When You Can’t Help But Sing Along….

Okay, this isn’t a classic, but it’s fun. A Dover police officer sings along in his car to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” Priceless! And we can all relate. Who hasn’t gotten carried away and sung or danced to a favorite song on the radio when the thought no one was looking? Good for him! And Taylor got a kick out of it as well.

A few years ago, when we went to see South Pacific at Arena Stage, the announcer intoned before the overture: “Now, remember, no matter how much you love the song, please don’t sing along.”  The audience roared with laughter. It was a great production.

Here are my top three songs to sing along with and dance to. I got quite a bit of ribbing for each.

“Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen:


“Beat It” by Michael Jackson:


Amy Grant’s cover of “Big Yellow Taxi.” This one is also good for pretending I’m one of Amy’s backup singers:


Some years ago, when Mary Cliff’s “Traditions” folk music show was on one Saturday, she played “Michael.” I was really belting it out, and must have sounded awful. Later, my aunt said, “I could hear you all the way upstairs.” That wasn’t a criticism; she was just glad that I sang.

Here is the version as sung by The Highwaymen: