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Sing Your Heart Out: 11 of the Best Karaoke Scenes from Television Shows

By Nadia Chaudhury | Seriously Random Lists | February 21, 2014 | Comments ()


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1. “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton, performed by Lorelai Gilmore, Gilmore Girls

This devastating performance is the perfect gesture to show how much she loves someone. Luke should’ve made out with her right on the spot. My husband finally finished the series this week, and we both almost cried at this scene.

2. “Major Tom (Coming Home)” by Peter Schilling, performed by Gale Boetticher, Breaking Bad

Though we only get a glimpse of this wonderful laser-filled video on the show (full video can be seen here), it was our posthumous look into the wonderfully weird (and tragic) being that was Gale.

3. “Kiss from a Rose” by Seal, performed by Jeff Winger & Dean Pelton, Community

The reluctant OTP chased away their loneliness by belting out the Batman Forever classic in front of flocks of geese and sweeping snowy mountains.

4. “Afternoon Delight” by Starland Vocal Band, performed by Michael Bluth & Maeby Fünke, Arrested Development

Great song? Yes. Inappropriate song to sing with your niece? Also, yes.

5. “One Way or Another” by Blondie, performed by Veronica Mars, Veronica Mars

Singing as a way to get your message across is way better than a boring old monologue.

6. “Islands in the Stream” by Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton, performed by Michael Scott & Jim Halpert, The Office

Michael’s dejected partner-less duet was saved by Jim. Bonus Kevin singing, too.

7. “Summer Nights” by Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta, performed by Leslie Knope & Jeremy Jamm, Parks and Recreation

Leslie aims to please with her low gruffed voice, plus, look at those jackets. We ALL want the DVD.

8. “Mandy” by Barry Manilow, performed by Angel, Angel

He starts off slow and hesitant, then really gets into it. Things end better than the LAST TIME Angel did that, though…

9. “Delta Dawn” by Tanya Tucker, performed by Monica Geller, Friends

She puts it all out there, through her soul and blouse.

10. “Building a Mystery,” by Sarah McLachlan, performed by Marnie Michaels & Elijah Krantz, Girls
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This duet served as a prelude to a failed sex attempt, just as Sarah intended it. The clip doesn’t exist online, so this video of Marnie singing Kanye’s “Stronger” will have to do.

11. “War” by Edwin Starr, performed by Cory Matthews & Topanga Lawrence, Boy Meets World

When I think “karaoke on TV shows,” this scene always pops into my head first. What is it really good for?

The last karaoke song Nadia Chaudhury sang was No Doubt’s “Sunday Morning.”



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  • Lana Del Rachel
  • Where the hell are the Angel entries?!

  • Enrique del Castillo

    I miss unsympathetic/sympathetic Michael Scott, in the early seasons they really had a great balance of that.

  • janeite1900

    The scenes where Marnie sings on "Girls" are the sweetest Schadenfreude on television. I almost can't bear it.

  • I can't. I end up pausing it two or three times every time. So. un. comfortable.

  • BWeaves

    Karaoke is Japanese for fremdschämen.

  • Yocean

    Now now. That's why Japanese has not done karaoke in bars since the 80's. We just have fun with our friends in private karaoke rooms these days. I really don't know why American insist on doing the skeevy uncomfortable versions. Oh I dod trust what it actually means in Japanese, but if you don't, I can tell you.

  • Three_nineteen

    I prefer this version of "Mandy" from Angel:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

  • NateMan

    Make it 12:

    Barney Stinson, Cat in the Cradle. Terrible quality, but worth it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Afferbeck

    I don't know why people think it's a good idea to record their tv screen with their phone

  • Mrs. Julien

    It's not karaoke, but when Luke showed up on Lorelei's doorstep and kissed her to Judy Garland singing "The Man That Got Away" on her TV, Mr. Julien turned to me and said, "It's like they designed an entire TV show just for you."

  • badkittyuno

    I am welling up right now thinking about that. That damn show affects me way too much and way too often.

  • Lucky girl. :)

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  • Mrs. Julien

    I know, right? PLUS I'm a secretary and I get to live in New Jersey!

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