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Stardust: A compilation of good "cheesy" music

Stardust: A compilation of good "cheesy" music

Playing tracks by

Kevin Ayers, The Free Design, Captain & Tennille, Engelbert Humperdinck, Rhoma Irama and more.

To my ears, all of the songs on this compilation have in common the quality of “cheesiness.” The term is generally considered to be pejorative. The dictionary definition suggests the term refers to something cheap or inauthentic; I think the more common use is a variation on the notion of authenticity, referring to something tacky and too emotionally obvious. To me, however, “cheesiness” is simply a subjective descriptive term that, like any other descriptor, can be applied both to music (and other media) that the listener likes and dislikes. I want to develop the point here more in the future but, for the moment, as an argument for use of the term in its positive sense, I present this collection of “cheesy” songs I love. Find more of my musings on cheesiness at this link: