Don’t we all have them? Guilty pleasure songs. Don’t we have them on our secret playlists, don’t we reduce the volume even when on headphone so that the world doesn’t judge us, don’t we all play them when low, don’t we all sing them in showers (No? is it only me?)
So a colleague of mine has this song "Right here waiting for you" as his ringtone and whenever his phone rings, although I tell people it’s a very effeminate song (I believe it is one very honestly), I can’t help but sing along! No offense to anybody here. I know this is a very subjective topic. I like songs based on the music more than their lyrics which is why I have an outrageously large number of guilty pleasure songs in my kitty (no kitty is not the name of my iPod). Some of the songs that I used to like as a kid now seem to provoke gag reflex reaction in me. But some of those still remain close to my heart (and also locked up in my heart :P )
Here we go. Since am universally proclaiming that these songs are my secret favorite, I guess I don’t need to hide them in my closet (!) anymore –
1. 1. Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting For You
There’s something not very right about this song! I mean perhaps their generation was innocent, was one of those that actually kept their word. Therefore this might not seem that fake to them but it certainly does sound very fake to me. This is all so mushy and good in a book but in real life, bah!
But anyways, I like it for the calming music. If you just listen to the karoeke, the music does have the power to take you to a green meadow with nice country set-up (no? again just me?). One of the reasons I like this song is because I love the whole rock genre shebang!
2. 2. Bryan Adams - Have you ever really loved a woman
This was written for the movie Don Juan DeMarco (starring the eternally weird Johny Depp and the dreamy, but very old Marlon Brando) so figures! It was a very silly movie (yes, I have watched, you can judge me all you want but when Depp wave took over the world, even I drowned a bit) with a very silly plot.
I actually involuntarily cringe at the lyrics, but you gotta hand it down to Bryan for weaving beautiful melody around it.
3. 3. Britney Spears – Slave for you
I am a self-proclaimed feminist and therefore this song also makes the list. Britney was smoking hot with her weird snake costume (or was it a real snake I don’t remember) in the number but boy oh boy that was some really cheesy teenage lyrics which I don’t approve of.
No woman should be a slave for any man! Let me rephrase it, No person should be a slave of another person! Enough said.
4. 4. Christina Augilera – Genie in a Bottle
If Britney can make the list, so can Christina! Poor Xtina , always gets overshadowed by Britney . 2003’s MTV VMA’s anyone? I really wonder how on earth people remember only Briteny and Madonna and not Xtina and Madonna?! Btw talking about the scene, do you guys remember Justin Timberlake’s reaction when his then girlfriend so overtly liplocked with Madonna? That is my exact reaction to Christina’s Genie in a Bottle lyrics. But again, this one is a nice song in terms of melody is all.
5. 5.Story of my life – 1d
Actually 1 direction is my guilty pleasure band now. Initially I hated 1d (go ahead teenage girls, hate me all you want!). One of the commentators (definitely a teenage fan girl) on a Beatles’ song asked a very stupid question that added fuel to my fury. The comment was “so these guys were like 1d of the 70s?” (Not mere “guys” you schmuck, Gods!). These kind of comments are the main reason for me to hate some bands without even checking out their music (What with some idiots announcing to the world that Kanye West was “giving an opportunity for a new artist called Paul McCartney”???).
So coming back to the post, Story of my life also makes the list.
6. 6. Sorry – Justin Bieber
Ok this is too comical! I know.. But hey the song is pretty good. Lyrics suck like Bieber’s existence but the music is all techno and catchy. So there you go. Admitted. I feel “sorry” for enjoying “sorry”.