Playlist of Guilty Pleasures

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5 Jul 2007, 23:55

If loving these cheesey tunes is so wrong, I don't want to be right!

12:51 - The Strokes

Most people cried 'Sophmore Jinx!' when the Strokes' second album came out. But that didn't make this highlight any less delightful.

Brand New Key - Melanie

I know this is a song some people love to hate, but to me, if it were a slice of cheese it would be a cute little wedge of Vache Qui Rit! Mmmm.

Break My Stride - Matthew Wilder

Last time I checked, this song was not yet cool enough to be classified as new wave. Whatever.

Bus Stop - The Hollies

Forget Rhianna, this umbrella tune is gear!

Can't Change Me - Chris Cornell

I've just read the review of some critic who has a grudge against Chris Cornell for inspiring all these nu-grunge poseurs. I don't like those twits either, but Cornell had some real melodic gems during Soundgarden and his first solo album, like this one for instance.

Car Wash - Rose Royce

Come on all and sing it! The perfect summer tune.

Don't Ask Me Why - Billy Joel

I'm sure everyone has at least one Billy Joel that they are ashamed to enjoy listening to, even those hipsters who claim to be too cool for his contrived lyrics! These might include: For the Longest Time, She's Got A Way, Pressure, and We Didn't Start The Fire. (I'm only kidding about the last one- it's still lame)

Dreamboat Annie - Heart

Being pigeonholed as 'Lady Zeppelin,' many of Heart's mellower early songs get regrettably overlooked as filler. Incredibly underrated!

Everybody to the Limit - Strong Bad

Best esoteric internet song ever! The least tedious one too!

Found Out About You - Gin Blossoms

The music sounds like "Don't Fear The Reaper" while the lyrics sound like "I Heard It Through The Grapevine." Included due to the fact the band has yet to reach the age of being retro cool (I estimate that'll happen five years from now).

[rifflover stops typing to look for cheap 90's merchandise for resale]

Gloria - Laura Branigan

This catchy pop song is of high sentimental value. At six years old, I loved it so much my parents got me the 7" single for Christmas!

Hitchin' A Ride - Vanity Fare

The bassline at the outro to this song is truly a moment of British Bubblegum zen. ...RIDE, RIDE!

I Was Made for Loving You - Kiss

I've heard some members of the Kiss Army have disowned this song. Their loss!

Imitation Of Life - R.E.M.

Yes, R.E.M. has jumped the shark since they've downsized, but I like this song in spite of that.

It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr

It's still the best post-Beatles Ringo song ever. Come to think of it's even better than "Octopus' Garden." I would venture to say his best song since "Little Help From My Friends."

Jackie Blue - Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Is this genre AOR or MOR? Who gives a SHT! This song is groovy!

Jet - Paul McCartney & Wings

I'm still deciding whether I actually like this one. The lyrics are Macca-mediocre, but the Macca-melody is still ace!

Judy in Disguise - John Fred and his Playboy Band

Even the weirdest of pop songs can be catchy! See above.

Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) - Reunion

Soundtrack to the first wave of the Rock'n Roll revival. Silly lyrics but the verses are still fun.

Lotta Love - Nicolette Larson

Even a soft rock rendition of a Neil Young song is still a blissful listen.

Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes - Edison Lighthouse

Bestest British Bubblegum - Bar None!

Love Is Like Oxygen - Sweet

It might not be as fun as "Fox On The Run" or "Ballroom Blitz." At least it's not "Little Willy!"

Mongoloid - Devo

If not cheesey, It's certainly not PC. But singing the words "Downes Syndrome" is not nearly as catchy.

Monkey Man - The Rolling Stones

All Music Guide had the nerve to call this album track perfunctory! Perfunctory? A song with a piano opening as nice as this one is certainly not perfunctory!

Moonlight Feels Right - Starbuck

A Second-Rate Steely Dan Knockoff? You had me at "Steely Dan"!

My Baby Loves Lovin' - White Plains

This song suffers when unfairly compared to "Love Grows..." That doesn't make me like it any less!

My Kinda Lover - Billy Squire

Billy Squire has always been a sort of AOR also ran. I think Squire is like an enjoyable amalgamation betweeen Robert Plant and Freddie Mercury.

My Sharona - The Knack

Dubya playlist? What Dubya playlist?

Quick Joey Small - Kasenetz Katz Singing Orchestral Circus

A Bubblegum rewrite of Janis Joplin's "Move Over." Vocalist Joey Levine's sneering voice almost moves it into Punk territory!

Since When - 54-40

54-40 had already reached "veteran rocker" status by the time they recorded this song. I'm unsure about the chorus, but the bass riff is a real winner!

Sub-Rosa Subway - Klaatu

Despite the backlash this band suffered for NOT being the Beatles, It's still the best McCartney song that wasn't a McCartney song.

Turn To Stone - Electric Light Orchestra

How someone would turn to stone from heartbreak isn't fully explained. Nevertheless, this is one of those ELO songs that helps me forget all about Xanadu.

Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsley - Paul McCartney

This twee little medley drives some Lennon fans nuts. Don't worry, liking this song won't make you a diehard Wings fan (would that be a Winghead?).

Ventura Highway - America

I'll be the first to admit the America's lyrics are usually lame, and probably half-baked, but some of their music is pleasant summer listening.

Walk Right In - The Rooftop Singers

Okay, so they're not Dylan... but they're not exactly The Kingston Trio either!

Where Evil Grows - The Poppy Family

I don't think this is what Charles Beaudelaire meant by the phrase "Flowers of Evil." I have a feeling that Terry and Susan Jacks would not know evil unless it snuck up behind them with a meat cleaver. I love the unintentional campiness of this catchy tune.

Whip It! - Devo

I have a feeling this song was overused during this recent 80's revival. The Swiffer ad certainly didn't help. Yet occasionally, if you must, you should whip it good.

Yummy, Yummy, Yummy - Ohio Express

Betcha didn't see this one coming! The Cars liked this little piece of fluff enough to use it for the intro for "Just What I Needed."

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