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5 Girl Songs Guys Love (But Won't Admit To)

Updated on March 11, 2014

Do Guys Like "Girl's Music"?

Of course we do. We just don't like to talk about it.
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Fellas, Do You Have Songs You Won't Play Around the Boys?

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Guys Only Love Some Songs In the Closet

I think it's safe to assume that all guys like some kind of music. Some more than others but none the less, most of us are fans.

I fall into the "more than others" category. I love music. It connects with the soul so easily and in so many ways. It has been the life of the party and has helped carry me through some of the hardest times of my life. Without my tunes, I am lost.

Guys aren't the only ones of course who love music passionately however they are the ones who have the tendency to hide in "the closet" when listening to certain songs.

Well the gig is up fellas. I'm about to sell you out on a few tunes that I bet you've found yourself getting into when no one was looking. Let's start with number 5 on my list of "Girl Songs Guys Like But Won't Admit To".

"What I Am" - Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians

Do you like Edie?

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About Edie Brickell

Edie Brickell was born in Texas and hit it big in the late 80's with the release of this song, "What I Am" off the album "Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars. Though another album was released and other songs written, this was surely what made her mark in the music industry and put her in the place where she would meet her future husband, Paul Simon.

I put this at number 5 because, well this list is based on my opinion and, because though I may not be giving enough credit to Edie's appeal to men, I feel there are others who have more of a following.

Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians are often referred to as a "one hit wonder" however the song "Circle of Friends" was also quite well known and in my opinion, the album deserved more songs to be played and would probably be a bigger hit today than in it's time. (But I wouldn't ever admit that...would I?)

"You Gotta Be (Bad)" - Des'ree

Do you know other Des'ree songs besides this one?

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About Des'ree

Though Des'ree's career got going in 1992, it wasn't until 2004 that she top the charts with this hit.

Des'ree was born in London, England in 1968 and though she had multiple albums and hits there, she is mainly known as a "one hit wonder" here in the States.

I picked this song because I think, regardless of gender, it's one of the most inspirational and uplifting songs ever. It may not have you playing air guitar or head banging on the highway, but it definitely draws you in and picks you up. Guys, certainly younger men, will be looking for the "skip" button though if it comes up on the playlist with their boys in the car.

"Heartbreaker" - Pat Benatar

About Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar began making a name for herself in the mid 70's after leaving her job as a bank teller while married to an army man by the name of Dennis Benatar. They would later divorce at which point Pat would carry the Benatar name into infamy with her debut album "In the Heat of the Night".

Benatar became a very "decorated" musician winning multiple Grammy's and being nominated for even more for songs like "Love is a Battlefield", "Shadows of the Night" and "We Belong".

I chose "Heartbreaker" because it is a very guitar driven song with a message that could be interpreted as if being sung to either a man or a woman, thus making it a bit more understandable to us guys and therefore more acceptable to jam to in the car. Still, you would not likely hear one of us say, "I rock Pat all the time!"

"Edge of Seventeen" - Stevie Nicks

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About Stevie Nicks

Though Stevie made her break with the band Fleetwood Mac, I believe it was her solo career that brought her to her highest point.

Stevie has been touted as the "Queen of Rock n' Roll" over the years and was even believed to be a witch. Though she admits being interested in the "mystical" and "gothic", she denies being a witch or wanting to be seen as one even as she has entertained the role in the new series of "American Horror Stories: Coven".

Stevie is undoubtedly loved and/or respected by all walks of music lovers but still, many a men will stop singing and turn down the volume if jamming the infamous Stevie at a red light. While we may find it more acceptable to be caught listening to one of her great duets with the likes of Tom Petty ("Stop Dragging My Heart Around") or Don Henley ("Leather & Lace"), "Edge of Seventeen" is the more closeted choice of Stevie hits for guys.

"Crazy on You" - Heart

About Heart

You could say that Heart is the most acceptable female lead bands by men. The song "Barracuda" might be the most enjoyed by men publicly as far as female vocals go, thus the reason I didn't choose it as a "closet" song. "Crazy on You" however has a much more female connotation thus making it a little harder to maintain ones "man card" when rocking it out.

Heart came together in the Northwest United States but found it's first success in Canada after going there to avoid one of the members being drafted into the military during the Vietnam War. They later made their way back to the States where they released many chart topping hits and eventually went down as one of the best rock bands of all time according to VH-1.

What Girl Songs Does Your Man Like?

I'm sure this list could be much longer than 5 songs. Particularly with more modern female performers like Shakira, Katie Perry and Mylie Cyrus....okay, not Mylie Cyrus but you get my point, there are a lot of songs that guys are liking when on their own.

Over the years as well as currently, there have been many songs that though I enjoy, would never let my kids or friends see me rocking out to. (My wife gets a pass because she's seen me do a whole lot of things that have already put my ego in check.) I bet you can think of some others you might find on your man's playlist.

© 2014 Dan Robbins


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      Dan Robbins 4 years ago from Ohio

      @tattuwurn - sing on "you crazy diamond"...unabashedly of course!

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      tattuwurn 4 years ago

      My boyfriend likes "Cross My Heart" by Everything But The Girl and he admits that to me, and he sings it unabashedly hehehehe. Anyway, quite a cool song. :)

      "Heartbreaker" is a favorite of mine, love to sing that on the karaoke (unabashedly too you know lol) :)

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      Dan Robbins 4 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Idono. I'm not so sure you would find such a following of men for Cyndi or Karen (maybe Johnny Blaze) as some of these though but they do give me ideas for other potential Hubs.

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      IDONO 4 years ago from Akron Ohio

      It depends who you're with. If you're with the guys, you're a wimp. If you're with the girls, you are sensitive. The later works much better. Being much (much) older than I believe you are, there were songs like "Killing Me Softly" and people like the Carpenters that seemed to fall into this category. But more recent, I love songs like "Still The One" by Shania Twain and "My Immortal" by Amy Lee and Evanescence, Girls also have a way of creating fun songs,ala Cheryl Crow and Cindi Lauper. And can't forget The GoGos. I love this stuff. Keep it up!

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      Dan Robbins 4 years ago from Ohio

      @spartucusjones - circle of friends could've been here but I tried to avoid duplication. I obviously admit to liking these songs too. Just a caricature of how guys think sometimes. Thanks for reading and glad you enjoyed. Music rocks!

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      CJ Baker 4 years ago from Parts Unknown

      I am not sure if I should confess to this or not, but I am a dude and I really like "What I am" by Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians. It is a pretty sweet tune, and I am not afraid to admit. Also I am not entirely sure that "Heartbreaker", "Edge of Seventeen" and "Crazy on You" belong on this list. I could be wrong, but I think most male classic rock fans would have no problem admitting to liking these songs. Of course that is just my opinion and I could be wrong. Whatever, I still enjoyed rocking out to you Hub!

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      Dan Robbins 4 years ago from Ohio

      @Kyricus - I suppose not much has changed as far as the radio goes. Nearly a hundred years of recorded music and they play the same 10 songs over and over and over....Thanks for reading and commenting! And glad you liked the tunes.

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      Tony 4 years ago from Ohio

      Creator, with the exception of the song by Des'ree (never a big fan of that genre) I agree with all your choices. As a guy, I've never shied away from revealing my musical tastes no matter what they are. As a child of the 60's who grew up on the 70's and 80's, Heart, Pat Benatar, and Fleetwood Mac were amongst my favorite artists. You couldn't turn on an FM station and not hear them.

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      Dan Robbins 4 years ago from Ohio

      @lambservant - yes, but did he listen w his friends around? Haha. This is all in fun really. I'm perhaps not as young as you think. Born in '75. Music was always on and of course the birth of MTV coincided w my youth. A lot of great music came from that era.

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      Lori Colbo 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      May I, a woman, comment? All but the first two my former husband considered favorites and he felt no shame. We had watch Pat Benatar videos a lot. I loved her. didn't she go into another genre of music?

      There is a great video of Heart singing stairway to heaven at some honor show for led zepplin. Standing ovation performance. For a young feller you have an interesting list of 70's 80's artists. Nice job.