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A strong statement to start off a very heated article: Charlie Puth is the worst artist of the twenty-first century. There. That isn’t even an opinion; that’s a statement. It’s a fact.
This conclusion was came to about a year ago. Of course, before that, Charlie Puth was entirely irrelevant and no one knew who he was. Then, he came out with that song “See You Again” with Wiz Khalifa that everyone somehow fell in love with. Our question was, ‘Why?’ How could any human in their right mind listen to a song like that and enjoy it? It baffled us.
We decided we could let this one slide; maybe some diehard “Fast and Furious” fans felt really connected to the song, maybe they felt forced to enjoy it. We can’t imagine Paul Walker would’ve been happy with the song written in his memory. He was worth so much more than a song that Puth himself conceded he wrote in eleven minutes. We can’t be the only ones thinking about how utterly offensive and heartless that is. Charlie Puth stated, proudly, that he wrote this song in eleven minutes. Paul Walker died in a tragic car accident and this terrible song, written in less than a quarter of an hour, is supposed to be how he’s remembered? We’re not buying into it. Unfortunately, many people did. “See You Again” smashed the charts and was played on the radio for months after its release, much to our dismay. Not only is it disrespectful to put so little effort into a memorial song, but the fact that it was written in only eleven minutes definitely contributes to how awful the song is.
After this awful song fell from its position on the charts, our immediate reaction was pure relief. Thank God, we were finally rid of this “Charlie Puth” character that we all thought was a one hit wonder. When the song finally stopped playing numerous times per hour on almost every relevant radio station, it was easy for us to forget all about him. After all, the only reason the song got popular in the first place was because of the movie and Wiz Khalifa. Right?
Wrong. So entirely, heartbreakingly, earth-shatteringly, wrong. Charlie Puth came back with the world’s most cliched, earworm-ish song in the entire world. And, on top of all that, it was a collaboration. With Meghan Trainor. Meghan Trainor, the second worst artist of the 21st century. God, help us all.
Hearing “Marvin Gaye” on the radio for the first time was without a doubt the worst day of our entire lives. The melody alone was enough to make one’s skin crawl. But accompanied by lyrics that can only be described in two ways, “cringey” and “simplistic,” it quickly became worse than listening to nails on a chalkboard. “Marvin Gaye” lead us to an epiphany- we realized it is completely understandable for people to believe that “See You Again” is a decent song. That is, when you compare it to all of Charlie Puth’s other songs.
Our hate for Charlie Puth only flourished from this moment on. From seeing him graphically kiss Meghan Trainor on stage during an award show and wanting to projectile vomit to hearing his songs from his new album being played way too often on the radio, the name Charlie Puth quickly became a swear word that you would not dare utter around us.
To sum it up for those who are completely confused, here are the reasons why we hate him. (All of which are clear and well-deserved)—
First things first, his music. It’s objectively terrible. Never will a person be able to come up to one of us and try to convince us otherwise. (Other than “We Don’t Talk Anymore”. Selena Gomez saved that song. Although pretty terrible, it’s lowkey a banger.)
Second of all, his lyrics. They deserve a category of their own. From lines such as “Superman’s got nothing on me” to repeating “We don’t talk anymore” approximately fifty times within the duration of the song, we’re surprised it even took him eleven minutes to write any of those. We’re sure every student at MHS could write better song lyrics off the top of their head. (But who could forget his fire lyrics from “Marvin Gaye”? Just consider the beauty, intricacy, and originality of the line “Let’s Marvin Gaye and get it on”, that totally wasn’t repeated for the entirety of the song.)
Third of all, his features. After sacrificing our ears for the sole purpose of thorough research by listening to some of his other songs, we realized that his two/ three somewhat decent songs have one thing in common. Charlie Puth continually repeats the same unoriginal lyrics over and over again while someone who is featured in the song makes it 1000000000 times better! If you need evidence of this, listen to “Nothing But Trouble” and “We Don’t Talk Anymore.”
Lastly, him. Leaving all music related reasoning behind, Charlie Puth is a bad person. Boasting about writing a song in someone’s honor in eleven minutes? Come on, Charlie. Has he ever done anything that isn’t for publicity? The kiss with Meghan Trainor. Writing a song in Paul Walker’s memory. And, most recently, walking along a beach with Bella Thorne, a person who was still in a relationship at the time of this romantic endeavor. How can he even pretend not to be aware that the person he was involved with was already in a relationship? To conclude, we strongly believe that Charlie Puth is a trash—uh, sorry, bad artist! In all honesty, his singing voice is not terrible and not all of his songs are atrocious. However, the combination of all the factors listed above has spurred in us a deep, dark hatred for Charlie Puth. If you cannot relate to this one bit and for some reason love Charlie Puth, hopefully now you have at least a somewhat different insight.
By Gigi Ciulla and Sydney Rosen