What's Your Karaoke Jam? : All Songs Considered If you love karaoke, chances are you've got that one go-to song you reach for every time you take the mic. It may not be your favorite song, but it's in a forgiving key with plenty of room to perform.
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Question Of The Week: What's Your Karaoke Jam?

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 26: Eric Gunderson of Country/Rock group, Love and Theft enjoy Karaoke with campers during the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp - Karaoke with Love and Theft at Winners on June 26, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for ACM)
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For a long time, my go-to karaoke song was "Sweet Child Of Mine" by Guns N' Roses. I'd really let loose at the end on the "I-ee I-ee I-ee I-ee I's." I remember singing it in what I thought was a private booth at a karoke bar in Japan only to later learn they were piping it through the lobby speakers. Fortunately for you, I have no recording of this. But it was not unlike that scene with Cameron Diaz from My Best Friend's Wedding, minus the applause at the end.


The songs we sing when we're by ourselves (or think we're by ourselves) aren't necessarily the songs we'd sing in front of other people. For a while, my go-to karaoke song for singing with others was "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You," which gave me an opportunity to fall to my knees for the "I love you baby!" part. And I genuinely love that song. But these days my go-to cut is Neil Diamond's "Love On The Rocks." (The best part in this video kicks in about 1:51).


I can't say "Love On The Rocks" otherwise appears on any of my "favorite songs" lists. I don't even own a copy of it. But it's in a forgiving key for me and gives me the chance to punch the air and emote on the "first they say they want you" part.

But what about you? What's your go-to song for karaoke? Tell us in the comments. Better yet, if you have a video of it, hook us up with a link!