It should go without saying, but there’s no better bar than a karaoke bar. Booze-filled bodies have zero fear, so even your most introverted, song-hating friends are more than likely to jump up on stage and belt out a song or two on the best karaoke machines. Whether you’re performing in a room with a bunch of your closest buds or in front of strangers at the local dive, the best karaoke songs bring folks of all walks of life together for a night of pure fun.
But, recently we began thinking: what exactly are the best karaoke songs?
The answer to this question will differ from person to person, but we believe the best karaoke songs should be crowdpleasers. The kind of song that makes everyone else in the audience bright-eyed and excited to sing along as soon as the first chords begin playing. The kind of song that will get you a standing ovation the second you take that mic away from your mouth.
Ultimately, the best karaoke songs should have you leaving the bar as a legend.
Start preparing your vocal cords in the shower, ladies and gents. It’s time to get performing. See below for all of the best karaoke songs you need to consider next karaoke night.
1. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
An instant crowd pleaser. Whether the folks in the bar know the lyrics or not, we’re sure they’ll at least hype you up with a “BUM BUM BUM!” once it’s necessary.
2. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
Get ready for everyone at the bar to sing along with this one. Hey, hey!
3. “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers
If your voice doesn’t hurt after screaming and headbanging to “Mr. Brightside”, you definitely didn’t do this song justice.
4. “Wannabe” by Spice Girls
Bringing a couple of buddies on stage with you? You’re going to need more than one mic to nail this one.
5. “Picture” by Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow
Now, this is the original duet. A throwback that will get the crowd hummin’!
6. “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo
“Truth Hurts” is one of the best, if not the best modern-day karaoke songs. Hands down.
7. “Waterfalls” by TLC
It’s all fun and games until you get to the rap. You think you got it?
8. “Love Shack” by The B-52’s
The little old place we can get together isn’t just the karaoke bar, people!
9. “Shallow” by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
Just in case you’re ready to belt your heart out with a buddy and then cry directly after.
10. “You and I” by Lady Gaga
“I’m more of a country singer when it comes to karaoke but I love me some pop,” says our e-commerce editor Tyler Schoeber, “thankfully, Lady Gaga has the perfect solution with ‘You and I'”.
11. “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
Another throwback classic to get the crowd going — because you can never go wrong with Journey.
12. “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton
They did it in White Chicks, so you can do it at karaoke.
13. “Drop It Like It’s Hot” by Snoop Dogg
Bonus points if you can physically drop it like it’s hot on stage.
14. “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker
If no one sings along to this one leave the bar immediately.
15. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
The overnight hit that could. The crowd deserves it.
16. “Beverly Hills” by Weezer
Hope you didn’t forget about Weezer with this classic!
17. “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood
This one hits especially well post-breakup.
18. “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse
The soul that left us way too soon and the song that’s sung in karaoke bars all over the world.
19. “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Everyone’s favorite song about the south.
20. “Jolene” by Dolly Parton
That classic Jolene. Always trying to have what’s not hers.
21. “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus
Bonus points if you bright your very own sludge hammer to lick.
22. “Someone Like You” by Adele
Ready to bring the audience to tears? Let’s do this thing.
23. “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding
An oldie, but a genuine goldie.
24. “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne
This is another good one if you’re looking to send a message of sorts.
25. “Ms. Jackson” by OutKast
Ready for the “oooo!”?
26. “Goodbye Earl” by The Chicks
Get ready to sing this one with your whole heart.
27. “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus
Can we get a “yeehaw”?
28. “Wonderwall” by Oasis
Anyway, here’s Wonderwall.
29. “…Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears
And last but not least, you thought we’d forget about Britney? Never. #FreeBritney