Is this the ultimate guilty pleasures playlist?

Everyone wants to project coolness when it comes to their musical tastes. But everyone also likes certain songs and artists that would expose them as highly uncool. This is music you’d never, ever admit to liking. You only listen when privacy is assured.

Tikx, a British ticket seller, went through 1,000 Spotify playlists tagged with the phrase “guilty pleasure” and came up with a master playlist. Are these the greatest guilty pleasures of all time?

  1. Wannabe, Spice Girls
  2. I Want It That Way, Backstreet Boys
  3. Toxic, Britney Spears
  4. Party in the USA, Miley Cyrus
  5. …Baby One More Time, Britney Spears
  6. Boys With Luv (feat. Halsey), BTS
  7. Hips Don’t Like (feat. Wyclef Jean), Shakira
  8. Callaita, Bad Bunny
  9. Oops!…I Did It Again, Britney Spears

The top guilty pleasure acts are:

  1. BTS (13 songs in the top 100 of this analysis)
  2. Britney Spears
  3. Miley Cyrus
  5. Bad Buny
  6. One Direction
  7. Shakira
  8. Red Velvet
  9. EXO
  10. Spice Girls

And the top guilty pleasure genres are:

  1. K-pop (29 songs in the top 100 of this analysis)
  2. Dance pop
  3. Latin
  4. Boy band
  5. Pop

Please enjoy–if you dare. (More here.)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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