Embarrassing, yet essential: the Karaoke List

I have a karaoke list. And in case you’re wondering, yes I am Filipino. I’m just going to clear it up right now, there’s a reason it’s a stereotype, we cannot get enough of karaoke.

Now, this ain’t yo mama’s list of oldies-but-goodies. These are my tried-and-true babies, in no particular order (except maybe the first one :D). This is a well-vetted, heavily curated list that a) has stood the test of time, b) ranges in energy level and mood, from party-starting to roof-raising to casbah-rocking to b%*&#-and-moan-about-your-ex, and most importantly, c) makes my voice sound good.

  • Black Eyed Peas – Let’s Get It Started   — see what I did there?
  • Rihanna – Please Don’t Stop The Music   — can you say, mama say mama sa mama koosa?
  • Maroon 5 – This Love   — because Adam Levine has a high-enough voice
  • REM – Losing My Religion   — everybody hurts – I mean, hates* – that song, but that’s because it was overplayed!
  • The Killers – Somebody Told Me  — how can you not? Especially with lyrics like “Somebody told me / You had a boyfriend / Who looked like a girlfriend / That I had in February of last year” 
  • Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag   — because I’m from the 90s, dude
  • Michael Jackson – You Are Not Alone   — I even do the yelp after every line
  • Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles   — because at heart, I’m a white girl (sorry, it’s true, especially if you’ve ever seen White Chicks)
  • Tracy Chapman – Fast Car   — because I-yii-aii got a feelin’ that I belong
  • Evanescence – Bring Me To Life   — because I want to lose my voice
  • Eminem – Lose Yourself   — see above
  • Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody   — one more time, see above
  • The Cranberries – Dreams   — because You’ve Got Mail brought me here
  • No Doubt – Don’t Speak   — because we’ve all had that relationship
  • Alanis Morissette – You Oughta Know   — I have not had that kind of relationship yet, but it’s a GOOD song
  • Meredith Brooks – Bitch   — speaking of 90s female alt-rock…
  • 4 Non Blondes – What’s Up   — because I say hey-yee-yay-ee-yay-hey-hey
  • John Travolta & Olivia Newton John – Summer Nights   — hey, no judging, you know Grease is the sh**
  • Jody Benson as Ariel – Part Of Your World   — she just wants to be a part of his world, it’s beautiful, okay?!

Honestly, I could just go on and on, but I’m going to stop while I’m ahead. I had way too much fun creating this post!

DAY 2 ASSIGNMENT: Write a List

Today, write your own list on one of these topics:

  • Things I Like
  • Things I’ve Learned
  • Things I Wish

There are no rules, though it might help to decide in advance how many items you’d like to include, or set a timer, so you have boundaries within which to work. For example, a list of 10 or 25 or 50 (or more!) items, or intervals of 15, 30, or 60 minutes are appropriate.


11 thoughts on “Embarrassing, yet essential: the Karaoke List

      1. It’s 23:55 here. Assignments show up around 2:00 a.m. I will lie in bed and try to sleep and if I’m lucky I will have at least two hours of rest before tackling the task. Or I will be doing it tomorrow afternoon like today.


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