots of patrons now standin’ on the bar/Probably get drunk as a skunk and put the keys in the wrong car.” That sounds like a very unfortunate situation for Hurricane Chris, but whether you want to admit it or not, you know you blasted this song on during the family barbeque on a hot summer’s day.
“Party Like A Rockstar” performed by Shop Boyz
“As soon as I came out the womb, my mama knew a star was born/Now I’m on the golf course trippin’ with the Osbournes.” This song was somehow nominated for a Grammy Award in 2008 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. We have not heard much from the Shop Boyz since “Rockstar,” but that might not be a bad thing.
“Fergalicious’” performed by Fergie featuring Will.i.am
This song is on this list solely because I believe Fergie is responsible for the failing education system. Will.i.am says, “T to the A to the S T E Y, girl you tasty.” Sir, since when does TASTY have the letter “e” in it? However, this is still a very catchy song, and you know you stared into your mirror for hours trying to perfect “AllTheTimeITurnAroundBrothersGatherRound AlwaysLookinAtMeUpAndDown LookinAtMy (uh).”
“This is Why I’m Hot” performed by MIMS
“I’m hot ‘cause I’m fly/You ain’t ‘cause you not.” I have no idea how this song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, but everyone loved it. This song gave so many wannabe rappers hope that they could someday make it in the music business with an incredibly simple song with minimal substance.
“Gimme More” performed by Britney Spears
Britney Spears’ status as a pop icon started to wane at the beginning of 2007. I’m sure we all remember the unfortunate head-shaving incident that happened that year, followed by some other abnormal happenings. As soon as “Gimme More” came on and we heard “It’s Britney, B****,” we all face-palmed and hoped for the best. Her performance at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards frightened us even more. I’m so happy that one of my childhood heroes and the mother of two is now doing much better. You go, girl!