“The only thing better than singing is more singing.” – Ella Fitzgerald
So I went to a karaoke birthday party last night. It was a lot of fun (if you don’t know me, I love to sing!) and I had a really good time. But it reminded me of the things that really make karaoke a lot of fun for everyone involved. So instead of silently thinking of the things that I know make things fun, I decided i’d write a post about it. Here goes…
1. You are not Celine Dion. And no-one thinks you are.
All this means is that karaoke is not your excuse to build your solo career. As much as you love “My Heart Will Go On”, it really changes the mood to slow and, let’s face it – boring. Karaoke is a group activity, so don’t come to karaoke ready to belt out your favourite (and hopefully not obscure) tunes.
2. Choose Popular Songs
Karaoke is the most fun when there is a steady stream of songs that people know. The odds of this are higher if you stick to popular songs that are heard on the radio (or if you watch Glee, they’ve covered it). So as much as you love that amazing song that you sing to your spouse before you have a romantic evening, we don’t know it. Which means we can’t join in. And that’s the point.
3. Musical Songs, Duets, Classic Rock, 80s and Fun, Upbeat Songs are your Best Bet
As much as I love “Twisted” by Keith Sweat, I would never sing it at karaoke. Why? As mentioned in point #1, it kills the mood. You are best to go with songs that are classic and take people to a “better” time in their lives (hopefully a fun time in their lives!). A favourite go-to song for me is “Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams or even “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. You can’t go wrong with a popular Madonna song, or even a favourite from the boy band era of the 90s. Pick songs that everyone can join in on!
4. Don’t Judge
I remember going to a karaoke event where I sang one of my favourites – “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John and Kiki Dee – with a friend of mine and people were making comments about how it was a stupid song. Should you really feel that a song was a really bad choice, just shut up and keep your thoughts to yourself. Do not judge or say something to hurt the feelings of the people singing.
5. Pass the Mic
Don’t be a microphone hog. Let everyone have a turn! You can always sing along without the mic.
Are you a karaoke fiend? What are your tips for having a great time? Would love to hear your suggestions! Remember, everyone likes at least one song, so anyone can go to karaoke and at least have a good time reminiscing, even if they don’t sing along. Happy singing!