Thursday, October 02, 2014

Mix Tape Shuffle: The Guilty Pleasures Edition

You know that thing where you go in your iTunes library to find songs to fit the 'guilty pleasures' theme and you realize that it's pretty much all the songs?


So, if you're here you may be aware of the Mix Tape Shuffles my friend Marisa and I have posted during the past several months. You may have listened along or posted your own mix and played along! But even if you haven't, you can start now. Jump in with both feet and embrace the guilty pleasure that is the mix tape.

Musical guilty pleasures can be hard to define. It could be the new pop music anthems by Taylor Swift (Shake it Off) and Meghan Trainor (All About that Bass) which are currently in heavy rotation in my musicverse. But there is so much more to it. Like potato chips, when it comes to guilty pleasures, I find it hard to limit myself. So I had to curate my list by genre:

Klassy with a "K" songs

Smooth Up In Ya (Bullet Boys) & Low (Flo Rida): Because nothing says klassy (with a k) like a vulgar song about having all the sex. Seriously, boys; leave something to the imagination. Ladies are guilty too! Right, Xtina (Dirrty) & DiVinyls (I Touch Myself). But don't take these songs away because yes, I do still listen to them on the daily.

Songs featuring a foreign language

Der Kommisar (After the Fire), Rock Me Amadeus (Falco) & 99 Luftballoons (Nena): Tie between the 3 of these songs for rocking hard in German. Also, honorable mention to ELO for best use of random French phrases in the song Hold on Tight. Which opens up a whole new language section, but I refuse to give Robbie Nevil a C'est La Vie nod because that song does not make me happy.

Slut-Shaming Songs

Hot Child in the City (Nick Guilder), which was my jam back in the day but now I just find skeevy. Also, Gold Digger (Kanye West) which is the one and only tine you will EVER see Kanye on a playlist made by me. 

Strong Women, Questionable Songs

Bootylicious (Destiny's Child). My Humps (Black Eyed Peas). Holla Back Girl (Gwen Stefani). La Isla Bonita (Madonna). All of these songs, sung by women I respect for their abilities and smart lyrics. But here, well, not their best. But still I keep them around.


Milli Vanilli

Girl, you know it's true. I love all the songs they sing—or rather, all the songs they pretended to sing. I still rock out (not sure if that's really technically accurate) when I hear them, though I might roll up the car windows and blame it on the rain.

Novelty Songs

I'm talking about you, Goodbye, Earl (Dixie Chicks)! And no, I didn't forget you, Hot Rod Lincoln (Commander Cody) or you, Baby Got Back (Sir MixALot). I love you all, but I don't always feel good about it.

Really Bad Remakes

I Think We're Alone Now (Tiffani), Lean On Me (Club Nouveau), Crimson & Clover (Joan Jett), Drift Away (Uncle Kracker) & Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird Medly (Will to Power): otherwise known as the awesomely classic songs that were covered poorly by artists in later decades and you don't really like them but can't stop singing along to them because you loved the originals so much. 

The Anger Collection

Break Stuff (Limp Bizkit), Killing in the Name (Rage Against the Machine), Whatever (Godsmack), Smack my Bitch Up (The Prodigy), Berzerk (Eminem) & Bitter Rivals (Sleigh Bells): Songs that pass the awesome test (most of them) but get the biggest play in your music shuffle when you're pissed about something and need to let off steam through angry music.

You want to play along? Post your guilty pleasure playlist (or a link to it) in the comments below. And then stay tuned for more musical fun this month of ROCKTOBER (you didn't think I forgot already, did you)!


  1. Oooh, is this an every Thursday thing? If so, I'm going to have to participate!