I posted my top songs list of 2010, but what about everything else? And if I’m going to post the best, I’ve got to also post the worst, because, let’s face it, complaining about stuff is just more fun.
“Best” songs that have already been discussed in my “Top Songs of 2010″ post are just marked with a star instead of repeating the explanation.
Best Single- Otakebi Boy WAO! (Berryz Kobou) *
Honorable Mention- Aitai Lonely Christmas (C-ute)
Worst Single- Shock! (C-ute)
It’s not the excessive Airi. I love Airi. It the excessively annoying and non-catchy song.
Best Album Song- Namidacchi (Morning Musume, 10 My Me) *
Honorable Mention- Fantasy ga Hajimaru (Morning Musume, Fantasy 11)
Worst Album Song- Datenshi Ellie (More Friends, Mano Erina) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QONdoYdWsUc
It starts off sounding okay, but then things turn weird. Really weird. What the hell is with the high pitched, creepy, computerized voice talking to Mano? Most of it isn’t even a song. It’s just Mano talking to the weird voice. Call me crazy, but I’d like my songs to actually be songs.
Best Album- We Are Buono! (Buono)
There’s hardly a bad song on this album. It gets the nod because of all the albums released in 2010, this one had the most original album songs make it to my MP3 player.
Honorable Mention- 10 My Me (Morning Musume)
Worst Album- Shocking 5 (C-ute).
I really hate to give C-ute both worst single and worst album, but the whole “Shock” era was just not good to them. The album is absolutely packed with boring, forgettable, mid-tempo ballads, the one exception being the spastic and almost unlistenable remix of Shochuu Omimai.
Best B Side- Thank You! Crème Brulee no Yuujou (Yume Miru 15sai B-Sde, S/Mileage)*
Honorable Mention- Arigatou~ Ookiku Kansha!~ (Going On! B-Side, Shugo Chara Egg)
Worst B Side- Tachiagare Otome-tachi (Campus Life ~Umarete Kite Yokatta~ B-side, C-ute)
The only B-side of this year that I found to be truly annoying
Best PV- Genkimono de Ikou! (Mano Erina) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xID9Q9hKyrQ
Best by a landslide. A story-driven PV for Mano! The whole thing is hilarious. Riding crop wielding Mano and the red lyra-suited “Spirit of Genki” make a great team.
Honorable Mention- Otakebi Boy WAO! (Berryz Kobou)
Worst PV- Shining Power (Berryz Kobou) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUScN5qP2Fc
Pros: Yurina looks smokin’ hot
Cons: 1. Hideous and unflattering costumes that clash with the backdrop
2. The backdrop is just a few colored rectangles
3. Ping-pong scenes are totally random, and not in a good way. I imagine the conversation went like this.
A: We need to fill some screen time in the new Berryz PV!
B: Could we have them put on makeup?
A: No. We’ve done that in like 15 other h!p PVs already
B: Umm…. Then how about…. Ping-pong?
A: Ping-pong? Yeah! We haven’t done that one yet!
And so a terrible PV was born. You can at least make low-budget pretty. The whole thing (excluding the girls of course) was just an ugly mess.
Best CD Cover- Onaji Jikyuu de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama, Limited A (S/Mileage)
They all look so sweet and fresh. I love the concept behind putting them in the dessert case, and it’s a flattering picture of all 4 girls.
Honorable Mention- Fantasy! Juuichi, Limited Edition (Morning Musume)
Worst CD Cover- 6th Otakebi Album , Limited Edition (Berryz Kobou)
Where to begin with the problems with this outfit. The costumes are glaringly ugly and bright. Miyabi’s bow alone makes me want to throw up in my mouth. Then we have the placement of the girls. People joke about Risako always being the focus of Berryz covers, but COME ON. Do they really want to make her look any bigger than she is? The most LOL thing on this cover is, of course, Yurina. It’s like they ran out of room, so they could only fit a little bit of her in the corner, and knowing how tall she is makes it even more awkward. Risako literally is taking up about 7 times as much cover space as Yurina. Also, is Masaa trying to catch flies in her mouth over there?
Best PV Costume- Aitai Lonely Christmas (C-ute)
They look warm and snuggly. Very pretty and fashionable wintery clothes. I love the hats!
Honorable Mention- Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game, just the princess dresses (Morning Musume)
Worst PV Costume- Shining Power (Berryz Kobou)
The costume was a big part of the reason this song got “worst PV”. It’s a ruffly homage to those guys who paint flame decals on their cars because they think it looks cool. The worst part is what they do to the girl’s figures, particularly Maasa. Why do they always insist on putting her in pants when everyone else is wearing a skirt? The shoes are big, clunky, and reminiscent of horse hooves. Also, is that a dead squirrel on Miyabi’s head?
Agree? Violently disagree? Let me know in the comments!