The 10 Best Guilty Pleasure Songs of 2012

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2012  is rolling to a close. Thanksgiving is a little more than a week away, stores have begun their annual Operation: Christmas Music 24/7, and the album release schedule shifts into holiday mode shortly. As we look back on 2012, we’ll remember a lot of things: the London Olympics, Barack Obama’s re-election, and, most importantly, our introduction to “Call Me Maybe.”

Some argue that there should be no such thing as a guilty pleasure—that  we like what we like and we should just accept it. But if you are whole-heartedly accepting everything that you enjoy without questioning it, you’re bound to end up a psychopathic, drug addicted hedonist. Some songs are corny, manufactured, cheap, obvious, and shallow. Still, they get stuck in our head, and sometimes we kind of like it. Does it make them great songs? No. But it does make them our favorite guilty pleasures.

We’re throwing dignity to the wind here. Only one rule: no “Gangnam Style” allowed.

  • Andrew

    I find nothing wrong with enjoying the all-out, self-described ratchetness of “Bandz a Make Her Dance” and the punch-someone-in-the-faceness of “Same Damn Time.”

  • fernando

    gangnam, the only one i like.

  • Bill Ding

    Fucc dyat I bump future proudly

  • PancakeMcKennz

    Taylor Swift’s gotta be an honorable mention. You know you’ve caught yourself toe-tappin’ to “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

  • seaburt

    i rock lil debbie & Riff everyday of the week

  • ILM

    Birthday song is a QUALITY song. No guild here when I blare it from my Honda fit

  • Bryan

    Rack City was 2011. Call Me Maybe was technically 2011 too, but was re-released in US in 2012.

  • Confusion

    True, RC was released in late 2011 but was on his 2012 album. But fair point.

  • Nate


  • Nick

    Train – Drive By. Enough said

  • josh

    i will literally listen to gangnam style any time of the day

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