The Best and Worst Karaoke Songs!

by Samantha Sherlock

A night of drinking with friends is always a good time – but there’s one element you can add to make it even more enjoyable…karaoke! People who have been drinking for a while tend to love karaoke – singing and dancing along with the music is just fun and exciting! No one seems to care if they make a fool of themselves; they’re probably never going to see these people again. But, even though karaoke can be a good time there are some guidelines everyone should follow before going on that mini stage. You never want to be too obnoxious or come off as trying too hard – just go with the flow. These are some of the best and worst karaoke songs that you have probably heard someone sing – or try to sing – at least once!

There are so many songs that you can sing along to but you want to make sure that they’re fun, uplifting and something that the audience is going to be familiar with. It’s rare that someone will sing a popular hit that is currently on a radio stations top 10 list. Usually, the choices that are made tend to be from the '70s, '80s, and occasionally the early '90s. Many like to imitate great artists, such as, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Whitney Houston, and so many more! These five songs are guaranteed to get everybody in the bar singing with you!

1) I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston

2) Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

3) You Shook Me All Night Long - ACDC

4) Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi

5) For The Longest Time - Billy Joel

When singing karaoke you want to make sure not to annoy the audience. Let’s face it – they’re all drunk and can get rowdy. You definitely don’t want them to turn on you! There are three essentials that can make a karaoke song unbearable. One is how long the song is. Although, “American Pie” and “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” are great songs they are also over eight minutes long! It can be fun and entertaining at first but after three minutes you’ll start to lose the audience!

Paradise by the Dashboard Light - Meatloaf

Number two, don’t do anything slow or sad; it will bring down the whole bars morale. You want to keep the bar happy and maybe even singing along with you. You don’t want them to get up and use the bathroom or go outside for a smoke break! So keep Celine Dion, Jewel and definitely Edwin McCain’s “I’ll Be” on the back burner.

I'll Be - Edwin McCain

Finally, the last thing you should not do at a karaoke bar is pick a rap song. Rap songs don’t usually work out the way you want them to. Why? Because you’re not a rapper. You will definitely lose the audience within the first 30 seconds of the song. They either can’t understand you or have no interest in listening to a rap song at a karaoke bar! Leave Snoop Dogg and Eminem at home when you want to sing alone in your car.

Lose Yourself - Eminem

So the next time you find yourself at a karaoke bar make sure you follow these simple guidelines. The audience will be cheering for you instead of jeering!
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