I’m bringing you my third, and possibly last, 2010 ranking: the worst singles of 2010. Let’s be honest not every single is an instant classic. And it’s practically impossible to like every single song idols make.
Believe it or not this was the absolute hardest countdown to make. Even though I am incredibly critical of songs, and may like songs less than other songs, I can’t think of one song I truly hate. Even though this is labeled as the worst, I don’t find this songs to be so horrible I can’t listen to them. These are just my least favorite singles. Which, technically makes them the worst.
Here’s my list.
10. Going! – KAT-TUN
When this song came out I thought it was utter garbage. Since then I have started to like it a little bit more, but I definitely think it’s one of KAT-TUN’s weakest A-sides ever. This was KAT-TUN’s first single without Jin. (When he still was going to come back.) And honestly it seems like they didn’t know what to do without him. So they made a song with auto tune and mediocre music and passed it off as acceptable. What I really dislike about this song is the pitch never changes. The verse, bridge, and chorus are all song almost identically. Except for some extended notes no other aspect denotes that it’s a different part of the song. The lyrics are pretty lame too. They try to come off as inspiring, telling you to chase your dream. But it just seems cheesy to me.
9. Onaji Jikyuu de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama – S/mileage
When I first heard this song I really did like it. The music is catchy, the beat is danceable, and overall it sounds really cute. It seems to have everything going for it. That is until you read the actual lyrics of the song. Not only are the lyrics not the best written in the world, it doesn’t really make sense. I still don’t see how anyone’s rival in love could be a mother. I doubt the mother would even look twice at a teenager. There you go, problem solved. And the song doesn’t even say the mother wants him. They just accept her as their rival because she is pretty.
8. Aitai Riyu – AAA
It really seems like everyone in the world loves this song, except me. I’m pretty sure from some award show this song is up for best song. But I just don’t get it. The song has every element that I usually like. It’s kinda touching and is about longing for someone. But to me the song is just lackluster. And some parts even come off as whiny. For that reason it reminds me of Osaka Koi no Uta.
7. Sakura Girl – NEWS
When this song first came out I actually did like it. But that’s mostly because I was so NEWS deprived I would have settled for any song. At the time if they made a song about octopi I would have sung it’s praises. And it’s not even that this song is bad, because it’s not. I mean, the harmonies are absolutely incredible. However, the song itself is pretty mediocre. And so it makes it on the list. Maybe it’s the way that it’s sung in soft tone, but this song is actually really forgettable. I literally haven’t listened to this song since about 2 months after it was released. And it’s a shame because I do think the lyrics have some really cute aspects to it. But I just can’t get into it.
6. Wonderful World – Kanjani8
I guess I should probably love this song because of the utter weirdness and lack of seriousness of it. But I find the song itself to be so lame that I’m actually embarrassed to be listening to it. And believe me I do enjoy the crazyness that is Kanjani8. But the only thing this song has going for it is that it’s random. What I like about their other songs is that the lyrics are actually good. I mean literally half the song is them saying wonderful. But this is absolutely catchy and I want to like the song. Really I do. But I absolutely refuse to like or listen to music that has absolutely no meaning. Hence why I’m so critical of music. And hence why I listen to so much Japanese music in the first place. I’m sure I’ll get a bunch of people jumping down my throat saying I don’t know what I’m talking about, that this song has such a deep meaning.
5. Dear Snow – Arashi
Dear Snow has the exact same problem that Sakura Girl has. The song is just ok. The lyrics are really sweet. But Arashi has released like a hundred songs with basically the same exact lyrics. And even though I do like the lyrics, there’s nothing special about the music to draw me in and make me like it. Or think it’s better than just being mediocre. Which is why I like Sakura Girl more, at least the music is interesting. The lovely amount of Nino solos doesn’t even make me like this song more.
4. AkKanbe Bashi – Watarirouka Hashiritai
Watarirouka Hashiritai usually makes some of the best and cutest idol songs out there. So, I was completely surprised when I heard this song. First off, I absolutely hate the music and the way it’s sung, it makes it sound like a children’s song. I swear some parts of it sound almost exactly like do your ears hang low. It just makes the song overly immature. If that aspect alone wasn’t enough, the lyrics are terrible. I’m not even sure what a taunt bridge even is. Apparently the whole song is about taunting the person you want to confess to on the taunt bridge to become a couple. Which is completely random and stupid. Unless a taunt bridge is part of some obscure Japanese fairytale I’ve just never heard of.
3. Sakura no Shiori – AKB48
I absolutely hate how this song is sung. I’m not really a fan of choir music to begin with, but to mix it with AKB48 is just, in my opinion, a horrible combination. But it really has nothing to do with AKB48 per say. No matter who released a choir single, I would hate it. The lyrics themselves also aren’t the best. It’s basically about the cherry blossoms being a symbol of parting with someone. And it’s basically almost the exact same as AKB48’s song 10nen Zakura. Which is a way better song.
2. Seishun Collection – Morning Musume
Seishun Collection seems to be the one song that everyone seems to hate. It seems diehard Momusu fans and non-fans alike, can agree on just how awful it is. I think a main reason I dislike the song is because of just how bland and washed out it sounds. The music is soft but at the same time it’s trying to be upbeat, but failing terribly. And the song is sung in such a calm matter that it is absolutely forgettable. The lyrics aren’t anything to write home about either. The lyrics are trying to be fun and inspirational. Telling you that life is to short and to live without regrets, while boldly facing the future. But the song lacks a punch, and because of that the lyrics feel empty.
1. Campus Life ~Umarete Kite Yokatta~ – C-ute
Surprised I found a song to top Seishun Collection? Didn’t think it was possible? But of course it was, and it’s called Campus Life ~Umarete Kite Yokatta~. This songs has got to contain the stupidest lyrics that have come out of H!P in a long time. The lyrics from the verse and bridge are pretty much on par with what H!P usually releases, but it’s the chorus that ruins everything. Oh yeah, making an entire song about being thankful for being born, isn’t complete garbage or anything. A chorus is pretty much what defines a song. And if it’s not good it brings the entire song down, like it did with this song. Because, honestly, if this song had a better chorus I’d probably like it more. The music isn’t half bad and the other lyrics aren’t so terrible.