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    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2008
    this is what my brother told me ages ago when I caught him listening to Madonna's "Live to Tell." "No, I don't like her music generally," he said, "but a good song is a good song."

    I thought of this earlier today when "Livin' on the Edge" came up on my iPod. I used to like Aerosmith; then my tastes graduated from pop-metal to violent hardcore stuff. but I still like to listen to that one.

    so, what songs can you not resist, even though they go against your usual genre? are there any that you're actually embarrassed to admit you like?
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2008 edited
    I get teased for liking it, but "Every Morning" by Sugar Ray tends to make me smile whenever I hear it. The song just gives off a very "laid back summer" vibe that I have to admit that I like.
      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2008 edited
    I'm not ashamed of any of my musical tastes. My Last FM is displayed on my MySpace page. I think a lot of people would think I was a fool for liking a lot of stuff I do, but I have no "guilty pleasures" as I do not feel guilty for being me.
      CommentAuthorTim Bishop
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2008
    Strangely, the only Madonna song I can stand is the thread-starting "Live to Tell".

    Originally, I attributed my fondness for that song to that video, where the temptress from the "Lucky Star" video dressed up in country-girl drag in order to keep my attention 4-5 years later. But that wasn't the case, as I see now, because that's still a good song.

    Walk down memory lane ended, I'll close with these offerings:

    Kelly Clarkson - Since You've Been Gone (and the Ted Leo version, too--he actually exposed the YeahYeahYeahs "Maps" connection for me!)

    Jimmy Eat World - The Middle

    And, god help me...

    Rihanna- Umbrella. I would sell my soul for the ability to resist this song. I would kick a two-year old boy in the balls to never again find myself singing its damnable chorus. But as that's not likely to happen, I must suffer in anti-hip hell.

    There, you tortured it out of me. Happy?
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    Two songs that crop up on my rotation from time to time are "Honey to the Bee" by Billie Piper and "Mmmbop" by Hanson. Not terribly credible, but I like 'em.
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2008
    I'm not one to feel guilty about my pleasures either, but in the spirit of the question:

    DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince: Summertime.

    Damn if it isn't the perfect summer song.
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    I'll second Tim Bishop on Rihanna. It's not helped by the rockier live version. I have a lot of songs like that, but fuck it, right?
    • CommentAuthorInexperto
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2008
    When I used to share a house with some fellow band members, we compiled our CD collections into one massive library and created a dedicated "Shelf Of Shame" for our guilty pleasures. I'm not going to embarrass any of them, but my terrible contribution to it was the first Alisha's Attic album.

    If you asked me to justify it, I would play Indestructible and Alisha Rules The World and defy you not to go all gooey over the saccharine production and cute vocal harmonies.

    And then I would threaten to remove you kidneys with specially trained attack hamsters if you ever told anybody that I like that stuff.
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2008
    We'll if we're going to go full on confessional

    I've always liked Deep Blue Something's song Breakfast at Tiffany's

    ok I'm going to go hide for the rest of the day
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    Kelly Clarkson - Since You've Been Gone

    I have been known to not punch the radio until it turns off when this comes on. I am not admitting that this means anything. Maybe my arm is just tired. But: no punching. Just saying.
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2008
    I refuse to admit to "guilty pleasures" or things "outside my normal listening" because, if I listen to it regularly, wouldn't it imply that it's inside my normal listening?

    If we're going for filthy pop songs that we just can't stop listening to, then I'd have to go with Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out of My Head" or Madonna's "Vogue" or, really, most of Madonna's singles. I've also got a soft spot for Robbie William's "Rock DJ".

    Also: Rihanna can eat a dick for all I care for that fucking "Umbrella" song. It's about 2 minutes too long, and all it has going for it is one horrible butchery of the English language as a chorus. FOAD.
    • CommentAuthorScrymgeour
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2008
    afraid to say i am pretty enamoured with Panic at the disco's song we write sins not tragedies (i think thats its name) also anything by rammstein is pretty fun yet embarassing.
    and if anyone EVER badmouths Christina I will find out where they live and burn down their house
    tatty bye bye
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2008

    There's nothing wrong with liking Rammstein. Dudes are riff MACHINES. I have yet to hear an album of theirs that I dislike. It's probably a good thing, though, that I have NO IDEA what they're saying.
    • CommentAuthorVerissimus
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2008
    I actually like quite a lot of the earlier songs by Madonna. It's certainly heaps better than most of the popular trash you hear on the airwaves.

    I also like to listen to lots of other 80s stuff like Prince, Aha, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Duran Duran. Stuff like that.
    • CommentAuthorScrymgeour
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2008
    @ rickiep00h

    true enough, but just think of it. most metal is a bit embarrasing anyway, (not to say its bad I love a lot of it) but over developed men singing about anal sex and furry frogs (whatever they may be) while playing with flamethroing dildos is a little too tongue in cheek to be anything less than guilty . And when teh corpse paint and screeches are borught out to play and the music is described as glacial or some such nonsense music journo word you are reaching self parody. and guitar solos can be a little self indulgent too. one word ..Dragonforce. By teh by dont take this the wrong way, i love a lot of this stuff as previously stated

    @ Arjan

    how dare you say Duran Duran are embarassing. They are the most punk band ever.
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2008
    I'll admit it. I turn up the radio (the few times I do listen to radio) when Third Eye Blind's 'Semi-Charmed Life' comes on.
    Maybe because I probably know every single word, and because it reminds me of senior yr of high school.

    I think I'm fond of alot of songs because they remind me of a certain time period in my life, and it takes me back to when I first heard it, sort of like how certain smells can bring up different memories.

    That, and 'Bittersweet Symphony' as well.
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2008

    When I was in high school I was the only one wearing the Metallica shirts. I still wear them, because to metalheads, Metallica aren't "cool" anymore. Frankly, I don't care what other people think about the music I like. I don't like Dragonforce because it's absolute wankery. But I saw Celtic Frost open for Type O Negative, and, while I didn't LIKE it, I could appreciate it. I don't LIKE Dave Matthews, but I can appreciate the musicianship in his band. Some people like his music, and that's fine, whatever. I'm not going to feel embarrassed for liking Pantera or Down, even though Phil Anselmo is a racist junkie fuckhead. I couldn't care less that Freddie Mercury was gay. It's like Bill Hicks said "SHUT UP AND LISTEN TO HIM PLAY!"

    Anyone that's embarrassed by what they listen to either shouldn't listen to it or stop being a baby about looking cool to other people. Warren Ellis may hate Coldplay, but fuck him. I like the new album. That's MY opinion, let him have his. I'm not going to think less of people because they like Rihanna. But I can wish a skullfucking upon her for that damn song.
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2008
    i guess i don't have too many of these, according to a quick scan through my "various tracks" folder. most single songs i've collected are by artists who i generally have respect for but haven't bothered to get entire albums of (like Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk").

    i guess Gangstarr's "Jazz Thing" is pretty embarrassing." so is "Gold Digger" by Kanye, Timbaland's "Oh Timbaland," and "Body" by the Presidents of the USA.
    "While There's a Will There's a Whalebone" by Islands was always fun even though the rest of their album sucked. ditto for Yeasayer's "Sunrise."
    and i have a copy of Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart doing "I Ain't Superstitious," but Jeff Beck is redeemable.
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    Warrant, Cherry Pie.

    Move along, nothing to see here.
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2008
    Tony Bennett's Steppin' Out doesn't always go over well with a car full of hardcore punkers, but I like to think making them put up with it is pretty punk rock in itself.