Guilty Pleasures

Taking a break from the serious stuff to submit this list of bands and artists you love, even though you probably shouldn’t. In no particular order (except for #s 1 and 2):

  1. Neil Diamond
  2. Journey
  3. Kenny Rogers
  4. The Who*
  5. Queen
  6. Chicago
  7. Foreigner
  8. Don Henley**
  9. Phil Collins**

*Actually, The Who are worthy of critical acclaim, but make the list because of their delightfully exhorbitant over-the-top-ness.

** For the sheer impressiveness of someone taking themselves that seriously.

My list is incomplete. Let’s hear yours in the comments.



  1. Rebecca McDonald says:

    Prince- yep, I said it. Prince. I love him.

  2. Oh, I wouldn’t call that a guilty pleasure. Prince just rocks.

  3. duanemixon says:

    1. Lenny Kravitz **

  4. Ummm, Kenny Rogers??? A man that makes music AND rotisserie chicken as well as he does can never be considered a “guilty” pleasure. He is just a pleasure and a credit to his country.

    Maybe you could replace him with Jewel…

  5. I agree with Alex here. Kenny is a legend…and tan. Yeah, don’t forget tan.

    “You got to know when to hold ’em…”

  6. Oh, we are so going to get along based on your #1 pick. LOVE him and will never deny it. NEVER!

  7. ok some additions would be:
    – Beastie Boys
    – Jamiroquia
    – Outkast
    – Hall and Oats
    – Beyonce (in honor of Melissa)

  8. chicago is definitely up there for me (good call Jake)…
    ummm… dare I say it – Garth Brooks (old school, not the later stuff/alter-ego period) & Sister Hazel

  9. oh- and David Hasselhof (Germans love him)…

  10. my indie-folkrock-bluegrass-alt country-righteous self has come to terms with being able to admit i like the following:

    Justin Timberlake
    Kelly Clarkson
    Timbaland (not his solo stuff, just other artists he produces)
    The Muppets (yes, their music. some people like disney, i like the muppets and all their songs. back off.)
    Bon Jovi

  11. oh and i went to homecoming my senior year with the nephew of chicago’s drummer (er, one of them). oddly enough, his other uncle was Ira on Mad About You.

    so, go ahead and add chicago to the list.

  12. duanemixon says:

    wait wait wait…
    Did someone (Jessica) put The Beastie Boys as a guilty pleasure…
    It’s a guilty pleasure if you feel guilty for liking things that are awesome…

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