Wednesday Question: Greatest Guilty Pleasure Song

Name your guilty pleasure tune inside.

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Wednesday Question: Greatest Guilty Pleasure Song

For this week's traditional Wednesday Question, we'd like to kindly ask you folks to think about the tunes you secretly like and answer this little thing right here:

What's your No. 1 musical guilty pleasure?


  • Post only one suggestion per comment after checking that your favorite wasn't already nominated (Ctrl+F and all).
  • Multiple nominations of one song create heavy confusion, since on one hand it's unfair to the given track to take into consideration only the most upvoted nomination, but seeing that multiple nominations allow one user to give two or more votes to the same tune, it's also unfair to other nominees not to discard it.
  • Vote up the ideas you support and vote down the ones you dislike.

We'll sum up your votes by Friday and bring you another traditional UG top list. Show us what you got now!

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    Not fucking one. What's to be guilty about? "Without music, life would be a mistake." - Nietzsche
    @AlexToodooloo Exactly!! I am in love with everything Carly Rae Jepsen releases and no one can tell me otherwise. It's the most cheesy, bubblegum pop stuff out there that I can find and I don't care. It's catchy, dammit.
    This list is now mostly a collection of 80s 90s 2000s best pop songs
    Some of them don't really fit as a "guilty" pleasure unless you're an insecure metalhead (like most of my suggestions...), but there are quite a few here that most people would never admit to their friends no matter what circles they run in.
    guilty. no pun intended.  well sorta. all american rejects---dirty little secret
    Nietzsche would be disgusted by what you are trying to say here, just sayin
    I'm with that one.  Hell, based on the albums I've reviewed, you could say half of the music I play is "guilty pleasures" - but not in mine eyes.
    A-ha - Take On Me
    It's sounds oxymoronic, but that song is a collection of all the best elements of 80's pop - Overall fantastic melody, arrangement, sound, production, and performances. Also, play it in any bar in the world, and almost all the patrons will always drunkenly attempt to sing the chorus - It's a sight to see Also, I love this cover by Reel Big Fish - It's so over the top and self-consciously ridiculous that I can't help but have a big grin on my face whenever I hear it
    Torn - Natalie Imbruglia
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    Tragic Kingdom is a dope album. And Gwen has incredible pipes. Live clips of that song from around the late 90s are the best versions. She does some different melodies on a few parts and makes it even better. Hard to believe that song is from 1995. I'm constantly reminded that time flies. Even though I know time flies. Still, every single time... I am like :O when I realise how much time has passed since a particular event came and went.
    Haddaway - What Is Love Really great songs - and not a guilty pleasure for me to be honest
    I agree with you ,this isn't guilty pleasure ,this is pure AWESOMENESS
    Night at the Roxbury!!!!!
    Haha! I love that clip. Do you know that Jim was originally going to be in the film, but having 3 brothers clashed too much with the story line. So they just left Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell.
    Damn. Jim was the best thing about that sketch. The way he moves his head is unhuman like.  No wonder the movie wasn't that great without Jim. 
    OutKast - Ms. Jackson Also not a guilty pleasure for me, but anyway
    Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive
    The Bee Gees wrote a shit ton of great songs.  I've always been partial to 'Tragedy'.
    I Started A Joke is one of my all time favorite songs. Faith No Mores cover of it is awesome too.
     Bloodhound Gang - The Bad Touch 
    I upvoted, but I wear wear my BHG fandom with pride. They're kinda in the toilet these days, but Beer Coaster and Boobies were great albums.
    Savage Garden - I Want You
    Toxic - Britney Spears
    Reminds me of a story from when I was younger. Was at a festival with a bunch of friends and one of them had a boombox that we turned on when he wasn't there. We listened to about three songs of viking metal when all of a sudden Toxic came on and people just stared at each other. 
    I'm not ashamed to admit it - I actually like Limp Bizkit Really cool music - but many of the songs have really... cheesy lyrics, you know) But in many cases I'm just abstracting and enjoying the music And here is one of these cases: Limp Bizkit - Nookie
    I've always really liked the bridge section between 2:30 - 3:38 in this song. It sounds like it should be part of a totally different, more serious song.
    That makes sense, i agree that's a decent part of the otherwise now obnoxious song. I do like Wes Borland as a guitarist, and Limp Bizkit has a extremely well versed rhythm section
    I like Limp Bizkit as well. If Fred Durst wasn't such a douche then they probably wouldn't get nearly as much hate as they do.
    That's a pretty big contributing factor to get over.  That and the dogshit poser lyrics.
    I'm 34 years old, and still enjoy listening to LB as well on occasion. I don't take any song too seriously, except for Boiler...awesome song.
    Yeah, "Boiler"!.. Also, almost whole "The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)" has really great lyrics
    I can't do it. The first time I heard this it was blasting in a restaurant, I walked out and went somewhere else.
    Higher - Creed I know they're bad, and Scott Stahp is laughable, but try not to sing along.
    Ole' Nessie
    Creed in general is a guilty pleasure, but damn it they did write some very catchy tunes, a lot of good stuff from my own prison too
    Thank You!!!!!
    With Creed you can hear a marvelous guitarist in the making through each album leading up to his later career as an absolute BEAST on the 6 String
    I actually feel like he wrote better rhythm guitar for Creed than anything he's done since. He obviously didn't play much lead on that stuff, but his playing with Creed is underrated/understated and his playing with Alter Bridge and Tremonti doesn't feel as inspired to me. I know I'll get downvoted for my opinion here because the users here are big on Alter Bridge, but that's the way I see it.
    I agree. I love the his solo work and his work with Alter Bridge, but those Creed songs have some of my favorite riffs and melodies.
    you know they are bad? sorry, you don't know shit. People who diss on Creed haven't heard more than Higher, and Higher was good, until it was overplayed on radio stations. Grow up and give respect where it is due. Do yourself a favour and listen to My Own Prison and Human Clay in their entirety, songwriting wise, Tremonti's best work ever and Stapp back then vocally was a powerhouse, say what you would about his personal life, the guy could sing. Creed were heavy content wise, they werent a noisy band, Sadly, Alter Bridge seems to be turning into a pseudo metal band, love their first 2 albums though. 
    "You don't know shit and you need to grow up because your opinion of good vs bad differs from mine!" Solid point.
    Well, tastes are subjective and you not liking any particular music is understandable, but you make your statement as a matter of factually, and not as an opinion. You may or may not like Creed, terming these bands who have put in their heart and soul to make it big and have an incredible fan following as " bad" is taking their credibility as musicians away. let me hear you write a song even remotely as good as higher or try and hit those notes that stapp could at a point. 
    Prefer Beautiful. "She wears a coat of colours, loved by some feared by others she's immortalized. In young men's eyes"
    Pretty much with most of Creed's songs. "With 'ahmmmms wad opahhhhn!!" see? Song wasn't even mentioned and it's stuck in my head -- damnit!
    Seal - Kiss From A Rose
    Actually Seal is a really great soul singer - so it's not a "guilty" pleasure for me - but of course I like this song so I upvoted it
    I was actually going to originally suggest Crazy, but that song is so widely loved that I figured most people would not vote for it based on the reasoning you just gave, so I chose one of his more poppy songs instead.
    Busta Rhymes & Mariah Carey - I Know What You Want (feat. Flipmode Squad)
    I'm personally more fond of his song with Janet Jackson, What's It Gonna Be?
    Summer of '69, by Brian Adams. The story behind that song just ruined it for me.
    Nelly Furtado - Say It Right Personally I like the song's minimalistic beat combining with vocals
    Bad Romance - Lady GaGa
    I have to admit to liking quite a bit of her stuff
    I, too, love a lot of what she's put out. For some reason I never really wanted to like that song, but I can't deny that I know every word.
    Second Rate
    I don't secretly like any tunes, I'm quite open with my musical preferences. But for the sake of making a nomination let's say "Rock Lobster" by the B52s. 
    Personally not a fan of Aqua but I'm pretty sure someone here likes them Aqua - Barbie Girl
    I get a lot of slack from friends for being a Tears For Fears fan. I guess that would be my guilty pleasure, but I think Songs From The Big Chair is a damn masterpiece of an album. Being a child of the seventies and growing up in the 80's you could not get away from the big three hits from this album. Shout
    Head Over Heels
    and of course Everybody Wants To Rule The World
    No Doubt - Hey Baby Actually No Doubt are cool, but just because it's more like a pop song we can consider it as a "guilty pleasure"
    Name - goo goo dolls
    UG Editorial coming out of the closet: Backstreet Boys - I Want It That Way