The Art of the Guilty Pleasure


Music is subjective. As much as you may love an artist and their music there’s always going to be someone that straight up hates it and might even shame you for it! What really defines ‘good’ music taste anyway? It’s difficult to pinpoint because are we basing this on commercial success? Overall public response? And what happens when we DO love something that goes completely AGAINST our own tastes? We become so afraid to profess our appreciation for a particular song or band that it gets shooed away into the “Guilty Pleasure” folders of our playlists. Well, today I’m going to open up those folders and share with you some of my biggest cringe-worthy artists/songs on my iPOD, because hey, someone out there is bound to like it. Let me know what yours are!

Drake Bell “Give Me a Little More Time”

That’s right, I have Drake in my iPOD. No, not “Hotline Bling” Drake. I’m talking about the one from the early 2000’s Nickelodeon teen comedy, Drake and Josh. At the time of this show, I was about 15 years old. Definitely old enough to know better. I didn’t even watch the show but somehow, there I am with my clueless 15 year old self on iTunes, streaming Drake Bells albums. A LOT OF HIS MUSIC HAS BEEN IN MY iPod EVER SINCE, and I still keep up with his music from time to time. You can’t fight with what you’re drawn to.



Steve Burns “Mighty Little Man”

What’s with me and former Nickelodeon stars? Besides being alive despite the internet’s best efforts, Steve Burns (from BLUES flippin’ CLUES) has been making music for quite sometime now. Once again, I was too old to be watching Blues Clues but I’m sure my brothers and I were watching in irony. When Steve “went to college”, I always wondered what happened to the real life Steve. Somehow that search landed me to YouTube and I got a taste of some of his music. And guess what? It’s NOT BAD! Seriously, check out the song below. The structure of “Mighty Little Man” is actually pretty strong. It’s got a bit of a garage-band vibe but the lyrics are pretty pointed. I’m just happy Steve is alive and doing what I hope he loves.



Celine Dion “All By Myself”

You might be wondering why one of the highest paid performers/singers of all time is on my list. There is no denying the mega star that is Celine Dion, but “All By Myself” is in fact a cringe-worthy song. It’s the song itself that does it in. It’s depressing and quite frankly overall sad. Her version is actually a cover of the original, but when Celine sings it, excuse me, sanngs it, she knocks it out the park. If you do have this song in your Guilty Pleasure folder you no doubt like me, have “belted’ this out in your car. Because, isn’t that what these songs are all about, making you feel good?



  1. Son and Sun · November 18, 2015

    Soooo…I see no problem. LOL

    I’ve never been clear on why music is cultural collateral. Who decides what’s cool and what’s lame? Not sure why certain songs “speak” to us. All I know is that every time I hear the theme song from Proud Family, you would think the beat just dropped. Oour musical “hearts” want what they want.

    Also, I’m about to holler at that Drake Bell song.

    Great post!

    Liked by 1 person

    • thatonegirlandmusic · November 18, 2015

      It’s so true! It’s hard to hate on anyones music tastes because they are all not created equally. Thanks for checking it out! 🙂


  2. The Unrefined Wife · January 4, 2016

    Love this post. Every horrible song you can think of tends to be a song that I can’t help but belt out. Britney Spears “Baby One More Time” comes to mind. 😆

    Liked by 1 person

    • thatonegirlandmusic · January 4, 2016

      Britney is definitely were it’s at! Especially late 90’s early 2000’s Britney!


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