All the songs I sang at karaoke in 2015


Numbers-wise it’s only a handful more than the time I sang 45 songs in the month of May 2014 alone, but I sang a lot of good stuff in 2015.

It started with a pair of songs at the first Karaoke Underground party in San Francisco, and grew and grew from there. Highlights (besides the KU stuff) included “96 Tears” which was surprisingly awesomely fun to do even though it’s real simple, “Diane Young” because the baby-baby-babys are so fun, “Surf Wax” because the audience loooooved it so hard, “Honey Bunny” because I mean c’mon GIRLS, MAN, and “Police on My Back” because it was my final song of 2015, on New Year’s Eve in Shibuya and it was awesome.

The point of this list and this post is to encourage everyone to do more karaoke! I got into somewhat late in life, like when I was 28 or something, and I hope to help others avoid this pitfall. Karaoke is killer and it will improve your life, I promise. Here’s the full list:

  1. Christina – Oblivians
  2. I’m Not An Animal – The Blind Shake
  3. Brandy You’re A Fine Girl - Looking Glass
  4. Conquest - The White Stripes
  5. I Don’t Wanna Dance - Eddy Grant
  6. Go West - Pet Shop Boys
  7. Victim of Love - Erasure
  8. Motherless Children - Eric Clapton
  9. Back to the Shack - Weezer
  10. Seasons - Future Islands
  11. Fall Back Down - Rancid
  12. Girl U Want - Devo
  13. Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again - Angels, The
  14. 96 Tears - ? and the Mysterians
  15. You Might Think - The Cars
  16. What Do All the People Know - The Monroes
  17. Diane Young - Vampire Weekend
  18. Don’t You Want Me - The Human League
  19. Virginia Plain - Roxy Music
  20. Surf Wax America - Weezer
  21. What Ever Happened? - The Strokes
  22. Army - Ben Folds
  23. Annie Waits - Ben Folds Five
  24. Veronica - Elvis Costello
  25. You’re My Best Friend - Queen
  26. More Than A Woman - The Beegees
  27. Rivers of Babylon - Boney M.
  28. Next to Me - Emeli Sonde
  29. Take Me to Church - Hozier
  30. Dance the Night Away - The Mavericks
  31. End of the Line - The Traveling Wilburys
  32. Cruel to Be Kind - Nick Lowe
  33. She’s Got You - Patsy Cline
  34. Walk on the Wild Side - Lou Reed
  35. Rasputin - Boney M.
  36. Live and Let Die - Paul McCartney
  37. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - The Beatles
  38. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John and Kiki Dee
  39. Someday - The Strokes
  40. Oh Yoko - John Lennon
  41. Getting By - The Rentals
  42. Honey Bunny - Girls
  43. Rich Girls - The Virgins
  44. Myth Takes - !!!
  45. Blank Generation - Richard Hell
  46. Marquee Moon - Television
  47. Someday - The Strokes
  48. Undercover of the Night - The Rolling Stones
  49. Living for the City - The Dirtbombs
  50. Don’t Pass Me By - The Beatles
  51. Shoop - Salt ‘n Pepa
  52. Take Me Back to Your House - Basement Jaxx
  53. Relax, Take It Easy - MIKA
  54. Police on My Back - The Clash

I particularly recommend, if you’re looking to do karaoke in San Francisco, doing karaoke at DJ Purple’s world-famous “Dance Karaoke” party, every Thursday at Slate Bar in the Mission ;)

[Photo by The Karaoke Underground]

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