Killer Karaoke Songs of 2017

Just when you bid 2017 goodbye, many of its songs continue to hum in your ears like the year hasn’t even ended yet. We at Mac’s Tavern and Grill are proud to say that we keep our music up to date. You can count on us to play your jam, regardless when it was released.

In fact, here are some of the best 2017 pop songs that you can sing to on your next karaoke visit.

“New Rules” by Dua Lipa – New British sensation Dua Lipa took the world by storm with her debut single “New Rules.” The upbeat melody, scornful lyrics, and overall infectious beat can definitely get your audience up and cheer you on.

“Want You Back” by Haim – Many people can relate to a certain post-breakup phase when one party is angry at the other, but still has the desire to have them back. Haim perfectly encapsulated this feeling with a seemingly conversational intro, snappy choruses, and smooth rhythm.

“Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B – Fair warning: This song does not have the most wholesome or family-oriented lyrics. What is awesome about this hip hop masterpiece is Cardi B’s incredibly powerful chops that would make any head nod. This is the first female rap song that ranked No.1 since 1998.

“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Beieber – Truth be told, we don’t understand the lyrics of this Latin pop song, but there is something fun about singing and dancing to the fine guitars and smooth voices. We recommend the version with Justin Beiber for more English lyrics in the song.

“24K Magic” and “That’s What I like” by Bruno Mars – Bruno Mars dug deep and came out with a lot of songs resonating the 80’s. These songs are part of an entire album that might send you or your parents down memory lane. There’s swagger, funk, and a lot of nostalgia — all the makings of great karaoke songs.

“Shape of You,” “Galway Girl,” and “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran – Need something modern to woo a girl? These ballads from Ed Sheeran cannot be more perfect.

“Hard Times” by Paramore – This colorful and upbeat song is another tribute to the 80’s as well as a great anthem to those who fell down in 2017. This refreshingly infectious pop song can be your next pick-me-up after a tough week.

Visit our blog again for more karaoke tips and song ideas. Come and visit us at Mac’s Tavern and Grill in Arlington, Texas for your next karaoke gathering. You can also call us at (817) 649-1700 or fill out our contact form for reservations and upcoming events.

How Karaoke Can Help Make You a Better Singer

We at Mac’s Tavern and Grill strongly believe that everyone can sing. Not being born with a good singing voice should not be a hindrance to pursue your passion. Practice makes perfect, and one way to do this is to have karaoke sessions. Below are some of the main reasons why karaoke can help you hone your inner rock star or diva.

Confidence Boost – Most beginners lack confidence, especially when singing in front of a crowd. Often they think that they are not good enough to be heard by other people yet. Doing karaoke with friends can help in slowly boosting your confidence. Sooner or later you need to try and take a risk, especially when singing songs with high notes. Good thing is there’s no pressure involved since you are with your friends and you can still have fun.

No Techniques Needed – Singing in a karaoke bar does not require you to have knowledge of the technical side of singing—vocalization, breathing, posture, to name a few. Your main task is to sing to the lyrics shown in the monitor. You can start with an easy song to warm you up. As you get better with it you can move on with intermediate songs like Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” or Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro.”

Freedom in Song Choice – One good thing about karaoke is that you can choose whatever song you like. It doesn’t matter if you’re not good at it yet. What’s important is that you are motivated to sing it loud and proud. This way, you will be able to practice your piece. Who knows? It can be your winning song when you join a singing contest in the future!

Lastly, make sure to have fun while at it. Karaoke is an excellent training ground. In fact, it has been the starting point of many known singers today. Our doors are always open here at Mac’s Tavern and Grill Arlington Texas, for your next singing session either with friends, family, or by yourself. Call us anytime for reservations.

Benefits Of Karaoke For The Family

Are you looking for a worthwhile bonding activity for your family? Here at Mac’s Tavern and Grill, we strongly encourage karaoke as a new form of fun activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family in Arlington Texas. Read on to discover how it can greatly benefit your family’s relationship and still give a great time.

Karaoke Helps Bridge Generation Gaps – Have you heard about the famous quote, “a family that plays together stays together?” Playing songs from different generations and genres can do just that. Parents and grandparents will definitely enjoy singing the “oldies” or classics to their kids, and vice versa. We often find family customers singing to a mix of 80’s to the 2000’s, all enjoying the songs as if they were born in the same era.

Karaoke Promotes Teamwork – Karaoke helps families exercise teamwork mostly because they coordinate when performing duet songs. They also act as supporters of each other through cheering and applause.

This Can Be Your New Stress Reliever – Music is a good way to shake off a bad day or week and promote a more positive outlook. Singing in karaoke also helps release “endorphins” or also known as “good hormones” which make us feel good and ecstatic, reducing anxiety and stress.

Singing In Front Of An Audience Boost Self-Confidence – One of the first audiences anyone will have is their family. Parents can use karaoke to help their kids practice singing and presenting themselves in public. This might be awkward or even difficult at first, but through time and practice their self-confidence can develop.

Karaoke has also been proven as one of the best ways in discovering hidden talents. Who knows? One of your family members might be a closet Celine Dion or the next singing sensation. That’s what’s also great about karaoke. It leads to a variety of positive possibilities.

Don’t hesitate to visit us and sing your hearts out here at Mac’s Tavern and Grill in Arlington, Texas. Our lines are always open for inquiries and reservations. Thank you.

Should I Bring My Date to Karaoke?

Bringing a date to karaoke is said to be a double-edge sword. It can bring out the best and possibly the awkward side of a person. Here at Mac’s Tavern and Grill, we have been asked this question numerous times. Our answer will always vary as it will mostly depend on the type of date you’ll be bringing. We can, however, tell you in this article some of reasons why karaoke can be a fun dating activity.

Karaoke is a Great Ice Breaker – Nothing says throwing awkwardness out the window than singing together. Karaoke is all about having fun and being silly with friends, or in this case, someone special. We are fairly certain that your nerves will be looser and both of your guards will be more down after one session.

You Get to Know Each Other More – This is almost certain to happen. After a couple of songs you will have even a glimpse of your date’s taste in music. Does she/he like rock, hip hop, or mostly pop songs? Karaoke will have the answers, and more.

Teamwork is Sometimes Needed – Karaoke is also a great way to test the waters and see if you two can work together. We have nearly infinite duet songs at your disposal to find out if your vocal ranges and attitude will fit.

You Can Show Off – Do you have a flare for entertainment? Maybe you have a hidden musical talent? Karaoke can give you the chance to show your date your vocal prowess and/or performing skills. It can also show how comfortable you are with yourself and how you are not afraid to look silly.

You Can Enjoy Some Liquid Courage Together – Drinks and karaoke are almost a match made in heaven. There is absolutely nothing wrong in having a few drinks and loosening up to a few tunes with someone you care for. Just be careful not to overindulge.

Visit our blog again for more insights and ideas on karaoke. For your next date come and visit us at Mac’s Tavern and Grill in Arlington, Texas where we can help you have a great time with good music, delicious food, and flowing drinks. You can also call us for reservations and upcoming events.

 

Quick Tips for Karaoke Beginners

Are you still a karaoke newbie? Like in many things, the first time can be the most intimidating and difficult part to handle; but once you get past it, the rest is smooth sailing. Here at Mac’s Tavern and Grill, we strongly believe that each person has the potential to be a karaoke master — it’s all about how we carry ourselves when holding the mic.

Here are five quick and easy tips for karaoke beginners.

  1. Know your vocal range and capacity.

You can learn if you’re a belter or a low-key singer by trying to imitate the notes of a piano. There, you can determine which note is too high or too low for you. The easier and more informal way to determine your capacity is by following which singer best suits your vocals. Is your voice a rare octave like Mariah Carey’s or do you have a versatile one like Madonna’s?

  1. Choose your song wisely.

Selecting the right song can be based on different factors, such as your vocal range, the song’s popularity, and of course, your feelings at that moment. If this is your first time, try picking an easy song and a people pleaser, something to get the crowd to cheer for you.

  1. Practice the right breathing.

There’s a reason why experts strongly advise beginner singers to sing with their stomach and not with their throat. Singing with your throat will only make it hurt, your voice sound muffled, and your breathing shortened after a couple of seconds. Practice deep breathing and releasing your voice right after you’ve inhaled through your mouth.

  1. Don’t be awkward on stage.

Having stage presence greatly makes up for the lack of vocal talent. This is karaoke after all, and not a singing competition. Before taking the mic, take a deep breath, shake off the fear, and exhale when on stage. Don’t show the audience your fear or awkwardness and instead stand up and get them involved. You can clap, pace, and move your hands while singing. Just don’t be stiff.

  1. Be a supportive audience.

Since you know that being up on stage can be nerve-racking, try to be supportive of others. Clap, cheer, sing along, and have fun with the rest of the group. After all, karaoke is not meant to be enjoyed alone. You can build and strengthen relationships in this activity.

For additional information ok karaoke or about any event that we may be hosting here at Mac’s Tavern and Grill in Arlington, Texas, please give us call at (817) 649-1700 or fill out our contact form.

Karaoke Blunders to Avoid

Here at Mac’s Tavern and Grill, we’re a strong believer of having fun and loosening the reigns a bit in a karaoke bar. This is why we offer our place here in Arlington, Texas as a haven for all kinds of singers with the right mix of good food and awesome drinks. We also observe courtesy among our guests, especially to those who are singing in public.

Here are some of the biggest blunders or mistakes to avoid when in a karaoke bar.

Don’t get too drunk.

Nobody likes the drunk uncle in the wedding. We know that you might need liquid courage to get through singing in public, but try not to get overboard. Enjoy and be merry, but don’t lose control of your liquor. You can avoid getting drunk by always moving, eating food, talking, and of course, not drinking too much.

Don’t be a stingy with complements and applause.

A karaoke bar is not the place to be a critic. Sympathize with the singer’s feelings. You all came to sing and have fun, not to judge each other. You can be surprised at how sensitively others might take your criticisms of their singing. It can lessen their confidence or even damage your camaraderie. Instead, be generous with your applause regardless of their voice.

Stop singing the same cliché song.

If you’ve heard a lot of Journey, Bon Jovi, or Freddie Mercury in the bar, then chances are people are getting tired of the same old songs. There are many choices you can go for, so there is no reason to get stuck in cliché songs.

Never rap if you can’t.

First of all, rap songs generally are hard to follow by the audience. Second, there is a high chance that you can’t rap as well as Nicki Minaj or Eminem. Hence, there is a great risk that you will end up slurring, mumbling, or out of breath. If you’re dedicated to fast-paced songs, try practicing RnB first and slowly make your way to the difficult bracket.

Don’t drop the mic.

Dropping the mic, kicking the chair, or smashing a bottle might be dramatic, but in reality it is not worth the effort of having to clean up after it. Before you think of damaging the equipment, think of the people who are supposed to use it after you.

Never hog the mic, upstage a partner, or steal a song.

This might be some of the best things you can do if you want to lose a friend or two in karaoke.

For additional information ok karaoke or about any event that we may be hosting here at Mac’s Tavern and Grill in Arlington, Texas, please give us call at (817) 649-1700 or fill out our contact form.

Top Killer Karaoke Songs Hard Not to Sing To

A good karaoke performance is a combination of the right people, the right place, the right liquid courage, and of course, the right choice of song. If you’re worried about flipping through the list might take forever and you can’t decide on which tune will be a crowd pleaser, then here are some of the best karaoke songs you can consider.

“Stay,” Lisa Loeb

This 90s song is sweet, nostalgic, and most of all, easy to sing to. The lyrics and tune are practically conversational so there’s less room for mistakes here.

“500 Miles,” The Proclaimers

If “How I Met Your Mother” didn’t get you and your friends hooked on this song for a while, then try playing it in a karaoke bar. Its bouncy tune is easy to follow and you can effortlessly rile up others to sing along.

“It’s Gonna Be Me” or “Bye Bye,” Nsync

For a 90s to early 2000s kid, it’s pretty hard not to sing to Nsync, especially with Justin Timberlake’s curls and frills at the end of certain lines. There might even be dancing in the crowd.

“Party In The U.S.A” and “Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus

Fortunately, Miley Cyrus’ vocals are not hard to reach and follow. Ladies can immediately jam to songs like “Party In The U.S.A” while her more recent hits like “Wrecking Ball” works for any gender.

“All The Small Things,” Blink-182

All the “na na na” in this song is perfect for bringing the house down.

“I Want It That Way” and “Everybody, ” Backstreet Boys

Let’s face it: many songs of boy bands like Backstreet Boys don’t make a lot of sense. Still, when you play “Everybody” in a karaoke bar, everybody can literally get up and sing and dance to it.

“Since U Been Gone,” Kelly Clarkson

The growing build-up of this song is just emancipating and empowering. Whether for the moving on blues or just cheering up friends, Kelly Clarkson’s 2004 hit is always a great pick.

“Hey Jude,” Yellow Submarine,” Yesterday,” You’ve Lost that Lovin Feelin,” The Beatles

The Beatles has a wide array of songs you can easily play and sing to in the karaoke. For instance, the catchy song “Hey Jude” is not only easy to remember, it also pulls a certain heartstring among friends that would make you all want to sing shoulder to shoulder with a beer in hand.

For additional information ok karaoke or about any event that we may be hosting here at Mac’s Tavern and Grill in Arlington, Texas, please give us call at (817) 649-1700 or fill out our contact form.

Movies with Fun Karaoke Scenes

Singing in a karaoke bar can be a roller coaster ride of emotions. It can be nerve-raking, scary, melancholy, nostalgic, tense, exciting, and incredibly fun. This is why many movies include a karaoke scene or two in order to encapsulate a certain emotion or feeling. Scenes where characters suddenly sing go up the stage with a mic can be a way to release tension, build up a certain moment, butcher a certain song, or make a hit rendition.

Here are some of the best karaoke scenes in movies.

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

This classic rom-com revolves around the lives of longtime friends Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) who accidentally bump into each other through a course of years. Each encounter is flirtatious and full of chemistry. In one scene they meet in an electronics store and Harry convinces Sally to purchase a karaoke or “singing machine.” They end up singing an adorably funny version of “The Surrey With the Fringe on Top” which came from the musical Oklahoma!

Lost in Translation (2003)

Sofia Coppola’s 2013 movie featuring two wandering and wondering Americans Bob (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) in the bustling Tokyo was nothing less than subtle and sincere. Its karaoke scene where Bob flatly sang Roxy’s “More Than This” and Charlotte sassed her pink wig to “Brass in Pocket” perfectly captured their raw, innocent emotions. It held both their mid-life crisis problem and brewing awkward romance.

My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)

Cameron Diaz singing in this movie was painful to watch. In an attempt to ruin Kimmy’s (Diaz) upcoming wedding, Julianne pressures her to sing in a karaoke bar in public and in front of her fiancé Michael (Dermont Mulroney). There was no doubt that Kimmy was terrible, but then everyone cheers for her and her stage fright dissolves. This scene goes to show that slaying karaoke doesn’t need a talent in singing.

500 Days of Summer (2009)

This romantic movie has spurred debates on whether Summer (Zooey Deschanel) breaking Tom’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) heart was warranted or she just led him on a sad love story. Whether he had it coming or not, it’s hard not to get smitten by Tom’s rendition of the Pixies’ “Here Comes Your Man” in a karaoke bar in the first part of the movie.

Don’t get contented with just watching these movies. Go out with your friends and sing your heart out here at Mac’s Tavern and Grill in Arlington, Texas. For additional information or about any event that we may be hosting, please give us call at (817) 649-1700 or fill out our contact form.

Tips to Overcome Stage Fright

There is nothing worse for a person on stage than to freeze in front of an audience and let stage fright ruin the entire performance. Everyone, from an amateur to a broadway actor, can experience stage fright. It is when one feels cold feet and shaky, and reaches the point of being still or debilitated at the fear of going on stage.

Experts can diagnose this as performance anxiety, wherein the person can no longer think rationally and instead excessively worries about the act and the reaction of the audience that has yet to even happen yet. Many people can treat this lightly and become insensitive to the person’s feelings. This might cause trauma or permanent fear.

Here at Mac’s Tavern and Grill, we believe that the best way to overcome stage fright is to tackle it straight on, with the support of friends and family. Below are some tips to help you or your friend beat the fear.

Relax. This may seem easy, but you are really not sure of what might happen when stage fright attacks at the moment before the performance. Here is what you can do:

  • Breathe slowly and occasionally exhale to release tension. You can watch videos to follow correct breathing methods in soothing stress.
  • Eat a banana before your performance can help lower the feeling of queasiness or vomiting you might feel. You can also chew gum, just be careful not to do it too much or it might upset your stomach.
  • Stretch your arms, legs, neck, shoulders, and hips. There is no need to resort to yoga or exercise, just move around so you won’t get stiff.

Be careful of the effects of drinks. Try to steer clear from milk during the day of your performance for two reasons: it can clog or make your throat dry; and there is always a risk of upsetting your stomach. Also avoid coffee or any drink high in sugar and coffee because they can increase your anxiety or make you jittery. For energy, instead drink citrus juices because they can also lower blood pressure and even complement your throat. Water also works fine, just not something too cold.

Audience participation greatly helps. It really does. Chat with members of the audience you don’t know so they won’t seem like total strangers. Once you see their faces and hear their voices, you can slowly learn that they are not really out to get you or criticize your singing. They might be just like you who are out to have fun and be with friends.

For additional information on karaoke or about any event that we may be hosting here at Mac’s Tavern and Grill in Arlington, Texas, please give us call at (817) 649-1700 or fill out our contact form.

The Mic’s Journey from East to West

For some people, karaoke night is a dreadful spectacle where people are compelled to sing in front of an audience while filled with alcohol and peer pressure. For others, it is the only night when they can be rock stars, pop singers, and any artist they want to be, with the help of a cheering audience and liquid courage. For a few, karaoke bars can be a place of nuisance, but for many people who have had a stressful day or week, it can be a place of emancipation.

Here at Mac’s Tavern and Grill, we keep our stage open, are plates warm, and our drinks flowing for everyone who wants to enjoy singing, drinking, and simply hanging out with friends through one common interest — karaoke.

The word “karaoke” originated from the Japanese words “kara,” which means empty, and “oke,” which is short for orchestra. The karaoke culture originated from Japan, wherein the ‘70s had people singing in public in bars and hotels as part of the establishments’ gimmick to order more drinks. This event became more serious in the ‘80s when people could sing in karaoke boxes with lyrics thru the help of laser disks. Fast forwarding to the 2000’s, the number of songs became nearly endless, the singing stages and/or booths became brighter and more colorful, and the entire karaoke experience became more enjoyable and advanced.

The Japanese see karaoke as both a culture of business and pleasure. Even until now they combine it with alcohol in closing deals and building relationships with important colleagues. For Americans, on the other hand, karaoke is mostly for pleasure.

Karaoke in the United States can be a form of blowing off steam, celebrating occasions like weddings and birthdays, enjoying the company of loved ones, and transforming into a different person with just one song. Experts say that many people are still getting hooked with karaoke because of the thrill of being part of the act and not just sitting and watching a show. They also say that this can be a form of a growing tradition for many generations. Many states like California and Colorado even see this as an actual sport.

In other words, there are many ways on how we can view karaoke. What is important is that we have fun with the right tunes, the right people, the right food and drinks, and the right place. For additional information on karaoke or about any event that we may be hosting here at Mac’s Tavern and Grill in Arlington, Texas, please give us call at (817) 649-1700 or fill out our contact form.