50 Awesome Guilty Pleasure Songs We're Ashamed to Like (But Not Really)

Barenaked Ladies "One Week" (1998)

Album: Stunt

"One Week" is polarizing. You might be at a party and have the bright idea to plug your iPod in and crank it, but you know that only one of two things can and will happen as a result: everyone will put their arms around each other and sing along, or they'll all groan and leave the room to beer bong in the yard.

It's inescapable, two white Canadian men rapping in ill-fitting suits to acoustic guitars is either going to be completely endearing, or annoying as hell. But if we're being honest, Ed Robertson kind of killed it on the lyricism and delivery. The speed at which he spits "I like vanilla, it's the finest of the flavors/Gotta see the show, 'cause then you'll know/The vertigo is gonna grow/'Cause it's so dangerous, you'll have to sign a waiver" is enough to get Twista's attention. That might be hyperbolic but it certainly caught ours, as the combination of Robertson's rapping and the myriad cultural references (X-Files, Sailor Moon, Swiss Chalet, LeeAnn Rimes, Sting, Snickers) throughout the song landed "One Week" at the top of the Billboard charts for, well, one week.

Despite its performance on the charts, "One Week" spiralled into the category of "novelty ditty," but remains a major part of the late nineties zeitgeist nonetheless. -Alysa Lechner

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