10 Bad Songs That I Really Like

Bad NoteI write and publish Strumings weekly. I like the weekly cadence and deadline as it keeps me engaged. I’ve been asked why I do this, and whether I feel it is a burden and time consuming. I do so simply because I enjoy sharing my thoughts on marketing, music and sports issues. In fact, I recently started another blog, The Business Of Life, on financial and work/life issues that didn’t seem to fit into Strumings. I am truly gratified that anyone even reads my musings. Someone asked me once “who is your target audience”. I guess they figured since I’m a (smart) marketing guy that I had some overarching brilliant strategic vision for my blog. So when I said “er, uh, dunno, I really write for me” I think they were disappointed.

In that vein, some of my favorite Strumings are about music. Music has played an important part in my life, and still does. In another era, radio was the medium where I heard new songs and albums. It was always a big deal to hear the latest releases. It was why I loved radio so much in my youth, and why I enjoyed working as a disc jockey on the weekends at WDHA in the 80s (working overnight on Friday for $5/hour while my “day job” was running multinational accounts as a senior account manager at BBDO/New York). However, I’m a little sad radio will never again be the primary means to connect listeners to music. On balance, technology is wonderful, but it changed the radio and music industries forever, not all for the good.

Among the thousands of songs I first heard on radio, there were tons of good ones (and really bad ones too). What’s interesting, at least to me, is that there are many songs that I like and still know are really bad. Putting these favorites out there opens me to ridicule—no matter to me. To those who seek to shame me for my “eclectic” musical taste, I say bring it on. My only criteria is that the songs have to have been popular. No hidden bad gems in this list.

So in reverse order here are 10 really bad songs that I really like:

10. Kung Fu Fighting-Carl Douglas
“Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting. Those kicks were fast as lightning” This song won a Grammy for best selling song in 1974. Who’d have thunk?

9. I’m Too Sexy-Right Said Fred
I’m too sexy for my blog, too sexy for my blog, my head’s in a fog.

8. Cherish-The Association
My love of this song clearly demonstrates that I am in touch with my feminine side

7. Aubrey-Bread
Another example of my evolved taste

6. The Safety Dance-Men Without Hats
“You can dance if you want to”. uh, thanks, didn’t know I needed to ask.

5. Blinded Me with Science—Thomas Dolby
Great beginning

4. Pretty Fly for a White Guy—Offspring
Pretty lame too

3. U Can’t Touch This- M.C. Hammer
Hammertime. Still like this beat

2. Whip It-Devo
Gotta love the flower pot hats

1. MacArthur Park-Richard Harris
cakeintherainWhat a great song with inspiring lyrics. Huh? Never could figure them out. But the orchestration was so uplifting and the anguish seems so real it makes me want to cry.

MacArthur’s Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don’t think that I can take it
‘Cause it took so long to bake it
And I’ll never have that recipe again

So there you have it. My top 10 Bad songs but that I really like. What did I miss?

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  1. Interesting list. I can agree with most of it; not sure if “Cherish” is a bad song. A bit dated, perhaps, but not bad per se. I would have included at least one Paul McCartney and Wings song, most of which contain stupid (sometimes downright silly) lyrics, but are extremely catchy nonetheless — “Helen Wheels,” “Junior’s Farm,” or “Listen to What the Man Said” I think would be good nominees.

  2. Larry Wexler says:

    (Sorry) I ran all the way home, by the Impalas

    Winchester Cathedral by a guy imitating Rudy Vallee singing through a megaphone

  3. Mark Murphy says:

    MacArthur Park! You have good (bad?) taste indeed! It is top on my list. I can never look at Professor Dumbledore without this song coming to mind. Maybe if he sang it to Voldemort……

    Great post thanks.

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