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Secret Lover: Songs I Hate to Love (Updated 2/5/12)

Updated on February 5, 2012

Why? Why? Why?

Some songs I hear and I'll readily admit to loving them to anyone. Then, there are those songs I wish I could shout to the world that I love. But I decided to no longer hold myself back and admit to loving songs that people probably wouldn't associate with my personality.

Most people see me as nice and probably even kind of quiet. I have certain tastes in music, movies, and etc. I do appreciate that I talk about openly and then there are those other songs.

I'm not saying I have a secret identity. But for some reason there are songs that I think are cool, but have trouble declaring my love for them. It's like having an affair and feeling guilty about it.

Ain't Nothin' But A G Thang

It might be the beat. It might be the rhymes. It might even be a young Snoop Dogg gettin' funky on the mike like an old bunch of collard greens.

I think it's the way the beat bounces and that high whistle like sound that somehow induces me into a musical trance. It's like when I hear that beat begin, it makes me feel real groovy. Almost like I could nod my head and look like I know what I'm doing to a certain extent, but mainly I just think for some strange reason I am part Snoop Dogg.

My childhood nickname, is similar in that it was inspired by my resemblance to Boo Boo from Yogi the Bear as his was by Snoopy from the Peanuts. I have my own distinct way of speaking and using words. And I dig the funky influences he reinterprets in his music. But that's where it ends, at least that's what I tell myself.

Rump Shaker

Check baby, check baby, one two three. Everytime I hear that phrase I start believing it's 1992 and Teddy Riley's about to rock the mic. My adoration of this song goes way back to when I was a kid and for some reason I'd sing the hook "All I wanna do is zoom zoom and a boom boom." Of course I don't know what it means and still don't.

But I can't divorce myself from that song because unfortunately every time I think I hate it, I start jamming. And keep jamming and then long after, it's stuck in my head all day. I think it's for a very simple reason.

As much as people like to decry songs about various parts of the female anatomy, we all close our eyes and pretend they're talking about something else like chicken. The beat gets us and sometimes even the rhymes. But Teddy Riley packed another weapon, a very young Pharrell Williams wrote his rhymes. And we know where he ended up.

I Adore Mi Amor

Color Me Badd should never be readily available to listen to. I mean these guys are like the ultimate compilation of celebrity look alikes (Kenny G, Johnny Damon, and David Silver's mustachioed cousin). This is a recipe for disaster. But for some reason, I can't seem to escape them. I'm not just talking about "I Wanna Sex You Up" that helped inspire one of my all-time favorite SNL clips (see photo at right), but the other songs like "I Adore Mi Amor" and "All for Love".

If I had to pick one that was cheesetastically awesome it would be "I Adore Mi Amor" which is what we can all say is a failed attempt at Spanglish. While one of the members is Latino, it sounds more like a cheesy pickup line than anything else. It's not a song I would want someone who's into me to serenade me with. However, I'll count myself lucky if I meet someone who can hold a tune:).

And the video is the cheese whiz that tops it all. But like I said, I like cheese.

Girl You Know It's True

Is it wrong that in my sophomore year of college, my roommate and I were scheming to go as Rob and Fab from the infamous Milli Vanilli? Is it wrong that I get mad everytime I can't find the original version for my iPod? What about the fact that I sometimes I try to memorize the dance moves from the video so maybe one day I can bust a move?

It's all wrong, but so right. This song is cheesy, but catchy. Lip-synched but sang perfectly. Staged but so real. I want to hate myself everytime I start singing that song but I can't. It's like the thing I wish would go away but never does. As long as there's YouTube, it never will.

Carry Out

I have openly admitted that I like the combination of JT and Timbaland. For the most part, they turn regular songs into catchphrases, love notes, and breakup anthems. However, for every five "Cry Me A River" there is at least one "Carry Out."

If you haven't heard this song, then consider yourself lucky. Because everytime I hear it that darn beat takes me into some trance where I cannot stop grooving. And then I get hungry. That makes things even worse.

How do two guys manage to compare food to "romance" and make me like it? it's wrong, I say wrong. And not only that, I do not want to be thought of as a personal delivery service for anyone.

But it's so catchy! And it helps me move when I'm on the treadmill. And it is Timbaland and JT in the same song! Dang it, they win again.


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    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hi MrJoekzalott,

      I'm glad you can relate. Thanks so much for coming by and commenting! I don't like Secret Lover, either.

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      5 years ago

      Loved your last paragraph about thinking about chicken during songs that decry the female anatomy. They make me squirm, no matter how sonically great the songs are. Don't care for "Secret Lovers", but I love all the other ones you posted.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hi Keith,

      Lady Marmalade is definitely catchy. Thanks so much for coming by and commenting!

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      6 years ago

      I have to say, I actually like Secret Lovers but not so much the other songs. Hey, we all have our own little secrets! A favorite song of mine, but absolutely hate to love, has to be "Lady Marmalade" by Labelle. It's so catchy!

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hehe! Thanks for the confession and the comment Mike :).

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      Mike Robbers 

      6 years ago from London

      I have to confess that I truly like all these songs ... except of the Atlantic Starr

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      How about I Do or One Night (Una Noche), trying not to giggle!

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Alecia, I don't think I could even name one 98 degrees song.

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I'm not ashamed but I guess it's more, this is something definitely something you wouldn't expect from me. And I agree about 98 Degrees. I only have one song by them and that's it which is a bit much.

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      i like all these songs, and i'm not ashamed. you shoulnd't be either!

      songs/bands I secretly love: Enya, sail away melissa etheridge, come to my window New Kids on the Block, Back Sytreet Boys and N Sync.... but NOT 98 Degrees.

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hi Shea,

      I should've considered the Peas, maybe next time! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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      shea duane 

      6 years ago from new jersey

      great hub! what about "... you're so 2000 late..."

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks for sharing and stopping by!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      I'm really likin' this hub! I applaud your musical selection and I've voted up and SHARING! :)

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks Sunshine! I feel bad for how everything turned out for them but that song was hot!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I still like Milli Vanilli, I don't care if they were faking it. They were too cool! I like your song choices as always!:)

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Yeah, that counts. Hilary Duff was on the Disney Channel for a reason. Thanks for stopping by!

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      LaZeric Freeman 

      7 years ago from Hammond

      So yesterday by Hillary Duff. I shouldn't like it, but I do.

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      @ Nu Flower Child- I don't like Run the World either, but the beat is decent.

      @Weestro - Girl you know it's true is shameful, but Rump Shaker, I'm afraid someone would not understand that I grew up with the song, not really knowing what it was about.

      Thanks for your comments!

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      Pete Fanning 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      I would never be ashamed of Rump Shaker!!! Girl you know it's true is a different story...haha

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      7 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

      I can name one at this moment. I really hate this song, but it's so catchy that I have to say that I like it, but I LOATHE this song: Beyonce's Run The World. The reason why I like it: The beats. Everything else sucks. If I just had this song as an instrumental on my iPod, that would be cool.


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