We all have them.
But as of right now, I’m putting an end to that term. There is no such thing as a guilty pleasure when it comes to music. From here on out, if you like a song… no matter what anyone says about it.. step up and be fine with liking the song. I think for years on end, people put such a negative stigma on guilty pleasure songs. You’d only listen in your room, by yourself.. or hide cds under the couch that you don’t people to know you have… or put albums you shudder for people to know you have for fear of ridicule in sleeves belonging to the “in band” of the moment…so that people THINK you listen to what’s hip. But here’s the thing folks.. Whatever you listen to should be hip. If you want to listen to Prodigy or electronica, or Taylor Swift (not MY cup of tea but if you want to be a fan go for it), or Fergie, go for it. Despite what Eminem said in Without Me “Nobody listens to technooooo” is so not true. We listen. And we have no problems telling people that. If Kelly Clarkson is who you love… or even Backstreet Boys, then turn the stereo or ipod up and go for self. You’re in your own world. And that is what matters.
That’s the best thing about music. It’s a run of the gamut. There is no rhyme or reason to it. It doesn’t judge. People judge but music doesn’t. I wish the world was more like music. But unfortunately, we do not live in that world. Too much like right I reckon. Guilty pleasures make us giddy. They make us smile. They make us dance, even if you don’t dance, they’re still fun to listen to. Even the Kenny G lovers.. I know you all are out there. The Michael Bolton fans.. yeah I’m speaking to you too. Crank it up and don’t give a fuck. If you like the music, go for it. As a kid, I certainly got flack for listening to the chili peppers while everyone else was listening to say wu-tang clan. Now I listened to the wu too. I mean come on..they’re the wu. But I also looooved Under the Bridge by the peppers. It made me feel better about me. That’s all that counts for guilty pleasures.. making you feel better. And while I have been experiencing problems for the past 9 years that haven’t made me feel better at all.. about myself or otherwise.. I at least have the guilty pleasures to get me through the day.
So on that note, here are some of my favorites. Say what you will. You know when the door’s closed..or you’re in the shower.. you sing them. Don’t judge. Just enjoy.