Why Guilty Pleasure Songs are the Secret Ingredient

Welcome back! I’m the type of person that loves music. I love old music, new music, music that annoys me (you get the point). I like to listen to music. Even the music that a lot of people ‘side-eye’ you for. That ‘side-eye’ music is something called guilty pleasures. We all have guilty pleasures in life and when it comes to music.

Only You (Yazoo/Kylie Minogue)

I’m convinced a lot of people don’t know this song. Apparently, online it is known as the song that plays when Dawn and Tim finally get together on The Office (UK). I do not know the song for that reason.  I know it from the movie “Can’t Hardly Wait” starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ethan Embrey. The song plays at the end when he finally admits he likes her. Let’s just say that the song stayed with me. The movie? Not so much.

This song can be interrupted as a breakup song or a song about unrequited love. I believe in the latter of the two. It has this longing in the singers voice that sounds like he has been watching this person for a long time and they just can’t get their relationship together. The song is unapologetically 80’s and that synth beat puts me in a very dreamy mood. It has been covered many times, but the Kylie Minogue and James Corden version is my favorite cover.

Why is it a guilty pleasure? It isn’t a favorite song. Most people look at me confused. It is like a secret little song just meant for me to hear. So, yeah…embarrassing.

Favorite lyrics?

This is going to take a long time and I wonder what’s mine
Can’t take no more
Wonder if you’ll understand it’s just the touch of your hand
Behind a closed door

It is like the singer has finally hit a wall and wants to know where they stand out behind that closed door. I love it. Listen to it below and come up with your interruption.


How Can We Be Lovers (Michael Bolton)


Just the thought of Michael Bolton equals guilty pleasure. He was extremely popular in the 80’s and 90’s but had become a side thought as time went on. He still pop’s up in Lonely Planet videos and Toyota commercials. However, I consider his whole career a guilty pleasure.

Much like the song “How Can We Be Lovers”. I first heard this song on an old VH1 show Pop Up Video (remember that. Good times).  Beanie Babies and Pogs are falling out of my ear it is such a 90’s song. It has a fun beat that you cannot help but enjoy. Michael Bolton is singing so passionately about the situation in the song you cannot help but care if they will be ok.

The song is about someone wondering if they can be together without being friends. They just keep arguing. I always assumed everything turned out ok. They just have that lovely trope of a relationship! Love and Hate of course.

Favorite Lyrics?

Baby, love is tough, but we can make it
Baby, times are rough, but we can make it
We can work it out

It is the best part of the song where the beat slows down, the music falls away, and they want us to listen carefully. It is the best part to sing as dramatically as he does. Believe me. I have been caught singing to this song more times than I can count. Listen below for this romantic couple trying to work it out.


Stuck with You (Huey Lewis and the News)


I first heard this song on VH1 through Pop Up Video. Let me just say that I might have to write something about Pop Up Video. It apparently had a profound effect on me. This song is a guilty pleasure because not too many people remember this song. It was a hit back in the 80’s, but it came out around the time Power of Love came out. People gravitated to that song. It’s great, but it isn’t as impressive as Stuck with You.

It is about this couple who is talking about where they stand and realize they have put too much into their relationship to go back. They are stuck together by all the good and the bad. The beat is poppy and makes you want to snap your fingers and tap your toes (it is one of those songs).

I truly love the lyrics. It is about a couple who share a house, phone number, and friends. They went through the worst and the best together. They are in it for the long haul. They are in this relationship for the win. They are joking about being ‘stuck together’ because they want to be stuck together. It warms the cold cockles of my heart.

Favorite Lyrics?

We’ve had our doubts, but we never took them seriously
And we’ve had our ins and outs, but that’s the way it’s supposed to be

They thought about moving on but realized they want to be together even through the ins and outs. I guess I believe that is what a great relationship is made of. It cannot be all honeymoon. Real challenges will appear, and you will have to weather them together. I want to be stuck with someone someday. Listen below to get stuck with someone too!

So, there you have it. My guilty pleasure romantic songs. I can already tell some of you will be confused by a few my choices. Considering they don’t sound utterly romantic but all music is subjective, right? What are your favorite guilty pleasure romance songs? Tell me below in the comments!

Until next time, the randomness has ended. I hope you enjoyed!

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