Miami's Ten Favorite Karaoke Songs
Stewart Tilton, the epic yeller of Seven Seas.
Photo by Laurie Charles
The sweet smell of liquor filled the smoky room as a Blondie doppelganger rocked on to AC/DCs "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap."
It was karaoke night at Seven Seas, and just like the crowd you would expect to find at one of Miami's best dive bars, former self-proclaimed rock stars with hair past their shoulders, Tenacious D music junkies, chicks unleashing their inner diva to No Doubt, and even dudes in large, dark-framed glasses staring in shock at the madness packed the nautical-themed bar adorned with a moose head, fish nets, and a giant lobster.
Somewhere in between Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" and Diana Ross' "Mirror, Mirror," the stars of the night revealed their favorite songs to sing along to in public while heavily intoxicated.
Here are the ten best karaoke songs, according to the lyrical hard hitters at Seven Seas.
Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"
"'Mirrors' because it's complicated," said Jez Visitante who had just finished singing to Diana Ross.
"I also like personalities like Madonna. I can't sing, so I like when the crowd sings with me, but only if they're good. I'd rather dance."
Michael Jackson, "Remember the Time"
Jez may have shown off his pipes to Miss Ross, but he definitely proved he can dance when he later performed Michael Jackson's "Remember the Time."
Mumford & Sons, "I Will Wait"
"It's new and energetic," John Osborne said about his song of choice.
"It's a happy heartfelt song that people can relate to... [Karaoke] should reflect whatever the performer feels," he said.
"Did you feel it?"
"I felt it," laughed Osborne.
And apparently, so did the rest of the crowd. They may not have had a mike on them, but they sure stomped their feet and harmonized at the top of their lungs.
Korn, "Freak on a Leash"
"Korn because I grew up listening to them and can relate," said Kevin. "I used to play in a band, and I'm a screamo."
And scream he did.
Tenacious D, "Fuck Her Gently"
"Well, Tenacious D 'Zanzibar' because I like to get the crowd involved," said Adrian Espinosa.
"You missed it. I got on the floor and everything."
Reel Big Fish, "She Has a Girlfriend Now"
"I also like songs with a comedic feel. I sang 'She Has a Girlfriend Now' for my friend over there because she's bisexual," he laughed as he pointed to his right.
Pantera, "Five Minutes Alone"
"They don't have this one, but I wish they did, 'Five Minutes Alone' by Pantera," he added.
"It's got a groovy beat, and it's like a fight song. It gets me pumped up for the crowd."
Michael Jackson, "The Way You Make Me Feel"
"It makes me feel sexy," said Steph Ramirez who was sitting by the bar.
"It makes my other [vixen?] side come out."
Alice Cooper, "I'm Eighteen"
"I was in a band and spent lots of time on the road," said Stewart Tilton, who was rockin' a Metallica T-shirt.
"It takes me back to those days. Karaoke keeps me warm so that I can keep doing what I love," he said as he pulled back his shoulder-length hair.
Billy Idol, "Rebel Yell"
"I like to get the crowd going with an epic yell. 'Rebel Yell' by Billy Idol is also a good one," Tilton added.
"I wanna bring rock 'n' roll back to Miami," he said before he took on the stage with his own rendition of "Rebel Yell."
Rock on, Stewart, rock on.
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