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Best Karaoke Songs - National Karaoke Week

April 21st, 2013 - 12:32 PM

Top 20 Karaoke Songs

I am a big karaoke fan. When we are on vacation, karaoke is a top nightlife activity for my husband and me. We love to participate, but we also enjoy listening to others. Karaoke isn’t really about the singing, it is about the performance. A terrible singer can put on a great performance! If you are looking to celebrate National Karaoke Week (which is the 4th week in April), check out these top 20 Karaoke songs. One of these karaoke hits is sure to make you the star of the show!

Best Karaoke Songs

  1. Don’t Stop Believing by Journey – I recommend this song for two types of people. 1) People who don’t want to sing most of the song alone. The crowd will sing along for most of it. 2) People with awesome air guitar skills. There is a guitar solo in the middle of this song.
  2. Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks – This is another guaranteed sing-a-long. You may want to steer clear of this song if you’ve never heard anyone say “y’all” before. Garth is a crowd pleaser, but only for people who enjoy country music.
  3. Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond – “Sweet Caroline…dun dun dun” This is just a classic karaoke tune. Anytime you can sing to the musical sections is a plus with karaoke.
  4. I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor – As a female anthem, this song is perfect for anyone who wants to belt it out and shake it at the same time. This song is also great for groups of ladies who don’t want to brave the microphone alone.
  5. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd – If you want the crowd to sing along, this song is a surefire way to do it. Best if performed below the Mason-Dixon Line, but it’s a classic all around.
  6. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper – This is another great group song. Beware: this song has some higher notes than you realize, so make sure you are prepared to belt it out!
  7. Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi The “Wo-ah Living on a Prayer” just gets me fist pumping every time I hear it. A cherished 80s song like this will totally please the Karaoke crowd.
  8. The Sign by Ace of Base – Talk about a “forgotten favorite!” This will be a song that starts and then you’ll hear murmurs from the crowd of “Oh man, I love this song!” It’s got a great head-bopping beat, too.
  9. Summer Nights from “Grease” – A totally fun duet with an awesome ending. This is only for the brave though. You gotta hold “Those su-u-ummer niiiiiiiiiiiights” for a long time.
  10. Crocodile Rock by Elton John – If you have sunglasses, get them ready. Elton John used to rock the specs, and you can wear yours as you sing this nostalgic hit. It is one of the best karaoke songs out there!
  11. Baby One More Time by Britney Spears – This song is a great 90s hit that can be performed by girls and guys. Just ask my husband. It’s his favorite karaoke song and when he sings it, the crowd goes wild.
  12. One Way or Another by Blondie – If you aren’t sure you can sing, this song is ideal for you! It is sort of half spoken, half sung in a pretty low key. There aren’t really any major high notes or long notes to hold in this song.
  13. Love Shack by the B-52’s – This is a  fun, dancy duet that would be perfect for a couple with big personalities. Lots of yelling and crazy phrases in this song. “Bang Bang Bang on the door baby….Knock a little louder, Sugar!”
  14. RESPECT by Aretha Franklin – If you are looking to show some attitude, this anthem is for you. If you are timid about singing, skip this one. It has some power notes in it for sure.
  15. Family Tradition by Hank Williams, Jr. – Again, if you live in the Southern half of the US, this song should definitely provide you with some crowd participation. The lyrics will read sort of like a responsive reading with the crowd yelling in between the lyrics. Sing with caution if you haven’t heard it before.
  16. I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston – If you are a single lady, this song might be a fun way to pick up a guy at the karaoke club. It also has a fun 80s flashback vibe.
  17. I Got You Babe by Sonny and Cher – If you want to do a karaoke duet, but you don’t want a song with ridiculous riffs, this is your song. It is pretty mellow and easy to sing.
  18. You Don’t Even Call Me By My Name by David Allan Coe – I feel like I hear this song every single time I go karaoking. It also has an audience participation aspect. The chorus says “I’ll hang around as long as you will let me” and the crowd will usually add in “Won’t you let me, Won’t you let me!” Pretty fun.
  19. I Love This Bar by Toby Keith – If you are going to karaoke somewhere where you are one of the “regulars” this would be the ideal song to sing. It is about your favorite hangout spot, so you could easily sing it to the crowd.
  20. Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar – With a very recognizable chord progression, the crowd will cheer for this song before you even start singing. It is a great female classic.

Do you have any other favorite to add to our list of the best karaoke songs? What songs do you like belting out on stage? Leave us a comment below!