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Ultimate Shower Songs…Part Deux April 17, 2007

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Ok…because many of you have asked for a new list, and it’s been nearly a year since the last list was “published”, it’s time for The Ultimate Shower Songs, Part Deux!

To those new to the blog, please view last year’s Ultimate Shower Songs list.

For those who have been faithful followers of this blog since day 1 and have waited almost a year for a new list, without further adieu, here’s part two of the best songs to sing in the shower (in no particular order):

Say, Say, Say. “Say” what you want about it, you know you love this duet between Sir Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson. It’s a good “warm up” song in the shower since McCartney’s vocals are pretty mellow and easy to replicate. Once your vocal chords are raring to go it’s time to rip into Michael’s part: “What can I do, I’m so in love with you…baby! Eee heee”. Gotta love Michael in his bas ass years!

McCartney and Jackson team up to produce a great shower song for you

Other good Michael Jackson songs to sing in the shower are Billie Jean, The Way You Make Me Feel, Man in the Mirror and Pretty Young Thing. Actually most Michael Jackson songs are great shower songs. I’m gonna go ahead and give him a lifetime Shammy achievement award! Congrats Michael, well deserved.

Don’t Know Much. Once you’ve exhausted yourself with Michael, you can mellow it down with some Aaron Neville. For those who have the vocal range you can also sing the Linda Ronstadt parts of the song. But Neville is relatively easy to sing in the shower thanks to his nasal-like tone. Plus it’s a good warm up for singing Neville’s famous cotton commercial. You know the one: “The touch, the feel of cot-tin. It’s the fab-rick of our lives.”

On The Wings of Love. Staying on the mellow theme, and because you just saw one of those Time-Life infomercials at 1 in the morning with the 100 greatest love songs, this smash by Jeffrey Osbourne is sure to eat up some of the hot water in your building. Plus the deep, resonating vocals bounce off the shower walls nicely. Although similar to Caribbean Queen, all you know is the hook of the song so that’s all you sing over and over again. You know, “On the wings of love, only the two of us together flying high. Flying high, on the wings of love”.

The smooth stylings of Jeffrey Osbourne lend itself to good shower singing material, even if you only know two lines of the song

Another song you only know the hook to is Never Gonna Let You Go by Sergio Mendes. So that’s all you sing over and over again. You know the words. “I’m never gonna let you go. I’m gonna hold you in my arms forever. Gonna try and make up for the times I hurt you so. Gonna hold your body close to mine. From this day on we’re gonna be together. Oh, I swear this time. I’m never gonna let you go”. Awesome stuff. Just awesome. Good song to extend your stay in the shower to.

For those itching for the summer months you can bust out a little Cruel Summer by Bananarama. “It’s a cruel (cruel) cruel summer. Leaving me here on my own”. Good stuff. You know you even hum the instrumental riff of the song. Very feel good shower song to get you ready for tanning season (or to make you feel bad about how white you are going into beach season as you wash your body). Other good “summer” songs are Summer Girls by LFO, Summer Wind by Sinatra and Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince. Although don’t readily admit you know the lyrics to Summer Girls by LFO…could be condusive to having your ass beat in some corners of the earth (more on songs that could get your ass beat later).

Other good songs to get you in the mood for good weather are Break My Stride by Men at Work (also sung by Matthew Wilder). “Ain’t nothing gonna break-a my stride, ain’t nothing gonna slow me down – oh no – got to keep on movin”. (Although please don’t sing the Puff Daddy version. Or anything by Puffy for that matter. As they say in my hood, he’s a “beat biter – a Pac style taker – I’ll tell it to (his) face he ain’t shit but a faker”). Getting Jiggy With It by Will Smith and This is How We Do It by Montell Jordan also are prime songs for getting in a “good mood” for nice weather. Plus if you do the Getting Jiggy With It dance while rinsing, you’ll be able to wash off the soap that is trapped between your rolls of fat. If you have rolls of fat of course.

Perhaps the most underrated Shower Song band is U2. Largely because everyone knows the lyrics to most of their songs and their style is very condusive to shower singing. With or Without You is a particularly great shower song, especially that section where Bono kicks it up a notch. “I can’t liiiiive. With or without you…..oh oh oh oh”. Great stuff. It’s the kinda song you want people down the hallway to hear you sing. Another great U2 shower song is One. “Love is a temple, love the higher love”. Powerful. Good song to pause whatever you’re doing in the shower to belt out the lyrics.

Congrats, U2! You’ve earned a Shammy for achieving greatness in shower song music

Back to the mellow stuff (and because the Time-Life commercial just popped in your head again). When I See You Smile by John Waite is a great shower song to sing, especially if you just scored a big hookup the night before. Plus this song helps you score bonus points if you’re trying to impress upon your live-in girlfriend or the hooker you let sleep over last night. Nothing puts a “smile” on a girl’s face like hearing “When I see you smile. I can face the world. Oh you know I can do anything”. Although if you’re living with another dude you may not want to bust this one out for fear that the gaydar would go off the charts.

Speaking of off the charts gaydar, other songs not to sing if you have a male roommate around include anything by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Especially Sherri or Big Girls Don’t Cry. So what if you just saw the promo for “Jersey Girls” for the hundredth time, Valli’s songs should only be sung by those without any males within earshot (unless they happen to be musical theater or broadway actors – then you’re ok). If you choose to try the high notes of Sherri baby you best be comfortable with your own masculinity!

Other songs to avoid with a male around are A Whole New World by Peabo Bryson. So what if you watched Aladdin with your niece for the 50th time, singing this song is grounds for getting your ass beat by your roommate if he hears you singing it. Even if the vocals sound cool in the shower, sing this one at your own risk. Same goes for Let’s Give Them Something To Talk About by Bonnie Raitt. Although while you may get mocked and beaten by other males for singing it in the shower, you know damn well that after they’re done insulting your manhood minutes later they start humming the lyrics to themselves. Even if they won’t admit it, they should. The song is catchy.

Bonnie’s got your back if any male gives you shit for singing her songs

If you need to restore some of your male pride and save face, some good songs to turn to in the shower are Pearl Jam’s Jeremy, Creed’s My Own Prison, Metallica’s Enter Sandman and Nirvana’s Rape Me. Although you may wanna stay away from Rape Me if your male roommate recently completed a stint in prison.

On topic, songs to avoid if you’re trying not to violate parole for child molestation include anything referencing teenage girls, such as I Saw Her Standing There by the Beatles. Singing “She was just 17 you know what I mean” may be tough to justify. Although in your defense you can say you were just at a game at the Garden since that’s a MSG favorite (not so much for the she was just 17 part as much as the: “She wouldn’t dance with another…OOOOOOO” part that everyone belts out in harmony at once).

Another song to be weary of if you’re a convicted child molester is Into The Night by Benny Mardones. Why you ask? Um, how bout the lyrics:

“She’s just sixteen years old, Leave her alone, they say….But I want you to know, If I could fly, I’d pick youuuuuu up. I’d take you into the night, And show you a love…like you’ve neverrrrr seen. Ever seen”.

If that doesn’t scream child molestation/child prostitution I don’t know what does! Although it won’t stop me from singing it in the shower simply because it sounds cool acoustically. The lyrics invoke passion and are souful, despite the messaging.

Much to his dismay, and his smash hit, Benny Mardones has been placed on most child molester watch lists

That completes this list of the Ultimate Shower Songs, Part Deux. Feel free to comment on your own personal favorites and let the debate begin!


1. candice - April 17, 2007

thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!

2. candice - April 17, 2007

great list btw!!

3. roger - April 17, 2007

the master at it yet again!

4. janet - April 17, 2007

OMG…funnier than last time!!! awesome list! 🙂

5. mr. blogger - April 17, 2007

thanks for making us laugh despite a day of sadness!

6. roger - April 17, 2007

i can honestly say i’ve sung about 10 of these songs in the shower before

7. shayna - April 17, 2007

Plus if you do the Getting Jiggy With It dance while rinsing, you’ll be able to wash off the soap that is trapped between your rolls of fat.

ewww. hahaha

great list though!!!! i agree wholeheartedly with the Bonnie Raitt pick!! Great song.

8. gary - April 17, 2007

Although you may wanna stay away from Rape Me if your male roommate recently completed a stint in prison.

soo true! hah

9. trent - April 17, 2007

dude…a little rough on Benny Mardones??? haha. i’m sure that could hurt his big comeback bid! hahaha.

10. lizzie - April 17, 2007

i love this list! great explanations too! great work!

11. roger - April 17, 2007

btw I think you missed a song in the “getting your ass kicked by other men category”. “How Do I live without you” by Lee Ann Rhimes would be a good candidate for that!

12. whatpushesmybuttons - April 17, 2007

roger – good call! How do i live without you…i want to know!!! 😉

13. howard - April 17, 2007

good stuff…like how you backed it up with pictures this time around!

14. mr. x - April 17, 2007

Michael’s BLACK???? when did that happen?

15. janice - April 17, 2007

i definitely agree with U2!!!!! Bono rules!

16. tiffany - April 17, 2007

OMG…i cracked up when i read this. good stuff. particularly like the on the wings of love selection!!! i can picture that time – life commercial too….it’s like a 4 cd set or something like that for just $19.99 shipping and handling! hahaha.

17. candice - April 17, 2007

oh, yes i remember those commercials now. They were like 30 minutes long right???

18. tiffany - April 17, 2007

yep!! and they paused half way through to pound the toll free number down your throats! hahaha.

19. tammie - April 17, 2007

Laugh just a little too much….stand just a little too close…lets give em something to talk about! love bonnie raitt!! yeee haw!

20. brian - April 17, 2007

was that sergio mendes’ only hit???

21. whatpushesmybuttons - April 17, 2007

tiffany/candice: yep…they were 30 minutes long and featured some cheezy couples embracing next to a fireplace. although I think the offer was like an 8 cd set for 24 easy payments of $19.99.

Brian: it might have been…not aware of any else.

22. tiffany - April 17, 2007

thanks for the clarification! i forgot they charged you like $1,000 for songs you can download to ITunes for $20 😉

23. daniel - April 17, 2007

dude…how do you know the words to lee ann rhimes? i think my gaydar just went off!

24. neil - April 17, 2007

awesome pic of mccartney and michael!!

25. ken - April 17, 2007

what…no ebony and ivory???

26. bethany - April 17, 2007

You couldn’t be more right about only knowing the “hook” of the songs…i always get stuck on that and just keep repeating them over and over again! Once in a while the other lyrics will pop into my head. But I tend to stumble through them until i get back to the hook.

27. candice - April 17, 2007

you know…just realized something…benny’s voice certainly doesn’t match his looks!! he does look like a child molester in that picture! hahaha

28. roger - April 17, 2007

btw…Is that a Tupac reference in the Puffy “diddy”???

29. whatpushesmybuttons - April 17, 2007

Roger: yep…good catch. Those lyrics were part of Tupac’s “Hit em Up” song about Biggie.

Candice: couldn’t agree more!

Daniel: Don’t pretend you don’t know the words to that song either. Plus its on every wedding song playlist!

Ken: Ebony and Ivory should only be sung in the shower if a) you’re part of an interracial couple b)you are significantly tanner or whiter than your significant other. c)you get ridiculous tan on your arms but are “pale ass” white on your chest when you don’t take your shirt off in the sun. Not that that ever happens to me of course.

30. ken - April 17, 2007

ahh…thanks for the clarification!

31. elyse - April 17, 2007

who sings in the shower??? 😉

32. thos - April 18, 2007

Great as always chetti and for some other rock what about

Best of You – Foo Fighters
Rusty Cage – Soundgarden
and i’d go Betterman for the Pearl Jam, much more of a sing-a-long song

Not to down the mood but you made me think of it (being the Pearl Jam junkie that I am) but,

Jeremy spoke in class again on monday in virginia. so sad

33. tammie - April 18, 2007

nice additions thos…way to sour the mood though! boo…haha

34. candice - April 18, 2007

I want more….when’s the 3rd list coming out??? haha

35. ken - April 18, 2007

what about You Don’t Bring Me Flowers??? why isn’t that on the list?

36. mr. x - April 18, 2007

yeah..i agree.Jeremy is very taboo right now…should be striken from the list!

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38. sandra - May 2, 2007

love the “Shammy” idea!

You know…with all the awards out there right now, why not have another awards show! and you can have the singers sing their original songs in the shower! how cool would that be!!!

39. candice - May 2, 2007

hell yeah sandra – i’d vote to see Bono sing in the shower 😉

40. victor - May 2, 2007

i’ll pass on michael jackson in the shower! don’t need to see what’s in neverland! hahaha

41. roger - May 2, 2007

oh god victor….did you have to go there?

42. david - May 2, 2007

ha – how bout a rendition of the DiVynls? “I’ll touch myself” in the shower? that should make for some interesting tv. too bad chris farley isn’t around, he’d definitely make an appearance on that!

43. whatpushesmybuttons - May 3, 2007

David/Victor: you guys need some help.

Sandra: that would be an awesome idea – I’ll give David kudos for the DiVinyls – that would be funny. Although Mike Myers could substitute for Farley since he did that scene in Austin Powers w/ the FemBots.

44. nebula - June 13, 2007

i just got punched in the face for signing a whole new world….hahaha…


awesome list!

45. Stiletto - August 3, 2007

I like Hopelessly Devoted to You and other songs from Grease. Also like songs from Phantom of the Opera…what about Bon Jovi songs?

“She’s just sixteen years old, Leave her alone, they say….But I want you to know, If I could fly, I’d pick youuuuuu up. I’d take you into the night, And show you a love…like you’ve neverrrrr seen. Ever seen”.”

Oh my god! Never heard of this song lol

46. Chris - August 3, 2007

Nebula: you should have been punched in the face. hah..j/k..was it during the peabo bryson part or the female part? that could explain it

Stiletto: oh, i’m sure you’ve heard the song on some diner jukebox or at a cheezy night club at 4am when the last of the “hookups” is underway. But definitely find it online or preview on itunes.

Bon Jovi…hmm…maybe i’ll incorporate a few “bonus tracks” for the video that’s upcoming. I’ll only do grease songs if travola comes out of the closet. Phantom is good…deep reasonating baritone voice is needed for Music of the Night…i’ll make sure to include in my “shower broadway hits” for you!

47. Stiletto - August 3, 2007

Oh, you will love this Travolta story!

Once when working at the Kennedy Center I overheard – well, not really overheard as he said it to everyone in the room – the director of Chicago tell his dancers that Travolta was giving away Liz Taylor as part of the Kennedy Center Honors. He then quipped: “How appropriate. A queen giving away a queen.” Everyone bust up laughing.

48. chris - August 8, 2007

haha…nice stiletto! good story…he really, really needs to come out of the closet already

49. deacon - August 8, 2007

Although you may wanna stay away from Rape Me if your male roommate recently completed a stint in prison.

Amen brother…amen

50. Amber - August 12, 2007

Hahaha, I love the list!! I just downloaded Billy Ocean’s, there’ll be sad songs 2 make you cry… I want to hit the shower but it’s just after midnight and everyone is asleep… but again, love the list! greetings Amber

51. salman ali - October 16, 2007

he s very gread man

52. Soylent Ape - October 26, 2007

Great list! I used to sing Carcass and In Flames songs in the shower. The neighbors didn’t like that so much.

Not to get technical, but I’m a music critic and a Jew, so…
“When I See You Smile” was a Bad English release, though Mr. Waite did sing it. (I know; I know.)

I’m glad I’m not the only one whose skin crawls when I hear “Into the Night”. Adult Contemporary stations play that constantly, too. Any creepier and it would be ironic.

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55. Roxi - October 21, 2009

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