The vocal stylings of some of the best female artists span from the late 60s to the current musical scene. Some tunes have stood the test of time and even after 50 years they can be identified within the first few notes. While many women had to work hard to establish themselves, there is no denying that social media has made many instant stars.
While some songs are just playful, some do carry a serious message. Others reflect painful experiences that the songwriter just had to share to spare others from going through the same thing. Some of these hits are more difficult to sing than others, but there are enough records you can have fun with. Don’t be surprised if you bring the house down with their familiarity.
Without further ado, here are our favorite female karaoke songs.
#20 Chandelier Sia (2014)
As she hides under a hairstyle that covers half her face, Sia wrote Chandelier about her journey through alcoholism. The title refers to swinging from the light fixture from being too drunk. Singing this song is as easy as 1-2-3…
#19 Respect Aretha Franklin (1967)
You just can’t have a list of the best female karaoke songs without including a little ditty by the Queen of Soul. After half a century, people from every genre still have nothing but R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the legendary Miss Franklin. She held court throughout her entire career until her recent passing.
#18 Diamond Rihanna (2012)
Most entertainers who only need a single name to be identified have a bit of mystery about them, but they always seem to deliver the goods. To prove that Rihanna has earned her place as a musical superstar, try to perform Diamond once and get the verse that runs 24 times out of your head. Shine bright baby.
#17 Firework Katy Perry (2010)
If you are going to take motivational advice from someone, at least take it from a female who seems to practice what she preaches. Katy Perry has escalated through the ranks from a hit singer to a judge of another upcoming musical talent show. She continues to reinvent herself and remains at the top of the charts.
#16 Poker Face Lady Gaga (2008)
No matter what gimmicks Lady Gaga has used to build her stellar career through the years (have you gotten the image of the meat dress out of your memory?), one thing we can all agree on is this woman can sing. Poker Face was one of her first hits from her debut album. You don’t even have to worry about remembering the lyrics, mums the word.
#15 We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Taylor Swift (2012)
Okay, one good thing about this anthem by Taylor Swift is don’t search for any hidden meaning here. This should become the mantra for any woman who has second thoughts about reuniting with a former boyfriend.
#14 Party In The U.S.A. Miley Cyrus (2009)
Anyone who has moved to a place where they were the newbie who stood out will find themselves instantly associating with Party In The USA. From Nashville to Hollywood, it only took the familiarity of music to make her feel right at home.
#13 I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston (1992)
Only the bravest of the brave will attempt to put their vocals out there to be compared to one of the greatest singers of our time. Not only does this song belt out a strong promise, but it also repeats it as it goes up an octave. If you’re not practicing for one of the on-air singing competitions you may want to save this one for the shower.
#12 Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) Beyonce (2008)
This tune instantly delivered catchy vocals, but the video spawned many dance copies as well. Even though it’s fun and bouncy, the message is clear – if you really love your gal, make it official and don’t keep leading her on.
#11 Lady Marmalade (Patti) LaBelle (1975)
It doesn’t matter which version of this nifty tale you choose to sing, the song is a classic that has stood the test of time. Led by Patti LaBelle in the 70s, the song was updated in 2001 when it was performed by Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya, and Lil’ Kim. It ultimately came back to Patti who can bring down the house singing the telephone book.
#10. All About That Bass Meghan Trainor (2014)
While the internet has created many singing stars (John Legend, Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen), Meghan Trainor has been able to join the ranks and keep up her status as a singer to be reckoned with. Her personality is likable and her tunes have a bouncy beat.
#9 Last Dance Donna Summer (1978)
If you have a flair for drama, this is a song you must take on. You start out slow, building little by little until you get ready to belt out the main theme for all the world to hear. Summer had other hits – On the Radio, MacArthur Park Suite, Love to Love You Baby – but Last Dance was one of the most recognized.
#8 Love is a Battlefield Pat Benatar (1983)
Benatar’s look has remained timeless and this song has backed her up. Proof of its longevity is it made its way into the 2004 movie 13 Going on 30. Jennifer Garner leads a group of young girls onto the battlefield during a sleepover.
#7 I Gotta Feeling The Black Eyed Peas
Yes, this is where Fergalicious got her start. With the help of will. i.am, Taboo, Kim Hill, and apl.de.ap, the Peas belted out a positive outlook on today being a good, good day.
#6 You’re Still The One Shania Twain (1997)
While this song didn’t ring true in Shania’s personal life, it did last over 21 years as a classic love promise. It’s easy to sing and you should make it still the one you choose on karaoke night.
#5 Oops!… I Did It Again Britney Spears (2000)
You don’t have to have perfect pitch to sing this song. In fact, you can overact a little and deliver your best Britney baby voice. Hey, she said she wasn’t that innocent so no worries.
#4 Girls Just Want To Have Fun Cyndi Lauper (1983)
When this song first hit radio stations around the country, Cyndi Lauper showed everyone exactly what girls want. Her musical career has lasted 35 years and girls have never stopped wanting to have fun.
#3 What’s Love Got To Do With It Tina Turner (2009)
After a career as one half of the Ike and Tina Turner duo, Tina reinvented herself as a solo artist. She is a timeless performer who won’t let a bad marriage or a broken heart ruin her life.
#2 Let it Go (from “Frozen”) Idina Menzel (2013)
Okay, just try singing this song without hearing it over and over and over again for the rest of the week. The popular ballad is from the Disney movie Frozen and actually delivers a powerful message.
#1 Hello Adele (2015)
It’s almost common knowledge that top recording artist Adele wrote this song as a sequel to her debut hit about a failed relationship. It deals with regret and unfinished business. As a perfectionist, Adele never fails to deliver a flawless performance.