Every year, the music industry loves to tally the Best Singles of said year. Hits that made radio worthwhile, had people buying albums, yada yada yada. In 2011, some of the "best singles" were also the most ridiculous. Certain songs (specifically in rap) had no clear meaning, while others just repeated the same words fifty-eight times. Still, these tracks were hits and we'd be lying if we said our feet weren't tapping along to these seven songs at some point this year. To commemorate these confusing yet catchy beasts, we've listed them below in case you'd like to baffle your iPod before 2012.
7. YC & Future, "Racks"
So urban folklore has it that a "rack" is a thousand dollar stack of bills. Therefore, racks on racks on racks would suggest you have thousands on thousands of thousands. Keeping that in mind, YC and Future probably said the word "racks" for every dollar they were holding on this song. "Racks" is one of the silliest songs of 2011. However, it's also has a great beat and it's the easiest to sing in karaoke, since there are only like two words in the entire song.
6. Lil B, "I Got AIDS"
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This track still has the leverage to become a "hit." Either way, it's completely ridiculous. Lil B previously released "I'm Gay" and now he has, "I Got AIDS." Is he trying to tell us something? The song goes through this whole scenario of Lil B wondering what he's going to do now that he has AIDS. At the end he squeezes in a slight message, but it's so tightly squished into the song that it barely fits. For the record, Lil B doesn't really have AIDS. That we know of...
5. French Montana & Waka Flocka Flame, "Choppa Choppa Down"
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Here's a basic summary of the hit single known as "Choppa Choppa Down." French Montana and Waka Flocka keep saying "Down Down Down Down" while Waka goes "Pow Pow Pow Pow Pow." That's it. Most of the time we don't really know what the hell Waka is saying, and on this track it's no exception. The video is even worse because the two of them are at war. At war with what you ask? Music that makes sense. That is what they're fighting against.
4. Yelawolf & Lil Jon, "Hard White (Up In the Club)"
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It's 2011, people. Why is Lil Jon being mentioned, and even worse, why is he on a hit single? While Yelawolf isn't bad on this track (despite rapping like Mia X sometimes), Lil Jon just makes this song plain odd. Didn't someone at Shady 2.0 stop this collaboration from happening? Where was Eminem while this was going on? More importantly, why wasn't Eminem on this song? It would have saved him from paying Lil Jon to stand there and yell.
3. Drake, "Marvin's Room"
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If 2011 marked the year Drake turned weepy, then "Marvin's Room" was that turning point. Drake is drunk and sobbing into his ex-girlfriend's answering machine while she's out with her new boyfriend. Then he keeps reiterating, "I'm just sayin, you could do better." Do better with whom, Marvin? An emotional wreck like yourself? Once this song hit the ground running, everyone started remixing it. Blame Drake for rap's newfound sensitivity.
2. Tyler, the Creator, "Tron Cat"
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Tyler, the Creator and Odd Future enjoyed a huge year thanks to his album Goblin. While the star track was "Yonkers," "Tron Cat" also turned heads. This song runs through a laundry list of obscene acts, including raping a pregnant woman and calling it a threesome, sawing some girl's head off and traumatizing some lesbians. While Tyler, et al. are known for shocking the masses with their lyrics, this song took it a little too far. Put the creep card back in your Velcro wallet, Mr. The Creator.
1. Lil Wayne, "I Hate Love"
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Lil Wayne outdid himself in 2011. He finally made a song that had 55-year-old housewives singing along. "I Hate Love" became the moms' anthem of the year, and nobody really knows why. He can't sing, he used to terrify people and he doesn't hate love. This song took a syrupy pop formula and stepped on its calculator. All bets were off, and "I Hate Love" became a smash. There is one positive out of this; it ended the reign of Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" within the cougar community. Way to go, Weezy.
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