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19 Songs That Are So Bad They’re Actually Amazing

"Guilty pleasures"? There's no such thing. When it comes to music, there’s no place for shame! Spotify presents those musical gems we should all just own up to loving.

Admit it...

1. "Mysterious Girl" – Peter Andre

Because, for people of a certain age, the image of Pete grindin' it out under a waterfall with those tragic hair-curtains will always raise a chuckle.

2. "Doctor Jones" – Aqua

Sure, it's trashy euro-pop with a novelty hook, but the boy-girl trade-off in this song cannot be denied.

All together now: "Baby I am missing you..."

3. "Scatman (ski-ba-bop-ba-dop-bop)" – Scatman John

Try not to sing along. We dare you.

4. "Devil Woman" – Cliff Richard

This 1976 attempt by good guy Cliff Richard to "rock up" now sounds about as dangerous as a kitten with a mohawk, but the riff still rules. Put on your flares and get in.

5. "How Can We Be Lovers" – Michael Bolton

He's the lord of both the mullet and the ballad, but did you know Bolton was once a leather-trousered rocker?

This 1990 belter shows off his hard rock chops — and it'll change your mind about the MB.

6. "Bad Babysitter" – Princess Superstar

Lady rhymer Princess Superstar was like some kind of awful, female Bart Simpson — but her one hit does have some cheeky charm, and a chorus you'll have to join in on.


7. "Crazy Horses" – The Osmonds

Look up "ironic" in the dictionary, and you'll probably read that this rock oddity from the usually squeaky-clean Osmonds later went on to be covered by dozens of heavy metal bands.

Cheesy as it is, the hook is still super cool — ignore the megawatt smiles and just rock out.

8. "Tubthumping" - Chumbawamba

It's hard to believe this horribly catchy party jingle is actually the work of an anarcho-punk band, but that's just what Chumbawamba are, it turns out.

What next - communists wrote The Hokey Cokey?

9. "Because I Got High" – Afroman

It's one of the worst novelty records of all time, but there's just something about the lazy-ass way Afroman sounds that makes you really believe him.

Also, it's quite relatable for some. Ahem.

10. "Only Wanna Be With You" – Hootie & The Blowfish

This is exactly the kind of music your Year 8 art teacher loved, but don't let that put you off — it's catchy, feel-good stuff with an awesome chorus.

It's the musical version of socks with sandals — comfortable, but not to be enjoyed in public.

11. "Ice Ice Baby" – Vanilla Ice

An indescribably big hit back in 1990, Vanilla Ice's single has aged as badly as his yard brush haircut.

You know you still love it, though.

12. "Kiss Kiss" – Holly Valance

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of Neighbours pop successes Kylie Minogue and, erm, Jason Donovan, Holly dropped this cheesy-but-memorable gem back in 2002.

Don't pretend you didn't love it back then.

13. "Touch Me (I Want Your Body)" – Samantha Fox

Blonde bombshell Sam dropped glamour modelling in 1986 to pick up the mic, delivering this astonishingly big international hit in the process.

Big anthem feels and big hair? A must-have bit of cheese.

14. "Physical" – Olivia Newton-John

Spandex. So much spandex everywhere. Still an awesome song, though.

15. "Baggy Trousers" – Madness

A cheeky bit of ska with lyrics about the good-old days of British primary school — and a rhythm that seems to make a lot of people edgy.

Don't let that put you off, though — this is a gem.

16. "Rabbit" – Chas & Dave

Stick it on, grab your imaginary braces, and pretend you're a propah nawty Cockney geezah. Go on, you know you want to.

17. "Boombastic" – Shaggy

Is this the most 1995 song ever? Oh yes. Stick it on and time travel to the land of Pogs and Tab Clear.

18. "How Bizarre" - OMC

Little known fact: these New Zealand one hit wonders' name is short for Otara Millionaires Club.

Another fact: this song absolutely rules.

19. "Return of the Mack" – Mark Morrison

Long before Britain had global R&B stars like Dizzee or Rita, it had brave souls like Mark Morrison.

Scientific fact: It's impossible to listen to this song without mimicking Mr Morrison's voice.

Inspired to build your own Spotify playlist? Now's the time!

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