I need some suggestions to beef up my limited list please. Can anyone suggest some fun happy songs that are easy enough to sing?
House of the Rising Sun
Me & Bobby McGee
The Devil Went Down to Georgia
Anything Jimmy Buffet ever recorded.
Anything Jim Croce ever recorded.
My Dingaling is a fun song to sing. I have found that people will sing along.
And When I Die by Blood, Sweat & Tears is kind of easy (although the flight from the Devil at the end can be a little tricky). Spinning Wheel has no such complications.
What do you say you let us know what’s already on your list? That can give us an idea of your tastes and your tessitura (vocal range).
I did Don’t Fear The Reaper a few years ago, and got my friends to provide the “more cowbell” by hitting their drink glasses with chopsticks.
House of the Rising Sun I’ve done to death unfortunately for all. Something (in the way she moves), Help Me Make it Through The Night, Sweet Caroline, Harvest for the World, Just The Way You Are (I struggle but it gets a laugh), Non, je ne regrette rien are some of the tunes I’ve tortured over the years.
B52’s Love Shack is a great, fun duet
Dead or Alive’s You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) usually gets the bar up and dancing
Stray Cat’s Stray Cat Strut or Rock This Town are upbeat, fun, and not too challenging vocally
Aha’s Take on Me is rather challenging, but is fun even if you suck at it and go at it full steam
Tom Jones’s It’s Not Unusual because hey, it’s Tom Jones!
Righteous Brothers’ You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’, especially if you’re in a Navy town
Thanks, great suggestions. I’m working on a mash-up version of Miss Sarajevo for this week, of course the Pavarotti bit is a little challenging, hopefully no opera fans in the bar that night, I’m changing the lyrics quite a bit and wont be surprised if I’m having to run for cover myself when I’m done.
Off to YouTube to see which of your suggestions I’ll be slaughtering next.
The House of the Rising Sun is happy? I thought it was a lament.
Elvis Costello’s Pump It Up is fast but manageable.
If you’re in the mood for a cheesy love song, On the Wings of Love by Jeffrey Osborn fits the bill and then some.
On that note, if you can get the Tom Jones version of Prince’s Kiss, that would be great fun.
Find your inner Ferris Bueller and do Englebert Humperdinck’s Danke Schoen.
Well, it is a happy song for me, though the song itself isn’t really upbeat and joyful. There was a beer joint conveniently near campus when I was an undergrad, and that was the most played song on the jukebox. Brings back fond memories for me.
Today, I was reminded of a happy sound I’d almost forgotten. Long day in court, one of the nastiest cases I’ve ever had. Testimony so graphic and disturbing that the court reporter was crying as she worked. When it was over, I was exhausted mentally and physically. Driving home, I turned on the oldies/classic rock station on the car radio, and caught some Sly and the Family Stone, Everyday People. Only a few bars in, my toe started tapping and eventually a smile crossed my face.
I don’t know about that. My general karaoke strategy is to avoid using songs that have long instrumental solos. You just stand there on stage not doing anything while everyone stares at you. At least when you’re singing you don’t have tho think about them all staring at you.
So ya bust out your air-fiddle and boogie :D*
*Well, someone that does karaoke could. I can’t sing for shit, and were I ever to attempt it in public, I’d likely be booed off the stage, and possibly chased out of town by the mob of angry villagers with their pitchforks and torches.
Savajevo’s on the back burner - I’m going to do Steve Harley’s “Come up and see me” for my long suffering friends this week.
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Definitely one of the best for sure, but someone else has that as their special, I guess that’s what’s difficult, it’s pretty much the same crowd so quite a few classics are taken already.
Mercedez Benz by Janis Joplin - originally it was a capella, but I have seen it in a kareoke list before. I actually used it in an audition for a renn faire, I had a cold at the time, and was not going for one of the wandering troub troop, but they insisted on everybody singing … I figured her music was able to support a bit of horseness =)
Little Deuce Coupe - Beach Boys
No Sugar Tonight - Guess Who
If you are male with a good deep voice, Boris the Spider by the Who
Everythings Allright from Jesus Christ Superstar
and for the silly - Hot Rod Lincoln by Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen
Does it have to be a classic? Jonathan Coulton has several songs that are easy to sing along to, and you can buy karaoke versions from his site. Always better to have the original backing tracks rather than some random session cover artist, IMHO.
Upbeat rockin’ songs include “Code Monkey”, “That Spells DNA”, “Mandelbrot Set”, “The Future Soon”, “I Feel Fantastic” and “Chiron Beta Prime”. All with high geek factor. You can listen to the originals with his vocals for free on his site. If you’re especially brave, and it’s the right kind of crowd, try “First of May”. NSFW lyrics, prominent use of the F-word in a sexual context.
“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” - The Beatles
“Y.M.C.A.” - Village People
“Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” - The Carpenters