As well as my passion for ABBA's music, I am also, very fond of The Bee Gees. I recently have listened to quite a few of their albums. So many great songs. I love the way they harmonise and do not mind the falsetto voices at all. Favourite female singers of mine, include Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Anastacia, Beverley Knight, Emeli Sande and Adele. With regards to male singers, I do not have as many as female. However, I think Olly Murs makes fun and catchy songs so I like him. Likewise Ronan Keating, Seal and Ed Sheeran. Quite an odd combination ! And of course, I mustn't forget Take That who are a fabulous band. Unfortunately, reduced to a trio recently but never mind I enjoy their music. If I am in a nostalgic and retro mood, I love eighties music too. Donna Summer, The Pointer Sisters, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, The Carpenters and Barbra Streisand are among my guilty pleasures.
I'm curious, Edmund. Why are some of those you mentioned 'guilty pleasures'? Does it really mean that you like them, but feel you shouldn't? And surely not Stevie Wonder? No equivocation or qualification, he's a genius, and definitely one of my favourites.
I think the Gibb brothers were fantastic songwriters - and for other artists, too - but I'm afraid I don't like the falsettos on Bee Gees tracks. Without falsettos, great!
I suppose the rock and blues, with jazzy influences, of Steely Dan are on the opposite side to ABBA in the broad spectrum of popular music, but I like the contrast.
Apart from ABBA, I like lots of other artists. Some may be smirked at by others as "guilty pleasures" but I don't subscribe to that kind of snobbery at all.
The acts whose back catalogues I have most of would be Frida, Bucks Fizz, Pet Shop Boys, Alison Moyet, Eddi Reader, Goldfrapp, Elbow, Robyn, Kiki Dee and Peter Gabriel. I tend to favour female voices for their honest readiness to tackle emotion (but I think that Peter Gabriel and Elbow's Guy Garvey have two of the most incredible voices ever. And Garvey is an exquisite lyricist). I love glossy 1980s pop, the more OTT the production the better. I think pop has come back in a big way over the last 10-15 years. I love some of the current crop. Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Prides, Jessie Ware, Selena Gomez and Dua Lipa have all put out a range of delectable pop peaches. I cannot understand why Troye Sivan is not a household name: he is a terrific talent. Irish pop is in a rich period, with acts like Wild Youth, True Tides and Tim Chadwick making it all sound so effortless and glamorous.
There are loads of artists I've overlooked here...
Many of your choices are mine too, Tony. I particularly like Dua Lipa. Pure pop that has that unmistakeable feel-good quality. I was thinking I liked Billie Eilish (my sister and 7 yr old nephew adore her; I also hear our very own Björn is a fan) but I'm struggling to truly get into what she does. I saw her perform Bad Guy at Glastonbury and there's no denying she has stage presence and an immense fan base.
I've always liked Pet Shop Boys' music. I even got to see them live. Everything from I Want A Dog to Paninaro gets my foot tapping and Being Boring is just sublime.
I could just list and list....very often, I'll just adore individual albums, one-offs, or just songs here and there, it depends. I've even been giving Ace of Base a listen. I think they were underrated. But then I'll enjoy Underworld or Talking Heads...give me some B52's and Poly Styrene (X Ray Spex), and I'm in heaven. My taste ranges from the pure pop of ABBA to punk, electronica in the 80's to the dance music of the 90's. A bit of everything, almost! Liquorice Allsorts.
Donna Summer, The Pointer Sisters, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, The Carpenters and Barbra Streisand are among my guilty pleasures.
There is nothing wrong with liking The Carpenters. Aside from ABBA, I'm not familiar with other artists' albums, but I like most of the hits by The Carpenters, The Beach Boys, The Four Seasons, and The Supremes.
Besides ABBA and the members' solo careers I listen to many other acts. Among my most favourite are Roxette and Marie Fredriksson (I have basically everything they ever recorded both as a group and in Marie's case as a solo artist), another Swedish legend Europe and if we stay in Scandinavia, I like Helen Sjöholm, Ted Gärdestad and the Norwegian singing wonder Sissel Kyrkjebo for example. The selection of my non-scandinavian favourites is quite disparate: Bryan Adams, Asia, Celine Dion, Heart, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Queen and Freddie Mercury solo, Olivia Newton-John, Simon and Garfunkel or U2.
Richard and Zeebee, I didn't mean anything about my " guilty pleasures ". I think I used the expression incorrectly as I love The Carpenters. Karen had a beautiful and very recognisable voice. I enjoy their music as much as ABBA's. As for Stevie Wonder I have great admiration for him. I love all these musicians that I mentioned in my previous list and am immensely proud of my musical tastes.
I love Karen Carpenter but I'm not a fan of most of the people you list, Edmund. But that shouldn't matter. You like them and that's all that matters. I don't give a toss whether someone dislikes something I like. I know people who dislike ABBA and I don't give a flying squirrel.
Hi Josef, that is perfectly fine with me. We all have different tastes. The world would be a very boring place if we liked the same thing. " Variety is the spice of life " I love your quote " I don't give a flying squirrel ". I have chuckled at that. I can tell you some people who dislike ABBA. Katie Price for one, Will Young for another. " Who are they ? " " Never heard of them "
There are singers and songs I like which many people would quite possibly detest and laugh at me for. Or maybe not. It doesn't matter. I'm not so insecure. It's not necessary for friends of mine to agree with me on everything, far from it, it's nice to have some differences. Occasionally, a mate will make a sly dig at someone or something I like and I will act all indignant and say , "How DARE you?!" in mock outrage. Then we laugh about it. It's just teasing.
When I said there is nothing wrong with liking The Carpenters, I should've included Stevie Wonder in that statement. I like several of his songs: My Cherie Amour, Yester-Me Yester-You Yesterday, You are The Sunshine Of My Life, Sir Duke, and I Just Called To Say I Love You.
No Orf, I was being sarcastic with the likes of Katie Price and Will Young. I was referring to them. Who exactly is Katie Price etc. Will Young definitely stated that he couldn't stand ABBA songs when he participated in Pop Idol featuring an ABBA themed show. Well, I don't think much of him, here today gone tomorrow and Katie Price is plastic and very unknowledgable. There I have said it !