A person's iPod is a private matter; it's like reading someone's musical diary, discovering their innermost love of lyrics. For these reasons, people sometimes want to keep this private matter just that: private. A self-proclaimed lover of country music, for instance, may be embarrassed to also have songs by Van Halen or Jay Z, a person solely into hardcore rap may hide the fact that he also has an affinity for John Tesh, and a person who attends heavy metal concerts dressed in black, a cigarette lighter aglow in hand, may not want anyone to find out that 90 percent of his iPod is taken up by Bette Midler songs.
Yes, no matter what kind of music fan we claim to be – Yanni, anyone? – chances are we all have a song or two on our iPod that causes us to engage in a little download denial. The following is a list of the best songs to place on your iPod, but say that you didn't:
"Achy Breaky Heart" (Billy Ray Cyrus): This song, in my opinion, is a catchy little ditty, something you'd surely love to have on your iPod. It's a song that hits the mark whenever you need something to which you can tap your fingers or you are suddenly overwhelmed by that common yearn to two-step. Even though it's great, when you put it on your iPod, don't tell your friends, your achy breaky friends, I just don't think they'd understand.
"Kokomo" (The Beach Boys): It's true, this tune is more of a list of places you would like to visit than it is a song you should admit is on your iPod. Nonetheless, "Kokomo" is still a good song. Not only is it the Beach Boys – a band that I think, I think, has had a hit or two – but it also reminds us of tropical weather, cocktails, and fun in the sun, making it a most important song to download during the cold and dreary winter months.
Any Song by Milli Vanilli: For me, hearing that Milli Vanilli were fakes was just like that time in tenth grade when I realized the Easter Bunny wasn't real. As hard as this truth was to swallow, Milli Vanilli songs are still good: whoever the real singers are, they can really carry a tune. Hits such as "Blame it on the Rain" and "Girl You Know it's True" are songs that those of us who were children of the eighties and early nineties cannot help but love. We just might want to keep our sentiments to ourselves, something that can easily be done by not singing aloud and, dare I say, lip singing instead.
"Don't Worry Be Happy" (Bobby McFerrin): This song is addicting, it's like nicotine (not that I've ever smoked but I've seen the after school specials). "Don't Worry be Happy" may be one of the more annoying songs to come out of the music industry according to some people, but according to others it’s a cheerful, fun, and easy to memorize song. It's also a song that perpetuates one small fact: any song you can whistle along to is totally awesome. Put "Don't Worry be Happy" on your iPod and if anyone asks if you have it, don't worry be in denial.
"She's Like the Wind" (Patrick Swayze): After seeing Dirty Dancing, we all knew that ol' Patrick could cut a rug, but who knew he could also sing on key? "She's Like the Wind" is an example of a song that we all seemed to like at first, but the second we realized the singer was Patrick Swayze, the song became far too cheesy: we found ourselves turning on Patrick faster than he could say, "Nobody puts baby in a corner." Still, "She's Like the Wind" is a nice, mellow, romantic song to have in your iPod collection: just keep it your dirty little secret.