Karaoke night can be a fun, lively spectacle for bar hoppers and partygoers alike. But sometimes, karaoke night is just absolutely ruined by people who commit some of the cardinal sins.
Who doesn’t love belting out your favorite tunes – drunkenly or otherwise – free from judgment in a carefree environment? When done right, karaoke can be an effective way to loosen people up and get them out of their shell.
In a study done by the Royal Society for Public Health, singing, and karaoke can be linked to a number of physical, mental, and social health benefits. Think about that the next time you’re busting out those “DA-DA-DA‘s” during Sweet Caroline.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have the strongest singing voice. I certainly won’t be touring with Taylor Swift anytime soon. But that sure as hell won’t stop me from singing Love Story with my whole entire chest whenever it’s my turn at the mic! Karaoke is less about singing skill and more about self-expression and letting go of your inhibitions and anxiety for a few minutes. You can also use it to show off your personality and tastes that could attract like-minded people. From rock n’ roll, to hip-hop, to R&B, country, and even Broadway musicals, there’s a crowd for everyone at karaoke night.
But of course, with every fun thing comes a litany of ways that people make it decidedly unfun and ruin the experience for everybody. Whether it’s heckling someone else’s performance or picking songs that are entirely inappropriate for the occasion, there are many sins that people commit far too often at karaoke night. I say it’s time someone puts a stop to it. And as quite possibly the most tone-deaf person in the world, I feel wholly qualified to be that someone.
So the next time you’re at the bar and the karaoke machine comes out, be careful to avoid these seven deadly sins: