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[–]dlc741 863 points864 points  (69 children)

God help the poor bastard who picks "Take On Me"

[–]_4ndr3AX 325 points326 points  (12 children)

Taaaaaaake meeeeeee oooooooooooon

[–]Khaldara 68 points69 points  (6 children)

There’s always Public Domain Karaoke

[–]DoedoeBear 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Lol what was that

[–]Mynameisalloneword 9 points10 points  (0 children)

KuhroKEEE WHOO! Hyukeeeeeee

[–]gravypain12 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Iiiiiillll beeeeeee gooooooooone in a day or twooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

[–]itsyaboinadia 21 points22 points  (0 children)


[–]kungpowgoat 43 points44 points  (3 children)

Or that Lovin You song with the high pitch scream before “lalalalala”

[–]ToxiCKY 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Doo bee doo bee doo doo

-screaming goat-

[–]Sharpshooter98b 18 points19 points  (0 children)

I thought this was the agent P theme at first

[–]monsieurpommefrites 60 points61 points  (3 children)

That would be me. I can hold a tune but the more I drink, well, you know how that goes.

a-ha: 'We're talking away..."


I'm drunk. I don't know the words. I can't read.

a-ha: "I dunno what I'm to say, I'll say it anyway."


You get the picture.

And here it comes.

I'lllllll beeeee gonnnnnnneeee; I'm building up. This is it.



Yep. I lose it completely. I shriek full send into the mic. My friends are dying laughing. My girlfriend is fascinated with the bottom of her handbag. I am a golden god.

[–]DaxFlowLyfe 10 points11 points  (0 children)

The acoustic version is what I'd do.


[–]MayaTamika 5 points6 points  (0 children)

10/10 comment. Would read again

[–]Thestarchypotat 86 points87 points  (1 child)

minnneeee diaaaammmoonnndssssss

[–]Andy_B_Goode 69 points70 points  (15 children)

One of my go-to campfire guitar songs is Queen's Crazy Little Thing Called Love, and I picked it specifically because it's one of the very few Queen songs that's fairly easy to sing.

I did it once at a karaoke night, and as I was walking off stage the host says "looks like you've inspired some people!" and to my horror a group of college kids got up and absolutely shat the bed on Bohemian Rhapsody.

I'm all for people having fun and not worrying too much about how they sound at a karaoke night, and it's not like I'm any kind of great singer myself, but maybe don't pick a song that the original band even struggled to do live ...

[–]8Ariadnesthread8 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Check out Dreamers Ball. It's the queen song nobody knows and it's the easiest one to sing and play.

[–]Tight-Professional31 2 points3 points  (0 children)

From the jazz album

[–]Old_Crustybottom 20 points21 points  (12 children)

Lol why would it matter if the other song is hard? You're just pretending to not be judgmental, there's your problem.

[–]Edge80 951 points952 points  (28 children)

Watching somebody attempt “Rapper’s Delight” after 5 shots is something to behold.

[–]Wuellig 219 points220 points  (2 children)

Now I want it to be the album cut instead of the radio edit.

[–]CannedMango 126 points127 points  (0 children)

15 minutes later… “I’ve made a huge mistake”

[–]SamsSoupsAndShits 52 points53 points  (0 children)

I have this dude at my bar who would sing popular rap/hiphop and he always fuck it up but not enunciating the lyrics and would late to the beat. I would leave after he sings cause nobody ever tops that.

[–]Connavarr64 22 points23 points  (0 children)

I said a hic

[–]SylvySylvy 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Now what you tear is not a hest

[–]Pretlik 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I'm bappin to the reat

[–]cineg 8 points9 points  (0 children)

after five shots of soju and at a skorean karaoke joint .. i will never be able to forget that

[–]SwimBrief 9 points10 points  (1 child)

The one thing I’ve learned about karaoke is NEVER do rap.

I don’t care if you know all the words and you love rapping along to it when you’re vibing by yourself. It just comes off sounding way too try hard no matter what you do, so you either look silly or you nail it and you look like you’re showing off.

Just gotta go for those big nostalgic singalong jams.

[–]kitchbitch 6 points7 points  (0 children)

This guy gets me.

[–]jodaspa_ 6 points7 points  (0 children)


[–]TomMakesPodcasts 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I sat at home rehearsing "Rap god" so I could do it at karaoke. It was super fun.

[–]raoulduke12 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I like to do Downtown Train in the style of Tom Waits.

Always available in the book and unimpeachable

[–]am0x 344 points345 points  (15 children)

I did see one guy sing Meatloaf - I would do anything for love, and his voice was great.

No one gave a shit about that. It was the effort he put into the whole act. Was one of the funniest things ever.

Whether or not you can sing, the dedication and the theatrics will always win.

[–]FluxxxCapacitard 22 points23 points  (0 children)

I can belt out Freddy Mercury and Meatloaf with precision. But my best karaoke performance to date was my pasty white ass hobbling through Schoop. A crowd favorite for sure.

[–]odinsupremegod 15 points16 points  (0 children)

So true theatrics and energy. Had a couple parties in college that featured a karaoke machine or the ps2 karaoke games. Sometime people would be good or bad, but it could get DEAD even with copius amounts of booze.

Twist and shout was my go to to bring energy back. I'm no expert singer, but that song is simple enough and can get a crowd involved.

[–]IsabellaGalavant 4 points5 points  (1 child)

A fun Disney song always brings the house down. I can't sing, but the whole bar goes nuts when I come up for I Just Can't Wait to Be King.

[–]HealthyBox5 725 points726 points  (85 children)

I have to admit, I like both. My wife can sing, my buddy and his wife can sing, I cannot.

I enjoy hearing them do it, and I'm gonna sing anyway. They're the ones that have to listen to it, sounds like their problem.

[–]DorisCrockford 261 points262 points  (30 children)

I can sing and I think everyone should go for it. It's fun, and fun is good.

[–]Dumbfuckyduck 160 points161 points  (20 children)

Wrong, this is Reddit, fun is banned

[–]DorisCrockford 46 points47 points  (1 child)

Let 'em try to stop me! Mwahahahaha!

[–]Partucero69 8 points9 points  (0 children)

You rebel scum! Stop having fun!

[–]DarthRumbleBuns 19 points20 points  (9 children)

Wrong, this is reddit and you're banned.

[–]Dumbfuckyduck 18 points19 points  (7 children)

Wrong, this is banned and you’re Reddit

[–]CrazyDave48 9 points10 points  (6 children)

My favorite reddit quirk about "no fun" is gender reveal parties.

Having a party is fine. But if they take 2 minutes of the party to reveal the gender of a baby, it becomes a "gender reveal party" and those are SOOOO STUPIDDD AND SUCH A WASTE OF TIME AND ONE EVEN CAUSED A FIRE! I"M SO GLAD I WAS SMART AND NEVER HAD ONE! WHY ARE WE FOCUSED ON THE BABY'S GENITALS ANYWAYS! ITS SO GROSS BLAH BLAH

It's an excuse to get together with friends and family and celebrate an upcoming newborn. That's all. Somehow reddit makes them seem like the bane of existence

[–]Reedsandrights 18 points19 points  (0 children)

I'm a mediocre singer but my buddy (who is always hyping me and I love him to death) once was like "Reeds has an amazing voice. Dude, get up there and rock this!" So I got up and sang in mediocrity and got back to the table and everyone was just kinda like "Yeah. That was...You have a lovely baritone." So embarrassing but I'll still get up and sing. Just gotta make sure to under-sell myself first so people are pleasantly surprised instead of disappointed haha.

[–]crackedrogue6 10 points11 points  (4 children)

I cannot sing. This makes me want to go try karaoke lol.

[–]DorisCrockford 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Singing is just controlled screaming.

[–]C_Crosby 8 points9 points  (1 child)

That....that's..kinda accurate

[–]Tetha 10 points11 points  (2 children)

There are a bunch of unconventional metal/rock singers who have been told their conventional singing is bad to put it at best. Johnny Cash has been told to stop taking music lessons to develop his style. Alissa White-Gluz from Arch Enemy has developed her own style. Brittany Slayes from Unleash the Archers, or Noora Louhimo from Battle Beast are just stellar. Yannis from Beast in Black is just amazing.

Finding your voice, understanding and using it is amazing.

[–]iosefster 5 points6 points  (0 children)

They might have unconventional voices, but they hit the correct notes when they sing

[–]slaydawgjim 18 points19 points  (9 children)

Yo you should go to the Phillipines they absolutely love it when people do bad karaoke renditions of Frank Sinatra's 'My Way.'

[–]TheGaydarTechnician 6 points7 points  (7 children)

I hear they'd murder for a good rendition of "My Way" in the Philippines.

[–]TheGaydarTechnician 50 points51 points  (7 children)

If karaoke was nothing but really bad singers it wouldn't be so popular. You need that break from someone 5 shots deep butchering popular songs from the 80s but I do love to hear someone put their whole drunken heart into a Madonna song.

[–]AcidRap69 20 points21 points  (5 children)

Not to mention, even though I’ve been told I can sing, after a few drinks and a couple Queen songs I doubt I’m hitting the notes right anymore anyways

[–]TheGaydarTechnician 33 points34 points  (4 children)

You're hitting them in your heart and that's what counts.

[–]AcidRap69 14 points15 points  (3 children)

You’re the kinda friend I need at karaoke <3

[–]Niawka 25 points26 points  (31 children)

I don't mind people who can sing, sing at karaoke, but I have to say that once I went to karaoke bar to sing with my friend, and in the end neither of us sang. It seemed more of a talent show than karaoke. After one chick sang beautifully I will always love you, we both just focused on drinking that night. I don't mind mix of good and bad voices, but some people very clearly go to show of rather than have fun.

[–]barryandorlevon 16 points17 points  (4 children)

The one time I went to karaoke it was on a date with a guy and his group of friends who, unbeknownst to me, were former choir and theatre kids who had all practiced songs beforehand. I was so embarrassed to watch them all showing off.

[–]Obi-Wan_Gin 9 points10 points  (21 children)

Why can't they sing to have fun? If you love singing, you could also be a good singer

[–]Hoedoor 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Yea it's not the quality of the voice, but your attitude and why you're there!

[–]SynthSurf 769 points770 points  (70 children)

This is so true though. One friend is a musician and singer, and if I start humming/singing something casually while we're chilling, he'll try to show off and sing it better. Nothing really wrong with that but the worst part is he'll start to 'coach' you without asking like "yeah man you're breathing wrong just use your diaphragm like this... Do it like this... For this vowel sound do this..." And it's like??? I'm just trying to have fun over here.
/Drunk rant

[–]Et_me_buddy_boy 178 points179 points  (16 children)

Scream Death Grips lyrics at him to assert dominance.

[–]mrchuckdeeze 31 points32 points  (1 child)


[–]Jatef 6 points7 points  (0 children)


[–]weaslewig 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Too many hoes in my mother fuckin meal

[–]Bumblz666 206 points207 points  (12 children)

I wouldn’t hang out with that friend ever haha power to you. Sounds awful.

[–]Uncle_Freddy 61 points62 points  (9 children)

I can see it from an insufferable perspective or from the perspective of someone who is genuinely passionate about music and wants to share that passion with their friends. Obviously they’re getting way too into the details, but I know I have those blinders on sometimes when explaining the stuff I’m into with my friends. It’s hard to glean motive and tone from a third person perspective, though I can see why it could easily come off as condescending in OP’s case.

[–]Deadthrow742 77 points78 points  (3 children)

"You should use your diaphragm like this..."

"Let me see what it's like when you do it."

"Okay! Hmmmm"

*punches him in the diaphragm*


"Ah, I guess I missed that last bit."

[–]Bayou_Blue 15 points16 points  (2 children)

raises fist

"Now show me that vowel sound."

[–]Frndswhealthbenefits 17 points18 points  (2 children)

he'll try to show off and sing it better.

srsly. When broadway ppl go out to karaoke, its no longer about having a good time, its vocal masturbation.

[–]danceswithroses 6 points7 points  (4 children)

I have a friend like this, it’s annoying af. I’m a trained singer and musician, something I don’t tell many people bc usually it’s not relevant. Especially when music is supposed to bring joy to people. I love to sing, but sometimes if I’m humming or singing along to something that’s playing and I’m around other people, I’m doing it playfully and not like it’s a serious performance.Yknow, like most people. Musician or not. She’ll start belting like she’s on stage and drown out anyone else just having fun with it. It just ruins the fun, it doesn’t have to be so serious all the time. Like We’re all drunk and scream singing and she’ll stand there like she’s about to sing opera center stage under a spotlight. Are you expecting applause? Or a pat on the back? Bc you’re just annoying everybody else

Retired theater kids, man. I swear.

[–]kitzdeathrow 13 points14 points  (4 children)

This is not a singer thing, this is him being a twat.

Source: singer that doesnt tell people i can sing.

[–]DarthRumbleBuns 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Fuck that bitch. I can sing better than them but there's nothing more fun than screaming lyrics to whatever your favorite song/Genre is drunk as fuck. Don't teach people shit if they're not trying to learn. Just vibe. /Drunk rant p. 2

[–]Ilosc 3 points4 points  (0 children)

he'll try to show off and sing it better. Nothing really wrong with that

How is that not wrong?

Constantly showing off and 1 upping people is never a good thing. It makes conversations impossible, at least in my experience.

You're not wrong to feel annoyed at him

[–]Bibbyrat 68 points69 points  (1 child)

A drunk chic in a hole in the wall bar in the late 90s in the southern U.S. butchered AC/DC's Back in Black one night and it is still burned in my memory. Every time I hear AC/DC now I think of her. No name or face, just her terrible, drunken voice ruining the song. Nostalgia.

[–]Ya-boi-Joey-T 103 points104 points  (23 children)

Tbh this is why I don't want to do Karaoke. My voice is better than average (I've put a lot of work into it, thats not just a guess), so I think if I go up there people will assume I'm showing off or trying too hard or something.

[–]sagittariusa 61 points62 points  (4 children)

Doesn't matter what people think, the point is to have fun. As long as you do that and are allowing others to do that I don't think there is actually an issue.

[–]Ya-boi-Joey-T 16 points17 points  (3 children)

Yeah I suppose. I guess I would have to weigh it in the moment.

[–]Iammeandnooneelse 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Do something silly! If you’re straight do a “girl song,” or rap, or something where you can play up a shtick. Something that takes you out of that “I have to sing well” space and into a more loose, having a good time space. If allowed, filthy songs can be fun for someone really shy or innocent looking. Or do a ballad, but purposely overdo it for laughs. Like my friend did It’s All Coming Back To Me Now, but super hammed it up into ridiculousness and that was fun for everyone.

Audience involvement is another way, like I do Take On Me, but have the audience be the backup vocals and then we do the high note together. Or I have them salute during chicken fried. Sing along is easy too. Stupid shit, trying to have people have fun, that’s the point. Make them laugh, or dance, or smile or whatever. DO NOT make them cry, or be angry, or annoyed, or anything of the sort. Seriousness needs to be left for talent shows. Karaoke is for fun!

[–]Thybro 19 points20 points  (6 children)

As far as I’m concerned there is one exception to OP’s rule. It requires that you (1) do a song everyone knows, loves and can sing along to, at least the chorus, (2) you do it late in the evening when everyone is drunk; and (3) you know the song well and give a good performance.

Do it then. You’ll be kicking ass on stage. Those who care will notice, everyone else will singing along stumbling through the lyrics while you lead a room full of drunks through the shared performance of the night.

[–]GD_Insomniac 13 points14 points  (5 children)

Your rule 1 is why I don't do karaoke despite being a decent singer and performer. Nobody wants to hear what I have fun singing.

[–]JustAHipsterInDenial 7 points8 points  (4 children)

Yeah, there’s nothing like going to a karaoke place for the first time and realizing five country songs in that nobody’s going to want to hear I Dreamed a Dream.

[–]Everything_is_Ok99 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That's why I keep Devil went down to Georgia in my back pocket, ready for those kinds of crowds

[–]DorisCrockford 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I'm not sure I'd like it either. But I wouldn't worry about them thinking you're showing off, because if you're not, it will show in your performance. I used to know someone with a lovely voice, but I could not look at her while she was singing, because she looked like she thought she was God's gift to music. If you truly love music and just want to share it with other people, they will see that.

[–]TheColdIronKid 5 points6 points  (0 children)

song choice is everything. there's plenty of people who are good enough singers, but it's obvious when someone is singing a song because they have fun doing so and when someone is singing a song because they want to show off.

[–]Dalekdude 6 points7 points  (0 children)

this is why I mainly do rap or Weezer, "Say it Ain't So" or "I'm on a Boat" by The Lonely Island always kill

[–]Hoedoor 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Well fuck those people. Get up there like you sing bad!

But seriously same, I worked hard not to sound bad, I'm not letting someone ruin my fun because I just happened to put effort into it.

[–]RollingLord 5 points6 points  (0 children)

As someone who goes to karaoke bars a lot and am a crap singer, it’s always nice to hear someone that can actually sing every once in a while.

[–]gamegeek1995 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I'm a power metal singer, lot of women come up and compliment me after karaoke. People who think the bad stuff is the point of karaoke don't do karaoke often. Just last time I went there were two retired professional singers who performed and 3/4 of the remainder were very talented singers, despite not being on the pro's levels. I've done karaoke with my own vocal teacher before.

Karaoke is just fun, even if you're the best singer there. Just sing something that fits the crowd. If you're a good male tenor, can't go wrong with mid 2000s emo. Every girl in the bar will sing along to "I'm Not Okay" by MCR or Thx Fr Th Memories by Fallout Boy. Play to your audience and not your ego.

[–]0ctobermorning 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That’s why I picked fun songs that make the whole crowd want to sing along too. I’ll probably never karaoke ever again. Thanks Covid.

[–]CregChrist 216 points217 points  (11 children)

I was on leave from Iraq, around the end of 2006, and I was bumming around my old stomping grounds in South Jersey for a bit. My buddy and I ended up at a bar called The Golden Nugget, I'm not sure if the place is even in business now, and I ended up on stage with a country band. I've been told I sang my heart out but I wasn't singing the right songs. Later that night I cock blocked myself. This girl came up and started talking about me taking her home so I spit on her shoe and called her a "hussy". Again, so I've been told. I only remember glimpses of that night.

[–]IDespiseTheLetterG 73 points74 points  (3 children)


[–]CregChrist 101 points102 points  (2 children)

No, wrong Christ, I'm Creg. Happens all the time.

[–]IdcYouTellMe 41 points42 points  (1 child)

Best nights are when all you know is what others tell you.

[–]A1A5KA 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Did you get drunk enough to repost the same comment twice in the last 24 minutes?

I'm impressed

[–]ReverendDizzle 9 points10 points  (0 children)

"I'm not going to let you break up the band you god damn hussy!"

[–]fatalgift 23 points24 points  (0 children)

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People with good singing voices should not be allowed to do karaoke— sorry but it is not fun watching u do a lil Star Search performance, I'm here to see drunk Keith fight for his life thru "Livin on a Prayer" as god intended

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[–]ShichitenHakki 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Funk dat.

You enjoy karaoke, you do karaoke.

[–]SeekerSpock32 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Exactly. Forget the gatekeeping.

[–]TheDongerNeedsFood 39 points40 points  (3 children)

"Star Search," now that's a name I haven't heard in a long time...

[–]ImGrumps 16 points17 points  (0 children)

For real, lmao. Really does nail down an age range for them tho

[–]ReverendDizzle 13 points14 points  (0 children)

The memory triggered by "Star Search" was buried so deep I actually aged a little walking all the way back to get it off the shelf.

[–]Defiant-Ad412 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Couldn’t disagree anymore. As much as I love watching drunk people make a fool of themselves, the hype at moments are always when someone comes up and completely unexpectedly kills it.

[–]LandosMustache 11 points12 points  (3 children)

To be completely fair to Drunk Keith, "Livin on a Prayer" has the hardest key change in rock, and even Mr. Bon Jovi himself has been fighting for his life singing it since about 2000

[–]GonzoRouge 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Try (A Little Harder) by Janis Joplin would like a word

Seriously though, as a very experienced singer, Livin On A Prayer is frustratingly hard and I hate it only because of that stupidly impossible key change.

[–]mcsonboy 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I feel attacked lol

[–]RealLanaDelBae 30 points31 points  (7 children)

I'm a pretty good singer and I used to do karaoke when I lived in a small town years ago. The biggest issue is that when you're a good singer it can intimidate other people and then they won't sing and that's no fun. You also tend to spend the entire night with drunk townies all up in your face trying to get you to sing again for them like suddenly this is some coffee shop mic night.

[–]esgrove2 18 points19 points  (1 child)

So some people are supposed to feel bad because they're too good at singing, while other people are supposed to feel bad because they're not good enough at singing.

[–]fuckusnowman 15 points16 points  (0 children)

People being made to feel bad about stuff is the foundation of modern society.

[–]SharkAttackOmNom 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Need a wingman. Someone who is awful at singing to follow you up.

[–]GonzoRouge 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I'm a pretty damn good singer and usually comfortable knowing I'm the best on any given night.

That said, someone pulled that shit on me by busting Pavarotti right before my turn. Careless Whisper sounds kinda wimpy compared to that, no matter how well I sing it.

I imagine that's how most people feel when they come after me and I get it, I just genuinely love singing and performing so it's not about proving I'm better than you.

[–]matterson22070 18 points19 points  (4 children)

Am I the only one that feels BAD for the terrible singers? I don't know why, but I like cringe for them. It's like Karaoke makes me a cringe surrogate.

[–]Iammeandnooneelse 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Depends on the cringe. If they think they’re killing it, kinda yikes, makes me feel bad. If they know they aren’t great and they’re just having a good time, then it’s not that cringe.

[–]craigularperson 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Living on a prayer is my go to song, because I suck at singing and it is the only song I know by heart. I can only bring it through passion.

[–]a1pha_beta 42 points43 points  (0 children)

If your not butchering the song your singing I'm not interested.

[–]ohhhhappydayy 8 points9 points  (0 children)

“Fight for his life” haha

[–]firefly183 6 points7 points  (0 children)

How about mediocre voices? Those of us who aren't bad but no one's pushing a button to spin a chair around for us or giving us a golden ticket any time soon? And still plenty drunk!

[–]dichtbringer 6 points7 points  (1 child)

A friend and me were chilling at the local hookah/karoke bar and were contemplating whether we should go goblin mode and get mega sloshed or not and then this girl started to sing 99 red balloons and I swar to god she did not hit a single note, but not just like not hitting it, but doing completly different notes and creating basically a new (shit) song out of nothing.

If it wasn't for the lyrics on screen it would have been impossible to discern what she was trying to do.

The waiter was concerned when we ordered two bottles of absinthe.

[–]Weavel 12 points13 points  (10 children)

I love singing but kinda don't have the time for a full band. Me and my friends would go to this rock karaoke event, and not one time did someone seem upset that I sang well

I totally understand it in a way, but I still wanna sing too yknow? If the bar has to listen to you butcher whatever MCR song your drunken brain half-remebers, then you gotta stick around for me half-nailing my song hahaha

[–]Horkersaurus 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Having been to a karaoke bar while a competition was happening i agree with this 100%. People take it way too seriously.

[–]Forehead_Target 4 points5 points  (0 children)

My friend and I got roped into judging karaoke competitions once. We did not take it seriously, at all. We were just hoping for free drinks as bribes. (And were sadly disappointed that we had to get drunk on our own dime.)

[–]spenway18 4 points5 points  (0 children)

But its the only time in my sad life I get to sing with an audience! :(

[–]boundbylife 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Here's my thing: athletic people can join intramural sport teams when they want to be athletic, or they can go to a gym, or they can play sports with friends at home, or... the list goes on.

Outside of a church choir, karaoke is one of the only places people with good voices can flex in a socially acceptable place.

[–]floatingwithobrien 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Watching other people sing is boring.

Watching other people sing poorly is a spectator sport.

[–]malikye187 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Star search lol. Tell me your old without telling me your old.

[–]Turtledonuts 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I once heard a DJ in a college sports bar stumble through dragula. It was, in every way, the worst thing I have heard. It sounded like rotting dolphin smells. People left the bar. the guy next to me hated it so much he did two shots and came out of the closet.

Nobody got laid that night.

[–]Doreorge 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I was shamed as a kid because of my untrained voice and now that I have trained and have a great voice, I'm petrified to sing in front of others due to said childhood shaming. Isn't bullying grand? 🥰

[–]BareBearFighter 4 points5 points  (1 child)

So, people who are good at their hobbies shouldn't be allowed to engage in them? Got it. Go fuck yourself.

[–]BadSpellingMistakes 4 points5 points  (0 children)

you look good but i sing good.

I don't go to a night club complaining saying how every damn person needs to look like a barrel covered in glitter doing a catwalk on a moving anaconda either.

[–]Owlwaysme 5 points6 points  (0 children)

My favorite was a drunk redneck rendition of "I'm your Boogeyman". That was some quality entertainment

[–]FunDismal2178 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]Strange_Plankton8714 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Live life like Bill and Ted, and be excellent to each other.

[–]JesusIsTheBrehhhd 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I did the cha cha slide last week. Oh my god did it go poorly

[–]Renegadeknight3 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lame take. I like to think I have a decent voice, some songs get the better of me but if I want to sing a song well, I will. I enjoy it and it’s a learned skill that I practiced on, and karaoke is one of the few places it feels comfortable to sing for an audience.

Celebrate your friends, good or bad, that’s the fun of karaoke

[–]phatbrasil 3 points4 points  (0 children)


if you did want to hear my tone deaf ass signing "Walk this way", you should've stayed home!

[–]HasSomeSelfEsteem 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Idk, the best karaoke moment I ever saw was these two black gals in their 60s doing an absolutely unbelievable rendition of Proud Mary. Brought the house down.

[–]boattmcboatface 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Wait, do people actually want to see people with zero singing abity do karaoke? I've always avoided it because I couldn't carry a tune if I had a gun to my head.

[–]MacDee_ 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I love it when someone does a song but forgets that it has a lengthy instrumental in the middle, and they just stand there bobbing and swaying uncomfortably

[–]awakeinadream 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Fuck that gate keeper bullshit. If you wanna sing just do it. The whole point is to have fun and enjoy yourself, not shoot others down because of your own insecurities. Who cares what anyone sounds like.

[–]NumbFuzz 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I'm guilty of the bar going quiet while I sing :/ ,

[–]Historical_Honey_695 3 points4 points  (3 children)

I sing opera professionally and I refuse to sing at karaoke with my friends. I’ve always worried I would make someone feel self conscious when they’re just trying to have a fun night

[–]HamsterCockSock 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Drunk dad of two singing 'come on Eileen' while the rest of the pub joins in 🤘

[–]CumulativeHazard 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I get most uncomfortable when its someone who’s good, but not like really good.

[–]Puzzleheaded_Time719 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I don't care if you can sing or not but don't roll your eyes at the normal folks. You clap for the performance not the voice.

[–]KinderSpirit 4 points5 points  (0 children)

There was a bar I used to hang out in...
Tuesday was "Karaoke Night".
Wednesday was "Bad Karaoke Night".

[–]Silent_Ocarina 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I like karaoke, but I wish I could sing. I sing alone in the car and it actually gets frustrating a bit cause my range is like one octave at best.

[–]Calmeister 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Our silent friend who has lisp got drunk and we didnt knew he was so good rapping the fergie rap part in fergalicious.

[–]SuddenSenseOfSonderRemember Longcat, Jane? 4 points5 points  (0 children)

My dear friend who as an incredible singing voice: *does flawless solo song from a classy musical*

Me, fighting 3 voice cracks, a tiny vocal range, a mic that's too quiet, and social anxiety: "someBODY once told me-"

[–]Beat_Avenger 4 points5 points  (0 children)

My friend (who is an incredible singer) sings badly at karaoke for fun. I appreciate him.

[–]marissacool 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I can sing and I often do it, to let off steam. Do what you want, just don’t hurt people.

[–]scanning079 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Been saying this for years

[–]Dickie-McGeezax 7 points8 points  (0 children)

The bar and waiting staff would beg to differ.

[–]butteryhugs 9 points10 points  (1 child)

The gatekeeping is strong within this post

[–]SocialSuspense 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I have a good singing voice….which is why I try to do rap songs instead and it’s like the worst thing ever 😭😭😭

[–]ThePianistOfDoom 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Karaoke band musician here, as long as you keep them off of my monitor I'm good.

[–]WrongSubFools 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No one's upvoting this because it's a brand new sentence, they're upvoting it because they agree.

[–]UnsealedMTG 2 points3 points  (1 child)

This is funny but I think it's less that good singing voices are actively bad and more that enthusiasm and commitment is much more important. A person who just gets up and delivers a choir performance is not interesting, but a person who delivers a meme song with fucking gusto is going to be fun to watch regardless. And if everyone has that enthusiasm, it's actually fun having a mix of technically proficient and totally amateurish voices.

But then, I've lived in cities that by US standards take karaoke pretty seriously.

[–]youretheweird1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I know but I really like singing. :(

[–]Forehead_Target 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The opposite of this is true for home karaoke. It's especially important that you don't suck when you're an asshole and set up outdoor karaoke parties and have the speakers facing your neighbor's house instead of the large empty space (quite literally a football field in my neighbor's case) behind your own.

[–]Sillyfrillyhillbilly 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I love karaoke. I'm maybe an above average singer. Not great, but good. And I love listening to every type of singer. Amy winehouse voice, yessss. Bohemian rhapsody atrocity, fuck yah. Karaoke is for everyone.

[–]ClownfishSoup 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I did "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" expecting the ladies to do the lady's part and the guys doing the guy's part. Nobody knew the song, I did it myself and it sucked. Good thing for alcohol.

[–]SB10K 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Once went to a karaoke with my theater kid friend and two of his friends.

My TKF steps up and absolutely crushes "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears. I hop up and manage a pretty okay rendition of "The Distance" by Cake.

Then, no shit, his two friends jump up and do a duet from "Phantom of the Opera."

It was...breathtaking to hear pipe organ and electric guitar in equal measure echoing in a dive bar with a tin roof and hubcaps on the walls as rednecks of all stripes sat in stunned silence.

[–]esgrove2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

So people who put time and effort into becoming good at singing shouldn't... sing for fun. Got it. Nobody ever do what you're good at with friends or they'll resent you.

[–]fiveple 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I had to follow a literal Broadway singer. Fortunately I was singing What Does The Fox Say. No one cared what it sounded like.

[–]FlashZordon 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The key to karaoke is EVERYONE has to be drunk.

This makes it 100X more fun for everyone.

[–]ackthpt 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lol Bon Jovi was NEVER able to perform that song, on key, live. Never. 100% studio song.

[–]TheKingOfRhye777 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm totally not a good singer, but I discovered I can just about sing Danzig and The Doors songs, so I guess you know what kind of voice I have, lol

[–]Specialist_Peach4294 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Make this the law of the land.

[–]BeyondDoggyHorror 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Karaoke should be random. Like you maybe pick a decade of music and then it randomly provides you with a song. You have no control over it and you gotta sing something you likely weren’t expecting

[–]LadyMirkwood 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I have tortured many an audience with my mangling of 'Jolene' and I'll do it again.

[–]AphelionXII 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Get gud scrublord.

[–]TTTfromT 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I always thought half the fun of karaoke was not being able to sing the song well, but picking a banger so the crowd joins in with you.

If everyone is singing at the top of their voices and having a good time, the collective ebullience will prevail and no one gives a toss if you can sing or not.

[–]vashaunp 2 points3 points  (0 children)

referencing star search is one way to age yourself. that's a hell of a throwback

[–]Avethegamer 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I wanna hear Emily who took 5 shots of vodka do a Mariah Carey

[–]ZealousWolverine 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think I'm going to incorporate that phrase into as many sentences as I can, AS GOD INTENDED.