Karaoke nights are the swing of a clock's pendulum, from good to bad and somewhere in-between. A successful performance is met with cheers and applause, while an out of tune attempt reveals ducked heads concealing plugged ears. You never want to be the crooner responsible for eye-rolling and looks of disdain. Most of us are average singers at best, but the proper song choice and a little attitude can result in full audience participation. Consider these best and worst karaoke songs choices before you step in front of the mic:
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
An instant classic from the album "Thriller," this song is easily one of the most recognizable ever recorded. It demands very little vocal ability and comes prepackaged with any one of Jackson's iconic dance moves. Listen for appreciative cheering as you moonwalk your way through an epic karaoke performance.
Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot
It's fun, upbeat and you don't have to sing a note. Break out your best rap skills and salute the song that drew attention to the now infamous "booty."
I Love Rock & Roll – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
A little rebellion is a welcome change after a string of hair band ballads and synthesized pop songs. Tap into your inner angst and chant your way through a song packed with attitude. Throw your fist in the air, point the mic towards the audience during the chorus and you'll instantly become the coolest person in the room.
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
If you have a brave friend to join you onstage, consider belting out this popular song from the film "Benny & Joon." The bouncy staccato rhythm means you don't really need to sing, but simply talk in a sing-songy voice. Add a little exaggerated marching, throw your arm around a buddy and try your best to mimic the perfect Scottish accent.
Tubthumping – Chumbawamba
You'll never go wrong singing about good times and resilience. Grab a group of friends and sing your way through this anthem for the perfect night out. If you want to really impress your audience, assign singing parts prior to hitting the stage and encourage everyone to loudly sing the chorus.
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
Unless you have the vocal range of Freddy Mercury and your friends can harmonize like an angelic choir, skip over this tune and try something less complicated. Your unsuccessful attempt at singing this dynamic and challenging song will leave your audience covering their ears — for six long minutes.
Don't Stop Believin' – Journey
This song is a rare example of outstanding vocal talent perfectly matched with inventive songwriting. The result is music that arouses a sense of renewal and hope for people everywhere. It's difficult to recreate the magic of this musical gem, so move onto another song and let your audience enjoy the original track.
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
A golden rule of karaoke is never sing a song by Whitney Houston, especially a cover version that spent 14 weeks at number one. Aside from the fact it's a slow love ballad, it's hard to match Houston's outstanding vocal ability. Move down the song list and avoid songs sung by legendary divas.
Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
If you're looking for a laugh, this is the song to sing. Although it's catchy, largely due to Queen and David Bowie's baseline from "Under Pressure," the song has become a noted icon of bad '90s rap. Leave this musical flop to the select few who embody the mind and spirit of a class clown.
Paradise by the Dashboard Light – Meat Loaf
The lyrics are relatable and humorous, yet no one wants to hear you sing this song. Unless you and a talented friend are masters of theatrical pop music, move onto to a short and sweet alternative. A bad rendition will have your audience booing you at minute four of this nearly nine minute song.
The Isle of Capri® Lake Charles has packed their schedule with performances that'll both entertain and give you a chance to win big! We want you on stage front and center singing to an appreciative audience and clapping along to the golden Texas twang of Clay Walker. Mark your calendars and join us for these exciting events:
$10,000 Get Up & Howl Karaoke Contest
February 17 - March 30, 2016.
Registration: 7-8 p.m.
Contest starts at 8:30 p.m. at The Lone Wolf®.
Win your share of $10,000! Three winners will be chosen each Wednesday night from February 17 – March 23 to receive $100 cash and advance to the finals. On March 30, the 18 finalists will compete with the first place winner walking away with $5,000 cash.
Clay Walker Concert
Saturday, March 19, 2016.
7 p.m. at the Event Center.
Ticket prices are $25 for Fan Club® members and $30 for the general public.*
Pick up tickets the day of the show at the Fan Club promotions area. Tickets must be picked up between 2-6 p.m.
*Must be 21 years of age or older.