#AtoZChallenge: K is for the 7 Women I’d Sing Karaoke With

stormtrooper guitar singer
photo credit: Nukamari Just voice and guitar via photopin (license)

I get crushy.

KAlways have. At first, it was Judy Jetson, then Ms. Truesdale, the kindergarten teacher’s aide. All of a sudden, I’m drinking whiskey, eating sunflower seeds and writing blog posts about seven famous women I want to sing cheesy duets with.

Just like that.

Two years ago on the company trip, I sang La Bamba. Sally, the tall, winsome blonde from our Dallas office, swayed back and forth, stage left, and let me take center stage. I might as well have been the Mexican Mick Jagger. (Meek Yagger, as it were.)

I’ve chosen seven women you’ve heard of, and cheesy ballads from my childhood that I’d read clumsily up on a tiny monitor in a Motor Inn lounge, in a heartbeat.

Sing along if you know the words.

1. Shannon Adams

Love Will Keep Us Together

Captain and Tennille

She’s the blogger behind Radio Chick’s Reflections. She also actually sings, which makes one of us. Check out her work on YouTube. She’s a thoughtful writer and loving mother. I promise I’ll sing quietly. We’ve supported each other in blogging through thick and thin.

2. Elizabeth Banks

You’re the One That I Want

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta

She’s more than just a pretty face. I first discovered Lizzi for her compelling role in the football movie Invincable. You might know her as Effie Trinket of Hunger Games lore, or those adorable Realtor.com commercials.

3. Connie Britton

Islands in the Stream

Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

She’s the coach’s wife. Sigh. Friday Night Lights would be a favorite even without her, but with her? She’s so cool and supportive, and my god that hair. Because of her role in Nashville, I chose a song from that we’d totally rock in a country kind of way.

4. Kaitlyn Cody

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

Kiki Dee and Elton John

She’s the Queen of the Queen City meteorologists. And trust me, the competition – at least in my heart – is fierce. I’ve tweeted her a weather-related photo or two, and she always retweets. Once, she even put it on the morning news. True story.

5. Kesha

You Don’t Have to be a Star

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.

She’s brilliant and mischevious. She’s matured so much that she took the dollar sign out of her name. I think she’s ready for me. I think she’s a bona fide genius. I picked this song because I envision it as the message she’d send a boy like me.

6. Laura Linney

Knock Three Times

Tony Orlando and Dawn

She played Charlotte on Frasier, and actually asked him out. Laura Linney! I always thought her character was the swooniest. Intelligent, beautiful, willing to take a chance. Admittedly, this song is mostly me singing, but maybe it’ll win her over.

7. Hope Solo


Peaches & Herb

The greatest keeper who ever lived (next to Elise, of course.) She’s the exiled star of the U.S. Women’s Soccer team, and word is, she isn’t happy I’ve been making googly eyes at former teammate Kelley O’Hara. This is the perfect song for Hopey and me.

karaoke quote


  1. Chaotic Soul says:

    That’s quite a list!!!



    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Oh, this is just the top of it, Ashmita – I could probably have listed 77.

  2. I’d love to have a karaoke duet with Elizabeth Banks! She’d definitely bring all the fun to musical numbers like Grease 🙂
    My A-Z theme is my Favourite Things and there’s a bit of nostalgia today as K is for Kim Possible.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Elizabeth would be a blast, wouldn’t she, Elena? It was tough picking a single Grease song for her.

      I have to check out your post on Kim Possible. I have a KP figure sitting just above my monitor at work (she is my animated muse!)

  3. Jz says:

    Well, this started my morning with a grin!
    (Will you be selling tickets to the performances?)

    Happy A-Z!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad to do it, Jz! Actually, we’ll be paying people to come listen. My work firewall won’t let me access your page, so I’ll have to find another way in.

  4. Although the idea of singing Karaoke with attractive women is enticing, for me to sing karaoke I’d need to bring at least a couple of my guy friends along: George DIckle, Evan Williams, Johnny Walker, Jack Daniels, Jim Beam…


    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That makes one helluva backup band, Sage! Jose Cuervo on bass wouldn’t hurt.

  5. radiochick74 says:

    Reblogged this on Radio Chick's Reflections and commented:
    My friend Eli’s latest blog post! I have a new duet partner! 🙂 Enjoy!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’d be an honor, Shannon!

  6. radiochick74 says:

    It’s a karaoke date!! 🙂 Thanks for thinking of me. I’m honoured to be on this list!!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      The honor’s all mine, Shannon. You should see the nice note Kesha sent me, too.

  7. OMG! How old am I that I know all of these songs??? Or did you purposely choose ones from the 70’s? I love all of them and I have very specific memories for all! Thank you for taking me back! 😚

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      We’re none of us old, Courtney. I meant to choose only from the 70s because it had such an array of the stuff of legend (mostly of the cheesy kind.) I listened to them over and over while I wrote it, which is the best part.

  8. Liam says:

    Singing karaoke is one thing but a deeper commitment is forming a girl/boy synthpop duo. For some reason my wife is resistant to that idea.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      S could be for Synthpop Duo on your S post, Liam. Maybe after reading it, your wife will come around!

  9. Court says:

    Ha. I’m pleased I’m not infamous enough to make this list although I do a fine rendition of Letter’s to Cleo’s I Want You to Want Me and Blood Hound Gang’s Bad Touch among some other fun that won’t see the light of day again. Ever.

    And I won’t tell you how many of these songs I don’t know.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I’d just drag you down on stage, Court. These songs are classics, all. Classics.

  10. I thought this was great fun. I would have to put my wife on there someplace If I were to make a list, or I would be killed. I don’t know some of the people… but Connie Britton for sure 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thank you, and there are some lessons we men must learn the hard way. I have a feeling Connie would carry me through.

  11. messymimi says:

    An intriguing list!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I wonder what Laura Linney would say if she saw it. Or her attorney.

  12. ksbeth says:

    love this – and i would like to do a karaoke quintet with the avett brothers. my favorite musicians. and we could do holiday music, — halloween, christmas, and ???

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I’d show up for that show, Beth. Let’s not forget Arbor Day tunes, either.

  13. Not very familiar with the wpmen, but I ADORE your song choices! 😍
    Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks – the 70s were awesomely tacky, weren’t they?

  14. I need to see those performances!!
    Islands in the Stream was one of my favourite duets when I was a kid.
    Oh, and why am I not surprised to find Kesha on your list 😂

  15. hilarymb says:

    Hi Eli – no-one would want me to sing karaoke with them … but I enjoy the songs you selected for them all to sing … fun post – cheers Hilary


    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Hilary. I couldn’t find a cheese-quotient fit enough if I left the 1970s!

  16. Kalpanaa says:

    That was a very entertaining read Eli. I enjoyed it thoroughly although I didn’t have time to listen to all the songs. But I might later one.

    Laughter #Lexicon of Leaving

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Kalpanaa. I played them while I wrote this! Nostalgic.

  17. Charlotte says:

    I love this list! Also I crush on people all the time, too. I never thought of singing karaoke with anyone, but probably because I did this once and broke bottles. Wasn’t a good look for me 🙂

    I love all these songs. I didn’t know Kesha removed the dollar symbol! Did you know she’s doing a country thing? Apparently she’s reinventing herself.

    XOXO and hope you have a great weekend, my sweet!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Charlotte. Crushes go around, don’t they? Karaoke seems a natural next step.

      These songs came from my childhood. And yes, Kesha is trying to strike a new look, and I like it.

  18. TheBethMN says:

    This is quite an eclectic list but I dig it! I bet Elizabeth Banks would be super fun to duet with. If you asked my husband he’d probably choose Anna Kendrick. But don’t ask him to sing please, he’s terrible. 😉 Have a wonderful weekend!

  19. Lauren Becker says:

    How fun! I do love Connie Britton and Elizabeth Banks. 🙂 I’ve done Karaoke like once…when I was younger. hah


    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Lauren. Wow, I just imagined singing with *both* Connie Britton and Elizabeth Banks.

      Hold on. Still am.


      What did you sing when you were little, Lauren?

  20. Shann Eva says:

    Oh my gosh! I love this list soooo much! Both the songs and your duet partners. I especially love Connie Britton, Laura Linney, and You’re the one that I want. Great picks!!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Hey, Shann. Glad you liked it! I felt like they were the perfect blends of songs and ladies for each. Now I’m picturing singing with Connie Britton *and* Laura Linney …

      Hold on. Still thinking. Still … thinking.

      Okay. Glad you liked the pics, Shann! I love your blog.

  21. Akaleistar says:

    Elizabeth Banks is awesome as Effie Trinket 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      She kinda stole the show if you ask me, Ashley. (Sorry, Jennifer Lawrence.)

  22. Mary B says:

    Hey there!

    Great line-up, and excellent song choices! I’d pay to watch you sing. Sure glad we made the connection here with the #AtoZChallenge.

    Jingle Jangle Jungle
    #AtoZChallenge 1970’s Billboard Hits

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Hi, Mary. Glad you liked the choices, when I shaved down to seven. If you paid to watch me sing, I’d feel compelled to offer you a refund. Or at least a discount.

      Glad to make the connection, too.

  23. Vanessence says:

    What a unique and fun idea! lol 😀

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Haha … thanks. My mind works in mysterious ways. I might or might not have, in the works, a post about women in movies I’ve fallen in love with.

  24. Now that I am no longer upset with you for not choosing me….I liked this blog post. I actually sat and listened to all the songs and some brought back memories. This also gave me a “light bulb moment.” I do Musical Monday and I think that I might try posting random people who are singing hits instead of the original artist, on occasion. Thanks!

    Plucking Of My Heartstrings

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you came around, Cheryl. You know, the board had a lot to say in final decisions. Palms were greased.

      That’s a great idea for your Musical Monday post … be sure to send me a link when you do it.

  25. saracsnider says:

    Such excellent karaoke songs! The first four are my favorites 😀 Fun post.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I believe the 1970s was the golden age for karaoke songs, Sara. I dare you not to groove silently even if you even get “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” stuck in your head!

      Glad you liked this. Some choices were harder than others!

  26. Louise says:

    Ooh – I love this post – the idea for this post – all of it – so very much!

    Karaoke is also quite fun 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Louise – my crushy mind goes off on tangents sometimes. Karaoke isn’t so bad from my end, but I don’t want to know what it’s like for innocent bystanders.

      1. Louise says:

        I always reflect on the fact that there’s no quote about singing like no one is listening.

        That said, I too love a good Karaoke session – so rock on!

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        What’s your go-to song?

      3. Louise says:

        I, sadly, “chicken out” more often than not on Karaoke night. But I can do a good mid-range Tiffany “I Think We’re Alone Now”. I’ve done any number of group songs over the years – and once, with a few too many in me, with a friend tried, I Like Big Butts. Let’s just say, if I ever get another change, I think I could now pull that off. I’ve practiced since that night …

      4. Eli Pacheco says:

        I feel that way about the Eagles’ “Take it Easy.” I could so see you doing the Tiffany song. The I Like Big Butts rendition might change my life.

      5. Louise says:

        It wasn’t my finest moment. But at the same time, gave me a really good appreciation for the skill involved there which I clearly hadn’t grasped. I like your Eagles choice.

      6. Eli Pacheco says:

        Don’t you sound so much better in the car, or in the shower?

      7. Eli Pacheco says:

        I just now belted out “Let it Be” under my breath.

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