Guilty Pleasures: 15 Songs Metal Fans Secretly Love

author: jomatami date: 01/17/2014 category: features
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Guilty Pleasures: 15 Songs Metal Fans Secretly Love
Often criticized as narrow-minded, rock and metal fans are still human beings and simply can't resist a catchy tune or two. And we're not talking about liking such genres as blues, jazz, reggae or classical, we're talking about the stuff that rockers are ashamed of liking. Check out some of the guilty pleasure picks and share your own favorites in the comments.

OutKast - 'Hey Ya'

With all the commotion going on with their latest reunion announcement, OutKast get to open the list with a definite guilty pleasure of many rockers and metallers out there. A solid portion bashes them as rubbish, but just as many rock fans praise Andre 3000's musicianship and songwriting skills. Which side do you stand on?

The Prodigy - 'Smack My Bitch Up'

This one can be described as a mild guilty pleasure, since the Prodigy come fairly close to the rock domain and are even headlining many rock events these days. However, a certain portion of rock fans still find it hard to admit liking them.

Bee Gees - 'Stayin' Alive'

If "Stayin' Alive" doesn't get your head bopping or booty shaking, you're not human, it's that simple. Did you know that the song's 103 bpm groove is ideal for performing CPR? No, seriously, it is, Google it.

Celine Dion - 'My Heart Will Go On'

On the sappy side of the guilty pleasures realm, many metallers have treated their heartache with a massive dose of "Titanic" hit theme. Are you one of them?


Gorillaz - 'Feel Good Inc.'

This one's a bit of a stretch, but Gorillaz are often disregarded as a rock act and bashed by rock and metal fans for various reasons. The very same fans who share the universal opinion that "Feel Good Inc." has one hell of a smooth bass line.

Carly Rae Jepsen - 'Call Me Maybe'

You're probably jumping all over you car when this one comes on the radio. If you're alone in the car of course. Some of the contemporary pop acts still know how to strike that guilty pleasure chord. Several Rihanna, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and even Miley Cyrus tunes work just as fine.

Tom Jones - 'Sex Bomb'

You just can't dislike Tom Jones tunes and "Sex Bomb" is no exception. Berry White tracks could also apply.

Eminem - 'The Real Slim Shady'

The fact that rock and rap can go together was proven over 25 years ago, but a great deal of rockers simply refuses to give rappers the props they deserve. Many rap artists can be named, what are your favorites?

Skrillex - 'Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites'

Believe it or not, rock fans sometimes like a taste of dubstep. You can't deny that the movement's vibe has many similarities with the rock spirit, even Lars Ulrich said it.


ABBA - 'Dancing Queen'

If you're one of those rock fans bashing ABBA as garbage, your cluelessness has no boundaries. Not that you have to like them, but props are definitely in order.

MC Hammer - 'U Can't Touch This'

Song title says it all, a guilty pleasure classic is what it is.

Rick Astley - 'Never Gonna Give You Up'

That awful troll song is actually a pretty good tune. It took the world a while to realize it, but even more stubborn rock fans have stopped bashing "Never Gonna Give You Up" these days.


Shakira - 'Whenever, Wherever'

Taking a walk down the early 2000's memory lane, Shakira's "Whenever Wherever" has guilty pleasure written all over it. "...Baby One More Time," Aguilera's "Fighter" and a few other tracks can also apply.

Haddaway - 'What Is Love'

If you're still saying that you don't like "What Is Love," check out Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer grooving to it, it might change your mind.

Daft Punk - 'Get Lucky'

Finally, a fresh tune, one of those that marked 2013 actually. A lot of rock fans openly praise it, but to a good deal it's a guilty pleasure.


Do you hate yourself for liking these tunes? And if you genuinely dislike them, could you tell us why? Of course, feel free to share your own non-rock guilty pleasure tunes in the comments.
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