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Ten Songs That Should Never Be Sung at Karaoke...Ever

  • Aug 3, 2009
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As a former Karaoke DJ and Karaoke bar enthusiast, I can tell you that a good karaoke performance takes guts, personality and a decent voice (unless you've got enough personality, humor and dance moves to make up for it.) It also takes careful song choice. The list below contains songs that it seems no one can make into a good karaoke performance, although people keep trying anyway.
1
Paradise by the Dashboard Light
First of all this song is a painful eight minutes long and not in a very flattering range, and no one can ever remember exactly how it goes, which means that your audience will be cringing and throwing back shots the entire time.
2
I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston cover)
The first part of this song is usually too low for the higher singers that seem to favor this song, and it's really quite a while until it finally gets to the "AND IIIIYEEEEIIIII WIIIL ALWAAAAYS LOOOVE YOOOUUUUU" part. Not to mention that long, held-out notes tend to show a lot o flaws in one's singing voice.
3
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Any song that's 90% guitar solo makes for awkward times at the mic. And sorry, but your air guitar is only cool for about 15 seconds and then it's just lame.
4
Girls Just Want To Have Fun Cyndi Lauper
This one seems to be a favorite of large groups of drunken, screeching girls who have no concept of pitch or volume. See also: I touch myself; anything Madonna sang in the 80's
5
My Heart Will Go On
This song is really slow and usually chosen by those who think they can sing but actually can't. Which means it stops short of being so bad it's awesome and just gets stuck on bad.
6
Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin
11 minutes long. Nuff said
7
Prince Purple Rain
This song is barely in range to be heard by human ears, and is too slow and too long.
8
This song is boring on the radio, let alone in a karaoke bar. Pick something with some dynamics for heaven's sake!
9
Hey Jude Beatles
The range on this song is just high enough you'll be straining for notes almost the entire time you're waiting for the part where it finally goes "na-na-na-nananana," which is also too high.
10
You Light Up My Life by Debbie Boone
This song is so slow and sickly-sweet that it's impossible to make it entertaining

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