Karaoke Queen

In honor of Brian Raftery's Don't Stop Believin' karaoke tome, K8X weighs in with her own karaoke lists.

Karaoke Queen
by icanhascheezburger.com

I'd have gotten this up sooner, but I've been enjoying some limited online connectivity coupled with some sweet quality time in one of my fave cities o'er the holidays: New Orleans.

Last week, I reviewed Brian Raftery's most excellent ode to the empty orchestra, the ancient Japanese art of karaoke: Don't Stop Believin': How Karaoke Conquered the World and Changed My Life. B.R. lists some lists in the back of the book, and I couldn't wait to weigh in with my own.

25+ Songs I'll Never Find at Karaoke
Monkees     Porpoise Song
CCR     Effigy
Sia     Buttons
Beastie Boys     Cooky Puss
Tubes     White Punks on Dope
Abba     I Am the Tiger
Eagles of Death Metal     Any
Mike Nesmith     Circle Sky
Pete Shelly     Homosapian
Teddy & the Frat Girls     Alophen Baby
KT Tunstall     White Bird and If Only (so sing-songy!)
X Ray Spex     Oh Bondage Up Yours
Plastic Bertrand     Ce Plane Pour Moi
Stranglers     No More Heroes
Joy Division     All of This for You
James Brown     Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto
Velvet Underground     Andy's Chest
Bloodrock     Timothy
Tom Robinson     Glad to Be Gay
Jaggerz     The Rapper
Lou Christie     Lightnin' Strikes
Lena Lovich     Lucky Number and New Toy
Tings Tings     That's Not My Name
James Brown     Funky President
Blowfly     Rap Dirty

22 Songs I'll Never Stop Singing at Karaoke
Paul McCartney     Live & Let Die
U2     Pride (In the Name of Love)
Sweet     Ballroom Blitz
Black Sabbath     War Pigs
Tal Bachman     She's So High
Elton John     Philadelphia Freedom
Jefferson Airplane     White Rabbit
Deep Purple     Highway Star
Eric Burdon & Animals     Spill the Wine
Righteous Brothers     You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
Starbuck     Moonlight Feels Right
Elvis Presley     I Can't Help Falling in Love With You
Temptations     Can't Get Next to You (solo, all parts)
Golden Earring     Radar Love
Kelly Clarkson     Since U Been Gone
Cornelius Brothers     Treat Her Like a Lady
Bruce Springsteen     Born to Run
Tom Jones     What's New Pussycat
Todd Rundgren     I Saw the Light
Joe Tex     I Gotcha
Richard Harris or Donna Summer     MacArthur Park
Paul McCartney     Uncle Albert

Songs I Can't Karaoke Coz They Make Me Cry
Red Foley     Old Shep
Elton John     Daniel
Glen Campbell     Galveston
Glen Campbell     Wichita Lineman
Al Green     Let's Stay Together

My Favorite Karaoke Songs to Sing with Sarah Hepola
Bonnie Tyler     Total Eclipse of the Heart
U2     One
Bon Jovi     Wanted: Dead or Alive

My Favorite Karaoke Song to Sing with Bill Jeffrey
Bee Gees     Nights on Broadway

My Favorite Things to Scream During Karaoke
"Boulevard"
"Motorin'"
"Camel Toe"
(with proper cues, of course)

My Favorite New Thing to Do as a KJ
Rick Roll the audience and see who jumps up to sing Never Gonna Give U Up

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