Karaoke is an extremely popular pastime for both shower singers and expert vocalists. On any given night, you get people who are beyond terrible and those who are really, really good. Even for those latter folk, the proceeding songs are a deathtrap. Some might even say, a suicide rap. Better get out while you’re young…and avoid the ALL-TIME WORST 10 KARAOKE CHOICES!
10. Any rap song
I’ve heard countless individuals, some extremely talented, try rap songs at karaoke night and it never sounds quite right. The problem usually is that it’s really difficult to imitate a rapper’s individual rhythm and flow. So, might wanna veer away from any rap selections at your next happy hour.
9. Queen-“Bohemian Rhapsody”
I’ve seen people do this one and do it well. That’s not say that “Bohemian Rhapsody” is by any means easy, but it can be done by someone with some serious pipes. To capture the essence of the song, you need a bit of Broadway or the opera in your voice. If you have that, you’ve got a chance.
8. R.E.M.-“It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”
A decent number of folks can do “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” but taking on this R.E.M. song is a bridge too far. While Joel’s song has a fairly consistent tempo, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” is all over the place, including several stretches that fly by at light speed. Good luck, if you give it a go.
7. Aerosmith-“Dream On”
At first glance, this one doesn’t seem so bad. But when you consider those ridiculously high, screeching notes at the end, there’s big trouble in River City. Unless you’re Steven Tyler, you likely have no chance at belting this one out without some serious boos.
6. Whitney Houston-“I Will Always Love You”
This one can be done…but it takes some serious chops to do it. The biggest issue is the incredibly high notes, which only a select few can hit without sounding like a beaver in heat. If you’ve got that, then you can do this song.
There’s only one Brian Johnson…and you are not him. With such a unique voice, any AC/DC hit from the Johnson-era should be off-limits, unless you enjoy looking like a fool. …But at least, you’ve still got “Big Balls.”
4. Heart-“Crazy On You”
You can’t really do this one justice without attempting to mimic Ann Wilson’s unique pipes. That’s the major hurdle, as Wilson can hit crazy high notes with very little effort, something most ordinary humans cannot do. Extreme caution should be taken with any Heart song, unless you have masochistic tendencies.
The problem with doing an Adele song is that you have to navigate tricky note transitions. The major drawback for most of us, is that we don’t have the singer’s extraordinary range. Her inflections make things problematic too. So, best not to mess with this stuff during karaoke night.
2. Janis Joplin-“Piece of My Heart”
Joplin has one of the most original voices in rock history. Her raw, gritty tone is nearly impossible to imitate, even for talented singers. Doing the song in any other way though, would make it fall pretty flat. Best not to try this one.
1. Led Zeppelin-“Immigrant Song”
Just listen to the intro of “Immigrant Song,” and then tell me that you’ve got a fighting chance. If you get past that, the song is actually manageable, but the frantic tempo would still be quite the obstacle. There’s a reason you don’t even hear this one on singing contest shows like American Idol or The Voice…it’s that freaking hard!
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