It’s back! Music Monday has finally returned to the Sassologist! I don’t know why I stopped doing them in the first place. But anyway, it’s back and today I want to talk to you about songs that are guilty pleasures. We all have them, there’s nothing to be ashamed about, but let’s just have a look at what defines a guilty pleasure song. Of course I will also share mine.
What is a guilty pleasure?
Wikipedia describes the definition of a Guilty Pleasure best:
A guilty pleasure is something, such as a film, a television program or a piece of music, that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard, or is seen as unusual or weird.
Some songs are considered cool, especially when they have just come out. If one says at a party; “I truly enjoy listening to that new Ed Sheeran song!” nobody will think that it’s weird. However, when you say “Omg, Rebecca Black’s Friday is on! Totally my jam!” a lot of people will question your sanity. Not because it is a bad song (it is a bad song), but because a lot of people used to joke about that song. The internet was filled with memes. Nobody seriously enjoyed that song. So when you’re at a cool party and you say in a serious way that it’s your song, nobody will take you seriously. They will probably stop inviting you. Not sure if that’s a bad thing because it leaves you with more time to listen to your guilty pleasures.
Why do we need guilty pleasures?
We need them because we can’t always be cool. We can’t always follow the masses and love what’s hip and happening right now. Sometimes we just need a throwback to the good old days. It seems that especially 80s and 90s music is not considered a guilty pleasure. Back in the day, this music was considered the best of the best. Now not so much. But for 90s kids like myself, this music was wat we listened to and loved. Now you can’t take Hit me baby one more time seriously anymore. Back then it was the rise of Britney and while she has proceeded to making better music, the nostalgia remains. Basically you could argue that the majority of guilty pleasure songs are just nostalgia.
My guilty pleasures
Most of my guilty pleasures are songs that stem from my youthful days. Back when I was still innocent and sweet, these were the songs I used to listen to. When they are on the radio now or get played at a party, I jam to them. I have absolutely no regrets about that.
Vengaboys – Boom Boom Boom
This was actually a massive hit back in the day. As a child, I sang along to this and I had no clue what the hell I was singing. Now I know better and I wonder why my mother let my innocent soul be tainted by this. Still, I enjoy singing along to this because it is very catchy.
Toy Box – Best Friend
I was a massive Toy Box fan back in the day. They sang jewels like Tarzan and Jane and the Sailor Song. Best Friend is still my favourite. My cousin and I performed this song at a talent show and we miserably failed. Years later we took revanche by performing to J’aime La Vie and it was awful. Still we got 3rd place. And we lost all our cool points, but hey. Good times.
Britney Spears – Baby One More Time
This was the song everybody loved. My brother was in love with Britney after this. I wanted to be as cool as Britney. While by today’s standards, this song is anything but cool, I still love it. I also sing along to it and pretend I know the choreography. Best guilty pleasure ever and truly iconic too!
*NSync – Bye Bye Bye
Justin Timberlake was my first love. I was going to marry him, you know. Even though I was a baby back then. While this is now considered a guilty pleasure, I think *NSync is the best boyband ever. One Direction could not even touch them. Probably because they did not have Justin Timberlake. Anyway, I think this is the most iconic *NSync song ever and let’s all revel at JT’s cuteness. Gosh, I still love him.
What are your favourite guilty pleasure songs? Let me know!