Spotify analysed over 120,000 playlists named "Guilty Pleasures" and has now revealed the top 10 most streamed tracks that we'd like to keep hush hush. Check them out in a playlist below.
The most streamed guilty pleasure in the UK was Lou Bega's 'Mambo No. 5' with Wham!'s 'Wake Me Up Before You Go' coming in at a close second. The full list is below:
1. Mambo No. 5 - Lou Bega
2. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go - Wham!
3. My Sharona - The Knack
4. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
5. Cotton Eye Joe - Rednex
6. You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) - Dead Or Alive
7. Who Let The Dogs Out - Baha Men
8. Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
9. U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer
10. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
The large streaming service went further, and analysed the difference between men's and women's 'Guilty Pleasure' playlists to chart the difference. For women One Direction's 'What Makes You Beautiful' took the top spot, with Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys also featuring in the top five.
Below: Listen to the nation's guiltiest pleasure
Men put Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' at the top of their guilty pleasures, with Spice Girls and Backstreet similarly featuring in their top five. See the full list of men's and women's guiltiest pleasures below.
Women's Guiltiest Pleasures:
1. What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction
2. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
3. I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys
4. Wannabe - Spice Girls
5. Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus
Men's Guiltiest Pleasures
1. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
2. I Want it That Way - Backstreet Boys
3. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
4. Toxic - Britney Spears
5. Wannabe - Spice Girls
Professor in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Groningen, Jacob Jolij, has provided some insight as to what makes one feel guilty about their "Guilty Pleasure tracks".
Jolij explained that the nation's guilt is unsurprisingly led by what is culturally defined as "cool". He did however find that the tracks that require little brain effort to listen to made for the perfect guilty pleasure while more complex music such as jazz and progressive rock, require stronger demands on the cognitive system, making it less likely to be defined as a guilty pleasure.
The VP of Global Communications at Spotify, Angela Watts, commented on the study by saying: "We're often guilty of reeling off the coolest tracks when quizzed on our musical tastes, so it's brilliant to see that as a nation, we've still got time for a little cheese in our lives."
She also reminds users of the award-winning digital music service that give you on-demand access to over 20 million tracks that "for those who aren't quite so forthcoming with their musical tastes, there's always Spotify's private session function, so you can to listen to power ballads to your heart's content, without the fear of being judged."
Below - Guilty pleasures of 2013: the songs we're (not) ashamed to like