Step right up. Whether you crave the spotlight or shy away from a crowd, there’s a place for you to do karaoke, including Cafe Muse in Annandale.(Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Even those of us averse to the bright glare of the spotlight — myself included — became intoxicated with the giddy, nervous thrill of humiliating ourselves (at worst) or sparking a riotous singalong (fingers crossed!).

It would be impossible to name all the great karaoke spots in the area, especially with new ones popping up all the time. So we came up with a list of locales that specialize in their craft. Whether you want a rollicking party or a more subdued night on the town, a chance to channel your inner rock star or the opportunity to sing while dressed as a pirate, there’s a place for you to do karaoke.