Inspired by my friend Drew’s suggestion in a recent comment, I’ve put together a little list of songs that I really enjoy despite my better judgment. These are songs that are too trendy or too goofy or too something for any “serious-minded” music fan to admire. But I like them anyway, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Maybe just a little embarrassed. But, hey, no more caveats from me. Here they are, my musical guilty pleasures, along with explanations of why they are “pleasures,” and why they are “guilty”:
|Song Title||Artist||Reason for Pleasure||Reason for Guilty|
|Kiss Me||Sixpence None the Richer||This has to be one of the catchiest pop songs ever written. Great hooks, beautiful voice, jangly guitars.||Apparently it was played to death on the radio, making those who tune in very tired of it. Also, it was the theme song for the movie She’s All That, starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook.|
|Since U Been Gone||Kelly Clarkson||Clarkson has a big voice, and she really rocks out on this one. Also, the song sounds like it could have been written by one of my favorite bands, Fountains of Wayne.||She got her start on American Idol, and her biggest demographic is pre-teens.|
|Daydream Believer||The Monkees||I’m a sentimental fool. The first album I ever bought (aside from a couple K-Tel compilations featuring theme songs from “S.W.A.T.” and “Welcome Back Kotter”) was The Monkees Greatest Hits. I was in the 4th grade, and I wanted to be just like Davey Jones.||The Monkees were a fake band. Except for Michael Nesmith, the band had negligible musical talent.|
|Thank You||Dido||The sultry voice. The blend of acoustic instruments and electronica elements.||Ever since I saw Zach Braff try to sing the song on “Scrubs,” I can’t help but laugh whenever I hear it. Also, there’s a “wocka-wocka” percussion thing in the verses that, believe it or not, is cheesier than the old clap track standby.|
|Walking on Sunshine||Katrina and the Waves||I love the way she clobbers me over the head with her irrepressibly upbeat, can-do lyrics. Really, I do.||Most people don’t like to be clobbered over the head with irrepressibly upbeat, can-do lyrics. For example: “i feel the love, i feel the love, i feel the love that’s really real.
i feel the love, i feel the love, i feel the love that’s really real.”
|Jack and Diane||John Cougar Mellencamp||It’s good clean American fun. Also, the chord progression is the same as the one in Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car.”||It starts with these corny lyrics: “Little ditty about Jack and Diane, two American kids growing up in the heartland.” Little ditty? Please.|
|Treat Your Mother Right||Mr. T||I pity the fool who can’t figure out why I like this song!||See for yourself.|
Now it’s your turn. What songs do you secretly groove to behind closed doors, when nobody else is watching?