Six Terrible Pop Songs You Secretly Enjoy

I finally listened to Rebecca Black’s Friday. Here’s how it happened: a friend in a Google email group sent the link to a bunch of us, telling us how terrible it was, and I turned it on, saw the 32 million views, listened until she started singing, and then said, “Holy crap, this IS terrible!” And off it went. Then the email chain started discussing a rapper in the middle of the song who is A. way too old to be rapping on a 13-year-old girl’s track, and B. rapping about a school bus. So then I re-opened the link, saw the 37 million views, skipped to the middle, listened to dude drop his 16, and then said, “Holy crap, THIS is terrible!” All the rumors are true: Friday is intolerably bad.

But just because a song is “terrible” does not necessarily make it intolerable. In fact, there are some terrible pop songs that I, and probably you, secretly enjoy. And so, for Six Songs for a Wednesday here at Lists That Actually Matter, here are Six Terrible Pop Songs You Secretly Enjoy.

(“Friday” on YouTube. Here you go Rebecca. Ten more views. Put that with the rest. Now you have 39 million and ten views. Because I want to do my share.)

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  • Awesome list. What about any Chris Brown song?

  • In reply to DanTello:

    Uh... which ones are his? You know what's not terrible? "Forever."

    Yeah, I noticed as I was doing this that there was nothing from 2000 onward, which is really the trick, because anyone can admit to liking a pop song from their childhood, back when we didn't know any better. So I'll give Chris Brown some dap for that. And you know what else I secretly like? (REALLY secretly) -- "Single Ladies."

    This is especially shameful since on the drive home from Barack's Inaug, I got into a heated debate with a friend's friend in the backseat of the car about why I don't like "Single Ladies." I believe my argument was "I don't want a booty song that is deriding me. I want a booty song to either deride both of us, or just you." She didn't like that.

  • In reply to DanTello:

    YES! YES! "Never Gonna Give You Up"

  • In reply to Lashondaa:

    It's funny how many people have shouted at me about how much they love the Astley track. And you know what? YES! I love it! It's the bulls.

  • In reply to Lashondaa:

    So glad to see MMMBop make the list.

    Though I'll admit to openly enjoying lots of Hanson songs. :)

  • In reply to Lashondaa:

    I don't like any of those songs. I can tolerate the Bieber song, that's about it.

  • In reply to Lashondaa:

    I've never even heard of "Candy Rain".

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