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The Worst of the Worst

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Year-end lists are not just about remembering the best. Where there's the good, there's always the bad. Here are some "worst of the worst" lists that remind us of what we loved to hate in 2009.

First, coming from the oligarch of music lists, Pitchfork Media: The Worst Record Covers of all Time. Ranging from humorous to hideous, take a gander at these covers. And, since we’re nearing the close of the decade that will be remembered as the time when the internet changed music listening forever, writer Brent DiCrescenzo also muses on the death of the album.

Flickr users have started their own thread called, "Your Worst Shot 2009." Some are portraits, some are pictures of trees or food. If you're a user, post your worst shot! If you're not, tell us what you think! Are these images any worse than all those vacation photos you deleted this year?

The Village Voice feature, F2K, provides a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. The list already includes classics from Tila Tequila and Ashlee Simpson, and they haven't even gotten to number one yet! Particularly unfortunate is the early 2000 mash up of Fred Durst and Johnny Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls, who covered Pink Floyd in a 9/11 Tribute to Heroes television program. Watch the video (but shield your eyes).

Superhero movies can be uber-successes. The Dark Knight, for example. The movie made heaps of money and Heath Ledger won a post-humous Oscar. But even a superhero can bomb. Techland's list, The Top 10 Worst Superhero Movies of the Decade, includes, most hilariously, Daredevil starring Ben Affleck.

Rotten Tomatoes has compiled a list of the worst reviewed films of the decade. Remember Glitter, starring Mariah Carey? Rotten Tomatoes has this to say: "Glitter is a hodgepodge of movie cliches and bad acting that's sure to generate unintentional laughs." Ouch. Or Son of the Mask, which is called "painfully unfunny." So...what’d they leave off?

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