What's the most popular song in karaoke bars?
Karaoke is a Japanese word with two roots: "kara," or empty, and "oke," which is short for orchestra. Popular legend has it that karaoke was born roughly twenty years ago in a snack bar in Kobe, Japan. Quickly adopted by Japanese business types as a way of blowing off steam, karaoke has now stormed the world. In the United States and Europe it's mostly enjoyed in bars, but private karaoke rooms are the
norm in Japan.
By now karaoke has permeated pretty much every genre of music imaginable. Practitioners can choose from punk, metal, hip hop, and folk karaoke songs. You can even hear live karaoke bands, who play behind paying customers. Who's up for "I Will Survive?"
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