I’m Embarrassed to Say This…


I was watching TV last night when I heard this question asked during an interview of a baseball player and I thought it would be an interesting and fun question to pose to everybody on here. In this age of digital music and smart phones, we all carry our music around with this everywhere that we go. It gives us a sense of being in our own little world for that time when we are listening with our headphones on. While we all have our own tastes in music, there is one thing that is true about all of us when we are listening, which leads into this question:

What is the most embarrassing song you have on your iPod?

Now this is a completely subjective question. Just because you find one song embarrassing doesn’t mean that somebody else will agree with you. Everyone loves what they are listening to at any given time to matter what the song is. There’s a reason you have it on your iPod in the first place; it’s obviously something that you like even if you don’t want to admit it to anyone else. I have about 3400 songs on my iPhone right now so finding just one song that might be considered embarrassing is not a problem for me. As a matter of fact, I could easily give you a top 10 list of the most embarrassing songs on my iPod:

1. Toxic by Britney Spears – there’s just something about this song that seems infectious. And actually, as far as her music goes, it’s the one song I find that I can actually listen to.
2. Barbie Girl by Aqua – there actually is a reason this particular song is on my iPod. It was a running joke for a long time between Michelle and an old boss of hers and they would sing this song together. The song itself I think makes most people cringe but it’s on my iPod, so it counts.
3. Cuban Pete by Desi Arnaz – come on, who doesn’t love Desi Arnaz? It’s a pretty silly song but it makes me smile.
4. Waterloo by ABBA – I’m willing to bet everyone has at least one ABBA song on their iPod whether they want to admit it or not. This one is just kind of catchy.
5. Get Outta My Dreams Get Into My Car by Billy Ocean – this is another one of those songs that is on my iPod for a reason. When Michelle and I were just dating this is one of the songs that she and my brother would dance to all the time at one of the bars we went to. In retrospect, it’s not a really great song but it still makes us laugh when we hear it.
6. Jungle Love by Morris Day & The Time – you probably remember these guys from the movie “Purple Rain” by Prince and that they were the “other” band in this movie. They kind of had their 5 minutes of fame in this movie and there’s something about this song as well that just kind of sticks in your head.
7. Obsession by Animotion – this is one of those songs that I used to hear on the radio all the time when I was growing up and a teenager in the early eighties and I think that’s the only reason it has stuck with me so long. I’m sure we all remember the video that MTV used play of this song and the lead singers of group.
8. Puttin’ On the Ritz by Taco – anyone who grew up in the eighties remembers this song too. To be honest I’m not really sure why this one is on my iPod but it’s there so I’ll confess up to it.
9. Rainy Days and Mondays by The Carpenters – if you ask Michelle, she knows every word to every Carpenters song and what seems like every song that came out in the late seventies or early seventies for that matter. I think that’s the main reason this one is still on my iPod too.
10. Mickey by Toni Basil – as it is with a number of these embarrassing songs, they just happen to be a product of my childhood and then the eighties when everyone seemed to be listening to these songs are watching the videos.

Okay, so there you have it. Now it’s your turn. You don’t have to come up with 10; just give me the one that you find to be the most embarrassing even though you might really really love it. You can answer on here in the comments section or catch up with me on Facebook or Twitter. I’ll ask a few people on Twitter as well and see how they respond. I’m looking forward to see what everyone comes up with and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them have turned up on my iPod already.

Back to work in the rest of the day. It’s poster rain pretty heavily here in New York all day long and into tomorrow so it’s not going to be the most pleasant day outdoors so try to make the most of it indoors. Turn up some of that embarrassing music and dance around the room if you like. See you later.

3 Responses to “I’m Embarrassed to Say This…”

  1. 1 Kim Lyman

    but I LOVE some of the songs you list as embarrassing! they are great songs! I love #’s 1, 5, 8 and 9 on your list:-) My embarrassing songs are truly embarrassing. 1. Date Rape Stylee by Sublime, 2. Bon Jovi, Livin’ on a prayer, 3. She’s like the Wind (from Dirty Dancing), 4. Crazy Bitch (holy crap that song is bad and I got the song from my kids!), 5. Untouchable Face by Ani DiFranco (I love that song, but it’s embarrassing when it’s playing out loud in front of your mother in law and you can’t stop it in time… ) 6. the whole Charlie Brown Christmas CD and 7. YoYoMa classic CD (only embarrassing when kids friends look at me confused, like ‘why are you playing that ‘old lady’ music?. and my last one is that I downloaded the whole CD from P.S. I love you movie. Quite sappy of me:-) Oh, one more: Eminem: you make me puke. Kids think it’s hilarious, it’s really so inappropriate.

    • 2 MikeG

      Kim – Half the fun is that some people will think what you see as embarrassing is great. I thought about the same Bon Jovi song too since I have it on my iPod as well along with the Charlie Brown Christmas CD (hey the Vince Guaraldi Trio is a great jazz band!) and the P.S. I Love You soundtrack (we have the movie too on DVD). I didn’t even include some of the stuff I have on there from when Sean was smaller and liked kid music or the stuff I have for Liam to listen to from the Fresh Beat Band. I do have to say even I don’t have a Patrick Swayze song though 🙂

  2. 3 Kim Lyman

    I love Patrick Swayze, but everyone laughs about it. My favorite movie of all time: Uncommon Valor. I watch it at least twice per year.

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