As Christmas looms, so does party season and for some people that means only one thing – obligatory karaoke. There’s nowhere to hide: family gatherings, office parties, even catching up with friends at the local can lead to wobbly renditions of beloved pop songs. We all have a signature karaoke track – a tried and tested song that never fails to bring the house down year after year. But how original is your pick of the bunch?
1. Waterloo by Abba
The Eurovision winner in 1974, Abba’s seminal Waterloo is the number one favourite karaoke pick for Brits. It’s a kitsch track with a bright and lively melody, perfect for warming up a tough crowd.
2. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
A complex track best suited to karaoke veterans, Bohemian Rhapsody is a demanding belter. It’s the third best-selling single of all time in the UK, which makes it a guaranteed crowd pleaser. It has no chorus, some almost impossibly fast-paced sections and finishes with a wild instrumental rock finale.
3. My Way by Frank Sinatra
One for the crooners! My Way, most famously sung by Frank Sinatra, is one of the most covered songs of all time. There are dozens of different versions, including renditions by Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Robbie Williams and Elvis.
4. I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
Of course I Will Survive has to be in the top five. The quintessential karaoke track, everyone from Miss Piggy to the cast of Glee has given it a whirl. It’s a powerful, life-affirming anthem – but expect a few groans from karaoke regulars if you can’t hit the high notes.
5. Dancing Queen by Abba
The disco classic Dancing Queen grooves in at number five. It’s a great one for novice karaoke singers to perform as a duet. As well as enjoying a bit of moral support on stage, the simple chorus is fun to laugh along to together as you bring the 1970s back to life.
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Guest post by Catherine M.