Every track on Slanted And Enchanted is on the verge of implosion, barely hanging on by its out of tune guitar strings. "Conduit For Sale!" is broken from the get-go and never quite rebuilds. Stephen Malkmus is usually charmingly annoying, but on this one he's just plain annoying as he sings "I'm trying, I'm trying, I'm trying" ad infinitum. Try harder, you freaking Jick.
2. Michael Jackson - "The Girl Is Mine (Featuring Paul McCartney" from Thriller
This was the lead single from Thriller. God bless those who were alive to witness this trainwreck of a song, which is as romantic as a season of The Bachelorette, and still gave the album a chance. Most of Thriller sounds like Talking Heads' Remain In Light album recorded in a spaceship (have you ever listened to "Baby Be Mine" on headphones?!?!). "The Girl Is Mine" sounds like it was recorded in a Make-Your-Own-Demo booth at Disney World. There is exactly one redeeming event of this song - at 2:43 when McCartney and Jackson trade off the song's title and Sir Paul dips into an almost inaudibly low register. Thriller has sold around 100 million copies; "The Girl Is Mine" is probably responsible for about 35 of these sales, and those are mostly from McCartney completists.
1. The Beatles - "Yellow Submarine" from Revolver
Revolver is a straight-up masterpiece, the first undisputed proof of the Beatles' genius. Psychedelic landmarks ("Tomorrow Never Knows," "I'm Only Sleeping"), beautiful orchestration ("Eleanor Rigby," "For No One") and some forward-thinking rockers ("She Said She Said," "And Your Bird Can Sing"). But then, uh, there's "Yellow Submarine." First, let's disqualify a few of the common reasons given for why this song sucks. It's not because Ringo handles the lead vocals. It's not because of the druggie animated movie released years later. It's not because of the musique concrete collage in the bridge. "Yellow Submarine," theoretically, is fantastic. The titular nautical vehicle can be interpreted as a place where all of humanity lives together in harmony, and that sentiment works better in that metaphor than in Lennon's direct "Give Peace A Chance." Listening to "Yellow Submarine" is just plain not fun, which given its levity in lyrics and production, is supposed to be the point. The Beatles did not make many mistakes in the group's brief career. "Yellow Submarine" is not exactly a mistake on its own, but sandwiched between "Here There And Everywhere" and "She Said, She Said" on Revolver, it probably should have just stayed under water.