“Afternoon Delight”

To end this wretched and hot day, when I feel debilitated and uninspired, I’ll play a song that, I suspect, is a guilty pleasure for many of us. I refer, of course, to “Afternoon Delight” by the Starland Vocal Band, which topped the U.S. “hot 100” charts in July, 1976. At the time it was considered racy, as it’s clearly about having sex in the afternoon, but nobody would bat an eye at that today.

It’s #20 on a list I didn’t know existed: Billboard‘s “50 Sexiest Songs of All Time.” You could do worse than look at that list (spoiler: #1 is—ugh—”Physical” by Olivia Newton-John, but #5 and #6 are hotter).

Here’s the one-hit wonder, the Starland Vocal Band, doing their song live:

From Wikipedia:

The group began as ‘Fat City’, a husband/wife duo of Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert. The band was also composed of Jon Carroll (keyboards and vocals) and Margot Chapman (vocals). Carroll and Chapman were also married after meeting as members of the group, but later divorced. Their son Ben Carroll is also a musician.

Why do I like the song? Not because of the sexual overtones, but the catchy tune and, especially, the close harmony at the very end (3:17 in this live version, 2:56 in the original recorded version).  This is the kind of song you’d hear on the radio on a road trip with your squeeze and, after singing it, try to harmonize with the radio (and each other) at the end. I bet a lot of you of a certain age know all the words.

I’ll admit to one other schlocky song that’s a guilty pleasure (actually, I don’t think it’s schlocky, but others do): “Wildfire” by Michael Martin Murphey (a great live version here).

Now you have to put your guilty-pleasure songs in the comments.

153 Comments

  1. Vaal
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Love it Jerry!

    I was born in 63 and that tune was a vivid memory on the charts when I was young.

    A while back I purchased that song and it’s one of those “man, this really WAS great” discoveries. As kitschy as it may be, it’s absurdly catchy and the melodies/harmonies are fantastic, and fairly complex for pop. Makes me yearn for a similar vocal mastery in today’s music.

    My youngest son loves the song and often asks for it in the car.

    The same goes for your other choice, Wildfire. Such a childhood memory and a tune that is still a pleasure.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

      I was born in 63 too, and also have a strong memory of this song. I loved that song, though like Jerry it was the tune etc rather than the words.

  2. Stephen Barnard
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    That song was buried in my sub-subconscious. I enjoyed the recording, but I’d consider Starland Vocal Band to be the apotheosis of one-hit wonders.

    Other nominations?

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

      Speaking of that song being buried in your subconscious, I recall Matt Damon busting a psychiatrist’s balls by breaking into “Afternoon Delight” while feigning to be under hypnosis in Good Will Hunting:

      • Stephen Barnard
        Posted September 26, 2017 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

        Outstanding! I loved that movie and completely forgot about that scene.

      • Liz
        Posted September 26, 2017 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

        Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Paul Rudd also broke out into an a capella version in the movie Anchorman. It’s the Anchorman Afternoon Delight Scene on YouTube. The movie took me a few times to like and it’s still not a favorite.

        • Stephen Barnard
          Posted September 26, 2017 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

          1:40

          Everything before that is lame. 🙂

          • Liz
            Posted September 26, 2017 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

            Yes. I was going to put 1:42 but there were a few videos I saw up.

  3. Vaal
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    BTW,

    The Wildfire video brought to mind something I’ve been puzzling over:

    Why is it that Country Music seems to produce such reliably good singers?

    I’ve noticed this over the years, at awards ceremonies, or on live performances on youtube, or just hearing country music live: the singers always seem at the very least competent if not excellent – good pitch, strong voice. It seems country performers have no problem singing live with the same quality and competence as their recordings.
    Whereas in pop, or metal, or blues or anything else, the vocalists are so often exposed rather badly when it comes to live performances.

    • Roger
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

      It’s from the pain of losing so many girlfriends/boyfriends in their trucks and then having to drink beer in their bluejeans.

  4. Paul S
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Rock the Boat – Hues Corporation.

    • Liz
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      There is a remix song “Rock the Boat Under the Sea (Ariel vs. Aaliyah)” by djDOYOU that is good. Not really schlocky but sort of an “Afternoon Delight” -ish type of song.

  5. Posted September 26, 2017 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    ABBA. Pick one.

    Forgive me.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      “Fernando.”

      Well, hell, you said pick one. (Now, as if this isn’t embarrassing enough, I suppose I’ll have to go and admit to having seen Muriel’s Wedding — and to having kinda liked it, too. 🙂 )

    • challedon
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

      If you like ABBA fan, watch “Muriel’s Wedding” most especially the last scene of the movie.

  6. Posted September 26, 2017 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    I have never taken to that song. But Wildfire is a masterpiece, I think. A great treasure.

  7. Posted September 26, 2017 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    I’ll add that the real apotheosis of one-hit wonders is the Kingsmen, who did “Louie Louie”.

    • Merilee
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

      We saw a play recently about the Canadian métis leader Louis Riel, in which the opening was singing a-Louis Riel to the Kingsmen’s tune. A college friend and I spent wasted hours trying to figure out the ‘true” lyrics to Louie Louie. Great song to dance to!

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

      The FBI launched an extensive investigation into this song after Indiana governor Matthew Welsh declared it “Pornographic” in early 1964 and asked the Indiana Broadcasters Association to ban it. The investigation spanned offices in several states, with technicians listening to the song at different speeds trying to discern any obscene lyrics. None were found; the FBI eventually figured out what happened when they contacted the FCC.

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

      That’s a compelling and persuasive nomination. How many others might there be? Just doing a little trolling here. 🙂

  8. Terry Sheldon
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    “What a Feeling” by Irene Cara. Also, in the one-hit-wonder category, “In The Year 2525” by Zager and Evans.

  9. darrelle
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    I’m with you, Jerry, on both Afternoon Delight and Wildfire. Though I like the first better. Like Vaal, I grew up with both.

    I remember one day about 1975 or so when my friends, sister and I managed to get through to the local station’s request line and got them to play Wildfire 2 times in a row.

    Not sure I consider any songs guilty pleasures anymore, but some other songs I like that are arguably cheesy, or just plain bad . . .

    The Night Chicago Died (Paper Lace)
    Kung Fu Fighting (Carl Douglas)
    Funkytown (Lipps, Inc.)
    Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry)
    You Sexy Thing (Hot Chocolate)
    Dancing Queen (Abba)

    I could go on but I’m about to pass out from excessive nostalgia.

    • Merilee
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

      There’s a hilarious Chipmunks version of Play That Funky Music🐸

      • darrelle
        Posted September 27, 2017 at 4:27 am | Permalink

        OMG! Not sure I could survive that!

        • Merilee
          Posted September 27, 2017 at 9:37 am | Permalink

          You asked for it🤓

          Sexy it ain’t…

    • frednotfaith2
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

      The first few times I heard Play That Funky Music I mistook “Funky” for another word that starts with F and my younger self wondered, “are they really saying that?” I was a bit disappointed when I found out the word was actually “funky”. Amusingly, the radio station the school bus was tuned to seemed to play that nearly every afternoon just in time for the ride home for about a year.

      • darrelle
        Posted September 27, 2017 at 4:30 am | Permalink

        It is one of those songs that throughout my entire adult life at any kind of party if this song is played it somehow motivates nearly everyone, from redneck to yankee, man, woman & child, to get up and dance.

    • JoanL
      Posted September 28, 2017 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

      I’ve enjoyed Funkytown, though I’d only heard this version by Josh Turner: https://youtube.com/watch?v=vKh_r3LBSqQ

  10. Posted September 26, 2017 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    There’s a hilarious incongruity between the lyrics and the band’s staid delivery, not to mention the women’s puritanical outfits.

  11. Carey Haug
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    I loved Karen Carpenter. My favorite Carpenters song is Superstar.

    • Posted September 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

      Those aren’t guilty pleasures to me. I have frequently and openly extolled the quality of much of the Carpenters’ music.

      • Carey Haug
        Posted September 26, 2017 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

        Thanks. Back in the seventies, I didn’t like to say In public that I liked the Carpenters.

        • Merilee
          Posted September 26, 2017 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

          Great voices, often not the best songs…

  12. Liz
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    MMMBop – Hanson
    Out of the Blue – Debbie Gibson
    The Girl I Knew Somewhere – The Monkees

    I have too many to list them all.

    • Liz
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

      One that falls under both “guilty” categories simulataneously: I’d Do Anything For Love by Meat Loaf

  13. Linda Calhoun
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    My favorite Michael Martin Murphy song isn’t Wildfire, it’s Lost River.

    My guilty pleasure music is anything and everything by Sandra Boynton and Mike Ford.

    L

    • Linda Calhoun
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      Sorry for the embed. I tried not to do that.

  14. Blue
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6kl_Ivzs-4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XS3IE3ktJ8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF9jubKjVAk

    I have little time to listen anymore.
    So when I do ? Has to be
    .that. from m’Darling Outlaw.

    Blue

  15. Randy schenck
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    I would go a different direction on this just looking at some of the stuff on my computer.

    Doors -Light my Fire
    Love Her Madly
    Lenny Welch – Since I fell For You
    Hoyt Axton – In A Young Girls Mind
    Little Anthony – I’m Still In Love With You
    Steve Ray Vaughn – If the House is Rockin
    Candy Man – Roy Orbison
    Johnny Mathis…just about anything he sang.
    Brenda Lee – Break it to me Gently
    Patsy Cline -I Fall to Pieces

    • Posted September 26, 2017 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

      Those aren’t “guilty” pleasures: nearly all of those songs are of high quality and not schlocky. “Light My FIre”, “Since I fell for you”, “I fall to pieces,” etc.

      Those aren’t anything to feel guilty for liking!

      • Randy schenck
        Posted September 26, 2017 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

        Sorry, I wasn’t paying attention. When the Top 50 Sexy love songs was mentioned I took a look at them and thought…I can do better than that. Maybe the Hoyt Axton song would be a guilty pleasure since not too many today even know who he was.

        • Merilee
          Posted September 26, 2017 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

          I do know Hoyt Acton!

    • Merilee
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

      How could I have forgotten Light My Fire!!?? And Brenda Lee was awesome, though i didn’t really know from sexy when she was popular.

      • Randy schenck
        Posted September 26, 2017 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

        I think they called her the little girl with the big voice.

        • Merilee
          Posted September 26, 2017 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

          Yes. Wasn’t she about 13?

  16. Ken Phelps
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Excuse me for a moment, I have lost the will to live and must go slit my wrists.

  17. Diana Hook
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    “Happy Together” by the Turtles.

    • Randy schenck
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

      Good one.

      • Carey Haug
        Posted September 26, 2017 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

        Forgot about that one. I love it too.

        • Carl S
          Posted September 26, 2017 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

          An interesting coda to that hit: the vocalists joined Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention (as Fluorescent Leach and Eddie, IIRC). The Mothers’ “Live at the Fillmore East 1971” is a guilty pleasure for me, not because it’s sappy, but, being a prolonged musical skit about Groupies meeting big rock band, it’s sexist in a juvenile way. Toward the end, the band has to sing its big hit to get what they want from the groupies, which turns out to be Happy Together, sung in brilliant multi-part harmony. Other than non-PC content (and I don’t understand all their references), I recall that there are some pretty good instrumental segments.

          • Posted September 28, 2017 at 7:51 am | Permalink

            Your description provides a decent summary of what Zappa liked to project. Well done! 🙂

    • Posted September 28, 2017 at 7:50 am | Permalink

      Hey, now, that’s a great song. No kidding.

  18. Paul Rose
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    I touch myself by the Divinyls (guilty pleasure)

    I also like Michael Murphy. The Wildfire LP was my skating music for about a year, when I has access to a rink at noon hour.

  19. Doug
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    As soon as I saw the words “guilty pleasure,” I just Knew it was going to be “Afternoon Delight.” It was constantly on the radio when I was 16. I hated it then, and I hate it now. Sorry, Jerry.

    My own choices? I always liked Abba and the Monkees, even though you weren’t supposed to. And Neil Diamond. And John Denver. I even–and I realize that this is the unforgivable sin–like some of Barry Manilow’s stuff. “Her name was Lola . . “

    • Merilee
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

      Barry Manilow – ack🤢

      • Larry Smith
        Posted September 26, 2017 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

        Yes, but “Mandy” – guilty pleasure!

        • Merilee
          Posted September 26, 2017 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

          Even worse🙀

          • Larry Smith
            Posted September 26, 2017 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

            That’s why I feel guilty!

            • Merilee
              Posted September 27, 2017 at 12:07 am | Permalink

              😿

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

      Neil Diamond had a great voice. Hot August Night was *the* LP to play at parties for quite a while. Red Red Wine.
      Though my fave of his is a much later cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg9osCVIZ58

      But I’m afraid I could never forgive you for Barry Manilow… 😉

      cr

      • Merilee
        Posted September 26, 2017 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

        Speaking of Leonard, I’m Your Man is a very sexy song. If I were ever inclined to throw my undies onstage, it would have been to Leonard, even when I last saw him live in his mid-late 70s, but it would not have been kind to my accompanying bf…

  20. James Walker
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Growing up in the 70s (I was born in 66), that song is burned into my brain. At the time I didn’t know what it referred to and I remember once starting to sing it in front of my mother, who freaked out.

    Pretty much any disco music from the late 70s is my guilty pleasure 🙂

    • Merilee
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

      When I was about 6, and we were living in Martinique, I walked by my parents singing the calypso song “I kiss her hand, I kiss her lips, and I left her be-hind for you.” It wasn’t till college that I suddenly realized why they shushed me in front of company.

    • Posted September 28, 2017 at 7:53 am | Permalink

      The soundtrack from the film The Martian? I enjoyed it in that context!

  21. Posted September 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Let your love flow – The Bellamy Brothers

  22. DrBrydon
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Thanks. Now I have “Afternoon Delight” stuck in my head.

    “Gimme-Dat-Ding” by The Pipkins

    “Brand New Key” by Melanie

    • Larry Smith
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

      Rasputina does a great cover of the otherwise odious “Brand New Key” on her CD “Transylvanian Concubine.” Need I say more?

      But I will… “Candles in the Rain” by Melanie is a guilty pleasure of mine… I’ve always thought that Bono should cover this… it would become an instant classic!

  23. mfdempsey1946
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    For me (I’m old enough to have heard them when they first appeared), “Afternoon Delight” is…okay-ish, while “Wildfire” has always affected me like fingernails scraping down a blackboard (or the way “The Sound of Music” always has, like a cup of coffee with 37 tablespoons of sugar in it).

    But “Dancing Queen”? Love it. And feel no guilt.

    • Merilee
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

      Agreed on Wildfire😬

  24. Posted September 26, 2017 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    If I’m not mistaken, Starland Vocal Band had a short summer replacement variety show. Summer of ’76 or ’77 (I’ll go wiki it now). SLVB gone by 1978.

    16 in 1976. What is it about our brains between age 12 and 18 or so that becomes a permanent sponge for this stuff?

    Hormones, probably.

    • Posted September 26, 2017 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

      From wiki:
      The band hosted a variety show, The Starland Vocal Band Show, that ran on CBS for six weeks in the summer of 1977. David Letterman was a writer and regular on the show, which also featured Mark Russell, Jeff Altman, and Proctor and Bergman. April Kelly was a writer for the series.

    • Ken Phelps
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

      “Hormones, probably.”

      The large volume of empty space available seems as likely.

    • frednotfaith2
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

      I remember that. It came on shortly after school in the Fresno area and the year before I’d gotten a little black & white tv for my 13th birthday. I don’t remember much about the show, not even any of the other songs they may have sung. My family lived in San Francisco when I got the tv in 1975 and I remember seeing Monty Python & the Holy Grail on the PBS station — the first time I’d even heard of Monty Python but that movie made me an instant fan.

      • Merilee
        Posted September 26, 2017 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

        How cool thst PBS played Python!!

  25. Posted September 26, 2017 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Smile a Little Smile for Me. by The Flying Machine. I believe it was 1969 chart topper.

    Add to that: Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) also a 1969 charter, by Edison Lighthouse and one more, Last Song by Edward Bear, I think it was a 1973 one hit wonder.

    Pretty Schlocky if you ask me, and a guilty pleasure(s).

  26. Paul Monne
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    The greatest hit pop song in my lifetime is Sugar Sugar by The Archies. T’was the #1 Billboard song of the year in ’69…..Look at all the other great music from that year, and Sugar Sugar tops them all.

    The song has no pretty face or personality to sell it. The song sold strictly on the strength of the song itself, and immaculate production. Sugar Sugar is what happens when pop music is allowed to be created as pop music, and not as part of a complete cult-of-personality type package.

    It’s not a guilty pleasure for me. It’s the quality of music I aspire to create. I’ve yet to approach anything close to the level of perfection that Sugar Sugar so effortlessly achieves.

  27. Saul Sorrell-Till
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    I have a guilty pleasures list a mile long(although in principle I disagree with the idea that guilt should ever enter into music just because snobs(like me) sneer at people’s tastes). These are the first few that flooded into my head:

    There was a no. 1 hit in the UK in the mid-90s called ‘You’re Not Alone’ by Olive that I’ve always thought was gorgeous.

    Also, ‘The Snowman’ by Aled Jones. That’s pretty cheesy, but it has a lovely melody…

    ‘Did It Again’ by Shakira is a chooon.

    ‘Get Down Tonight’ by KC and the Sunshine Band

    ‘The Power Of Love’ by Frankie Goes To Hollywood

    …and even though it has one of the most perfect tunes in the history of pop ‘A Horse With No Name’ is still regarded as cheesy because of the daft lyrics.

    I could bore for England on this subject, in fact I could subdivide all my guilty pleasures into further categories, like ‘guilty pleasures in rap’, ’90s dance guilty pleasures’, ‘dad-rock guilty pleasures’, ‘guilty pleasures in some way associated with Pharrell Williams’ and on and on. I must stop here or I never will.

    • darrelle
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

      Word Up by Cameo? Another of mine.

      • Saul Sorrell-Till
        Posted September 27, 2017 at 5:23 am | Permalink

        I loved that as a kid. I thought they were as tough and macho as it gets. Mind you I also thought Michael Jackson circa ‘Bad’ was deeply tough and cool, and Michael J. Fox was the coolest guy on earth. Kids have very weird ideas of what ‘cool’ means.

  28. Rod
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    “Guantanamera” by the Sandpipers. They were big early 70s or so. Still play some of their stuff now and again.

    • barn owl
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

      There’s a book called The Blind Connemara by CW Anderson that I read as a kid, and so I thought the song was “One Connemara, oh he had one Connemara …”

    • Ken Phelps
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

      I freely confess to owning that on cassette. And playing it in my Renault.
      Such a nerd.

      Along with “Put the Lime in the Coconut” by Harry Nilsson, though. I once drove from Vancouver, B.C. to Walla Walla, Wa. with just Nilsson Schmilsson on board.

      My passengers eventually mutinied.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

      Beautifully produced, and I love the way the female voice comes in in the background behind the spoken words.

      cr

  29. Stephen Barnard
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    First off, for PCC, some feline content:

    Tom Jones, What’s New Pussycat?

    Pussycat, pussycat, I love you, yes I do, you and your pussycat eyes, you and your pussycat nose.

    • barn owl
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

      If you haven’t already, you must watch one of the live performances on Youtube, with Tom Jones gyrating his hips and touching his nose, eyes, lips, etc. MUST. 😀

  30. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Although I have several guilty pleasures in movies (especially “Lifeforce”), I’m not sure I have any in music, except for spending less than a week being impressed by “MacArthur Park”.

    =-=-=-=

    BIllboard’s list of songs about sex is overtly (i hesitate to say “explicitly”) based on popularity, not critic’s judgment of quality.

    Thus I offer my own (very much non-guilty) list of best songs about sex-
    # “Do It Again” by George Gershwin and Buddy Silva (without changing the lyrics the versions by Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland are utterly different.
    # “No Love No Nothing” by Harry Warren and Lee Robin
    # “I Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl” by Bessie Smith

    and especially Claude Debussy’s Three Songs of Bilitis originally in French (only the first two are about sex). I post here an English translation of the 2nd one, “The Hair”.

    He told me: “Last night I had a dream.
    Your hair was around my neck,
    it was like a black necklace
    round my nape and on my chest.

    “I was stroking your hair, and it was my own;
    thus the same tresses joined us forever,
    with our mouths touching,
    just as two laurels often have only one root.

    “And gradually I sensed,
    since our limbs were so entwined,
    that I was becoming you
    and you were entering me like my dream.”

    When he’d finished,
    he gently put his hands on my shoulders,
    and gazed at me so tenderly
    that I lowered my eyes, quivering.

    • Merilee
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, I Need a Little Sugar, but maybe the Billie Holliday one is better. And Don’t Explain😀

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted September 27, 2017 at 1:56 am | Permalink

      No love for Cole Porter’s “Let’s Do It”? The swinging way Ella Fitzgerald sings it, ain’t much question about why “birds do it, bees do it.”

    • darrelle
      Posted September 27, 2017 at 4:36 am | Permalink

      I like Life Force. Don’t feel guilty about it.

  31. Posted September 26, 2017 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Yummy Yummy Yummy – by Ohio Express

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

      Good one. Full lyrics:

      Yummy, Yummy, Yummy,
      I got love in my tummy
      And I feel like a-loving you.
      Love, you’re such a sweet thing,
      Good enough to eat thing,
      And that’s just a-what I’m gonna do.
      Oh love, to hold ya,
      Oh love, to kiss ya,
      Oh love, I love it so.
      Oh love, you’re sweeter,
      Sweeter than sugar,
      Oh love, I won’t let you go.
      Yummy, Yummy, Yummy,
      I got love in my tummy
      And as silly as it may seem.
      The loving that you’re giving
      Is what keeps me living
      And your love is like
      Peaches and cream.
      Kind-a like sugar,
      Kind-a like spices,
      Kind-a like, like what you do.
      Kind-a sounds funny,
      But love, honey,
      And honey, I love you.

      • Randy schenck
        Posted September 26, 2017 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

        Yes, isn’t that what we refer to as bubble-gum.

        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted September 26, 2017 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

          Or there’s Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Sugartown’.
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjsh2j7W6Bo
          (Which I’ve just read was a hidden paean to LSD. Never realised that 🙂

          Apparently the B side was ‘Summer Wine’, one of my guilty pleasures. Umm, I guess (in keeping with the theme of this post) ‘summer wine’ could have the very obvious meaning…
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib_eW9VSUwM

          cr

  32. Randy schenck
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Actually, mine would be – All I want for Christmas is you. Vince Vance and the Valiants. Best damn Xmas song you will ever hear.

    • Mark Joseph
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

      Not better than ELP’s “I Believe in Father Christmas”!

  33. LynnFDR
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    I saw the Starland Vocal Band in concert sometime in late 1976 or late 1877 in Indianapolis. They were the opening act for John Denver.

    • Carey Haug
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

      Is that a typo or are you over 100 years old? Just joking.

    • starskeptic
      Posted September 27, 2017 at 3:51 am | Permalink

      They were the first act signed by JD’s Windstar Records…

  34. Merilee
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    In no particular order: Tonight’s the Night, Do you think I’m Sexy, Slow Hands, Hot Stuff, Honky Tonk Women,got to go back to the list…Not on the list but I think Sinatra’s Witchcraft ( and many others) should be. And Springsteen’s I’m on Fire. Not mad for Afternoon Delight: too bouncy.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

      Tonight’s the Night – Rod Stewart.

      Rod’s songs are always nicely orchestrated. My faves are ‘Broken Arrow’ and ‘Have I Told You Lately That I Love You’.
      But when I first met my wife in Rarotonga, the band at our favourite watering hole would always wind up the evening with ‘I Don’t Want to Talk About It’. The perfect song for smooching on the dance floor. 😉

      cr

      • Liz
        Posted September 26, 2017 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

        Also Rhythm of My Heart.

    • Liz
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

      Okay – I didn’t know it was also these kinds of songs. I’m reading through and Honkey Tonk Women definitely. As well as Bruce Springsteen’s I’m on Fire. Before I realized what the guilty was referring to I drafted a list of I’m on Fire, Push by Matchbox 20, Two Step by Dave Matthews Band, Dance With Me Remix (featuring Beanie Sigel) by 112, Love In This Club by Usher, Let’s Get It On cover by a capella group Pentatonix, The Night Is Still Young by Billy Joel. In The Still of the Night by a capella group Fools on the Hill and any other group who has covered it also. Many more I could list on both kinds of guilty although I technically don’t believe guilt should be associated with sex.

  35. pablo
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    The best version of Afternoon Delight:

  36. Merilee
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    And I keep singing Despacito, but not the Justin Bieber version. We dance to it in my zumba class at the gym, and the tune’s really catchy. The Spanish lyrics are pretty sexy.

  37. Christopher
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Tom Jones is my guilty pleasure. I was exposed to his music through Carlton on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air dancing along to It’s Not Unusual and went out and bought an old 45 of it when I found out my guitar hero Jimmy Page was the session guitarist on it. I’m not proud.

    • Merilee
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

      Jimmy Page played for Tom Jones?? Who knew?

  38. barn owl
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    Wildfire is definitely a favorite.

    I also love almost anything by Duran Duran, and especially New Moon on Monday and Union of the Snake. Many of the videos from the early days of MTV are guilty pleasures for me, even if the bands were one-hit wonders.

    • darrelle
      Posted September 27, 2017 at 4:39 am | Permalink

      My favorites are Girls On Film and Wild Boys.

  39. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    The harmony is good, as PCC says.

    My entry in the ‘sexy’ stakes would be Bob Seger’s “We’ve got tonight” – an ode to a one-night stand – specifically the version by Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3BuITOx3Cs
    I love the way Sheena’s voice harmonizes with Kenny’s.

    My guilty pleasures? – current one is ‘Eternal Flame’ by the Bangles. It’s been covered by many but IMO the original is still the best.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrlEalV-dUM
    Again, nice harmonies. And multi-part, so it couldn’t be done live.

    cr

    • Liz
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

      Definitely and maybe even “Night Moves” too.

      • Merilee
        Posted September 26, 2017 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

        Night Moves – yup!

  40. Merilee
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    And not to forget Lay, Lady, Lay♥️ (Despite the grammatical awkwardness…)

    • Liz
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

      Good one. It’s like a slow dance Bob Dylan song.

    • Liz
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

      Lover Lay Down by Dave Matthews Band also.

    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted September 27, 2017 at 5:16 am | Permalink

      That surely can’t be a guilty pleasure! It’s maybe the greatest tune Dylan ever came up with, and the lyrics are beautiful… Definitely don’t feel guilty about that.

      • Merilee
        Posted September 27, 2017 at 9:44 am | Permalink

        No, Saul, this was in the non-guilty, very sexy category😍 And Dylan could even (kinda) sing on this album. I go all wobbly whenever I hear it on the radio…

        • Saul Sorrell-Till
          Posted September 27, 2017 at 11:05 am | Permalink

          That makes a lot more sense 🙂 It’s a gorgeous album too, very underrated. I even like ‘Country Pie'(?) – that’s a guilty pleasure right there.

          I remember reading that the change in vocal style on Nashville Skyline had something to do with his motorbike injury – I’ve grown to like it, although I’ve never quite gotten past my mother saying he sounds like Groucho Marx.

          • Merilee
            Posted September 27, 2017 at 11:48 am | Permalink

            Love your mother’s Groucho Marx comment! Couldn’t get mine to like Dylan, either, but eventually turned her on ( a bit) to Nina Simone. I love beautiful opera voices but can also love gravelly Leonard, and Bob, and Tom Waits. Someone like Celine Dion may have good pipes, but her singing is bland bland bland, imho.

            • Saul Sorrell-Till
              Posted September 27, 2017 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

              I’ve been listening to Tom Waits recently, partly because I heard ‘Hold On’ on The Walking Dead and liked it, partly because I wanted to give him another try because he always turned me off before now. Lunatic genius, I can see the appeal – I’ve been dipping into Rain Dogs. There’s a song called ‘Clap Hands’ that’s completely brilliant, like Dr John at his swampiest and most voodoo.

              Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Whitney…ack. IMO they’re the musical equivalent of the air-brush.

              • Merilee
                Posted September 27, 2017 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

                Swampy’s a great description of Dr. john🐸

  41. frednotfaith2
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Afternoon Delight is one of those songs I always associate with the summer of ’76, along with Paul McCartney’s Silly Love Songs and Let ‘Em In, when my family took a trip from San Francisco to Mineola, Texas, for my cousin’s wedding, and then we moved to Lemoore, CA, where I started high school (9th grade there; I would have still been in Junior High School is we had stayed in San Francisco). Heard those songs quite often on the pop stations during those long cross country rides. I suppose my guilty pleasure might be Dancing Queen or pretty much any song by Abba, who also got quite of bit of airplay on the stations I listened to in the late ’70s. I recently got a collection of their greatest hits, and so now my cd/album collection goes from Abba to ZZTop, with at least 2 artists for every letter of the alphabet (X & XTC for the 24th letter).

  42. Merilee
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Ooooooh, and Dance Me to the End of Love♥️

  43. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    And while on guilty pleasures, The Seekers – mostly due to Judith Durham’s magnificent voice.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4ZipKdI1sY

    They were the earliest group I listened to, along with Linda Ronstadt (and the Stone Ponies’) ‘Different Drum’.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO73vPmwY8Y
    It’s actually an anti-love song (“We’ll both live a lot longer If you live without me”)

    Though it didn’t really showcase Linda’s voice, which IMO is the most beautiful voice in rock music, (and certainly not a *guilty* pleasure!). For that you need something like ‘Adios’, which sends shivers up my spine and brings tears to my eyes. Literally.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls31FT-gvLo

    cr

    • Liz
      Posted September 27, 2017 at 10:15 am | Permalink

      Different Drum is a favorite. I agree it’s not really a love (or happy love) song as they part ways. Her voice when she sings “so goodbye” conveys this sort of deep and sorrowful longing. It’s actually perfect. Beautiful voice. I would say for Don’t Know Much and All My Life with Aaron Neville, though, it might be a different story. I love both of those songs and have them on a mix cd I made from years ago. I probably wouldn’t play those songs with other people around.

      • Liz
        Posted September 27, 2017 at 10:15 am | Permalink

        A different story in terms of the “guilty” part.

        • Liz
          Posted September 27, 2017 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

          Not schlocky or sexy guilty. Saccharine guilty. That’s for the Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville songs. Meat Loaf would also fall in this category. It’s a little like secretly liking the scene from A Very Brady Christmas (1988) where the Brady kids, parents, Alice etc. bring in the Christmas tree while singing together. Saccharine is the best word I can think of.

          • infiniteimprobabilit
            Posted September 27, 2017 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

            Yes, that’s what I take ‘guilty’ to mean in this context. Songs that we wouldn’t admit to liking in a discussion of Dylan, Pink Floyd, or the Beatles etc.

            cr

  44. Mark R.
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    A song for youth…ahhh. When crossing into the afternoon delight meant nothing other than skipping school with a young love. Working people don’t really have that luxury…it’s morning or night as the song eludes to. Though I miss that carefree reality, I can count afternoon delights on one hand, not that diminishes morning and night delights.

  45. Mark Joseph
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Two that haven’t been mentioned:

    “Good Girls Don’t” by The Knack (probably a guilty pleasure, but a near-perfect pop song)

    “We’ve Got Tonight” by Bob Seger (probably a great song).

    • Merilee
      Posted September 26, 2017 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

      We’ve Got Tonight – +1

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted September 27, 2017 at 4:27 am | Permalink

      Errm, I did actually mention We’ve Got Tonight up-thread – it was my #1 choice – and linked to the Rogers/Easton version.

      😉

      So howcome it isn’t on Billboard’s list…?

      cr

      • Mark Joseph
        Posted September 27, 2017 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

        Whoops! Sorry about that. Wasn’t trying intentionally to horn in on the credit.

        Still, a great song. I only know the Bob Seger; looking forward to listening to the other version.

        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted September 28, 2017 at 3:59 am | Permalink

          No worries. I’m not sure exactly what ‘credit’ accrues to anyone anyway.

          I was just mildly gratified (for no discernible reason) that someone else had nominated it too.

          cr

          • Mark Joseph
            Posted September 29, 2017 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

            Just being jocular.

            Here’s two more than haven’t been mentioned (I checked):

            Blondie’s Call Me (“roll me in designer sheets, I’ll never get enough”)

            AC/DC’s You Shook Me All Night Long (after that title, do we *really* need a quote from the lyrics?)

  46. Hempenstein
    Posted September 26, 2017 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    ABBA came first to mind and glad to see I’m not alone. I think cadence is the term for what I like about most of their stuff, and Dancing Queen’s a good example. It puts me in mind of being on one of the Stockholm-to-Finland ferries, out in the open Baltic, gliding along thru very gentle waves. Of course I know the Baltic’s not always calm, but it has been all the times I’ve made the trip, winter and summer.

    Oh, and there’s Hubba Hubba Zoot Zoot by the mysterious Caramba, said to be the creation of ABBA’s producer Michael Tretow.

    • Posted September 27, 2017 at 6:00 am | Permalink

      Yes, almost anything by ABBA, but Dancing Queen is a good choice.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted September 27, 2017 at 6:19 am | Permalink

        +1

  47. Larry Smith
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    Perhaps this was already mentioned, but note that the 50 Sexiest Songs of all time was based solely on a) songs having something to do with sex and b) popularity. There was no effort to find good songs… another topic for another time?

    And although Wildfire has its tender moments, whenever I hear it or hear of it I think of the alternate lyrics a friend made up to it: “Oh they say she died one winter/When there came the killer bees…”

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted September 27, 2017 at 12:35 am | Permalink

      I notice that most of the songs mentioned in this thread were *not* on that list and vice versa.

      On the whole I’d sooner trust the taste of this commentariat than that somewhat arbitrary list. (When I say arbitrary, surely it was an arbitrary decision of Billboard’s as to which songs were ‘about sex’ and which weren’t.)

      Disclaimer – looking at Billboard’s Top 50, I recognise hardly any of them.

      cr

  48. Johnman
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    Being born in 1953 and with no TV in SA, the weekly Top 20 on the short wave LM Radio station was a popular guilty pleasure. And mostly because of the memories of a short lived romantic attachment, my favourite is My Little Lady by The Tremeloes. But my memory stick in the car radio has got hundreds more!

  49. anthonyherbert2014
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 2:45 am | Permalink

    A cheesy song I admit, Ginny Come Lately by Brian Hyland.

    A song that instills nostalgia for my youth is Dion singing Shu-Bop, but then I am of a certain age.

  50. Diane G.
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    Gotta sub…

  51. Posted September 27, 2017 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    How can you have a Top 50 Sexiest Songs that does not include Andy Kim’s “Rock Me Gently”? Total injustice…

  52. Posted September 27, 2017 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned Rick Astley (of rickroll fame) in the “guilty pleasures” department. “Never Gonna Give You Up” is one of mine.

  53. Neil Faulkner
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Having passed 50 I no longer feel so guilty of my pleasures, but I can be hesitant in raising a hand for “Fairy Tale” by Dana, “Macarena” by Los Del Rio, and Big Dee Irwin’s “Swinging on a Star”, though with the last I actually feel guiltier for feeling a trifle guilty about it.

  54. Posted September 27, 2017 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Shania Twain’s From This Moment On:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-Lp2uC_1lg

  55. Posted September 28, 2017 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Almost everything from John Denver prior to his going all fluffy around the time of Autograph or just after. (And I don’t feel guilty. But, when I was much younger, it wasn’t “cool” to like his music. I play/sing several of his songs.)

    He had a helluva voice and was a very good singer and song writer.

    Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert were an important part of his band for a long time. They wrote “Take Me Home Country Roads”.

    • Posted September 28, 2017 at 8:01 am | Permalink

      very good guitar player and song writer that was meant to be …

  56. Richard A Rasp
    Posted October 1, 2017 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    Oh the memories of one of my favorites!


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