When your life’s obsession is music, you tend to have a certain taste and therefore turn your nose up at music you don’t deem worthy.

Despite this; we all have songs which are our guilty pleasures, you’ll listen and always enjoy them when nobody else is around.

It’s unlikely you’ll play them in-front of your friends but secretly you love them. They may be songs from your childhood if you grew up in a weird era like I did with the Spice Girls invasion and everything that followed. Or it could be a tune that you associate with a great memory that you simply cannot let go.


Anyway; here are mine, ranked with my favourite at the top rather than what I feel most guilty for.

10. Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield

A serious tune that you’ll automatically sing-a-long to with your mates without realising.

9. Sound of the Underground – Girls Aloud

Biggest belter of the Spice Girl invasion period, a conventional pop song that defines the period but remains timeless to this day.

8. One Kiss – Calvin Harris (With Dua Lipa)

A modern guilty pleasure. There are so many great memories associated with it I had to include it, mostly of England’s 2018 World Cup campaign.

7. Torn – Natalie Imbruglia

A banger which when put on during a session is always reciprocated with “a risky choice, but a good one.”

6. Complicated – Avril Lavigne

Oozes nostalgic infatuation from the right crowd. An underrated artist that easily could’ve snook into a modern punk scene, but a commercialised pop success changed her career course.

5. Tell Me Ma – Shamrock

Worked at n Irish Bar, fell in love with it.

4. Walking On Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves

Overused on the silver screen, but an ultimate mood lifter if I’ve ever heard one. The most questionable inclusion here, as it’s a widely loved tune – I just shouldn’t love it as much as I do.

3. The Galway Girl – Steve Earle

I’ve never even eeen P.S I Love You or whatever it’s on, and I also know it’s written by an American not an Irishman. It’s still class, and it still makes me want to go to Galway.

2. Accidentally In Love – Counting Crows

It’ll remind you of Shrek,but it’s so much more than that. It has a continuous uplifting beat that always cheered me up, consequently associating it with loads of quality memories.

1. Wisemen – James Blunt

The king of twitter has an early single embedded in British TV history by appearing in a phenomenal Gavin & Stacey scene. It’s also a triumph when seamlessly played amongst Oasis and Three Lions without anybody batting an eye, it’s impossible not to sing along if you know the lyrics.