There's nothing like a juicy pop guilty pleasure to spice up one's record collection, especially a young metal fan's collection. We all have a tune we'd sort of like not to like, but we still do, so we might as well get a discussion going here. Five records metalheads secretly like, go!
Nickelback - "Dark Horse"
As much as it's a trend to bash on Nickelback, even the strongest haters tend to have a soft spot for at least two of the tunes from the "Dark Horse." We're of course referring to stompin' rockers opening the album, "Something in Your Mouth" and "Burn It to the Ground."
In some cases, folks even might start humming "Gotta Be Somebody" or God forbid "I'd Come for You," and that's when they're really screwed. If it's of any consolation, this album was produced by one of the most renowned producers of all time - Mutt Lange, the guy behind "Back in Black," "Hysteria," and quite a bit of classic records.
Limp Bizkit - "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water"
Fred Durst and his ridiculous red cap are an extremely easy target for metalheads to hate, which only makes it worse when you confess to yourself that you actually "Rollin'" very much. You might feel like a complete douche while listening to it, but you just can't escape the groove.
Add "My Way," "My Generation," "Take a Look Around," and "Boiler" to the mix, and you've got yourself the winning combo that made this record the fastest-selling rock album ever, breaking the record held for seven years by Pearl Jam's "Vs." 1.05 million copies sold within a week is pretty darn impressive.
Eminem - "The Marshall Mathers LP"
When "The Marshall Mathers LP" was unveiled back in 2000, it established Eminem as a force not to be recked with by becoming the fastest-selling album by any solo artist in the history of American music. Packed with hits, the album made it quite difficult for many metal fans to resist the catchy aspect. Songs like "Stan" and "Kim" even had some genuine killer lyrics and dark imagery, but it was hip-hop, and liking that stuff was a no-no. So out of all the guilty pleasures of young metalheads, this one was perhaps the most difficult to resist.
Daft Punk - "Random Access Memories"
Packed with some genuine quality musicianship and songwriting, Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" shook the world in 2013 with some quality funky ditties. Being the furthest thing away from metal, it still managed to find its way to hearts of many metalheads, at least as a guilty pleasure.
"Get Lucky" became a worldwide hit, and at one point it seemed like everyone was humming that ditty, causing many metal fans to openly praise it.
Maroon 5 - "Songs About Jane"
With Maroon 5 steering deeper and deeper into the territory of "bland pop," their earlier albums became more and more of a guilty pleasure. And many fans of heavy music still enjoy to crank up one of their early tunes from "Songs About Jane," whether it's "Harder to Breathe," "Must Get Out," or the popular "This Love."
Ultimately, everyone has guilty pleasure, just check out what these guys like!
So, what's your guilty pleasure? Let us know in the comments.