Chartlons is a goddamned institution of Melbourne‘s nightlife.
Along with paying way too much for a go-home drink at the Exford bottle shop, staring blindly at the bain marie at Golden Tower, or swearing about why the elevator at Curtin House closes down at night whilst navigating flight of stairs number 4 of 6, winding up at Charltons to belt out your favourite karaoke tunes at some ungodly hour with far more gusto than ability is something of a rite of passage.
You haven’t really gone out in Melbourne of a night until you’ve done it.
The level two bar tucked away down the otherwise industrial-looking Coverlid Place off Little Bourke Street, Charltons is celebrating its 25th year of operation this week, during which time its apparently seen some 2 million-odd people take the ride up the elevator.
And though musical tastes come and go, the classics never die. No matter how much the long-suffering bar staff may want them to.
The bar compiled its Top 10 list of Melbourne’s most-sung karaoke hits, and it’s a list that doesn’t really carry *too* many surprises.
Bar manager Letitia Lillis stated, “There are always a few who want to sing the latest Nicki Minaj or Rihanna, but there are a few classics that never seem to die out.”
So what is exactly on the list? It goes like this.
1. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
2. Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer
3. Bonnie Tyler/Meatloaf – Total Eclipse of the Heart
4. Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
5. Billy Joel – Piano Man
6. Frank Sinatra – My Way
7. Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
8. Beyoncé – Single Ladies
9. Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
10. Joan Jett – I Love Rock n’Roll
No huge surprises there. The appearance of modern tracks from Bey and the Kings is something of an anomaly, but they quickly became standards in just about every karaoke room on the planet. Additionally, there ain’t a dang person alive whose lack of singing ability has stopped from them from having a crack at that key change in Houston‘s iconic hit from The Bodyguard.
Still, even despite being open for 25 years, you could probably count the amount of times someone’s properly nailed the “Scaramouche” bit from Bohemian Rhapsody on one hand.
Happy birthday, Charltons!