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Thursday, October 6, 2016

What Are Your Can't Not Sing Songs?

 Music can be a powerful thing. It's used in multiple therapies, it lifts your soul, it makes you cry (lookin' at you, Adele...) and it takes over your body and makes you dance sometimes. An earworm can drive you to the point of madness.

Did you know that in the first Operation Desert Storm offense, the military surrounded Saddam Hussein's compound and blasted Rock the Casbah by the Clash non-stop at earsplitting volume? And who can't sing along with that chorus? I'm betting the first few hours were a lot of fun - for our side, anyway.

So I know it's crappy grammar on this question, but bear with me: What song can you not not sing?  I mean it comes on the radio in the car, or at a party, and suddenly you're singing (sometimes at the top of your lungs) because you just can't not do it. That kind of song.

I ask this because this morning I mentally added another song to my list when it came on the radio and I realized I was dancing in my seat in the car and shout-singing at the top of my lungs. I'm sure passing motorists thought I was having a seizure of some kind but I was loving it. So here's my list:

1. Sia: Cheap Thrills This is the one that nearly got me pulled over today. 

2. Billy Joel: Piano Man The great-granddaddy of karaoke must-sing songs. No one is immune.

3. The B52's: Love Shack Your what? Tiiiin Roof...Rusted! 

4. Chicago (the musical): Cell Block Tango A nod to my theatre roots, but I have to sing every word of this song when prompted. And that happens whenever someone just says "He had it comin'"

5. U2: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For If I had to pick a life anthem, this would be it. I'm linking to an especially gorgeous version of it - be sure to listen.

So those are my five Can't Not Sing Songs. What are yours?


  1. I can't not dance when I hear Cheap Thrills. And I just spent way too much time searching YouTube for a good samba to that song.

  2. I know, right? Totally contagious!