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Zutons' Valerie is most popular karaoke number

Liverpool bucks national trend, knocking Robbie Williams down to 19th place in the songs chart. Plus, win your mates a private karaoke night at The Vocal Rooms

Published on February 16th 2009.

Zutons' Valerie is most popular karaoke number

ARE you Amy Winehouse? Do you fantasise in front of the mirror that you are on the main stage at Glastonbury belting out Mr Brightisde with The Killers? Or can you actually sing Robbie Williams' Angels without bumming a single note.

It doesn't matter how good or bad you are, with a microphone and a private karaoke suite you can say goodbye to singing in front of a room of strangers – and all your your inhibitions - and hello to a rocking night out that only your nearest and dearest ever need know about.

Private karaoke has been going in Asia for decades and now it has come to Liverpool with the opening of the Vocal Rooms just before Christmas.

Situated above the Rat and Parrot in Queen Square, The Vocal Rooms is the city's first private karaoke venue with three singing rooms for eight, 10 and 12 people. Each room is plush, private, 100 per cent sound proof, has over 5,000 songs that you bring up at the push of a button, plus waiter service (or fluffers) to answer your every beverage need.

Just close the door and you are away.

Exclusively for Liverpool Confidential, The Vocal Rooms has drawn up a list of its most requested songs in Liverpool in November and December.

Nationally, Angels holds the top spot for budding Robbie Williamses, but it barely gets a look in here, where the mic has been firmly passed to the Mark Ronson/Amy Winehouse version of Valerie, penned of course, by Liverpool's Zutons.

Perennial favourite Dancing Queen, by ABBA, is also relegated to the bottom of the chart while Sex on Fire, by Kings of Leon, is the Liverpool surprising number two.

The national top 10 (as compiled by the Performing Rights Society) is below with the Liverpool top 20 after that. Ed Grant, who runs the Vocal Rooms, revealed: “Valerie was the stand out winner, sung twice as many times as the nearest other song.

“I’m surprised that Kenny Rogers and Kings of Leon were so high, but other than that, most of the songs were as expected. There were also no Beatles songs in the top 20, not even Hey Jude, which was disappointing.”

National karaoke chart 2008

1 Angels - Robbie Williams
2. Valerie - The Zutons/Amy Winehouse
3. Dancing Queen - ABBA
4. Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
5. Kingston Town- UB40
6. The Wonder of You - Elvis Presley
7. Black Velvet - Alannah Myles
8. My Way - Frank Sinatra
9. Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
10. Waterloo' - ABBA

Liverpool Vocal Rooms Chart 2008

1 Valerie - The Zutons/Amy Winehouse
2 Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon
3 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
4 Mr. Brightside - The Killers
5 Nine To Five - Dolly Parton
6 Islands In The Stream - Kenny Rogers And Dolly Parton
7 Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
8 I Love Rock 'N Roll - Britney Spears
9 Rehab - Amy Winehouse
10 Grease Megamix - The Grease
11 I Kissed A Girl - Katy Perry
12 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns 'N' Roses
13 Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
14 Don't Cha (No Rapping) - Pussycat Dolls
15 Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee
16 I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
17 Love Machine - Girls Aloud
18 It's Raining Men - Weather Girls
19 Angels - Robbie Williams
20 Dancing Queen - ABBA

Because we're all in the mood for a good sing, we have teamed up with the Vocal Rooms to offer you and up to 11 of your friends/colleagues a VIP evening there, consisting of two hours of free karaoke on a Friday or Saturday night (worth up to £120) plus two bottles of bubbly to get the old vocal chords nicely, er, oiled. You could take your workmates. Take your staff. Hen night. Stag night. Whatever.

To be in with a chance of winning this fun and fab prize, simply tell us what would be in your own personal favourite karaoke top five and we'll somehow pick a winner.

Click here for more info on The Vocal Rooms!

This competition has now closed. Congratulations to our winner Tabitha Wrathall.

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25 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

DigJanuary 13th 2009.

Que facio tu narro erga Netto, carmen etiam ratio? Tui lacuna morsus eloquntia praeclarus. Mei lacuna quinymo volubilis Professor C.

DigJanuary 13th 2009.

Why is it ignorant not knowing the words to those songs? All people only know lyrics to a minute number of songs in the history of music. Also it wasn't ageist. I asked you a question. A simple question.

Miss Chocolaty O'ClairsJanuary 13th 2009.

im sure dave will be pleased lol

Frank O'FoanJanuary 13th 2009.

Pourquoi n'entendons-nous plus désormais des chansons glorieuses telles que le “Fitba’ Crazy” et le “I am a Mole and I Live in a Hole” sur la radio?

AnonymousJanuary 13th 2009.

Have you not listened to the Billy Butler Show lately?

Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzenellenbogen-by-the-Sea-ea-ea-ea-ea.January 13th 2009.

Yes! Whatever happened to proper songs we could all sing along with? It used to be called 'community singing' and you could buy songbooks with music for piano.

DigJanuary 13th 2009.

Nah the Black Lace Superman song. I'll sing and you can do the dance eh? Oh what a jolly time it could be.

Ying Ting SongJanuary 13th 2009.

I can think of a few people on here who could sing that - with hilarious consequences.

Professor FJanuary 13th 2009.

Hey Big Spender is top of my list

Keith FordyceJanuary 13th 2009.

Would that be the Laurie Anderson 'Superman' of which you speak, Dig? At nine minutes, hardly a sing-along hit.

Pete WatermonJanuary 13th 2009.

Good on karaoke though!

DigJanuary 13th 2009.

I wouldn't be able to singalong to a single one of those songs Lord Street. Are you showing your age there? How about the prize is used for a Liverpool Confidential readers karaoke evening there? We all choose songs for each other. I think Lord Street should sing 'That's not my name' by The Ting Tings.

Lord StreetJanuary 13th 2009.

I have no desire to win a session of "private karaoke" (allegedly worth £120) but the competition got me thinking about stirring singalong songs and I came up with:-1. The Song of the Soviet Army - Red Army Choir2. Sailor – Petula Clark3. The Soldier’s Dream – Josef Locke4. The Drinking Song from the Student Prince – Mario Lanza5. Sacred War – Red Army Choir6. Aqua Marina – Garry Miller7. Tomorrow Belongs to Me – the cast of ‘Cabaret’8. Bloody Mary – the cast of ‘South Pacific’9. The Dam Busters’ March – Eric Coates10. Theme song from ‘Follyfoot’11. Stranger in Paradise – Tony Bennett12. Twilight Time - The Ink SpotsHow these songs sustained in the dark times when the bar was too busy! I wonder if Professor Chucklebutty has some favoured toe-tapping tunes he might care to relate to us? ”

DigJanuary 13th 2009.

Ha Ha thanks. I've got to entertain myself somehow while I watch your stationery.

Robbie BurnsJanuary 13th 2009.

My top five are: 1) The Ying Tong Song; 2)Goodness Gracious Me (Peter Sellars and Sophie Loren) 3)The Busy Bee Song (Arthur Askey) 4) McArthur Park by Richard Harris 5) Anything by Britney LOL

AnonymousJanuary 13th 2009.

ha ha ha ha ha!

DigJanuary 13th 2009.

Where did that insult come from Tiara? What have I ever said to you to deserve that? I thought you was my friend too. Right where's my list I've got another to add.

SingalongamaxJanuary 13th 2009.

Follyfoot was too girly for me - all bloody horses and that Dora girl constantly gawping tearfully out of a rain-spattered window pane with a face to stop a clock, whilst doleful music played!

professor chucklebabelJanuary 13th 2009.

Dig, vous lidle vaurien

DigJanuary 13th 2009.

There should be a radio station dedicated to glorious songs like that though. You can't beat Agadoo, Snooker Loopy & that Superman. Every day would be like a party!

DigJanuary 13th 2009.

We can only tune in to Juice at work thanks to our lo-tech stereo. I'm going crazy listening to the same chart crap every hour. Billy Butler would be a welcome change.

Professori ChucklebuttoJanuary 13th 2009.

Seeing as we had European Capital Culture year I would have liked to hear a few playings of my own favourite singalong song, Al Jolson and Bing Crosby singing, The Spaniard That Blighted My Life. Although the revenge taken years later by hordes of drunken, vomiting and copulating British holiday makers blighting the lives of the Spanish, was a little out of proportion with the actions of Snr Spudoni. It does show the power of the protest song though! But that is another rant.

Red RumJanuary 13th 2009.

I can remember the one about the Lighning Tree but I doubt they have that on karaoke.

silver tiaraJanuary 13th 2009.

Dig really doesnt know a lot really,

Graham StringerJanuary 13th 2009.

I believe that the Ting Tings' main influence was Val Doonican. You should hear their live, unplugged version of Delaney Had A Donkey.

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Thank you for your interest, but this competition closed to further entries on February 16th 2009.

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