11 Most Overdone Karaoke Songs You Should Never Sing - Page 2

Michael D'Alimonte
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5Baby Got Back - Sir Mix A Lot

White boys everywhere flock to Baby Got Back, and it's a problem. Maybe they're trying to tell everyone that they too love big booty'd women, or they're just trying to establish some cool-cred by karaoke'ing a rap song. Well, if you want to seem h-core, a Sir Mix A Lot song is not the way to go, and if you're going to do ANY rap track, you need to know all the words. What usually happens when a white boy (or almost anyone, for that matter) gets up to do Baby Got Back, you just hear a mumble through the verses, followed by a loud "Baby Got Back!" once the chorus hits. Study the lyrics, then come back and try again.

4I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

Somehow, every single woman (and more than a few men) in North America know all the words to Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive. Thus, they feel safe in performing the track any time a microphone is presented. No hate towards I Will Survive here, it's a great song, the only thing is, drunk women (and again, a lot of men too) feel the need to get super fempower when singing the song. Showcasing your independent womanhood while drunkenly singing a late 70s disco tune doesn't really fit, especially when your vocal skills aren't quite at the level of the lovely Gloria.

3Journey - Don't Stop Believin'

Blame Family Guy, blame Glee, blame Journey themselves, but no matter who you point fault to, you will not escape Don't Stop Believin' if you go to a karaoke bar. No matter what you do, there will always be that one person who thinks "oh i don't know what to sing. I'll just choose something everyone knows and loves already." Somehow, that person's mind goes to Don't Stop Believin' every single time. The first twenty times you heard this song it was kind of fun, now it's just utterly annoying. The only saving grace is that no matter what, everyone in the bar will begin singing along, thus drowning out the performer. Unfortunately, this emphatic sing-along only cements the belief in the singer (and everyone else present) that "everyone loves Don't Stop Believin'" It's a vicious cycle that must be put to an end.

2Grease - Summer Nights

Duets are fairly common at a karaoke spot, allowing those who are a bit too shy to go solo to be backed up by their boo/bestie. Unfortunately, there aren't too many solid duet songs, so the same ones tend to get recycled ALL the time. Case in point: Summer Nights, from the classic musical Grease. A rendition of Summer Nights wouldn't be so bad if any of the males who ever karaoke'd the song were half as swag-tastic as late 70's Travolta, or if the ladies performing had any of the vocal talent (or adorable-ness) of Olivia Newton John. Then there's the fact that we've all heard Summer Nights since we were literal infants, and when you already have a film rendition committed to memory, you don't need a sloppy karaoke duo ruining the classic.

1SexyBack - Justin Timberlake

In my opinion, not even JT himself has the amount of sex appeal he tries to claim ownership of in SexyBack, so in reality, what chance do you have of living up to the claims made in the song? That's right, none. In most cases, the fellas who perform SexyBack (and there are quite a few) don't bring anything back in, they tend to usher out any marginally sexy thoughts right out the back door. Worst of all, SexyBack is generally accompanied by incredibly bad JT-esque dance moves performed by guys who only think they can dance when they're drunk. Sorry boys, but it's the same as when you're sober: you can't dance and you should never even try to bring sexy back.

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