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Songs You're Embarrassed To Admit You Like

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We've had threads that dance around this subject, but I don't know that we've had one that puts the question so directly.

It's a question that was recently raised by Steve Waldman:

Here's my list. I've never before admitted my affection for these, so be gentle.

Rocky Mountain High by John Denver

Ring of Fire, version by Olivia Newton John

I'll Always Love You, Dolly Parton version

Happy Together by the Turtles

Delta Dawn by Helen Reddy

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia by Vicki Lawrence

You're the One That I Want from Grease (Olivia Newton John and John Travolta)

Dark Lady by Cher

Anything by Renaissance

I'm not sure, however, about Waldman's conclusion that "there are some bands that would have been embarrassing, say, ten years ago but which are now kinda cool. Queen, Elton John and Billy Joel, for instance." I think Queen might qualify as cool, but the other two, no way.

But back to the topic at hand. One recent song I'm embarrassed to admit that I like:

The Climb, Miley Cyrus -- every cliche in the book, but I imagine my daughters being a few years older and responding positively to it. That's right, I have to imagine my kids actually listening to it, and then I like it. I haven't figured this out either.

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She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals... and yes, I own The Raw and the Cooked.

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I'm embarrassed to admit that I really like this song. But *only* this version of it:

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I'm embarrassed to admit that I really like this song. But *only* this version of it:

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Jeff, I like the REAL Rick Astley version. So there! Ha!

I really, really liked Blue Oyster Cult (sorry, ahem

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These are a few guilty pleasures i've indulged in over the past week:

Run to the Hills- Iron Maiden

Magic Touch--KISS (this is included not because it's KISS, but because it's post-1977 KISS)

Get Down Tonight-- KC and the Sunshine Band

Nowhere To Go, Nowhere To Be-- Kenny Chesney

Then saturday night i fell off the wagon and listened to some tunes my wife and I played at a friends wedding 14 years ago... Thoroughly enjoyed them...

I Will Be Here-- Steven Curtis Chapman

This is the Day- Scott Wesley Brown

This led us to put on a newer, shameless sappy song and one that I confess frequently leaves me in a blubbering heap.

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Oh! Oh! Oh! Does this count?

I can't listen to it but I really like to IMITATE Stryper's "To Hell with the Devil."

Especially the ending:

Deviiiiil ----

DeviiiiiiiiiiiLLLLL ----

DeeeeeVVVVVIIILLLLLLLLLLL ----

DEEEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHHVVVVVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!

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I really like a bit of Journey, especially "Don't Stop Believin'", "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)", and "I'll Be Alright Without You."

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For 80s synth mania:

Men WIthout Hats - The Safety Dance

Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round Like a Record

For out-of-control pseudo-operatic rock and roll:

Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart

Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell

Guns n Roses -November Rain

And I must say, there is no excuse whatsoever for this:

Tone Loc - Funky Cold Medina

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Here's my list. I've never before admitted my affection for these, so be gentle.

Rocky Mountain High by John Denver

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia by Vicki Lawrence

No, sir. These are 2 songs not to be embarrassed about liking. If, indeed they are by objective standards, than I wear my ignorance blissfully.

I will add one song to the list. Everyone I've played it for has liked it and then responded with "Oh?! Really...? Uh...?":

Love Song by Hanson

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I'll Always Love You, Dolly Parton version

This is the only version of the song worth hearing...well, I have a nice little recording of Gene Eugene performing it solo with just a piano, but otherwise...the Dolly version is the best version.

Toxic-Britney Spears (although, I especially like the two acoustic covers of the song I have by Tristan Prettyman and another girl folk singer)

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I can't imagine anybody being embarrassed by this song (Rolling Stone, at the time, gave this album 4.5 stars), but apparently the singer (Peter Wolf, formerly of the J Geils Band) is, since he refuses to have this album in print, and is unavailable anywhere.

Lights Out - by Peter Wolf.

Me, I have to rely upon shaky-cam VHS copies of the video somewhere on YouTube.

How about liking any song from Purple Rain that isn't from Prince? (_Jungle Love_ from The Time, the band who has a person who plays the mirror).

Lastly, doesn't liking anything from CCM/Christian Rock something to be embarrassed by? I shutter to say that Rez Band's "Love Comes Down" is pure awesomeness, even though it has been persuasively been pointed out to me that the song's riff is a shameless ripoff of AC/DC, somewhere. I shutter to say that Michael W Smith's "Love Me Good" is as infectious as ear candy as I have succombed.

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I'm not sure, however, about Waldman's conclusion that "there are some bands that would have been embarrassing, say, ten years ago but which are now kinda cool. Queen, Elton John and Billy Joel, for instance." I think Queen might qualify as cool, but the other two, no way.

In high school I owned (and I guess still own) practically every Billy Joel album on cassette. In retrospect, I'm not sure why -- even then there weren't many songs of his I really liked beyond (some of) the hit singles. And even then I knew he was a mediocre lyricist.

I've never liked Elton John's music, but "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" is amazing. Admittedly, it's possible I think so for Lars von Trier-related reasons.

My wife got me Bon Jovi's greatest hits for my last birthday. I was very happy to receive it.

Dlae

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The 101 Strings version of 'Hard days night' from 101 Strings Play Tribute to the Beatles. Except of course, I'm not embarassed at all; I'm actually quite proud of liking it, strangely. The version of 'All you need is love' is also something special.

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Dlae

LOL

I don't have too much time now, but you know I'll be looking up the Von trier thing sometime today.

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re: Breaking the waves soundtrack

blechth!

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I stubbornly refuse to be embarrassed by any of the music I like. Music taste, more than any other art form I think, is an ever so subjective thing and should never be apologised for.

Of course that doesn't exclude me from mocking other people's tastes in music. It's up to them to be as brazen as I am in denying that they could possibly be wrong about a song they like.

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I stubbornly refuse to be embarrassed by any of the music I like. Music taste, more than any other art form I think, is an ever so subjective thing and should never be apologised for.

Of course that doesn't exclude me from mocking other people's tastes in music. It's up to them to be as brazen as I am in denying that they could possibly be wrong about a song they like.

Amen!

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I stubbornly refuse to be embarrassed by any of the music I like. Music taste, more than any other art form I think, is an ever so subjective thing and should never be apologised for.

Of course that doesn't exclude me from mocking other people's tastes in music. It's up to them to be as brazen as I am in denying that they could possibly be wrong about a song they like.

I completely agree.

Def Leppard.

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Tuneful stuff with stupid lyrics. That makes so many songs.

But let's be clever: after all, most of the time, we speak of "music". Even the section of this forum is called "music".

Question: can any song with stupid lyrics be called "great"?

And can we agree on the stupidity of some lyrics, or is it subjective?

Too many questions: let's keep it cool and play some tuneful stuff. ::mf_clown::

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"A Million Miles" by Vanessa Carlton.

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My co-worker is currently blasting Whitesnake, and there's no way I can deny how fun it is to listen to "Here I Go Again" and "Is This Love".

Actually, we tend to listen to a lot of supposedly "embarrassing" music: Whitesnake, New Edition ("Cool It Now", "Mr. Telephone Man"), Cameo ("Candy"), etc. We're all children of the 80s, and thanks to sites like Grooveshark, it's really easy to indulge in nostalgia and silliness.

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I openly admit to liking the Venus and Mars album by Paul McCartney and Wings--- and you have to admit most of the album is pure fromage.

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I have an inordinate fondness for The Cure circa Japanese Whispers, when they were transitioning from their ultra-gloomy phase (Pornography) to more straightforward pop (Head On A Door) and took a detour through some silly Japanese-tinged funk-disco. Which explains songs like "The Upstairs Room" and "The Walk".

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I stubbornly refuse to be embarrassed by any of the music I like. Music taste, more than any other art form I think, is an ever so subjective thing and should never be apologised for.

Of course that doesn't exclude me from mocking other people's tastes in music. It's up to them to be as brazen as I am in denying that they could possibly be wrong about a song they like.

I appreciate this way of thinking.

So I won't be hurt if you make fun of me for liking that stupid Ting Ting's song I heard on radio the other night. "That's Not My Name," or something like that.

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