Yeah, it happened to me. When “Story of My Life” first hit the airwaves, I had to add it to my iTunes. I Shazamed it, and much to my chagrin (and surprise), it was OneDirection. Who does this tween band think it is putting out a song with meaningful lyrics instead of just bubble gum, autotuned crap?
I was torn. Do I immediately clear the app and pretend it never happened? Or do I indulge and go ahead for the download?
I indulged because I am not ashamed. I am a music junkie with thousands of songs on the iPod ranging from Three Six Mafia to Dwight Yoakam.
I have dozens of songs on the iPod that most people would be mortified to admit having in their collection. I didn’t truly realize this until singing along audibly (and rather loudly) to the Neil Diamond track blaring through my earbuds while on the elliptical at the gym one day. Boy, did I get some funny looks.
In thinking back on the dozens of road trips I’ve taken over the past year or so, there are a few songs that I never skip on the iPod, no matter what the mood. I don’t refer to them as guilty pleasures, because there’s no reason for guilt. And not being able to carry a tune in a five-gallon bucket does not deter me from turning it up and singing along at top volume.
1. “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins
In traffic, it turns my four-cylinder into a Lamborghini. It also turns the cruise control into the nitrous oxide button.
2. “California Love” by Tupac
Guaranteed to turn any skinny white chick who grew up in the 90s to straight up thug gangsta.
3. “What is Love?” by Haddaway
Can’t sing this one without the head bob from Saturday Night Live.
4. “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
Top on every bartender’s “Most Hated” list.
5. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
No explanation needed.
6. “I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys
My generation’s OneDirection.
7. “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” by Meat Loaf
What the hell is “that” anyway???
8. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler
Another no explanation needed, but click the link for the “literal” interpretation of the video. Freakin’ hilarious!
9. “The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley
The original is obviously best, but if it’s the Ataris or DJ Sammy’s versions, still top volume worthy.
10. “In the Air Tonight”
My steering wheel, dash and arm rest become a set of drums.