A friend emailed me last night and said that he'd been talking with people at work about the most embarrassing songs on their iPods. Their gulity pleasures.
His is REO Speedwagon: Roll With The Changes.
Here's my problem - I'm not always sure what should be embarrassing. I mean, I was raised overseas, with very little access to Western pop culture, and a father who listened exclusively to opera and show tunes. My brother and I didn't know the Beatles till the end of the '70s. We could, however, sing every single line to every song in Evita.
I asked my colleague T, who said, without hesitation, "Oh, well, some Britney Spears and some Justin Timberlake."
"But do you really have to be embarrassed about those? Everyone has some Britney and some Justin. I just bought that Sexyback song."
"Yah, you're right. OK, then, this definitely qualifies: Paris Hilton: Stars are Blind."
"Yes, that definitely qualifies."
"So what are yours?"
It turns out I have quite a variety. I have some Barry Manilow - I love that Copacabana song, I seriously do. I have Delta Dawn by Tanya Tucker. I have Brandy, You're a Fine Girl, by I don't even know who.
These are things one could definitely make fun of me for.
It got me wondering about the fabulous array of possibilities. What's on your iPod that embarrasses you? Any guilty pleasures?