Karaoke: Sing it like you mean it

Carrie Fossum

Karaoke is a popular form of entertainment for all ages and originated in Japan in the 1970s. Almost forty years later, karaoke has spread throughout the entire globe.

Whether you need to relax after class, are hanging out with friends, showing the family around town or waiting to try out for the next “American Idol,” head out to these local karaoke bars and sing a tune.

Places to sing in Ames:


Mickey’s Irish Pub

109 Welch Ave.

Sing to impress the college-aged audience and enjoy free popcorn while watching others perform their favorite songs.

West Towne Pub

4518 Mortensen Road

9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Plenty of good songs to sing here. Be sure to get your requests in early.

Paddy’s Irish Pub

124 Welch Ave.

This Campustown favorite lets patrons show off their vocal skills every Tuesday night. Come here to show off your singing range or just to have a little fun.


Tradewinds Lounge

115 Fifth St.

Starting at 9 p.m.

This place plays the karaoke loud and proud.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Fox 1 Lounge

111 S. Fifth St.

Starting at 9 p.m.

This is the place to go if you want to practice. There are a bunch of talented singers here who may be intimidating and hard acts to follow. This crowd will be sure to welcome you and clap no matter what your singing level is.

How to sing so that everyone will be asking for your autograph at the end of the night:

Choose a song you love and that holds special meaning (hopefully the DJ has your song, but always have a backup).

Relax and have fun – if you need support, take friends up on stage with you.

Practice, practice, practice.

Don’t be afraid to try new things.

Do not limit yourself to following the words exactly as they appear on the screen. Add your own style and personality with a few “oooohs” and “yeahs.”

Always clap for everyone, even if they sing like . well, don’t boo anyone.

Choosing the perfect song

Ladies’ night: “Goodbye Earl” by the Dixie Chicks

Out on a date: “Summer Nights” by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John or “I Got You, Babe” by Sonny and Cher

Out with the guys: “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks or “Strokin'” by Clarence Carter

Other classics: “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffet or “American Pie” by Don McLean

Stay away from songs by: Celine Dion or Whitney Houston