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Usher Tops The “Worst Relationship Songs” List

Here’s one year-end list we’d never want to be on. The Boston Public Health Commission ranked the top 10 worst relationship songs released this year; songs were ranked by the unhealthy messages they sent listeners about relationships and violence against women. At the top of the list? Usher, whose tracks “Lil Freak” and “Hot Tottie” occupied the number one and two spots.

Songs are scored based on their portrayal of relationships, sex, manipulation and disrespect. Songs are ranked by a panel of 100 teens, who, said director Casey Corcoran, “see which ones endorse a healthy or unhealthy relationships.”

Songs were NOT scored based on the reputation of the artists themselves (which is why Usher tops the list and not Chris Brown). Check out the rest of the list after the jump. The top 10 songs with unhealthy relationship ingredients:

  1. Usher, “Lil Freak”
  2. Usher, “Hot Tottie”
  3. Eminem featuring Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie”
  4. Maroon 5, “Misery”
  5. Rihanna, “Only Girl”
  6. Ke$ha, “Your Love is My Drug”
  7. Cee Lo Green, “F**k You”
  8. Chris Brown featuring Tyga, “Deuces”
  9. Justin Bieber featuring Sean Kingston, “Eenie Meenie”
  10. Shakira, featuring Lil Wayne, “Give it Up to Me

On the flip side, the songs with the best representations of relationships:

  1. Train, “If It’s Love”
  2. Katy Perry, “Teenage Dream”
  3. Monica, “Everything to Me”
  4. Uncle Kracker, “Smile”
  5. Timbaland featuring Katy Perry, “If We Ever Meet Again”
  6. Selena Gomez, “Naturally”
  7. Miley Cyrus, “When I Look at You”
  8. BoB, “Nothin’ On You”
  9. Taylor Swift, “Mine”
  10. Bruno Mars, “Just the Way You Are”

It kind of seems like these songs weren’t ranked on how realistic their depiction of relationships may be. “Teenage Dream” may be “positive,” but the lyrics are more about a relationship fantasy. But maybe we’re getting to granular. Anyway, what do you think of these lists?

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