That Song Came in Like a Wrecking Ball and I am Guilty as Charged!
As a music fan my taste generally border on non mainstream music. Even though I do not consider myself a total elitist music snob, there are certain songs and artists that I am not quick to admit to liking. I consider these to be my musical guilty pleasures. Right now I am going to share with you my top ten guilty pleasure songs for your enjoyment (or torture). My apologies and please don't tell anyone.
Musical Guilty Pleasure Poll
10. Just a Friend - Biz Markie
"Just a Friend" from Biz Markie's 1989 album The Biz Never Sleeps is one of those songs that I was heavily debating including on the list. I really don't feel guilty listening to this song. There are also a number of other songs that make me feel guiltier. But there is something about the song that makes me think I should feel guilty.
The song features some of the worst off key singing in the history of music. It really is terrible. But it is really fun to sing along to.
Just a Friend by Biz Markie (Video)
9. Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-a-Lot
"Baby Got Back" is from Sir Mix-a-Lot's 1992 album Mack Daddy. I generally am not quick to admit that I like the "I like big butts" song. Also as someone who suffers from compulsive singing disorder it can be a bit embarrassing if I break into this chorus in front of the wrong group of individuals at the wrong time.
I also feel guilty for watching and posting the video. I'm sorry, I just couldn't help myself.
Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-Lot (Video)
8. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
In many ways this 2012 worldwide smash is the epitome of guilty pleasure. I have a number of friends that border on music snobs that begrudgingly admit to liking this song. I also must admit that this is one of my go to singing in the shower songs. The lyrics are kind of dumb, but the song is just so irresistibly catchy.
Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen (Video)
#7: We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is one of those artists that I would generally just ignore because they make the type of music that I generally just don't listen to. That being said, for whatever reason I have developed an irrational hatred for Taylor Swift. Every time I see a photo of her or see video footage I turn green like the Incredible Hulk and I want to smash stuff. I can't fully explain it; there is just something about her that gets under my skin.
Because of that irrational hatred I am not quick to admit to liking Taylor Swift's 2012 hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together". It is an incredibly dumb pop song which is of course written about an ex-lover that spurned her. That being said the song is insanely catchy and periodically it just gets stuck in my head and I can't get it out. Every time I start singing it I feel the urge to wash my mouth out with soap.
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift (Video)
#6: Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams (Video)
Bryan Adams is another one of those artists that I just have an irrational hatred for. I am not sure why. He is Canadian, and from what I gather he seems like a nice enough guy. Maybe it is the blandly generic nature of his music. That being said I can generally just ignore blandly generic music. When I hear Adam's blandly generic music it makes me angry.
Because of my feelings towards Adams' music I am reluctant to admit that I really dig "Summer of 69" off of his 1984 album Reckless. It really is an awesomely rocking tune. It is almost enough to redeem him for the rest of his musical output. Almost.
Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
#5: Jump - Kriss Kross
I hate to admit that one of the first CDs I owned (I had a collection of cassettes) was Kriss Kross' 1992 debut album Totally Krossed Out. This was during my early teens when I was starting to discover Nirvana and alternative rock. In that context I wasn't quick to admit to liking Kriss Kross. That being said their biggest hit from that album, "Jump" is hugely infectious, and after all these years the song still makes me want to jump.
Sadly, Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly of the rap duo died on May 1, 2013 at the age of 34.
Jump by Kriss Kross (Video)
#4: Waterfalls - TLC
The 90s R&B girl group TLC is one of my ultimate all time guilty pleasure picks. During the 90s I owned their first three albums. Because this was during my period of teenage angst and it didn't really fit in with what I was listening to at the time, I wasn't quick to admit to being into TLC. It is hard to pick just one song, but for this list I opted for "Waterfalls" off of their 1994 album CrazySexyCool.
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of TLC tragically died on April 25, 2002 at the age of 30.
Waterfalls by TLC (Video)
#3: U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer
As much as I hate to admit it, I did own MC Hammer's 1990 album Please Hammer, Don't Hurt Him on cassette. There were a couple of songs off that album I was into, but "U Can't Touch This" in particular was a guilty pleasure. I was going through a bit of a rap phase at the time. That being said you lose a little bit of hip hop cred by admitting to liking MC Hammer. In my defense I was only 13 years old at the time.
As much as I hate to admit it, I still find "U Can't Touch This" incredibly addicting. Every time I hear the song I can't fight the urge to engage in a really bad version of the Hammer dance.
U Can't Touch This by MC Hammer (Video)
MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice
#2: Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
I can basically repeat the comments I made about "U Can't Touch This" and apply it to "Ice Ice Baby". I also owned Vanilla Ice's 1990 album (that featured "Ice Ice Baby") To The Extreme on cassette. Please remember, I was only 13 years old at the time. I didn't know any better. That being said, I hate to admit that I still know all of the lyrics to "Ice Ice Baby".
Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice (Video)
#1: Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus
Considering my general musical taste I really should dislike Miley Cyrus. She represents much of what I hate about mainstream pop music. That being said I have to begrudgingly admit to the fact I absolutely love her 2013 smash hit "Wrecking Ball". Even though I don't go around telling too many people, it really was one of my favorite tunes of 2013. The emotional vulnerability gets to me every time. Once you dismiss any Miley bias, it is hard to deny the genius of that song.
Also to add to my overwhelming guilt, I have a further confession to make. Prior to her 2013 album Bangerz being released it was streaming for free over at iTunes. I caved in and gave it a listen. Even though I didn't necessary love every song on the album, I enjoyed it a lot more than I should of. Considering my anti-top 40 pop bias, I would describe it as a better than average album. Because of some of her antics, I feel that her artistry does get somewhat overlooked. I am feeling guilty of typing that previous sentence.
Just so we can all feel a little less guilty I decided to post the director cut version of the video. I don't want to add to my guilt by making confessions about the other video.
Wrecking Ball (Director's Cut) by Miley Cyrus (Video)
Guilty Pleasure Song Poll
© 2014 CJ Baker
What are your favorite guilty pleasure songs? Feel free to make any other comments.
CJ Baker (author) from Parts Unknown on February 24, 2014:
Natasha Peters, I totally understand what you are saying. Much of my disdain for mainstream top 40 music is the lyrical content. I agree with you on the "Blurred Lines". That being said I can see where someone could avoid the harmful sexist content of the lyrics and just focus on the catchiness. As much as I generally despise that song, I can't argue it has a catchy hook, which is what many people focus on.
I think I am generally like you in the sense that I tend to focus on the message of the song. But, as in the case of most of the songs on this lists I do at times fall prey to dumb pop songs. As you mentioned I think it is mostly harmless.
Natasha Peters on February 24, 2014:
Pfaha, I was afraid this was coming. It's difficult, because on one hand I don't want to begrudge people for liking this sort of thing - as long as its benign and doesn't hurt anyone, like whatever makes you happy.
But on the other... it's contributing to an industry that I for one don't particularly like - hence the guilt. A song like Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is even worse, because it isn't benign, and actually perpetuates rape culture (and in that case, I would begrudge someone for liking it). But on the whole, most "guilty pleasure" songs are quite harmless.
Great hub - now I have some thought-food to mull over!