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I hardly know a parent in my circle who doesn't confess to the guilty pleasure that is karaoke. Oh admit it--there's nothing more fun than a private room with a few friends on babysitter night, a couple of hot mics, and a few bottles of...well, something that gets you more willing to belt out Bon Jovi than you might have been earlier that day.
As for me, I actually grew an appreciation of karaoke a little later than most, probably because as a former music therapist, my everyday existence was kind of like a karaoke bar. (Well, except the booze was replaced by sippy cups and the audience was a bunch of adorable children who were mildly entertained by my skippy rendition of "Wheels on the Bus.")
Since then I've done my fair share of singing (with the blackmail photos to prove it) and in that time I've developed a knack for playing DJ with my friends, and picking the best karaoke song for any situation. In fact, I'm a firm believer that, like a bangin' little black dress and a pair of great heels, every woman should have at least one go-to karaoke song in her repertoire.
The following are just a shortlist of my picks for best karaoke songs for any person, for any situation.
Best karaoke song to get the party started Wake Me Up Before you Go-Go, Wham Runner Up: ABC, Jackson Five
Best karaoke song for showing off the rapping skills Ice Ice Baby, Vanilla Ice Runner Up: Whatta Man, Salt + Pepa
Best group karaoke song for when there are no men around Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Cindy Lauper Runner Up: It's Raining Men, The Weathergirls
Best karoke song to sing when you're hugely pregnant and I would know Papa Don't Preach, Madonna Runner Up: Sexual Healing, Marvin Gaye
Best guaranteed crowd pleasing karaoke song Walk this Way, Run DMC Runner Up: Tiny Dancer, Elton John
Best karaoke song if your performance can make up for your lack of singing skills Hit Me Baby One More Time, Britney Spears I'm Too Sexy, Right Said Fred
Best karaoke song to clear the room (helpful if there's a wait) Hotel California, Eagles Runner Up: Sweet Caroline, Neil Diamond
Best male/female karoke duet even if everyone hates you for it Summer Lovin', Grease soundtrack Runner Up: Paradise by the Dashboard Light, Meatloaf
Best karaoke song after a few too many tequilas Pour Some Sugar On Me, Def Leppard
Runner Up: Livin on a Prayer, Bon Jovi
Best karoke ballad for the closet pro - female Must Have Been Love, Roxette Runner Up: The Rose, Bette Midler
Best karoke ballad for the closet pro - male Runner Up: Every Rose Has its Thorn, Poison Runner Up: Crazy, Aerosmith
Best karoke song to get the whole crowd singing Don't Stop Believing, Journey Runner Up: Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd
Best karaoke song to force your normally shy husband to singBaby Got Back, Sir Mixalot Runner Up: Anything by Prince
Best karoke song to start winding things down Total Eclipse of the Heart, Bonnie Tyler Runner Up: Sister Christian, Night Ranger
Best karoke song if you really don't care how badly you're going to butcher it Sweet Child of Mine, Guns and Roses Runner Up: Wanted Dead or Alive, Bon Jovi
Best karaoke song if you never want a karaoke invitation again My Heart Will Go On, Celine Dion Runner Up (but not by much): Mmm Bop, Hanson
Whatever you pick, just keep in mind that we're living in a time when everyone has a video camera on their smart phones. You get my drift. -Kristen (with help from Liz)
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