Todd's Pop Song Reviews
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. Pictures of Todd not in the dark show he is not white, but it is unknown what his true race is. 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".
|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...
||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 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 succeed 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.
||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?
Additionally, Todd mentions that these songs could have made the list if they were hits.
|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.)
|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 his first song by Rihanna.||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.
||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 adequate...to me.
||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.
||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!
||November 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.
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:
|January 12th, 2013|
|58||The Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2012||It's Todd's ritual humiliation time.
|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!
(Note: Starting with this episode, Todd and his piano change location yet again, although he is still facing to the left.)
|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" - will.i.am ft. Britney Spears||will.i.am 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.
||January 11th, 2014|
|76||The Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2013||Even in the worst years for pop music, the gems stand out.
||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 Chainz||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|
|91||The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2014||Good riddance. (To be continued.) (Part 1)
The thrilling conclusion! (Part 2)
Note: Due to the length of the script, the list was split between two videos, which also goes with all Top 10 lists from this one onward.
|January 20th, 2015|
|92||The Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2014||Surely there had to be some good songs in 2014, right? (Part 1)
(aka: The good half of the best list) (Part 2)
|January 31st, 2015 (Part 1)|
February 1st, 2015 (Part 2)
|93||"Jealous" - Nick Jonas||I'm jealous of Nick Jonas's biceps, which is weird.||February 18th, 2015|
|94||The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 1991||Yo, it's about that time, to bring forth the rhythm and the rhyme. (Part 1)
Todd is losing his religion. (Part 2)
|April 23rd, 2015|
|95||"Thinking Out Loud" - Ed Sheeran||Ed Sheeran has Todd thinking too hard.||May 26th, 2015|
|96||"Dear Future Husband" - Meghan Trainor||Meghan Trainor is all about that '50s gender roles.||June 30th, 2015|
|97||"See You Again" - Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth||Todd isn't a fan of the newest #1 single, and he'll tell you all about it when he sees you again.||July 17th, 2015|
|98||"Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" - Silento||Todd's gonna try to dance, and he'd prefer if you didn't watch him, honestly.||August 26th, 2015|
|99||"The Hills" - The Weeknd||Run to the hills! Run for your life!||September 28th, 2015|
|100||"Uma Thurman" - Fall Out Boy||Todd in the Shadows's just barely-on-time Halloween episode!||October 31st, 2015|
|101||""What Do You Mean? (Justin Bieber) vs. Stitches (Shawn Mendes)||There can be only one annoying Canadian pretty boy!||November 20th, 2015|
|102||"Hello" (Adele) vs. "Hotline Bling" (Drake)||Don't leave me hanging on the telephone...||December 25th, 2015|
|103||The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2015||Now we've got bad songs. (Part 1)|
Now we've got more bad songs. (Part 2)* 10. "Nasty Freestyle" - T-Wayne
|January 13th, 2016|
|104||The Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2015||The year that was. (Part 1)|
More of the year that was. (Part 2)* 10. "Downtown" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, Grandmaster Caz & Eric Nally
|January 29th, 2016|
|105||"Sorry" - Justin Bieber||Sorry seems to be the hardest word||March 17th, 2016|
|106||"I Took a Pill In Ibiza" - Mike Posner||...Yeah, I'm as shocked as you.||April 28th, 2016|
|107||"7 Years" - Lukas Graham||There is something rotten in the state of Denmark.||June 22nd, 2016|
|108||"Pillowtalk" - Zayn||A massively late look at the One Direction kid's first solo hit.||July 22nd, 2016|
|109||"This Is What You Came For" (Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna) vs. "Cheap Thrills" (Sia)||I don't need dollar bills to have lightning strikes every time she moves!||August 21st, 2016|
|110||"Treat You Better" - Shawn Mendes||The new song by Shawn M'endes...||October 20th, 2016|
|111||"Closer" - The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey||Hey, who took my mattress?||November 17th, 2016|
|112||"Black Beatles" - Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane||Sgt. Sremmurd's Lonely Hearts Club Band??||December 18th, 2016|
|113||The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2016||Was it really the worst year ever? ...Yes. Yes, it was.
||January 10th, 2017|
|114||The Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2016||Was it really the worst year ever? ...Yes. Yes, it was. But there were some good songs though!
|January 28th, 2017|
|115||"Scars to Your Beautiful" - Alessia Cara||I'm ugly on the inside!||February 22nd, 2017|
|116||"Shape of You" - Ed Sheeran||I really, really did not want to imagine Ed Sheeran's O-face. Thanks for that, Ed.||April 5th, 2017|
|117||"Bad and Boujee" - Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert||Raindrop... drop top... I don't really get this song a whole lot lot.||April 21, 2017|
|118||"Body Like a Back Road" - Sam Hunt||I know this is not a newsflash, but country music has gotten very, very stupid.||May 19, 2017|
|119||"Something Just Like This" - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay||Girl, I can't be your Superman.||June 22nd, 2017|
|120||"Despacito" - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber||What's the key to getting songs in any genre to the top of the charts? Aw shit, throw some Bieber on it!||July 19th, 2017|
|121||"I'm the One & Wild Thoughts" - DJ Khaled||Another one! We the best music! Look, I'm just like DJ Khaled!||August 19th, 2017|
|122||"Look What You Made Me Do" - Taylor Swift||Taylor Swift completes her long, slow descent into the vapid, obnoxious pop star we knew she was always going to be.||September 15th, 2017|
|123||"Thunder/Feel It Still" - Imagine Dragons/Portugal. The Man||Is it just me or has indie rock lost its indie mojo in the Commercials Era of music?||November 14, 2017|
|124||The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2017||Good Riddance, 2017
January 1st, 2018
|125||The Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2017||
Todd's favorite songs of 2017, featuring several unavoidable appearances by Quavo.
|January 22, 2018|
|126||"Filthy" - Justin Timberlake||Haters are going to say it's fake. Or that it's impossibly lame. Poor Justin.||February 21st, 2018|
|127||"God's Plan" - Drake||Todd's plan is to try and figure out why "God's Plan" is so popular||April 14, 2018|
|128||"Freaky Friday" - Lil Dicky ft. Chris Brown||Todd reviews Lil Dicky's comedy smash! Is awkwardness and douche-chills the same thing as amusement? Let's find out!||April 28, 2018|
|129||"The Middle/Meant to Be" - Zedd & Maren Morris/Bebe Rexha||Pop music is collapsing in relevance, and there's only one avenue left to stay popular. Yes, that's right, it's time to lean on country music for support. Huh?||May 26, 2018|
|130||"This Is America" - Childish Gambino||Todd releases his long-awaited thoughts on Donald Glover's magnum opus. Surprise: He's way out of his depth!||July 14, 2018|
|131||"Better Now/Lucid Dreams" - Post Malone/Juice WRLD||Get ready for the mopey, depressing new genre called "emo rap"!||August 24, 2018|
|132||"Girls Like You" - Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B||Ladies and gentlemen, your Super Bowl LIII halftime show performers! You wanted the best, you got the best, the hottest band in the world.... wait, seriously, these guys?||October 1, 2018|
|133||"Happier" - Marshmello and Bastille||Come on get happier? Can Marshmello and Bastille shake pop music out of its doldrums?||November 30, 2018|
|134||The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2018||What a wretched year! Good riddance to a dismal twelve months in pop history.
|December 23, 2018|
|135||The Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2018||Todd spends all year complaining that pop music is dead and then he admits he was completely wrong! Find out what he actually liked this year.
|January 12, 2019|
|136||"Without Me" - Halsey||Halsey: The new pop star for the apocalyptic wasteland!||February 17, 2019|
|137||"7 Rings" - Ariana Grande||Ariana Grande spends her way into controversy and forces me to talk about a lot of difficult topics I hate talking about.||March 1, 2019|
|138||"Old Town Road" - Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus||Is it country? Rap? Wack with a cape? A victim of Billboard's racial biases? Todd untangles his complicated feelings about the latest craze.||May 1, 2019|
|139||"Earth" - Lil Dicky||What's the bigger disaster, climate change or the charity single Lil Dicky released to (sorta, kinda, not really) raise awareness?||May 16, 2019|
|140||"ME!" - Taylor Swift feat. Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco||Taylor Swift learns to love herself... yay? We learn that you can't spell AWESOME without ME but you can't spell LAME without it either, and what the hell happened to Panic! at the Disco anyway?||June 1, 2019|
|141||"I Don't Care" - Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber||Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber want you to know that they don't care, and boy do they sound like it.||June 17, 2019|
|142||"You Need to Calm Down" - Taylor Swift||Taylor finally takes a stand... maybe? It's a rainbow-colored mess but as with all things Taylor you can't look away.||June 30, 2019|