Digital Marketing Executive Nikki is the latest team member to give us her guilty pleasure list, there’s a bit of all sorts on this list, but it makes for fun listening.
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1. Billy Ray Cyrus – Achy Breaky Heart
I don’t care that he hasn’t done since, or whatever the hell his daughter is up to this week (seriously, what is she doing?!). If this comes on I’ll be singing and dancing along! Achy Breaky Heart was the debut single of the man who made the mullet famous. It even came along with the phrase “Business at the front, party at the back!” The music video shows Cyrus playing the song live and clearly having the time of his life!
2. Rebecca Black – Friday
Is it possible for a song to be so bad that it becomes good? Everyone knew this song for all the wrong reasons and it is a real ear-worm. The music video first gained popularity after comedian Michael J. Nelson called it “the worst video ever made” and the rest is history. The original video was removed from YouTube due to legal issues, by which point it had 167 million+ views. However, the video has since been re-uploaded. Rebecca was able to laugh at herself in the end though and produced a sequel – get ready for Saturday. Another guilty pleasure.
3. Toni Basil – Mickey
There are many reasons why I love this song, and these lyrics are just one of them “So come on and give it to me anyway you can / Anyway you want to do it, I’ll take it like a man.” Random fact: Toni changed the name of the song from ‘Kitty’ to ‘Mickey’ to make the song about a man.
4. Aqua – Barbie Girl
It’s definitely possible to sing both male and female parts of this song on your own, but it’s even better in a group. Let’s be honest, we’ve all done it. Besides, have you seen the music video to this? It’s typical 90s cheese and I love it, the resulting music video is, quite frankly, hilarious. “Come on Barbie, let’s go party …”
5. Britney Spears – …Baby One More Time
Taking it all the way back to Britney’s debut single. It’s pretty hard not to at least sing along to this, and it’s another 90s classic. Most 90s pop songs could make my ultimate guilty pleasure list really, it was a golden era of music . ‘…Baby One More Time’ was originally an unused song from Toni Braxton that Britney recorded as the demo that ultimately got her the record deal, so basically we have Toni to thank for Britney’s later hits that included ‘Oops! … I Did it Again’, ‘If You Seek Amy’ and ‘Circus’.
6. A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place – Dolly Parton and Theresa Merrit
This is from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas which is the first film Dolly’s I Will Always Love You was used in (way before Whitney Houston covered it). As the name of the film suggests, it is a musical about a brothel in Texas whose nickname is the “Chicken Ranch”, a local news reporter tries to get the Chicken Ranch shut down and the Sheriff intervenes in an attempt to save it. There are a bunch of songs in the film but this one has to be up there as one of my favourites, it’s just all kinds of great!
7. Scissor Sisters – Lets Have A Kiki
There’s no guilt here, I just wanted an excuse to listen to this song again. It’s just one of those songs that never fails to get you in a good mood. Afterall, how can you be sad when you’re having a kiki? FYI “A kiki is a party, for calming all your nerves / where spilling tea, and dishing just desserts one may deserve.” I’ll refrain from doing the dance this time though. Or maybe the fact that I know the dance could be the reason for it making my guilty pleasure list.
8. Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 – Your Makeup is Terrible
This song is terrible and the video is in a world of its own, but it gets in your head and you feel like it will never ever leave you. It’s amazing. The video does get rather weird for a minute or so in the middle, but it does improve again if you have the will power to stick with it.
9. Steps – Tragedy
The theme song for almost every childhood party I attended, and yet another song with dance moves attached – there’s definitely a theme here. Tragedy was originally a hit song for the Bee Gees, but it is much more well known as a hit for Steps (especially for people my age). It was a sad, sad day when they broke up, and although they have reformed once or twice, it just isn’t the same.
10. RuPaul – Sissy That Walk
As much as some of us complain about this song, when it comes on in a bar/club you basically have no option but to join in, strut down that dance floor like it’s a catwalk and Sissy That Walk! Tip: when watching the music video, keep an eye on Victoria “Pork Chop” Parker (the one on the right), she’s great!