This list of karaoke songs will give you an exclusive pass back to the past and a glimpse into the future with the groovy sound of 70’s soul and 80’s classic rock. Virtually every genre is on display here, ready to get you and your friend’s hyped up for group karaoke night.
Prepare to experience the funkadelic grooves of Jackson 5, the theatrics of modern pop, and rock music that’ll make you want to play your electric air guitar. These songs are hard not to dance to, let alone sing along to. So, grab your mic and let’s see how much you know these classics.
#15 Maneater – Daryl Hall & John Oats
This song is composed and produced by Hall and Oats and it’s great for a karaoke duet. You get both rock and soul in one song. The energy of the song is very calm, with the saxophone echoing in the back.
#14 Hey Ha! – OutKast
There are so many layers and sections of this song that make you want to dance. You can feel the base of drums in your bones. Also, the lyrics are fun to sing and too catchy for you to forget.
#13 Don’t Let It Go to Your Head – Jean Carn
Orchestration of this song is a masterpiece as each instrument clings to your heart. It’s a perfect mixture of smooth jazz and soul. This jam happens to be an 80’s classic and I think we can all appreciate the eloquent violins playing throughout the song.
#12 Automatic –The Pointer Sisters
Back in 1984, the Pointer Sisters performed this song on Soul Train. Just like their outfits, the song is very colorful and vibrant in its production. The electronic-type instrumentals give the song a futuristic feel. The lyrics are easy to learn and remember as well.
#11 Papa Was A Rolling Stone – The Temptations
Taking it all the way back to the ’70s, the rhythm guitar sets the tone for this one, not to mention the violins in the beginning. This song is so smooth, but it’s the guitar you end up getting lost in. There are about 3 or more verses in the song so everyone can have a chance showing off their skills. I’d say it’s a pretty easy song to karaoke as it doesn’t have a lot of riffs and runs.
#10 Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
If you want to add a bit of a challenge to karaoke, this song is it. The falsetto of the singers can be seen as difficult for both men and women. It surely is a ton of fun to try to sound like Bee Gees. This song doesn’t sound like the song listed above in that it’s more retro 70’s.
#9 Lady Marmalade – Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, Pink
Yes, this seems like a wild card, but there are so many versatile parts to sing. All four artists bring their own style and flavor into this song. Feel free to rap out Lil’ Kim’s verse if that is more your tempo or you can try belting out to Christina’s verse.
#8 Shoop – Salt-N-Pepa
Speaking of females rappers, Salt-N-Pepa add more girl power to this list. With this song, singing won’t really be required. You and your karaoke partner will enjoy this duet going back and forth rapping the verses.
#7 Scream – Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson
Since we’ve shifted over to the ’90s, here is another great song from the king of Pop. Following the words to the song won’t be a problem, but this song does require a lot of energy and vocal power. Projecting your voice is important here.
#6 Promiscuous – Nelly Furtado ft. Timbaland
So, basically, Nelly Furtado and Timbaland go back and forth taunting each other. This song is very flirtatious but so amusive to sing along to. The playfulness of the lyrics is perfect for maybe a couple doing a duet.
#5 Beautiful Liar – Beyonce & Shakira
Beautiful Liar is such a sultry song. It’ll take patience to go through the words because it’s a slow, mid-tempo song. The genre of this song is actually a mix of latin and middle-eastern styles as well as contemporary hip-hop.
#4 Hotel California – The Eagles
The Eagles sure know how to tell a story. The iconic chorus of this song is memorable no matter where you go. It’s a good 70’s soft rock song. It’s slow tempo, so even if you don’t have the lyrics down, you won’t miss a beat.
#3 Raspberry Beret – Prince
Prince, another icon, phenomenally delivered some retro funk with this tune. The bass line, violins, and background vocals take you to another place. Although Prince’s voice is hard to top, using this song for karaoke should be a little easier to perform because it’s mid-tempo.
#2 Let’s Go Crazy – Prince
We can never go wrong with Prince. In this jam, we hear a lot more rock and roll. You can really hear the guitar in this one. This song is a faster pace, but it doesn’t contain a lot of lyrics. The chorus is also a bit repetitive, so it should be easy to get through. Heads up for the stellar guitar solo at the end of the song!
#1 Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
The beginning of the song starts off very slow, but don’t let that fool you. If you get comfortable a bit too soon, you’ll more than likely miss a few lyrics. So, pay attention for your sake! If you like hard rock and progressive pop, then this song is for you.
More important than anything, remember to have fun performing these classics with your friends and family! All the songs listed above can be used in duets.