Picking the perfect karaoke song can be a tough choice. The song has to be popular enough so people can sing along with you, but easy enough for a karaoke beginner to master. In honor of National Karaoke Week, which kicks off today, here are 15 of the most requested karaoke songs.
1. MICHAEL JACKSON — “BILLIE JEAN”
One of the key reasons why this is one of the perfect karaoke songs is because it gives you the opportunity to do the Moonwalk (or try to do the Moonwalk) in front of an appreciative group of people. "Billie Jean" is the second single from Michael Jackson’s sixth solo album, Thriller, and is one of the easiest to MJ songs to sing.
2. WEEZER – “SAY IT AIN’T SO”
From Weezer’s first self-titled album (also known as the Blue Album), “Say It Ain’t So” highlights catchy rock vocals and gives people the opportunity to play “air guitar” on an amazing guitar solo. The song also launched Weezer into icon status as one of the best rock bands of the '90s.
3. NATALIE IMBRUGLIA – “TORN”
What better way to honor a one-hit wonder than to sing their song, which is one of the most requested karaoke tracks of all time? The opening lead single track from Australian Natalie Imbruglia's Grammy-nominated debut album, Left of the Middle, is actually pretty tough to sing, so make sure to warm up with something a little easier before attempting this one.
4. KINGS OF LEON – “SEX ON FIRE”
The first single from Kings of Leon’s fourth album—Only by the Night—“Sex on Fire” was an international number one hit song in the United Kingdom and Australia, but never found that type of success in the United States. The song gained popularity when it won a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and was later featured on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show compilation album.
5. ADELE – “SOMEONE LIKE YOU”
The inspiration behind Adele’s “Someone Like You” was a past broken relationship. It serves as a popular request by the newly broken-hearted; while the song seems easy and simple, it’s not for karaoke novices. Its piano accompaniment cannot hide vocal mistakes and its range goes from deep to high at a short moment's notice. “Someone Like You” is a pro level karaoke song, so drink up and don’t be afraid to embarrass yourself if you’re not a pro.
6. RADIOHEAD – “CREEP”
A very popular song among newly jilted young men, Radiohead’s “Creep” conveys strange painful feelings in a perfectly timed pop song. Radiohead’s debut single from their first album, Pablo Honey, is easy to sing and is the best way to live out your rock n’ roll fantasies as you pine over your former lover’s memory.
7. MADONNA – “LIKE A PRAYER”
Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” is one of the most requested songs by karaoke enthusiasts. The music video was controversial thanks to its use of Catholic imagery, while the song’s gospel-like structure and hooks make it really easy to sing along to.
8. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – “BORN IN THE U.S.A.”
Is there a better song to rally an audience with American patriotic passion? Bruce Springsteen’s most popular single is also his most misunderstood. While many mistake its American nationalism surface for unbridled patriotism, “Born in the U.S.A.” is a song about the negative effects of the Vietnam War on working-class Americans. Its catchy arena rock structure masks its deeper themes.
9. SIR-MIX-A-LOT – “BABY GOT BACK”
With the first line in the song—“I like big butts and I cannot lie”—Sir-Mix-A-Lot conveys so much about what we perceive as beauty and what we actually find beautiful and attractive. The song was the only number one hit from the Seattle-based rapper; “Baby Got Back” serves as the perfect novelty song and a popular karaoke choice. Sir-Mix-A-Lot also won a Grammy Award in 1993 for Best Rap Solo Performance.
10. THE B-52S – “LOVE SHACK”
Although The B-52s have been making music since 1976, “Love Shack” became their biggest hit song in 1989. The song stands as the perfect mix between a novelty and nostalgic pop song, which makes it one of the most requested songs at karaoke bars across the country.
11. JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS – “I LOVE ROCK N’ ROLL”
Originally written and released by the rock band Arrows in 1975, “I Love Rock N’ Roll” was popularized when Joan Jett & The Blackhearts covered the rock song in 1981. The song continues to be an anthem of youthful rebellion and casual sex as the music video launched MTV in the music cable network’s early beginnings. “I Love Rock N’ Roll” is one of the most requested songs because it’s simple to sing for karaoke beginners and pros alike.
12. SUBLIME – “SANTERIA”
Released after lead singer Bradley Nowell’s death in 1997, “Santeria” is the punk-ska band's biggest pop song as it crossed the niche genre into mainstream pop culture status. The song cracked the Top 5 on Billboard’s music chart and continues to be popular on video games like Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band 3.
13. ALANNAH MYLES – “BLACK VELVET”
This song from Canadian singer/songwriter Alannah Myles hit number one on Billboard’s music chart in 1989. The song stayed on top of the charts for two weeks and earned Myles a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocalist. The song was inspired by a bus ride to Graceland in Memphis for the 10th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. “Black Velvet” continues to be a karaoke staple around the world.
14. “SUMMER NIGHTS” FROM THE GREASE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
The most requested duet was made popular by the film adaptation of the musical Grease. The song was a big hit in the United States and the United Kingdom, while the record went gold and platinum, respectively. In the film, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John sang the duet about a high school summer romance, while couples re-enact the absurdity of wholesome Americana in karaoke bars.
15. JOURNEY – “DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’’”
“Don’t Stop Believin’” is often described as the perfect rock song and an anthem for anyone who hasn’t lost hope in the face of adversity. The song found new life in 2009 when the TV drama Glee performed it in their premiere episode. The song is the biggest hit from the San Francisco-based rock band and remains Journey’s most popular song; in 2011, it became the most downloaded song on Apple's iTunes store with over 5 million digital copies sold.
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On Saturday, David Lee Roth and Van Halen performed at the Stone Music Festival in Sydney, Australia. The bill also included Aerosmith and former Skid Row singer and excitable music fan Sebastian Bach. So on Sunday, as Roth was settling in for his 14 hour flight to L.A., who should appear but Mr. Bach, who of course had to share his experience with everyone on Facebeook.
He writes, "I sat in my chair and just couldn’t contain myself with excitement. I walked over and Dave and I planned on talking for a bit and then catching some Z’s, but we ended up laughing and singing and carrying on together for hours! We got asked to keep it down after a while from the people next to us... Can you imagine trying to sleep in a plane sitting next to David Lee and myself? He regaled me with all sorts of details about everything you can imagine and I enjoyed every second of it as you can imagine. I told him how he was such an inspiration of being fit and healthy when I was a kid reading Creem magazine... Thank you David Lee Roth for everything you have done for rock ‘n roll and I am proud to call you my friend!”
Roth has posted the 14th episode of The Roth Show and this time he talks about his martial arts training.
Also here is a rundown of some of the goodies available at select stores!
RECORD STORE DAY: What to Buy on Saturday
Music fans will be hitting independent music stores across the country on Saturday for Record Store Day.
Here's a list of some of the goodies you could pick up this weekend:
· The Rolling Stones’ Five by Five EP will be available on seven-inch vinyl for the first time since 1964.
· Aerosmith's 1973 self-titled debut, 1974's Get Your Wings and 1975's Toys in the Attichave all been re-mastered for vinyl and will be released in individually numbered jackets.
· Soundgarden will release a collection of King Animal demos. The six tracks -- including the demo for "By Crooked Steps" -- will be available on 10-inch pink vinyl and include a digital download card for all the songs.
· Mumford and Sons will release a CD and 10-inch vinyl featuring songs from an in-store performance at Bull Moose in Scarborough, Maine.
· The Cure will reissue 1987′s Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me on red vinyl.
· Dave Matthews Band will release Live Trax Volume One as a vinyl box set.
· Bon Jovi Live is a 12-inch picture disc with four songs, including "Livin' on a Prayer."
· Dio and Killswitch Engage will split a seven-inch single with two versions of "Holy Diver."
· Rarities from Young Guns, Creed, Finger Eleven and Seether appear on a limited-edition 10-inch vinyl release from their label, Wind-Up Records, to mark its 15th anniversary.
· Grouplove and Manchester Orchestra have collaborated on a new track called "Make It to Me" that will be on a 12-inch vinyl single that features a collaboration between Manchester Orchestra and Frightened Rabbit on the flip side.
· The 10th anniversary of The White Stripes' Elephant is available as a double vinyl set -- one record is colored black and red and the other is white.
· Avenged Sevenfold's 2008 live release Live in the LBC is available in a limited-edition vinyl and DVD package that includes Diamonds in the Rough, a collection of previously unreleased B-sides and more.
I’ve posted a few blogs in recent months on the release of Rob Zombie’s “Lords Of Salem”. The movie finally opens this Friday! I’m stoked and ready to see it. Followed by episodes of Family Guy at home later on. Sherri Moon Zombie’s character plays a radio DJ in her 30’s who is a little unstable due to substance abuse problems………ok it’s not that far off from me lol. Check out the latest trailer and I’ll have passes for you to see the movie tonight!!
Such sad news. He was such a great guy. Always positive and a pleasure to interview throughout the years. Our condolences to the Deftones and Chi’s family and friends.
DEFTONES: Bassist Passes
Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who was in a coma-like state for more than four years after a car accident, has died.
Cheng's family confirmed the death on OneLoveforChi.com, saying he was taken to an emergency room Saturday morning and that his "heart just suddenly stopped." Cheng, who was 42, had been in and out of hospitals and rehab facilities since the November 2008 accident.
Cheng co-founded Deftones in the late '80s with fellow Sacramento natives Chino Moreno, Stephen Carpenter and Abe Cunningham. He played on their first five albums, from 1994's Adrenaline to 2006's Saturday Night Wrist. The band was working on an album called Eros at the time of Cheng's crash. The band decided to shelve that album and drafted Sergio Vega to play bass, making two albums with him so far.
Many musicians took to Twitter to express their condolences. Here's a sampling:
· Corey Taylor: "My friend Chi passed away. My heart goes out to his family, and to my friends in Deftones. This is indeed a sad day."
· Slash: "Just heard that Chi from the Deftones passed away. That's really sad news. I didn't really know him. But he was an awesome bass player. RIP."
· Nickelback: "Chi was an amazing bassist and human being, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He will be deeply missed."
· Shinedown: "God Bless you Chi Cheng for you made the world beautiful with your songs. You inspire us forever... Rest in Peace."
· David Draiman: "RIP Chi Cheng of Deftones. You Harbored a Sweet Brilliance and will be remembered and loved."
· System of a Down's Shavo Odadjian: "R.I.P. to my brother Chi Cheng. Words cant describe how I feel right now. My condolences to his family."
· Nonpoint: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Chi Cheng. RIP brother, see you on the other side."
Marilyn Manson has himself an unlikely duet partner -- Avril Lavigne. Manson sings with Lavigne -- and future wife of Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger -- on "Bad Girl" on her as-yet-untitled album that's due out later this year. The album features a few songs co-written by Kroeger and Lavigne. Source:Billboard
Metallica are the latest band to have a pinball machine inspired by their catalog.
The Stern Pinball company has teamed up with the band for the game, which will feature such songs as "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Fuel," "Master of Puppets," "Sad but True," "Enter Sandman" and more as players hit the flippers. The machine is expected out later this year. KISS was the first rock band to have a widely popular pinball game, which was launched in 1978.
Check out a trailer promoting Metallica pinball below.
Our first choice for the Top 10 Cowbell Songs had to involve a dynamite drummer like John Bonham, who pummeled that big-ass white whale into shape with his trusty cowbell. Although, considering how rarely Bonham returned to it in later years, with Led Zeppelin perhaps he rode the little sucker so hard that it breathed its last on ‘Moby Dick.’
9. "Rock And Roll, Hoochie Coo" Rick Derringer
From: ‘All American Boy’ (1974)
As Rick Derringer’s 'Rock and Roll, Hoochie Coo' made all too obvious, cowbells can be downright...SEXY! That's right, we said 'sexy.' Or is that sexual? Well, naughty at the very least. Is it any coincidence Derringer never equaled his biggest hit in the years that followed by failing to heed his own advice? That’s right…not enough cowbell.
8.'Born on the Bayou'
Creedence Clearwater Revival
From: ‘Bayou Country’ (1969)CCR's greatest musical feat – besides crafting a vast catalog of absolutely timeless songs, of course – was fooling so many people into thinking they were roughneck southern boys, when in fact they hailed from Northern California; so you surely have to credit the 'rural,' qualities of the cowbell for making songs like 'Born on the Bayou' sound so convincingly ‘suvvern.’
7.'Fool for the City'
From: 'Fool for the City' (1975)
Now, Foghat weren't even American by birth (British lads, one and all), and yet their mastery of the blues rock idiom ensured most folks simply assumed they were raised on a cotton farm. Not by accident, the group’s natural affinity for the cowbell left no room for suspicion – even when applied to an urban hymn like 'Fool for the City.'
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
From: ‘Are You Experienced?’ (1967)
In Mitch Mitchell, the Jimi Hendrix Experience possessed one of rock's most versatile percussionists; a secret weapon able to weave exotic jazz techniques into the power trio's otherworldly material. But even a sophisticate such as Mitchell could appreciate the emphatic 'bong' of a cowbell, as exemplified by 'Stone Free' -- a mandatory entry in our Top 10 Cowbell Songs list.
From: ‘Why Can’t We Be Friends?’ (1975)
Perhaps no song has featured the cowbell quite as prominently as War's cheeky ode to Chicano hot rod culture, 'Low Rider' – check it and see. Nor have there been many other songs to introduce the instrument to a wider variety of listener given the band's incomparable cross-genre appeal throughout a career dabbling in rock, funk, R&B, jazz and, yes, Latin music.
4.'Hair of the Dog'
From: 'Hair of the Dog' (1975)
Talk about mandatory: Scottish hard rockers Nazareth were clearly born to cowbell, if 1975's menacing 'Hair of the Dog' is any indication. Perhaps the band's signature tune, even considering a long career filled with memorable cuts, 'Hair of the Dog' would honestly be nothing without its driving cowbell, which is wielded like a lead instrument from start to finish.
3.'Don't Fear the Reaper'
Blue Oyster Cult
From: ‘Agents of Fortune’ (1976)
How could we omit the song most responsible for reintroducing the cowbell into the mainstream vernacular (via that famous SNL skit mentioned above) and, by extension, motivating this list of the Top 10 Cowbell Songs? Sure, Blue Oyster Cult's morbid love song, 'Don't Fear the Reaper,' was already a classic rock staple, but it didn't achieve cultural ubiquity until Will Ferrell and company had their way with it.
2. 'We're an American Band'
Grand Funk Railroad
From: 'We're an American Band' (1973)
As American as baseball and apple pie (and assault weapons), Grand Funk Railroad seemed like an unstoppable force around the time they unveiled this, one of their signature tunes. Produced by Todd Rundgren (no stranger to cowbells, as his own song, 'Heavy Metal Kids,’ will attest), 'We're an American Band' needs no further description – just let the cowbell do the talking.
'Honky Tonk Women'
The Rolling Stones
From: 'Honky Tonk Women' Single (1969)
When you're dealing with a task as challenging as choosing the number one cowbell song in existence, the only relatively safe course of action is reaching for the heavens – here represented by the world's greatest rock and roll band, The Rolling Stones. And how can you go wrong with perhaps the raunchiest song ever written, "Honky Tonk Women,' even though the prevalent cowbell heard throughout was allegedly banged, not by Charlie Watts, but the song’s producer, Jimmy Miller – clearly a man not afraid to tell a band when they need “MORE COWBELL!”
The first single from the new Queens of the Stone Age album is streaming on the band's website.
The band debuted "My God Is the Sun" during its appearance at Lollapalooza Brazil late last month. Their new album, Like Clockwork, will be released on June 4th. Fans who pre-order it through iTunes will get an immediate download of "My God Is the Sun."
Metallica's Robert Trujillo is reuniting an old supergoup for the Orion Music and More Festival.
The original lineup of Infectious Grooves -- featuring Trujillo, Mike Muir and Dean Pleasants of Suicidal Tendencies, and Stephen Perkins of Jane's Addiction -- will reunite at the festival, which takes place June 8th and 9th in Detroit. Joining the band at the show will be ex-Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin, who's filling in for original guitarist Adam Siegel.
Check out a video from Trujillo about the history of Infectious Grooves.
Photos of Jim Morrison taken just before his death in 1971 showed that he had put on a few pounds, and now, 42 years later, we find out that that was OK with him.
In a recently unearthed 1969 interview, he says he liked when he was heavy. "I felt like a large mammal. A big beast. When I'd move through the corridors [at college] or across the lawn, I just felt like I could knock anybody out of my way, you know. I was solid, man. It's terrible to be thin and wispy because, you know, you could get knocked over by a strong wind or something. Fat is beautiful."
1. Bing Crosby “Ol’ Man River” Bing was born in Tacoma one of the richest musicians of all time!
Bing Crosby: $550 million
The man who sang “I Haven’t Time to Be A Millionaire” was incredibly wealthy. Crosby ranked among the 10 richest Americans in the 1930s—before he sang “White Christmas” and became one of the biggest movie stars of the ‘40s. His Bing Crosby Enterprises was the first pop artist entertainment empire, with properties ranging from television stations to Ampex magnetic tape technology to horse tracks.
2.Foo Fighters "Aurora"
"Aurora" is about questioning the meaning of life. Dave Grohl described song as a "nostalgic look back at Seattle and the life I once had". The song is also inspired by the death of Dave Grohl's grandmother.
Dave Grohl tagged the side of the tower records on QA which is now Silver Platters.
One of Ann And Nancy's first preformances was at their family church in Bellevue. Later at a Youth Day event at their church, the duo chose to sing "The Great Mandella (The Wheel of Life)," by Peter, Paul and Mary, Elvis Presley's "Crying in the Chapel," and The Doors' "When the Music's Over". The anti-war sentiment, and the irreverence for the venue in some of the lyrics, offended a number of people. By time they finished, more than half had walked out. Nancy felt some guilt over the event, but "it lit a bonfire under us because we saw for the first time that what we did on stage could have an impact on an audience.
4. Quincy Jones produced Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall” “Don’t Stop Till Ya Get Enough”. Quincy attended Garfeild High School.
It was also in Seattle that Jones, 14, first met a 17-year-old Ray Charles.
5. Sir Mix A Lot/Metal Church Collaboration “Iron Man”
Seattle rapper Anthony Ray, a.k.a. Sir Mix-A-Lot, recently spoke to The Onion A.V. Club about his collaboration with METAL CHURCH on the track "Iron Man" (based on the BLACK SABBATH song of the same name) from his 1988 album "Swass". "In retrospect, I really don't like that song, and I'm very honest about why: It was an obvious attempt at trying to capitalize on what RUN-D.M.C. was doing," he said. "When things are that obvious, they're kind of cheesy, and I wish I hadn't done it. But you learn from it. I love rock, though. Now more so than then. I'm going to do a rock album, but it won't be that kind of sh*t. It'll be a rock-remix album.
Asked if his version of "Iron Man" was one of the first rap-rock songsafter the AEROSMITH/RUN-D.M.C. collaboration on "Walk This Way", he said, "It was. [RUN-D.M.C.'s] 'King Of Rock' was a big deal, but I wanted to do something harder, metal stuff. I love heavy metal, hard sh*t. I'm the guy you see at Ozzfest. I wanted to do something a lot harder, but at that time, I think it was a little disrespectful to hip-hop, and a little disrespectful to rock. RUN-D.M.C. could do it, but I don't think anybody else at that time should have been doing it."
6. Nirvana "Breed"
The bands Nevermind cd release at the ReBar. Kurt and Krist were booted for bringing booze into the venue. And getting too drunk.
7. Duff Mckagan “We Win”
Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver & Guns N' Roses) has been known to use a white bass with "Solger" written in black marker across it to show his support for his long-time friend Paul Solger and his battle with cancer.
Solger was considered by many as the first hardcore punk band in Seattle. The name Solger was a misspelling of Soldier, coming from their anti-draft song Dead Soldier. Their five song self-titled 7" record and its super lo-fi sound become a collector’s item, as well as setting the standard for comparison by other lo-fi punk recordings worldwide.
Paul Dana (guitar), also known as Paul Solger, started the band after meeting Kyle Nixon (vocals) in May 1980. The rhythm section on the Solger EP was Doug Rockness on bass and Seattle based multi-instrumentalist Tor Midtskog (later of Seattle's Colour Twigs, Nightcaps and currently MoonSpinners) on drums.
After leaving Solger, Paul joined up with the Fartz. He then started The Fags with Upchuck, he played with Ten Minute Warning a few years later.
8. The Sonics "The Witch"
The Sonics were scouted by Buck Ormsby, bassist for popular Northwest band the Wailers, and signed to the Wailers' own label, Etiquette Records. The first single they cut was "The Witch" (with Little Richard's "Keep A-Knockin'" as the B-side), in November 1964. The record was immensely popular with local kids, and went on to become the biggest selling local single in the history of the Northwest, despite its radio airplay being restricted because of its bizarre subject matter.
Buck Ormsby continues to manage them to this day!
What do Macklemore and Quincy Jones have in common? They both went to Garfield High Shool.
First hot 100 #1 one song to come outta Seattle since Sir Mix A Lot’s “Baby Got Back”.
10. Nevermore “Seven Tongues Of God”
Nevermore started in the beginning of the 1990s, when the band Sanctuary was pressured by its recording label to change its musical style, switching from heavy metal to grunge, which was obtaining mainstream success at the time due to bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam (both, incidentally, also from Seattle). Two members of the band – vocalist Warrel Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard — didn't agree with the change, and thus proceeded to create a project of their own: Nevermore.
He was auditioned for Megadeth (during the So Far, So Good...So What! era) at the age of 16, after their lead guitarist Jeff Young was fired from the band. After they played a few songs together, Dave Mustaine, the band's frontman and other lead guitarist, thanked Loomis and told him that one day he would become a great guitar player, but because of his age he was not right for the position. Jeff Loomis saw Cacophony on tour, and told Marty Friedman, who became very interested, about the audition. Marty tried out for the position and joined the band in 1989. In 2005, Loomis would then share the stage with Megadeth, as the lead guitarist for Nevermore as part of Mustaine's Gigantour festival. Jeff began to work on his solo album "Zero Order Phase". At this time Megadeth were having tryouts for a new guitarist once again and invited Jeff to join them. Jeff turned the band down in order to keep working on his solo album. Coincidentally, Loomis' co-guitarist in Nevermore, Chris Broderick, auditioned for Megadeth and was given the part.
And no this has nothing to do with April fool’s day!
The Smoking Gun has dug out a copy of Metallica's 1983 tour rider.
The one-page document stipulates that the band should be provided with a case of beer, and that a deli tray, a case of soda and other beverages had to be split with their tourmates Raven. The rider also says that when possible, each band should get its own dressing room. If not, "one capable of accommodating 15 people will be provided."
The Smoking Gun also obtained a contract for a 1983 concert that calls for Metallica to be paid $625 up front and the same amount on the day of the show.