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Karaoke songs & free player

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Karaoke is one of my more enjoyable means of killing time (and music itself, some might argue, as I’m a rather untalented singer). A while ago I’ve found a free karaoke player (far from perfect, as it BSODs my new laptop, but pretty usable otherwise), which together with some fun .kar songs I’ve gathered over time make for a ~20 MB pack of (potentially) great fun.

The player – Karafun

You can get a player called Karafun here (if you know of any other, preferably better, free karaoke player, lemme know). You don’t have to buy the songs from that site too; there are plenty of free karaoke (.kar) songs on the web. It’s also portable, meaning you can copy the installed folder (c:\Program Files\KaraFun by default) on a USB stick and carry it around.

The songs (.kar files)

The most commonly used song files for karaoke are .kar files, and there’s plenty of them online. The .kar format, for the inquisitive(ly?)-natured, is a MIDI (instrumental music) file with synchronized lyrics strapped on. This is relevant because some of the files you’ll find won’t have the .kar extension, but a .mid extension; they most likely will still work (the lyrics could be missing from such files, so try playing them to make sure they’re there).

Google for “free kar songs” or something similar and you’ll find many searchable databases of such songs. To find the .kar file of a particular song, google for it’s name + kar (e.g.: “sinatra my way kar”). In Opera, clicking links pointing to .kar files will play them instead of prompting to download them, so simply right click & “Save Linked Content As” to save them.

I’ve found a nice and well-organized collection on karaokebash.com, and a good .kar search engine on vanbasco.com.

Personal selection

As I’ve already mentioned, I’ve put together a collection of .kar songs, split in two “tiers”: “the most frequently played” and “other good karaoke songs”, plus a huge folder called “unsorted” which occasionally feeds the two categories above when I have enough time to plow through the pile.

Songs I (and my friends) most often sing along to (download link the whole pack from easy-share.com or wikiupload.com):
ABBA – Chiquitita.kar, ABBA – Fernando.kar, ABBA – Thank You For The Music.kar, Ace of Base – All That She Wants.kar, Aerosmith – Cryin’.kar, Afroman – Cause I Got High.kar, Andrea Bocelli – Con te partiro.kar, Andrea Bocelli – Vivo per lei.kar, Animals – House Of The Rising Sun.kar, Aqua – Barbie Girl.kar, Bangles – Manic monday.kar, Beach Boys – Kokomo.kar, Beatles – Hey Jude.kar, Beatles – Yesterday.kar, Bee Gees – Tragedy.kar, Berlin – Take My Breath Away.kar, Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start the Fire.kar, Blondie – Heart of Glass.kar, Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry, Be Happy.kar, Bon Jovi – Always.kar, Bon Jovi – Bed of Roses.kar, Bon Jovi – Blaze Of Glory.kar, Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer.kar, Bon Jovi – This Aint a Love Song.kar, Bonnie Tyler – It’s a Heartache.kar, Bonnie Tyler – Sometimes when we touch.kar, Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart.kar, Boyzone – Father and Son.kar, Boyzone – Words.kar, Brian May – Too much love will kill you.kar, Bryan Adams – Cloud number 9.kar, Bryan Adams – Everything I do, I do it for you.kar, Celine Dion – Beauty And The Beast.kar, Coolio – Gangstas Paradise.kar, Cranberries – Zombie.kar, Crash Test Dummies – Mmm.kar, Dean Martin – Sway.kar, Dean Martin – That’s Amore.kar, Disney’s Jungle Book (Terry Gilkyson) – Bare Necessities.kar, Don McLean – American Pie.kar, Eagles – Hotel California.kar, Eddy Grant – Gimme Hope Joanna.kar, Edith Piaf – Ne me quitte pas.kar, Elvis Presley – Are You Lonesome Tonight.kar, Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love.kar, Elvis Presley – Love Me Tender.kar, Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds.kar, Eric Clapton – Tears In Heaven.kar, Extreme – More Than Words.kar, Frank Sinatra – My Way.kar, Frank Sinatra – Something Stupid.kar, Frank Sinatra – Strangers In The Night.kar, G. Capurro – O sole mio.kar, Gerry & The Pacemakers – You’ll Never Walk Alone.kar, Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street.kar, Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive.kar, Gordon Lightfoot – If You Could Read My Mind.kar, Guns’n’Roses – Sweet Child Of Mine.kar, Harry Belafonte – Banana Boat Song (Day-O).kar, Jim Croce – Operator.kar, Jimmy Buffett – Margaritaville.kar, Joe Cocker – You Are So Beautiful.kar, Joe Dassin – Et si tu n’existais pas.kar, Julio Iglesias – A veces si, a veces no.kar, Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven.kar, Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World.kar, Lucio Dalla – Caruso.kar, Mariah Carey – Without you.kar, Meat Loaf – I’d Do Anything For Love.kar, Monty Python – Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.kar, Mungo Jerry – In The Summertime.kar, Pet Shop Boys – Go West.kar, Phil Collins – Groovy kind of love.kar, Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody.kar, Queen – Love Of My Life.kar, Queen – Too Much Love Will Kill You.kar, Ray Charles – Hit the road Jack.kar, Richard Marx – Hazard.kar, Robbie Williams – Supreme.kar, Rod Stewart – Sailing.kar, Rolling Stones – Satisfaction.kar, Scorpions – Wind of change.kar, Smokie – Alice.kar, Soul Asylum – Runaway train.kar, Status Quo – In the army now.kar, Sting – Englishman in New York.kar, Supertramp – The Logical Song.kar, Suzanne Vega – Tom’s Diner.kar, The Carpenters – Close To You.kar, The Righteous Brothers – You’ve Lost That Lovin Feelin.kar, Tina Turner – The best.kar, Tom Jones – Delilah.kar, Tony Braxton – Unbreak My Heart.kar, Ugly Kid Joe – Cats In The Cradle.kar, Westlife – Seasons in the sun.kar, Whitesnake – Here I go again.kar, Whitney Houston – I will always love you.kar.

Written by vtopan

October 6, 2009 at 12:51 AM

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Top ten striptease songs

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Some while ago, when the opportunity arose to put them to good use, I realised I had rather few striptease songs sorted out. The very next day (my memories are rather foggy given circumstances, but it most likely was the next day, so we’ll work with that assumption) I set on a quest for the web’s favorite striptease songs. The results, however, were somewhat disappointing; mostly redundant and not as insightful as I had hoped. But plowing through them I also found some good (enough) ones, and managed to collect sufficient songs to tire out even some of the most dedicated strippers out there (not that that would be the purpose of the whole thing).

Stumbling over the sorted-out-music folder and running into them again, I decided to share them with the world, if only to spare other don quixotesque music fans out there from the pain of having to go thorough endless pages of search results only to find (mostly) the folowing songs listed over and over.

Top ten strip songs

Note: the order is mostly a matter of personal taste & current state of mind. The purpose is to provide you with a list of good striptease songs, rather than to make statements about the songs’ quality when compared to one another, as I find judging taste to be pointless.

#10. Kylie Minogue – Chocolate [watch]
Not much surprise in Kylie showing up in this list, now is there?

#9. Tina Turner – Private Dancer [watch]
Striptease 101.

#8. Pussycat Dolls & Busta Rhymes – Don’t Cha [watch]
Excellent rythm; rap & hip hop fans will appreciate it.

#7. Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar on Me [watch]
Rock.

#6. Right Said Fred – I’m Too Sexy [watch]
Funny rather than sexy, but still a good song to drop clothes to.

#5. Joe Cocker – You Can Leave Your Hat On [watch]
Synonymous with “striptease song”; would be higher in the top if it weren’t so damn everywhere.

#4. Alannah Myles – Black Velvet [watch]
Another classic, slower & more sensual than most in this top.

#3. Prince – Cream [watch]
I’m not that much into Prince, but this song is by far among the best strip songs I’ve heard so far.

#2. Patricia Kaas – Mademoiselle chante le blues [watch]
French strip song. ’nuff said.

#1. En Vogue – Beat of Love [listen]
The bass drum rythm on this song is simply amazing, earning it a #1.

Bonus song

Instrumental music is excellent for striptease, and one of the best ones at that is the theme song from A Shot in the Dark (1964; the second Pink Panther movie, featuring Peter Sellers – a “dark” comedy which you may also enjoy) by Henry Mancini. If you need further proof, check out Ursula Martinez’ Hanky Panky (strip) show. The sax, as on Mademoiselle chante le blues, is excellent. On the instrumental topic, half funny-half sexy is also The Stripper from Joe Loss.

Runners up

As with most tops, some runners up got left out. In alphabetical order:

  • Ella Fitzgerald – I Just Wanna Make Love to You
  • Firefox – Sex Shooter
  • Ginuwine – Pony
  • Lovage – Sex (I’m A)
  • Paula Cole – Feelin’ Love
  • Queen – Fat Bottomed Girls
  • Sam Brown – Stop
  • Santana & Rob Thomas – Smooth
  • Shaggy – Hey Sexy Lady
  • The Sugababes – Push the Button
  • Tom Jones – Sex Bomb
  • Tom Jones – You Don’t Have to Be Rich
  • Touch & Go – Tango in Harlem
  • Zuchero – Baila Sexy Thing

You can sample most of them on imeem.com [later edit: imeem is now defunct; changed links to point to Google video searches], on youtube or simply googling/yahoo(ing?) for them.

Written by vtopan

April 6, 2009 at 1:36 AM

Posted in Music, Tops