You are out enjoying a night out with friends, having a few drinks and then suddenly the mic comes alive with a wannabe Justin Bieber who ruins your evening with his screams and horrible lows. You want to curse them off the stage but then you realize that would be mean. So, what are the songs that you must universally stay away from at any karaoke bar?
This list of 7 songs to avoid at any karaoke outing is derived by taking three things into account – the difficulty level for an average individual, depressing or annoying nature and songs that most folks simply hate listening to. Granted not everyone will agree with the list but hopefully some of your own personal distaste ought to figure in here.
“It’s The End of the World” by R.E.M.
Michael Stipe might be capable of singing over 100 words a minute but this track is darn too fast for an average drunk karaoke expert, let alone an average individual. Don’t try and perform this track unless you want Homer Simpson to call out DOPE over all the ruckus you make.
“I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness
If someone could somehow pull this track off, it would definitely get a lot of giggles and laughs but for guys, best to stay away from it unless you can revert back to your pre-adolescent days to get the pitch just childish right.
“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
Now many will disagree with me here but Whitney Houston is in an entire league altogether (read downright painful performance for the sake of going viral!) and trying to mimic her performance with this track is a sheer insult of a prop show. You will have to really believe yourself to be a pop star immune to insults to even pull this off.
“Hurt” by Johnny Cash
Nothing wrong with this song but if you aren’t at a funeral or a mourning session, best to avoid Johnny’s depressing masterpiece. You don’t want to be known as the guy who killed the funky vibe, especially when at a bar. In my opinion, this is the saddest ever music video.
“Drops of Jupiter” by Train
While most new age karaoke enthusiasts would love trying out Train and their unique songs, it is best to back away especially when you know you can’t hit those notes right. Listen to this track on the radio, use earphones on public transport but by no means, sing this in any bar or karaoke event unless you genuinely want them to cover their ears.
“Stand By Your Man” by Tammy Wynette
Nothing is more emotionally devastating than a guy with long side burns with a CAT hat drinking alone. I bet you no one wants to hear this song unless it is some place down in Kokomo, Indiana.
“Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division
Although, this is among my own top 5 favorite tunes of all times, I just don’t believe anyone can ever imitate the haunting nature of the song. Ian Curtis was in a league of his own and with this track truly introduced the meaning of depression. Don’t depress