Your choice for the hardest song to sing at a Karaoke Bar? Mine is "Along Comes Mary."

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Sep 2, 2019.

  1. Andy Saunders

    Andy Saunders Forum Resident

    Try the guitar part...…….:yikes::)
  2. Blue Cactus

    Blue Cactus Forum Resident

    Without question, for me it's this one from The Friends Of Distinction (1969.)

  3. The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku would be difficult I think.

  4. Jimmy B.

    Jimmy B. A music lover who worships no musicians.

    Yeah I never did it either. No WAY.
  5. m20gull

    m20gull Forum Resident

    Hardest for me was “Three coins in a fountain” as I had never heard the song before when given it at random at 4a.m. in a marquee at Le Mans 24h. And yes, I was as sober as that scenario suggests.

    Another toughie was the full “American Pie”. I mean, how often have you heard it?
  6. RSteven

    RSteven Forum Resident

    Brookings, Oregon
    Richard Harris's MacArthur Park. The first problem is your taking up a lot of time with this song as even the shorter karaoke versions are over four minutes long at the very least and sometimes as long as seven or eight minutes. This pisses the other singers off by itself, and then you have the ridiculously hard notes at the end of the chorus. I have tried it a few times, but not in a while. It is best to be avoided at all costs.
  7. Evethingandnothing

    Evethingandnothing Forum Resident

    Something by Mariah Carey where she does that high pitched radio frequency stuff. I don't think I could karaoke that too convincingly.
  8. Electric Sydney

    Electric Sydney Forum Resident

    Scarsdale, NY
    Try having your band cover it! Everyone has a couple jobs to do.
  9. Hammerpeg

    Hammerpeg Forum Resident

    Manitoba, Canada
    "Bohemian Rhapsody" was the hardest one I ever attempted. The last verse and chorus of "The Freshmen" by the Verve Pipe was tricky, too. I used to sing "American Pie" regularly, and pretty well, I think, but I could never nail the way the word "fast" is stretched out leading into the line about landing foul on the grass.
  10. O Don Piano

    O Don Piano Forum Resident

    I sang Along Comes Mary in my first pro band.
    I didn’t have the luxury of having the lyrics on a screen in front of me! I had to memorize them!
    The phrasing is really odd. Ya gotta breathe just right! I learned them from the back cover of Association’s Greatest Hits.

    That was 1984. I still remember the lyrics.......
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  11. sjsanford

    sjsanford Forum Resident

    My experience many many years ago...

    “Born in the USA”... seemed like a great choice in theory... 4 word chorus, right? Gotta be easy!

    Well... the first two words of the first verse “Born down” come out of your mouth over the speakers and you instantly realize how terrible your own voice sounds and how absolutely amazing and incomparable Bruce’s is... dead stop there. Then trying to recover and realizing the verse seems deceptively simple but is actually sung rather fast with lots of words packed in.

    Deer in headlights waiting for the chorus to start...
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  12. dsdu

    dsdu Forum Resident

    Santa Cruz, CA
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  13. kaztor

    kaztor Music is the Best

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  14. WithinYourReach

    WithinYourReach Resident Millennial

    Austin, TX
    Anything by Journey or Guns N' Roses. Unique voices that are hard to match note for note, especially when you get wayyyyy up there.

    Of course you'd never catch me walking into a karaoke bar. :shake:

    Only if you sing it like this. :D

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  15. Mark B.

    Mark B. Forum Resident

    Concord, NC
    Never tried it, but I would think "Tempted" by Squeeze would be a tough one to do well. The melody is very nuanced, plus that second verse gives a line to every vocalist in the band. Wouldn't be easy.
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  16. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host Thread Starter

    Reopening by request
  17. Jamey K

    Jamey K Internet Sensation

    MacArthur Park
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  18. OmIsWhereTheHeartIs

    OmIsWhereTheHeartIs Swollen Member

    Against The Wind

    It's deceptively hard.

    Desperado as well.
  19. OmIsWhereTheHeartIs

    OmIsWhereTheHeartIs Swollen Member

    Wait some karaoke buff found this thread two years later and felt compelled to ask for it to be reopened in order to chime in? That is random and odd and I want to be their friend.
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  20. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Hello It’s Me. :D
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  21. rkt88

    rkt88 The unknown soldier

    malibu ca
    "let's stay together" - al green.

    i've lost my falsetto.
  22. rkt88

    rkt88 The unknown soldier

    malibu ca
    that's juice, right?! lol
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  23. OmIsWhereTheHeartIs

    OmIsWhereTheHeartIs Swollen Member

    Hi I'm Om. Want to be friends?
  24. fuse999

    fuse999 Forum Resident

    Urszula Dudziak - Papaya (1975) I've seen more than a few disco divas audition for the band and fail miserably with this song. It's one thing to sing along, but quite another to carry the song by yourself.
  25. MothMonsterMan

    MothMonsterMan I am a moth who just wants to eat your flag

    Tampa, FL USA
    Well, isn't that ironic. Or not. Depending on your grasp of the meaning of the word ironic; which, clearly, not everyone has.
    Really? Neither song really ventures out of mid range, is particularly fast tempo, or overly verbose.
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