Another Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Songs

Script written by Matthew Thomas. They may be your secret shame, but damn if they aren’t catchy. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for another top 10 guilty pleasure songs. If you didn’t see a song that you thought should make the cut, make sure to check out our first top 10 guilty pleasure songs list. Whether you listen to them loud and proud or have to sneak a listen, these songs are just too catchy not to listen to. Special thanks to our users Michael J. Gillespie and Daft_E4 for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Another Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Songs


They may be your secret shame, but we’ll be damned if these songs aren’t catchy! Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for another top 10 guilty pleasure songs.

For this list, we’re looking at another ten tunes that we can’t help but love and rock out to – not that we’d admit it in public, since they’re all so embarrassing. If you didn’t see a song that you think should have made the cut, be sure to check out our first top 10 guilty pleasure songs list.

#10: “Hollaback Girl” (2005)
Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani first caught mainstream attention as a part of the ska-punk rock band No Doubt, singing lyrically interesting songs like “Just a Girl” and “Don’t Speak.” That may be why the vapid nature of some of her early solo work took her long-time fans by surprise. Well, that and the fact that she surrounded herself with silent Harajuku girls. If it weren’t for songs like this one, which were such a good time, we would’ve been legit haters instead of just pretending to be.

#9: “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” (1982)
Culture Club

Pop music is rife with melodramatic lyrics and this song is a perfect example. Appropriately, vocalist Boy George sounds like he is on the verge of tears throughout. So over the top and self-pitying that you’d never want your friends to witness you getting into it, this song remains a good time despite how improbable that is. Used in the film “The Wedding Singer” to introduce an overly morose backup singer, we can’t think of any other song that is so gloomy and catchy.

#8: “Die Young” (2012)
Kesha

A pop star who seemingly built a career on tequila and glitter, Kesha’s continued success is arguably surprising to a lot of people. Blessed with dubious actual singing talent in comparison to her peers, she relies on talented producers and lyrical content that is entirely fixated on club and party life. This song virtually pleads with you to let loose and live in the moment. We’ve got to admit, this is a truly enjoyable lightweight tune.

#7: “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” (1999)
Shania Twain

This entry goes out to the men in the audience. A song that was designed to appeal to a rabid female fanbase should leave the fellas rolling their eyes and commiserating among themselves. The fact that Shania has pipes that are strong enough to rival nearly any modern pop star and seems to be having a great time belting out this song lends the tune an infectious feeling that is difficult to deny. That’s why it’s a guilty pleasure fave – for either sex.

#6: “Bye Bye Bye” (2000)
NSYNC

Boy bands were transparently manufactured to appeal to prepubescent girls, but the band that introduced the world to Justin Timberlake had real talent. Plus, they were just plain likable. Unlike most of their peers, these guys were smart enough to almost exclusively highlight the vocals of the two most talented members. As a result, this song has great harmonies and lead vocals. We may pretend that we loathe the cookie cutter boy band trend, but this dancey breakup jam is the genre at its peak.

#5: “Believe” (1998)
Cher

The song that ushered in the era of auto-tune, this may be one of the few songs that actually used the process properly. Cher is undeniably capable of carrying a tune, so it was employed for effect rather than to hide a lack of ability. Still the legacy of horrific singers this song left behind, as well as the fact that it was monstrously overplayed, should decimate our appreciation for it. Then again it was a huge, Eurodance-coated comeback for the singer - and a whole lot of fun.

#4: “It’s Raining Men” (1982)
The Weather Girls

Unrepentantly campy, this song feels like a holdover from the disco era. To this day, that opening refrain brings a wry smile to the face of many. An anthem in gay culture and girl power circles, this international hit is a song you probably don’t want people knowing you’ve got on your iPod. If you find yourself in a social situation and this song comes on the speaker, pay attention to any naysayers in the room. The odds of witnessing them absentmindedly singing along before its conclusion are immense.

#3: “Love Story” (2008)
Taylor Swift

Oh Taylor, you’ve given us so many guilty pleasure tracks. (I Knew You Were Trouble, Blank Space) She’s a gigantic star, so you’d think appreciating this young woman’s music would be nothing to be embarrassed about. Unfortunately, for those of us who aren’t mired in high school drama anymore, that isn’t always the case. This sweet song leaves behind the spite for ex-boyfriends and instead focuses on a star-crossed lovers theme. That’s far more relatable to adults with mature relationships. The catchy nature of this little ditty may leave you humming it for days, as long as nobody is around.

#2: “Call Me Maybe” (2011)
Carly Rae Jepsen

Released by the Canadian songstress in 2011 in her home and native land, “Call Me Maybe” quickly became a sensation worldwide. As it was played on top 40 radio ad nauseam, it began to elicit eye rolls. It’s a shame that the song grew to annoy, since its earworm quality is nearly undeniable. Besides, the lyrics about modern sexual politics have some pretty interesting things to say. Of course, the lack of seriousness usually associated with the pop genre and the song’s heavy rotation drove a lot of people too crazy to notice.

Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

“U Can’t Touch This” (1990)
MC Hammer

“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” (1988)
The Proclaimers

“I Kissed a Girl” (2008)
Katy Perry

“Hero” (2001)
Enrique Iglesias

“Rock Me Amadeus” (1985)
Falco

“Hold On” (1990)
Wilson Phillips

#1: “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” (1984)
Wham!

We imagine that nobody thought they’d just created a masterpiece when this song was recorded. But it is pretty undeniable that the song is a good time through and through. Maybe that’s why it was chosen to play during the only moment of pure joy in the film “Zoolander.” Wham was never less substantial but more fun than in this, their first U.S. and UK number one. Admitting you like this song may be about as cool as George Michael’s hot-pants and dance moves, but denying it is practically impossible.

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