Despite this being a musical trivia game, absolutely no talent is required: you’ll have plenty of fun even if your vocal skills resemble those of a constipated donkey. If you’re very self-conscious, though, you may want to stick to Monopoly instead.
The basic idea is that each player, who can number between four and ten, writes down a list of words that can be found in one or more songs. “Heart” would be a good one, “electrophoresis” less so.
When it’s their turn, they read out one of these words, and the first person to sing (or just yell) a line from a song containing that word gets to roll the dice and start the next turn.
There are also challenges, drawn from a deck of cards, you have to complete when landing on certain squares. Some of these are a little awkward to perform. Still, making a fool of yourself, as long as it’s in the right kind of company, can be enormously liberating. This is part of what makes this such a great game for families: instead of sitting around passively watching some insipid television show, you actually become each other’s entertainment.
This game often surprises people with how many songs they actually know. Even more startling, and a lot funnier, is how many lyrics are totally misremembered. There’s a good chance you’ve been humming pure nonsense for years!