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Top 10 List: Worst & Best Songs of 1959

This is probably one of the most difficult lists I have ever done and it’s based on the 50s, my least favorite decade of popular music. A lot of the hits during this time period were interchangeable. Anyone complaining about popular music today sounding the same, be grateful that you live in a time period where you can access all kinds of music via the internet. If you wanted to know what that decade was like, look no further than 1959. Going by that year alone, the 50s wasn’t just a decade defined by rock and roll. There was also a lot of slow-moving ballads, doo-wop, and pop music that leans heavily towards echoed vocals and orchestras. Country has went through both the Nashville sound and rockabilly. For this post, I decided to look at both the worst and best that 1959 has to offer. It wasn’t easy, but someone had to do it. Let’s get started, beginning with the worst.

First, here are some dishonorable mentions.

DISHONORABLE MENTIONS

  • The Fleetwoods-Come Softly To Me/Mr Blue
  • Wilbert Harrison-Kansas City
  • Paul Anka-Put Your Head On My Shoulder
  • Dodie Stevens-Pink Shoes Laces
  • Sammy Turner-Lavender Blue
  • Thomas Wayne-Tragedy
  • Alvin & The Chipmunks-Alvin’s Harmonica
  • Frankie Avalon-Bobby Sox To Stockings
  • The Skyliners-Since I Don’t Have You
  • Skip & Flip-It Was I

Now onto the worst list.

10.

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Like every decade, the 50s also has its fair share of weirdness and we’re starting the worst list with one of the weirdest songs to hit the charts with Edward Byrnes and Connie Stevens with Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb). This song is performed mainly in spoken word as Byrnes portrays Kookie and Stevens portrays his girlfriend, who mostly repeats the title of the song in an oddly sexual manner. She wants Kookie to stop combing his hair so he could kiss her. Listening to this song feels awkward as hell and not helping is the music sounding like something out of a Chuck Jones cartoon. I don’t even know what kind of mood it’s trying to set. It doesn’t take itself seriously, yet it doesn’t go all the way to be silly. It’s just a weird, yet uneventful mess that makes you question how the idea behind the song was conceived.

9.

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Yep. We’re talking about Alvin & The Chipmunks here. Backstory: Alvin & The Chipmunks was created in 1958 by Ross Bagdasarian Sr., who went by the stage name Dave Seville. He did the voices of the Chipmunks by recording his vocals and then speeding up the playback. Since their inception, they have done several covers to famous songs and have seen cartoon adaptations and FOUR godawful live-action films. Not one, not two, not three, FOUR. Anyways, they hit number one on the Hot 100 in 1959 with The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late). I never got into Alvin & The Chipmunks even as a kid as I find their high-pitched voices annoying and this song is no exception. The song itself is the Chipmunks singing about what they want for Christmas and Alvin’s being a dick as usual as he whines about wanting a hula hoop. I put this song low on the list because it’s not the worst thing associated with Alvin & The Chipmunks. Not even close. Still doesn’t make it good, though.

8.

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Next up, we have The Browns with The Three Bells, which is about guy named Jimmy Brown and his entire life from birth to marriage all the way to death. Funny enough, the male vocalist of the Browns is named Jim Ed Brown, but he’s not the same as Jimmy Brown in the song. This song is an encapsulation of the colorless blandness that permeates the 50s decade. Lifeless music, meh vocals, corny lyrics, the whole nine yards. It’s nothing you haven’t heard in a million other songs. Next.

7.

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And now we move on to more of the boring with Wink Martindale doing a cover of Deck Of Cards, which is an old spoken-word song that originates back to the 1940s. It tells the story of a young soldier during World War II who was arrested for playing cards during a church service and he explain himself by giving the cards a religious meaning to them. The music is dull and sounds like Sunday school in music form. The story in the song isn’t that interesting and has some holes in its logic. This shit is just boring period and I’d rather not hear it again.

6.

Here’s a song that predates Cradle Of Love and Baby Sittin’ Boogie. From Jan & Dean, the guys that brought you Dead Man’s Curve, here’s Baby Talk. It’s about actual babies falling in love, which sounds like a rejected Rugrats episode. Throughout most of the song, we have a guy vocalizing like a baby throughout the entirety of the song and it’s annoying as fuck. The best part of the song is the music, which sounds like the precursor of a lot of surf records that would pop up in the 60s. But even that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s about babies in love. Get this shit outta here.

5.

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Remember Bobby Rydell, the guy who topped my Worst of 1960 list? Well, he’s making another appearance on a Worst Songs with Kissin’ Time, which tells you exactly what the writing is about. Bobby Rydell wants everyone across the country to kiss each other because, in his words, anytime is kissing time. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not lock lips with a stranger, no matter how attractive they are. Also, ladies, if some random dude tries to kiss you without your permission, you have every right to kick them in the balls and call the police on them. Get this shit out of here.

4.

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I probably mentioned it in one of my worst lists of the 60s, but one noticeable trend in the late 50s was the teen idols. There was a lot of teen idols back then, even more so than in the late 90s, and Paul Anka was one of them. He’s on the list for Lonely Boy, which became his first number one hit. This song is mostly this guy whining about being alone without someone to love and it’s honestly pathetic, especially with the way Paul Anka is singing it. And he would go on to do much worse later on in his career.

3.

I don’t like Frankie Avalon. At all. He was pretty much the Donny Osmond of his time period and his music is just as bad. He had several hits under his belt, including the number one single Venus. This right here is the 50s at its most sugarcoated, nonthreatening, and white-bread. The music is saccharine and Frankie’s singing is weak as fuck as he pleads to the Roman goddess of love Venus to “send a little girl for him to thrill.”

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Seriously, what is it with that time period and their obsession with the phrase “little girl?” Anyways, all the people who were talking shit about Elvis should be grateful that he was a thing when you have THIS mushy crap as the alternative. Next.

2.

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No, this has nothing to do with the Molly Ringwald movie of the same name (though it is where the movie got its title from and Stray Cats covered it for the soundtrack). Sixteen Candles is a hit from doo-wop group the Crests. Musically, it sounds alright and so are the vocals. It’s nothing you haven’t heard in any other doo-wop song. But what puts this song up this high on the list is the writing.

Happy Birthday, happy birthday baby
Oh, I love you so
Sixteen candles make a lovely light
But not as bright as your eyes tonight
Blow out the candles
Make your wish come true
For I'll be wishing that you love me too
You're only sixteen but you're my teenage queen
You're the prettiest, the loveliest girl I've ever seen
Sixteen candles in my heart will glow
Forever and ever
For I love you so

For those not keeping track, this is a song where a guy is in love with a teenager. A 16 year old teenager.

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If you set age of consent laws aside, this sentiment still feels icky. But we’re not done with the songs with pedophilic tones yet.

And finally, the worst song of 1959 IS………….

1.

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This was number 100 on the Billboard Year End chart of 1959, beaten out by 99 other songs. This was a Top 10 hit in the U.S. I just have to ask: why? Why this? Paul Evans’ Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Backseat. I originally wanted to do a Target Practice on this song, but I couldn’t come up with enough material for it and I decided to wait until this list to talk about it. Oh, boy. So in the song, we have seven little girls who are sitting in the backseat of a car, hugging and kissing Fred while the driver, peaking the action behind him, wants one of the girls to sit with him, but he gets shut down and is told to keep his eyes on the road. One, unless you’re driving a limo, how the fuck do you fit eight people in the backseat of a car? That backseat must be crowded like a can of sardines. Two, again with the little girls. You couldn’t find any girls who are your age? And where did you find seven little girls anyways? The more questions that are asked, the worst this song gets. What was wrong with people back then? I would comment more on the hokey music and singing, but I’m way too distracted by the awfulness of the content. Congratulations to Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Backseat for being the worst song of 1959.

Now that we got the worst out of the way, let’s look at the best list.

First, here are some honorable mentions.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • Santo & Johnny-Sleep Walk
  • Martin Denny-Quiet Village
  • Everly Brothers-(Till) I Kissed You
  • The Drifters-There Goes My Baby
  • Elvis Presley-A Big Hunk O’ Love
  • Della Reese-Don’t You Know
  • Dinah Washington-What Difference A Day Makes
  • Jackie Wilson-Lonely Teardrops
  • Clyde McPhatter-A Lover’s Question
  • Preston Epps-Bongo Rock

Let’s go.

10.

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Instrumental tracks were huge during this time period and one of those instrumental tracks that became a number one hit was The Happy Organ by Dave “Baby” Cortez. This is part of the 50s that I like with how Cortez plays the organ alongside the rock and roll music. It definitely has that happy vibe that the title was aiming for. There was originally supposed to be lyrics and vocals to the song, but Cortez wasn’t satisfied with the end results, so he left it as an instrumental instead. Still, it makes for one of the better songs of the year.

9.

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Why don’t we move on to some really good doo-wop? That’s what the Fiestas gave us with their single So Fine. It’s more than just fine, it’s a great song. The piano-driven instrumentation drives the song, complimenting the vocal work, which sounds great. Writing-wise, it’s a simple love song that works because the group sells the emotion of it with their performances. In a sea of forgettable blandness, songs like this are a real breath of fresh air.

8.

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February 3 of 1959 is also known as The Day The Music Died because three major talents of rock and roll died in a plane crash: Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens, who was one of the first Latin stars in popular music. We all know of him thanks to the classic La Bamba, but his biggest hit was Donna, which is a sad ballad about a girl named Donna who left him. Even with the more somber subject matter, I like the singing from Ritchie Valens and the instrumentation, which goes for the slower parts of rock and roll. It’s no La Bamba, but Donna’s still a good song overall.

7.

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Why don’t we add some country onto the list since there was a lot of country songs that became hits back then. There’s been many different versions of Gotta Travel On, but Billy Grammer’s version is the definitive one. It’s the sort of country tune that’s silly, yet enjoyable. The music is accented by guitars and banjoes playing alongside each other. From what I’ve gathered from the lyrics, this song seems to be about a guy who wants to leave his hometown, but he got in trouble with the law and he wants to see his girl. Not the strongest story, but with music and vocals this good, I can’t really complain.

6.

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Mack The Knife was originally a German song written for a play whose title translates to The Threepenny Opera. It dates all the way back to the late 1920s and has seen its share of covers in different languages, including one from jazz legend Louis Armstrong in 1956 and another from Bobby Darin, who ended up having the second biggest hit of 1959. Darin portrays the titular Mack The Knife and brings a certain swagger to the track that makes it cool. Also, the big band instrumentation here is excellent and matches the content. If you’re looking for some good songs from the 50s, you can’t go wrong with this.

5.

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Time for another gem from Fats Domino, I Want To Walk You Home. Do I even need to say what the song is about? The title tells you all you need to know. It’s Fats Domino asking a girl if he can walk her home. You know, the usual 50s stuff. Fats is still as charming as ever in this sweet and innocent track. The music is also pretty damn good with how the guitars and piano sound. It’s another great song from a talented dude. Don’t sleep on him.

4.

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Of course, we can’t talk about the 50s without mentioning Elvis Presley, who was one of the people who made that decade tolerable. Like Billboardguy1 once said, the charts needed Elvis. Seriously. He’s on this list for his cover of (Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I. Originally a song from Hank Snow, Elvis took this record and made a rock and roll classic out of it. Ray Walker and the Jordanaires provide backing vocals and they perfectly compliment Elvis, who sounds great as usual. You know the one thing that pisses me off about this song? It got blocked from the number spot on the Hot 100 by Come Softly To Me by the Fleetwoods. People wanted to listen to more boring shit over friggin’ Elvis.

3.

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Another reminder that Jackie Wilson is awesome and don’t you forget it. The dude is a legend who knows how to entertain people, something that artists after him took note of. His big hit in 1959 was That’s Why I Love You So, which is about the special woman in his life. You can feel the emotion and passion behind every word sung by Jackie and you believe that he’s in love. It also helps that the music is fun and sunshine-like. This is a soul classic from one of its greatest legends.

2.

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Peter Gunn was a detective show that ran from 1958 to 1961. The most memorable thing about the show is its theme song, which is probably one of the most awesome instrumental tracks to ever become a hit in the 50s. Composed by Henry Mancini, the song gained immense popularity thanks to the Ray Anthony version. It has one memorable bassline that stays in your head for days and then there’s those horns. This shit just kicks all kinds of ass and wouldn’t sound out of place in an action movie or spy thriller. I recommend checking this out if you haven’t.

And finally, the best song of 1959 IS…………

1.

He topped by Best of 1960 list and had the best hit song of the 60s overall. Now Ray Charles is at the top of my Best list for 1959 with What I’d Say. It’s another one of his classic records that had a ton of energy behind it. The music could get anyone moving with its electric piano riff that’s then accompanied by piano and drums that cranks things up a notch. And that’s before we get halfway through the track, which contains a call-and-response between Ray and the Raelettes. Ray Charles himself matches the energy of the song as he gets into the whole vibe of the music. The raunchy nature of the song gained some controversy from both black and white audiences and its use of gospel elements were also crititcized. Hey, you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. Fun fact: this was one of the first soul songs to become a hit and helped Ray Charles break through to the pop charts after much success on the R&B charts. Damn near every soul song that became a success owes a debt to What I’d Say, which is why I’m glad to call it the best hit song of 1959.

And those were the worst and best that 1959 had to offer. And that means my journey through Billboard history has come to an end. I started this because I was curious to see what people were listening to back in the days and how the hits of the past have held up through time. We’ve seen some all-time classics, some godawful atrocities, and everything in-between. I’ve learned a lot and I had fun going through the past decades. I hope you did, too. I might do more lists, but they’ll be on different subject matters and possibly not related to music. Stay tuned for more.

Peace!!

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14 thoughts on “Top 10 List: Worst & Best Songs of 1959

  1. Since it’s been in the news a lot, what do you think about the upcoming Leaving Neverland documentary and the allegations that Michael Jackson faced?

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  2. Great list. Shame you don’t these Billboard Year-End lists anymore. Also, here’s the link to my first top 20 ranking, at samouraphantonomiun.home.blog/2019/02/23/billboard-hot-100-winter-2019-top-20-ranking/ and I want to know your thoughts on them.

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  3. Most people tend to associate the late 50s with rock and roll and it’s a good thing cause aside from that the 50s were really dull and stupid 1959 included. Aside from rock and roll, there’s a lot of ballads, doo-wop, big band, orchestral instrumentals, and stupid novelty garbage. There was also a lot of teen idols in this period even more than in the late 90s and 2000s. All the songs on your worst list either fall into the stupid or boring category. Say what you want about how bad popular music is today but at least the bad songs are far more interesting to talk about than the bad songs from back in the day. Not all music from back then is as gold as they make it out to be. It’s a shame with 1959 since this is the year my mom was born on May 20th. Can’t believe she’s turning 60 this year but I’m looking forward to celebrating.

    Worst list: Don’t care for Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb). I didn’t realize Alvin and The Chipmunks originated in the 50s. I always thought that they were a recent thing considering how big those live-action movies were growing up and I did see some of those bad movies when they were popular. I can’t stand The Chipmunk Song or any of their other songs and is my worst song of 1959. I guess people found this gimmick cool back then but I find their voices really grating. My Christmases will be better off without hearing this high-pitched garbage. The Three Bells was boring. I was amazed when I first listened to Deck of Cards for how people really liked this song back then. I was gonna put this song on my worst list but I can’t get myself too worked up over it and I can appreciate the sentiment in the story being told. Baby Talk is annoying and stupid. I think I’ll stick to Surf City when listening to Jan & Dean, that song is really fun. Don’t care for Kissin’ Time even with the subject matter. Lonely Boy I find pretty funny especially with Paul Anka’s pathetic singing. Still it’s not his worst song not when (You’re) Having My Baby exists. Venus is a very sappy teen pop song and Frankie Avalon is another mediocre teen idol of the time. Yeah Sixteen Candles is giving me pedophile vibes as with many other songs from back then. Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat is pretty disturbing with the subject matter but it’s boring enough for me that I can’t get too worked up over it. Still a bad song though. Agree with your dishonorable mentions. Fun fact: Kansas City was number one the week my mom was born.

    Best list: Many of the best songs on your list really stand above he mediocrity of this year. The Happy Organ is a nice enough instrumental. So Fine is a good doo-wop song. Donna is a very heartfelt love ballad from Ritchie Valens though I like La Bamba a lot more and wish it had made the year end list. A shame what happened to him along with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper 60 years ago. To think, he was only 17 and had a promising career ahead of him. Gotta Travel On is a fine enough country song. Mack The Knife is an awesome big band song and was easily gonna be my best song of 1959. It’s really fun and I like the cool swagger the song has. And to think it’s a song about a knife wielding murderer. I never knew it was about that for the longest time because of the upbeat music. I Want To Walk You Home is another good song from Fats Domino. A Fool Such As I is a fine enough song from Elvis but I like A Big O’ Hunk Of Love more. Yeah we really needed Elvis in this time period. That’s Why I Love You So is a fun song from Jackie Wilson but I don’t like it as much as some of his other songs. The Peter Gunn Theme is an awesome instrumental. I heard this song a lot growing up watching Spongebob where they would play this during many serious and action scenes. What’d I’d Say is another great classic from Ray Charles. It’s really fun to listen and sing along to. Agree with your honorable mentions.

    With this journey over, I want to say I really enjoyed reading your decade lists since I started following this site at the end of your 80s series. You along with other critics have really opened me up to what was popular on the charts and exposing me to more great songs I didn’t know existed or bad songs that taint the image many people have of music being good in the olden days. I didn’t really know much of the songs on your worst lists despite some of them being really big hits in their day. It’s because of your lists that made me want to explore the Billboard Hot 100 and make my own lists for every year of its existence. While there’s been a lot of great songs that has charted, there’s also been a lot of bad ones as well as many meh/average songs that are confined to their times. I had a fun time on this journey and can’t wait for what you’ll have in store in the future!

    Best Hit Songs of 1959
    1)Mack The Knife by Bobby Darin
    2)What’d I Say by Ray Charles
    3)Red River Rock by Johnny & The Hurricanes
    4)Tallahassie Lassie by Freddy Cannon
    5)I Want To Walk With You by Fats Domino
    6)Three Stars by Tommy Dee
    7)A Big Hunk O’ Love by Elvis Presley
    8)Guitar Boogie Shuffle by Frank Virtue and The Virtues
    9)Lonely Street by Andy Williams
    10)Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by The Platters
    Honorable Mentions
    Sleep Walk by Santo & Johnny
    Stagger Lee by Lloyd Price
    Donna by Ritchie Valens
    The Happy Organ by Dave “Baby” Cortez
    (Now And Then There’s A Fool) Such As I/My Wish Came True by Elvis Presley
    Hawaiian Wedding Song by Andy Williams
    Forty Miles of Bad Road by Duane Eddy
    The Peter Gunn Theme by Ray Anthony & His Orchestra
    So Fine by The Fiestas
    Petite Fleur by Chris Barber & Monty Sunshine
    Just A Little Too Much by Ricky Nelson
    Manhattan Spiritual by Reg Owen Orchestra
    Bongo Rock by Preston Epps
    In The Mood by Ernie Fields

    Worst Hit Songs of 1959
    1)Alvin’s Harmonica/The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) by Alvin & The Chipmunks
    2)16 Candles by Johnny Maestro
    3)Sea Cruise by Frankie Ford
    4)Baby Talk by Jan & Dean
    5)Charlie Brown/Along Came Jones by The Coasters
    6)Kansas City by Wilbert Harrison
    7)I’m Gonna Get Married by Lloyd Price
    8)The Tijuana Jail by The Kingston Trio
    9)Venus by Frankie Avalon
    10)Come Softly To Me/Mr. Blue by The Fleetwoods
    Dishonorable Mentions
    The Battle Of New Orleans by Johnny Horton
    Lonely Boy/Put Your Head On My Shoulders by Paul Anka
    Dream Lover by Bobby Darin
    The Three Bells by The Browns
    The All American Boy by Bill Parsons
    Frankie by Connie Francis
    Bobby Sox To Stockings/A Boy Without A Girl by Frankie Avalon
    Tall Paul by Annette Funicello
    It Was I by Skip & Flip
    Heartaches By The Number by Guy Mitchell
    Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat by Paul Evans

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    1. Since we have a Christmas song in the worst list, I should say The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be late) and Do They Know It’s Christmas are on my worst list for overplayed. I listened to some big corporate radio station that rotated The Chipmunk Song like it was the most requested on the hour every hour. I may be tired of Grandma got ran over by a Reindeer but my parents hates the songs guts. To them that song could be paired with Barbie Girl. Maybe at the end of this year we should look at the worst and best Christmas songs.

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  4. What’d you think of my comments last week regarding musical plagiarism in relation to the Blurred Lines case, the Brown Sugar review I sent you and if it changes your mind about the song, and the Yesterday movie trailer in regards to its premise of The Beatles never existing?

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    1. 1. In terms of music plagiarism related to Blurred Lines, you made some good points that are hard to disagree with.

      2. Reading that Rolling Stone article and going back to the song, yyyyyeah, while I don’t think Brown Sugar is bad, some of the lines are suspect.

      3. I did check out the trailer for that Yesterday movie and while the idea is interesting, it’s not something I’m particularly hyped for.

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      1. Yeah I will say Brown Sugar is better than Blurred Lines musically but more disturbing lyrically than Blurred Lines could ever hope to be. At least Blurred Lines didn’t reference slave rape. I’ll still listen and enjoy Brown Sugar for how fun it sounds but I wouldn’t exactly sing along to it knowing what it’s about. Try imagining that song being as big today as it was in 1971 without getting a lot of backlash. If you’re not going to do a Target Practice, you should definitely do a WTF Lyrics on it. I can unstertand why everyone wouldn’t be into Yesterday but whether it’s good or not I’m interested in seeing it when it comes out in June.

        I saw your year rankings on Twitter. What is your favorite and least favorite year that you’ve covered? And what is your favorite decade that you’ve covered?

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      2. Favorite year to cover? I don’t have one, but I’d say 1983, 1976, and 1967. Least favorite year? Also can’t pick one, but 2006 and 2007 were pretty rough. My favorite decade is the 90s easily.

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      3. I’m also not sure of my favorite year so far but those three you mentioned are definitely up there for me. The worst year I’ve covered so far is without a doubt 2016. That year was rough for me in making a best list. 2016 is the worst year of the 2010s instead of 2018 because of how almost nothing stood out as good or great. Even 2018 had more good songs or songs that I felt invested in. Aside from the songs on my best list, I’ll be better off without 2016. And as bad as 2006 and 2007 were, there’s at least more good songs that didn’t make it horrifically bad for me at least. In terms of the Hot 100, my favorite decade would have to be the 70s for how highly consistent each year has been from the beginning to the end of the decade. Even the bad years like 1974 and 1975 are just meh/okay when compared to the other years of the decade and wouldn’t rank up there as some of the worst years ever for music. The 60s and 90s aren’t far behind for being my favorite decades but you still have the early parts of those decade that are underwhelming as well as parts of the late 90s.

        Here are my 2016 lists showing you how horrific it was for me:

        Best Hit Songs of 2016
        1)Stressed Out by twenty one pilots
        2)When We Were Young by Adele
        3)Hymn For The Weekend/Adventure Of A Lifetime by Coldplay
        4)Starboy ft. Daft Punk/In The Night by The Weeknd
        5)Dangerous Woman/Into You by Ariana Grande
        6)Humble And Kind by Tim McGraw
        7)Sucker For Pain by Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic & Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors
        8)Sorry by Beyoncé
        9)I Took A Pill In Ibiza by Mike Posner
        10)Cheap Thrills by Sia ft. Sean Paul
        Honorable Mentions
        Can’t Stop The Feeling! by Justin Timberlake
        Heathens by twenty one pilots
        Broccoli by D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty
        Die A Happy Man by Thomas Rhett

        Worst Hit Songs of 2016
        1)Me Too by Meghan Trainor
        2)Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes
        3)Gold by Kiiara
        4)Work From Home by Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign
        5)Panda/Tiimmy Turner by Desiigner
        6)Pop Style by Drake ft. The Throne
        7)White Iverson by Post Malone
        8)7 Years by Lukas Graham
        9)Sit Still, Look Pretty/Hide Away by Daya
        10)One Call Away/We Don’t Talk Anymore ft. Selena Gomez by Charlie Puth
        Dishonorable Mentions
        Love Yourself/Sorry by Justin Bieber
        One Dance ft. WizKid & Kyla/Jumpman ft. Future/Controlla by Drake
        Work by Rihanna ft. Drake
        Don’t Let Me Down ft. Daya/Closer ft. Halsey by The Chainsmokers
        Needed Me by Rihanna
        This Is What You Came For by Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna
        Cake By The Ocean by DNCE
        Pillowtalk by ZAYN
        Low Life ft. The Weeknd/Wicked by Future
        Just Like Fire by P!nk
        Don’t/Exchange by Bryson Tiller
        i hate u i love u by gnash ft. Olivia O’Brien
        No by Meghan Trainor
        Don’t Mind by Kent Jones
        H.O.L.Y. by Florida Georgia Line
        Oui by Jeremih
        Hands To Myself by Selena Gomez
        2 Phones/Really Really by Kevin Gates
        For Free by DJ Khaled ft. Drake
        Down In The DM by Yo Gotti ft. Nicki Minaj
        LUV/Say It by Tory Lanez
        Antidote by Travis Scott
        Lost Boy by Ruth B
        Back To Sleep by Chris Brown
        No Limit by Usher ft. Young Thug
        Cut It by O.T. Genesis ft. Young Dolph
        Starving by Hailee Steinfeld & Grey ft. Zedd

        And here are my year rankings so far. I’m up to 1977 now.
        GREAT
        1965
        1967
        1968
        1976
        1995
        1996
        2004

        GOOD
        1964
        1966
        1969
        1970
        1972
        1973
        1992
        1993
        1994
        1998
        2002
        2003
        2012
        2013

        OKAY
        1963
        1971
        1974
        1999
        2001
        2007
        2011
        2014
        2015
        2017

        MEH
        1958
        1959
        1960
        1975
        1997
        2000
        2005

        BAD
        1961
        1962
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  5. So we reached t he end of the line on the worst of lists. Now we seen the worst and best of popular music from Rockabilly to rock,,soul to disco, rhythm and Blues to rap to grunge to metal. We learned about the music, lyrics and production (or lack there of) that makes the worst and the talent that makes the best. You started in 2013 and … I think Casey Kasem could put it in the best words.

    And There’s one more song to play. A forgotten tune from the late great Ray Charles

    Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars and keep our browser pointed right where it is.

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    1. I like that idea. How about best and worst number one hits ever? Yearly reviews of Hot 100 number one hits like you did for number one songs in rap?

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