The Top 5 Songs To Sing At Karaoke
Here at Strike, literally every day is filled with Karaoke. We can’t escape it. Don’t get me wrong, we absolutely love it, but it has got to the point where if you ask us who sung ‘Oops I Did It Again’ we’re just as likely to say Nigel the accountant as we are B… Brit… whatever her name was. Anyway, this day-in-day-out non-stop singing that fills every waking moment of every single day puts us in pretty good stead to list the Top 5 Songs To Sing At Karaoke:
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
It seems in 1981, there was brief period where the people who make the cheap instrumental versions of songs for karaoke took over the music industry and made music for actual artists. The very first few notes of Journey’s seminal hit sound like they were made for karaoke, and really you can’t go wrong. Whether you are old enough to remember when it came out, young enough to remember when they re-did it on Glee, or cool enough to know how damn important it was in The Sopranos, everyone knows this song. And considering the lead singer can’t really sing, your version can’t be that much worse. And while we’re on the lead singer: is that Nick Giannopoulos?
I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys
One of the core principles of karaoke (according to traditional Japanese texts) is that one must always sing a boy band ballad from the 90s, and no song better fits these requirements than this Backstreet Boys hit from 1999. Sure you could go with something from Boyz II Men, or NKOTB, or *NSYNC, or Take That, or Hanson, or Human Nature, or Westlife or, you know, anything from the 90s, BUT, why would you bother, because ‘I Want It That Way’ has everything you need and more. It starts off slow, but builds to something quite extraordinary. Also, when you analyse the lyrics (and definitely don’t analyse the lyrics) you can see that each verse is only four lines, and one of those is always ‘I want it that way’, so you barely even need to follow the words. Bad music has never been quite so good.
Total Eclipse Of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler
This song is such a karaoke song, that when you choose it at a karaoke bar (or your local Strike!), the video that accompanies it isn’t just stock footage of beaches and birds, it’s the actual music video for the song. Which is great news, because apart from the fact that it’s arguably the greatest ballad of all time, it also has the greatest music video of all time (perhaps behind the very similar Meat Loaf’s ‘Bat Out Of Hell’). And at some point it became a law of the universe that every person knows all the words to this song from birth, so it really is perfect for karaoke.
The Grease Megamix – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
Released in 1990 to celebrate the VHS release(!) of the classic 1978 musical, the Grease Megamix is a perfect karaoke song for three reasons: 1) everybody knows it, 2) it is just the best bits of three different songs so it doesn’t have any lulls and 3) it’s a male/female duet. What better way to drunkenly woo your crush than to sing to her about how your car is going to make her cream. The only downside to this song is that it makes you think you want to rewatch Grease, but when you’ve dusted off your VHS and set aside an evening, you remember that it goes for longer than four and half minutes…
Baby – Justin Bieber feat. Ludacris
You may have noticed that the most recent song we’ve included so far was released 14 years ago, and the reason for this is two fold: fold 1) karaoke is about being a little silly and embarrassing yourself, and if the music is from the 80s or 90s then it’s almost definitely silly and embarrassing already, and fold 2) most karaoke machines are updated bi-decadely so ‘Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It’ is usually the most recent addition. But, if by chance you get lucky (i.e.: go to your local Strike), then you may find something that those born after Monica Lewinsky rose to fame will recognise. And after searching YouTube to find the most popular music video, we chose Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’, mainly because it’s too hard to sing along to ‘Gangnam Style’.