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Posted at 2:15 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Lists: Five things in 2010 that turned out worse than we thought

By Allison Stewart

m.i.a.It wasn't easy being M.I.A. in 2010. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

In Part One of Click Track's Great/Not So Great 2010 moments, we discussed some of 2010's most pleasant surprises. In Part Two, we look back at some of the year's biggest letdowns, disappointments and screw-ups:

5. M.I.A.'s "Maya"
There was just no excuse for any of it. The sub-par album, the guerrilla-in-Brentwood schtick, the off-putting combination of petulance and sanctimony. Even worse: She's ruined truffle fries forever.

4. Band of Horses' "Infinite Arms"
It was supposed to be the album that took BoH from the My Morning Jacket -like middle to the Pearl-Jam-after-"Yield" big time, but "Infinite Arms" was uneventful and sluggish. For one of the country's best bands at the peak of their powers, it felt weirdly...thwarted, for reasons we still can't understand.

(Xtina and Justin disappoint, after the jump.)

xtinaChristinia Aguilera tried to do a lot on "Bionic." None of it worked.

3. Christina Aguilera's "Bionic"
Aguilera was in an even more difficult position than BoH: Instead of trying to make her bones, she needed to reclaim her pop throne from Lady Gaga, a difficult task even if her I Am A Robotic Sex Tart would-be comeback disc "Bionic" hadn't been awful, which it was.

2. Justin Timberlake in "The Social Network"
Lots of people will tell you what a great, potentially Oscar-worthy performance this was. But ask yourself: If this was the case, why was he only given a few lines of dialogue at a time? And why was there almost always loud music playing during his scenes?

1. Kanye West, in general
His Today Show throwdown with Matt Lauer was ridiculous. His tweets reached near-demented levels of self-absorption. He's still going on about Taylor Swift . Even making the year's best album can't compensate for all that...can it?

By Allison Stewart  | December 22, 2010; 2:15 PM ET
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Band of Horses, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, M.I.A.  
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Dude(s)--enough with the all Kanye, all the time. Yes, we all know how important and influential he is, but come on. Kanye overload is imminent. Have some original thoughts!

Posted by: agl132 | December 22, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Let us work this out of our system, agl. We are processing, publicly. Like Kanye!

Posted by: ChrisRichards | December 23, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

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