Friday, August 28, 2009

10 Shameful Songs I Like

Just call me Valerie "AM Gold" D'Orazio

10. "I Woke Up In Love This Morning," The Partridge Family

9. "Little Willy," The Sweet

8. "Putting On The Ritz," Taco

7. "Ghostbusters," Ray Parker Jr

6. "Sugar, Sugar," The Archies

5. "Xanadu," Olivia Newton-John

4. "Say Say Say," Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson

3. Anything by Nickelback

2. "Mama Said Knock You Out," LL Cool J (not complete without the lip sync)

1. "Mmmbop," Hanson


  1. Exact quote from the BF:


  2. Just for the record: there is nothing shameful about liking Ghostbusters or ANYTHING by LLCoolJ.

    And as for Nickelback, there is something there that is embarrassingly easy to listen to...

  3. I must second the BF's reaction. "One of these things is not like the others..."

  4. "Just for the record: there is nothing shameful about liking Ghostbusters or ANYTHING by LLCoolJ."

    You obviously haven't seen me lip sync to LL Cool J alone in my office with a pair of pink boxing gloves

  5. Anonymous10:51 AM

    Oooooooh, you are showing your age somewhat!...

  6. WHOA! Hold on one Second!

    Little Willy and Mama Said Knock You Out are good. Period. There are other later Sweet songs on my iPod that would definitely induce some cringing if publicly played, but not Little Willy.

    I also do not see any reason to be ashamed of liking Ghostbusters.

    I also happen to like the Partridge Family and the Archies, but those I could possibly see.

  7. That is an awful band sync on the Sweet video though.

    Was Saturday Night Live the first show where bands on TV actually played live?

  8. There's nothing to be ashamed of.

    I have to say that Sweet looks prettier than some women I know.

    I wish E.L.O. and O.N.J. had made more music together. They were great with each other.

  9. I love that people are more upset by Nickleback than Hanson. Heard mmmbop in the grocery store and reverted back to my 15 year old self.

  10. GHOSTBUSTERS is SHAMEFUL!? Say wha...?!

  11. As much contempt as I have for "corporate rock," I must admit that Nickelback is very good at it.

  12. like others before me have said, there is nothing shameful about Ghostbusters.

    It's one of my favourite songs ever. It's probably one of the best theme somgs ever, too.

    but nickleback?
    yes. SHAME.

  13. scott (the other one)12:46 PM

    Most of these are, indeed, shameful...but I like almost all of 'em too. The exceptions to the shameful rule are, as mentioned, LL Cool J and "MmmBop," which is an impossibly perfect piece of pop confectionery.

    Ray Parker Jr was a legit talent, but "Ghostbusters" was a pretty shameful rip-off of Huey Lewis (or all people). And Nickelback? Well...

    On the other hand, any Olivia pre-surgery is okay in my book.


  15. I'm with you on everything except Nickelback. Even Say Say Say.

  16. Kenneth5:03 PM

    God this makes me feel old. I remember listening to most of these songs on the radio (I'm post Hanson)... and liking them at the time. Ehem, anyone else here actually see the Partridge Family first run? See Xanadu in the theater?
    I've gone from top 40 to heavy metal to easy listening. I even had a dangerous flirtation with Britney Spears. (that "Oops I Did It Again" song will not let me be.) I even like (some) hip hop.
    Never feel guilty about liking a piece of music. Just, much like religeon and politics, be careful who you talk to about it.

  17. Anonymous5:29 PM

    I have never seen or head Say Say Say before, but it is a marvel of the world.

    I'm shamed LL Cool J is in NCIS:LA, Rich.

  18. What is people's wrong with Nickelback? I love their stuff!

    And Taco's rendition of Puttin' on the Ritz is shameful? Maybe for the use of blackface in the music video perhaps, but otherwise I don't see it. XD

  19. Funny coincidence. I watched From Earth to the Moon a few weeks ago and during the episode devoted to Apollo 12 they show the astronauts rocking out on the way to the moon to...

    "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies.

    I thought, Nah, that has to be some Hollywood license. Like in Apollo 13 where they play "Spirit in the Sky," but in reality they played the theme from 2001 and the song "Aquarius" from Hair.

    Then, while reading the Andrew Chaikin book A Man on the Moon, I learned Alan Bean did carry a tape of Top 40 tunes with him to the moon and one of the crew's particular favorites was...

    "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies.

  20. No one should ever be ashamed of Taco!

  21. Marla4:33 PM

    Thank you so much for those videos. Or some of them, anyway. I've never heard Nickelback, but "Say Say Say," Taco, and "Xanadu" took me right back. Ray Parker Jr., too. Believe it or not, I was listening to "Tarzan Boy" on an '80s-loving local radio station today. Yes, I'm old and I loved my '80s. So there. Also, your blog is great. Please keep it up. Sincerely, Marla