I’m busy refereeing a paper today, so I don’t have time for a real post, but I’d like to thank all of you for your karaoke suggestions. I have to say, though, that as much as I like Night Moves, Bob Seeger is just a bridge too far for me. Ditto Bob Dylan, at least as far as karaoke goes. I’m also canning Sweet Caroline in favor of Brandi, possibly.
I thought of a few others that no one mentioned — Must’ve Got Lost, Celebration, and Do For Love.
Bear in mind that I live in Real America, so this isn’t like one of those places on U Street where Megan McArdle and Matt Yglesias do Arcade Fire duets — if it wasn’t in the top 40, it won’t be on the play list. Has there then been anything good in the top 40 the last 20 years? The only things I’m aware of are Macy Gray, Justin Timberlake, that one Strokes song, and maybe Sublime. I can’t do any of those very well (I may try Last Night or Senorita or What I Got sometime though) — is there anything else? I haven’t been keeping much track.
Since I’m rambling here, I thought I’d bring up related topic: guilty pleasure songs, because they often make good karaoke songs. What are your favorite guilty pleasure songs? They’ve got to be bad, no Walking On Sunshine or Prince or pre-Lion King Elton John. Mine are Hey Jealousy and It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over