Look, we’re just being honest and open and vulnerable and talking about unironically enjoying Ke$ha and Bieber and if you can’t do that on a college arts blog, what is this world coming to?
- JUSTIN BIEBER – “Boyfriend” – as described by siena streiber
- PARAMORE — “Misery Business” — as described by nishant karandikar
- KYLIE MINOGUE — “Get Outta My Way” — as described by p william johnston
- KE$HA — “Your Love Is My Drug” — as described by alejandra salazar
- ARCTIC MONKEYS — “I Wanna be Yours” — as described by melanie cahill
- JOJO — “Too Little Too Late” — as described by nora tjossem
- SELENA GOMEZ – “Come and Get It”- as described by editor brittany newell
- CHER — “If I Could Turn Back Time” — as described by editor eric eich
- BABY BASH feat. FRANKIE J — ¨Suga Suga¨ — as described by editor lawrence neil
- MARK RONSON feat. BRUNO MARS — “Uptown Funk” — as described by e.i.c. katharine schwab
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JUSTIN BIEBER – “Boyfriend” – as described by siena streiber
I can already see your disgusted faces, your judging thoughts and your initial reaction: “Oh god. Why. Please make it stop.” But guilty pleasures are all about honesty, and on this three day weekend I feel the least I can do is be honest. Yes, I loved Justin Bieber more than a healthy amount at a certain time in my life. Yes, I used the wifi at a tiny hotel in Guatemala during a community service trip in 2012 to download the entire song. Yes, I listen to this song while I work. I must now hide my face in shame.
PARAMORE — “Misery Business” — as described by nishant karandikar
Remember in ’07 when you crushed HARD on Anna whose locker was right next to yours but she liked Jake from the other homeroom and you tried so much to impress her by wearing expensive Hollister clothes and helping her with Algebra but no matter what you did she just ignored your 4-foot-11-inch self and then she told Jake she liked him and he wasn’t interested and then she came to you for comfort and you turned on your heels and walked away? No? Well I bet if you listened to this song afterward it’d feel pretty dece.
KYLIE MINOGUE — “Get Outta My Way” — as described by p william johnston
Kylie doesn’t need any description. In fact, no one should feel bad for loving Kylie. The only “guilty” bit about this song is its uncannily-accurate description of your romantic life.
KE$HA — “Your Love Is My Drug” — as described by alejandra salazar
“Your Love Is My Drug” tells the story of an all-consuming love affair of Shakespearean proportions. Ke$ha is bitingly honest and succinct in detailing her passion–after all, don’t all great love songs ultimately boil down to her now-classic sentiment, “Do you want to have a slumber party / in my basement?”
The “TiK-ToK” darling’s genius is, unfortunately, under-appreciated in our time, so it’s understandable if you’ve only seen her work as the fun, trashy synth-pop that gets your drunk self from party to party. But this song will be remembered, dammit, and if not by history then definitely by our primitive, pop music-loving brains for at least a week because what-what-how in the hell can one song be so catchy–?!
ARCTIC MONKEYS — “I Wanna be Yours” — as described by melanie cahill
When I listen to this song I get the urge to close my eyes and slowly shake my head to the beat. I will find myself singing it randomly to myself until I realize it sounds a lot less cool when I say it. Yet whether I’m happy or sad, I crave this song. And so, it is my guilty pleasure. And I want it to be yours.
JOJO — “Too Little Too Late” — as described by nora tjossem
There are some songs that transcend both time and space, and when I say [some songs] what I really mean is [c. 2006 hit song “Too Little Too Late” by the recently and sadly obsolete JoJo]. Sing it when drunk on someone’s floor, when broken up about all the winter qtr shit-meets-fan, when needing to be empowered. We all left a little part of us in ’06. Reclaim it.
SELENA GOMEZ – “Come and Get It”- as described by editor brittany newell
It was a toss up between this or “Memory” from the inimitable Cats. I figured binge listening to a bindhi-wearing disney diva is ultimately more unhealthy than the Lycra catharsis of musical felines. Pick your poison.
CHER — “If I Could Turn Back Time” — as described by editor eric eich
I kinda cheated. This song is not my guilty pleasure (I feel guilty about many things, but loving Cher is not one of them) but, instead, a pleasant song about guilt. Go for it.
BABY BASH feat. FRANKIE J — ¨Suga Suga¨ — as described by editor lawrence neil
This song guiltily pleases me so much that I know every word to the unnecessary intro. THIS TRAFFIC AIN’T COOL, CUZZO. Plus, Baby Bash’s hair is always wet.
MARK RONSON feat. BRUNO MARS — “Uptown Funk” — as described by e.i.c. katharine schwab
Yeah, yeah. Today I rolled down the windows and blasted this song so that anyone in the back hills of Palo Alto would know that I love it — so maybe guilty pleasure isn’t the right moniker. Either way, this one never makes it anywhere near my cool indie Spotify playlist (currently called “Getting Cozy”; previous titles include “Falling Up,” “Dressing Down,” and “Out the Window”). I mean, Bruno Mars. But I love it anyway. Don’t believe me just (listen).