We all have those songs we’re ashamed to admit are on our “Top 25 Most Played” on iTunes (Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus creep into mine, unfortunately). Yet, when these songs come on, we can’t help dancing around like idiots and blasting our stereos to ungodly volumes. Here’s a sneak peak of the top 10 songs I really want to hate, but I secretly (or probably not so secretly) actually love.
Don’t Cha by Pussycat Dolls
Any song whose chorus consists of several lines similar to “Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was ____ like me” automatically makes my list of songs we hate to love. Fill in the blank with “hot,” “freak,” “raw,” and “fun” and you get our first song in the countdown.
Party in the U.S.A. by Miley Cyrus
Oh, Miley. I don’t know of anybody who willingly admits that they love the former “Hannah Montana” star’s music. “Party in the U.S.A.” may be the catchiest song she croons, though. With 72 plays, her hit makes its way on my “Top 25 Most Played” playlist on iTunes and as number 9 on my countdown for songs we hate to admit we love.
Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne
My childhood was dominated by the teen punk sensation. Yet, when she dyed her hair blonde with interspersed streaks of green and pink for the “Girlfriend” music video, I knew I wouldn’t be listening to the same Avril. Indeed, with lyrics consisting of “Hey! Hey! You! You! I don’t like your girlfriend! No way! No way! I think you need a new one,” the star has to reduced to singing hits I’m embarrassed to admit I still love.
Rockstar by Nickelback
I personally don’t understand why everybody so readily attacks Nickelback; I think the band’s songs are punchy and fun. I especially love how lead vocalist Chad Kroeger makes references to MTV’s Cribs, Playboy centerfolds, and drug dealers in the band’s 2007 hit. Oh, Elvis and his tassels make a cameo too. Despite my sarcasm, I secretly do love the song–the music video provides some quality entertainment as well.
U Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer
Yeah, I know. This one’s a major throwback, but let’s be real. Does anybody really know any other lyric in this song besides for “you can’t touch this?” I’ll answer for you: Probably not. Hammer’s ‘90s hit ironically made both the “100 Worst Songs Ever” list and the “100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop” list. So, fittingly, it made my list of the 10 Songs We Hate to Admit We Love.
I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry
My love for this song most likely stems from my girl crush on the pop superstar, but, really, how can you not admire any woman who’s daring enough to sing about her love for cherry chapstick.
Tik Tok by Ke$ha
Any artist who spells simple words such as “tick” and “tock” wrong, probably shouldn’t be making millions. Nevertheless, Ke$ha’s first hit is infectious, although I’ve been wondering something ever since the song came out in 2009. Tell me, Ke$ha, what does P. Diddy feel like in the morning? I’ve been dying to know.
Boyfriend by Justin Bieber
C’mon Biebs, the term “swag” is getting a little repetitive in your songs, don’t ya think? Somehow, though, I can’t stop listening to the teen pop sensation’s latest hit. My personal favorite lyric: “Swag, swag, swag, on you / Chillin’ by the fire while we eatin’ fondue.” Doesn’t get much deeper than that.
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift
…or really any TSwift song. Sorry Tay, it was cute when you came out with “You Belong With Me” and “Our Song,” but your latest boy-bashing ballads are getting a little too dull. We get it. He hurt you. You hate him. Yet, there’s something irritatingly catchy about “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” that brings out my former high school self. I really want to hate it, but I can’t help rolling my car windows down and blasting the radio whenever the cliche hit comes on.
Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
The only time I will readily admit I love “Call Me Maybe” is when I’m staring at nine adorable Harvard baseball players silently crooning the lyrics, which is partially responsible for making her song a hit.
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