I like crappy music. And often I realize that a song is crappy, but I still LOVE it. Or as Alvy Singer says in the movie “Annie Hall” (and as I would say to each of the following songs):
“Love is, is too weak a word for what I feel - I lurve you, you know, I loave you, I luff you, two F's, yes I have to invent, of course I - I do, don't you think I do?”
Here are my top 10 “guilty pleasures” songs:
1. Dancing Queen by Abba (This is now my theme song if I guest co-host on the Iwanski-Winter show.)
2. God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood (I have no excuse for this one.)
3. We Built This City by Starship (I cry when I hear this song—really! It’s pathetic.)
4. Copacabana by Barry Manilow (I like Barry Manilow. Yes, I said it.)
5. Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes (Aww, it was my own lovely lady!)
6. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go by Wham! (Shut up. This song rocks.)
7. Even the Nights Are Better by Air Supply (Air Supply got me through many breakups. Deal with it.)
8. Can’t Fight This Feeling by REO Speedwagon (The lead singer attended the same grade school as Iwanski. So you gotta like them.)
9. Macho Man by the Village People (You gotta love a song where the singer brags about “my big thick moustache.”)
10. YMCA by the Village People (I love the song. I love the dance. I am that lame.)
Yes, I love the Village People. I have listened to their greatest hits album several times while exercising. It is what I like to call “peppy” music. Iwanski hates it when I call music “peppy.” That’s why I like that word.
But you know what I mean. Every single one of these songs can instantly energize me or make me nostalgic—or both!
I lurve them.