This list does not need much of an introduction, though I will say that it took some time to narrow it down, since there are some songs I’m truly glad I like even though some people might not be (see: Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”).
These, however, are songs that I truly wish I didn’t like, but I do. I do!
“Take it Easy” by the Eagles. Yes, the very same Eagles who sing one of my least favorite songs of all time (if you don’t already know what this is, it’s better that you don’t). And yet maybe it’s just this line: “It’s a girl, my lord, in a flat-bed Ford slowing down to take a look at me.”
“Two Princes” by the Spin Doctors. That lead singer, whose name I refuse to look up, is the problem with this band. Well, one of the problems. And yet this song. And yet I really shouldn’t like it, should I?
“Jump” by Kriss Kross. In my defense, this song was a wild hit in Ireland the summer of 1992 and believe it or not, dancing to this song over and over again in Irish bars was a truly joyous and almost patriotic experience. Plus, seriously, if you have a problem with Mack Daddy and/or Daddy Mack I don’t want to hear about it.
“Faith” by George Michael. Yeah, I know. Even this video is horribly embarrassing. And yet.
“Cryin'” by Aerosmith. People, I love this song. Whenever I hear it I want to hear it over and over again. “That kind of love was the killing kind.” I mean, seriously now.
“Come On, Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Everyone I know hates this song. But come on. Poor old Johnny Ray! Sheesh.
“Rhythm of Love” by Plain White T’s. This is so wrong. How can a person (like, say, me) hate Jack Johnson and Dave Matthews and still like this song? I don’t know! However, if you heard your sweet little 17-year-old sister play this song on the ukelele (after she played Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”), well, you might have ended up liking it too.