Most of what I listen to on the daily would be someone’s guilty pleasure but I can think of 4 stand outs…
Justin Timberlake - Like I love you (2002)
Justin’s debut solo single still makes me want to dance, I have no shame in admitting I’ve seen him live twice and both times were fantastic.
Kenny Logins - Danger Zone (1986)
A great work out song (yes really) that ended up in my general day to day playlist.
Busted - Year 3000 (2002)
Five - If Ya’ Gettin' Down (1999)
Aqua - Barbie Girl (1997)
This one I have been listening to since I was a kid and it feels illegal to not sing along to. And even though it is cringy for my friends to listen to, I pride myself on knowing all the words and to put them through the torture!
Rupert Holmes - Escape (Pina Colada Song) (1979)
I honestly don’t know how I know this song. It just feels like I was born with it ingrained in my memory but I just find the narrative really fun and cheesy and it’s just a feel good song to vibe to.
Lady Gaga - Bad Romance (2009)
I pride myself on being an edgy Alt girl but Lady Gaga is a secret and surprising inspiration that no one ever guesses and this is one of the first songs I fell in love with as a kid.
Avril Lavigne- Sk8er Boi (2002)
This pick is really cheesy both in how the music uses the early 2000 tropes and how Avril Lavigne was an icon and paved the way for me becoming an alt girl as a young pre-teen. It is weird and cringy now I write it down! But I can’t deny that Sk8er Boi is a great tune for people to sing along to and was one of my favourite songs to perform in college. It made every face in the room light up!
Ultrabeat - Elysium (I Go Crazy) (2006)
CLSM - John Peel (Is Not Enough) (2003)
I'll put these two together because the reason is the same, during my early 20's rebellious phase I went through a massive Hard Dance, especially Happy Hardcore phase (how many of our Norwich readers remembers Pam’s House?!) most of it was throw away music and I don't remember it at all but these two are exceptional examples of the genre and often find their way onto my Spotify queue.
3 of a Kind - Babycakes (2004)
Yes, I know it's terrible but it's super catchy, even more nostalgic and makes you want to have a dance while pretending it's the early 2000's again! Fun fact I hated this song when it came out!!
2 Unlimited - Maximum Overdrive (1993)
Long before my Hard Dance phase I was obsessed with regular dance music, I’d play On A Dance Tip and Dance Massive compilations to death, I also had 2 Unlimited's No Limits record on repeat, "Maximum Overdrive" was always my favourite.
Ace of Base - The Sign (1993)
I'm not sure I really feel guilty about this one, Ace of Base were a great band with loads of talent and "The Sign" is an amazing piece of 90's Euro Pop.
Hanson - Mmmbop (1997)
Back when this came out I just thought it was cheesy and irritating, listening to it over 20 years later the words somehow cut that much deeper.
The Shirehorses (listed as Cheeper) - Ugly Bleeder (1997)
Who doesn't love Mark & Lard? Their parody of Sleepers "Inbetweener" is hilarious particularly the line where one sings "I pulled last night" and other chirps in to say "but she dreamt of a fast getaway" I challenge anyone not to laugh during this!
Jennifer Paige - Crush (1998)
This is one of my favourite pop songs, pop music was so much better and more meaningful in the 90's
Urban Cookie Collective - The Key: The Secret (1993)
This songs great, plus every time I leave the house I ask myself "have you got the key" closely followed by "and the secret" Never fails to make me laugh. 90's kid humour!
And as a bonus YouTube cos it's not on Spotify, my greatest guilty pleasure of all....
Spitting Image - The Chicken Song (1986)
Best comedy song ever made, I've heard it hundreds of times and it still cracks me up! They’d never get away with releasing this now! They don't make novelty records like they used to!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzTioHGQgeA
Shania Twain - You're Still the One (1998)
You’re Still the One is a track of joy, triumph, satisfaction, passion, and most of all, a celebration of endless love that celebrates the longevity of a relationship with her then-husband that beat the odds and proved the critics wrong. It was my cousin's wedding song. Come On Over is my favourite guilty pleasure album.
Boyzone - No Matter What (1998)
No Matter What is haunting. Ronan Keating’s vocals are rich and resonating, and perfectly complemented by Stephen Gately’s rising harmonies. Written by Jim Steinman for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical take on Mary Bell’s classic, Whistle Down the Wind.
Atomic Kitten - Whole Again (2001)
Whole Again is a lot stronger than many have given it credit for. The Kittens deliver it with a plaintive sincerity that suits the simple but effective melody and arrangement. It was co-written by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) members Andy McCluskey and Stuart Kershaw.
Simply Red - Stars (1991)
Simply Red's magnum opus. Stars is a spiritual pop-soul ballad and it still shines brighter than ever. Mick Hucknall hits those notes with perfection in the chorus, resulting in a wonderfully warm and catchy track.
ABBA - Dancing Queen (1976)
A shimmering pop masterpiece, laced with nostalgia, yearning harmonies, a glorious piano line, as well as the reverb-soaked wall of sound that distinguishes this group.