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Anyone who's ever caught a glimpse of The X Factor in the last nine years knows that just about anyone can get away with getting up onstage and having a sing song these days. Whether you're letting your hair down in a power ballad-fuelled bender, or just having a loud night in with the X Box, here's a list of my personal favourites to get your audience going.
10) Lionel Richie & Diana Ross- Endless Love
There's no better way to beat first time karaoke nerves than duetting with a mate, so here's the first of a few duets to make the list. Perfect for nauseatingly-enamoured couples of just a couple of bros who want to show each other that you mean the world to me, this power ballad classic boasts the perfect blend of high and low notes.
9) The Human League- Don't You Want Me Baby?
Perhaps the most memorable duet of the 80s and quite possibly the very epitome of synthesiser-inspired genius, The Human League's Don't You Want Me Baby firmly cements the male and female roles and provides an ample platform for dance moves (think shaking your toosh while working as a waitress in a cocktail bar.)
8) Elton John & Kiki Dee- Don't Go Breaking My Heart
If the Human League was the duet of the 80s, then without a doubt this Elton John classic was the duet of the 70s. First-time performers can't go wrong with the effortless back and forth of the male and female leads, and the heartfelt subject matter is enough to pull on the heartstrings of every p****d punter. It's light-hearted enough and not too strenuous on the vocals, so there's no excuse not to give this one a go.
7) Robbie Williams- Angels
And through it aaallllll... kicking off the first of the solo karaoke classics, Robbie Williams earns himself a very well-deserved seventh place with his unforgettable 90s ballad. More seasoned karaokers/trained singers can give this one a go, but it's always a tense moment when the infamous all approaches...done right however, this tune can really strike a chord, and even if it's done wrong, there's always the bonus that it's downright hilarious.
6) Celine Dion- My Heart Will Go On (Theme from Titanic)
It would appear the mid to late 90s was an epic revival period for the classic power ballad, and thanks to the advent of James Cameron's Titanic, Celine Dion has been annoying music fans for fifteen years. Karaoke fans, however, doubtless aided by alcohol, will find any punter's valiant attempts to hit the final forever this way both heart-wrenching and emotional.
5) Bonnie Tyler- Total Eclipse Of The Heart
Many remember 80s legend Bonnie Tyler for her peculiar music videos and unrelenting perm – but who could forget the seven minutes of pure power ballad genius that was Total Eclipse of the Heart? It's controversial as to whether the backing track will sing the infamous 'turn arounds' or if it's a task you should take on yourself, but either way, it's a karaoke classic that's sure to have the crowd waving their lighters.
4) Adele- Someone Like You
Karaoke doesn't have to be all about the 80s – whiny heartbreak eulogy Someone Like You is definitely one that will satisfy all audiences. Just make sure there aren't any true Adele fanatics in the house, or you might just get penalised for not being able to belt out a note quite as well as our buxom beauty.
3) Whitney Houston- I Will Always Love You
Technically, it's by Dolly Parton, but this early-90s revival has the added glamour of a perfectly-timed whack of a drum combined with Whitney's belter of a voice. Once again, this addition has echoes of #7, this time with the infamous IIIIII rather than all, but if you save it for the end of the night when everybody's had a few drinks, nobody will accuse you of murdering cats.
2) Journey- Don't Stop Believing
It's hard to believe this didn't even make the top ten back in 1981, but thanks to the overwhelming power of Glee, this screechy classic has wormed its way back into popularity. It may be overplayed and only have one memorable chorus, but it's enough of an epic finale to win you the respect of all your stage fright-ridden mates for all eternity.
1) Queen- Bohemian Rhapsody
Magnifico! This unforgettable classic can be sung solo or as a group – combining slow melodies and moments of pure epic rock, it really doesn't matter if you're Brian May or Brian Blessed, this rock masterpiece will charm even the most stubborn of music fans and is sure to get everybody singing along. Happy singing!
What happened to that good old Cold Chisel fave Khe San??? Anybody who grew up in the 70's & 80"s has this as must have karoake song. Also Am I ever gonna see your face again? is another karoake classic.
Child of the great 70's/80's
Argh, please don't encourage people to sing My Heart Will Go On. *shudders*
Great article, though. I always have a mental blank when I try and think of a good song to sing. I second the suggestion of some Cold Chisel. Also, if you sing Eagle Rock you might get to observe the Eagle Rock Tradition.