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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Car Songs

As I was driving along listening to the adult contempo station yesterday evening, I found myself a little ashamed when a skater dude caught me belting out the inappropriately titled hit "Ironic" by Alanis Morrissette. Not only was I ashamed that I had been discovered, but discovered rocking out to a song I have long declared to be an exercise in stupidity. Then again, there are several songs that I enjoy singing along to in the car that I wouldn't want to listen to anywhere else. And surprisingly enough, they're all played on soft rock radio. Here's a list of the top 5:

  • 1) "Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion: "My Heart Will Go On" gets all the hateration, but this insipid little slice of cheese is probably the finest Celine has to offer in her specialty: bombastic odes to bombastic love sang bombastically by a French Canadienne diva.

  • 2) "Anything For Love" by Meatloaf: The full title is a lot longer, like all of the titles of his songs, but you know what I'm talking about. The song makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, because we never find out what is the "that" he won't do for love. It's fun though, you must admit.

  • 3) "Careless Whisper" by Wham!: Right off the bat, any band with an exclamation point in the name gets a lot of points with me. But the soulful, swooning misery of a supposedly straight George Michael and the catchy chorus are the perfect accompaniment for the tragedy of traffic on 309.

  • 4) "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" by Elton John: First off, it contains the words "sugar bear," so you really can't go wrong. Then there's the fact that he wrote this about the most hilarious attempted suicide in history. Good times.

  • 5) "How Will I Know?" by Whitney Houston: This reminds me of when I was a young girl and I had exactly the same questions as Whitney about boys, but I had no one like Dionne Warwick or Aretha Franklin to really ask. This video is still so cute and joyous when I see clips of it on 80s album commercials. Those were much better days for our girl Whitney, whom I loved unapologetically for about two decades. I miss that voice.

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