Guilty Pleasures, Round Two: Styx (7) vs. ABBA (2)
EW’s Music Mix is searching for the Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Act of All Time. With 16 seeded contestants remaining (see all the matchups), this tournament is continuing to change hearts, minds, and lives, as well as make some people remarkably agitated! Read/listen to the following, and then cast your vote in the poll after the jump; reader comments will be used from here on out, so we encourage you to also post a comment explaining why you chose the way you did. Note: In case of a tie, please select the artist you feel more ashamed to adore. Also note: Yes, the bracket was rearranged to be in proper bracketing order. Thank you.
Styx beat Air Supply in Round One, but the groundswell of popular support was more of a trickle. They don’t have a meatball’s chance in Sweden here.
“I love Styx and don’t feel ashamed about it at all. My husband calls them Stinks. I even like Mr. Roboto.” — Jill
“I love STYX, except for “Come Sail Away”. That song makes me cringe but the others are fantastic…yes, even “Mr. Roboto” (especially “Mr. Roboto”). They also put on a kick-*ss concert.” — Elizabeth
“Wow! This one is super-tough. You sure they are not the same band? Have you ever seen them in the same room at the same time?” — mom7801
ABBA vs. Hootie wasn’t much of a contest. This won’t be, either.
“Abba! hands-down… Abba Gold has to be one of the best greatest hits albums ever made and i actually went further and now i have EVERY. SINGLE. ABBA. ALBUM! (yes i know that is so awesome)… I do not nor will I ever feel guilt over loving ABBA no matter how disgusting Pierce Brosnan murders there songs… for more ABBA gems check out “when all is said and done”, “the visitors, “as good as new”, “i am the city” or just pick up More Abba Gold… also I firmly believe that “Lay all your love on me” is quite possibly the Best disco song ever made…” — paige
“Ha, I’m listening to ABBA right now. Ha!
Knowing meeeeee, knowing you. Uh huh. there is nothing we can do, knowing meee, knowing you.” — David
“if Abba had a concert right now I would pay up to 10 grand to see them. Their songs were the soundtrack to my childhood and teenage years.” — adamfan
“When I heard about this contest, I thought “ABBA all the way”. I’m a little shocked they’re not a #1 seed.” — Ceballos
Photo Credit: Styx: Everett Collection; ABBA: Rex Features/Everett Collection