With all the parties going on during this holiday season, there are bound to be some holiday festivities! So gather around the living room with some egg nog and a mic and start signing! No, we don’t mean Cumbaya… more like the spotlight is now on you! Karaoke! Whether you can sing or not, karaoke has been a fun, festive, holiday activity for many parties. Don’t be nervous, you might be the next music superstar!
Boom! My favorite song to sing karaoke.
Scream like Chester, or rap like Mike? I can do both! This was my go-to karaoke song back in high school and early college.
I’d rather pull a Ru Paul’s Drag Race and “lip sink for my life” than actually sing! I’ve never participated in karaoke at my family Christmas parties, but I was always thoroughly entertained by my mom and her sisters belting out songs by Madonna (with video!). If I HAD to choose, I would pick this song. I’m sure my friends would attest that I’m a much better rapper than a singer. Haha!
Christmas or not, this song never fails to show up at Karaoke.
I would rather rap than sing. Especially if I can rap BG… ‘cause it’s hilarious.
If you don’t pull out the H&O during Karaoke, something’s wrong.
A lot of times I’ve had to drop by karaoke sessions having to leave early, with the chance to sing only one song. This has been my go-to for its all-in-one shot to show off vocals, acting ability, emotional vulnerability, and UNBRIDLED PASSION. Oh and everybody sings along too.
Well, everyone likes a little time by themselves in the spotlight! This week we decided to showcase our favorite moments when an artist takes center stage to perform the coveted solo. As you can see, all of our opinions differed quite a bit about which solo is best…and some of us couldn’t choose just one.
As always, enjoy our mixtape on Spotify or Rdio!
I really liked this song when it first came out because of the fast drum beat. After listening on repeat I really fell in love with the song because of the guitar solo towards the end! Great distortion!
Led Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven, classic. Need I say more?
To me, the hallmark of a great solo is that the second you hear that first note, you know exactly what song it is. The sax solo in Careless Whisper qualifies. As soon as that note hits, you know it’s Careless Whisper, and you know it’s awesome.
Such a great theme - here’s a 2 for 1:
When asked about my favorite solo, Wilco was the first to my brain. The driving guitar in this track wails a somber melody which is surprisingly catchy for the content.
I always loved Prince’s guitar riff in this song.
In my opinion, the absolute best guitar player who ever lived. I first came to know of this song through the opening guitar solo playing over a scene from some TV show. I’ve since forgotten what show that was, but the song remains one of my favorites to listen to- from cruising around town to working out at the gym.
For this week’s post, I thought I would celebrate Lyle Workman, who is (recently) better known for his film scoring on Superbad, 40 Year Old Virgin and more. Before this well deserved fame he was primarily known only in musical circles for his amazing guitar work and understated support of Beck, Sting, Frank Blank, and Jellyfish. Give him a listen!
This is one of my all time favorite songs. It makes me high and gives me goose bumps still after so many listens. It’s just soooo good, everything about it. It also brings back a ton of memories of rollercoaster times - amazing song and the guitar is the best part about it.
Between reggae riffs and power chords, Tim Mahoney of 311 occasionally gets a chance to put together some pretty killer solos. This track at 3:00 is a good example, as is Sweet at 2:18, and Use of Time at 3:20. Enjoy!
My boyfriend plays the saxophone and thus I love love love sax solos. The end of this song has the BEST sax solo that reminds me of his style of playing. This pic is of him, not Eleanor Friedberger ;)
One of my favorite drum solos is featured on Steely Dan’s titular track Aja. While Steely Dan has always been a great studio band, this particular track has always stood out to me as one of their best pieces of musicianship.
My personal favorite guitar solo would be Guns n Roses’ “better”. Robin Finck’s solo is unique and I remember it easily. Heck, half of the song itself is solo performance :)