leave your inhibitions at the door
As you probably know, Fridays on this site are for music-related posts and the majority of them are about Guilty Pleasures. These are songs that for some reason or another you really shouldn’t like – either they’re completely vapid lyrically, are for young pre-teen girls, or are hopelessly outdated. Or all of the above. Or just plain BAD. But for some unknown reason, you love the songs. This place is your safe, judgement-free zone.
But what about the opposite?
Could there be songs that you should absolutely love, but you can’t stand? Songs that are beautifully written, artistically deep, with amazing performances by wonderful people with feel-good backgrounds? Yet five seconds into the song, you’re screaming for the hills?
I have those, too. I just don’t know what they’re called. Here are a few.
Lorde – Royals
I hate this song with a passion, yet it’s receiving all kinds of airplay on many different radio station formats – pop, indie, adult rock. It has that popular message of rejecting materialism and elitists that clicks with the 99%. It has a funky beat and is nicely sung by a teenager who came out of literally nowhere (aka New Zealand). When I first heard it, I knew that it would be a huge hit. But I was immediately repulsed by it. Maybe because I like being an elitist.
Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball
As I mentioned in my post Hatin’ on Taylor Swift, it’s pretty easily to diss Miley. After all, she was on Disney Channel, has been pretty controversial lately, and has Billy Ray Cyrus for a dad.
If you can get past the fact that it’s Miley, Wrecking Ball is actually a really good song – highly emotional, soaring melodies, great theme. But I only needed to hear it once.
That said, her performance of the song on The American Music Awards was COLOSSALLY EPIC!!!
Lip-synching space kitty, FTW!!!
The Collected Works of Adele
I hate “Rumor Has It” the most.
I’ve been slapped around for this one quite a bit. She can write and belt out a song like no other. And I know a lot of people love that she’s had great success even though she’s full-figured and doesn’t fit the mold of pop star – that a “a real woman” can be just as sexy.
Ummmm. Real women come in all different shapes and sizes, including skinny. So, unless anyone has done DNA testing or looked up her skirt, I’d say Avril Lavigne is a “real woman” too.
To me, Adele is like Whitney Houston and 95% of all country music singers. They could have amazing voices and are terrific performers. But you can’t get me to like the music.
So what what should we call these songs? Anti-Guilty Pleasures? Innocent Miseries?
Do you have any songs you just hate for no good reason?