Hello English learners! Welcome back. This blog is another popular list post. That is right, we will be counting down a list for most popular karaoke songs. For this post, I will go in reverse order to make things interesting.
At number 10 on my list it is Love Shack by The B-52’s.
This song was released as a single in 1989 by the band The B-52’s. It reached number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and reached number 2 in the United Kingdom. The lyrics are fine, but the song can be interpreted as a place to go make love.
In the music video, Drag Queen RuPaul had her first appearance in the media.
Number 9 goes to Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-A-Lot.
Sir Mix-A-Lot released this hit in 1992. The song caused controversy because of the lyrics directed toward the behind of women. Nevertheless, it reached number 1 in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 and finished the year at the number 2 slot.
Adam Bernstein directed the music video; who was the same director for Love Shack (which is the number 10 song on my list). Sir Mix-A-Lot wrote another hit for the Pussycat Dolls called Don’t Cha.
My pick for number 8 goes to Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen.
This song was released in 1984 and is still popular 33 years later. It reached number 1 in the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Norway, Canada, Austria and Australia at the time it was released.
It only reached number 2 in France, I guess they would prefer to be born in France. This song was going to be originally called Vietnam. The song is not about being patriotic, but it is a critic of how the veterans from the Vietnam was were treated after the war.
You won’t hear any of Bruce Springsteen music on advertisements. He refuses to sell the rights for the song for commercials.
Listen to the lyrics the next time the song come on the radio or at the karaoke bar.
Like a Prayer by Madonna comes in at number 7.
This hit was released in 1989. Many of these songs are probably requested by people in their late 20’s or mid 30’s because that is how old these songs are!
I remember how popular this song was during that time. I also remember that the Vatican asked people to burn the cassette because they did not like the music video.
The music video was so controversial that the Andrae Crouch gospel choir who sang on the album refused to be in the music video.
Despite the video, this song reached number one in over 17 countries.
Number 6 is Creep by Radiohead.
This hit was released in 1992. It is about being in love with someone, but not enough. The song was written by an English band. The song averaged a rank of number 20 on the charts across the world.
The song almost wasn’t recorded as the studio thought that it was a cover song, meaning they took a song from another band and played it in their own style.
The song was originally a flop in England until they released it again the following year.
Number 5 is Adele with Someone Like You.
This song is about getting over an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend. This song was released more recently in 2011.
This song became a hit all over the world and ranked number 1 in the UK and the US. It even ranked number 1 in France!
The song was written about Adele’s previous relationship.
But Adele had the last laugh as she went on to win Best Pop Solo Performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards for the song.
You go girl!
Beating out Adele at number 4 is Sex on Fire by Kings of Leon.
This hit was released in 2008. It reached number 56 in the US and number 1 in the UK. When asked about the lyrics, the band said they were just dummy lyrics (meaning lyrics that were just made up).
Don’t tell that to the millions of people who sing this at karaoke bars.
The song might have done better, but Michael Jackson died two weeks after it hit number 1. Then songs written by Michael Jackson became number 1’s again.
At number 3 is Torn by Natalie Imbruglia
An Austrian singer covered this song in 1997. Her version did much better than the original. One Direction sang this as their first song when they preformed on The X Factor in 2010.
What a great song!
Almost making it to number 1, but not quite at number 2 is Say It Ain’t So by Weezer.
This song was released in the summer of 1995 by an American rock band. It reached number 51 in the US and number 37 in the UK. The lyrics are about the lead singers problems with his family.
He later says he regrets pointing the finger and blaming his father for his past.
Lyrics are deep sometimes.
The number one spot goes to the King of Pop Michael Jacksonwith Billie Jean.
This amazing song was released in 1983, by Michael Jackson. This song was based on a woman that used to stalk Michael Jackson. The song is about a girl who says Michael Jackson is the father of his child.
The song almost took on another name called Not My Child, because it might be confused with a tennis star with the same name as Billie Jean.
Michael Jackson spent 3 weeks writing the song with just the bass line (making the sounds with his voice).
In 1983, it was number 1 in many countries including the US. Then, in 2009, it rose to an average position of number 3 around the world.
So there you have it for the most popular karaoke songs. Do you agree? Leave comments below.
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