Everyone likes to roar out some yester-year ballads now and then – particularly after a few illicit substances have been consumed to some excess – particularly in a bar where said substances coincide with the playing of said ballads sans lead vocals. We’re talking karaoke here, and these are the five best, least appreciated ones for belting.
Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer
This is one of the more underrated power ballads for singing drunkedly with a group of strangers. There’s a certain freeing passion in the semi-religious context of it, a hoping to go from “whoa-oh … half-way there” to “whoa-oh … all-the-way-there” that really digs into the soul.
Journey – Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
We’re going to avoid the obvious Journey song here and go with this dark, keyboard-driven feeling-fest. It’s got a sweet rhythm to get you going, a thumping chorus with an easy rhyme, and all the heartbreak you could want.
Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence
For its call to revel in quiet, this one ironically beckons a heart-felt singalong with its infectious melody and simple lyrics. Not as fun in the uplifting sense as the other songs here, but that’s why it’s underrated – people forget the importance some change in dynamics.
Queen – Bicycle Race
Undoubtedly the best song of Queen’s for shouting in mock-harmony is Bohemian Rhapsody, but Bicycle Race is too feel-good and whimsical to pass up. It’s also got that grooving guitar melody at the end that can really get you going. Air bicycle, anyone?
Aladdin Soundtrack – A Whole New World
The genre that gets most often overlooked is, of course, the kids’ cartoon music. You think you’ve forgotten how this baby goes, but then you hear it, and you’ll find yourself falsetto-ing Jasmine’s part all over again.