Regular karaoke singer Lindsey Weber has developed very strong opinions about what constitutes the proper etiquette of karaoke–everything from song choice to mic-handling technique. Her opinions (while regarded trustworthy by some of the greatest karaoke’ers in town) are her own, so feel free to disregard. After all, if you’re just dying to sing “Don’t Stop Believin’”* you’ll probably just go ahead and sing it. Send your karaoke questions for Lindsey to karaokeconfessional AT gmail.com.
What are the top 5 most oversung karaoke tracks that are actually great? –Lauren
Okay, this is probably unbelievably biased, but so is this entire column. Thus: advice. My advice. Take these all with a grain of salt unless you karaoke with me specifically. Then, these are the way to go.
- 4 Non Blondes – “What’s Up?” (Great for a unsure singer with dramatic tendencies!)
- 10,000 Maniacs – “Because The Night” (Written by The Boss, covered by Natalie Merchant, this is the perfect song for a man or woman to really shine.)
- Bonnie Tyler – “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (OK, you might disagree, but if done at the end of the night by a really committed singer? Perfection.)
- Lisa Loeb – “Stay” (Another one that’s great for unsure singers to really shine with weepy dramatics. Make sure you know the words because everyone else will.)
- Garth Brooks – “Friends in Low Places” (I personally will never get sick of singing along to this chorus.)
- Beyoncé – “Halo” (Is this oversung? Does it matter? I want to hear it sung more.)
- Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe” (Do it. I dare you.)
- Justin Bieber – “Baby” (Shockingly easy to sing? Unexpectedly fun to sing along to?)
- Nicki Minaj – “Superbass” (The perfect karaoke rap song if there ever was one.)
- Lana Del Rey – “Video Games” (You will sound incredible.)
And the top 5 most sung karaoke tracks that need to be put to bed? –Lauren (again!)
This is the ultimate “duh” list so if you don’t agree with me, you can honestly go f*ck yourself.
- Anything Journey EXCEPT FOR “Faithfully” (…Although I have yet to have seen it done.)
- Neil Diamond – “Sweet Caroline” (Sorry, nope! I never want to hear this.)
- Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody” (A long one that I’ve never heard done in a way that makes me want to NOT take up a cigarette smoking habit.)
- Sir Mix-a-Lot – “Baby Got Back” (Rap is tough. Somehow, people think they know the words to this or can “fake it.” They usually don’t. And can’t.)
- MUSICALS. STOP SINGING MUSICALS. ALL OF THEM. IF YOU WANT TO SING A MUSICAL, GO AUDITION FOR A MUSICAL.
- Adele – “Rollin’ In The Deep” (This is a tough one! Please be careful!)
- Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (I’ll go out on a limb and tell you I already don’t want to hear this.)
- Rihanna – “We Found Love” (You’ll regret this the minute you hit that 5th chorus.)
- Katy Perry – Firework (Sing at your own risk.)
- MUSICALS. YES FROM WHAT I’VE HEARD THERE ARE MODERN DAY MUSICALS AND SORRY BUT YOU STILL CAN’T SING THEM.