I've always loved music. I can still remember lying in bed in 1965 -- a ten year old with a small black transistor radio -- listening to WABC's Top 100 Songs of 1965. But there have been two times in my life when I just couldn't listen to the music being played on popular radio: in the mid-to-late 70's during the disco craze, and in the mid 80's when bands like Boston, Styx, Rush, and Queen ruled the airwaves.
- Driving Drum Beat: This music is meant to be played and listened to at clubs while dancing;
- Banal Lyrics: Partying, flirting, binge-drinking, breaking up, making up, living for the moment ... I think you get the picture.
- Distorted Vocals: A technique that makes the singer sound as though he or she is singing through a megaphone or a bullhorn. Think of The Strokes, only more so.
- Repeated Syllabic Lyrics: Sure, this has been around since "talkin' 'bout my g-g-generation", but it's exploded since Lady GaGa's "p-p-p-poker face" . A few wildly popular examples: "Where have you been all my li-i-i-i-ife?", "the o-o-o-one, the o-o-o-one, the o-o-o-one, the one that got away", "kiss me, ki-ki-kiss me", and "as long as you la-la-la-la-love me, love me".
- Dubstep Break: Thankfully, these breaks are never long enough to cause nose bleeds, but just long enough to try and make the song sound hip.
- Rap Interlude: Nothing sounds as genuine as a rich 20-something white woman breaking into rap in mid-song.
So, besides being a song in a genre that I don't particularly like, what caused me to lose all objectivity and call this song -- not just a bad song -- but the worst song?
Style: As with many of the songs listed above, it slavishly adheres to the "Teen Girl Pop" formula. It has a driving guitar beat, the usual lyrics about drinking, dancing and partying, and a rap interlude.
Lyrics: This is where this song truly distinguishes itself. Delivered with a poppy, catchy beat that you can't get out of your head, it contains lines like the following:
"It's pretty obvious that you've got a crush, that magic in your pants is making me blush."
"Oh what a shame that you came here with someone."
"Let's make the most of the night like we're going to die young."
One more thing. Ke$ha spells her name with a dollar sign. That says all you need to know about the driving force behind this song and this artist.