NOTE: I do have better music taste than you might think after reading this post.
It is a too common daydream of mine to consider what I could sing in public.
Karaoke, high school assembly, random serenade... These are all completely probable situations in daydream world.
Top choices for karaoke night:
1. For the Longest Time (Billy Joel)
2. Extraordinary Machine (Fiona Apple)
3. In My Life (Beatles)
4. El Scorcho (Weezer)
5. Stand by Me (Ben E. King)
Now, we all know that these are not the most amazing or "I'm cool because I know this song" songs (except Fiona Apple. Because she's amazing). But there's one thing all these songs have in common.
They are all basically in the same octave range that I sing in. I have limited range, and like to stay on the low end. Which usually means I have to sing songs that guys sing, so I sound like I'm singing love songs to girls. Fiona Apple has a low voice which works out. PLUS, amazingly enough, I actually know all the words. Jake will testify that I do not know the words to most songs, even though I sing to them regularly. When I get to a section I haven't really paid attention to enough to figure out the words, I just say, "na na la la da da.." to the tune. I often joke that I have retarded ears and just can't pick up the words. Jake laughs at me about this all the time.
I do know all the words to a few more songs. Some of which I will not admit to, if only to keep my fractured dignity intact (yes, I do know the words to "I'm Just a Girl" by No Doubt as well as "You Oughta Know"-- c'mon, give me a break-- I was in high school).
Here's one that will probably shame me, but is still dang funny, and that I would probably put on that list if anyone had access to it: "If I Ever Fall in Love Again" by Shai.
More shameful memories: In 6th grade I was in "Company B", a small vocal group of girls that sang for school assemblies. I was quite good at singing solos in "The Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson, and "Lean on Me". I still remember the words.
Okay, one more. I can sing any Weird Al Yankovic song from before 1998.
Now do you see why I picked the ones I did for actual possibilities for singing in public?
I'm telling you, I would be killer at singing any of these songs. And the fact that I would know all the words would just cement my awesomeness for you.