“Sexy Bitch” by David Guetta and Akon

I wouldn’t recommend everything David Guetta has ever done, but he is undeniably an exceptional producing talent, with titles like “When Love Takes Over”, “I Gotta Feeling”, “Club Can’t Handle Me”, “Without You”, and “Titanium” under his belt. That said, during the Club boom of 2009-2011, he did make a handful of attempts to match the trashy, noisy style of Club-Pop associated with acts like LMFAO and early-career Kesha, and this is easily the most notorious of them. The music is migraine-inducing, the lyrics are idiotic, and it falls squarely into Akon’s trademark “sexual harassment single” genre, but so did pretty much all of Akon’s singles, and he took it a lot farther on some of them (“I Wanna Fuck You” being the most obvious example), so the fact that it basically ended his career is hard to attribute to that. (And, no, it wasn’t because people were getting sick of this kind of song; that wouldn’t happen until the next year, with Enrique Iglesias’ “Tonight I’m Fucking You” fiasco.) I honestly don’t know if it was the bad music or the bad lyrics that made this single so damaging to the singer’s career, but if it truly ended Akon’s reign of terror, that is the only good thing about it—this is one of the most genuinely unpleasant songs of the last ten years, and it doesn’t even have the appeal of being particularly interesting in its awfulness.

Verdict: Bad.

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