I am a sucker for karaoke. Not only because it excuses tequila shot consumption after the age of 22, but also because it helps those of us, like myself, who suffer from lyrical amnesia. I will come out and admit that I am pretty terrible at remembering words to songs (other than the Backstreet Boys, those are tattooed in my brain), and there are quite a few songs that I only know the chorus to. Like, no matter how many times I've listened to "Drunk in Love," I still can only seem to muster out "Warhol," "I'm nice," and "your breasteses is my breakfast," when it comes to Jay Z's verse. The struggle is just far too real.
Thankfully, I know I'm not alone in this dilemma. I have been on many a road trip in which everyone in the car shouts the lyrics when we hit the chorus... and then mumbles the rest of the song. (Also, if you're that person who turns the volume all the way down while people are singing as a prank, you should be banned from playing car trip DJ for life.) The fact of the matter is, we all have those songs that we've heard over and over, but still only manage to nail down the chorus lyrics to.
These songs are my white whales — the songs at karaoke I wish I didn't need the monitor for, if you will. Share in my struggle, won't you?
Miley Cyrus, "Party In The USA"
Bloo blee blah blahm, I'm noddin' my head like yeah, I'm movin' my hips like yeah... I don't care how old I am, this song gets me EVERY SINGLE TIME. There's something about this song, and especially the chorus, that make me so carefree and blindly patriotic. At least... it would if I could remember the rest of the lyrics.
Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass"
Can't you hear that boom, boom-badoom boom, boom badoom-boom? YES NICKI, I CAN. Every time I hear this song, I just think about Joseph Gordon-Levitt lip syncing it on The Tonight Show , and I fall in love with the chorus even more.
Katy Perry, "Roar"
This is one of my go-to work out songs because nothing gets you through running like, "I GOT THE EYE OF THE TIGER!" Maybe that's why I can't ever remember the rest of it?
The Human League, "Don't You Want Me"
This is one of those songs that comes on at the tail-end of a party when everyone is finally drunk enough to dance, and suddenly there's a whole room full of people shouting, "DON'T YOU WANT ME BABY!? DON'T YOU WANT ME, OHHHHHHHHHH!?"
Lady Gaga, "Edge Of Glory"
If you're not blasting this song during your morning shower, then you're not waking up right. Here's a reminder from someone who knows 10 percent of the lyrics: It goes a little something like, "Blah blah blah, tonight yeah, baby tonight, yeah baby... do be dee da ba tonight yeah baby... I'M ON THE EDGE! OF GLORY!"
The Cure, "Friday I'm In Love"
I have heard this song roughly 300 times, and I still get the verses mixed up every time. "I don't care if Monday's black..." — no wait, "Monday you can hold your head!" GAH!
Not only does this song bring me back to my prom days, it also gives me sweet, sweet memories of Channing Tatum grinding all up on EVERYTHING in Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL. Now, if you'll excuse me, "BWOW. BWOW. BWOW. BWOW. BOW. WOW. WOW." *keeps singing the instrumentals*
Cutting Crew, "(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight"
Do yourself a favor: The next time you're people-watching in a park or a cafe, play this song and suddenly everyone who passes by will have the most dramatic imagined story ever.
Outkast, "Ms. Jackson"
*Distracts everyone with dancing* "I'M SORRY MS. JACKSON — WOOOO! I AM FOR REAAAAAAAAL! NEV-ER MEANT TO MAKE YOUR DAUGHTER CRY, I APOLOGIZED A TRILLION TIMES." That's literally the entire song, if you ask me. (I know it's not.)
Prince, "Purple Rain"
Whenever this song comes on, despite the fact I know roughly a quarter of it, I need to stop everything I'm doing and just HAVE A MOMENT, you know?
Britney Spears, "Toxic"
It's actually impossible to sing this song without doing this move:
I'm doing it right now.
When it comes to songs like these, I almost feel bad for the other verses. It's not that they aren't special or not as brilliantly written — it's just that the chorus really gets you there, you know? The chorus is the "Oscar moment" of the song, if you will.