We’ve all had it happen. You have some friends over, programmed Pandora to your favorite group. And then that one song—that song—the one that is so cheesy it almost makes you ashamed for the group, comes on. And you spend the rest of the night apologizing to your friends, trying to convince them this band really is good, that one song was just an anomaly.

This has occurred more often than I can count. I admit, I spend an inordinate amount of time debating with friends whether the Stones or Bowie version of “Let’s Spend the Night Together Was Better” (it’s the Bowie). And I have some unique choices of brilliant artists (Neil Diamond). And more than one girlfriend has compared me unfavorably to Rob Fleming, the main character from Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity (John Cusack’s character if you’ve only seen the movie). Oh, and I make a lot of comments like that one in parentheses.

But I’m sure I’m not alone, so I thought I would do the world a service by compiling a list of the ten most embarrassing songs to pop up on Pandora, so you can prepare, try and disapprove as soon as they come up. Or so you can mock your friends when they play these songs for you.

A few clarifications. These are cheesy songs by otherwise great bands, not cheesy songs by cheesy artists. And the artist has to be good, just not ok. Led Zeppelin counts, Billy Joel doesn’t.

So check them out, see if you agree. I’ve included a link to each song, if you’ve somehow never heard them.

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This article was first posted on September 5, 2012