From Kanye West to Coldplay, here are five songs that we’re happy to leave behind in 2021.
1. Kanye West featuring Syleena Johnson, “Donda Chant”
Yeezy finally introduced his long-awaited 10th studio album, “Donda,” with 52 seconds of Johnson chanting his beloved late mother’s name 60 times. Even if Ye’s heart was in the right place, this song probably had Mom rolling over in her grave. And if “Donda” was supposed to win West back some of the goodwill that he had lost from longtime fans, this was a bad way to start.
2. Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly, “Lil Bit”
This unlikeliest of combos scored a major hit with their “Cruise” remix in 2013. And it was already bad enough that that song is responsible for a lot of the bro country that came after that. But for FGL and the “Hot in Herre” rapper to go back to the well again — when both are clearly past the primes of their careers — smacks of more than a “Lil Bit” of desperation.
3. Sia & David Guetta, “Floating Through Space”
The “Chandelier” singer-songwriter and the EDM DJ/producer once collaborated on the titanic club banger that was 2011’s “Titanium.” But this tepid twirler — on which Sia’s voice is helium-pitched to an ear-gratingly annoying level — flops more than it floats. But hey, at least it’s surely better than Sia’s much-maligned “Music” movie that spawned the song.
4. ABBA, “I Still Have Faith in You”
ABBA fans who had waited decades for “Voyage,” the beloved Swedish band’s first new studio album in 40 years, surely lost some faith when the album’s lackluster lead track arrived as one of its first singles. And it will forever be a mystery how in the world this nabbed a Record of the Year Grammy nomination.
5. Coldplay & Selena Gomez, “Let Somebody Go”
Somehow Coldplay’s “My Universe” collaboration with BTS actually worked, giving Chris Martin and company their first No. 1 since 2008’s “Viva La Vida.” But this blah breakup ballad — call it the anti-“Yellow” — made Coldplay look like they were struggling to stay relevant by enlisting Gomez, of all people.