13 Things Every Southern Girl Should Own: Go-To Karaoke Song

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Here’s the deal: if you’re a woman living in the great American South (or want to be) (or consider yourself a Southerner) there are a few things that every Southern girl must own. We’ve narrowed the list down to the 13 items of equal importance and will be revealing them over the next couple of weeks. Here’s just one of the things every Southern girl should own. 

A go-to karaoke song. (Trust me.)

In some parts of the South, karaoke is considered a sport. Some bars and restaurants have karaoke every single night of the week. Nail salons also double as karaoke joints. You can rent cabs that have karaoke machines. A large number of people have karaoke machines in their own homes.

At times, karaoke is one of those things that just happens. There are no plans to put on a show-stopping performance or anything, but you find yourself in the right place, at the right time. Or for some, the wrong place at the wrong time. Don’t be that girl. You absolutely cannot be one of those people who “just likes to watch” or some other lame excuse.

In my opinion, a true southern girl should always be prepared with a compliment, a great recipe for a quiche, a prayer and now, a go-to karaoke song.

When done correctly, karaoke is an activity that can make a good evening turn great. You always, always want to be able to contribute to that. Be a fun bringer, not a fun taker.

It’s not as hard to pick a song as you might think, but it is a delicate process and there are a number of things to consider when choosing a song:

You must think about the audience and remember that not all karaoke DJs are up-to-date with their song choices. So, the newest Katy Perry won’t always be available.

Pick a song you know and I mean really know. You want something that will allow you to look away from the screen from time-to-time. Looking away from the screen allows audience engagement, which is what karaoke is all about.

Pick a song that most people know, so you can ask for audience participation (see above).

Pick a song that means something to you. Invest in the song.  If you have a connection to the song, you’ll always perform it well. (Unless you have some weird emotional tie, like you heard it at a funeral or something. Don’t bring a funeral song to the karaoke party.)

Don’t pick a rap song, just don’t. Unless you can really, really nail it. And no matter what– do not go with “Baby Got Back.”

Don’t pick a song that is currently being over-played on the radio. The audience will just want you off the stage.

If you have the skills, pick a song with a short (SHORT) instrumental break, so you can throw in a dance routine, because ultimately, this is not about your singing abilities. Karaoke is about the performance, it’s about singing in front of a group of people you’ve never seen before and likely, will ever see again.

If you still need some help, consider these choices:

“No One Else on Earth” // Wynonna Judd

“Maybe It Was Memphis” // Pam Tillis

“Rhiannon” // Fleetwood Mac

“Fancy” // Reba McEntire

“Jolene” // Dolly Parton

Once you have identified a song, there’s nothing stopping you from bringing down the house at any karaoke establishment or backyard barbecue.


Have fun and do you.