1. “Total Eclipse of the Heart”
First of all PLEASE watch this video because it’s amazing. And also imagine having too many underage amaretto sours and scream-singing to this at a bar inhabited by Live Schrieber. If your friend also screamed out, “HEY COTTON WEARY!” to make him come talk to you, then you might have gone to college with me. Bonus points if you guys can coordinate someone else singing “turn around bright eyes.”
2. “Party in the USA”
If you haven’t heard this come on in a bar and “whoooo’d” loudly then well, you haven’t truly lived. Idk. This song is also perfect for the scream-singing on a road trip that I (and I therefore assume) and most girls love to do. Bonus points if you’re leaving on a trip to Los Angeles or Nashville while singing. I personally sang and danced to this with my cousins from Nashville at my wedding. Bonus points if you’re wearing kicks instead of stilletos.
3. “Don’t Stop Believing”
Even before Glee popularized this Journey tune it was a staple of my bar experiences in my early 20’s. Anytime it came on (and then sometimes, yes, we’d request it or play it on a juke box) my friends and I would go nuts and act out the lyrics and get VERY dramatic. (We’re a delight, obviously.) It’s perfect to scream-sing too and that’s why it’s perfect to sing with your girlfriends. Bonus points if someone in your group can hit all the high notes.
4. “Come Sail Away”
Classic. It’s great because this song is slow and goes nuts. It’s also featured in two school dance scenes (maybe more) that I adore. Once in the pilot of Freaks and Geeks and once in The Virgin Suicides. Both of these things are very important to my life and thus, this song is extremely important to my life. Bonus points if you go through the emotional rollercoaster Sam Weir does when he thinks it’s gonna stay a slow song.
5. “Come On Eileen”
Something about songs that start with the word “come,” I guess…“Come On Eileen” I think has the added benefit of being a staple on Pop-Up Video. But any time that intro comes on, you better believe every girl is gonna go nuts. (And prolly some guys too, it’s a catchy song.) Bonus points if you’re wearing overalls (shirtless or not) while singing.
The best thing about “Wannabe” is that it’s got the lyric “if you wannabe my lover, you’ve gotta get with my friends” which is an excellent time to hug your friends and have someone else take a cool pic of you guys jamming with your eyes closed. Bonus points to whoever takes over Scary Spice’s rap (it’s always me).
7. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”
You are required by law as a female to SCREAM when you hear this song and hold your friends close. Don’t forget to sing right into each other’s faces with your eyes closed! Bonus points if you actually know Cyndi Lauper sings this song.