I’ve had a few nights out with the girls getting on one(s) at the Zoo karaoke bar in Newmarket and I think we’ve cracked the codes for the best karaoke songs to sing. The best songs are not necessarily your favourite songs, or the best songs ever written. Often you can fall into the trap of picking a song that’s great to listen to, but is an absoloute bitch to sing. Or, you might pick a song that you can sing really well, but is a real drag for everyone else in the room to listen to. Karaoke isn’t about showing off how great you are at singing, it’s about laughter and fun and maximum crowd participation. For a karaoke song to really be great, it’s gotta have that immediate, ‘I know this!!’ reaction. Perhaps the song will have a bit of nostalgia thrown in, the pattern won’t be too complicated, the lyrics simple, fun and giggle inducing, and most importantly, it will get even the shy-guys joining in. So, keeping that formula in mind, here are the 10 best songs to sing at karaoke:
Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way - Song climax - Nick @ 2:30 : “DON’T WANNA HEAR YOUUU (SAYYYYY YAYAYA AHAYEAH)…Ain’t nothing but a heartache, ain’t nothing but a mistake…”
Boyz II Men – End of The Road - Song climax @ well, actually, this song is pretty much at a climax the entire way through, but karaoke makes this song even better cos you get to do Michael’s ‘baby I knew about it, I just didn’t care…you just won’t come back to me, will you? just come back to me!’ word for word.
Spice Girls - Say You’ll be There - Song climax @ 2:55 : Scary Spice: “I’ll give you everything on this I swear, just promise you’ll always be there” Sporty Spice ”I’m giving you everything, all that joy can bring, YES I SWEEAR”
Take That – Back For Good – Song Climax @ 1:42 “In the twist of separation, you excelled at being free, can’t you find, a little room inside for me…whatever I said, whatever I did, I didn’t mean it, I just want you back for good (want you back, want you back, want you back for good).”
All Saints – Never Ever – Song climax @ 4:22 “You can tell me to my fa-yace, you can tell me on the pho-wone, ooooooh you can write it in a letter babe, cos’ I really need to kno-whoa”
Lady Gaga – Bad Romance – See, this isn’t my fave Gaga song, Just Dance or Poker Face are better than this, but this one is the most fun in a karaoke situation. Song climax @ 3:27 when it goes from “walk, walk fashion baby, work it move that bitch carazy” until the end of the song. (WANT YOUR BAD ROMANCE).
N Sync – Tearing Up My Heart – song climax @ everytime the hook drops
Blue – Fly By – song climax – every time they go ” with the hot stuff, the top stuff, yo we got stuff, whoa-a” + @ 2:57 “think I know somewhere we can park….AFTER DAAAAARK”
Five – Keep On Moving - Song climax “well the rainy days are dyin’ gotta keep on keep on tryin, all the bees and birds are flyin, ahhhhhh”
Nirvana – Come As You Are – song climax @ 2:50 “And I swear that I don’t have a gun, no I don’t have a gun, no I don’t have a gun.”
P.S I realise this is all very boy/girl band circa mid-90′s and not very current, but from my extensive field research this is what I’ve found works best Feel free to suggest songs that you think is a CRIME to not have in here if you wish