Guilty Pleasure Songs

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Don’t lie. You’ve got them too. What’s up, everyone!? Ray here. Earlier today I was minding my own business, doing laundry, and suddenly I had Taylor Swift‘s song “Blank Space” stuck in my head like the worst (or best) parasitic earworm you have ever experienced. Now, low key I love that song, probably as much as I love sushi, and you can be sure I would gobble up any mashup that features the eerie instrumental. So I thought I might change things up this week and feature some guilty pleasure songs that I enjoy, of course, beyond the well-known “Blank Space”.

A few hours ago on Reddit, I noticed someone linked to one of my favorite happy/sad songs: “Maps” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The melancholy hum of the guitars and Karen O’s vocals produces a synergy that makes me happy, but not too happy, like that indescribable mass of emotion you feel when you read through old text message conversations.

Not to say that all of my guilty pleasure songs remind me of a childhood place that’s no longer there (or something to that effect). But you can be sure that a bunch of these songs I would only play on my iPhone with volume down to, like, 2—just so people around me won’t accidentally overhear and judge me as having a mushy marshmallowy center.

“Hum” by Tigers Jaw: The desire to dissociate from pop punk is so strong in me, that I wouldn’t normally touch it with a 10 foot pole (sorry to everyone who likes pop punk…haaa). But after some initial nudging, I’m warming up to this happy–sad song.

“The Wire” by HAIM: This is so upbeat and catchy. Don’t tell anyone that I have this song on my iPhone.

“OctaHate” by Ryn Weaver: It was purely by chance that I stumbled across this song. It’s glorious. It materializes the words I feel when sassy, and all to a very chipper tune.

“Do I Wanna Know?” by Arctic Monkeys: Maybe in a former life (read: less than two years ago) I thought I was cool for dismissing Arctic Monkeys because a bunch of my friends thought this indie band was the next new religion, whereas I strived for self-validation by playing devil’s advocate. Needless to say I love this song, but if you stop me in real life I won’t admit it. Hehe.

And of course this blog post won’t be complete without a mashup of some sort. This week’s features another guilty pleasure song—“Midnight City” by M83, layered on top of “Intergalactic” by Beastie Boys. Among mashup artists, “Midnight City” is one of the more overused mashups, but honestly that’s probably another guilty pleasure of mine as well. Same with Intergalactic. bballcamp, the mashup artist that crafted this guilty pleasure sundae, perfectly captures the slicing Beastie Boys vocals with the serene M83 synths. Take a listen!

What are your guilty pleasure songs? Comment below!

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