Music: 10 Guilty Pleasures Part I

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What is a Guilty Pleasure?

I came up with this list with my family and friends - we had so much fun doing it that we came up with enough songs to make two lists! That's right, a part two is linked at the end of this Hub. The criteria we used when determining whether or not a song belonged on the list as a guilty pleasure was:

You are single and out for a drive. You have your car windows down and this song blaring on the radio. You pull up to a red light. You look over and see a cutie in the car next to you. Do you immediately turn the song down even though you absolutely love it? Yes? Guilty pleasure! So pull up a chair and stay for a while! Enjoy the videos of some of our guilty pleasures - in no particular order!

Funky Cold Medina is a hip hop song written by Young MC, Michael Ross, and Matt Dike. It was first performed by Tone Loc and released on March 18, 1989. A month later and it was in the third spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Funky Cold Medina is a fictional aphrodisiac.

The Final Countdown is a song by the band Europe that was released in 1986. It was written by Joey Tempest and has been touted by some as the band’s most popular and recognizable song. The Final Countdown ended up reaching the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 25 different countries.

The Eye of the Tiger is a song by the band Survivor. It was released on May 29, 1982 and was written at the request of Sylvester Stallone. Sly was unable to get permission to use Queen’s song ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ as the theme song for Rocky III. So he put in the request and got The Eye of the Tiger. The song was a hit, topping charts worldwide in 1982.

Escape later became known as Escape (The Pina Colada Song). It was performed by Rupert Holmes and was his highest charting hit. Escape was the last number one song of the 1970’s and the second number one song of the 1980’s. It is the only single to rise to the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in two different decades. The lyrics were inspired by a want ad Rupert read while looking through the personals section.

I’m Too Sexy is a song by trio Right Said Fred. The single topped American charts in 1992. The lyrics are sung from the perspective of an egotistical fashion model.

Barbie Girl is a song by dance-pop group Aqua and it was released in 1997. The song was written by Claus Norreen and Soren Nystrom Rasted. Barbie Girl is Aqua’s biggest hit – topping charts worldwide. The lyrics, as we already know, are about Barbie and Ken sparking a lawsuit with the doll’s company, Mattel.

Kung Fu Fighting is a disco song that was released as a single in 1974. It was written, composed, and performed by Carl Douglas. The song sold eleven million records worldwide making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.

I'll admit it - the best part of adding this song was getting to listen to it the entire way through. I couldn't help dancing in my seat.

I'm steppin' tall ya'll

I'm spunky, I like my oatmeal lumpy

Come on! How could you NOT love a song with those lyrics? The Humpty Dance is a hip hop song from the 1990’s sung by Digital Underground. The single took spots on the pop charts, the R&B charts, and the Billboard Rap Singles chart.

Dancing Queen is a pop song recorded by ABBA and it was released August 1976. Dancing Queen, commonly regarded as one of the most successful singles of the 1970’s, was written by Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, and Stig Anderson. It reached number one on popular music charts in 13 countries.

Tubthumping is often referred to as “I Get Knocked Down” because this is the prominent line in the song. It is sung by the band Chumawamba and was released in August 1997. The song claimed top spots in Italy and the US Billboard Modern Tracks chart and peaked number 2 on the UK Singles Chart.

Which of These Songs is YOUR Guilty Pleasure?

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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Love it, Ardie. I chose Dancing Queen; that makes me want to belt it out. Love 'em all, except not too familiar with Kung fu fighting. Barbie Girl was definitely a guilty pleasure. haha. Great hub, girl!

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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Ardie, you brought back some memories. I have always loved the Pina Colada song. Great Hub!

Lesleysherwood 4 years ago

Definitely 'im too sexy' and 'barbie girl'. 'the final countdown' brings back memories of when my son was born. Ardie, thank you for this trip down memory lane and the realization that my guilty pleasures are common to man.

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MummyDearest 4 years ago from Kildare, Ireland

The Final Countdown...voted up..enjoyed the hub and it tickled me!! Thanks! Now it got me singing! :)

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up! Thanks for reminding me of one of my all time favorites from the old days - The Pina Colada Song. Gotta put it in My Favorites on YouTube.

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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I will argue that Dancing Queen is not a guilty pleasure. But I will definitely say I got my 90s faux-Irishmen on with "Tubthumping" as a kid. That and Barbie girl especially. However, there's no shame in my playlist game! Great job Ardie!

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caramellatte 4 years ago

I remember Barbie Girl! Cool hub!:)

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parentsreview 4 years ago from Lansdowne, PA

I love Kung Fu Fighting, but this is the first I heard I should feel guilty about it. Some of the others though, I do feel a little guilty about. Great hub!

jenubouka 4 years ago

Oh, how all these songs bring a sense of nostalgia. What a great list and I look forward to the next installment!

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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks Victoria Lynn :) I had so much fun making this list up with my family and it was THE easiest Hub of my life to date.

Hi Kristine! I love that song too and now its stuck in my head because Im playing it while I answer comments ha :)

Hi Lesley :)Im too sexy is one of those songs I sing anytime I check myself out in the mirror hahah of course I don’t believe it but it makes me laugh so why not?

Mummydearest, hi! Thanks for reading AND singing. Don’t be too shy to post a YouTube of the song

Hi Gypsy Rose, thanks for reading! I even got my kids singing that one – and they don’t even know what a Pina Colada is :)

Hi Alecia, I knew there would be some debate over what some people love just to love and what really is a guilty pleasure. My friends, family, and I debated over this list for quite a while. Im sure we were even a little too loud about it hahah

Hi caramellatte :)Thanks for reading! Barbie Girl was the first song I heard when I visited NYC in 1996. Loved it ever since

Parentsreview, This list is purely subjective. I have no shame in my musical preferences. I say play it proud and sing it loud – let me see you bust a kung fu move. Thanks for stopping in :)

Hi jenubouka :)I will post number II tonight! (including two bonus hits I decided to add on my own – no family involved since they wouldn’t agree with me…and this IS my Hub hahah)

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Hi, Ardie. Your list of songs is not exactly guilty pleasures to me, but you have included three of my favorites: Dancing Queen, Eye of the Tiger, and King Fu Fighting. Thank you.

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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi drbj :) Dancing Queen is one of my favorites too but I was overruled on the vote hahah

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KF Raizor 4 years ago

I don't consider Abba a "guilty pleasure." To me, Phil Collins is a guilty pleasure. Great hub, thanks!

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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

Hey Ardie, I enjoy too many of your songs. And if I was single(which I am) and there was a cutie in the car next to me while sitting at a light, I wouldn't turn it down. I would leave it at the volume I enjoy listening to it. Very funny hub! :) Voted up! :)

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Haunty 4 years ago from Hungary

When I came here first there was but one vote and it was for Dancing Queen. So I began wondering... I'm not surprised it was YOU! lol

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Funky Cold Medina got my vote! Followed by 7 more! Fun list of songs! Keep on Hubbin'! 5 more! Yay:)

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Aw I was with Funky Cold Medina too! lol Very hilarious because I do love many of those songs and would sing them way too loud if they popped on the radio!

Super fun hub! Dancing Queeeeeeeennnnnnnn!

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Poohgranma 4 years ago from On the edge

Great! I think I must be a lot more guilty than your family though ... LOL I love almost all music but I think I listened to "heavier" stuff most of the time. Loved this hub though!

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What a great hub and here's to that up up and away.

Take care and enjoy your day.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

KF! Hahah I don’t know if I’d even call him a pleasure but ABBA sure is fun :)

Cagsil :) you would leave them turned up because you are just that cool and your taste in music wouldn’t influence the cutie’s first impression of you!

Haunty, I meant I voted to NOT put Dancing Queen on the list because I love it :P

SS625 hiya! Thanks for voting :) Funky Cold Medina made me smile while I was writing its little bio.

RHW, its just a great song! The video makes me giggle with the dachshund.

Poohgranma! I tend to listen to stuff I can dance to – no metal head here. And I don’t get too guilty about my music – I love it all too

Eiddwen – up up and awaaaaaaaay. Thanks for reading and for the vote.

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itsmonkeyboy 4 years ago from London, UK

Great list, the first 3 songs had me. Then you lost me a little but got me back with Kung Fu Fighting! I may have to go listen to it now.

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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

itsmonkeyboy! I love that name hahah I tried to keep a good mix on the list of older songs and "newer" songs (meaning the 90's) because thats what we listen to here. My husband loves anything from the 60's to current and I love anything new!

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I'm not sure why these would be guilty pleasures since some are classics. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Oh, these are some true guilty pleasures. I've actually been known to quote from Tubthumping... after all, I get knocked down, but I get up again, too! Voted up and awesome!

Sunnie Day 4 years ago

I loved this hub and there is so much truth how a song can change your demeanor in a minute. My husband will start down this pretend catwalk when that song comes on becoming this weird, sexy man... lol Rocky song OMG...let me be walking, this comes on, and I think I can run...then after it is over, I am hobbling back to the car listening to Memories by Barbara Streisand..hahaha

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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi alocsin! We did a vote and chose songs we would be embarrassed to crank up and sing loud to in front of strangers hahah

Hi Jeannie :) I LOVED Tubthumping back in the day. Its catchy and could you not like it?!

Hi SunnieDay - I try to run to Rocky too! Then I realize I have to pull out the inhaler and its over. I wish I could see a whole bunch of normal, everyday men strutting down the catwalk being goofy to that song - it would be hilarious!!!

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itsmonkeyboy 4 years ago from London, UK

Ah, your music tastes both sound fantastic. I have a problem with Disco music at the moment, and I mean Disco from the 70s. My problem being that I can't get enough of it!

I believe my partner is quite concerned as we're getting married this year and I have ideas for the reception music. I shall have to refrain from wearing a white suit though I think.

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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hello itsmonkeyboy! Disco music is SO much fun :) Yours would be the reception of the century if you went with that theme. And you can make your partner feel better by explaining that your music tastes MIGHT change before the wedding :)

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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

up and shared, Ardie. I wouldn't roll my window up. if they don't like me for me, then who needs 'em?

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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada


Those who know me well...know...I'm all about the pleasure and I have certainly been known to shout out for the guilty pleasures too! You have a good list here and let me just say...I LOVE the Funky Cold Medina!

Voting up, sharing, and talking about this during dinner!



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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

I like all music, almost anyways. I listen to nearly everything, I think my kids hate that I know and even enjoy most of their music. Everything from Bach to Justin Bieber. It doesn't matter if its music I can probably enjoy listening to it. Thanks for writing this, I enjoyed reading it.

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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks PDX! I agree - if someone doesnt like you for you then who needs them?!

Hi TS :) Do you like the little dog in the Funky Cold Medina vid? Maybe we can hook her and Truman up!

Hiya dmop! I love seeing a new name on my Hub comments :D I am much like you - music is music is music and I would rather have a radio blaring bad music than a tv blaring a great show. Thanks for stopping in!

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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Ardie... I agree... while I write I tune into stations all over the globe and listen to what is being played... right now it is Latin music... fingers are keeping beat... lol

Great hub

Hugs from Canada

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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK

I love Dancing Queen, and I feel no guilt!

Great list - voted up.

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amberld 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

love this list! Escape is my #1 guilty pleasure song, followed by Dancing Queen. Funky Cold Medina took me right back to sophomore year at UW-Madison! I don't really turn them down though at red lights too much. just a little. I know they might crack up the other driver and put them in a good mood! Thank you for the fun listen, can't wait to check out part 2. you should keep these coming! Voted up and SHARED!

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

my #1 guilty pleasure song was guilty pleasure song. Cool songs! NOTHING LIKE MUSIC!!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi Rolly! Oooh I can only imagine what I would write if I listened to Latin music. I will have to try that some time just to experiment :)

Judi Bee – I love ABBA but I still can’t get over the guilt hahah! Maybe one day. Thanks for the vote

Aaw amberld! I love your take on the guilty pleasure music and I am going to try it. Maybe my silly songs will make others laugh or smile and even if it IS at me I don’t mind if it makes their day better. You’re so sweet :)

Hello Lord!! Its always great to see you. I appreciate music too. Even bad music is good music in my opinion :)

iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

LOL Ardie! I think I just attended someone's wedding and heard all of these songs!!! Love the hub...voted up!

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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Ardie-- I started my own list of guitar solos last night so this is quite a coincidence. Of course I had to check your list. I have to admit that ABBA is a guilty pleasure of mine, though Dancing Queen isn't my favorite. That's reserved for Chiquitita. Voted up and interesting.

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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi Audra :) Hahah!! That's too funny - I should make a Hub of traditional dance songs for weddings too. What a funny idea. Thanks for the vote.

Hey there UnnamedHarold (just kidding, I do see its Harald.) When your Hub is done you should send me a message and let me know so I can link it in!!

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I vote this hub as 'awesome'! Mine (shhhh) is Barbie Girl!! Hehe so many great songs here though :)

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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi Christy, thats so funny because my kids LOVE that song and they sing it every time they play with their Barbies (which is almost daily).

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