Embarrassingly bad songs are a guilty pleasure for many, but we enjoy them in the privacy of our own company. Join us as we check out some of our most embarrassingly favorite bad songs. We bet you like at least a few of them.
About the Song: Never Gonna Give You Up was the U.K.’s biggest single of 1987. It made British singer Rick Astley an international superstar. The song originated from a long phone call that production member Waterman had with his long-time girlfriend. Astley said, “You’re never gonna give her up.”
About the Song: A few would argue that this one-hit wonder by The Baha Men should fade into the land of never-to-be-heard-again songs. But Who Let the Dogs Out keeps, well, escaping.
About the Song: The J. Geils Band departed from their usual blues-based sound when they created the album Freeze Frame. The band released the song Centerfold in 1981, and the accompanying music video became a regular on MTV.
About the Song: A lot of blushing and nervous laughter starts when I Touch Myself plays. The song, sung by the Divinyls, is about masturbation. Talk about embarrassing.
About the Song: Heaven Is a Place on Earth is a song recorded by Belinda Carlisle. She was the lead vocalist for the girl rock band the Go-Go’s before the group broke up. The song made Carlisle an instant global success as a solo artist.
About the Song: The Boston classic, More Than a Feeling, is an electric hard rock instrumental we still bang our heads to today. The song is about a guy who wakes up feeling blah and turns on good music. He loses himself in the fantasy of music and a girl named Marianne.
About the Song: From the get-go, Achy Breaky Heart was such an embarrassingly bad song. The lyrics, the drawl, and Billy Ray Cyrus’ mullet were something to behold. Yet we all went crazy for it.