I really can’t believe I’m going to admit to the following, but I was recently inspired by my doppleganger crew at Pajiba, who came up with yet another hysterical random list of their Top Guilty Movie Pleasures for 2009. Well, I’ve got plenty of those too, but since this here is (ahem) supposedly a music site – although admittedly not a lot of music of late – I figured I too would be brave and come out of the Sucky Song Closet.
Dustin, TK, Stacey (I’m thinking that butterfly sweatshirt), Nicole…it’s all your faults:
10. Taylor Swift’s “Should’ve Said No.”
YOU try living with a tween and a wanna-be tween who play this on a continuous loop and see if you don’t start humming along in spite yourself. It’s catchy as hell.
9. Owl City’s “Fireflies”
Just when you thought Minnesota could be cool (think home base to Prince and independent magazine, Utne Reader) here comes Adam Young with his mop head and lap top ruining it all. He’s cheerful and bouncy and just-so-godamn-glad-to-meet-ya! – and I like it all in spite of myself. What can I say? It help offset the Seasonal Affective Disorder.
8. Kris Allen’s “Heartless”
I can’t stand American Idol and I personally thought that Adam Lambert was robbed by not winning this year. That said, I thought Kris Allen’s live version of Kayne West’s “Heartless” was a killer. Unfortunately, the version sold through iTunes was this orchestra-laden sap track. It didn’t have half the heart and soul of the one I saw on the show. And for me to say that anything coming out of Idol had a pulse is as close as I’m ever going to get with dancing with the corporate devil.
7. Katy Perry’s “Hot n Cold”
She’s just so friggin adorable, I can’t stand it. And you can dance to her music too. I can see what Russell Brand sees in her. Fur sure 😉
6. Colbie Caillat’s “Fallin’ for You”
I know, I know…she’s like the Jennifer Aniston of the music business. Sweet and light and oh-so-vanilla. But what the hell, sometimes I like a little extra saccarine in my coffee.
5. John Mayer’s “Who Says”
Oy, what a douche bag. But it’s oh so true when I say I hate myself for loving you. Or at least your music. God help me.
4. Susan Boyle’s “I Dreamed a Dream”
Yeah, yeah…she’s just this side of dumpy, which frankly made her rendition of this song all the more effective. Think about it. The song’s about a washed up single mom who has been beaten down by life. You look at her singing that song and damn it, you believe every word outta that bitch’s mouth!
3. Any Song Off the TV Show “Glee”
This show not only made loving musical theater hip, but actually transformed such guilty pleasures of the past – like Journey’s “Don’t Stop Belivin'” – into a 2009 Top Ten hit. That’s some powerful stuff – plus they feature original Broadway cast member, Lea Michaels, from “Spring Awakening” as the Jewess temptress. And I luv that.
2. All Music from Both the “Twilight” and “New Moon” Soundtracks
The movie was as hypnotic as a 10-car pile up, and the books – I hear – aren’t worthy of gracing one’s bathroom throne. But color me in sparkles because I love the music featured on both soundtracks. It’s kick-ass emo for a new generation of sop-heads. Go figure.
1. Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb”
I can’t believe…let me repeat….I can’t BA-LEEVE….I’m admitting to this, but when I had to take my Sweet Pea to see that God-forsaken Hannah Montana movie – which sucked – the one part that got to me was her singing this song. I actually got a lil’ misty. And folks, I have no earthly good explanation for it. Maybe I was premenstrual. Perhaps I was caught up in my daughter’s excitement. I don’t know. But it’s obvious I need serious help.