Jul 16, 2007

Guilty pleasures, YFP! style

Jonsey just posted about Blender magazine's 50 Worst Songs Ever article, and while I won't admit to choreographing ice-skating routines to any of these songs, I will admit that I've had my fair share of enjoying a few musical guilty pleasures from this list. Don't judge!

#46: "Hangin' Tough," New Kids on the Block
I was a HUGE NKOTB fan. The first version of my high school senior portrait photos sport shoulder tan lines, which I proudly displayed as a badge of honor for attending the NKOTB concert at Great America. I must have spent hundreds of dollars on Bop and Sixteen magazines (and other forms of media) that contained blurbs (no matter how small) on my favorite band at that time.

#45: "Mesmerize," Ja Rule feat. Ashanti
I don't even remember what this song sounds like now, but I'm sure I liked it. I liked Ja Rule for a minute.

[UPDATE 10:35 p.m.: I take this one back. Thanks to iTunes, I can say, with confidence, that I absolutely concur with the folks from Blender magazine. This truly is one of the worst songs ever.]

#40: "I Wanna Sex You Up," Color Me Badd
I so had a crush on the lead singer guy. You know, the cute one.

#36: "Make Em Say Uhhh!," Master P feat. Silkk, Fiend, Mia-X, and Mystikal
I don't know about you, but this song is STILL the jam.

#35: "Shiny Happy People," R.E.M.
Yeah, I liked this one too. My tastes are, how do you say ... eclectic.

#21: "Two Princes," SpinDoctors
This song was just cute. Happy and cute.

#20: "Dancing on the Ceiling," Lionel Richie
I can't even tell you why I liked this one. It had a good beat, and you could dance to it?

#16: "What's up?" Four Non-Blondes
I was in the Philippines for the summer when this song came out. To be honest, I don't know why I liked it either. Maybe it was the only American song I heard on TV and the radio during my three-month stay in a hot and humid tropical country where I didn't speak the language. I guess you could say I liked this song out of sheer homesickness.

#10: "Ebony and Ivory," Paul McCartney and Jacko
How could you hate on a song that tried to bridge racial divides in this country? Also, the video had giant piano keys in it. What's not to love?

#7: "Don't Worry Be Happy," Bobby McFerrin
Remember when Levi's had TV ads that were composed of footage shot by their own customers? You don't? Well, they did. And my cousins and I made an attempt at creating our own Levi's commercial with this song playing in the background. I think this commercial shoot happened before or around the same time as my highest accomplishment as movie auteur, "Slumber Party Massacre."

#5: "Ice Ice Baby," Robert Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice
You liked this song too, don't even lie.

And for the record, I do not, and will not ever, have any Hillary Duff on my iPod.


Steve M. said...

Maybe it's just because I'm old, but for me, any worst-of list that doesn't include "Seasons in the Sun" by Terry Jacks or "Sometimes When We Touch" by Dan Hill is automatically disqualified.

And I agree with you about "Make 'Em Say Uhhh" (Mystikal was amazing, even if he was a psychopath), "Shiny Happy People" and "Ice Ice Baby." And I want to hear a mashup of "I'm Too Sexy" and "The End."

Mags said...

Steve: I gotta say, I'm pleasantly surprised that you a) actually know who Mystikal is, b) know what song I'm talking about, and c) like the song. Color me impressed.

I have to disagree with you, however, on "Sometimes When We Touch." Because seriously, when you are so in love with someone, sometimes the honesty IS too much. You know. When you touch. And what not.

MikeJ said...

Oh, I actually observed Mags during her Ja Rule phase. People, it wasn't pretty.

Forget Hillary Duff...I can't believe you liked the Spin Doctors! Oh, I feel my gag reflux acting up.... :)

Mike Davis said...

What's Up was a great song! Are they mental?

As for the Spin Doctors, I bought the CD on the strength of 'Two Princes' and quite frankly, those doctors owe my $11.99.

That's misrepresentation, that is!

Anonymous said...

Bananarama... Just about any song.

We all have our guilty pleasures.

Anonymous said...

Cheryl, Dood, it's hilarious to me how just about everyone groans and says "I HATE this song" to "Dancing on the Ceiling" but yet.......they know all the words AND sing along with it. LOL!!! It's a great karaoke song. I was so into Lionel Richie and his super sexy gerry curl mullet! -Isabel

pins&needles said...

Gee, I love those songs and a few others on the list (sadly). I think they should've left the Beatle's “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” on there.

a. said...

I gotta know: when's the youtube debut of "Slumber Party Massacre"?! --alisa

seamus said...

I know pretty much every word to "Ice Ice Baby," and yes, it's a terrible song.

I'm so glad Master P's career has ended. Honestly, there are days I suspect that Hurricane Katrina was really God's destruction of NOLA hip-hop.

Mags said...

I dunno, Seamus. Master P may not be making records anymore, but there's still a bunch of people out there to make sure Dirty South still lives on. Get crunk!