The worst music of 2020: 10 miserable songs from the miserablest year
Think of it as a winning lap for arguably the worst year ever. After every list-maker with ears downplayed the albums and songs that made 2020 a little easier to take, let's take a minute before we near the end - finally! - To put the spotlight on some of the music that has reflected, defined, or just lived out the appalling crumminess of the past 12 months.
1. Gal Gadot and her celebrity choir "Imagine"
Give Gal Gadot the following: Nine months later, she still hasn't removed the video. Perhaps the first settled hate item of 2020, the Israeli actress' miserable all-star rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine" posted on Instagram in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic was instantly mocked by people who viewed the Try listening to we're all together as a patronizing pat on the shoulder; The generally horrific singing of Gadot and her celebrity friends didn't help. What you now notice about the clip is not his self-satisfaction, but his naivety: "Day 6 in self-quarantine," says Gadot to the camera and can hardly believe that normal life has been disrupted for so long. That she had no idea what was coming - that neither of us did - makes a stupid thing kind of sad too. (Mikael Wood)
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2. David Guetta, homage to George Floyd
The Oratory for Racial Justice for your dance music track was just the ticket to licking subway seats in 2020 or taking part in a maskless Trump rally as a self-destructive act. David Guetta, the French prince of goofy pop EDM, threw caution from the roof of a New York skyscraper when he dropped MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech on a tech house livestream in which even his fans visibly withdrew. “I made a special record last night. This record is in honor of George Floyd I really hope we can see more unity and peace when things are so difficult, ”said Guetta of the newly murdered Floyd as he cranked up his filters and caught the big drop from the track. “So call his family. "(August Brown)
3. Trey Lewis, "Dicked Down in Dallas"
We're all for one hell of a country song - and with a largely unprintable chorus spanning the many ways (and cities) the singer's ex enjoys herself, this filthy viral hit is no doubt apt. But as expert as the songwriting is, "Dicked Down in Dallas" is a bummer thanks to its bitch-shaming morals: "I wonder what your daddy would say," Lewis sings with a plaintive twang. "Maybe he's the one to blame." Womp-Womp. (MW)
4. Van Morrison, "No More Lockdown"; Eric Clapton, "Stand and Deliver"
It's hard to imagine anyone less qualified to provide public health advice than two aging rock stars who have lived in privileges for decades. But here were Van Morrison and Eric Clapton nonetheless with tired complaints that nothing we have heard about COVID is true. ("No more celebrities telling us what to feel," Morrison sings in an irony apparently lost in him.) In Clapton's ridiculously mild blues tune, he even compares a face mask to the chains of an enslaved person - pretty much rich for a man who has tried to live a story of racist commentary since the late 1970s. (M.W.)
5. Tory Lanez, "Money Over Fallouts"
Tory Lanez, alleged shooter for Megan Thee Stallion, tried to look for exculpatory medical evidence on this route as if he were Ice-T in "Law & Order: SVU". "How the hell - you get shot in your foot, don't hit bones or tendons," he sings on this creepy, self-pitying song from his career-burning album "Daystar". It now shows A how black women - even famous ones - can be abused, abused and disbelieved even by supposed friends and colleagues. (FROM.)
6. The 54th CMA Awards
Awards ceremonies this year have been difficult to conduct even for the best-intentioned presenters. But at some point you had to wonder if Country Music Assn. I even tried to make the right decisions about the latest edition of Nashville's premier television show. With a personal audience of debunked guests, the mid-November event felt like a lengthy exercise in pandemic denialism, one with plenty of time for gleeful performances of songs like Darius Rucker's "Beers and Sunshine" but not even 10 seconds to acknowledge John Prines death from COVID-19. A month after the show, Charley Pride, who appeared on the CMAs for an overdue lifetime achievement award, died of the same illness, causing more than a few skeptical country artists to wonder aloud where he got them caught. (M.W.)
7. 6ix9ine, "Gooba"
The controversial rapper made all sorts of non-musical noise in 2020, from being released from federal prison early (due to the coronavirus threat) to accusing the record industry's scorekeepers on Billboard of allowing charts to be tampered with by bad actors. But 6ix9ine's actual songs - including the screaming, typically combative single he dropped shortly after leaving prison - were so predictable that the only thing that annoyed you was his abuse of your attention. He was a bad guy no one had fun for. (M.W.)
8. Jon Bon Jovi, "Fairy Tales of New York"
Raising the wrath of the Irish Republic is no small feat, but the New Jersey rocker's new version of the cheeky Pogues song with a bad mouth was filmed across the island. Bon Jovi not only neutralized the energy of the song by singing it himself, but as a duet, but he neutralized the lyrics by making it "family friendly". One Dublin DJ, Rob Smith, called it "the worst thing that ever happened to music, and I include ... the murder of John Lennon." The Pogues' Twitter account retweeted the criticism and added, "What Rob said." (Randall Roberts)
9. Animal Collective, "Piggy Knows"
It's eight minutes long and has an advanced build that promises to be epic. Static noise penetrates. A distant chorus echoes. A drum the color of a timpani dots the accumulated layers. Then a voice comes up singing like it has a life changing revelation: "Piggy knows, piggy knows / If it looks up from the nose / Another morning, that's how it goes ..." OK, not sure what that means, but it does is repeated word for word in verse two. Then comes the wonderful refrain: “Piggy Piggy Piggy Piggy. / Piggy, piggy, piggy, piggy. / Piggy, piggy, piggy, piggy. "The band adds another level of complexity in verse 4:" Hairy nose, hairy nose / How I love my hairy nose / And in the morning it flows. "Thank you, piggy, but no no no. (R.R.)
10. Black Eyed Peas feat. Nicky Jam and Tyga, "Vida Loca"
On their Latin-pop-fusion album "Translation" from 2020, Black Eyed Peas released eye-catching bilingual collabs with all-stars like Shakira and J Balvin - but otherwise resorted to youthful rhymes and tired Latina fetishist tropes. "Do it with those hot baes / And they stay south of the equator," Will.i.am sings on "Vida Loca," the type of song you may reluctantly write for extra recognition in an eighth grade Spanish class. The prolific reggaeton MC Nicky Jam has to share real estate with Tyga, who shamefully rhymes “dark skin like cake” with “mhm mhm - OK”. (Suzy Exposito)
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
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