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Todd's Pop Songs 2013

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Todd's Pop Song Reviews is where ToddInTheShadows takes a look at current charting (often bad) pop songs. While doing the review, Todd is enshrouded in shadow to enhance his mystery. In the beginning of every episode, he is seen playing his piano, which he has been playing for many years; and is usually playing the song that is featured in the review (unless the episode is of a Top 10 list, for which he plays a song of choice from the year of the list). The shadows conceal who he is as he could be just about anyone from a government spy to a humble church official.

Running gags include "Finish the Rhyme!" (to point out absurd rhymes), "NOT A RHYME" (for when the artist uses words that don't rhyme), and Todd's ethnicity. From 2011-2012, there was also a subplot about his unrequited love for Obscurus Lupa, and his rejection of The Nostalgia Chick, crossing over into several other TGWTG shows. It saw its resolution in To Boldly Flee, with an epilogue in Todd's review of "Want U Back".

See also Todd's Pop Song Reviews/From the Vault for Todd's reviews prior to joining


Episode Number Episode Title Description Date Released
1 "BlahBlahBlah" - Ke$ha ft. 3OH3! ToddInTheShadows makes his TGWTG debut! Will he live to regret it? . Is Ke$ha's latest song worse than Tik Tok? April 25th, 2010
2 "Sexy Bitch" - David Guetta feat. Akon Akon tries not to be disrespectful towards a girl and what does he come up with? May 4th, 2010
3 "Imma Be" - The Black Eyed Peas Todd views another one of the Black Eyed Peas' idiotic doings May 15th, 2010
4 "Telephone" - Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé  A music video that has nothing to do with the song's title. Hooray.. May 29th, 2010
5 "Carry Out" - Timbaland feat. Justin Timberlake  JT and Timbaland are back. This time with fast food sex jokes. Oh boy... June 8th, 2010
6 "Eenie Meenie" - Sean Kingston and Justin Bieber  Eenie Meenie Miney Mo Lover??? June 17th, 2010
7 "Your Love Is My Drug" - Ke$ha Gosh.. I feel like I'm gonna pass out July 3rd, 2010
8 "Alejandro" - Lady Gaga Todd views another one of Gaga's crazy music videos July 16th, 2010
9 "OMG" - Usher feat. Will.I.Am When did Usher Raymond become cleaner than Will Smith? July 29th, 2010
10 The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 1987 The year we figured out pop music was down the tubes again...

  • 10. "Funkytown" - Pseudo Echo
  • 9. "Shake You Down" - Gregory Abbott
  • 8. "Will You Still Love Me" - Chicago
  • 7. "Ballerina Girl" - Lionel Richie
  • 6. "Head to Toe" - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
  • 5. "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" - Genesis
  • 4. "Carrie" - Europe
  • 3. "The Next Time I Fall" - Peter Cetera & Amy Grant
  • 2. "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You" - Glenn Medeiros
  • 1. "Songbird" - Kenny G
August 13th, 2010
11 "Hey, Soul Sister" - Train Who gave Pat Monahan the idea that building a song around ripping off INXS was cool? August 26th, 2010
12 "Cooler Than Me" - Mike Posner Todd finds many ways to think that he's cooler than the lead singer. September 8th, 2010
13 "Club Can't Handle Me" - Flo Rida feat. David Guetta The Club may not be able to handle you Flo Rida but Todd sure can. October 27th, 2010
14 "Like a G6" - Far East Movement feat. The Cataracs & Dev The first Asian hit song in decades and we get another generic club song. November 13th, 2010
15 "Deuces" - Chris Brown feat. Tyga & Kevin McCall Todd does his best The Crying Game impression. November 29th, 2010
16 "Whip My Hair" - Willow Smith How does Will Smith's daughter suceed her father's career in music? December 16th, 2010
17 Top 6 Worst Songs of 2010 (I Didn't Already Cover) Todd tries his hardest to make his fans feel his pain from his bout with MRSA.

  • 6. "I Like It" - Enrique Iglesias ft. Pitbull
  • 5. "In My Head" - Jason Derülo
  • 4. "Teach Me How to Dougie" - Cali Swag District
  • 3. "All the Right Moves" - OneRepublic
  • 2. "My First Kiss" - 3OH!3 ft. Ke$ha
  • 1. "Take It Off" - Ke$ha

The top 5 worst songs that Todd did review would have been as follows:

Todd also gives some commentary for songs he feels he needs to mention

  • "Billionaire" - Travie Mcoy ft Bruno Mars
  • "Mine" - Taylor Swift
  • "Dynamite" - Taio Cruz
  • "Airplanes" - B.o.B ft Hayley Williams
  • "If I Die Young" - The Band Perry
  • "California Gurls" - Katy Perry ft Snoop Dogg
  • "Just a Dream" - Nelly
  • "Misery" - Maroon 5
January 8th, 2011
18 Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2010 Sweet relief from MRSA... Can Todd find anything redeemable for what he considers to be a pretty bad year for pop music?

  • 10. "Magic" - B.o.B ft. Rivers Cuomo
  • 9. "Find Your Love" - Drake
  • 8. "Empire State of Mind" - Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys
  • 7. "Rude Boy" - Rihanna
  • 6. "Animal" - Neon Trees
  • 5. "Teenage Dream" - Katy Perry
  • 4. "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" - Usher ft. Pitbull
  • 3. "Nothin' on You" - B.o.B ft. Bruno Mars
  • 2. "California Gurls" - Katy Perry
  • 1. "Need You Now" - Lady Antebellum

Additionally, Todd mentions that these songs could have made the list if they were hits.

  • "Fuck You!" - Cee-Lo Green
  • "From Above" - Ben Folds & Nick Hornby
  • "In Sleep" - Lissie
  • "How I Got Over" - The Roots
  • "Old Man Chicago" - Alberta Cross
  • "Monster" - Lady Gaga
  • "Fire Bomb" - Rihanna
  • "I Was a Teenage Anarchist" - Against Me!
  • "Radioactive" - Kings of Leon
  • "Gold Guns Girls" - Metric
  • "Shutterbugg" - Big Boi ft. Cutty
  • "Little Lion Man" - Mumford and Sons
January 29th, 2011
19 "The Time (Dirty Bit)" - The Black Eyed Peas Todd witnesses the fall of The Black Eyed Peas. February 14th, 2011
20 "Tonight..." - Enrique Iglesias feat. Ludacris Wait... you're doing what  tonight, Enrique? February 26th, 2011
21 "Black and Yellow" - Wiz Khalifa You may know what it is Wiz but we don't. March 12th, 2011
22 "Grenade" - Bruno Mars Someone put Bruno on suicide watch, please. March 27th, 2011
23 The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 1976 Proof positive that when the good is really good, the bad is really bad.
(It starts with him thinking of "Back Seat" by New Boyz, and refusing to review it, turning to a random draw from his stack of Billboard Year End lists instead.)
  • 10. "Shannon" - Henry Gross
  • 9. "Shop Around" - The Captain & Tennille
  • 8. "If You Leave Me Now" - Chicago
  • 7. "Only Sixteen" - Dr. Hook
  • 6. "Get Up and Boogie" - Silver Convention
  • 5. "Disco Duck" - Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots
  • 4. "Let Her In" - John Travolta
  • 3. "I Write the Songs" - Barry Manilow
  • 2. "Convoy" - C.W. McCall
  • 1. "Afternoon Delight" - Starland Vocal Band
April 14th, 2011
24 "Firework" (Katy Perry) vs. "Born This Way" (Lady Gaga) The woman who fascinates Todd vs. the woman who disgusts Todd. May 9th, 2011
25 "S&M" - Rihanna Todd takes on Rihanna's "S&M" May 28th, 2011
26 Top 5 Awful Moments From U2's "Rattle and Hum" Todd in the Shadows takes a look at one of his favorite band's most embarrassing moments.

  • 5. The first two seconds of the movie
  • 4. I'm goin' to Graceland
  • 3. Gall Along the Watchtower
  • 2. Bono has a little something to say about apartheid
  • 1. MLK
June 11th, 2011
27 "The Lazy Song " - Bruno Mars Bruno Mars gives you some truth in advertising. June 26th, 2011
28 "ET" - Katy Perry Ft Kanye West Katy Perry is an alien sex fiend. (And Yeezy's scarier than ever.) July 12th, 2011
29 "Party Rock Anthem" - LMFAO These guys want to party all the time, party all the time, party all the ti-ime... August 10th, 2011
30 "Give Me Everything " - Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo Give Pitbull everything. Tonight. August 28th, 2011
31 "Tonight, Tonight" - Hot Chelle Rae Hot Chelle Rae are bringing rock music back to the charts! ...Or not.

(Note: This is the first episode in which Todd's piano is in a new location facing to the left.)

September 16th, 2011
32 "If I Die Young" - The Band Perry The Band Perry have some detailed instructions for their undertakers. September 27th, 2011
33 Top Ten Songs About Mediocre Romance You are sooooo me.

  • 10. "Stuck with You" - Huey Lewis & the News
  • 9. "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" - Rupert Holmes
  • 8. "She's Always a Woman" - Billy Joel
  • 7. "The One I Love" - R.E.M.
  • 6. "Better Man" - Pearl Jam
  • 5. "Love the One You're With" - Stephen Stills
  • 4. "Third Rate Romance" - Amazing Rhythm Aces
  • 3. "The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room" - Flight of the Conchords
  • 2. "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" - Meat Loaf
  • 1. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" - Deep Blue Something
October 10th, 2011
34 "Moves Like Jagger" - Maroon 5 Todd can't get no satisfaction from Maroon 5. October 22nd, 2011
35 "Lighters" - Bad Meets Evil ft. Bruno Mars Eminem and Bruno Mars want me to raise my lighter. REQUEST DENIED. November 12th, 2011
36 "Sexy and I Know It" - LMFAO I'm nauseous and I know it. November 22th, 2011
37 "5 O'Clock" - T-Pain ft. Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen It's too early for this, T-Pain. December 13th, 2011
38 "Mistletoe" - Justin Bieber Pucker up. December 17th, 2011
39 The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2011 Wanna know what Todd hated this year more than anything else? Check it out here!

January 2nd, 2012
40 The Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2011 Let's see how Todd humiliates himself this year.

  • 10. "More (Remix)" - Usher
  • 9. "Moment 4 Life" - Nicki Minaj ft. Drake
  • 8. "Someone Like You" - Adele
  • 7. "Pumped Up Kicks" - Foster the People
  • 6. "The Show Goes On" - Lupe Fiasco
  • 5. "T.G.I.F. (Last Friday Night)" - Katy Perry
  • 4. "The Edge of Glory" - Lady Gaga
  • 3. "Rolling in the Deep" - Adele
  • 2. "All of the Lights" - Kanye West ft. Rihanna
  • 1. "Fuck You" - Cee Lo Green
January 21st, 2012
41 "Runaway" by Kanye West (with Rap Critic) Yeezy taught me... how not to make a music video. January 28th, 2012
42 "Just a Kiss" - Lady Antebellum Lady Antebellum sing of a love so hot they don't dare go past first base. February 12th, 2012
43 "Ni**as in Paris" - Jay-Z & Kanye West Don't let Todd into his zone. February 26th, 2012
44 "Turn Up the Music" - Chris Brown And now, a very special episode of Todd in the Shadows. March 11th, 2012
45 "Drive By" - Train Nothing's worse than "Hey, Soul Sister"... right? March 24th, 2012
46 "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" - Kelly Clarkson Did you miss the first fifty times that Kelly Clarkson sang about being a strong, independent woman? Because she'd be happy to tell you about it again. April 17th, 2012
47 "We Are Young" (fun. ft. Janelle Monae) and "Somebody That I Used to Know" (Gotye ft. Kimbra) fun. featuring Janelle Monae. Gotye featuring Kimbra. Todd featuring Complete bafflement at how these songs got popular. (Not that he's complaining, mind you...) May 17th, 2012
48 "Back in Time" - Pitbull The MIB protected the Earth from the scum of the universe, but they couldn't protect us from THIS. June 11th, 2012
49 "Call Me Maybe" - Carly Rae Jepsen Hey I just met you, and this is crazy, but this song is overplayed, and "Call Me Maybe" parodies aren't funny. June 23rd, 2012
50 "Payphone" - Maroon 5 ft. Wiz Khalifa Maroon 5 are calling you from a payphone when they could have saved a lot of money by dialing 1-800-CALL-ATT. July 14th, 2012
51 "Titanium" - David Guetta ft. Sia David Guetta is abducting our hipster indie chicks! THIS MAN(?) MUST BE STOPPED. August 13th, 2012
52 "Whistle" - Flo Rida Can you spot the subtle innuendo in Flo Rida's latest chart smash? August 30th, 2012
53 "Want U Back" - Cher Lloyd If you thought the pop music we made in this country was annoying, you haven't heard what they make in England. September 21st, 2012
54 "Gangnam Style" - PSY Ehhhhh sexy lady... Wait, what the hell?? October 17th, 2012
55 The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2004 The year was 2004: Kanye was big, we were at war with Afghanistan, an incumbent president won re-election despite intense hatred from the opposing party, there was a lot of lousy music... man, things sure have changed!

  • 10. "With You" - Jessica Simpson
  • 9. "Someday" - Nickelback
  • 8. "Baby Boy" - Beyonce ft. Sean Paul
  • 7. "The Reason" - Hoobastank
  • 6. "One Call Away" - Chingy ft. J-Weav
  • 5. "Southside" - Lloyd ft. Ashanti
  • 4. "Milkshake" - Kelis
  • 3. "Why" - Jadakiss ft. Anthony Hamilton
  • 2. "Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)" - Eamon
  • 1. "Just Lose It" - Eminem
Novemeber 14th, 2012
56 "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" - Taylor Swift Like, ever. December 10th, 2012
57 The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2012 Get out the Hefty bags, everyone, because it's time to take out last year's garbage.

  • 10. "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" - Train
  • 9. "Where Have You Been" - Rihanna
  • 8. "Back in Time" - Pitbull
  • 7. "Want U Back" - Cher Lloyd
  • 6. "Wanted" - Hunter Hayes
  • 5. "Scream and Shout" - ft. Britney Spears
  • 4. "Whistle" - Flo Rida
  • 3. "One More Night" - Maroon 5
  • 2. "Drive By" - Train
  • 1. "Birthday Cake (remix)" - Rihanna ft. Chris Brown

Note: During the review of "Scream and Shout", Todd says he should have put it at #3, meaning "Whistle" would be at #5 and "One More Night" at #4.

With a new feature, Honorable Mentions:

  • "The Motto"- Drake ft Lil Wayne
  • "I Won't Give Up"- Jason Mraz
  • "Too Close" - Alex Clare
  • "Starships" - Nikki Minaj
  • "What Makes You Beautiful"- One Direction
  • "One Thing"- One Direction
  • "Brokenhearted"- Karmin
  • "Domino"- Jessie J
  • "Live While We're Young"- One Direction
January 12th, 2013
58 The Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2012 It's Todd's ritual humiliation time

  • 10. "Young , Wild & Free" - Snoop Dogg & Wiz Kalifa ft Bruno Mars
  • 9. " I Cry" - Flo Rida
  • 8. "Ni**as in Paris" - Jay Z & Kanye West
  • 7. "It's Time" - Imagine Dragons
  • 6. "Somebody That I Used to Know" - Gotye ft Kimbra
  • 5. "Die Young" - Ke$ha
  • 4. "Some Nights" - Fun
  • 3. "Locked Out of Heaven" - Bruno Mars
  • 2. "Lights" - Ellie Goulding
  • 1. "Take Care" - Drake ft Rihanna

Honorable Mentions:

  • "Good Time" - Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen
  • "Glad You Came" - The Wanted
  • "Red Solo Cup" - Toby Keith
  • "International Love" - Pitbull ft Chris Brown
  • "Dance (A$$)" - Big Sean ft Nikki Minaj
  • "Skyfall" - Adele
  • "Gangnam Style" - PSY
January 27th, 2013
59 Mac and Devin Go to High School (with Rap Critic!)

T-O-Double-Dizzle and the Rap Crizzle take on a Snoop Dogg motion pizzle that's unwatchabizzle.

Febuary 3rd, 2013
60 "Girl on Fire"- Alicia Keys This girl is on fiiiiiiiire! Fire fire fire fire fiiiiiiiire! Febuary 24th, 2013
61 "Little Things" - One Direction One Direction love all the little things about you. Like the horrified look on your face when they sing you this song. March 16th, 2013
62 "Scream and Shout" - ft. Britney Spears and Britney Spears make Todd want to scream and shout, and break things. March 25th, 2013
63 "Thrift Shop" (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz) vs. "Suit & Tie" (Justin Timberlake ft. Jay-Z) Justin Timberlake and Macklemore face off on the most compelling issue of our day: Who has better clothes? April 20th, 2013
64 Todd and Rap Critic Talk About Accidental Racist Todd and Rap Critic discuss the most controversial song of the year. April 29th, 2013
65 "Feel This Moment" - Pitbull ft. Christina Aguilera Todd resorts to recycling old reviews, since Pitbull apparently can't put any more effort into his music. May 23rd, 2013
66 "Cruise" - Florida Georgia Line ft. Nelly A country/hip-hop crossover?? That could never work... right? June 7th, 2013
67 "Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke ft. Pharrell & T.I. I know you want it July 14th, 2013
68 "We Can't Stop" (Miley Cyrus) vs. "Come & Get It" (Selena Gomez) Battle of the former Disney princesses! August 10th, 2013
69 "Best Song Ever" - One Direction Okay, One Direction are just baiting me now. August 30th, 2013
70 "Applause " - Lady Gaga Does Todd have any applause for Lady Gaga? September 27th, 2013
71 "Holy Grail" - Jay-Z ft. Justin Timberlake Jay-Z's quest: To seek the Holy Grail. Is it as amazing as he hoped it would be? October 13th, 2013
72 "Gorilla" - Bruno Mars Bruno Mars shocks the monkey. October 30th, 2013
73 "Wrecking Ball" - Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus swings naked on construction equipment. November 22nd, 2013
74 "Counting Stars" (OneRepublic) vs. "Demons" (Imagine Dragons) Battle of the Vaguely Indie-Ish Mainstream Middle of the Road Bands! December 11th, 2013
75 The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2013 Time to put the nail in the coffin of one of the worst years ever in pop music history.

  • 10. "Let Her Go" - Passenger
  • 9. "Cruise (Remix)"- Florida Georgia Line ft Nelly
  • 8. "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light em Up)" - Fall Out Boy
  • 7. "Holy Grail" - Jay-Z ft Justin Timberlake
  • 6. "Started From The Bottom" - Drake
  • 5. "Bitches Love Me"- Lil Wayne ft Drake & Future
  • 4. "Demons" - Imagine Dragons
  • 3. "Feel This Moment" - Pitbull ft Christina Aguilera
  • 2. "#thatPOWER"- ft Justin Bieber
  • 1. "Roar"- Katy Perry

Honorable Mentions

  • "22"- Taylor Swift
  • "Hold On, We're Going Home" - Drake ft Majid Jordan
  • "Scream & Shout " - ft Britney Spears
  • "Stay The Night" - Zedd ft Hayley Williams
  • "Come & Get It " - Selena Gomez
  • "Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke ft Pharrell & T.I
  • "Daylight" - Maroon 5
  • "I Knew You Were Trouble" - Taylor Swift
  • "Harlem Shake" - Baauer 
January 11th, 2014
76 The Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2013 Even in the worst years for pop music, the gems stand out.

  • 10. "Sweater Weather" - The Neighbourhood
  • 9. "#Beautiful" - Mariah Carey ft. Miguel
  • 8. "Thrift Shop" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz
  • 7. "Can't Hold Us" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton
  • 6. "Best Song Ever" - One Direction
  • 5. "Suit & Tie" - Justin Timberlake ft. Jay-Z
  • 4. "Do What U Want" - Lady Gaga ft. R. Kelly
  • 3. "Swimming Pools (Drank)" - Kendrick Lamar
  • 2. "Treasure" - Bruno Mars
  • 1. "Get Lucky" - Daft Punk ft. Pharrell

Honorable Mentions

  • "The Way" - Ariana Grande ft. Mac Miller
  • "Clarity" - Zedd ft. Foxes
  • "Royals" - Lorde
  • "I Will Wait" - Mumford & Sons
  • "Safe and Sound" - Capital Cities
  • "Accidental Racist" - Brad Paisley ft. LL Cool J (joke)
January 27th, 2014
77 "Dark Horse" - Katy Perry ft. Juicy J Are you ready for ready for, a worthless song worthless song? February 23rd, 2014
78 "Talk Dirty" - Jason DeRulo ft. 2 Chaniz Jasooooooon Deruuuuuuuulo returns with a song that makes "Whatcha Say " sound classy. March 9th, 2014
79 "Pompeii" - Bastille Ay-oh, ay-oh, ay, ay-oh ay-oh. March 24th, 2014
80 "All of Me" - John Legend Todd engages in some dueling pianos with John Legend. April 11th, 2014
81 "#selfie" - The Chainsmokers GIRLS ARE DUMB LOL April 29th, 2014
82 "Turn Down for What" - DJ Snake and Lil Jon WHAT?? YEAH!! OKAY!!!! May 19th, 2014
83 "Wiggle" - Jason Derulo ft. Snoop Dogg Worst song of the decade. Not joking. WARNING: DO NOT CLICK ON THIS VIDEO June 9th, 2014
84 "Fancy" - Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX She's so phony, you already know... June 27th, 2014
85 "Rude" - MAGIC! MAGIC! teach you a lesson in manners, reggae-style! July 10th, 2014
86 "Shake It Off" - Taylor Swift Taylor Swift shakes off her artistic credibility. September 14th, 2014
87 "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor Bass, how low can you go? September 23rd, 2014
88 "Anaconda" - Nicki Minaj Oh my god, look at her butt. *Look at her butt.* YOU WILL LOOK AT IT. October 23rd, 2014
89 "Bang Bang" - Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj Bang bang, on the door, baby. November 13th, 2014
90 "Blank Space" - Taylor Swift It’s a love story, baby just say ye–OH GOD PUT DOWN THE KNIFE! December 15th, 2014


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