3. Eminem (Does not include situation-appropriate classics from early albums)
Unless you're sitting around with friends and reminiscing or perhaps making a high school reunion playlist of some sort, you will blush and rush to change the song the minute you hear the opening notes of "The Real Slim Shady" creeping their way onto your speakers. Eminem
is definitely in the Guilty Pleasure category, however, as few artists know how to get angry quite like the platinum-haired rap god.
4. Florida Georgia Line
There is simply no excuse for Florida Georgia Line
. Ever. The remix of "This Is How We Roll" inexplicably featuring hip-hop/R&B star Jason DeRulo manages to repel both country and top forty/hip-hop fans, leaving it with an underground following of embarrassed listeners.
5. Jack Johnson
"Halaka ukulele/ Mama made a baby." You know you recognize these lines from Jack Johnson
's mellow theme song "Banana Pancakes," and you know you loved this song at one point, even going so far as to learn a super chill version of it on guitar or -- if you were a die hard fan -- the ukulele. This song serves as a haunting reminder to many about that period of time where they wanted to come across as a down-to-earth dude who loves to feel the sand between his toes. Bonus points if you also owned a fedora.
6. Blink 182
Ok, we know pop-punk is showing a resurgence but somehow Blink
is just not on the list of punk bands that are acceptable again. You can still blast "All The Small Things" in your car, just not if you have any passengers or you're going to be sitting next to the same people in traffic long enough for them to recognize your face.
This one makes me a little bit sad because Macklemore
helped make it cool to shop at Goodwill, and I love a good flannel as much as the next basic bitch. It also robs me of one of my few opportunities to brag about knowing an artist 'before he was cool.' I knew "And We Danced" way before everyone else, but I'm still waiting for it to become cool.
Honestly, if you like any of these bands, listen away. We won't judge. At least not openly.