As part of our celebration for our 10th year in business in 2016, we have asked each of our staff members to create a list of their Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Songs.
Client Manager Jody kicks things off for us this month, with some very interesting choices. Listen along with us on Spotify and find out why he made chose them below.
1. Blue (Da Ba Dee) – Eiffel 65
This song is completely inescapable. Simply by reading “I’m blue, da ba dee da ba dye,” it springs effortlessly back to your head, refusing to leave for days. Days. A staple of the early-naughties primary school disco scene, this absolute Italian banger will force you to dance whether or not it’s appropriate or if you even want to. The video is an incredible thing to behold: an outrageous 3D concept, born in a time when it would have been extremely difficult to realise, not given enough money to allow it to be realised in a non-eye-gouging fashion. The result is, quite frankly, hilarious.
2. Dragostea din tea – O-Zone
This song is a fantastic example of something that’s enjoyable to listen to, even though you have no clue what’s going on. Sung in Romanian, this piece of history (called Words of Love in English) was created by the Moldovan group O-Zone and released in 2003. Then, it inexplicably shot up to the very top of the Eurocrat Hot 100 in 2004, where it stayed for a full 12 weeks between June and September. Another primary school disco hit. I’m starting to realise where they got most of their material from. Mai ya hee, mai ya haa…
3. Echo Beach – Martha and the Muffins
A cornerstone of the early 80s from Martha and the Muffins, this ear worm is crammed full of (presumably) every single synth sound they could get their hands on. Thankfully, they stopped just short of using a synth saxophone, which would probably have earned Martha and the Muffins some sort of sponsorship deal with Moog. Bursting with energy, Echo Beach is guaranteed to stick in your head like an axe, and, you know what? I’m okay with that. Just don’t listen to the lyrics.
4. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
No, wait, stop! Put the axe down. I’m serious, this song is amazing. An immensely divisive song, this little gem was originally written by Jepsen as a folk song, but then Josh Ramsay got involved and turned it into the floorfiller we all know and
5. Burn It to the Ground – Nickelback
Believe it or not, buried in the depths of each album, there’s one or two pretty decent tracks. However, we Nickelback sympathisers, no matter how generally ambivalent about them we are, must travel by night in thick hoods so that we are not recognised by our friends and family. That’s fair, though, because Chad Kroeger has masterminded some pretty horrendous things. The less said the better, I think.
6. The Ballad of Jimmy Durante – The Blanks
“Who the blazes are The Blanks?” I hear you ask. Well, remember the Worthless Peons from Scrubs? They’re a real-life a cappella band, and they’re incredible. Any words on the contrary may be directed to my hand, because the face ain’t listening.
7. Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega
Inevitably, we head back to primary-disco-chic with Mambo No. 5, in which Lou Bega admits that he’s really not one for commitment. Thank goodness that I wasn’t too good at reading between the lines when I was eleven.
8. That Don’t Impress Me Much – Shania Twain
For whatever reason, my dad was completely obsessed with Shania Twain when I was growing up. As such, I will not hear a bad word against her. That Don’t Impress Me Much is inexplicably a sublime listening experience, and I really don’t know why. Responsible for problematic bangers such as Man! I Feel Like A Woman, Shania Twain will forever find her way into awkward house party playlists (and probably shampoo adverts). Probably.
9. Boom Boom Boom Boom – The Venga Boys
I bought this on cassette when I was small, which makes it the first piece of music that I ever bought. I’m not sure that I should ever have disclosed that information, but I have no regrets. This song possesses all the subtlety of a fluorescent wrecking ball, with its horrendous four-to-the-floor kick beat at what feels like a trillion beats per minute, and its screamy, screamy synths. Not to mention the lyrics which, in hindsight, I should definitely not have been singing so eagerly aged 8. To conclude: this song is pretty much like drinking coke through your eyes. Make of that what you will.
10. My Patch – Jim Noir
This song has literally been used on every single advert, ever. Give or take. But seriously, any time a production team is looking for music to go behind a show that could be described as “quirky”, they used this track. It will never leave you alone. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go and sit in a dark room with some heavy-duty ear protectors.