things my bff should know – guilty pleasure music edition


hey anderson,

i know you like a lot of stuff that might cause people to judge you.  for example the ‘real housewives’ shows.  i’ve never watched those.  but i’m not really able to say that with any sense of superiority because i love a lot of junk.  i know the common expression is guilty pleasure, but, to be honest, i don’t feel the least bit guilty.  embarrassed, ashamed or downright disgusted, yes, but at the same time, it’s stuff i love so i just have to own it! 

i thought i would share with you the first of many lists of things i love that i would only tell my bff.  lucky you!!  today’s list is music based, and i have a lot of music guilty pleasures.  i love music and have varied tastes.  i would say that sometimes i am a music snob (i.e. don’t don’t hold your breath for a list of the music i hold most dear).  i know that not all guilty pleasure music is considered “bad”, some may even be top 40 hits in their day .  so this list is basically music that if it played on my ipod and someone heard, i would have to explain myself.  the following is a list of explanations, in no particular order.


how anyone doesn’t love cher is beyond me.  she is so awesome.  she was someone i really respected when i was growing up.  she seemed larger than life and so very cool.  i’ve seen her in concert twice (once as a 12 year old and once in my twenties) and i was in heaven.  she is cheeky and clever and such a great performer.  i don’t think there is a cher song i don’t like, though some i absolutely love and others i could probably live without.  this is the video for ‘we all sleep alone’ a hidden gem!

Kenny Rogers

i know kenny is the butt of a lot of jokes with his plastic surgery and perma-tan, but his music transcends all of that!! when i was in university i went to see him live with a friend who may have been the biggest fan ever.  she definitely cried.  it was really fun.  i didn’t know the song ‘lucile’ before i met her, but her story about confusing the lyrics (she thought he was saying 400 children and that lucile really was the worst woman ever!) has made this a favourite ever since.  the second time i saw him live i was in the front row with another friend.  she got very feisty and i was afraid she was going to storm the stage, i thought she was going to give him a heart attack!!

The Monkees

i associate this song with my mom.  she was not cool growing up, music was not her thing.  unless you count accordion or flute tunes – then she was all over it!  but she did confess she loved this song.  and after listening to it i realized it was pretty catchy and so much fun to sing along to!


every time i hear this song i get a little misty eyed.  it’s so nice.  and reminds me of middle school dances.  the thrill of wondering if someone will ask you to dance, and the sheer terror if they do. 

Justin Bieber

i have never liked a bieber song until ‘boyfriend’.  i thought his songs were catchy, and he was cute. but cute like in the snl sketch when tina fey put him in a stroller.  but now that he’s 18 – hold onto your hats!  this song is pretty great.  most likely because it is so much like a song by that other justin – timberlake that is. actually, in addition to having you, anderson, as my bff, justin timberlake is my husband.  i love that man.  bieber has nothing on him.  and now this song is less appealing to me because i keep thinking the noise in the background is actually whale song.  have a listen, you’ll see what i mean.

November Rain

hands down, best video ever.  and another great middle school dance song despite it’s length.  axl may be an embarrassment now, but i forgive him because in his prime he was the absolute best.  and this song is the proof.

Hall & Oates

not to be a hipster about it, but i loved hall & oates way before it was trendy.

Huey Lewis and the News

when i was 6 my mom and i won tickets to see huey lewis and the news.  it was my first concert and it was amazing.  we met the band backstage – i still have their autographed photo and dried roses. 

Disney Music

i was once driving my vp back from a meeting a few hours away.  i had my ipod on shuffle and a disney song came on.  i was so embarrassed.  so much for being taken seriously.  but i do love disney songs.  i probably have about 50 on my ipod.  ‘part of your world’ was the big song when i was a kid.  i sang it in singing lessons and any chance i got.  it still resonates with me after all these years. 

Paula Abdul

paula abdul was the first artist i loved who wasn’t introduced to me by my parents.  we were visiting some family friends and i brought along my sting and paul simon tapes like the 80 year old woman trapped in a 6 year old’s body that i was.  the daughter was listening to paula abdul and i was in awe.  who was this cool lady singing to me?  why did i want to dance?  i had so many questions.  but i have never once questioned my love for paula.  ‘cold hearted’ is one of the greatest songs ever.  and now that i’m older and actually understand the words it is even better!

Right Said Fred

everyone knows their one big hit ‘i’m too sexy’ but i had their album and this was one of my favourite songs.  it’s auditory bubble gum and i still love it.

Willa Ford

why do i love this song?  seriously, why?  if it were the 1950s i could believe that a pop song is really anti-establishment.  but by the time willa ford came around it’s pretty generic.  but, i do feel a bit rebellious when i listen to this song.  i am such a nerd.

2 responses »

  1. I second you on the boyfriend song, Justin Timberlake, and Hall and Oates. However- is it really cool to like them now?? I’ll have to tell my friend Ryan that he and I are hipsters. We didn’t even know! :p

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