Deadly Muppets

Burning Man Karaoke Statistics

As part of our Oasis 47 camp at Burning Man a group of our friends from San Francisco who go by the name Deadly Muppets built the Caveman Caraoke, a caveman-themed, dragon-pulled, karaoke-focused mutant vehicle. A member of the gang just compiled all the statistics and in the interests of future research into the karaoke preferences of Burning Man attendees vis-a-vis the population at large, and what this says about our culture and community (tell me there's not a PhD in that!) I am posting it here.

We had 3817 songs available, of which 214 different ones were sung. 58 were sung more than once, for a total record of 274 karaoke performances. That comes to just over 20 hours of singing, or 4 hours per night. Here's the breakdown of songs which were sung more than once:

7 Janis Joplin- Me & Bobby McGee 6 Grease- Greased Lightning 5 Aerosmith- Walk This Way 5 Journey- Don't Stop Believing 4 Scissor Sisters- Flithy Gorgeous 4 Eddie Money- Take Me Home Tonght 4 Peter Gabriel- Sledgehammer 4 Davd Bowie- Space Oddity 4 Neil Diamond- America 4 4 Non Blondes- What's Up 3 Guns 'n' Roses- Welcome To The Jungle 3 Abba- Dancing Queen 3 Madonna- Die Another Day 3 Crash Test Dummies- Mmmm 3 The Doors- Touch Me 3 Red Hot Chilli Peppers- Scar Tissue 3 Abba- Gimme Gimme Gimme 3 Aha- Take On Me 3 Madonna- Like A Virgin 3 Joan Jett- I Love Rock N Roll 2 Buddy Holly- Oh Boy 2 The Stray Cats- Rock This Town 2 David Bowie- Life On Mars 2 Carly Simon- You're So Vain 2 Jet- Are You Gonna Be My Girl 2 Four Seasons- Big Girls Don't Cry 2 Frank Sinatra- My Way 2 Neil Diamond- Sweet Caroline 2 Elton John- Sad Songs Say So Much 2 Duran Duran- Hungry Like The Wolf 2 Cardigans- Lovefool 2 New Order- Blue Monday 2 The Kinks- Sunday Afternoon 2 U2- One 2 Talking Heads- Road To Nowhere 2 Tears For Fears- Everybody Wants To Rule The World 2 The Lovin' Spoonful- Daydream (What A Day For A) 2 The Doors- Light My Fire 2 Smashing Pumpkins- Perfect 2 Roy Orbison- Crying 2 The Darkness- I Beleve In A Thing Called Love 2 Marvin Gaye- Sexual Healing 2 Wham- Careless Whisper 2 Dusty Springfield- Son Of A Preacher 2 Carly Simon- You're So Vain 2 Pat Benatar- Hit With Your Best Shot 2 Depeche Mode- Just Can't Get Enough 2 Guns 'n' Roses- Paradise City 2 Gorillaz- Feel Good Inc. 2 Billy Joel- Big Shot 2 Barry Manilow- Copacabana 2 Jimi Hendrix- Purple Haze 2 Wham- Last Christmas 2 Queen- Killer Queen 2 Def Leppard- Pour Some Sugar On Me 2 Pixies- Monkey Gone To Heaven 2 Donovan- Sunshine Superman 2 Duran Duran- Reflex