Q magazine has published a top 50 list (because the world is so short of top 50 lists) if songs that people are too ashamed to admit they like. The Guardian reports and includes the top 10.
The top 10 is:
1 Livin’ Thing ELO
2 More Than A Feeling Boston
3 Don’t Stop Movin’ S Club 7
4 I’m Not in Love 10CC
5 Rock ‘n’ Roll Part 2 Gary Glitter
6 Cold As Ice Foreigner
7 Rebel Yell Billy Idol
8 Whatever You Want Status Quo
9 Baker Street Gerry Rafferty
10 I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor
I can honestly say that I have none of these in my record collection. My guilty pleasure is therefore that I have no officially designated guilty pleasures.
My record collection contains a number of audio dramas, the complete Tony Hancock and Round the Horne, assorted jazz and classical CDs, and some music from popular beat combos including the Bonzo Dog people, the Doors, The Stranglers, and the Velvet Underground (such music forming about 1/20 of my collection in a vain attempt to prepare for the judiciary).
This list then doesn’t mean much to me, I’m afraid. I have heard of ELO (via Doctor Who); Gary Glitter (via his recent appearances in the media); Billy Idol; Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street (through the Bob Holness urban myth); I will survive (through osmosis); and have heard of Status Quo – who I once bumped into in Glasgow.
I went in to Borders in Glasgow one lunchtime and was thwarted in my attempt to navigate round the shop by a long queue of individuals snaking around the store – through children’s fiction, crime, law and business, science fiction, literary fiction, poetry, and drama (but not necessarily in that order). Apparently the gentlemen from “the Quo” were having a book signing. As I wandered around the shop, bemoaning and bewailing I barged into a chap in a black waistcoat coming in the opposite direction.
“I wouldn’t bother if I was you” I said, seeing a staff member behind him, “Waste of bloody time. You can’t get in to anything.”