Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Why Do I Like These Songs?

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.


Mathman6293 said...

Yikes! I agree with 1,2,3,5,8,10.

I must admit that I did see Air Supply live way back when before the Taste of Chicago was the Taste and it was called Chicago Fest. I think it was at Navy Pier then.

If Homer Simpson likes Starship then so do I and any of those poppy REO songs are good.

Mathman6293 said...

Whoops, I take back 2. That was my math order of numbers taking over.

jp said...

I am somewhat-to-mostly-fond of at least 3 of those songs, but I will not say which ones.

Anonymous said...

In my freshman phy. ed. class we had an aerobics unit and one of the songs on this workout video that I really liked was Walking on Sunshine...and every time comes on the radio I get a flashback to my PE 9 class.... by the way I thought WAM sang that song but I looked it up and nope, its Katrina and the Waves that sing it... sort of funny for so many reasons...
So Miss Healthypants, I think Walking on Sunshine should be #11 on your list!

Miss Healthypants said...

Mathman, you don't likes you some Lee Greenwood? *grin*

JP--come on, tell me! I'm dying to know! :)

Hey Anon--I love that song, too!--definitely #11! *smiles*

Jason Boskey said...


You are cordially invited to submit your top 5 workout songs to the Ask Fig show for next week. We'd love to broadcast it!

Miss Healthypants said...

Boskey, I'll think about it! *smiles*

Miss Healthypants said...

Here you go, Boskey--my top 5 workout songs:

1. I Pledge Allegiance by Nate Dogg
2. This Gangsta Shit Is Too Much by Warren G
3. Hey Ya! by Outcast
4. Macho Man by the Village People
5. Don't Stop by Fleetwood Mac

Jason Boskey said...

Interesting list!