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. HorseyAnn

    HorseyAnn Equine-loving rhyme-artist

    I'm very good at being spontaneous. Rehearsing does make it easier though.
  2. parkgrover

    parkgrover Forum Resident

    This town ain’t big enough for the both of us - Sparks
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  3. I like God Save the Queen.

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  4. HorseyAnn

    HorseyAnn Equine-loving rhyme-artist

    & I like the old, unofficial Scottish national anthem (Scotland the Brave) best especially when accompanied by bagpipes. I just love the sound of bagpipes. They're my favourite instrument.
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  5. hi_watt

    hi_watt The Road Warrior

    San Diego, CA
    Heart: Magic Man
  6. DBMartin

    DBMartin Forum Resident

    The Netherlands
    Unchained Melody - whether it's The Righteous Brothers, Elvis, or Roy Orbison, those are some hard vocals to match!
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  7. Plan9

    Plan9 Mastering Engineer

    Toulouse, France
    Any Sparks songs really, unless falsetto is a way of a life for you
  8. RSteven

    RSteven Forum Resident

    Brookings, Oregon
    You beat me to the punch my friend. I have tried that Elvis version a few times, but I have to be fully warmed up and with a great sound system to even want to sing it at Karaoke. I use to be able to sing a pretty decent cover of Roy Orbison's Running Scared, but I'm not sure I have the upper range I use to have to attempt that one again. Elvis's version of Hurt is a real tough one as well. I have only tried that one a few times and usually when I was just amongst friends, Lol.
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  9. mr. steak

    mr. steak Forum Resident

    tempe az
    I picked "One" waiting for the 3 Dog Night version to start. I was ready to belt and groove. The karaoke guy pulled up the (in the style of) Harry Nilsson version instead. Couldn't figure out the key for one since I had 3 Dog Night in my head. I gave up halfway through and asked the guy to stop the song.

    Doing "Back in the New York Groove" I dropped the mic and walked away during the end/fade out. Singing the title at least 10 times in a row was enough for me even though the song didn't seem close to finishing.
  10. chrisblower

    chrisblower Forum Resident

    Autumn Almanac - brilliant, but it goes all over the place.
  11. Plano

    Plano If you like moderation you’ll love excess

    Half Moon Bay, CA
    If you want to simultaneously embarrass yourself while demonstrating what a good a singer John Lennon was, try ‘I Should Have Known Better’.

    Sorry, all incriminating evidence has been ruthlessly suppressed.
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  12. DBMartin

    DBMartin Forum Resident

    The Netherlands
    Yes my friend, those are some tough songs to sing, as they all end on high notes that are just beyond the range of most guys... And even if you do hit them, they will rarely sound as big and operatic as they should
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  13. classicrockguy

    classicrockguy Forum Resident

    Livingston NJ
    Just try to get through this one, especially the sped up second half. Jim Dale himself barely makes it through haha

    "Museum Song" from the musical "Barnum"

  14. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Central PA
    The thread title caught me today. What kind of a scapegoat sets himself up to sing a song people know from a group singing in unison. I wouldn't even attempt it; I don't care how "clappable" it is.

    I usually make a short-list of esoteric songs I like but I never hear anybody choose for karaoke. I have a high range that lets me choose songs altos might sing, and stay comfortable. I stay away from songs guys might need falsetto for, in case the beer and the smoke in a bar, make that trick suddenly impossible for me; my falsetto isn't all that good even on a strong day. I've had people suggest songs for me to sing that start comfortably, but they know I'm gonna be in trouble midway through and I never take the bait.

    But a song a whole crowd can recognize, but the karaoke deejay tells me, "wow, I've never heard anybody ask for that one before", is my win-win.
  15. speedracer

    speedracer Forum Resident

    Don't know the song, but a Chinese pop song at a Karaoke in Taiwan. A table of drunk Taiwanese I had befriended made me take the mic. Chinese lyrics, chinese words, I don't speak any Chinese. I just sort of howled along trying to hit the consonants and vowels as they came up, to the melody which was very predictable. They loved it, nobody mocked me, genuine compliments after . . . surreal. But a lot of fun.
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  16. John54

    John54 Senior Member

    Burlington, ON
    I've never tried karaoke; I've often thought my go-to song might be Rhythm of the Rain by the Cascades, which is fairly accessible (assuming I could remember all the words -- I've heard it enough in my life that it shouldn't be a problem).

    I like to think that on a very good day I might hit the full range of notes in Blue Angel by Roy Orbison, but I'm probably kidding myself.

    If the motormouth delivery of Along Comes Mary is a problem, then Life is a Rock by Reunion or Obscurity Knocks by the Trash Can Sinatras isn't going to be your friend either.

    If you can't cover the range, you might not want to try Two Faces Have I by Lou Christie or (LOL) Martian Hop by the Ran-Dells ...
  17. HaileyMcComet

    HaileyMcComet Forum Resident

    The patrons at a typical Taiwan KTV admire enthusiasm more than anything else. Give it your all and you are a star, no matter how questionable it sounds. My roommate and I have a combined 50 years of singing professionally on our CVs, but the people who can't sing their way out of a furnace get just as many applause, as long as they perform with gusto.
  18. Scotian

    Scotian Amnesia Hazed

    When you have to sing Simon & Garfunkel in order to leave purgatory/afterlife & come back to the living.


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