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Postby Dexter » Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:47 am

It's time for the results of Top 200 Guilty Pleasure Songs of All Time by Acclaimed Music Forumers.

Before I start the countdown, some things to note:
a) I did not include songs with only one voter, a song must have two votes to qualify in the Top 200. I made this sudden decision after looking at the results and saw numerous tied positions. While I was satisfied with the turnout, only a select few of the 1086 songs voted for have gotten more than 3 common votes. For those who would like to see the full list without this qualification, I will post the spreadsheet after revealing the #1 song.
b) For the same reason as above, I will not post the number of votes and the top voters for each song. I am aware that by not doing this, AMFers will be deprived of the possibility of finding errors in the rankings and computations however, I am fairly confident that there are no errors. Anyways, you can check the spreadsheet later and point errors to me so I can make the necessary changes.
c) I used the same calculation formula I used in the actors poll which I hosted last year: points = 100 * tan (11/90) / (tan ( (10+rank)/90) ), the same one used by JimmyJazz in the 2016 AMF Artists poll.
d) Info for song facts, year of release, and Billboard Hot 100 peak via Songfacts, wikipedia, and internet articles.
e) Most of the layout for the presentation of the Top 200 list is copied by the polls results thread hosted by Petri.

Thank you for all who voted:

1. Jirin (25 songs)
2. StevieFan13 (100)
3. Live in Phoenix (100)
4. andyd1010 (100)
5. panam (100)
6. bonnielaurel (100)
7. Red Ant (50)
8. Honorio (26)
9. luvulongTIM (53)
10. Father2TheMan (100)
11. Toni (28)
12. jamieW (100)
13. Dave C (20)
14. acroamor (20)
15. Safetycat (60)
16. Neil (100)
17. woodymac (66)
18. phil (100)
19. Rob (20)
20. Dexter (100)
21. Kingoftonga (65)

Let's start the countdown with the top artists with the most number of unique hits with the top vote-getter present in the lists of almost half the voters:


Top 5 Recidivists


9 victims


Ace of Base


8 victims


Spice Girls




Paul McCartney (solo & with The Beatles)


7 victims


Britney Spears




Fergie (solo & with B.E.P.)





The spotify playlist:
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Relax, don't do it/When you want to come




200. Frankie Goes to Hollywood, "Relax" (1983)

Points: 29.43
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 10 (1985)
Songfact: In the US, any sexual innuendo in this song got little attention, but it caused lots of controversy in England where it was banned (temporarily) by BBC. It already reached #6 on the UK singles chart at that time and the ban helped propel the song to #1 where it stayed for 5 weeks.



Ev'rybody dance now!




199. C+C Music Factory feat. Freedom Williams & Martha Wash, "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (1990)

Points: 29.87
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1 (1991)
Songfact: Martha Wash, who was overweight, was replaced in the music video by model Zelma Davis.



If you ain't got no money take yo'broke ass home/G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S




198. Fergie feat. Ludacris, "Glamorous" (2007)

Points: 29.98
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: Most hear "Flossy Flossy" in the lyrics but Fergie stated that it's actually "Flopsy Flopsy", her own variation of the slang (for glamorous).



Pa pa l'americano




197. Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP, "We No Speak Americano" (2010)

Points: 30.01
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 29
Songfact: American gymnast Gabby Douglas used this song in her gold medal-winning routine at the 2012 Summer Olympics.



I was gonna go to class before I got high/I coulda cheated & I coulda passed but I got high




196. Afroman, "Because I Got High" (2001)

Points: 30.87
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 13
Songfact: A judge ordered a 17-yr.-old boy to write a summary of the song after he was caught driving with a marijuana pipe.
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Sweet like a chica cherry cola




195. Savage Garden, "I Want You" (1996)

Points: 31.43
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 4 (1997)
Songfact: Used as the ending theme of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime, during its Diamond Is Unbreakable arc.



Ooga-chaka Ooga-Ooga!




194. Blue Swede, "Hooked on a Feeling" (1974)

Points: 32.32
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: In an alternate universe, Starlord owns this song.



I'm alright/Don't nobody worry 'bout me




193. Kenny Loggins, "I'm Alright" (theme from Caddyshack) (1980)

Points: 33.06
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 7
Songfact: Eddie Money sang in the background chorus but was unhappy that he never got credit for it.



'Cause you were Romeo, I was a scarlet letter"




192. Taylor Swift, "Love Story" (2008)

Points: 33.75
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 4 (2009)
Songfact: First country song to top the Billboard Top 40 Mainstream (now Pop Songs) chart.



I don't want to sleep/I just want to keep on lovin' you




191. REO Speedwagon, "Keep On Loving You" (1980)

Points: 34.31
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1 (1981)
Songfact: Written by the singer after his wife cheated on him before they were married - they divorced years later.
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When I taste your lips/Oh, I start to shiver




190. Phil Collins, "A Groovy Kind of Love" (1988)

Points: 34.66
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: Collins originally suggested the song for Stephen Bishop (of "On and On" fame) to record, with him producing, but ended up recording it himself.



Annie, are you ok?/So, Annie are you ok?/Are you ok, Annie?




189. Alien Ant Farm, "Smooth Criminal" (2001)

Points: 35.08
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 23
Songfact: There are two music videos for this song, one with a boy in a surgical mask and one without. Michael Jackson initially objected to the former, as it made fun of his medical condition.



Jenny don't change your number/I need to make you mine




188. Tommy Tutone, "867-5309/Jenny" (1981)

Points: 35.388
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 16 (1982)
Songfact: People who had that number were flooded with prank calls asking for "Jenny."



I will have you/Like a butterfly/A wild butterly/I will collect you and capture you




187. Animotion, "Obsession" (1984)

Points: 35.390
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 6 (1985)
Songfact: One of the writers kicked a heroin dependency and had the word "obsession" in his mind but he wrote about stalking instead, to reach a wider audience.



If I did it all again I'd be a nun




186. Robbie Williams, "Strong" (1999)

Points: 35.76
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: Did not chart
Songfact: The song was influenced by some of William's more manic admirers who, he admitted "scared the living daylights" out of him.
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Postby Rob » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:33 am

Nice presentation, Dexter! The songfacts are a great addition.

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Postby Jirin » Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:35 pm

Who here has had the I Want You lyrics burned into their brain since 1997?

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Postby whuntva » Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:52 pm

You're off on the release year of "All About That Bass" by about a decade.

Pretty good list so far. I didn't vote because I have no shame in any of my tastes, but it is good to see something like this come around.
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Postby Dexter » Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:37 am

Rob wrote:Nice presentation, Dexter! The songfacts are a great addition.

Thanks Rob! I appreciate it. The songfacts were added to spice up the roll-out and the info can be readily had through the songfacts website.

Jirin wrote:Who here has had the I Want You lyrics burned into their brain since 1997?

Burned in my crystal mind since 1997. Still got that magenta feeling on the base of my spine.

whuntva wrote:You're off on the release year of "All About That Bass" by about a decade.
Pretty good list so far. I didn't vote because I have no shame in any of my tastes, but it is good to see something like this come around.

Corrected. Thanks! I'll make mistakes in the year of release and chart peak but I'm comforted by the fact that AMFers have watchful eyes. Personally, there's no shame in having no shame.

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Postby Dexter » Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:41 am


Boys, they like a little more booty to hold at night




185. Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass" (2014)

Points: 36.09
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: After she couldn't find any takers for this song she co-wrote, Trainor decided to record it herself and release it as her debut.



Circus life under the big top world/We all need the clowns to make us smile




184. Journey, "Faithfully" (1983)

Points: 36.12
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 12
Songfact: Used in Season 1 finale of Glee; the next week, download sales of the Glee version put the song back on the Hot 100 Top 40.



I'm breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus




183. Imagine Dragons, "Radioactive" (2012)

Points: 36.13
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 3 (2013)
Songfact: Currently holds the record for most weeks spent on the Hot 100, at 87 weeks



Do that to me one more time/Once is never enough with a man like you




182. Captain and Tennille, "Do That to Me One More Time" (1979)

Points: 36.26
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1 (1980)
Songfact: About a male partner's virility, although written ambiguously enough to keep the censors in 1979 at bay.



Do you ever feel like a plastic bag?




181. Katy Perry, "Firework" (2010)

Points: 36.30
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: The music video director actually wanted to rig real fireworks to Perry, but scrapped it for special effects after encountering opposition.
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I'm as serious as cancer, when I say rhythm is a dancer




180. Snap!, "Rhythm Is a Dancer" (1992)

Points: 36.42
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 5
Songfact: Featuring Thea Austin, who after laying down the song vocals left the band.



They want you, they want you, they want you as a new recruit/But, but, but, I'm afraid of water.




179. Village People, "In the Navy" (1978)

Points: 36.82
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 3 (1979)
Songfact: A Navy spokesperson contacted the band manager for a Navy recruitment song since "Y.M.C.A." (the previous single) had done so well for the actual YMCA.



Bob your head like epilepsy // Bob your head like me, Apl. D.




178. The Black Eyed Peas, "Let's Get Retarded"/"Let's Get It Started" (2004)

Points: 37.60
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 21
Songfact: "Let's Get Retarded" is a slang that means to go crazy on the dance floor but fearing the PC police, the B.E.P. changed the title and lyrics for radio play.



But in and outside, I turned to water/Like a teardrop in your palm




177. Roxette, "It Must Have Been Love" (1987)

Points: 37.93
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1 (1990 [re-release])
Songfact: The song was originally subtitled "Christmas for the Broken Hearted" with "it's a hard Christmas day" in its lyrics. This was changed for the movie Pretty Woman to "it's a hard winter's day".



Whatever, ba-ba-ba-ba-ba, whatever/I will, I will, I will, I will




176. Captain & Tennille, "Love Will Keep Us Together" (1975)

Points: 38.10
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield wrote it during their last songwriting session together. It was about their close relationship. "We both cried after we wrote it," Sedaka said.
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Postby Listyguy » Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:09 am

Nice presentation so far!

Where's number 181 though?

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Listyguy wrote:Nice presentation so far!

Where's number 181 though?


The number itself isn't there, but it's Snap!, "Rhythm Is a Dancer"

Everything looks great, Dexter!

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Really nice presentation, Dexter!

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Postby Dexter » Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:18 am

Listyguy wrote:Nice presentation so far!
Where's number 181 though?

Live in Phoenix wrote:The number itself isn't there, but it's Snap!, "Rhythm Is a Dancer"
Everything looks great, Dexter!

Bruno wrote:Really nice presentation, Dexter!

Yes, just forgot to put the rank. Doing this on the fly when I have the free time so pointing out any omission and error is appreciated. Thanks for the compliments Listyguy, Live in Phoenix, and Bruno!

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Oh, I hear laughter in the rain/Walking hand in hand with the one I love




175. Neil Sedaka, "Laughter in the Rain" (1974)

Points: 38.26
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1 (1975)
Songfact: Sedaka said every time he met him, Michael Jackson told him that this was his favorite Sedaka song.



What a feeling/Bein's believin'/I can have it all, now I'm dancing for my life




174. Irene Cara, "Flashdance...What a Feeling" (1983)

Points: 38.82
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: Said Cara: "'What a feeling' was a metaphor about a dancer, how she's in control of her body when she dances and how she can be in control of her life."



Monday, Tuesday/Wednesday to Thursday/Friday, Saturday/Saturday to Sunday




173. The Black Eyed Peas, "I Gotta Feeling" (2009)

Points: 39.11
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: Will.i.am wrote the song after standing the Lincoln Memorial steps at Pres. Obama's inaguration. "Nobody asked me to write 'I Gotta Feeling.' It just came."



We make-out in your Mustang to Radiohead




172. Katy Perry, "The One That Got Away" (2010)

Points: 39.21
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 3 (2012)
Songfact: Attempting to make the song a record-breaking 6th chart-topper from one album, Perry lowered the song price from $1.29 to 69 cents and recorded a remix with B.o.B. Despite this, the record got away.



Gold/Always believe in your soul/You've got the power to know you're indestructible/Always believe in 'cause you are Gold




171. Spandau Ballet, "Gold" (1983)

Points: 39.31
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 23 (1984)
Songfact: Bandmember Gary Kemp wrote this as a spoof of James Bond theme songs, specifically Goldfinger.
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The reflex is a lonely child who's waiting by the park/The reflex is a door to finding treasure in the dark




170. Duran Duran, "The Reflex" (1983)

Points: 39.36
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: It seems to have a deep concept, but really the band just recorded it over a couple of bottles of wine. Singer Simon Le Bon said he has no clue what it means.



All that she wants is another baby/She's gone tomorrow boy




169. Ace of Base, "All That She Wants" (1992)

Points: 40.22
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 2 (1993)
Songfact: Bandmember Ulf Ekberg, said "We are able to treat English very respectless, and just look for the word that sounded good with the melody."



I just want to use your love tonight




168. The Outfield, "Your Love" (1985)

Points: 40.93
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 6 (1986)
Songfact: In 2013, SNL did a skit based on this song where host Josh Hutcherson speaks in the song's lyrics, trying to convince Josie's friend to have an affair.



She lost her youth and she lost her Tony/Now she's lost her mind




167. Barry Manilow, "Copacabana (At the Copa)" (1978)

Points: 41.96
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 8
Songfact: The Copacabana is a NYC nightclub named after a Rio de Janeiro district known for its beaches and beautiful people. True to the song, the club did become a Disco in the '70s.



I want to stand with you on a mountain/I want to bathe with you in the sea




166. Savage Garden, "Truly Madly Deeply" (1997)

Points: 42.39
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1 (1998)
Songfact: Reworked from a previous song, Darren Hayes recalled: "The verses were exactly the same, but I'm rather embarrassed to admit the chorus did not exist. Instead, I'd written a rather awful lyric about magical kisses."
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I'm a believer, I couldn't leave her if I tried




165. The Monkees, "I'm a Believer" (1966)

Points: 42.60
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1 (1967)
Songfact: The Monkees sang on this, but did not play any instruments. The producers used session musicians, not convinced that The Monkees could play like a real band.



Marconi plays the mamba, listen to the radio




164. Starship, "We Built This City" (1985)

Points: 42.73
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: Blender magazine's worst song of all time was written by Bernie Taupin, Elton John's lyricist.



I've never seen so many people want to be there by your side/And when you turned to me and smiled, it took my breath away/And I have never had such a feeling




163. Chris de Burgh, "The Lady in Red" (1986)

Points: 42.88
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 3 (1987)
Songfact: Inspired by de Burgh's wife, whom he didn’t realize when he spotted her across the room in a nightclub wearing a red dress. It reminded him of when he first fell in love with her.



When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie/That's amore




162. Dean Martin, "That's Amore" (1953)

Points: 43.03
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 2
Songfact: Jerry Lewis paid $30,000 to the songwriters to write the song because he felt sorry for his movie partner Martin, who craved a breakthrough song.



Moody river, more deadly than the vainest knife




161. Pat Boone, "Moody River" (1961)

Points: 43.34
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: Boone (who covered the song) has never figured out the line "the vainest knife." "Radio stations used to run contests about what it meant," he says.
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Postby Sweepstakes Ron » Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:29 am

Dexter, the all-time songs poll is very close to completion... like, it will probably be ready tomorrow. Is it okay with you if I begin rollout before you are finished with this? I’d hate to be the one to steal all your glory...
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Sweepstakes Ron wrote:Dexter, the all-time songs poll is very close to completion... like, it will probably be ready tomorrow. Is it okay with you if I begin rollout before you are finished with this? I’d hate to be the one to steal all your glory...

Don't worry, Sweepstakes Ron. I'm very okay with it. I don't really see any problem here. I even think doing the rollouts simultaneously will increase views on this thread. Personally, I'm very exited to see the rollout of the AMF All Time Songs Poll.

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Dexter wrote:
Sweepstakes Ron wrote:Dexter, the all-time songs poll is very close to completion... like, it will probably be ready tomorrow. Is it okay with you if I begin rollout before you are finished with this? I’d hate to be the one to steal all your glory...

Don't worry, Sweepstakes Ron. I'm very okay with it. I don't really see any problem here. I even think doing the rollouts simultaneously will increase views on this thread. Personally, I'm very exited to see the rollout of the AMF All Time Songs Poll.

Alright, good to hear. I really like how this poll is going so far: the songfacts go a long way in making this stand out, even if it is a "smaller" poll.
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Postby whuntva » Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:31 am

"Separate Ways" ended up making it to the Round of 32 in Unacclaimed IV, so having that come to light made it less surprising.

I tried reading Blender's list, stopped at "The End". Besides, "We Built this City" wasn't all that bad. Glad to see it place on here. Starship I feel is pretty underrated.
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Postby phil » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:58 am

Fantastic rollout Dexter! The lyrics and songs acts are great!

Seems like early 80s is dominating so far - especially 1983.

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Sweepstakes Ron wrote:Alright, good to hear. I really like how this poll is going so far: the songfacts go a long way in making this stand out, even if it is a "smaller" poll.

I really like the positive reactions to the songfacts, sorta did it to make the presentation more interesting.
whuntva wrote:"I tried reading Blender's list, stopped at "The End". Besides, "We Built this City" wasn't all that bad. Glad to see it place on here. Starship I feel is pretty underrated.

Yeah, I get the criticism about the lyrics but there are way worse songs than "We Built the City." And "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" is an earworm of the okay kind.
phil wrote:Fantastic rollout Dexter! The lyrics and songs acts are great!
Seems like early 80s is dominating so far - especially 1983.

Thanks phil. Yes, it seems the 80s, particularly 1983, is dominating. I think this coincides with the rise of MTV and the emphasis on visuals and flash rather than the music.

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One night will remind you/How we touched and went our separate ways




160. Journey, "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" (1983)

Points: 43.38
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 8
Songfact: Journey staked claim for the first ever "air band" music video - they pretended to play their instruments for much of the clip.



All this time, I can't believe I couldn't see




159. Evanescence feat. Paul McCoy, "Bring Me to Life" (2003)

Points: 43.90
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 5
Songfact: Paul McCoy was featured on this, the band's debut single, to get airplay as just about every band with a similar sound was led by a guy.



Step one, we can have lots of fun/Step two, there's so much we can do




158. New Kids on the Block, "Step by Step" (1990)

Points: 44.00
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: This instructional song to "get to you, girl" is #1 in a viewer poll of the greatest Guilty Pleasures on the New Zealand show UChoose40 & made the list of the Top 30 Guilty Pleasures on about.com



I spent my life exploring the subtle whoring that costs too much to be free




157. Charlene, "I've Never Been to Me" (1977)

Points: 44.18
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 3 (1982 [re-release])
Songfact: The line "I've been to crying for unborn children" is not about abortion, it refers to a woman regretting never having children due to her chasing the jet-setting lifestyle.



Now did I take you by surprise?/With my hungry eyes




156. Eric Carmen, "Hungry Eyes" (1987)

Points: 44.24
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 4 (1988)
Songfact: When Carmen was presented with the song he thought it sounded like Air Supply with Led Zeppelin's drummer.
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Postby Dexter » Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:35 pm


And I would come a-running/To give you all my loving




155. Kylie Minogue, "I Should Be So Lucky" (1987)

Points: 44.49
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 28 (1988)
Songfact: The triple echo "lucky, lucky, lucky" was an improvised joke during the recording, which the producers and Kylie decided to keep.



I won't make it on my own/No one likes to be alone/She drives me crazy like no one else




154. Fine Young Cannibals, "She Drives Me Crazy" (1988)

Points: 44.56
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1 (1989)
Songfact: Originally, the singer used his regular voice on the song (then under a different title) but no one involved liked it; a change to a falsetto voice also changed their opinion of the song.



Any fool can see they're falling/I gotta make you understand




153. Spice Girls, "Say You'll Be There" (1996)

Points: 45.889
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 3 (1997)
Songfact: The same guy played harmonica on this song and on Culture Club's hit "Karma Chameleon."



Back off I'll take you on/Headstrong to take on anyone




152. Trapt, "Headstrong" (2002)

Points: 45.896
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 16 (2003)
Songfact: This confrontational song has been used in various video games and as the entrance music for some pro wrestlers and fighters.



Saying "I love you" is not the words I want to hear from you




151. Extreme, "More Than Words" (1991)

Points: 46.75
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: Due to the popularity of this song and the next single, "Hole Hearted", Extreme was pigeonholed as a ballad band, even though funk-metal permeates their albums.
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Postby StevieFan13 » Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:50 pm

My dad has a funny story about “Centerfold.” You see, my dad and his friend used to be in a yeshiva, which for you non-Jews is a little like a monastery for folks studying Judaism, only a little chiller and with more beards. Now, when we Jews have meals on the Sabbath, before we make the blessing over the bread, we have to wash our hands, say a short prayer, then not talk until someone makes the prayer over the challah bread and passes it out. Once you eat it, you can talk (the guy making the challah prayer gets a pass).

Anyway, while people wait until the challah prayer, they typically do little wordless chants and songs, just to pass the time. Usually they’re traditional tumes. My dad, a rock fan to his core, decided to have a little fun with it. Just to see what would happen, after he washed his hands one time, he started singing the “nai-nai-na-nai-nai-nai” part from “Centerfold” just to see if the others would follow along. Sure enough, that legend got everyone else singing along to a relatively dirty song. His friend couldn’t stop laughing. Long story short, my dad isn’t a rabbi - in fact, he’s an atheist - but he does love J. Geils.
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Postby Bruno » Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:03 am

Nice choices so far.

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Postby Moonbeam » Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:59 am

I'm surprised to see songs like "Obsession" and "Rhythm Is a Dancer" on here. Why would anyone feel guilty about loving those? Never thought they were derided. Goes to show why I couldn't participate in this - I wanted to put forward a list but couldn't determine what would be classified as a "guilty pleasure" or not.

And yay for "Flashdance... What a Feeling"! What a song!

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Postby Live in Phoenix » Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:36 am

With some songs -- and I'm sure this will come up again later -- I just see a pop song, and not something infamous. Granted, I have built up a high tolerance of '80s/early '90s songs...

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Postby Dexter » Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:23 am

StevieFan13 wrote:My dad has a funny story about “Centerfold...

I'm not familiar with Jewish traditions but your dad is funny (and cool) for doing that. Such a rock and roll thing to do.
Moonbeam wrote:I'm surprised to see songs like "Obsession" and "Rhythm Is a Dancer" on here. Why would anyone feel guilty about loving those? Never thought they were derided.

I did not vote for either but I think the choice of "Obsession" has to do with that distinct 80's sound while "Rhythm Is a Dancer" has more to do with that controversial line "I'm as serious as cancer, when I say rhythm is a dancer." It was possibly borrowed from Eric B. & Rakim's "I Ain't No Joke" which goes: "I got a question as serious as cancer/ Who can keep the average dancer…" Both lyrics seem inappropriate.

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Oh no, I can't deny it/Oh yeah, I guess I gotta buy it




150. J. Geils Band, "Centerfold" (1981)

Points: 46.77
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1 (1982)
Songfact: "Centerfold" was a departure from the band's R&B-influenced blues style of rock but the band keyboard player insists it was due to the fact that the band before couldn't afford synthesizers.



And she's watching him with those eyes/And she's loving him with that body, I just know it




149. Rick Springfield, "Jessie's Girl" (1981)

Points: 47.11
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: Who is Jessie's girl? Said Rick: "I don't know her name... I was going to a stained glass class in Pasadena, and I met this guy and his girlfriend. I was completely turned on to his girlfriend, but she was just not interested. So I had a lot of sexual angst, and I went home and wrote a song about it."



Look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane/Nah, it's just me, ain't a damn thing changed




148. Pitbull feat. Ke$ha, "Timber" (2013)

Points: 47.79
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1 (2014)
Songfact: The use of a harmonica on the song was inspired by Avicii's "Wake Me Up."



When you make me feel this way/I just, mmm




147. Colbie Caillat, "Bubbly" (2007)

Points: 48.63
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 5
Songfact: After a friend set up a MySpace site for the her, Caillat posted "Bubbly." This led to her signing with Universal.



I know you know that I made those mistakes maybe once or twice/By once or twice I mean maybe a couple of hundred times




146. Justin Bieber, "Sorry" (2015)

Points: 48.66
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: The song's tropical house beat was supplied by Skrillex.
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Come what may, do you ever long for/True love from me?




145. Ronan Keating, "Life Is a Rollercoaster" (2000)

Points: 49.26
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: Did not chart
Songfact: The song was originally been intended for the 2nd New Radicals album which never came due to the band's breakup.



Hearts could cry when love won't stay forever/Hearts can be that way




144. Marty Balin, "Hearts" (1981)

Points: 49.81
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 8
Songfact: Founder of Jefferson Airplane, Balin left the offshoot of the band, Jefferson Starship, in 1978. This was the first single from his debut solo album. He later reunited with Jefferson Airplane/Starship.



I hope he understands/That he can take this life/And hold it by the hand/And he can greet the world/With arms wide open




143. Creed, "With Arms Wide Open" (1999)

Points: 50.38
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1 (2000)
Songfact: Knowing that he'll have a son, singer Scott Stapp wrote this song because he didn't want him facing the same problems he faced while growing up. Stapp would go on to set up With Arms Wide Open Foundation to help children and families.



I just wanna keep on waiting/Underneath the mistletoe




142. Mariah Carey, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (1994)

Points: 50.59
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 9 (1995 [original run])
Songfact: An English farmer discovered that goats produce more milk listening to this tune than any other song.



The landlord say your rent is late/He may have to litigate/Don't worry, be happy




141. Bobby McFerrin, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" (1988)

Points: 50.68
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: The song title for this accapella #1 came from a poster of Indian guru Meher Baba with the words inscribed on it. McFerrin thought it was "a pretty neat philosophy in four words."
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And you'll make me work so we can work to work it out/And I promise you kid, I'll give so much more than I get/I just haven't met you yet




140. Michael Bublé, "Haven't Met You Yet" (2009)

Points: 50.86
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 24 (2010)
Songfact: Bublé said: "I wrote it because I had met this girl (his now wife Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato who also appeared in the music video) and there was nothing solid about anything of it. She didn't speak English... There was every reason to not try to get into this predicament of a relationship, yet I did and it was weird...You live on your potential as a single person... you just haven't met them yet."



Kiss me on my salty lips/I bet you feel a little crazy




139. Merill Bainbridge, "Mouth" (1994)

Points: 51.45
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 4 (1996)
Songfact: Bainbridge stated that "(Any sexuality on "Mouth" was) not deliberate... It doesn't bother me if people connect with that, because obviously it's there, but it wasn't something I was aware of".



And how can I blame you/When I build my world around/The hope that one day we'd be so much/More than friends




138. Michael Bolton, "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" (1989)

Points: 51.81
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1 (1990)
Songfact: This song, written by Bolton, was originally offered to Air Supply but they put it on "indefinite hold." Laura Branigan later recorded her version which hit #12 on the Hot 100 in 1983.



Footloose, kick off the Sunday shoes/Please, Louise, pull me off of my knees/Jack, get back, come on before we crack




137. Kenny Loggins, "Footloose" (1984)

Points: 52.27
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: Kevin Bacon, the star of the movie the song was based on, revealed that at weddings: "I go to the disc jockey and hand him $20 and say, 'Please don't play that song,'"



We can dance if we want to, we've got all your life and mine/As long as we abuse it, never gonna lose it/Everything'll work out right




136. Men Without Hats, "The Safety Dance" (1982)

Points: 53.01
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 3
Songfact: In 1982, MTV was on its way to becoming a voice of youth culture, playing lots of videos by superstars (like Michael Jackson) but also introducing some wacky lesser-known (usually foreign) artists with bonkers videos like the one for this song.
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Postby Jirin » Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:53 pm

I put Centerfold on my all time ballot.

Interesting how one person's guilty pleasure is another one's 'Just a good song' when it comes to certain eras of pop.

Although for me, for several years when I was first discovering music all those 80s synth-pop songs were "Those songs you only hear when MTV does best videos of all time countdowns".

Huh. Somebody actually thought a song about a guy having a multitude of casual relationships was a good choice for a political event, and the only reason they realized it was a bad idea was because it actually said the name of one of Bill Clinton's scandals? Might as well choose 'Psychokiller' for the RNC.

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Postby Dexter » Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:09 pm


A little bit of you makes me your man




135. Lou Bega, "Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of…)" (1999)

Points: 53.26
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 3
Songfact: This was the theme song for the 2000 Democratic Convention (Bill Clinton's party), until someone noticed the line, "A little bit of Monica in my life."



Tell me how to win your heart/For I haven't got a clue/But let me start by saying, "I love you"




134. Lionel Richie, "Hello" (1983)

Points: 53.44
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: When he was young, Richie watched beautiful women walk past but was too shy to talk to them. He thought to himself, "Hello, is it me you're looking for?" Now, he pretty much hears this anywhere he goes.



But now there's no way to hide/Since you pushed my love aside




133. Olivia Newton-John, "Hopelessly Devoted to You" (1978)

Points: 53.52
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 3
Songfact: Olivia's contract for the movie Grease stipulated that she should have a solo spot. However, nobody had any ideas for a song for her character, Sandy, until the producer came up with the song halfway through the shoot.



I always get it up, for the touch of the younger kind




132. The Knack, "My Sharona" (1979)

Points: 53.89
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: The singer Doug Fieger wrote the song about 17-yr. old Sharona while he was with another girl. It's Sharona on the single cover.



He cold, he dope, he might sell coke




131. Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass" (2010)

Points: 54.15
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 3
Songfact: Minaj indicated that the Taylor Swift's unsolicited promotion of the song influenced the decision to release it as a single.
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Are you more than hot for me/Or am I a page in your history book?




130. Paula Abdul, "Straight Up" (1988)

Points: 54.37
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1 (1989)
Songfact: This was the breakout hit for Paula Abdul, who was was a cheerleader for the LA Lakers, a dancer, and choreographer for Janet Jackson videos.



Tell me why/I never want to hear you say/"I want it that way"




129. Backstreet Boys, "I Want It That Way" (1999)

Points: 55.34
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 6
Songfact: Producer Mutt Lange was hired to rework the tune, penned by Swedes Max Martin & Andreas Carlsson, so it would make more sense. His alternate version, with lyrics like "I love it when I hear you say, I want it that way," was shelved as the original was deemed catchier, but it received occasional airplay when it was leaked to Napster.



Dessert loving in your eyes all the way




128. Culture Club, "Karma Chameleon" (1983)

Points: 55.64
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1 (1984)
Songfact: The line, "You're my lover, not my rival" was inspired by the difficult lover-professional relationship between singer Boy George and the band's drummer.



If I could fall into the sky/Do you think time would pass me by?




127. Vanessa Carlton, "A Thousand Miles" (2002)

Points: 56.57
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 5
Songfact: Says Kanye West: "This must be the white song that all black people like, you know every year there's a song that black people like and this is that. I love the string arrangements."



I'll always be a part of all the girls I've loved before




126. Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson, "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" (1984)

Points: 57.78
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 5
Songfact: In this humblebrag about bedpost notches, Nelson's existential self-actualization lines starkly contrasts with Iglesias’s tremulous pining. Despite or because of that, the song hit the Top 10 across the world.
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Postby StevieFan13 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:28 pm

To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before really is a humblebrag, isn’t it?
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Postby Live in Phoenix » Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:27 pm

And Willie Nelson's really done it all, hasn't he?

My favorite factoid about Animotion's "Obsession" is that it was the theme song to the WWF's hit 1980s wrestling show on NBC, Saturday Night's Main Event. The chorus, "Who do you want me to be to make you sleep with me?", was not used on the family-friendly show, though.

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So rough Barbra Barbra Barbra Barbra Barbra




125. Duck Sauce, "Barbra Streisand" (2010)

Points: 57.96
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 89 (2011)
Songfact: “I was in France when I walked into a little restaurant and they were playing this song, and I thought this was a joke. I thought they did that for me because they knew I was coming for dinner!” said the titular icon.



Dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dundun dun




124. Darude, "Sandstorm" (1999)

Points: 58.11
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 83 (2001)
Songfact: One of the 1st songs to find an audience through the internet. It was initially promoted with a 60 second slip of the track being posted on the web, then got airplay in discos and clubs before it was finally released to a waiting audience. It later gained popularity in internet meme culture



I swore, that I would love you to the end of time/So now I'm praying for the end of time/To hurry up and arrive




123. Meat Loaf feat. Ellen Foley, "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" (1977)

Points: 58.18
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 39 (1978)
Songfact: Musicians working on the album, except probably for Meat Loaf and writer Jim Steinman, and industry folks thought the song was a joke. Billboard even tagged the song as a "novelty" record.



Una paloma blanca/I'm just a bird in the sky




122. George Baker Selection, "Paloma blanca" (1975)

Points: 58.54
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 26 (1976)
Songfact: With its distinctive flute solo, the song (which translates as "White Dove") is parodied many times. The Wurzels had a #3 UK hit parody and Eddie Murphy sang a parody in a SNL ad.



My my/At Waterloo Napoleon did surrender/Oh yeah/And I have met my destiny in quite a similar way




121. ABBA, "Waterloo" (1974)

Points: 60.00
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: Even though Waterloo was the battle that spell the end of Napoleon, the song (a Eurovision winner) peaked at #3 on the French charts and #1 in Belgium, where the battle took place.
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Gotta get in tune with Sailor Moon/Cause that cartoon has got the boom anime babes/That make me think the wrong thing




120. Barenaked Ladies, "One Week" (1998)

Points: 60.05
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: The last words of the song (which fittingly spent one week at #1 in the Hot 100) are, "Birchmount Stadium, home of the Robbie." This refers to an annual soccer tournament, The Robbie, held for charity at Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough, Ontario.



If you're filled with affection, you're too shy to convey/Meditate my direction, feel your way




119. John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, "You're the One That I Want" (1978)

Points: 60.38
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: The song hit #1 on June 10, 1978 which is impressive considering the movie Grease, for which it was written specifically for, was not released until June 16.



If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape/I'm the love that you've looked for, come with me, and escape




118. Rupert Holmes, "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" (1979)

Points: 61.01
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: A couple in Jordan fell in love online and when they finally met it turns out that they were each other's spouse. Unlike in the song, this experience ended in divorce.



Side by side on my piano keyboard, oh Lord, why don't we?




117. Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder, "Ebony and Ivory" (1982)

Points: 61.30
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: McCartney originally conceived the idea for this song after watching a comedian playing a piano on which the white and black keys were kept apart in order to demonstrate how one couldn't work without the other.



Dale a tu cuerpo alegria, Macarena/Hey Macarena!




116. Los Del Rio, "Macarena (Bayside Boys mix)" (1996)

Points: 61.72
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1 (1996)
Songfact: The Bayside Boys mix samples 7 seconds of Yazoo vocalist Alison Moyet's laughter from the single "Situation."
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And I can't believe I see/A hundred yellow ribbons round the ole oak tree




115. Tony Orlando and Dawn, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" (1973)

Points: 61.92
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: Many associated this song with soldiers returning home from the Vietnam War; yellow ribbons began appearing on trees to welcome them home.




They all gather 'round my teepee/Late at night tryin' to catch a peek/At me in nothin' but my buffalo briefs




114. Tim McGraw, "Indian Outlaw" (1994)

Points: 62.09
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 15
Songfact: The song ends with McGraw shouting part of the main "Cherokee people" chorus from "Indian Reservation," a #1 hit for Paul Revere & the Raiders.




I guess now it's time that you came back for good




113. Take That, "Back for Good" (1995)

Points: 62.86
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 7
Songfact: "If it touches people, it's a good song," remarked Noel Gallagher. "You know, people go on about Take That – but 'Back for Good' said something to me. And if it touches me…"



Will your mouth still remember the taste of my love?




112. Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud" (2014)

Points: 63.01
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 2 (2015)
Songfact: Sheeran wrote this with his childhood friend, singer-songwriter Amy Wadge, to help her deal with financial issues, "Now she never has to worry about money again.", he said.



So if you look in my direction/And we don't see eye to eye/My heart needs protection/And so do I




111. Nicolette Larson, "Lotta Love" (1978)

Points: 63.36
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 8 (1979)
Songfact: The song was written by Neil Young, whom Larson had to thank for jump starting her career, by having her working with him as a backing singer on 2 of his albums.
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Postby panam » Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:11 pm

Oh, we need a Spotify playlist of this!!

Error: The 146th song's real title is "Love is a rollercoaster", not "Like a rollercoaster".

Nice criteria, Drexler. Keep on going!

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Postby Dexter » Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:28 pm

panam wrote:Oh, we need a Spotify playlist of this!!
Error: The 146th song's real title is "Love is a rollercoaster", not "Like a rollercoaster".
Nice criteria, Drexler. Keep on going!


It's actually "Life Is a Rollercoaster" (Haven't heard this song before this poll)
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Thanks for pointing out the error, panam.
I'll put out a Spotify playlist at the end of the rollout. Thanks for the suggestion.

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My-my-my-my music makes me so hard makes me say oh my Lord




110. MC Hammer, "U Can't Touch This" (1990)

Points: 63.59
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 8
Songfact: Rick James' lawyers authorized the "Super Freak" sample without his permission. He was irate when he heard the song on the radio but later was somewhat appeased when he found out how much money it was making for him.



Ba de ya de ya de ya/Ba de ya de ya de ya de ya




109. Earth, Wind & Fire, "September" (1978)

Points: 63.65
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 8 (1979)
Songfact: The bass player talked of the song's lasting influence. "People now are getting married on September 21st... The stock market goes up on September 21st. Every kid I know now that is in their 20s, they always thank me because they were born on September 21st."



The cars had smashed him so hard/Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm




108. Crash Test Dummies, "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" (1993)

Points: 64.44
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 4 (1994)
Songfact: As a result of this song, the band was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy, even though they formed in the late '80s and released their first album in 1991.



Work all day to earn his pay, so we can play all night




106.(tie) Sheena Easton, "Morning Train (9 to 5)" (1980)

Points: 65.37
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1 (1981)
Songfact: Outside of the U.S., this was released as "9 To 5," but the title was altered in America to avoid confusion with the Dolly Parton hit, which charted around the same time.



I put your picture away/Sat down and cried today/I can't look at you while I'm lying next to her




106.(tie) Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow, "Picture" (2002)

Points: 65.37
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 4 (2003)
Songfact: Rock's then-fiancee Pam Anderson didn't like the idea of him hanging out with Crow (they once dated) and held up production of the music video with a 2-hour phone call to Rock.
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Re: AMF's Greatest Guilty Pleasure Songs of All Time (2018): Results Thread

Postby Dexter » Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:40 pm


I won't pay, I won't pay ya, no way/Na-na, why don't you get a job




105. The Offspring, "Why Don't You Get a Job?" (1999)

Points: 65.45
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 74
Songfact: The sing-song melody is based on The Beatles song "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," with some elements of Simon & Garfunkel's "Cecilia."



I kissed a girl and I liked it/The taste of her cherry chap stick




104. Katy Perry, "I Kissed a Girl" (2008)

Points: 66.77
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: Perry revealed that the lyrics are about a real life girl she was obsessed with but never kissed. The song was also partially inspired by Scarlett Johansson.



When it snows/My eyes become large/And the light that you shine can't be seen




103. Seal, "Kiss from a Rose" (1994)

Points: 67.12
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1 (1995)
Songfact: Seal never explained what the song is about. Some think that it's about drugs, while others hear it as an expression of love or a journey to the afterlife.



In the year 2525/If man is still alive/If woman can survive/They may find




102. Zager and Evans, "In the Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)" (1968)

Points: 67.40
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1 (1969)
Songfact: The song was so strange that Time magazine speculated it was “composed by a computer at the RAND Corporation."



Come on and let it show, baby/Come on and let it show




101. Wet Wet Wet, "Love Is All Around" (1994)

Points: 67.89
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 41
Songfact: The band chose to cover it (original by The Troggs) over Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" and Barry Manilow's "Can't Smile Without You" for the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral.
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Re: AMF's Greatest Guilty Pleasure Songs of All Time (2018): Results Thread

Postby Dexter » Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:44 pm

Guys, something came up at the homefront... I will be traveling from now until the weekend to some place where fast internet connection is non-existent. I will continue the countdown (Top 100) as soon as Monday. I hope for kind understanding.

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Re: AMF's Greatest Guilty Pleasure Songs of All Time (2018): Results Thread

Postby Jirin » Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:45 pm

Also ‘She’s Got Issues’ by The Offspring sounds like Mysterious Ways,

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Re: AMF's Greatest Guilty Pleasure Songs of All Time (2018): Results Thread

Postby Live in Phoenix » Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:49 pm

Do what you need to do, Dexter. Besides, I need a week to process that "U Can’t Touch This" couldn't even clear the top 100.

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Re: AMF's Greatest Guilty Pleasure Songs of All Time (2018): Results Thread

Postby Dexter » Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:14 am


The Top 100 Greatest Guilty Pleasure Songs of All Time



When I see you hanging about with anyone/It's not unusual to see me cry/Oh I wanna die




100. Tom Jones, "It's Not Unusual" (1965)

Points: 68.23
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 10
Songfact: Written for Sandie Shaw, who turned it down, Jones' first recording of it wasn't anything special. He said: "Producer Peter Sullivan said: 'You've got a big voice. Nice is not enough. You are not nice!' As a result, the song jumped out of the speakers and became a hit."



I never meant to start a war/I just wanted you to let me in/I guess I should’ve let you in




99. Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball" (2013)

Points: 68.48
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: The O'Connoresque teardrop Cyrus sheds in the music video was real: "My dog just passed away," she explained.



Cheeseburger in paradise/Heaven on earth with an onion slice/Not too particular not too precise/I'm just a cheeseburger in paradise




98. Jimmy Buffett, "Cheeseburger in Paradise" (1978)

Points: 69.05
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 32
Songfact: It was inspired by real life: Buffett had been forced to eat only canned food & peanut butter due to a boating mishap and visions of a piping hot cheeseburger kept popping in his mind. Upon hitting land, he ordered cheeseburger in a restaurant. It was overdone but for Buffett it tasted like manna from heaven.



Don't cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?/Don't cha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me?/Don't cha?




97. Pussycat Dolls feat. Busta Rhymes, "Don't Cha" (2005)

Points: 69.28
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 2
Songfact: This raunchy song was written by Cee-Lo Green with an interpolation from Sir Mix-a-Lot. When asked if he pretended to be an attractive girl, Green replied: "No, I was trying to think of an ideal woman - who would be so bold as to say something as outspoken as that song." In a totally unrelated fact, Green was later accused of sexual battery.



You put the boom boom into my heart/You send my soul sky high when your lovin' starts/Jitterbug into my brain/Goes bang bang bang till my feet do the same.




96. Wham!, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" (1984)

Points: 69.49
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: Still living with his parents, Andrew Ridgeley needed a wake-up call, so he left a note for his mum on his door. He wrote, "Wake me up up," and realizing he duplicated a word, finished the sentence with "before you go go." George Michael got a kick out of it and decided to use it as a song title.



When I need love/I hold out my hands and I touch love




95. Leo Sayer, "When I Need You" (1977)

Points: 70.99
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: Leonard Cohen sued the song's composers over a piece of the chorus melody that was similar to his "Famous Blue Raincoat." They eventually settled.



(Oh here she comes) Watch out boy she'll chew you up/ (Oh here she comes) She's a maneater




94. Daryll Hall & John Oates, "Maneater" (1982)

Points: 71.76
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: Hall & Oates took little interest in their music videos, so directors hired by their record company could get away with just about anything. Hall said: "Somebody decided the 'Maneater' video wouldn't be complete unless we had an actual panther, a man-eating animal, in the video. It appeared for a second and a half in the video and probably cost $10,000."



Da da da dum/Da da da dum




93. Walter Murphy & the Big Apple Band, "A Fifth of Beethoven" (1976)

Points: 72.73
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: Murphy played nearly every instrument on this song but was forced to credit it to an imaginary ensemble by the record label which believed it would be more successful if it was credited to a group.



I would do anything for love/Anything you've been dreaming of/But I just won't do that




92. Meat Loaf feat. Lorraine Crosby, "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" (1993)

Points: 73.626
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1
Songfact: David Fincher was the first choice to direct the music video, but he wanted $1.7 million for the budget. Seems hard to believe today, but Michael Bay did it for $750,000. Like in the C+C Music Factory videos, the featured vocalist was replaced by a more videogenic person, who received several offers for record deals after the video aired.



If you want my body and you think I'm sexy/Come on, honey tell me so




91. Rod Stewart, "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" (1978)

Points: 73.628
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: 1 (1979)
Songfact: The distinctive riff came from Jorge Ben's "Taj Mahal." When Ben filed suit, Stewart agreed to give proceeds from the song to UNICEF. He recalled: "I held my hand up straight away. Not that I'd stood in the studio and said, 'Here, I know we'll use that tune from Taj Mahal as the chorus. The writer lives in Brazil, so he'll never find out.' Clearly the melody had lodged itself in my memory and then resurfaced. Unconscious plagiarism, plain and simple."
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Re: AMF's Greatest Guilty Pleasure Songs of All Time (2018): Results Thread

Postby Dexter » Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:22 am

I'm happy to see several songs in this Top 200, so far, are included in the Top 2000 songs roll-out as of today. It goes to show that a song being a guilty pleasure and also considered one of the greatest of all time are not mutually exclusive.


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