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Grab That Microphone

Madonna, “Madonna”
Madonna, “Madonna”

Karaoke can be the ultimate night out. Going to a bar with a bunch of friends and belting out emotional renditions of classic songs is always a good time. While current songs are a fun choice, the well-seasoned songs from a generation ago seem to be the most popular. Although generational gap music choices vary greatly, it seems we can all agree on these karaoke hits:

1. “Respect”

Living up to Aretha Franklin’s vocal talent is nearly impossible, but it sure doesn’t stop people from trying. Although originally recorded by Otis Redding in 1965, it became a smash hit when released in Aretha’s style in 1967. Even today, nearly 50 years later, while kids have no idea who their parent’s favorite bands were, Aretha Franklin is a household name and everybody knows the words to this song. Whether or not they’re in a karaoke bar, you can sometimes hear people singing this song to themselves-probably after they’ve been disrespected in some shameful way.

2. “Don’t Stop Believin'”

Oh, Journey. You either hate them or love them, but you cannot deny the catchiness of this 1981 song. With a positive message, this song has infiltrated pop culture.

3. “Dancing Queen”

Swedish group ABBA released this pop hit in 1976. It’s the feel-good type of song that you and your parents could dance to and sing on stage together! Its popularity in the karaoke halls of Boston and around the country is testimony to its frightening catchiness. It’ll be stuck in your head for days. You can probably hear it right now.

4. “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Epic ballad released in 1975 by Queen. When it comes to Freddie Mercury, nothing else need be said.

5. “Grease” soundtrack

This may be cheating, but the whole soundtrack is epic enough to include. The 1978 movie, based on the 1971 musical, stars Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta. Top picks include “Summer Nights,” “You’re the One That I Want” and “We Go Together.”

6. “I Will Survive”

This 1978 smash hit was released by Gloria Gaynor, not Aretha Franklin. It’s an anthem for moving past a bad relationship and waiting for true love. Who wouldn’t want to sing about that?

7. “Y.M.C.A.”

Village People’s 1978 disco hit that comes with a dance! Song-dance combos usually fade out, like what happened to the Macarena, but how can you not love six grown men dressed up in costumes dancing on stage? And what’s best, it’s fun for all ages!

8. “Like A Prayer”

The most contemporary song on the list, Madonna released “Like A Prayer” in 1989 with a controversial music video. However, any female pop song you choose is, in reality, a shout-out to Madonna, the precursor of all female pop stars today.

9. “Living on a Prayer”

Bon Jovi released “Living on a Prayer” in 1986. If you pick this rock song, be sure to channel your inner 80s rock star. Don’t forget big hair, denim vests, tight tank tops, and New Jersey charm.

10. “Billie Jean”

The most prolific pop star of all time has to be included on this list. Although there are plenty of Michael Jackson songs to choose from, “Billie Jean,” released in 1983, stands out. However, any Jackson song should get a good crowd reaction.

The ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s were a lot of things, but one thing we can’t take away from those decades is their music. It’s still with us today, and will crowd our heads with annoying tunes for decades to come.