Okay, let’s see if I can start a meme.
In the past, music blogging memes have been along the lines of “hit shuffle on your iPod and list the first ten songs that pop up.” I’ve found it a little amusing that inevitably (and improbably) these memes produce impeccably balanced mixes of well-established favorites, indie cred, progressive jazz, classical, etc. I’ve rarely seen anything embarrassing pop up. Nobody has any Celine Dionne? No Monkeys? No Michael Bolton?
So here’s my challenge: Name the five guiltiest, most embarrasing pleasures on your iPod–the songs you secretly, shamefully enjoy when no one’s around. It should almost hurt revealing to the world that they’re in your collection.
I realize “embarrassing” means different things to different people. For example, I have ample hair rock on my iPod. But I’m not at all embarrassed by it. The songs below? Yeah. I’m a little ashamed. Feel free to leave your own in the comments section.
- Toby Keith and Willie Nelson, “Beer for My Horses” — More embarrassing because I know every word.
- Mac Davis, “Watchin’ Scotty Grow” — My parents had a Mac Davis tape in the car when I was a kid. For some reason, this sappy song got permanently wedged in my noggin.
- Limp Biskit, “Break Stuff” — It’s on my workout playlist. And yeah, it pumps me up a little.
- Robbie Williams, “Let Me Entertain You” — Embarrassing only because I’m straight.
- Murray Head, “One Night in Bangkok” — Cheesy 80’s gold. And it’s about chess!
Narrowly missing the cut: Eric Carmen’s “Turn the Radio Up,” Kid Rock’s “Bawitdaba,” and John Paar’s “St. Elmo’s Fire.”