Thursday, March 25, 2010

Karaoke for Dummies

Karaoke Night at Applebee's is out of control. I have gone a few times, but only for the half off appetizers and the entertainment. I have never sung anything. Most people are awful, and when giant groups of girls get up together I mostly want to kill myself.

If you must sing karaoke (hey, someone's gotta do it!) here are some suggestions to please the crowd and make the experience as pain-free as possible:

1. Current Hits
If you have a terrible voice but love to sing, this is probably your best bet. Choose a Top 40 song, and that way at least a few other people in the crowd will sing along with you. They will not be able to resist it, since they know all of the words from hearing it on the radio at work everyday for a month. Example: Black Eyed Peas or Rhianna.

2. Power Ballads
If you have a decent voice, try a classic power ballad. They are always a crowd favorite. Example: "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera

3. Oldies but Goodies
People will be happy to hear Michael Jackson, Madonna or Elvis. It takes them back to the good ol' days. Example: "Piano Man" by Billy Joel.

4. Group Numbers
Meaning 3-4 people, not 12. These will also probably get the crowd to sing along. Example: "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

5. Duets
"Crazy in Love" by Beyonce and Jay-Z or "I Got You Babe" by Sonny and Cher.

*"Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung" -Voltaire

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