I've been tagged by Hanne, a fellow Mac-user here in Norway, to admit to ten songs I'd rather the world didn't know I like. Thing is, I either don't have songs like that, or I've already admitted to them.
Uhm, but if I dig a bit deeper, then I have to admit to liking so-called Christian rock. Hits me just right, like a Disney theme song or your typical "hit song" in a movie about a hit song. They are all basic major chord pop songs, much like the most popular entry to the Eurovision Song Contest. And I do have some songs that I like, but that I know are cheesy.
So here are the 10 worst songs/artists I can think of admitting to owning and liking (in no particular order).
- There's Whole Lot Of Loving / Six
Six voices, attractive clean-cut young people, G-rated lyrics, and very dancable major chord pop. No evergreen except in my ears.
- Loves Theme / Barry White (Love Unlimited Orchestra)
I actually associate this song with travelling down the Mississippi on a raft with a very cute Huckleberry Finn as played by a young Jeff East in "Tom Sawyer". Other than that, it is one of my all-time favorite instrumentals. Disco beat, and strings strings strings! Love those strings!
- An old Monza commercial jingle
It had a nice build-up. A few heartbeats of bliss. Always got my attention.
- America / Neil Diamond
Wonderful "anthem" complete with flag, pride, hope, future - and that reminds me: I want the soundtrack to "The Muppet Movie" so I can hear Fozzie say "Patriotism swells in the heart of the American bear." It's like that.
- From A Distance / Bette Midler
My new Christmas song of choice. Cheesy electronics (can you say "eighties"?) instead of a real orchestra (ya shoulda sprung for the band, Bette!). A few stupid moments in the lyrics, but most are sane and meaningful. Hits me right. Makes me think of tinsel and hope.
- I'm A Train / Albert Hammond
It's about a man who thinks he's a train. Catchy. I wish I had the courage to sing it to myself in public.
- Village People
I'll still rock to songs like "Ready For The 80's", "Go West" and "Do You Wanna Spend The Night", and do a bit of voyeuring in my mind to "Fire Island".
- Ring Ding Ding (Original Radio Edit) / Pondlife Featuring Froggy Frogspawn
I don't usually go for novelty songs. They get old so fast. But this one, complete with sped-up vocal imitations of a motorcycle engine and body noises that are supposed be either a croak, a burp or a fart, cracks me up. Especially if I think it's a fart. Made in Sweden, of course.
- A New Day Has Come / Celine Dion
Nothing screams "Loser" in Norway like liking Celine Dion, but I bought the album "A New Day Has Come", not just the song. Favorite cuts are the title track, "I'm Alive" and "Sorry For Love". Deal.
- Ole Ivars
There is one other thing that screams "Loser" in Norway louder than liking Celine Dion and that is liking dance music bands like Ole Ivars. While you're busy criticizing my choice of music, I'll be on the dance floor having the time of my life.
Hey, I managed to fill the list! By the way, I don't own any Christian rock.