You know when you’re in the car and a popular song comes on the radio and you find yourself absent-mindedly singing along and maybe bobbing your head and doing air guitar at red lights? And then suddenly the song is about to be over and you realize you just spent three minutes enjoying a song by a person you generally can’t stand?
Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. I’ve been there a lot. There are quite a few catchy songs that I hate myself for liking because the people who sing them rub me the wrong way in their personal lives. Kind of like how I enjoy a lot of the autotuned messes put out by non-singers who try their hand at music. Turns out my musical taste is pretty much entirely composed of guilty pleasure songs. I thought I’d share a few of those guilty pleasures with you. Here are ten songs that I regrettably love, sung by people I hate.
1. Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”
I don’t care how many sounds you replace Taylor’s ooohs with in this song — goats, hand dryers — I still like it. There are a lot of T-Swift songs that I hate myself for singing along to, but this one gets stuck in my head the most. I’ll admit I listened to it on repeat when it was first released. Shhh, don’t you dare tell Taylor.
2. John Mayer, “Why Georgia”
I consider John Mayer to be a big ol’ douche, but his singer-songwriter style is right up my alley. Before I knew much about John’s personal life, I would blast this song while doing homework in high school. Years later, I still listen to it, just at a slightly lower volume to reflect the shame I feel.
3. Maroon 5, “This Love”
I always feel like jumping on the “Maroon 5 sucks” bandwagon because I tend to think of Adam Levine as a pretty big tool. But I just can’t participate in the Maroon 5 hate convincingly, because their songs are just too damn catchy. This and “Moves Like Jagger” are my Kryptonite.
4. Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines”
Damn you and your song of the summer, Robin Thicke. As much as Robin and his song lyrics creep me out, I can’t help but dance in my chair a little bit when this song comes on. Never in public, though. Then I just perform an exaggerated eye roll and say, “This guy again?!”