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Your New Years Resolution may have been to lose weight or eat right, but what about having more fun? If you're ready to mix things up in 2013, karaoke in Grand Rapids might be just the thing to try. People enjoy karaoke for all sorts of reasons, like rockin' out with friends or letting out their inner diva; sometimes its simply that after all that singing in their cars and showers, they want a little background music.

Regardless of your motivation, and whether you want to belt out a love ballad or sing the latest Beyonce, here are a few of the best places to strut your karaoke stuff in Grand Rapids:

Stella's Lounge, 53 Commerce Ave. SW Their burger was declared the Best Burger in America (GQ magazine, July 2012) and Stella's was Grand Rapids Magazine's recent staff pick for Best Karaoke Night (January 2013). How can you miss? Karaoke is Sunday, 10:00.

Fulton Street Pub 801 W Fulton This bar, (formerly called Nite Cap) is downtown near the GVSU Pew campus. They also have gaming machines, pool tables, and you can catch sporting events on their big TVs. Karaoke is Thursday Saturday, 9:00.

Teazers Bar & Grille 3819 Ottawa Ave This biker bar welcomes everyone who wants to have a little fun. They also have pool tables (you can play when the pool leagues are finished). Karaoke is Thursday, 9:30-ish.

Twisted Bull 3230 Eastern Ave If you're ready to channel Carrie Underwood, try this country bar in SE Grand Rapids. They also have a mechanical bull but it only runs on Friday & Saturday nights. Karaoke is Sunday - Thursday, 9:30.

Cheers 3994 Plainfield Ave Cheers was the 2008 winner of Grand Rapids Magazines best of for Karaoke/Open Mic. Karaoke is Fri Sat, 9:30 except last Saturday of the month (live band that night)

JD Reardon's Bar & Grill 940 Monroe Ave Try one of the 13 microbrews on tap at this bar in the historic Boardwalk building. Karaoke is every Thursday, 9:30.

Kales Korner, 511 Bridge Street According to one fan, this place is a gem with loyal locals. Pool tables, here, too, and darts but no darts on karaoke nights. Karaoke is Wednesday & Saturdays, 9:30

Tip: Several of these places told me they had the biggest crowds on weekends, so if you want to take your own group and have more time on the mic, try going earlier in the week.