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Every now and then I hear a song that I haven’t heard since I was a kid and it sparks something of a revival. I had a two hour drive to do yesterday and I think I played this a dozen times on the way. Are the lyrics bad? Yes, they are. Should I be embarrassed to admit that I like it? Probably. Does it belong at the top of a 2006 poll of the 111 Wussiest Songs Of All Time? Perhaps. But we all have those songs that we can’t help but like, even if they do challenge our own particular brand of self-imposed musical standards and snobberies. This is one of mine.

Shiny Happy People – R.E.M

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