Karaoke first hit the scene in the early 1970s after a Japanese musician recorded a tape of backing music for a wealthy businessman to sing along to with friends at a bar. Realizing how lucrative his idea could be, Daisuke Inoue designed the world’s first karaoke machine, Juke 8, and the rest is history. More than five decades later, karaoke has cemented itself as a timeless form of entertainment (and embarrassment) for singers of all skill levels. But anyone who's humiliated themselves with a microphone in hand understands that there are certain songs that should be avoided. CTVNews.ca spoke with two singing experts – a veteran karaoke host of 28 years and a University of Toronto vocal instructor – to identify 10 songs that should be on everyone’s karaoke blacklist. Toronto-based karaoke host Jason Rolland “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion This sappy love ballad was the karaoke song-du-jour in 1997, when fans of the epic romance “Titanic” tried (and often failed) to imitate Celine Dion’s powerful bow-gripping performance. “There was a time when I literally had to argue with people every night because someone would sing it within the first half hour of the night, and someone else would ask to sing it later,” he said. “It was the go-to diva song.” Its popularity has died down since then, but the tune remains on Rolland’s list of banned songs. “The main thing is, it’s a room sucker. It just clears the energy right out of the room.” “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix A Lot There’s one important rule about rap songs, Rolland says: the words go fast, so you have to know them before they hit the screen. “Baby Got Back” is a crowd-pleaser, but Rolland says few people actually know the song. “I’ve searched high and low for a good version of it where the words load ahead of time, but it doesn’t exist,” Rolland said. For those looking for a smoother rap song with a slower tempo, Rolland suggests something by Drake. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen There are certain songs that Rolland says he simply won’t play, ever. Bohemian Rhapsody is near the top of that list. “It’s just so overdone,” he said. “Ninety-eight per cent of the time it’s by a group of drunken idiot kids that they