Karaoke is not something we all like to do. It’s only fun when you had too much to drink or you’re singing along with your friends. Unless you have one of the best voices that can sing any song then you might give karaoke a shot. Until then, karaoke is one of those times when people embarrass themselves and not care because they’re too inebriated to notice.
That’s why karaoke scenes are popular to use in Hollywood movies. Karaoke scenes aren’t often used to show chemistry between a couple, or as a hilarious scene where the character butcher a song.
#15 Lost in Translation
This iconic scene made it to the top of the list. Sofia Coppola’s hit stars Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. Murray plays an aging movie star who travels to Tokyo to shoot a commercial. Johansson is a wild 20-something woman who has a boyfriend who’s too busy for her.
The lonesome twosome decides to have a night out together. Johannson’s character brings Murray to a party where everybody’s singing karaoke. Murray sings his rendition of Roxy Music’s “More Than This.” This powerful song is a reflection of his midlife crisis and the growing love between the odd pair.
#14 My Best Friend’s Wedding
“My Best Friend’s Wedding” is one of those wedding films known for its iconic karaoke scenes. Dermot Mulroney plays Michael, who’s marrying Kimmy (Cameron Diaz). Michael’s best friend, Julianne (Julia Roberts), realizes she’s in love with him and that Kimmy is a bad singer. She drags the couple to a karaoke bar and begs Kimmy to sing.
Kimmy decides to sing along to Nick Holland’s “I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself” with the right amount of uncertainty. Julianne’s plans quickly unfold when Michael tells Kimmy she was courageous to sing in front of everyone.
#13 The Cable Guy
“The Cable Guy” is about a guy named Steven (Matthew Broderick) who wants to win his ex-girlfriend back. He comes across a goofy cable guy named Chip (Jim Carrey). Chip stalks Steven and leaves messages on his phone. After Chip fixes Steven’s cable, he agrees to spend a night out with him. Their wild night out includes a house party at Chip’s place where the lovable goof sings a rendition of Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love.”
#12 (500) Days of Summer
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Tom, a bright-eyed 20-year-old man who’s in the greeting card business. He has a crush on the administrative assistant, Summer, played by Zooey Deschanel. She brings him and his friend out to karaoke night at the bar. Though Tom is drunk, he tries to impress Summer with his rendition of the Pixies’ “Here Comes Your Man.” Summer then realizes she has a crush on him too. This scene will have you swooning over Gordon-Levitt’s character as well.
#11 Boys Don’t Cry
Hilary Swank plays Brandon Teena, a transgender man who moves to small town, Nebraska where he falls in line with the wrong crowd. Three of his friends decide to get drunk and sing karaoke. They perform “The Bluest Eyes in Texas” by Restless Heart which makes this one of the most prolific scenes in the movie. This is the moment when Brandon and his friend Lana (Chloë Sevigny) fall deeply in love with one another.
#10 Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party!
This is one of the two animated movies on this list. This iconic film includes an animated short that was featured on the Shrek VHS tape and the Shrek 2 DVD. It shows Shrek (Mike Myers), Donkey (Eddie Murphy), Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), and other characters singing a medley of hits like “Baby Got Back” and “Like a Virgin.”
#9 I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
This is probably one of the few funniest moments in this thriller. In the sequel, Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) and her boyfriend Will (Matthew Settle) take a trip to the Bahamas with their friends. During a wild night out, Julie sings a version of Gloria Gaynor’s disco hit “I Will Survive” until a message flashes on the screen.
#8 Only God Forgives
In this thriller, Ryan Gosling plays Julian, an expat from Thailand who gets in trouble with the police. He comes across a lieutenant who goes by the name Angel of Death, played by Vithaya Pansringarm. When he’s not threatening people, he’s often seen singing at the Thai clubs. He closes out the film with his chilling performance of “Leum mai long (Can’t Forget).”
This movie lives up to its name with this memorable scene. Duets are one of the most famous comedies about road trips and karaoke competitions. It features a duet with Paul Giamatti and Andre Braugher that has everyone captivated. The two actors perform their rendition of “Try a Little Tenderness” inside a down and out hotel bar. While Braugher is pretty good, the same can’t be sad for Giamatti. And, that’s how their friendship started.
#6 Rush Hour 2
Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan play cops in this hit franchise. Their investigation leads them to Hong Kong, where one of the singers ruins the Michael Jackson hit “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” Tucker is so fed up, that he steals the mic and performs his own version of this disco classic.
#5 When Harry Met Sally
Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan had killer chemistry in this romantic comedy. They played the role of best friends who are attracted to one another. Their flirtationship leads them to a store where Harry makes Sally use the karaoke machine. The two sing their version of “The Surrey With the Fringe On Top” from the classic musical “Oklahoma!” while everyone’s watching.
This Seth McFarlane comedy had everyone scratching their heads. In the film, Mark Wahlberg plays John Bennett, a 30-something man who can’t get his life together. He spent most of his life with Ted, a teddy bear come to life. John wants to grow up and move in with his girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis). Ted doesn’t want to lose his friendship with John so he invited him to a wild house party with their friend, Flash Gordon. Ted gets drunk and sings the 90s tune “Only Wanna Be With You” by Hootie and Blowfish.
Frozen quickly became one of those cult classic Disney films. There’s a sing-along scene that’s featured on the DVD version. In the short, Elsa sings the hit song “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel. This scene will not only have your kids singing along but will get this song stuck in your head for days on end.
#2 The Night Before
Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets another nod with his scene from “The Night Before.” This time he’s with Anthony Mackie and Seth Rogen as the three best friends wear classic Christmas sweaters and sing Run DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis.”
They try to insert as many drug references as they can in this scene that will have you roaring with laughter. This isn’t the only time that Gordon-Levitt’s character takes the mic. He also performed a spoken version of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” to win back his ex-girlfriend, played by Lizzy Caplan.
#1 The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Steve Carell of The 40-Year-Old Virgin isn’t just known for that iconic waxing scene. He’s also known for his hilarious drunk karaoke scene in this classic film. Carell’s character, Andy Stitzer, never got drunk or sang karaoke before. His friends dragged him along to karaoke night where he let it all out.
Andy sang a song from Broadway production of Zorba the Greek. His friends lose it the moment he starts singing. If you don’t this hilarious scene that’s because it’s a cut scene from the film’s DVD.
Most of the time karaoke is good when characters are drinking and having a good time. You have to be willing to go up on stage if you have the chops or the courage to do it. If you had a few drinks, then you might get some liquid courage to do it. Most of this scenes portray show that we’re willing to do whatever it when given the chance.