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December 13, 2013 12:00 AM   Subscribe

Suggest great karaoke songs, for male or female voices, in the same vocal range as Tracy Chapman?

Looking for great karaoke songs for smooth, low voices.
Tenor or Contralto range... think Steven Page from Barenaked Ladies, Amy Winehouse or Tracy Chapman.

Singers who are sometimes too high: Justin Timberlake, Adele, Rihanna.
Perfect songs: Amy Winehouse's Rehab, or Eric Clapton's acoustic Layla.

Gender of the original singer doesn't matter. Complex melodies and lyrics are fine.
Please suggest fun, impressive karaoke songs- Thanks!
posted by pseudostrabismus to Media & Arts (14 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
 
Yaz(oo) — Only You
(Or any Yaz but that's the one that I've seen most at karaoke joints)
posted by wemayfreeze at 12:30 AM on December 13, 2013


Merle Haggard is great for the lower registers. Maybe too low?
posted by wemayfreeze at 12:31 AM on December 13, 2013


Jumping off this and this page for inspiration (but also with a specific mind towards your details, because I feel like many of the singers listed there often go quite high), here are a few ideas for what I think would be fun, crowd-pleasing karaoke choices:

Fiona Apple -- Criminal
Hole -- Malibu
The Pretenders -- Brass In Pocket
Chris Isaak -- Wicked Game
Don Henley -- Boys Of Summer
The Cure -- Lovesong
Oasis -- Wonderwall
Phil Collins -- Throwing It All Away totally trying to live vicariously through you; I love the hell out of this ridiculous song but have never remembered to do it at karaoke
Carly Simon -- You're So Vain
Etta James -- At Last
Steve Miller Band -- Rock'n [yes that is the official orthography] Me

p.s. holy shit, Barenaked Ladies was one of the first bands I got into when I was like 12, and I never noticed-- but will never again un-notice-- that the singer sounds almost exactly like Tracy Chapman on What A Good Boy

p.p.s. unrelated to your karaoke question, but on the topic of Tracy Chapman soundalikes, if you want more of that check out Basia Bulat
posted by threeants at 12:36 AM on December 13, 2013 [3 favorites]


also: the Smiths!
posted by threeants at 12:49 AM on December 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Garth Brooks-Friends in Low Places
Blondie-The Tide is High
George Michael-Faith
posted by MoonOrb at 2:17 AM on December 13, 2013


Eurythmics
The Velvet Underground songs sung by Nico: All Tomorrow's Parties, Femme Fatale, I'll be Your Mirror
These Boots are Made for Walking
posted by brujita at 2:30 AM on December 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Feelin' Good by Nina Simone utterly brings the house down.
posted by tomboko at 3:19 AM on December 13, 2013


THANK YOU for this. This is my register/problem too. I am currently trying to work up the guts to do Black Velvet by Alannah Myles, but I'm not sure if it might get a bit high in parts.
posted by corvine at 3:35 AM on December 13, 2013


Anything by Odetta.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 4:28 AM on December 13, 2013


If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher
Because the Night - Patti Smith

Anything by Alabama Shakes
posted by gohabsgo at 8:36 AM on December 13, 2013


At This Moment - Billy Vera and the Beaters
King of the Road - Roger Miller
Suspicious Minds - Elvis

There are songs that are in higher registers that can be sung lower successfully.
Angel/Aida - Sarah McLaughlin
Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor
posted by Billiken at 9:02 AM on December 13, 2013


Echo and the Bunnymen: "Killing Moon."
posted by Iridic at 10:30 AM on December 13, 2013


Jerry Lee Lewis is also good for this vocal range.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 11:05 AM on December 13, 2013


You might peruse this list of Contraltos in non classical music to get some ideas.
posted by katyggls at 2:05 PM on December 13, 2013


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