Today’s list features an eclectic blend of excessively overplayed songs that are often played down/meme-fied for being ‘cheesy’ but are actually great to listen to.
More Than Words – Extreme (1990)
We’re kicking off our cheese-coated ride with this acoustic rock ballad, which became a worldwide success in the early 90s. And while its recurrent I love you-s may not serve as the epitome of originality, the simplicity of the lyrics and effortlessness of the melody do in fact extend beyond words.
My All – Mariah Carey (1997)
You can hate on R&B all you want, but I mean, who wouldn’t want to savor the beautiful textures Mariah’s silken voice in this?
I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown (1965)
No matter how many times you’ve heard the James Brown classic, it’ll still make you feel SO GOOD, SO GOOD every time. *queue the dancing feet*
Wicked Game – Chris Isaak (1989)
Wicked Game might’ve been covered by half of the world’s The Voice contestants in every conceivable rendition, yet there’s a distinct aesthetic maturity and emotional impact to it that you can’t help but appreciate with every listen.
The Scientist – Coldplay (2002)
Nobody said it was easy to overlook how overplayed the chorus is, but it’s such a shame for us to disregard its lyrical meaningfulness and composition.
The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel (1964)
The never-ending thread of hilarious comments under this video are enough proof of how ‘sarcastified’ it has become nowadays. You can’t dilute greatness, though.
Fighter – Christina Aguilera (2002)
Christina Aguilera has always been one of the most underrated pop artists but her rich vocal palette and incredible range remain a force to be reckoned with on this iconic 00s title.
Creep – Radiohead (1992)
Radiohead’s debut single makes an obvious choice on our musical list of obviouses AND a great alternative 90s hit that still hold its magic to this day…
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars (2014)
A catchy work of musical madness, Uptown Funk took the planet by storm when it ruled the airwaves a couple years ago. Now that the song has left the mainstream spotlight, we can take some time to appreciate its intricate composition, upbeat music video and unparalleled feel-good vibe.
Je Suis Malade – Serge Lama (1973)
As one of the most renowned French songs that has been performed by a number of high profile female artists including Dalida and Lara Fabian, Je Suis Malade has been labelled a cheesy choice, notably in the competitive context of singing competitions. This being said, you’ll eventually come to a point in life (if you haven’t already) where you come to understand, treasure and admire the magnitude and depth of emotion it entails.