Karaoke For Beginners

I was recently invited to a karaoke party. I have very mixed emotions about doing karaoke, but I think it’s a fun idea nonetheless. On one hand, I’m too shy to sing in front of others while sober, but if you get too drunk, it’s just a mess. The trick is to find both that one song you’re comfortable enough with to sing anywhere, plus that right buzz of alcohol to loosen you up, but not trip you up. Recently I’ve discovered that there are a handful of songs to chose that are perfect for karaoke beginners.

Quite possibly the easiest song to sing for karaoke from the Elvis songbook is, “Hound Dog.” There are two verses to this song and they are as follows:

You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog
Cryin’ all the time. (x2)
Well, you ain’t never caught a rabbit
And you ain’t no friend of mine.

Well they said you was high classed
Well, that was just a lie. (x2)
Yeah, you ain’t never caught a rabbit
And you ain’t no friend of mine.

Those are the only lyrics to the entire song. And the song just repeats itself over and over so if you get it wrong the firs verse or two, you’ll have plenty of chances to get it eventually right!

Another good song for karaoke novices is Ray Charles’, “Hit The Road, Jack.” Except for one or two real verses that you can just wing, the entire song consists of the following lyrics:

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.

There are a lot of “don’t you come back no more’s” in the song, making it approximately 90% of the song’s both filler and lyrics. You might just want to familiarize yourself with the couple of “real” verses though before you chose this one, but if not, it shouldn’t be a real issue.

These are just a couple of songs to chose from to sing, hassle-free. If you’re looking for more ideas, I suggest (at least for me) any early song by The Beatles or Ray Charles because thankfully for you- many of those songs (or music from the early 1960s) rely on repetition of easy-to-sing-and-remember phrases. Good luck singing, everyone!


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