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Worst Pop Radio Callout Scores (1999-2019)

 

For those unfamiliar with how radio works, callouts (surveys of current radio hits likability by a sampling listeners) are the main measure radio programmers use to gauge what they should play/drop. This is a compilation of songs that reached the lowest scores in Pop radio callouts at one point -- negative net positive's.

 

 It is very hard to improve largely negative scores, and even harder to become a radio hit following.

 

Net Positive = the total % likability. Measured by adding % of people who view song positively, and subtracting % of people who view song negatively.

Example: Song has 63% positive reception, 13% negative reception, for a total of +50% net positive. 

 

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RANK

ARTIST

SINGLE

NET POSITIVE

NEGATIVE

POP RADIO PK.

1.

Eminem

My Name Is

-53.3%

73.3%

#29

2.

Major Lazer

Bubble Butt

-37.2%

63.6%

#40

3.

Kreayshawn

Gucci Gucci

-23.7%

56.6%

#43

4.

The Chainsmokers

#Selfie

-21.0%

55.5%

#14

5.

No Authority

Can I Get Your #

-19.3%

42.9%

#33

6.

No Doubt

Simple Kind of Life

-17.1%

48.6%

#32

7.

Cher

Song for the Lonely

-16.7%

46.7%

#38

8.

ATC

Around the World

-14.7%

44.6%

#12

9.

U2

Beautiful Day

-13.7%

44.6%

#19

10.

SoulDecision

Ooh It’s Kinda Crazy

-13.5%

43.2%

#26

11.

Kendrick Lamar

Swimming Pools

-12.5%

50.0%

#42

12.

Kid Rock

Cowboy

-11.4%

48.6%

#34

13.

Kanye West

Clique

-10.6%

50.0%

#44

14.

Lil Mama

Lip Gloss

-9.7%

48.4%

#40

15.

Enrique Iglesias

Sad Eyes

-9.7%

38.8%

#34

16.

Emilia

Big Big World

-9.2%

45.0%

#26

17.

Britney Spears

Pretty Girls

-9.0%

43.4%

#18

18.

Willow Smith

Whip My Hair

-7.7%

49.0%

#28

19.

Backstreet Boys

The Call

-7.7%

41.0%

#19

20.

The Darkness

I Believe in a Thing...

-7.3%

45.4%

#35

21.

Eminem

The Real Slim Shady

-6.8%

48.6%

#13

22.

Maroon 5

Feelings

-6.7%

41.9%

#29

23.

Madonna

Nothing Really Matters

-6.7%

36.7%

#25

24.

Mike Posner

Looks Like Sex

-6.5%

45.4%

 

25.

Silento

Watch Me

-6.4%

44.0%

#18

26.

LMFAO

Sorry for Party Rocking

-6.2%

43.8%

#19

27.

Christina Aguilera

Car Wash

-6.0%

44.0%

#23

28.

Jay-Z

Show Me What You Got

-5.9%

43.4%

#37

29.

Daft Punk

One More Time

-5.9%

32.4%

#33

30.

Las Ketchup

The Ketchup Song

-5.2%

44.9%

 

31.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Californication

-5.1%

39.7%

 

32.

Will Smith

Freakin’ It

-4.1%

40.8%

#40

33.

Kanye West

Mercy

-3.4%

46.4%

#40

34.

Pharrell Williams

Happy*

-3.2%

49.9%

#1

35.

Big Sean

I Don’t F*ck With You

-3.2%

47.0%

#27

36.

Vengaboys

We Like to Party

-3.0%

45.1%

#23

37.

Robin Thicke

Blurred Lines*

-2.9%

49.6%

#1

38.

Jay-Z

Girls, Girls, Girls

-2.7%

45.6%

 

39.

Avril Lavigne

Wish You Were Here

-2.7%

41.9%

#30

40.

Simple Plan

Shut Up

-2.6%

41.1%

 

41.

Alice Dejay

Better Off Alone

-2.1%

39.3%

#20

42.

Mariah Carey

I Still Believe

-2.1%

37.5%

#21

43.

Sean Kingston

Back 2 Life

-1.9%

41.7%

#39

44.

Carly Rae Jepsen

I Really Like You

-1.7%

41.4%

#30

45.

Madonna

Give Me All Your Luvin’

-1.6%

41.8%

#24

46.

blink-182

What’s My Age Again?

-1.5%

40.2%

#28

47.

Jesse McCartney

She’s No You

-1.5%

37.7%

#24

48.

Chris Brown

Look At Me Now

-1.0%

45.5%

#32

49.

Drake

Started from the Bottom

-0.8%

42.4%

#38

50.

Britney Spears

Ooh La La

-0.5%

41.0%

#21

51.

Ariana Grande

Focus

-0.5%

40.8%

#13

52.

Jennifer Lopez

Papi

-0.3%

40.8%

#33

53.

Fannypack

Camel Toe

-0.3%

40.8%

 

54.

Fatboy Slim

Rockafeller Skank

-0.2%

39.5%

#21

* = this was far after a song's peak. It was played so much on radio that it ran into heavy dislike before going recurrent. The song had largely great scores while it was first a hit.

 

Thread idea by @whatyouwant_

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51. Ariana Grande - Focus

 

???

this is a masterpiece tho :doc:

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#9 Beautiful Day :biblio: a literal classic!

 

#16 Big Big World is shocking because thats pure Pop with a universal message. 

 

#28 Show Me What You Got. Lmao :lmao: the lack of seasoning whoever gave this a negative score

 

#29 One More Time. WHAT THE ****?????? Literally one of the best songs ever. Obviously it was ahead of its time when it debuted. Thats the only explanation.

 

#31 Californication. Maybe they gave this classic a bad score because soccer moms didnt want to hear the word “fornication” on the radio.

 

The fact that most of this list is far superior to most #1 Pop songs :hoetenks:

 

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Cher

Song for the Lonely

Madonna

Nothing Really Matters

 

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d, they are all pretty terrible

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6.

No Doubt

Simple Kind of Life

-17.1%

48.6%

#32

9.

U2

Beautiful Day

-13.7%

44.6%

#19

29.

Daft Punk

One More Time

-5.9%

32.4%

#33

31.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Californication

-5.1%

39.7%

 

46.

blink-182

What’s My Age Again?

-1.5%

40.2%

#28

 

what's this :biblio:

At least they became iconic as it should. :clap3:

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No Katy. :clap3:

 

Focus was done so wrong.

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6 minutes ago, Blue Rose said:

#29 One More Time. WHAT THE ****??????

 

MTE :biblio:

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and nice thread, thanks for the info btw.

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If BTS songs got spun just enough more to pass the familiarity test (60% of survey sample knows) then they'd probably have a few entries too :rip:

 

Also the fact Eminem's debut to the public did so bad, yet he'd become the top-selling artist since who would've known

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Eminem :deadbanana:

 

Surprisingly no surprises on the list. With a few exceptions, this is a ****ty list of songs.

 

Thanks for compiling this.

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Justice for Around The World, Better Off Alone, and Californication.

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Not cameltoe :deadbanana4:

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i think the most problem with "Californication" were the references such as *****graphy (hardcore soft ****) and plastic surgery (pay your surgeon very well to break the spell of aging)

 

Most of these pop punk/punk rock songs didn't do well on pop because of the lyrics contents i guess.

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Did you consider songs labeled as "Recurrent" for this chart? I'm asumming no because most of the songs didn't go high enough to chart for a long time.

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Just now, Ger-55 said:

Did you consider songs labeled as "Recurrent" for this chart? I'm asumming no because most of the songs didn't go high enough to chart for a long time.

No only ones in current run. Since ones in recurrent were very well received while a hit, then played til they ran their course.

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Simple kind of life is literally a masterpiece. wtf.

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Californication, One More Time, Swimming Pools, Simple Kind of Life, Papi (a massive bop wtf), Eminem in general deserved better. most of the rest is trash so not shocked

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Simple kind of life ??? WHY IS THAT SONG ON THIS LIST :biblio:

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Wow i'm surprised at Big Big World being there

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not the iconic I still Believe cover by Mariah Carey:biblio:

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A lot of awful songs but Madonna's Nothing really maters and Daft Punk's One more time shouldn't belong there. 

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“The Call” is one of my favorite Backstreet Boys songs. I didn’t even know it was a single. 

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5 hours ago, iHype. said:

44.

Carly Rae Jepsen

I Really Like You

-1.7%

41.4%

 

Ugh, the lack of taste from the GP :biblio:

 

Not Eminem with an iconic song being #1

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Swimming Pools? :biblio: 

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