1. Gwen Stefani, "Wind It Up"
This batshit insane song from 2006 features Gwen Stefani sing-rapping gibberish over a Pharrell Williams beat and a Sound Of Music sample. It's a hot mess, obviously, but it's also perfect for musical theater nerds who need to get hyped before heading to the club.
2. Katy Tiz, "Whistle (Why You Work It)"
Katy Tiz's delightfully tacky ode to hustling is built around an allusion to "Whistle While You Work" from Disney's Snow White. While there's definitely something questionable about lifting a phrase from a children's song and inserting it in a grown-up pop anthem, questionable taste is what pop music was built on.
3. Fergie, "Fergalicious"
When was the last time you listened to this song? Fergie turns her name into an adjective that means, roughly: sexy AF. Then, immediately after explaining that, she feels the need to clarify that she doesn't actually sleep around; she just blows kisses. It's a super-prudish song about sex that features will.i.am repeatedly misspelling the word tasty in the bridge. Insane! Completely insane.
4. Countess Luann, "Chic C'est Le Vie"
Is it a joke? Is it sincere? Is it both? The Countess is a truly elusive chanteuse who sing-talks in genuinely mediocre French. What more do you need?
5. Fannypack, "Cameltoe"
You haven't lived until you've heard a group of bratty pop-rappers demand to know if your "crotch is hungry, girl 'cause it's eating your pants." Good taste is nowhere to be found on this perfect gem of a song.
6. Leslie & the LY's, "Gold Pants"
This lo-fi disco anthem is a DIY fairy-tale: a woman who is bestowed with a pair of gold spandex pants and uses their powers to find self-esteem, adventure, and romance before living tackily ever after. It's inspiring AF, if we're being honest.
7. Plastiscines, "Pop In , Pop Out !"
This song sounds like what an improviser who speaks absolutely no French would sing if they were prompted to make-up a French pop song. It's perky, fun, and completely nonsensical.
8. The Shangri-Las, "Leader Of The Pack"
Just to recap: The Shangri-Las' "Leader Of The Pack" is about a girl named Betty who falls in love with Jimmy, the leader of a motorcycle gang. Betty's parents don't approve of the relationship and Jimmy has a death wish. Jimmy ultimately spins out in the middle of a rain storm with Betty watching on. It's pure, unapologetic melodrama, an after-school special with exquisite harmonies.
9. The B-52's, "Dance This Mess Around"
Nobody does kitsch like The B-52's do kitsch. They practically invented it. Their music is goofy, weird, and "Dance This Mess Around" is no exception. It's a shouty house party of a song that begs the question, why be tasteful when you can be fun?