Everyone has a guilty pleasure when it comes to music. There’s always that song you love, but it’s by an artist you otherwise can’t stand.
Hold on. Back up.
The concept of “guilty pleasure” really shouldn’t exist. Our collective attitude should be “respect all music, listen to what you like.” Fine in theory, but because music is just a subjective thing, we’re often wary about admitting to liking something friends and family may find uncool.
The ability to appreciate a piece of music outside your usual comfort zone should be recognized as a mark of musical maturity. To be able to understand the artistic value of, say, a Norwegian death metal band like Dimmu Borgir and, say, Lady Gaga should be admired, not ridiculed. That’s the spirit of this week’s question.
That’s the spirit of this week’s question. What song do you love from an artist you otherwise can’t stand?
Maybe you’re a metalhead with a fondness for that one Justin Bieber song. Could be that you’re a hardcore indie kid who thinks “Sweet Child O’ Mine” is a work of genius (which it is, by the way). Or maybe, just maybe, you find yourself turning up “Photograph” by Nickelback or “Nookie” by Limp Bizkit or “Ice Ice Baby” from Vanilla Ice.
I’ll go first. I’ve never been a fan of Madonna’s music for a variety of reasons, even though I respect her ability as a pop artist and performer. However, I will admit that both “Express Yourself” and “Ray of Life” are two bloody fantastic songs.
Unburden yourself with your confessions. This is a safe space where we can talk. No trolls allowed.