SoundTrax: Shower Stall Rock Star
This week, we’ve compiled a list of our eight favorite sing-a-long tunes to let the rock star living inside all of you shine. In typical SoundTrax fashion, I’ve done my best to avoid falling into a specific time frame or genre. These are all songs pulled from my personal library that I can’t help but belt out whenever they come on shuffle. While I would probably avoid some of these songs like the plague in my everyday listening, I’ll be honest: There is only so many times you can listen to Backstreet Boys’ I Want It That Way without feeling the urge to join in on the chorus.
Pivotal scenes from Almost Famous and Risky Business highlight the healing power of a sing-a-long (and how much fun it can be to rock out in your skivvies). The “Tiny Dancer” sing-a-long from Almost Famous is a personal favorite that I feel perfectly illustrates the spontaneity and sheer joy that can come from singing a well-known tune with your buddies.
For those of you who don’t feel comfortable belting out your favorite songs at your local karaoke night, the shower is often the only venue where you can truly express the vocal prowess you have. If you can’t sing, we ask that you don’t let the acoustics of your bathroom fool you: please keep the singing contained to the shower. There’s no need to terrorize the innocent patrons who didn’t realize it was karaoke night at the bar, or your kids sitting in the back seat of the minivan,
So grab your hairbrush, but please refrain from stripping down to a button-up and tighty-whities, and rock out to this playlist of rad sing-a-longs.
In honor of the aforementioned scene from Almost Famous, we kick off this week’s playlist with another great Elton John song before Bon Jovi and Journey throw some classic belters our way. The Backstreet Boys and R. Kelly provide some R&B-tinged pop staples that may be over a decade old but are still unforgettable (for better, or worse). Next up, the Spice Girls and Oasis rock out on some classic ’90s hits, and finally Billy Joel (sing-a-long extraordinaire) closes out the list with one of the most challenging karaoke songs I’ve come across, but once you nail down the verses, you’ll be impressing even the shampoo bottle.
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