Everyone has guilty pleasure songs they don’t want anyone to know about. (Until the song becomes insanely popular and you can attempt to pluck up the courage to tell all your mates to listen to pop’s latest sensation.) Here at Mojo20, we don’t want to keep anything from you so here’s three of our recent guilty pleasures. Enjoy! Or don’t. It’s up to you as your view won’t change our feelings towards these anthems! Please don’t judge us!
Sam Smith / Like I Can
This blokes like shit in a field, absolutely everywhere. God love him for having such a great year and basically dominating the UK pop charts, but Christ it’s getting a bit much. I think the Great British Bake Off is the only thing he hasn’t won this year, and it’s been hard to see him out-do some really great talents at award shows like the Grammys and the Brits. BUT, this one tune had me with its high notes, harmonies and over the top lovey-dovey bollocks. Just wish he’d cheer up a bit.
Olly Murs featuring Demi Levato / Up
Anyone who knows me will know all about my attraction to Demi Levato. I don’t have the same feelings for Olly Murs. So when these two teamed up to create music together I envisioned a car crash. Now it’s no ‘Stairway To Heaven’ by Led Zeppelin, but it is catchy as hell, with a cool hook and I’d be lying if I said I don’t turn it right up when it comes on the radio. Some guilty pleasures you can justify and explain, but this one I can’t really. It’s very standard pop music with lyrics that could have been scrawled on the back of a fag packet whilst waiting for a bus, but for some reason it’s got me.
Beyonce / 7/11
Released last year, I had this song rammed down my throat by my girlfriend and was forced to watch the video around 7 times in a row every day. At first I thought it was one of the more pointless songs of all time, and it’s attempt at a low-budget video failed miserably as she fannies around in expensive clothes in a posh hotel, but you put up with it don’t you, keeps her in doors happy. Before I knew it, when I was asked to put it on again, my begrudging response appeared to become more of an act of habit, as I’d do it with pleasure and be just as interested to hear it again. Just as mentioned in the previous choice, this certainly isn’t ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon with lyrics like “I’m spinning with hand up” times 18, but it’s a cool, quick little tune that can get you in the mood for a bit of a wiggle on a Friday night.
David Guetta featuring Skylar Grey / Rise
This is probably a really well-loved, respected song within the David Guetta fan base but I’d never heard it until it was featured on an advert for Wrestlemania 31. You know, the biggest night of the year! After hearing it a handful of times, it grew on me and before I knew it…the foot started to tap with the beat. Yep. Well and truly hooked. Another handful of times and I now mime to Skylar’s brilliant harmony parts of the song. Fuck knows what I’m going to be like when we go down to Walkabout to watch Wrestlemania after copious amounts of alcohol. All I know is…i’ll probably be better suited for Home’s dancefloor.
Taylor Swift / Blank Space
I’ve not really managed to keep my love for Taylor Swift a secret. Her songs are more catchy than the common cold and unfortunately; it would appear there’s no medicine to cure this apparent illness. SOMEBODY HELP ME!! THIS IS A CRY FOR HELP!! That being said, even if there was some special pill I could take to make me stop liking Swift’s songs, I don’t think I’d take it. I doubt it would work anyhow. There is NO cure. This is definitely one of the most catchy but a mention needs to go Shake It Off as well because that’s an unadulterated dancefloor filler as well.
John Legend / All Of Me
Stu likes Sam Smith’s lovey-dovey bollocks and it would appear that I’ve been grabbed by John Legend’s lovey-dovey bollocks. (This sentence sounded less dodgy in my head)
All Of Me is an incredible love song that John wrote about his wife to prove how much she meant to him. Like he needed to bother making the effort with his bank balance! It would’ve been easier for him to subtly leave his bank statements around the house. I doubt very much she’s going to leave you John. You soft sod! When she first heard this, I bet she thought he was a legend. (Couldn’t resist. Apologies) Going from this song alone, I’d have to agree because it’s a beautiful song that I instantly appreciated for what it is and what it means. That; and I’ve not heard any other John Legend songs.