Face The Music: 10 Songs Artists Wanted You To Like, But Were Flops

February 26, 2013  |  
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We’ve all been there. You had an outfit you liked, a project you were doing, something you worked long and hard on only to find that those around you felt that it was…uh, how to say this…a piece of crap. It’s never easy, and these type of realizations happen every day in the entertainment world, where many an artist gets excited about a new single and release and force it on folks, only to find that those same folks wouldn’t touch that mess with a 10-foot-pole, let alone their hard earned cash. Here are 10 songs these artists thought were the greatest thing since sliced bread, but got the cold shoulder too fast.

Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys released the album Girl On Fire in November of last year, and being that it’s almost March and she’s still pushing the song “Girl on Fire” on us at every opportunity, you would think the album came out last month. It’s not a terrible song, but its attempt at being the girl power anthem of the decade fell short when people started noticing that Keys was doing a whole lot of yelling as opposed to singing. A bunch of remixed versions and different ways of performing it live couldn’t make it hot, but hey, you can’t knock a girl for trying. But it’s time to stop.


It All Belongs To Me – Brandy and Monica

This one was supposed to be the second coming of “The Boy is Mine.” It was supposed to have some great beats, a lot of energy and a side of sass from two of R&B’s biggest and boldest divas. However, the song was a bit random. Why these grown women were talking about buying their men all kinds of cars, clothes, rings and MacBooks and then taking them back, I don’t know. And while the vocals were great, this song was nowhere near the greatness of “The Boy is Mine” as these married (well, one anyways and the other soon) women with kids still singing about the struggles of men who can’t act right as a duo came off a little played out.



Stupid H*e – Nicki Minaj

This one was for the haters, right? Nicki had big hopes for this track, sending shots at her critics and perhaps other women in the rap game who came for her head, but this joint was a comical mess. From the overly simplistic chorus to the colorful but colorfully random video, I could have done without it all. The controversy of the video, which was banned on YouTube, helped get people interested, but interest faded fast. We’ve heard better from the Nickster.


Run The World (Girls) – Beyoncé

How do you follow up the greatness of “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” and the I Am…Sasha Fierce album? Managing herself after giving her pops the axe, Beyoncé thought the answer was to drop “Run The World (Girls),” which sampled “Pon de Floor” by Major Lazer. Vastly different from her previous work, the song just didn’t debut as a must buy for those outside of the Beyhive, however, Bey knows how to put on a show, so she was able to get folks to dance to the song when she performed it live. Did it get the same folks to put out their money for it though? Eh…not so much. Now “Party”?? That’s a different story.


Love In This Club – Usher

Like Bey, Usher was coming back out after releasing his much loved and commercially successful album, Confessions, so it was definitely going to be hard to follow up that success no matter what he tried to put on the radio. However, “Love in This Club” was pretty underwhelming for all involved. From the storyline (sooo…you’re really trying to get it in in the club though!?) to the boring synthesizer-heavy beat, it was better suited as a deep cut on an album as opposed to a leading single for Here I Stand. Even a sassy remix with Beyoncé and Lil Wayne couldn’t save it.



Gimmie Dat – Ciara

This girl can dance her a** off, but the jury is still out on her singing abilities. After the commercial struggle that was her album Fantasy Ride, things got a bit worse for Ci Ci when she dropped “Gimmie Dat” for the album Basic Instinct. While she lauded the track a “banger” on the song, outside of the feverish beat with its heavy and addictive bass, the vocals were paper thin and the song as a whole came off a bit forgettable. Great dance moves in the video. If only the same enthusiasm could have made this song a winner…



Not Myself Tonight – Christina Aguilera

In the years after releasing her Back to Basics album in 2006, Aguilera had a son, left her husband, and found her s*xy again. Hence her releasing this freak-a-licious song where she boasts about kissing boys and girls and “If you don’t like it, f**k you!” However, this “new” Aguilera (who was suspiciously similar to the chick from her Stripped days) came with an image that looked somewhat similar to the one Gaga was making a killing off of (with a side of drag queen makeup and hair). However, homegirl had nowhere near the same results with this stale song and its equally blasé album, Bionic.


Tambourine – EVE

Oh Eve…every time she comes back on the scene, we’re hoping for the same spark and energy she had back in the day when she was the pitbull in a dress. And while “Tambourine,” with its oh-so-obvious beat by Swizz Beatz was cute for the club, we couldn’t really tell you what the song was about (the video doesn’t really reveal too much either), and after a few minutes, we can’t tell you that we still enjoyed listening to the song. The intro to the song and the chorus were pretty much the highlights, but we don’t know one person who knows the words to this joint or really gets THAT excited if it plays in the club…just saying…



Obsessed – Mariah Carey

Okay, just to be clear, we love us some Mariah Carey, and she has classics for days. But lets be real, this is not one of them. Why The-Dream and Tricky Stewart thought to layer her vocals in auto-tune like her voice is that of a teeny bopper singer with paper-thin singing capabilities, I’m not sure, but that, as well as the lyrics, helped it come off as an attempt to just try and keep up with what was hot at the time and not to create timeless joints. This is something homegirl has become a little too comfortable doing in the last few years. But we still ride for you, girl! Just not on American Idol though…that stuff is painful to watch.



If You’re Ready to Learn – Brian McKnight

Okay, okay. So Brian McKnight didn’t end up putting this on an album of any sort, but Lord knows he used this very messy and often uncomfortable song to get attention and prove a point–if the young boys are doing it and that’s what selling records, why can’t he? While today’s singers might be a bit more risque, let’s keep it real–nobody was crossing the line of talking about making things squirt but you Brian. While he received the chance to act a fool on camera for Funny or Die with the song and a bit of infamy, he also received the side eye of many when he thought it was cute to teach women how their private parts work without their permission in song-form *shudders*.

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  • Twizzy Weddington

    “love in this club” was a #1 single how is that a flop?

  • Ms. Fox

    Girl on Fire the single went 2x platinum soooo.. Reel in the pole cuz you’re extending your reach.. #haters

  • Anastasia

    oh what?! This song was so fun! Bringing back memories … ahh to be young …

  • the brandy and monica song really is pretty wack, the lyrics are just really immature and beat is horrible and completely off key. Of course their voices are amazing, but they need a better song to match.

  • Lana

    I love Girl On Fire. I agree it’s poorly written but the message behind it is nice. It makes me sad that Brand New Me didn’t chart well because there’s a real message behind it. I think you can’t connect to some songs if you didn’t go through what the singer’s talking about. I agree with what others said about Moving Mountains. I liked Obsessed because MC was mocking Eminem even though I like Eminem. Run the world grew on me but the one song that I can never ever listen to is 1+1. Seriously that one was a HOT MESS! The lyrics are garbage!!!!

  • Number one song on this list should be Run the World: Beyonce

  • IAJS

    Run the world, love in this club, and obsessed were good songs.

  • Oh how the borderline-talented have fallen.

    • Ms Joey Nicole


  • SMH

    My curious nature won; and I just listened to “If You’re Ready To Learn” by Brian McKnight. Whoa. Really, Brian? I can’t believe he says p u $$ y!

  • sammi_lu

    OMG thank you!! I keep trying to make myself like Girl On Fire because all my friends love it but its mediocre and sounds like something Lady Gaga should have done. Nicki should have made the list twice because Starships and the subsequent video was..wait excuse me while I find my pulse!

  • realadulttalk

    I don’t agree with Obsessed or Tambourine making this list –both songs appear on my Rhapsody playlist. Lol

  • CeCe

    That Brian McKnight ish was HIL-A-RIOUS!!! To hear him sing lyrics like that was classic and funny as hell. he was going for being out of character…And I agree with EVERY song on this list except Obsessed. Love in this club sucked sooo hard

  • CeCe

    That Brian McKnigh ish waas classically HIL-A-RIOUS!. To hear him talk like that was totally suprising and funny as hell!

  • Aaliyah Noelle

    Um….Girls and Love In This Club are some good as$ songs though. I agree with everything else

    • JaneDoe

      Please Girls was wiggidy wiggidy whack…

      • Aaliyah Noelle

        Lol, agree to disagree


    Love in this club and obsessed is the two that I disagree with the most……. n yea I’m rocking that suit and tie… ima big jt and timbaland fan but not a big fan of jay-z…. but I’m loving his verse on the song…. but I guess to each is own for every song that’s out right now….. crazy thing is it seem as though this list is compiled of an artist comeback songs after theve been away for a while but the title says something totally different…. maybe it’s just me I’M GONE!!!!

  • AJ389

    I really could not believe the Brian Mcknight song. All the beautiful angelic laced songs he’s done placed him at the highest level of making love songs, and then he came crashing down to a screeching halt with the most uncomfortable & offensive ‘how your *us*y works’ song. I still don’t want to believe its real. This was so far beneath his usual tastefully romantic efforts, it brought his stock down tremendously (in my opinion) How could he think that was a good idea? And to make matters worse he tweeted a lot of nonsense and started taking shots at Chris Brown! C’mon now will the REAL BRIAN MCKNIGHT please stand up? Absolutely way beyond disappointing. Straight unbelievable.

  • Girl on Fire is so poorly written and performed. Alicia I love you but don’t put out garbage so I can continue to love you girl! Did you forget your music theory? You may fool the masses, but you can’t fool musicians and music connoisseurs … I expect that kind of song from Ciara…and ditto on that suit and tie y’all

  • scandalous7

    every time Alicia performs “Girl on Fire”, its in a lower key, if she couldnt hit that note (FYAAAAA) everytime , why do it in that key?…like, what are you doin?

  • Fallon

    Actually…. Love in this club, Obssessed, and Tambourine weren’t flops.. They actually did really well on the charts =/..

  • love00

    I am with everyone else, why is Love In This Club on here.?? I dont agree with Obsessed either, I used to jam it hard. I think I could relate to the lyrics bc everyone had a stalker in their life at least once#ijs

  • CoCo Lee

    Love in this Club though????? Smh…

  • ElonNicole

    obsessed was cool 🙂

  • Miss D

    I want Kelly Rowland to win sooooooo bad, but it seems like almost everything she does is a flop 🙁

    • Mia

      Motivation was a big hit for her.

      • York

        Only off the strength of Waynes fans…that song was horrible and creepy, let’s just all admit it lol. Talking bout some “make momma proud”…..ugh, I CAN’T!

        • IllyPhilly

          How was it creepy calling herself mama? Ma? Papi? “Want me to get you something Daddy?”

  • Guest

    Tambourine… #Nah lol love u eve

  • Stephanie

    Umm, why is Alicia, GOF on this list? Yes, I’m tired of hearing the song, but the song IS performing very well on the pop & r&b charts, the single has sold over 2 mil on itunes & the cd asworld a whole, has sold over a mil copies world wide since November. How is that a flop? I think the MN staff just don’t like Alicia (lol)!!!

    • realadulttalk

      Because the song sucks…and grown women should not be girls on fire.

      • Agreed. This song is waaay below Alicia’s talent. She really needs to revisit her “Songs in A Minor” days.

        • realadulttalk

          Conversely…I love Brand New Me…but GOF and BNM should not appear on the same cd.

    • York

      Because KIDS love the song. Kids love to yell; the song is right up their alley! They can skip over the whole song but when that part comes on they’re ALL girls on fire!

      And if she hadn’t been able to tie it in to Gabby Douglas and her success at the olympics, we probably wouldn’t have been forced to accept the song as our “girl power anthem”…

      • IAJS

        I laughed so loud, my little girls really do like screaming this song at the top of their lungs.

    • Cheryl

      GOF sucks. And I think the biggest problem is she was promoting it so hard…I heard it on some credit card commercial before it was officially released.

  • ElonNicole

    love in this club was great

  • ElonNicole

    as a stan, i was NOT impressed with Run The World initially. However, after some time lol, it DID grow on me <3

    • it grew on ppl, like a fungus. ugh – still can’t get it out of my head!

      • ElonNicole

        when she performed it on oprah tho #ShutItDown

  • wei sheng

    alicia over beyonce any day, tho girl on fire was garbage

  • darealBeyonce

    I think Alicia Keys needs to channel her old self from album 1. What about anything Kelly Rowland sings? So forgettable! And Ashanti last couple of songs! Can’t remember not one! Oh and the Jennifer Hudson song with Neyo. #FLOP-a-Dop

  • SexNdaCity

    I didn’t realize “Love In The Club” was flop…but I definitely agree with the rest of this list. I have never even heard of that Ciara song…so yeah it must have been a flop. The two songs on this list that I really couldn’t get with though is “Girl on Fire” and that Brandy and Monica song.

  • Love in the Club was my jam… and so was Tambourine… lol not gonna lie.

  • Keisha Samoht

    i liked stupid h*e cause it made me laugh at how she sang the chorus… it was so bad it was hilarious!!!

  • Veratta Pegram-Floyd

    People might kill me for this, but that new Justin Timberlake song “Suit and Tie” should also be added to this list. I just can’t get behind it.

    • olivia

      It is absolutely horrible…they gonna have to kill us both.

    • SexNdaCity

      I was thinking that at first, but it seems like the more they play it, the more I kind of like it. lol

    • agreed. when you leave the industry for a long period of time to do other things, its hard to come back cause things change. and unfortunately that is what happened with j.t. also i heard he would get the songs m.j. didn’t want so im interested in what his new album will sound like. i actually have his 2 albums but i don’t think i will be getting this one

    • Cherry

      They can kill me too, I hate that song.

    • Kelly

      I agree! he should have released that second song he performed at the grammys called pusher love girl.. I dont like anything about suit and tie lol

    • What?

      I hate Jay Z’s part because I can’t stand Jay Z, but the song’s better than any auto tuned crap people have been giving us as of late.

    • Aaliyah Noelle

      Riiiiggghhhttt!!! That song sucks,imo

    • realadulttalk

      I will not kill you–I despise that song.

    • Suchalady

      Agreed. Don’t like it at all.

    • SJP

      I don’t like “Suit and Tie” either. I am a huge JT fan. That song just did not do it for me.

  • Dichu eba realy lub mehSteebie

    What? Love in this club was the ish. Everything else I agree with

    • I think that Love In This Club should be on here. I love Girl on Fire, so I don’t get why it’s on here. Everybody likes what they like though.

  • Tha Real Hamia

    Love In Da Club was a flop?

  • Taj

    Nikki knows deep down that the only person that her song applied to was herself. As for Brian Mc*ss, I was already through with him when news came out about him in regards to how he treated his marriage with reports of his infidelity.

  • KJ23

    Awww… I loved “Love in This Club,” but “Moving Mountains” could kick rocks for me.

    • Agreed. Love in This Club was hot! I also liked the Obsessed remix with Gucci Mane. The rest of these songs were highly forgettable.

    • Dichu eba realy lub mehSteebie

      Moving mountains was so underrated and such a beautiful song.

      • realadulttalk

        That is my jam!!! But I think you have to have gone through some things to fully appreciate that song.

      • Suchalady

        I loved Moving Mountains!