Music has been around since the dawn of time and has only been getting better over the years. Whether you’re a fan of rock, country, pop, punk, or any of the other many variations of music, karaoke has something to offer for everyone. The only hard part is, what song do you pick?
While you can certainly choose any song provided, there are dozens of classics that are guaranteed to get the crowd pumped. These songs also have the added benefit of being so well-known that you won’t forget the lyrics no matter how nervous you might be. In fact, by the time you’re done, the crowd is likely to be singing along with you!
#14 Shania Twain, “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!”
Released in 1997, this song is all about female empowerment. For any woman that’s been having relationship problems, this is the song to belt out all your emotions to. The upbeat country tune keeps the flow going, and you may even find yourself on stage dancing as you sing it.
#13 Adele — “Someone Like You”
Another great song for someone recovering from heartbreak would be the 2011 release of “Someone Like You”. Although this song is highly requested, it does require a decent amount of skill due to the constant pitch changes throughout the song.
#12 Sir-Mix-A-Lot — “Baby Got Back”
Moving away from break up songs is the classic, “Baby Got Back”. This hip hop song may have been released way back in 1992, but nearly everyone has heard of it regardless of their age. That makes this song, a total classic.
#11 Lit — My Own Worst Enemy
Released in 1999, this rock song is all about drinking too much the previous night and messing your life up. Extremely relatable to anyone who likes to go out and party, this song is well-known to any rock fan.
#10 Joan Jett & the Blackheads- I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
Another classic rock song is the 1981 release of I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll. This song has the added benefit of being easy to sing as there are no major pitch changes throughout it. It’s widely known as a great song for beginners.
#9 Justin Timberlake — Sexy Back ft. Timberland
Although this song is newer than most on this list, it was popular enough during its 2006 release that it’s still extremely recognizable to nearly everyone. It’s also a great song to sing because who wouldn’t want to brag about how they’re bringing sexy back?
#8 Aqua — Barbie Girl
There is no one who can hold back a smile when this 1997 pop song comes on. This is a duet song, so we recommend bringing a friend, but the girl’s voice is heavily auto tuned in the original version. This means you can’t mess it up no matter how spotty your singing is.
#7 The B-52s — “Love Shack”
When speaking of classics, you certainly cannot forget the “Love Shack” by B-52s. This song may have been released nearly 30 years ago, but you’ll have a hard time finding someone who doesn’t already know the lyrics. Also, it’s super catchy. What more do you need from a song?
#6 Chris Simpleton — Tennessee Whiskey
Although this is another recent release coming out in 2015, the smooth heartfelt blues sound has made it popular in karaoke bars across America. This song is best recommended for intermediate karaoke singers due to the changing tone of voice throughout the song.
#5 Bonnie Tyler — Total Eclipse of the Heart
If you’re looking for a compelling song to sing, you’ve found it. Between this song’s explosive lyrics and powerful notes, this is a great one that you can sing from the bottom of your heart. It also has the added benefit of being able to be sung by one or more people at once.
#4 Charlie Daniels Band — Devil Went Down to Georgia
Anyone living in the south knows that there isn’t a single person that can stop themselves from singing along to this song when it comes on. As long as you’re able to remember all the words, this song is a great beginning karaoke song since most of the lyrics are spoken over a beat instead of sang.
#3 House of the Rising Sun by The Animals
This song is dated back as far as the 1920s, although it exploded in to fame in the late 60s. It’s a well-known classic with deep and unforgettable lyrics that can be sung by beginners or pros alike. There have also been dozens of variations of it sung by many different artists, which allows you to make the song your own.
#2 Lynyrd Skyward — Simple Man
This song is by far the number one requested in the south. While Lynyrd Skyward has many fantastic songs that can be sung too, “Simple Man” takes it all back to the beginning. This song serves as a vital reminder not to live life too fast and to always enjoy every minute.
#1 Journey — Don’t Stop Believing’
Ending on a classic from the 1980s, it’s a fair assessment that the majority of people already know this song. If not from listening to it back when it was on the top 40 hits, then from all the appearances this song has made in recent years. This song has been featured on everything from “The Sopranos” to “Glee”, showing just how versatile it can be. As Journey said, “This is escape music for you.” What better way to escape your problems then singing along?