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Singing My Way

For a few years, I’ve been singing my heart out at karaoke. Cute blue-haired Carli hosts it. Participants get to sing one or up to three songs during the night. We also listen to other singers, some great, some bearable. I think I sing fairly well. I have a mini fan base who cheer me on.

Carli and I in the Black Sheep (I’m actually taller than she is!)

Thought I’d list the songs I’ve sung or want to (mostly the former). (If you’ve seen this post before, I’m just updating the list with some recent ones.)

(And here I am doing it again at the end of January 2023. My last song there, “Please Send me Someone to Love,” was my prayer and someone else’s too. Oh, Lord, may our prayers be answered!)

(Back again at Spring Equinox of ’23. More songs were added, some celebrating elation, some moaning about its loss.

Singing activates our brains and hearts like nothing else. It takes some daring and confidence to go ahead. Fortunately, the words and timing are on the screen. Only the background music plays; it’s up to the singer to supply the main melody. There’s a joy in singing out, honoring the songs I like (from the 30s up to the current ones) with my attempts.

See if you recognize these. Here’s my list:

Karaoke Songs

Impossible Dream

Feeling Good (Luther)

Feeling Good (Michael Buble)

Hotel California

What Kind of Fool am I?

Everybody Knows

Piano Man

Tweedelie (LaVern)

Logical Song

Crazy (Gnarles Barkley)

My Way

White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane)

Change Gonna Come

He (She) Touched Me

Cold Sweat (James Brown)

Little Wing

Mustang Sally (Buddy Guy)

Sharp Dressed Man

New York State of Mind

The Good Life (Tony)

Sympathy for Devil

Nights in White Satin

When Music is Over

House of Rising Sun



Superstition (Often sung as a duet with Carli)

You Don’t Know  Me

We are the Champions

Nature Boy

Fly Me to the Moon

Sentimental Journey

September Song

One for my baby

Angel Eyes

Love Me Tender

If I Were a Rich Man

God Bless the Child

I’m in the Mood for Love

You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You

Since I met you, Baby

Let’s Dance

Father and son

My Romance

You Were Always On My Mind

Nothing could be finer

I Get a Kick Out of You

Rapture (Blondie) (One of my favorites, a pre-hip-hop-or-rap song)

Maniac (She’s a)

Right Place, Wrong Time

Get Lucky

Fever (Eva Cassidy)

I Put a Spell on You

Everybody Dance Now

Play that Funky Music White Boy (I’ve done this many times; always gets all going)

One More for the Road (Robbie Williams or Bette Midler)

Holy Now (not on karaoke yet)

Wicked Game (Chris Issacs)

Carnival (Natalie Merchant)

What’d I Say (Ray)

I’ve Got You Under My Skin


Strangers in the Night

Witchy Woman

Seven Nation Army (Haley Reinhart)

Let’s Get This Party Started

Chain, Chain, Chain

Within You Without You

Tomorrow Never Knows

House of the Rising Sun

Give Me a Drink




You Don’t Know Me

Please Send Me Someone to Love (Sade)

Smooth (Santana)

Sympathy for the Devil

Brown Sugar

My Favorite Things (Kelly)

Stray Cat Strut

Night and Day (Diana Krall)

If I Only Had a Brain (Wizard)

Joy to the World (3 Dog)

Fever (Elvis)

The Good Life (Tony Bennet)

Take Me to Church

Hey, now You’re a Rock Star

Black Hole Sun

Cry me a River

Hello (Lionel)

King Duke (Stevie Wonder)

Tennessee Whiskey

You’re Nobody till (Dean M)

Staying Alive

I Will Survive

I’m a Creep

That’s Life

When they Begin the Beguine (30s)

Piano Man

We Want the Funk

Faniculi Fanicula

Feel it in the air tonight. (Phil Collins)


Come Fly with Me

Ain’t that a Kick in the Head? (Dean Martin)

Fly me to the moon

China Girl

Laura (40s) Mercer/Raskin

Working for the weekend

Town Without Pity

I Will Survive

Joy to the World

It was a Very Good Year


Love Potion Number 9

Wild Horses

That’s Why the Lady is a Tramp

My Girl

Don’t Lie to Me (Barbara Streisand)

Take me to the Water (Talking Heads)

Minnie the Moocher (Cab Calloway, 30s)

Dream On (Aerosmith)

We’ve Only Just Begun (weddings)

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Fire (Bruce Springsteen)

We Will, We Will Rock You

Come Together (Beatles)

Life is Hard (can’t get to heaven on roller skates)

Vienna Waits for You (Billy Joel)

What a Wonderful World

Sweet Dreams are Made of These

Lonely Teardrops

Try a Little Tenderness

What’s Up?

Chantilly Lace

I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You


I Can’t Stop Loving You (Ray Charles)

Shattered (Rolling Stones)


Are you Gonna be my Girl?

Addicted to Love

(The following added at the end of January 2023)

In Other Words, I Love You

The Lady is a Tramp

This Masquerade (Leon Russel)

Sounds of Silence

She’s got a Way About Her

What’d I Say? (Ray Charles) (Great for getting audience joining in!)

The Rose (Bette Midler)

Dream a Little Dream of Me (Ella F. and Louis A., pending)

21st Century Schizoid Man (King Crimson)

Ain’t no Sunshine when she’s Gone

What a Wonderful World

Mona Lisa (Willie Nelson)

Don’t (Elvis)

You Don’t Know Me (Ray Charles)

I Gotta Woman (Ray Charles)

Love’s in Need of Love Today (Stevie)

Just the Two of Us


Super Bad (James Brown)

(Adding these at Spring Equinox of ’23)

Kiss (Prince)

Love me Tender

Heartbreak Hotel

My Sharoda

Unforgettable (Nat)

Come Go with Me


Love was Meant for Me and You

I can Feel it Coming (Phil Collins)

Be My Girl (Jet)

Love me Two times (Doors)

Lover man, Where can you be?

I Need Your Love (Bert Bacharach)

That’s Life (Frank)

Back to Black (Amy Whitehouse)

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1 year ago

Well, with a playlist like that, you could sing All Night Long! (which I didn’t see on the list)

1 year ago

Fun post!

I did recognize quite a few!

Keep singing, what a blessing you are to this Earth!

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