As I mentioned in last week’s Turning 40 post, this coming March i will hit a life milestone I’m not too pleased to reach. That’s right boys and girls, this is the year I will turn 40.
This means the end of my youth, and the beginning of the end. Therefore, I am expecting a mid-life crisis to strike before summer. Perhaps I’ll go skydiving or bungee jumping, time will tell.
For now however, I shall continue to write a bunch of Top 10 lists of stuff that’s mattered to me over the course of my life. I’m still trying to come up with different things to write about, but for now I leave you with my Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Songs:
10. Squirrel Nut Zippers – “Hell”
Although I’ve always beef a fan of older music, I can’t say that I was ever a fan of swing music. But that all changed in 1998 when the North Carolina band Squirrel Nut Zippers showed me how good swing music can be with their album “Hot.”
The album taught me how styles of music can be updated for a new generation. But it all began with the song “Hell,” and its music video. The tune was catchy, and the old school video just added to the fun of the song.
9. Jamiroquai – “Virtual Insanity”
One day, towards the end of my senior year of high school, I was driving to Wal-Mart when Jamiroquai’s “Virtual Insanity” came on the radio. For some reason the song immediately caught my attention, this was weeks before I saw the music video.
After I graduated that June, I tried finding the “Virtual Insanity” single, but nobody had it. I ended up buying the CD, but the rest of the songs weren’t as good. However, over two decades later, I have to stop whatever I’m doing when “Virtual Insanity” comes on MTV Classic or on my Satellite radio.
8. White Town – “I Could Never Be Your Woman”
White Town’s “I Could Never Be Your Woman” is another song from my senior year in high school. At first, I gravitated to the song in hopes of figuring out what the heck it was about. The best conclusion I could come up with was that the song was supposed to be sung by a woman. But whether I was right or not, I never found out.
After a while I realized I should stop worrying about such things, and just enjoy “I Could Never Be Your Woman” for what it was: a catchy, quirky song that would always remind me of my senior year in high school.
7. The Box Tops – “The Letter”
“The Letter” is one of my favorite songs from the 1960’s, which is saying something. I first heard the song when my mom would listen to Oldie’s 103 in Boston. And I’m not positive, but I think my mom and I went into the city one summer to see the Box Tops at one of Oldie’s 103 free saturday night concerts.
Anyways, I love this song, and I think its one of the more underrated songs from that era. But If I had one complaint about it, it would be how short the song is. Even by 1960’s standards, “The Letter” is one short song. Oh well, guess I just have to listen to it over and over.
6. Air Supply – “Making love Out of nothing at all”
Don’t judge me.
Unless you were around in the late 70’s or early 80’s, you probably don’t realize how big Air Supply were. Their songs were all over radio, and eventually their videos were too. So maybe they’re not considered one of the decade’s all time bands, so what?
I still like this song, and its cheesy video. And if you don’t think Air Supply had staying power, then why are they still touring?
5. Juanes – “A Dios Le Pido”
“A Dios Le Pido” was my introduction to the music of Juanes, and I’ve been a fan since. This song grabbed from the first time I heard it in the summer of 2002. Again, this song reminds me of the time my aunt who I hadn’t seen for two years came for a visit.
I also liked “A Dios Le Pido” because of Juanes’ clever world play and upbeat message, something that I needed at the time. Today, this song goes with me everywhere as I’ve downloaded it to multiple devices, much to the wifeys chagrin.
4. Rick Astley – “Never Gonna Give You Up”
Funny story: I was grounded for about a month when “Never Gonna Give You Up” was released in 1987. Don’t ask me what I did, it’s not important and for the record, that lady’s hair grew back. The point is that since I wasn’t allowed to watch TV during this time, the radio became my best friend, and of course Rick Astley’s tune was all over the place.
It was weeks before I saw the video for myself, and I couldn’t believe Rick Astley was a nerdy looking white guy. Why? Because if you listen to the song, Astley’s vocals are just plain ridiculous, and I mean that in a good way. It also helped that “Never Gonna Give You Up” was catchy.
3. George Michael – “Freedom ’90”
To say George Michael’s “Freedom ’90” was on heavy rotation when it came out, would be an understatement. I can still remember delivering newspapers after school and listening to this song at least four times every afternoon.
Perhaps that’s why this song has stuck with me for almost three decades. For my money, “Freedom ’90” will always be George Michael’s best solo outing.
2. Hot Chocolate- “You Sexy Thing”
Yeah, “You Sexy Thing” is a disco song, and I do not care.
As I mentioned earlier, my mom liked listening to older music and introduced me to a lot of it. One Christmas, she gave me a 70’s CD, and this song was included. I liked it because it wasn’t your typical disco song, and the band actually played instruments.
But my memory of the song completely changed when “You Sexy Thing” was included in “The Full Monty.” From then on, the song reminds me of the movie, but it’s still a cool song.
1. Eagle-Eye Cherry – “Save Tonight”
“Save Tonight” was released at the same time that I was having relationship problems with my then girlfriend. Things were rocky between us, and this song just called to me. But my girlfriend hated this song with a passion, why I’m not exactly sure. But she couldn’t listen to it whenever we were in the car together.
Anyways, one night a bunch of us went to a local restaurant that had karaoke on Thursday nights. For reasons known only to her, my girlfriend got on stage and performed “Save Tonight.” Strangely enough, that was the last night we spent together, as we broke up two days later. Which makes me wonder if she was trying to send me a signal by singing this song.