Karaoke is a Japanese word that translates to “empty orchestra”
If you’re like most Americans, you have either been to a “karaoke night” somewhere or have even participated in singing. Perhaps you’re brave and sang solo, but most likely you were not alone onstage. After all, it takes bravery and maybe a couple of drinks to get the confidence necessary to take the stage.
What Song Would You Sing?
The one and only time I sang karaoke solo was at a Christmas party my wife and I threw many years ago and we had borrowed a machine from a friend of ours and after a few cocktails I was coerced by my wife to take on a Frank Sinatra classic, “The Summer Wind’.
Let’s just say, the audience was very forgiving of my less than sterling performance, I got a standing ovation, because everyone was already standing and clapped. Lol.
If you find yourself in a karaoke bar or situation, choose your song carefully and know your limitations, for instance, if you can’t hit the high notes, you might want to avoid any song by Mariah Carey or Steve Perry. Although, “Don’t Stop Believing” is always fun as a group sing. And for the love of god, do not even try singing Minnie Ripperton’s “Loving You” because you think the audience will get a kick out of it. Not happening.
Here are the Fine Nine Karaoke songs to take on
The folks at Billboard magazine put out a list of top 100 best songs to sing Karaoke to. They explain why the song is a good choice, when to sing it and what are the best circumstances in which you should sing them. They are not all solo’s so grab some friends and grab the microphone!