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Songs we hate to love

You know them: The incredibly catchy songs you love upon first listen... then can't stand for the next ten thousand. Except you still love them, but hate them at the same time. Oh, pop music, how you play with our emotions.

Here are some of Newsday staffers' guilty-pleasure songs, dating back to Barry Manilow's '70s classic, "Copacabana," which he's sure to play during his Nassau Coliseum concert on Friday.

What are some songs you're not afraid to admit you love?

'Who Let The Dogs Out,' Baha Men

"Who let the dogs out / Who who who who who (x4)." Ashamed by your love for the Baha Men's "Who Let the Dogs Out"? Feel validated in knowing it was nominated for a 2001 Grammy for best dance recording.

'Never Gonna Give You Up,' Rick Astley

"Never gonna give you up / Never gonna let you down / Never gonna run around and desert you / Never gonna make you cry / Never gonna say goodbye / Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you." The '80s gave us a lot of so-bad-they're-good songs, but Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" is king.

'Call Me Maybe,' Carly Rae Jepsen

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"Hey, I just met you / And this is crazy / But here's my number / So call me, maybe." Stuck in your head yet? We thought so. One-hit wonder Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" was THE song of 2012 for a reason.

'Dancing Queen,' ABBA

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"Dancing queen / Young and sweet only 17 / Dancing queen / Feel the beat from the tambourine / Ohh yeahh." ABBA was so believable when they sang, "You can dance, you can jive" -- We can, and we did, to "Dancing Queen."

'Barbie Girl,' Aqua

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"I'm a Barbie girl / In a Barbie world / Life in plastic / It's fantastic." Eurodance group Aqua was mocking the Mattel doll more than celebrating it in the group's 1997 song "Barbie Girl," but that didn't stop preteen girls everywhere from singing along to every word.

'Copacabana,' Barry Manilow

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"At the copa (CO!) / Copacabana (Copacabana) / The hottest spot north of Havana (here) / At the copa (CO!) Copacabana / Music and passion were always in fashion / At the copa.... they fell in love..." with Barry Manilow's 1978 hit. Four decades and millions of plays later, some might say they have more of a love-hate relationship with the song.

'Tubthumping,' Chumbawamba

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"I get knocked down / But I get up again / You're never gonna keep me down / I get knocked down / But I get up again / You're never gonna keep me down." Who didn't head-bang or car-dance to Chumbawamba's "Tubthumping" circa 1997? No one, that's who.

'I'm Too Sexy,' Right Said Fred

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"I'm too sexy for my shirt / Too sexy for my shirt / So sexy it hurts / I'm too sexy for Milan / Too sexy for Milan / New York and Japan." Not many songs can boost your self-esteem while getting on your last nerve, but Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy" can. Car? Shirt? Cat? Too sexy for all of it.

'Gangnam Style,' Psy

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"Op / Op / Op/ Op/ Op/ Op / Oppa Gangnam Style." More than 2.2 billion YouTube hits can't be wrong -- or can they? Regardless, Psy's worldwide hit (and the dance that accompanies it) made a massive impression back in 2012.


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