TOP 5: KARAOKE SONGS

Well it’s that time again folks, sorry for missing last week, so get out you thinking caps, or in the case of this list maybe your earplugs and dive right in to this week’s Top 5. This one is the top 5 songs you like to sing at karaoke or if you are not a singer then the top 5 songs you like to hear at karaoke. (Next week we’ll talk about the songs we never want to hear again).

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AUTOPSY IV’S ANSWER: To put it bluntly…I am not a karaoke guy. I can barely stand listening to a cover band in a bar much less a bunch of drunks putting on their best Bon Jovi. Seriously, if I walk in a bar and they’re doing karaoke, I leave. It’s not my thing but a bunch of people dig it so I must be missing something. I’ve performed exactly one song at karaoke and this is it:

Hank Williams Jr. – Family Tradition

18 thoughts on “TOP 5: KARAOKE SONGS”

  1. In college I worked at a place that did karaoke two nights a week. Needless to say, I HATE karaoke. The only time I’ve actually participated was singing Sweet Caroline on a cruise ship with a bunch of middle aged gay guys. That just seemed like something you have to do on a cruise. The guys then did a Village People song.

    I do enjoy drag queens lipsyncing, so I’ll give you may favorite drag queen song instead. This was “sung” by a drag queen we met in Jacksonville during gay spring break. It became the theme song for the week.
    Melissa Etheridge – Like I Do
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVlzrvRYCh0

    Don’t know why this most has so many gay references. Guess that’s appropriate for my college years!

    Steve Lump might be the most awesome choice for karaoke ever!

  2. I just remembered the last time I went to karaoke (you were there Haley!).

    It was with Micah from Two Cow, John from Fox Hunt, and Pete from Truckstop Coffee. It was at the Clermont Lounge in Atlanta, which if you’ve never been there, it’s where strippers go to die. There was maybe one there under 30.

    Micah did Great White’s Once Bitten, Twice shy. It was pretty damn awesome.

  3. @Brit hahahaha I know I was trying to think of the last time I was at karoke and that was it! That night was sooooooooooo fun. Karoke at the Clermont is WAY different than karoke anywhere else.

    OK heres mine:
    Fat Bottom Girls – Queen: What? They make the rocking world go round
    Fuck and Run – Liz Phair: I love all things Liz Phair
    I Love Rock n Roll – Joan Jett: Original? No. Fun as hell to sing? YES!
    Oh Darling – Beatles: This is a really fun one to sing actually
    7 Spanish Angels – Willie Nelson: My favorite Willie tune

    Side note: If you are ever in the position to suggest something for someone else to sing might I suggest Black Water – The Doobie Brothers? I got my friend Kim to do it once and neither or us really realized that there is a really long break where you have to sing with no music playing.. if you want to see someone get uncomfortable on stage, this is the song to recommend.

  4. I once karaoke’d “Mommy’s Little Monster” by Social Distortion onstage at the Warped Tour while backed by a band that included Eric Melvin (NOFX), Greg Hetson (Bad Religion/Circle Jerks), and Derek Obrien (original Social D drummer).

  5. If you gotta sing a karaoke song and you’re stuck, you could do a lot worse than bustin out a standard like Sweet Home Alabama. It’s pretty hard to screw that one up and it doesn’t matter where you are, they all will sing along and drown you out.

    I have witnessed some awful karaoke and most of it involved either Shania Twain’s “Man I feel like a woman” or someone trying to sing a song that’s a lot harder than they figured. Most rap songs go pretty badly although I’ve got a friend who will do the thong song every time she gets the chance. If you’re a girl who can shake it, then I guess nobody really cares too much if you remember the words.

  6. I was never one for karaoke, either. I only participated in it once, and sang Blister in the Sun by the Violent Femmes. I can’t sing worth a damn, so I figured the song would be perfect (Gordon Gano does not have the most traditional singing voice).

    During the same night, I sang Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon with a few friends, as well. When they suggested to sing it, I decided that I could not turn down a Warren Zevon song.

  7. I too have only done karaoke twice and both were duets.

    “Just a Gigolo” – David Lee Roth w/ my buddy Vern

    “Family Tradition” – Hank Jr. w/ my buddy Shannon, but it was mostly me and a drunk lady at the bar who sang the, “to get drunk! to get stoned!” part back to me.

    I’m pretty sure I got drunk in Charleston at Island Bar and texted Matt Woods, “Gonna do karaoke. Waylon Jennings or Roger Miller?” but then Matt Vogt showed up and whisked me off to The Mill to get drunker.

  8. my hang-up is more of an extreme stage fright thing rather than a can’t sing thing… and i once had a list of what i would sing, but seem to have forgotten it all now.
    probably “joey” by concrete blonde. and maybe the bangles’ “in your room.”
    not a fan of the dandy warhols at all, but i thought courtney taylor-taylor’s karaoke performance of “love hurts” on an episode of veronica mars was pretty great.
    and my ex boyfriend does a *spectacular* rendition of prince’s “the beautiful ones.” he really gets into the screaming part, and often gets cut off at that point…

  9. @DownSouth, haha you mean punk rock karaoke? (http://www.punkrockkaraoke.com/)
    I don’t do karaoke. I can’t sing to save my life and have terrible stage fright (to the point where I get embarrassed for other people)…but I don’t mind hearing the occasional Journey song and/or Styx song…there’s just something about the piano intro’s…

  10. @Molly my dogs name is Joey, I sing that song to him ALL the time.. even my friends do haha

  11. I rarely do karaoke but Family Tradition is one of the songs that I will do. I will only do songs don’t involve real singing and I need to know the words really well.
    I think the last time I went with my wife I did “Dead Skunk” by Loudon Wainwright III

  12. I’m not a karaoke kind of girl but over the few times I’ve done it (in Alaska and other countries, places where nobody’s likely to recognize the tone deaf girl that is me), I developed an MO: Sing songs that prompt singing in others. They’ll drown me out.

    1) Sweet Home Alabama by Lynard Skynard
    2) Country Roads by John Denver
    3) Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett
    4) Anything from Grease
    5) Meet Virginia by Train (Seriously, people sing along to it.)

    These songs in no way reflect my taste in music but rather my desire to get off the stage as quickly as possible without anyone hearing my voice. (I also tend to turn off the mic.)

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