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The Blog Squad's Guilty Pleasure Tunes

New year, new blog squad. To kick off the semester, all of us have decided to compile our favorite guilty pleasure songs for your enjoyment and our torment. These are the songs we might jam out to by ourselves but maybe not so much in public, so get to know the new blog squad a little better by listening, from Carly Rae Jepsen to Johnny Cash.

  • Morgan Hunt: "Boy Problems" by Carly Rae Jepsen. CRJ is a guilty pleasure artist as a whole. I once waited 4 hours in Chicago to see her at an m&m's sponsored show.


  • Julian Epp: "In The Summertime" - Mungo Jerry. This song is so weird. I don't understand any part of it. Half of the percussion is him beatboxing. The sound of the summer for sure.


  • Matt Hamilton: "Lanzarote" by Lindstrøm & Todd Terje. This is a song that's undeniably goofy. Nonetheless, it puts me in a 'driving into the ocean' sort of mood. Yes, driving INTO the ocean.


  • Gillian Paxton: "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell is 80s one-hit wonder garbage but it has always reminded me of my childhood. My parents used to play me all their favorite 80s songs and this one just stuck with me.


  • Jake Mappes: "Rock Lobster" by B52s. Weird as hell and the music video is only fitting to the outrageous lyrical content. "There goes a narwhal. Here comes a bikini whale!


  • Naari Jeong: "Awesome" by Lil B. Lil B's signature goofy persona and killer one-liners make this track a true source of endorphins. Who would have guessed that looking "like a dolphin" would be something that I'd come to want for myself


  • Claire Pittenger: "Goodbye Earl" by the Dixie Chicks. What's better than young women rallying together to kill an abusive man?


  • Coady Raab: "Roxanne" by The Police. Not only is it fun to pretend you're Sting when singing it, but it gets even more as the song progresses.


  • Robert Iannuzzo: "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry. The guitar riff that kicks off the song holds up so much nostalgia and longing for me. It’s a really sweet and genuine song that I will ALWAYS dance my ass off to.


  • Dan Lee: I like to listen to any given Johnny Cash song and reminisce of the rugged white upbringing I never had.


  • Anna Ortega: "Gasolina" by Daddy Yankee. You wanna talk about the song that popularized Reggaeton for Americans well here it is. Catch me DROPPING it to this song, even if I'm crying.


  • Sanjeev Rao: "Toxic" by Britney Spears has a legendary string sample and an all-time classic music video. It's dangerous.


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