The Ultimate Guilty Pleasures Playlist: Part 1

You might wanna keep THAT playlist private.

Sure, you can play it cool when you’re casually deejaying at a friend’s party. But deep inside, you know what you’ll listen to when you’re cleaning up your place or while you’re alone in the car. Just make sure no one hears you!

1. It’s All Coming Back to Me Now, Céline Dion

Anything Céline, tbh, but this one, with the wind effect, the dramatic violins and the violent piano is an obvious choice for the morning sing-out-loud session in your car on your way to work. You can still picture the 1996 music video where our dear diva dances with a ghost and runs around in a castle, chasing her dead boyfriend who’s casually driving his motorcycle inside.

Most memorable lyrics: But you were history with the slamming of the door
And I made myself so strong again somehow. And I never wasted any of my time on you since then

2. Come Clean, Hilary Duff

A single off her Metamorphosis classic album, it has a bubble gum nostalgia you long for. Early 2000’s music was the best and this is no exception.

Most memorable lyrics: Cause perfect didn’t feel so perfect. Trying to fit a square into a circle was no lie

3. All You Wanted, Michelle Branch

Our girl was at the top of her game in the early 2000’s and this single was all that. “If you want to, I can save you, I can take you away from here”, she sang, with her pop rock arrangements. She made you feel like such an independent female, for like a minute.

Most memorable lyrics: I’m sinking slowly, so hurry hold me. Your hand is all I have to keep me hanging on

4. Nothing In This World, Paris Hilton

As a second single after Stars Are Blind, this song definitely deserved more love than it got. The intro alone (“da da, da da, da da da”) will get you in the mood. The music video itself was a hit, featuring a cameo from Elisha Cuthbert. Also, did you know a then unknown Kesha sang the back vocals? Bonus.

Most memorable lyrics: I can do what she can do so much better

5. Over, Lindsay Lohan

The real ones know she had a great if underrated music career. Her debut album Speak gave us the amazing Rumors, but Over really was the song that gave us an idea of the tormented life Lilo was singing about with so much emotion.

Most memorable lyrics: Cause if the world is spinning and I’m still living, it won’t be right if we’re not in it together

6. See You Again, Miley Cyrus

Originally created for her Hannah Montana character, this masterpiece had so much potential; it was remixed by Rock Mafia and was part of her Breakout album in 2008. Even though early Miley’s songs will make you cringe, you can’t deny the rock, bopping vibe you are possessed by every time it comes on.

Most memorable lyrics: Felt like I couldn’t breathe you asked what’s wrong with me
My best friend Leslie said, “Oh she’s just being Miley”

7. Hit The Lights, Selena Gomez and the Scene

It’s the song with the positive message every little girl (and you) needed when it came out in 2011. After so many years, it’s still a great anthem for the risk takers and the YOLO generation, secretly, at least.

Most memorable lyrics: Hit the lights, let the music move you, lose yourself tonight

8. Lucky, Britney Spears

Yes, I know, how dare I, suggesting anything Queen Brit is a guilty pleasure? I agree, but still, it’s the one earlier song (off her Oops!… I did it again amazing, cult and instant classic album) that you are less likely to play in a party. The music video was a piece of art and she was so pretty, yet you couldn’t help feeling bad for her, since it was obviously autobiographic.

Most memorable lyrics: This is a story about a girl named Lucky

9. La La, Ashlee Simpson

We’re dedicating this to your mellow emo-punk self that was raging in 2004. You still know this screaming anthem by heart, because you were in love with the whole Autobiography album. We miss her reality TV show and her original face.

Most memorable lyrics: You can throw me like a boomerang, I’ll come back and beat you up

10. Unwritten, Natasha Bedingfield

You’re not the only one wishing The Hills was still a thing.

Most memorable lyrics: Staring at the blank page before you, open up the dirty window, let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

11. Only One, Yellowcard

This poignant anthem gave you all the feels. A punk rock song including violins and romantic lyrics? Yes, yes, yes, says my lonely teenage self.

Most memorable lyrics: Here I go, scream my lungs out and try to get to you

12. Let Me Love You, Mario

This Mario guy, memorable one hit wonder, was ready to love this girl, even though she clearly had self-esteem issues. Yes, boy, sing me a song about the fact that my current relationship is sh*t and that I make dumb choices, but you’ll still care for me.

Most memorable lyrics: You should let me love you, let me be the one to give you everything you want and need

13. Everything, FeFe Dobson

Our second favorite Canadian rebel-with-a-good-heart (hey, Avril!), FeFe came out with this song about an independent gal telling her probably scared of commitment guy that she’s down to get down with him, if he makes a move, that is.

Most memorable lyrics: And if you’re ready for love then this I will bring, but I’m not gonna wait for you forever this time

14. (What is) LOVE?, Jennifer Lopez

This gem of a song, hardly noticeable between so many mediocre songs she tried to make happen for a while, is a heartbreaking song about the doubts and fears of loneliness we can all relate to.

Most memorable lyrics: I’ve been alone for the past three years on Valentine’s Day
Christmas is no exception, birthday’s with naughty presents

15. Body Language, Heidi Montag

Secretly, we wanted her music career to work, even if we knew deep down she had no talent whatsoever. Also, this song is probably the definition of a guilty pleasure.

Most memorable lyrics: If you’re in it for real, go ahead and put it on me. I know that you want me so take me.

16. Every Morning, Sugar Ray

Bleached highlights, shell necklaces and wife beaters; need we say any more?

Most memorable lyrics: Shut the door baby, don’t say a word.

17. Tomorrow, Lillix

A rock-ish ballad from the Canadian band, this is a cry of the heart for all the lonely people out there.

Most memorable lyrics: So, I wake up, put on my makeup, pick up the phone, nobody’s home

18. With You, Jessica Simpson

Deep down, Jess was such a simple girl who liked to hang out with her man, wearing just a t-shirt and a pair of jeans. An expensive pair of jeans. In her mansion. While her cook was preparing her meal. That she would eat with a shirtless Nick Lachey, probably. Stars. They really are just like us.

Most memorable lyrics: The real me is a southern girl with her Levis on and an open heart

19. Behind Blue Eyes, Limp Bizkit

This cover from The Who was such an intense version that it stayed with you. Seeing trashy Fred Durst hanging out with Halle Berry in the music video was actually pretty cool and the song was also featured in the not so bad movie Gothika.

Most memorable lyrics: But my dreams they aren’t as empty as my conscience seems to be

20. Whole Again, Atomic Kitten

Whatever happened to Atomic Kitten?

Most memorable lyrics: Baby, you’re the one, you still turn me on, you can make me whole again

21. Party for Two, Shania Twain and Mark McGrath

A sassy and obviously horny Shania tried to convince the Sugar Ray singer to come at her place for a very elite evening of fun. Spoiler alert: he’s down for some country love.

Most memorable lyrics: I’ll tell you ‘bout it It doesn’t matter what you wear, ’cause it’s only gonna be you and me there

22. Kiss Me Thru the Phone, Soulja Boy

Hey, girl, your boyfriend with the shaved eyebrows misses you. Call him, kay? 678-999-8212.

Most memorable lyrics: I miss ya, I miss ya, I miss ya, I really wanna kiss you but I can’t

23. Graduation (Friends Forever), Vitamin C

Did this play at your graduation? Or do you just remember the classic Scary Movie 2 scene with Anna Faris singing it? Either way, it’s cool. Nostalgic to the extreme, it’ll make you want to rock those low rise jeans and look around your house for your old Von Dutch hat. Where is it, by the way?

Most memorable lyrics: And as our lives change, come whatever
We will still be friends forever

24. Show Me Love, Robyn

Written by the Swedish singer and hit maker Max Martin, it’s a shame it never got shown the love it absolutely was worth back in 1997. Featured on her debut album, this was before Robyn became the indie electronic queen she is now, but we already worshipped her back in the days.

Most memorable lyrics: Well now I’ve found you and I tell you no lie
This love I’ve got for you could take me ’round the world

25. No Air, Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown

How liberating is it to yell this song (whichever part you feel more identified with) at the top of your lungs? All the feels, am I right?

Most memorable lyrics: I walked, I ran, I jumped, I flew right off the ground and float to you
There’s no gravity to hold me down, for real


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