Karaoke Songs you should know

This past Saturday, we were talking about Karaokes in my Japanese class. Truth is, if you are looking for a place to have some fun with friends in Spain (I don’t know about in any other western country), Karaokes are not an option (although, I heard there´s going to be a new otaku place in Madrid with three different Karaokes, I will make a post about it when they open.)

karaoke japanI personally have been to a karaoke just once when I was in the US, and it was fun; however, we had to sing in front of people (aka strangers) who were also in the place having a few drinks… not that fun. Anyways, when I saw this article in Abroad in Japan I thought it was worth sharing, especially if you ever have the chance to sing in a Karaoke (and you should definitely go for it!) So here´s a list with ten top songs you should know, just in case:

1# I’ll Make a Man Out of You, Mulan Soundtrack

Required Drunkenness Level: Not required.

Why: You must be swift as the coursing river, with all the force of a great typhoon.
But you needn’t be twatted.


2# Under the Sea, Little Mermaid Soundtrack

Required Drunkenness Level: 3/10
Why: Success will require either impressive skill or failing that, mild drunkenness.


3# I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing (except hearing this bloody song at karaoke), Aerosmith

Where to sing it: Not in my vicinity.

Required Drunkenness: 6/10, (personally) 10/10


4# Livin’ la vida Loca, Ricky Martin

Where to sing it: Anywhere. I sung it at a snack bar/hostess bar last Tuesday and I’m pretty sure it brought one guy in the corner back from the dead.

Required Drunkenness: 4/10


5# Like a Virgin, Madonnang.

Where to sing it: Alongside 50 year old salary men that remember hearing it back when it came out.

Required Drunkenness: 7/10


6# Wannabe, Spice Girls

Where to sing it: Goes down well alongside drunken Japanese salary men or in a booth with friends.

Required Drunkenness: 6/10


7# Any Beatles song

Required Drunkenness: Not required.
Why: …they’re the Beatles.


8# Prince Ali, Aladdin Soundtrack

Where to sing it: When you’re dancing down an Arabian street to deceive a hot Princess.

Required Drunkenness: 2/10

Good luck.


9# Livin’ on a Prayer, Bon Jovi

Where to sing it: Anywhere and I’ve noticed people seem to put it on towards the end of the night.

Required Drunkenness: Not required.


10# Ue o Muite Arukō / Sukiyaki song, Kyu Sakamoto (in Japanese)

This song is the only Japanese language song to hit no.1 on the billboard charts in the US (back in 1963). Since then it’s become the go-to song for foreigners who find themselves needing to sing a Japanese song. If you make an effort to learn one Japanese song, you can’t go wrong with this.

Where to sing it: In front of Japanese colleagues, friends and strangers

Required Drunkenness: 2/10


 * You can read the entire post here.

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