8 surprisingly hard karaoke songs

8 surprisingly hard karaoke songs

Most of you, especially Lucky Voicers, don’t give a rat’s bum what you sound like when you’re doing karaoke. However, for those of you that are singing to impress, read on, because we have some wise advice. There are a few sneaky songs that if sung well could help you steal the show, but they might come as a surprise and you could end up having an absolute shocker. They’re not necessarily hard - just deceiving!

1) Since You Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson

It’s a shouter. Even if you've mastered this in the shower when you’re all alone, you have to sing it THAT loud when you’re in front of people too. Remember that. If you sing it at half volume it just sounds odd.

2) Firework - Katy Perry

The chorus shows no mercy. Even if you’re thinking ‘oh everyone will join in anyway’ - think again. People shy away and leave you to it on this one.

3) Stay Another Day - East 17

You’d think it would be nice and easy, slow and emotional - but this song has a killer key that if you can’t figure out by the second line, then it’s all over.

4) Black Velvet - Alannah Myles

As soon as it starts, you feel like you have to try and be husky-and-sultry-sounding for the whole song, so pick your audience - maybe not one for Christmas Day with the family. 

5) Son of a preacher man - Dusty Springfield 

The verses are very kind - a good pace, easy words, they make you sound like you can sing. If you can hand the mic to someone else and leave them to take care of the chorus then you should definitely do that. Otherwise, expect to get a little red in the cheeks.

6) It’s all coming back to me now - Celine Dion

No one ever sings the WHOLE song when they’re home alone, so it’s easy to forget that this is a pretty lengthy song and it can be very hard to keep it going. Make it a duet just to take the pressure off. 

7) Copacabana - Barry Manilow 

Good fun, upbeat and everyone knows the chorus. But be warned - there’s a lengthy instrumental part where you either just stand there like a lemon, or you do an awkward side step-and-click until the lyrics are back.

8) Under Pressure - David Bowie & Queen 

Unless you really know the song, steer clear. People always choose it because they know the chorus so well, but they forget how weird the rest of the song is.

All great songs, but just remember these tracks can be an unpleasant surprise! So to avoid any awkward moments practice at home and be prepared for when your song takes a turn for the trickier!

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