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Music: 10 Guilty Pleasures Part II - Songs from the Microphone

Updated on May 30, 2012
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Here we have done it again. Yes, it is another list of 10 musical guilty least they were deemed so by a large group of my friends and family. We used the same criteria as in Music: 10 Guilty Pleasures Part I.

I do realize that some people will argue the songs that are chosen - please know that some I love dearly are on the list too. But I go by a majority rules for this list. Oh, well. I AM going to add a bonus song to this list though - simply because it IS my Hub and I like this song an awful lot.


Y.M.C.A is a song recorded by disco group Village People and it was released in 1978. YMCA reached the nuber 2 spot on the US charts in 1979 and the number 1 spot in the UK about the same time. The song went on to become the group’s biggest hit – holding the record of being one of fewer than 30 singles to have sold 10 million or more copies worldwide.

Cotton Eye Joe

Cotton Eye Joe is a dance mix sung by the Rednex. The song was very successful in Europe and reached the number one spot in the UK in 1995. In the US it peaked at number 25. Blender magazine ranked Cotton Eye Joe as number 38 of the “50 Worst Songs Ever”.

Walk Like an Egyptian

Walk Like an Egyptian is a song performed by the group the Bangles. The song made its arrival on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1986 – it peaked in the UK in the number three spot and in the US in the number one spot. Walk Like an Egyptian is the first song by an all-female group (who all played their own instruments) to make it to the number one spot on the Billboard single chart.


Ghostbusters is a song recorded by Ray Parker Jr. in 1984. The song is the theme for the Ghostbusters movies and it hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1984 – where it stayed for 3 weeks. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song but lost.

Holiday Road

Holiday Road is a song written and recorded in 1983 by Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. The song is best known from the movie National Lampoon’s Vacation opening sequence. It peaked at number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1983.

I Will Survive

I Will Survive was first performed by American singer Gloria Gaynor and was released in October 1978 (my birth year and month – sweet!). It is one of the most famous disco songs ever and is still Gloria’s biggest hit. I Will Survive is often recognized as a symbol of female strength and gay pride.


Hello is sung by Lionel Richie and was released in 1984. It reached the number one spot on three Billboard music charts and it is considered by some to be Lionel Richie’s signature song.


Gloria is a pop song written and composed by Umberto Tozzi and Giancarlo Bigazzi that became an international hit in 1982-3 when sung by Laura Branigan. The song sold more than 2 million singles in the US alone.

Ice Ice Baby

Ice Ice Babe is a hip hop song written and performed by rapper Vanilla Ice. Ice Ice Baby is Vanilla Ice’s most popular and most famous song. The song didn’t reach instant success but when it did become popular it topped the Australian, Dutch, Irish, Italian, and UK charts.

Take On Me

Take On Me is a song by pop band A-ha. It was written by band members and was produced by Alan Tarney. It was released in 1985 and combines synthpop with varied instrumentation. The song was not an instant success. The original song was recorded in 1984 and it took 3 releases to chart in the UK and did not chart in the US until 1985.

Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta


This song contains a lot of swearing so dont listen to it if you dont appreciate that kind of language. Also - please dont listen to the song with your kids in the room.

Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta is a rap performed by the rap group Geto Boys. The song is best known for its role in the movie Office Space. You can hear the music in the background during the printer scene. I had to add this song as a BONUS favorite guilty pleasure of my own.

Which song is YOUR guilty pleasure?

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    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Aaw ;D collectively sane?

      Mom's are pretty cool. And I dont just say that because Im biased. Dads on the other hand, we still need them to teach us how to burp and use a hammer!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I'm sure it worked out fine! I think their momma is cool, cute, and collectively sane.

      Momma's make most of the difference....but you can't quote me on that, my dad is pretty great, but holy shiz my momma is AWESOME!

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Wesman! I always joke around that I am a hippie at heart but a hyper nerd in thought. Not a good combination - ah well. So now I have one kid who is a genius, one who is hyper, and one who is a hippie. It worked out ok for them I guess :D

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      The hippie gene seems to skip some generations, Ardie.

      I've got it, but if I ever have children....I can only hope that they too inherit the hippie gene that clearly skipped over both of my parents :-/

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Hi amberld :) Oh my I forgot about roller skating to these songs! I should make a list of skating songs too - thanks for the idea heheh And thanks for the vote and share.

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      Amber Dahnke 

      6 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      another good list! Love YMCA, roller skated to it as a kid so much at the roller rink. Also, loved Gloria when it came out - I remember belting along with the radio. Ice, Ice Baby is just too darn catchy, love it. Thanks for the enjoyable trip down memory lane! Voted up and SHARED!

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      WTS or TSW or something like that! If you think about it - wouldn't the people who were teens and young adults in the 80's be the children of the teens and young adults of the 60's? One word. Hippies :)

      Hi Artin2010 :) I agree with you whole-heartedly! Music is the only way to go. I rarely have the television on for myself. Its always a radio or a CD but I am more into the Top 40 hits. I do sometimes enjoy several of the 70's bands you listed though. A part III...that would be fun. I will do it!

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      6 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

      Hi Ardie, Music is a part of life, as much so or more than cleaning house, watching tele, computing, and so on. Music tells much about a person depending on what they listen to and like. I am a true 70's progressive rock fan, so that says a bunch about me. Lynrd Skynrd, Styx, Chicago, Yes, Pink Floyd . lol I am always humming tunes or singing lyrics to these bands music, however I like prog jazz and classical too. Liked, voted up and awesome. Will there be a Part III ? Happy Day wished your way! :)

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      What were people THINKING in the 80's??? The men were doing that crazy stuff too, of course!

      I ....don't see how anyone ever thought "big hair" was hawt!

      ....or maybe I just say that cause mine's been shaved for the past twenty years?

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Hahah WTS - its all that hair isnt it?! They look like they belong in the special unit of the hospital!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Wow, I remember thinking the "Walk Like An Egyptian" folks were cute!!! I'm recalculating all that for watching the vid up above! LOL!

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Hey Audra Leigh :) I had a blast making this Hub. As a matter of fact - Im going to listen to Gloria right now. It always makes me dance hahah Thanks for reading!

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      6 years ago

      I too am honored to be following you!!! This pub is right up my Alley!! I was just playing "Gloria" yesterday! You are awesome!!!!!

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Thanks Jeannie! Would you believe it if I told you my daughter went to a school dance Friday and they played Cotton Eye Joe?! She came home doing the line dance and singing it. The song was in my head ALL weekend! Thanks for the votes girl :)

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      Jeannie InABottle 

      6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This is another super awesome list. I absolutely love the Bangles! And I love Holiday Road and Cotton Eye Joe... I seriouly thought I was the only one! I am definitely going to have to bookmark this hub and crank these songs up! Voted up and awesome!

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Hi SS625 :) Its so funny you mention the Wii Dance because that's how I always get this funky little tune stuck in my head! The kids play it and next think I know Im galloping through the house singing the girl part!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Cotton Eye Joe, I love that song! Faith and I compete against each other with Wii Dance and she usually wins, that girl has moves BUT I just enjoy the song!

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      6 years ago from Neverland

      Gypsy Rose :) Thanks for the Vote. My daughters know the Egyptian walk only because we have the Just Dance game for Wii – and it’s on there. I love watching them do it – I laugh every single time!!

      Hi Alecia, I love that song and video too. It reminds me of being a very little girl and watching music videos on television for the first time. To me the song and video signify the start of an era :) The song Hello has ALWAYS been one of my favorites. My family was shocked I knew all the words hahah

      Hi parentsreview! I LOVE that song too :) I had to add it because I just watched the movie and had the song in my head for days on end.

      Jenubouka, Thank you SO much! I know the gangsta song is not a guilty pleasure but I HAD to add it :)I’m glad others enjoyed it too.

      RHW :) its good to be a gangsta. You better watch what you say because I LOVE music only second to my reading. Most days when I am writing or reading I also have the radio or a CD going. Between my weird music and my husband’s VERY weird music we have it all covered hahah baby daddy grillz

      Thanks poohgranma :)

      Drbj, I love I Will Survive too. Its just so uplifting and strong :) My kids love doing the YMCA at all the baseball games.

      Wesman TS! I realized the name of the person who did the song but I never knew he was the guitarist for Fleetwood Mac – one of the best bands eva. Thanks for stopping in.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I'd have never guessed that was L. Buckingham that did the "Holiday Road" song from "Vacation."

      What a trip!

      I do truly enjoy the "Take On Me" tune though - that's a fond 80's memory for me, but I was just a small child who'd absorbed that into my subconscious at the time.

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      I Will Survive is one of my all-time favorites, Ardie. I'm livin' that song. And YMCA with its accompanying dance is played at every wedding or private party I have attended since the 80s. Love it!

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      6 years ago from On the edge

      I love this Hub - what a great idea!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Haha! So far looks like we all love bein' gangsta! I'm from St. Louis - obvious choice! Haha. You could write one of these everyday and I'd love it:)

      So many great songs - and yes - I have heard (maybe even know all the words to most) all of them! Now, I gotta go get up in my baby daddy grill!

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      6 years ago

      As in reading part one, part two is just as awesome if not better. You caught me off guard with the gansta song, that to me, is an iconic movie and song. Love, love it!

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      6 years ago from Lansdowne, PA

      I love Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta, and I love that movie. I dance like a white guy whenever I see it. That's my move. Also, it's my only move. Great hub!

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina


      I voted for Take On Me simply because it was one of those videos that launched MTV into the stratosphere and the song is so simple and sweet! But Hello was one of my ringtones in college and that video never fails to crack me up! Great list once again!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up! I went for I Will Survive but I'm also partial to Gloria and Walk Like An Egyptian. Great job. You should teach your daughters to do the Egyptian walk. Super fun.


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