Oh, the wonder of karaoke. It turns even the shyest of us into masters of the stage. With the lyrics on the screen in front of us, we can all sing. Or at least we think we can. Whether you like to twerk like Miley Cyrus or belt out ballads like Adele, there’s a perfect karaoke song for everyone to perform. (For Robert Pattinson and Katy Perry, it’s “I’ll Make Love to You” by Boyz II Men.) Grab that sticky microphone and unleash the musical talent that you know you noticed in the shower. Here are the 2013 songs I think will be karaoke hits forever. Back-up dancers optional.
1. Taylor Swift’s “22″
Two words: college students. They’re seniors, they’re graduating soon and they’re out on a Tuesday night. Who cares about studying for finals, they’re feeling 22! Because they are. But also because Taylor Swift made 22 a cool age! OMG let’s all sing about it!
2. Fun.’s “Carry On”
This is a good choice: it’s a meaningful song, not any of that auto-tuned nonsense, and Nate Ruess’ singing style occasionally borderlines on a musical speaking voice. Plus, it literally mentions meeting up with friends at a bar. You are a shining star, karaoke singer. You are. Carry on.
3. Daft Punk and Pharell’s “Get Lucky”
Oh hey, group of frat boys who hope all the ladies in the club are taking your karaoke song choice to heart. You think you’re being clever and funny, don’t you? Repeat the phrase “get lucky” the 40ish times this song requires and it will come true! Actually everyone wishes you were wearing a Daft Punk helmet so they wouldn’t have to look at your gelled hair any more.
4. Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack”
I understand. You’re used to keeping ‘em at arm’s length, but 2013 was the year you found love, and you’re worried about letting it in. You’re scared to share your feelings with the object of your affection, so you’re going to sing them at the top of your lungs. It’s healthy to get it out. I’ll listen, then I’ll tell you to suck it up: 2014 can be the year you let those defenses down. You won’t have a heart attack, I promise.
5. Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child”
You’re legit. You took at least one theater class in college (even if it was pass/fail, it still counts). You may not be trying to impress everyone, but actually hitting both the low and the high notes while singing karaoke is impressive. We will be buying you drinks after you’re done.