Nearly a decade after its 2004 release, Singstar changed house parties forever. Not only did it provide the music for the party, but gives everyone a great laugh over how badly you and your friends “sing” (for lack of a better word).
Though Singstar is definitely the karaoke of the 21st century, the irony is that many of the most popular songs that get sung on Singstar are ’80s and ’90s anthems and ballads. Perhaps it’s the nostalgia the songs bring or because whoever owns the game couldn’t be bothered buying a more up to date version of it. But amongst the ridiculous amount of song choices available throughout all the Singstar games, which ones stand out for people the most? If you’ve been to a party where peeps played Singstar, at least a couple of these songs would’ve been “sung” for sure!
1. ‘Down Under’ by Men At Work
An Aussie classic that to many should be the country’s national anthem (too right it should be!), this song is just so jolly and upbeat, you can’t help but crack a smile when hearing that unmistakeable flute at the start. It’s un-Australian if you didn’t!
2. ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ by Cyndi Lauper
Obviously a song for the girls (who just want to have fun), this is the girl anthem. Made in the early ’80s when feminist protests and equal rights were still fresh in society’s mind, this song struck a chord with ladies everywhere, and still does 30 years later with its message of letting girls let their hair down with all the shit they put up with from men.
3. ‘The Final Countdown’ by Europe
If there was one song that summed up the cheesiness and how boisterous ’80s rock was, this is it. Mullets, lack of subtlety, and instrumentals that just scream at you, it’s a song that can’t be ignored (perhaps for the wrong reasons).
4. ‘Wannabe’ by The Spice Girls
Essentially the ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ of the ’90s, this Brit Pop girl band musically told guys it’s chicks before dicks for them and that girl power was back. The catchy tune that think “This is so ’90s” and how fast you have to sing this song have kept girls all over squealing in delight when this song starts.
5. ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’ by Bonnie Tyler
Though quite a sad song, this always get played at parties and somehow doesn’t kill the mood. Perhaps it’s the booze that gets singers emotional, especially females, but the sheer pain of heartbreak that pours from Bonnie Tyler’s voice still resonates with people over 30 years after its release.
6. ‘Working Class Man’ by Cold Chisel
Australia cherishes its icon of the Aussie battler doing hard yakka to make ends meet, and ‘Working Class Man’ is the musical epitome of this ideal. Whenever it gets to the end of the song where Jimmy Barnes belts out the chorus, rest assured whoever is singing this on Singstar is going absolutely mental!
7. ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ by Survivor
Who doesn’t know this song?! You’ve heard it at every sports event since it was unleashed onto the world thanks to Rocky III. That opening guitar riff and that urge the song gives you to take on the world and face all adversaries has made this a rock classic that has become a cliche thanks to being overused.
8. ‘Baby One More Time’ by Britney Spears
The song that made Britney a household name, this pop hit that had Britney don the schoolgirl uniform that made guys all over pull themselves back in 1999 has remained in our ever forgetful memory for pop culture. Catchy, an easy chorus to remember and incredibly ’90s, girls will be singing this song forever (unfortunately).
Originally published here at barsandnightclubs.com.au on Tuesday 15 January 2013