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The 411 Music Top Five 12.11.12: Top 5 Guilty Pleasure Songs of 2012

December 11, 2012 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas



5. Korpiklaani- “Rauta”

I really like folk metal, so this isn’t the guiltiest of guilty but this song is pretty damn odd. It’s not in English, though that never stops me. It also has an odd kind of beat to it, it’s mainly bass led, kind of makes me want to bob my head quite a bit. I liked this album, and this was a fun, if not oddly catchy, single.

4. “Life is SHOW TIME” by Shō Kiryūin (the theme song for Kamen Rider Wizard)

Those who know me know that I am really starting to get hardcore into tokusatsu (or as most people know it as Japanese Power Rangers), and this is the theme to the current season in the very very long running Kamen Rider series. This song is definitely not in my wheelhouse at all, but I find myself singing it all the time. Perhaps it’s just the fact that I’ve heard it enough and it’s in my head, but dammit, I like it, though nothing will beat the theme for Kamen Rider W.

3. Freedom Call-“Crimson Dawn”

If there is one thing I really dislike in metal, it’s that really flowery, happy brand of power metal that sounds like it would fit perfectly on pop radio. I’ve been going through all the metal albums that I can get a hold of that have come out in 2012, and I find myself listening to this band, Freedom Call. I’d never heard of them before and listened to the first song and was like…oh god, it’s one of these bands. But I trudged along (besides, the worst album I’ve heard all year was much worse), and found this song that I kind of do like, as much as I hate to admit it. The song has a pretty solid opening, and a catchy rest of the song, so as much as I don’t want to say it, I like this little bit of “Disney metal.”

2. Carly Rae Jepson – “Call Me Maybe”

I’ll be honest here, this song isn’t on here because I like it, not at all, I actually find it to be a very dumb song with an incredibly catchy beat. This is like the ultimate in guilty pleasures, because I guilt myself for even singing the damn song, but I just can’t help myself. It’s still number two, because I actually like song number one, I just will never admit it.

1. Psy – “Gangnam Style”

Or as my parents thought it was called, “Condom Style.” This list right here is the only place that I freely will admit that I enjoy this song. As long as it is not played ad nauseum (I’m looking at you DCCC Staff) this song is a fun way to spend a good 3 minutes. The video itself is an event all by itself, but I’m not going to let you have the pleasure of being the 4th person to post the official video. Oh no, I’m going to give you an even more random interpretation of it! This song is number one by the way, it has the catchy beat, foreign language, and is just fun. But if anyone ever asks if I like it…it’s just okay.

Honorable Mention: PSY – “Gangnam Style”

5. 2 Chainz (ft. Kanye West) – “Birthday Song”

The first time I heard this song, it was halfway finished. I came in to the key line in the track that everyone knows (and is one of the only lines most people know): “All I want for my birthday is a big-booty ho.” That will give you pause, even in the rap community. I hate this style of song as a rule, and 2 Chainz’s album is one of my least favorite rap albums I’ve heard this year. But for some reason, I can’t turn this one off when it’s playing. It’s just too damn unabashedly stupid to not enjoy on some level, which is pretty much the definition of guilty pleasure.

4. Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention; welcome to the list that will shed any semblance of credibility I once had in the area of good taste! All self-deprecating humor aside, I have to say that before you start shredding the two of us, you have to acknowledge that you have songs just as embarassing that you like. You know it, and I know it. Sorry, but we’re just not all as cool as we pretend to be on the internet. Anyway, I admit that by anyone’s definition, this is not a particularly good song. But it’s unbelievably catchy, even more so than “Call Me Maybe.” And given the choice between Carly Rae and Taylor Swift, I’ll take Swift any day of the week because at least “Never Ever” doesn’t try to do that incredibly earnest thing; Taylor’s sort of clowning on herself a wee bit here. I have to ask though, what’s up with the furries in the band? And how absolutely terrifying is the psychotic guitarist midway through (skip to 1:54, you’ll see what I mean). That guy makes clowns seem reassuring.

3. Katy Perry – “Part of Me”

Speaking of kicking my cred down the curb, welcome to another one of that variety. Listen, I’ve never claimed that Katy Perry is brilliant, but I don’t think she is worthy of the amount of hatred she gets as a singer. Yes, she’s mainstream pop but she is decent for that genre. Her biggest problem has been the level of Auto-Tune she used on Teenage Dream. She didn’t tone that problem down too much with “Part of Me,” the first song from her re-release of the album, but it’s a very catchy number that gets stuck in your head until you can’t help but hum along with it. I included the lyric video here as the music video is a bit over the top with the message even for Katy, but the song is an undeniable earworm.

2. Maroon 5 (ft. Wiz Khalifa) – “Payphone”

When I reviewed Maroon 5’s Overexposed earlier this year I gave the album a low rating and I hold to that overall. And yet, I find myself listening to it more than I would expect. Mostly that is this song and “One More Night.” “Payphone” is the first single off the album and call me crazy, but I actually really dig it. It has all the flaws of some of the songs on the album, but somehow it mitigates that with the ability to get permanently stuck inside my head. It is possible that Adam Levine has just managed to drive me insane, but for whatever reason I dig the hell out of this. Hey, why is Adam Levine running away from the cops in this video? Why is Wiz Khalifa hanging out in front of a burning garbage can, and why is he smiling about it? And where does Adam’s shirt go? These are important life questions, you understand.

1. Flo Rida – “Whistle”

I shouldn’t like “Whistle.” I don’t really like it. Never has a song presented such a clumsy and unsubtle metaphor about oral sex. And yet somehow, like the rest of the album, I can’t help but enjoy it. I won’t name him by name, but I know I am not the only person on the 411 Music Zone staff who likes this song (and in fact the whole of this album) even though it goes against every fiber of our beings. Flo Rida just manages to make a song as blatantly, awkwardly over-the-top in a sexual manner as this one work, and I can’t explain why. That’s all there is to say. C’mon, listen to it and try to tell me that it isn’t fun at the very least.

The Final Word
As always, the last thoughts come from you, the reader. We’re merely unpaid monkeys with typewriters and Wikipedia. Here’s what you need to do: List your Top Five for this week’s topic on the comment section using the following format:

5. Artist – “Song”: Why you chose it
4. Artist – “Song”: Why you chose it
3. Artist – “Song”: Why you chose it
2. Artist – “Song”: Why you chose it
1. Artist – “Song”: Why you chose it


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