Songs You’re Embarassed To Admit You Love

by Kelly on October 10, 2009 · 19 comments

in Film. TV. Books. Music

Why is Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood headlining my post today?

Because as I was happily singing along with Frankie on the radio the other day, I realised that as much as I love this song, it really is quite daggy. You know, one of those tracks you think twice about admitting you like because it’s dated or courtesy of some forgotten band.

And let’s be honest, some songs, for whatever reason, they’re just not cool. They’re the equivalent of Elvis movies - well known and so bad they’re memorable. I’d put almost every Celine Dion song in this category.

This got me thinking about all the songs I secretly adore, but wouldn’t necessarily put on my iPod. All were real favourites in their day and even now when they come on the radio I will belt them out and reminisce about the events of my life I associate with these songs.

The five that immediately come to mind as too embarrassing to publicly love are:

Against All Odds - Phil Collins

Run to Paradise - Choirboys

My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion

Baby One More Time - Britney Spears

Kickstart My Heart

And while I’m baring my inner self and talking music, I may as well show you my favourite video for gratuitous perving.

What You Get Is What You See - Tina Turner

I always liked the guy with the long dark hair. The only thing he’s missing is a couple of tattoos and he’d be perfect :)

I’d also like to point out that Tina Turner had a 50th Anniversary tour this year. She turns 70 in about a month - yes 70 years old - and she’s only now farewelling rock and roll. Now that’s an inspirational woman.

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Enough of me being out here airing my dirty secrets alone. What about you?

Share the old tracks you’re secretly embarrassed to love.

Kelly

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1 Robin 10.11.09 at 12:37 pm

Ha Kelly - you should be truly embarrassed to admit to liking a Celine Dion song.

I called Frank in to look at these with me - we both like Relax - the video’s pretty out there! (Frank said he was just sitting on the front veranda thinking about feeding Christians to the lions, then he saw the video…)

It’s funny with that Britney Spears song, we keep hearing people singing it live - a guy sang it the other night at a gig we went to. I quite like it!

I know I have a few songs I’m embarrased to admit to liking, but I can’t think of them at the moment - I’m not good with names of songs or bands anyway. It’s GREAT to see you posting, Kelly!
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2 Kelly 10.12.09 at 7:08 am

@Robin

See, I told you I was hanging myself out here all alone - admitting to liking a Celine Dion song - it’s positively shocking! I’m hoping none of my friends read this post or I’m sure they’ll pay me out terribly. As for the Britney Spears song, I have also heard it warbled out at karaoke many times over the years, and surprisingly, men seem to find it an amusing song to sing. It’s amazing what alcohol can make people do.

Kelly

3 Sami - Life, Laughs & Lemmings 10.12.09 at 9:12 am

I’m with you for sure with Kickstart My Heart by Motley. Not only am I embarrassing myself by saying that but I’m also a glam rock chick from way back. Now THAT’S uncool. While I’m at it, I also love “Just Another Day Without You” by Jon Secada, but don’t tell anyone!
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4 Rozzen 10.12.09 at 10:38 am

If I like a song I will play it ,I like to think that if I like something I wont worry about what people think of my choice.We all have a different ear for the choice in our music.
Jeannie Lewis is one such singer I love her powerfull voice .
The track I love is FASTEN YOUR WINGS WITH LOVE
The kinks YOU REALLY GOT ME
Roz
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5 vered | blogger for hire 10.12.09 at 12:19 pm

I enjoy ABBA. I think this qualifies. :)

6 KRISHNA PAUL 10.12.09 at 7:35 pm

MUSIC IS THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE THAT TRANSCENDS ALL OF THE HUMAN IDIOSYNCRASIES AND FRAIL HUMAN EMMOTIONS SUCH AS HATE,BIGOTRY AND RACISM.
MY OWN RANGE IS VARIED AND WIDE SPREAD SHOSTIKOVIC TO BJORK AND BACK TO SACRED EARTH AND TO OPENLY DECLARE THAT ANY ONE RECORDING OR ARTIST IS DAGGY IS JUST A TAD SNOBBISH,ESPECIALLY WHEN MY BEAUTIFUL NIECE LIVED IN THE LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD WHERE ONE OF MUSICAL HISTORIE’S GREATEST CULTURAL CREATION’S WAS GIVEN TO THE WORLD …” FRED DAGG’S CHRISTMAS CAROLS”
THE WORLD WAS FOREVER CHANGED.
Kp …..
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7 Gunfighter 10.14.09 at 8:55 pm

All of the old stuff from the mid 1970’s from KISS. Oddly enough, they are playing here, in Washington, DC, tonight… and as much as I wanted to go… I just can’t do it. My colleagues already laugh at me when I play old KISS tunes in the office… especially when I belt out the lyrics to “Calling Dr. Love”
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8 Gunfighter 10.14.09 at 9:07 pm

Oh, and I too, love the music of ABBA… and not even slightly embarrassed by it.
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9 Graham Strong 10.15.09 at 3:05 am

Yes, like many here, I’m not embarrassed per se about the music I like (yes, ABBA ranks up there, though I couldn’t stand Mamma Mia…)

But there is one “guilty pleasure” that might be slightly embarassing: “All the Things She Said” by Tatu. I know before I say this that nobody will believe me, but I actually heard the song and liked it before I found out about the whole lesbian schtick.

Bubble gum music? Sure. But it’s catchy.

~Graham

10 KRISHNA PAUL 10.15.09 at 11:21 am

OK GUY’S LET’S GET SERIOUS NOW -
1910 FRUIT GUM COMPANY
BARRY MANILO
THE TWIN GUY’S FROM SCOTLAND - I WOULD WALK 1OO MILES
EVERY ONE ELSE THAT’S BEEN MENTIONED IS KOOL - BUT THESE GUY’S “SHEESH !!”
AND VERY KOOL MUSIC FROM THE GOOD OL’E 60′S “”THE EASY BEATS”" … BUT DON’T FORGET NORMIE ROWE !! ASK YA MUM KELLY,SHE LOVED NORMIE ROWE.
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11 Cath Lawson 10.17.09 at 1:42 pm

LOL Kelly - I like all of those. I probably wouldn’t dance to Relax in public nowadays though. And I love Britney Spears - I even have one of her CD’s. And I like stuff by Abba and Kiss, as others have mentioned.

Other embarrassing stuff I like - probably various things including lots of Barry Manilow’s stuff, the Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep song, I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing. It’s a never ending list really.
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12 Chris Edgar 10.18.09 at 2:48 pm

I’ll see your Kickstart My Heart and raise you Girls, Girls, Girls, Wild Side and Smokin’ In The Boys’ Room. Those were anthems for me at 11 years old, along with anything by Poison, Warrant, Ratt and so on.

13 donna 10.19.09 at 10:47 am

What about “Happy Birthday to you.”, do you get embarassed when everyone sings that in a restaurant?
Happy Birthday Kelly, I hope the day was super awesome.

14 Walter 10.19.09 at 5:44 pm

Gosh, I think mine is more embarrassing: First love and Too Many Walls and Eternal Flame. :-) Walter´s last blog ..Self mastery: the feared path My ComLuv Profile

15 Isis the Scientist 10.20.09 at 12:24 pm

Here is my song!
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16 Kelly 10.20.09 at 2:44 pm

@Sami
You’re an old glam rock chick, and I’m an old punk and metal fan from way back. What an embarrassing pair!

@Rozzen
Love The Kinks and “You Really Got Me” is cool.

@Vered
Abba is so dated it’s actually super cool! Abba have always been huge here in Australia so like GF I am not at all embarrassed to admit I love their tunes. Bunny is also a fan of “Mamma Mia” and will sing it loud from the back seat.

@Gunfighter
I don’t mind a bit of KISS. I have “I was made for loving you” on my iPod and I’m not scared to admit it.

@Graham
LOL - I love that you would admit you liked Tatu. It was a catchy song and like you I heard it long before I knew their was some kind of lesbian marketing ploy attached

Kelly

17 Kelly 10.20.09 at 2:50 pm

@Krishna Paul
Barry is definitely someone that i think many people would be a bit shy in admitting they like. I hated that 100 miles song. When it used to play on the radio I’d want to throw it at a wall. However, when I hear that song it does take me back to a very specific time in my life so now I guess it has memories attached.

@Cath
Oh Cath, another Barry fan. What am I going to do with you? And dance to Relax now - I’m thinking maybe not. Just enjoy with a shuffle unless I was in my lounge room of course.

@Chris Edgar
I went and saw Poison in concert and I am blushing as I type at throwing that little tidbit into the public domain. In fact, maybe my husband doesn’t know. MusicMan could well decide going to a Poison concert is grounds for divorce!

Kelly

18 Kelly 10.20.09 at 2:52 pm

@Donna
Of course. Doesn’t everyone? And I had a lovely birthday, thank you xxx

@Walter
I also loved “Eternal Flame” and anything really by the Bangles.

@Isis the Scientist
As I said on your blog, Chrissie is the bomb!

Kelly

19 Greg @ remote control vibrating panties 10.27.09 at 7:49 am

I think Relax is a great song..the only daggy element attached to it would be that it is kinda old. It got a revamp in the Zoolander movie and VH1 put the band back together about 5 years ago..so there is some interest out there.

I seem to like far too many Bee Gee’s songs than I should really admit to. And not just the disco era songs…things like “Pretender with my love”, “Love so right” etc.

There are some great Burt Bacharach songs that you probably shouldn’t admit to liking (unless you’re planning to throw a cocktail party of course) - “The look of love”, “Do you know the way to San Jose”, “What the world needs now”.
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