Bridget Jones’ Top Karaoke Jams
Bridget Jones is far from perfect. She smokes, she drinks (sometimes too much), she struggles with her weight, and she has a tendency to embarrass herself in social situations. But Bridget does try to better herself, and in the meantime, her flaws make this hapless Brit lovable and relatable. She’s also the perfect gal to invite to karaoke. You know she’ll probably have one too many, choose lots of fun girl-powered songs, and sing them terribly, making for a memorable night. Let’s take a closer look at Bridget’s karaoke selections.
“Can’t Get You Out of My Head” – Kylie Minogue
While Kylie has had more moderate success stateside, in the UK she’s as popular as Madonna, and Bridget is undoubtedly a fan. This cute and flirty song is perfect to warm up the part, before the alcohol really kicks in, along with the more emotional, bombastic ballads.
“Express Yourself” – Madonna
Speak of the diva. Considering Bridget organized a Madonna sing-a-long while she was in a Thai prison, there’s no way a night of karaoke can happen without her performing at least one of Madge’s songs. This one in particular appeals to Ms. Jones’s sense of female empowerment.
“You deserve the best in life
So if the time isn't right then move on
Second best is never enough
You'll do much better baby on your own”
“Believe” – Cher
This is what Bridget sings to feel triumphant over Daniel Cleaver (or any other man who wronged her). Sure, flirting with her boss might not have been the greatest idea, but she couldn’t help becoming smitten with him. This song celebrates her liberation from his mind games.
“I need time to move on
I need a love to feel strong
Cause I've got time to think it through
And maybe I'm too good for you”
“Independent Woman Part I” – Destiny’s Child
True, she did have to leave one job for shagging her boss (see Daniel Cleaver, above). But, she found even greater career success after that incident, and has always been able to provide for herself regardless, which is a point of pride for her.
“The shoes on my feet, I've bought it
The clothes I'm wearing, I've bought it
The rock I'm rockin', I've bought it
'Cause I depend on me, if I want it”
“Wannabe” – Spice Girls
This will be the point in the evening where Bridget rounds up a group for a series of girlie anthems, and where there’s Girl Power, there are Spice Girls. Bridget loves the sentiment of this song, which prioritizes friendship (“Make it last forever, friendship never ends”), considering she’s had her ups and downs in the love department. This is one she’ll sing with her best mates Jude, Sharon, and Tom.
“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper
Another female anthem to keep the party in full swing. Even through all her social and romantic disasters, there’s no denying Bridget is a blast to be around. And the message of this song, asserting an exuberant way of life despite outside (and especially parental) criticism, is one Bridget can get behind.
“Single” – Natasha Bedingfield
Whether or not Ms. Jones is romantically attached, there’s something about her that makes her a patron saint of singletons. You just know, no matter how happy she is with a man, she’s never going to take the attitude of all the “smug marrieds” she had to endure in her single days.
“I'm not saying I don't wanna fall in love 'cos I would
I'm not gonna get hooked up just 'cos you say I should”
“Someone Like You” – Adele
There’s always going to be a point in the evening when Bridget does an epic emotional ballad as a tribute to all the men she’s loved and lost (possibly after a few rounds of shots). Adele’s heartbreaking ballad is a perfect choice, and it doesn’t matter whether Bridget stays on key, because you can be sure she’s going to sing it with feeling.
“Total Eclipse of the Heart” – Bonnie Tyler
It’s rare to experience karaoke without hearing someone belt out this iconic ‘80s ballad, and in our case, it’ll most likely be Bridget. At this point in the night, she’ll probably be slurring the lyrics a bit, or forgetting them all together, but we’ll all be singing along with her, so it won’t really matter.
Margarita writes upmarket fiction and is represented by Victoria Skurnick at Levine Greenberg Rostan. She also transcribes and pokes fun at her old journal entries at The Diary Project. When not wrangling her ever-growing book and movie collections or feeding squirrels and chipmunks, she dreams of the day time machines are built so that she can return to the 1980s. Follow her on Twitter at @damiella.