Before you hit the bar, you may need some practice on your at-home karaoke system first. After all, hitting that high note of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” might not work without training. Will you be able to pull off Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” or will it just sound ridiculous? There is only one way to find out; by practicing as many different songs, ranges and styles that will help you discover your inner vocalist.
There are a number of ways to beef up your collection of karaoke songs. You can look online for downloads, you can buy DVDs, you can buy software that allows you to make your own songs, you can stream them on the web or you can buy a karaoke CD.
When regard to karaoke CDs, few compilations got people as excited about its music as the DKKaraoke collection that came out in the nineties, featuring 25 discs of karaoke hits, spanning several decades of music. For instance, you could get Frank Sinatra’s “New York New York” and Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” on the same CD as Bon Jovi’s “Bad Medicine” and U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”
From slow ballads and lounge tracks to crooning love songs and shout-it-out rock karaoke, there is something for everyone on these CDs. This is the ultimate collection for anyone who is serious about its music and wants to have all the best songs at their disposal.
If you would rather make your own karaoke CD or add some new mp3 tracks to your database, then a number of publications and websites have stepped up to the plate to help you out with their suggestions. Rolling Stone recommends “Don’t Stop Believing” (Journey), “Since U Been Gone” (Kelly Clarkson), “Livin’ On A Prayer” (Bon Jovi), “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (Guns N’ Roses) and “Like A Virgin” (Madonna).
According to top karaoke song resource, Eztracks, the top downloads to date are “Eye of the Tiger” (Survivor), “Dancing Queen” (Abba), “Beat It” (Michael Jackson), “My Heart Will Go On” (Celine Dion), “Livin’ On A Prayer” (Bon Jovi), “Angel” (Rayvon, Shaggy), “Addicted” (Enrique Iglesias), “Thriller” (Michael Jackson) and “Barbie Girl” (Aqua).
Over at Karaokewh, there are a number of top-selling karaoke CDs to choose from. The Sound Choice Star Series offers a karaoke CD specializing in Journey tracks, as well as one for Kid Rock, Steve Miller, Dr. Hook and AC/DC.
If you don’t feel so passionately about any of the aforementioned artists, then you can try their top-selling Hard Rock Hits Volume 4 instead, which features nineties rock like Korn, Slipknot, Coal Chamber, NIN, Tool, Godsmack, Rage Against the Machine, Spineshank and White Zombie. Backstage Karaoke has a karaoke CD with “today’s classic rock” like Pearl Jam, U2, The Eagles, The Knack, Joe Cocker, Melissa Etheridge, Boyz II Men and Hootie and the Blowfish.