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100+ Best Karaoke Songs for Girls, Guys, Groups & More

Best karaoke songs to sing for men, women, duets, groups, and more.

Karaoke night! Some people make it a weekly ritual. Some do it for fun, and others take it very seriously, even competing in karaoke contests!

No matter how you view karaoke, it’s a wonderful way to practice performing – especially if you’re a beginner singer. This guide will help you make the most of the night, including tips to prepare beforehand, how to choose the best karaoke songs, and how to shine on stage!

How to Pick the Best Karaoke Songs For You

Before you hit the stage, I recommend having a few songs in mind. Thinking ahead can be especially helpful for beginner karaoke singers, since it will take the stress away from choosing a song the night of. But there’s a lot more to it than just picking your favorite song!

Let’s say you love the Beatles. That doesn’t mean you can sing any Beatles’ song in the original key without straining your voice. John and Paul had very high singing voices, and most males are baritones. So ask yourself this: “When I sing along to my favorite songs, who am I most comfortable singing with?”

Maybe it’s Taylor Swift, a middle voice. Or perhaps a higher one, like Dolly Parton. Either way, use this guide for help picking your best karaoke song.

Oh, and since karaoke is about fun, don’t forget to pick a song that you truly enjoy singing! It’s usually a better idea to choose something more up-tempo as it will make it less likely for nerves to show. If you’re nervous and singing a ballad, your voice can get shaky.

5 Tips for Singing Karaoke

Here are some other things to keep in mind about how to have a successful karaoke night:

  • Warm up your voice before singing so you can really hit those high notes! Follow along with this quick video on vocal warm ups for singers.
  • Look confident. Start with a smile and with your feet planted shoulder width apart. Make no apologies for being on that stage!
  • Pick a song you really know so you’re not always having to look at the lyrics on the screen. Don’t forget you have an audience that wants you to sing to them!
  • Use good vocal technique. Breathe low, and keep your sound placed in your mask rather than shouting into the microphone.
  • Practice at home! YouTube has many excellent channels, such as KaraFun, that can help you practice.

100+ Best Karaoke Songs of All Time

Are you ready to find out the top karaoke songs? Here are some of the most popular karaoke songs, broken down by genre, category, and more! You can also jump to specific song recommendations using these links:

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Best Female Karaoke Songs

Ladies, you’ve got so many great choices when it comes to top karaoke songs! From powerhouse pop to girl-power classics, all of these songs are really fun to sing! Here are our picks for the best female karaoke songs.

  1. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
  2. Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
  3. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
  4. It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls
  5. Single Ladies – Beyoncé
  6. Like a Virgin – Madonna
  7. Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus
  8. Emotions – Mariah Carey
  9. Rehab – Amy Winehouse
  10. Black Velvet – Alannah Myles
  11. Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
  12. Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover – Sophie B. Hawkins

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Best Karaoke Songs for Men

Guys, start warming up your voices for these top picks in all vocal genres – rock, pop, punk, and even lounge-style. Here are some of the best karaoke songs for men.

  1. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  2. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  3. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  4. Wonderwall – Oasis
  5. My Way – Frank Sinatra
  6. I Wanna Be Sedated – the Ramones
  7. Losing My Religion – R.E.M.
  8. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
  9. 867-5309/Jenny – Tommy Tutone
  10. Mack the Knife – Bobby Darin
  11. If I Was Your Girlfriend – Prince
  12. When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars

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Top Easy Karaoke Songs

Need something a bit easier to sing? If your vocal skills aren’t quite where you want them to be yet, don’t worry. There are plenty of easy karaoke songs that you can still rock out to.

  1. 500 Miles – The Proclaimers
  2. These Boots Are Made for Walking – Nancy Sinatra
  3. Crazy – Patsy Cline
  4. Happy – Pharrell Williams
  5. Copacabana – Barry Manilow
  6. That’s the Way (I Like It) – KC and the Sunshine Band
  7. Celebration – Kool and the Gang
  8. Funkytown – Lipps, Inc
  9. Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
  10. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

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Duet Karaoke Songs

Grab a friend for twice the fun! Duet songs let both singers shine. Check out the list below for our top picks.

  1. The Boy is Mine – Brandy and Monica
  2. Cruisin’ – Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow
  3. Islands in the Stream – Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
  4. Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
  5. All I Have – Jennifer Lopez and LL Cool J
  6. Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
  7. Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
  8. Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
  9. Dream a Little Dream of Me – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
  10. Hunger Strike – Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell

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Best Group Karaoke Songs

For those of you that hit the bar with a bunch of friends, these group karaoke songs will let you all join in on the fun!

  1. We Are Family – Sister Sledge
  2. California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and the Papas
  3. ABC – Jackson 5
  4. Wannabe – Spice Girls
  5. Push It – Salt ‘n Pepa
  6. No Scrubs – TLC
  7. Lean On Me – Club Nouveau
  8. Rapper’s Delight – Sugar Hill Gang
  9. YMCA – Village People
  10. Supersonic – JJ Fad

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Funny Karaoke Songs

Want to just have fun, without worrying about your vocal skills? Pick one of the funny karaoke songs below, add in a splash of confidence and stage presence, and the crowd will love you.

  1. Rock Lobster – B-52s
  2. Just a Friend – Biz Markie
  3. Tubthumping – Chumbawamba
  4. MMMBop – Hanson
  5. Mickey – Toni Basil
  6. Party All the Time – Eddie Murphy
  7. The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades – Timbuk 3
  8. Whip It – Devo
  9. If You Like Piña Coladas – Jimmy Buffet
  10. Rico Suave – Gerardo

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’90s Karaoke Songs

’90s kids: listen up! Whether you grew up with rock or pop princesses, these crowd-pleasers will get everyone singing along with you.

  1. Closing Time – Semisonic
  2. Time of Your Life – Green Day
  3. You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette
  4. Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
  5. I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders
  6. Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera
  7. Gettin’ Jiggy Wit’ It – Will Smith
  8. Who Am I? (What’s My Name) – Snoop Dogg
  9. Santeria – Sublime
  10. Don’t Speak – No Doubt

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’80s Karaoke Songs

More a fan of ’80s music? Here are our favorite jams to sign up for.

  1. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
  2. I Want to Know What Love Is – Foreigner
  3. I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany
  4. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go – Wham!
  5. Don’t You Want Me – Human League
  6. Tainted Love – Soft Cell
  7. I Can’t Wait – Nu Shooz
  8. All Night Long – Lionel Richie
  9. Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Tears for Fears
  10. Part-Time Lover – Stevie Wonder

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’60s and ’70s Karaoke Songs

Break out the bellbottoms and get your best John Travolta impression ready for these disco tunes.

  1. Dancing Queen – ABBA
  2. Stayin’ Alive – The Bee Gees
  3. I’m Every Woman – Chaka Khan
  4. Rapture – Blondie
  5. Do Ya Think I’m Sexy – Rod Stewart
  6. Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
  7. Brick House – Commodores
  8. Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
  9. You’re So Vain – Carly Simon
  10. Let’s Get it On – Marvin Gaye

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Best Karaoke Love Songs

Can you feel the love tonight? If you want to impress your sweetie in the crowd, pick one of these top karaoke songs about love.

  1. Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
  2. Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
  3. Try a Little Tenderness – Otis Redding
  4. Come to My Window – Melissa Etheridge
  5. The Sweetest Thing – U2
  6. I Melt With You – Modern English
  7. That’s the Way Love Goes – Janet Jackson
  8. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
  9. She Loves You – the Beatles
  10. Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor

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Best Rock Karaoke Songs

Love singing rock music? Here are some of the best rock karaoke songs to consider.

  1. Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard
  2. Creep – Radiohead
  3. Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen
  4. Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  5. We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister
  6. Livin’ On a Prayer – Bon Jovi
  7. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  8. Piece of My Heart – Janis Joplin
  9. Zombie – The Cranberries
  10. Enter Sandman – Metallica

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Best Pop Karaoke Songs

Pop songs are super fun to sing at karaoke nights! Here are some of our favorites.

  1. Royals – Lorde
  2. Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
  3. Push – Matchbox Twenty
  4. Treasure – Bruno Mars
  5. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
  6. Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
  7. Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
  8. The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
  9. Timber – Ke$ha and Pitbull
  10. All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor

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Best R&B Karaoke Songs

Feeling that rhythm and blues? Put your heart and soul into these top R&B karaoke songs.

  1. This is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
  2. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  3. Poison – Bel Biv Devoe
  4. End of the Road – Boyz II Men
  5. No Diggity – Blackstreet
  6. Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill
  7. Un-break My Heart – Toni Braxton
  8. Not Gon’ Cry – Mary J. Blige
  9. He’s So Fine – The Chiffons
  10. Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin

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Best Country Karaoke Songs

More of the honky-tonk type? Whether you prefer classic country songs or modern-day hits, here are the best country karaoke songs.

  1. Man! I Feel Like a Woman! – Shania Twain
  2. Something to Talk About – Bonnie Raitt
  3. Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
  4. Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
  5. Stand By Your Man – Tammy Wynette
  6. Friends In Low Places – Garth Brooks
  7. Your Cheatin’ Heart – Hank Williams
  8. Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood
  9. Celebrity – Brad Paisley
  10. All My Ex’s Live in Texas – George Strait

worst country karaoke songs

Worst Karaoke Songs

And whatever you do, avoid these WORST karaoke songs!

  1. Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus
  2. I’ve Got You Babe – Sonny and Cher
  3. Picture – Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock
  4. Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot
  5. Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
  6. Barbie Girl – Aqua
  7. My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
  8. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffet
  9. Boyfriend – Justin Bieber
  10. Friday – Rebecca Black

How Karaoke Can Make You a Better Singer

It goes without saying that performing, in general, becomes easier the more you do it. Karaoke night is a great way to get over stage fright if you attend regularly. You’ll always have an audience, and they are usually very supportive and encouraging (especially if you go with friends and family)!

Doing karaoke is also a great idea if you’re pursuing music. Think of it this way: you’re not being judged as you would be at an audition or vocal contest, so it’s certainly less stressful. Try out any of these songs risk-free before you take it to the “big time”!

Readers, which top karaoke songs did we leave out? Add a comment below with your personal favorites.

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Molly R. teaches online and in-person singing lessons in Hayward, CA. Her specialties include teaching beginner vocalists, shy singers, children, teens, lapsed singers, and older beginners. She joined TakeLessons in November 2013. Learn more about Molly here!

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The 25 Best Karaoke Songs for Women

Karaoke Songs for WomenWant to be the star of your next karaoke night? We’ve got you covered. In this article, voice teacher Elaina R. shares 25 recommendations of karaoke songs for women.

Have you ever noticed that guys like Bruno Mars, Sam Smith, and Adam Levine sing so high that barely any other guys can hit the same notes? What about the fact that female artists like Sia, Ariana Grande, and Katy Perry leave women in the same painful situation?

You aren’t imagining things; the popular music industry has been overrun by high voices ever since pop was invented. It’s nearly impossible for normal people (without digital enhancement) to sing lots of popular songs. In fact, many of the original singers of these songs can’t reliably belt out those high notes night after night – it just isn’t healthy.

This is why if you’re a female vocalist, instead of attempting to screech out “Chandelier” at your next karaoke session, you might want to consider sticking with Justin Bieber instead. Keep reading to find out more.

Why Songs by Guys Make Great Female Karaoke Songs

In my experience, the average woman can belt up to about a G4 or an A4 before things start getting uncomfortable (if I just lost you, check out this article on voice types). I’m a professional singer and I can only comfortably belt up to a C#5 or D5.

In contrast, here are a few of the belted high notes in some popular songs with female singers:

Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” (D5)
Katy Perry’s “Firework” (D#5)
Sia’s “Chandelier” (F5)
Ariana Grande’s “Problem” (G#5)

These notes are a fifth to an octave above what most women are capable of belting. They’re so high in fact, that a trained singer like me can’t belt most of them! It’s physically impossible for most women to sing these songs without straining their vocal cords or flipping up into head voice.

Now let’s take a look at some of the high belted notes in popular songs by male artists.

OMI’s “Cheerleader” (E4)
Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” (F4)
Walk The Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance” (G#4)
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” (D5)

Aside from the Bruno Mars song, all of those have belted high notes that most women can comfortably handle. And although you might expect the songs to go too low for women, they usually don’t. The lowest note in the four songs listed above is a momentary C#3 in “Shut Up and Dance”. Some women can sing down there, but if you can’t, it’s easy enough to substitute a higher note that fits in the chord (one safe tactic is to simply stay on the previous note).

Have I convinced you? If so, consider some of these hits next time you go to a karaoke bar.

25 Karaoke Songs for Women (Originally By Guys)

1. “The Lazy Song” – Bruno Mars
2. “Forget You” – Cee Lo Green
3. “Photograph” – Ed Sheeran
4. “Trap Queen” – Fetty Wap
5. “Firestone” – Kygo ft. Conrad Sewell
6. “Hold Back the River” – James Bay
7. “Let It Go” – James Bay
8. “Want To Want Me” – Jason Derulo
9. “Don’t Stop Believing” – Journey
10. “Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber
11. “Years & Years” – King
12. “Are You With Me” – Lost Frequencies
13. “Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
14. “Sugar” – Maroon 5
15. “Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson
16. “Thriller” – Michael Jackson
17. “Avicii” – The Nights
18. “Cheerleader” – OMI
19. “Hey Ya” – OutKast
20. “Happy” – Pharell Williams
21. “I’m Not The Only One” – Sam Smith
22. “Stay With Me” – Sam Smith
23. “See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth
24. “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd
25. “Earned It” – The Weeknd

If you’ve tried any of these hits at a recent karaoke night, leave a comment below and let us know how it went. Want to really take the audience by storm at your next karaoke event? Check out the online karaoke classes at TakeLessons Live. Try as many classes as you’d like free for 30 days!

Post Author: Elaina R.
Elaina R. teaches opera voice and singing in Ann Arbor, MI, as well as through online lessons. She received her Master of Music from the University of Michigan, and she has a B.M. from the University of Southern California. Learn more about Elaina here!

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Learn Japanese Through Music: 7 Fun Songs to Sing at Karaoke

Learn Japanese Through Music - 7 Songs to Sing at Karaoke

Karaoke is a fun activity in any language, but believe it or not, singing karaoke is also a great way to improve your Japanese-language skills.

Karaoke, as we know it, actually started in Kobe City, Japan. The word ‘karaoke‘ is a combination of the words kara (from karappo, which means ’empty’) and oke (from okesutura, which means ‘orchestra’).

You may not have realized that you can learn Japanese through music, but karaoke is one of the best ways to practice vocabulary and pronunciation. Learning Japanese songs will help you hear how phrases are used, and help you get a feel for the way words are pronounced.

Learn Japanese through music with these seven popular songs!

1. “Tentai Kansoku”

This song is easy for karaoke enthusiasts, since it doesn’t require a large vocal range. It’s J-pop (Japanese pop), which means it has a steady rock beat and is easy to sing.

Tentai Kansoku” tells the story of a star-gazing couple, who drifts apart as time goes on.

2. “Kiseki”

This love song is one of the most popular Japanese karaoke songs.

The word kiseki means ‘miracle,’ and the song is about a couple’s devotion and eternal love.

The words are generally slow, which makes it ideal for beginners.

3. “Guren no Yumiya”

If you’re an anime fan, you may already be familiar with this popular Japanese song.

As the opening theme for the first season of “Attack on Titan,” this song is operatic rock. It has both Japanese and German lyrics (but you don’t have to sing the German parts).

The Japanese verses are a little faster; try to focus on the words over the powerful beat.

4. “Hanamizuki”

This is another popular love song that is slow and easy for beginners.

This J-pop song doesn’t require a powerful voice, but you should be able to sing on key, because it’s meant to be tender.

This was the title song for the “Hanamizuki” movie soundtrack.

5. “Zankoku na Tenshi no These”

This karaoke favorite was the theme song for the Japanese anime series “Neon Genesis Evangelion” (新世紀エヴァンゲリオン).

This song is a little more challenging, but if you’re at an intermediate level, go ahead and see if you can sing along.

6. “Memeshikute”


Don’t get intimidated by this one. It starts out pretty fast, but try to stick with it!

This J-pop song is popular because of the up-tempo beat and catchy lyrics. While it’s definitely one of the more challenging songs on the list, it can really help you improve your Japanese-language skills.

7. “Matryoshka”

You don’t need an amazing voice to sing this song, but it’s pretty fast, which can make it challenging.

If you take the time to really learn the lyrics, you will impress your friends with your ability to sing fast in Japanese!

 

Learn Japanese through music with these catchy tunes. With some practice and repetition, you’ll learn the lyrics and perfect your pronunciation. Plus, you’ll have lots of fun and boost your Japanese-language skills!

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6 Struggles Only Karaoke Enthusiasts Understand (in GIFs)

6 Struggles Only Karaoke Enthusiasts Will Understand

Love karaoke? And by that we mean… borderline obsessed? Is it your first suggestion for a birthday get-together? Do the karaoke hosts at your local bar know you by name… and get concerned when you don’t show up? Are you first on stage, while your friends hide in the corner slowly sipping their liquid courage?

Yep, we know the feeling.

Even if it takes you forever to browse the book and pick the perfect song to sing, it’s all worth it when you take the stage, grab the mic, and hear the roaring cheers of your fans (er, friends).

If you know your local karaoke spot’s song catalog by heart, karaoke isn’t just a late-night whim for you. It’s a hobby that unleashes the natural performer inside you, daring you to take risks and win over crowds. If you’re a karaoke enthusiast like us, we bet you can relate to these six struggles…

1. YouTube swallows your weekends whole.

Most people imagine the karaoke life as a series of parties, bars, and amateur singing contests. However, you do most of your singing at home. YouTube is full of popular karaoke songs, complete with scrolling lyrics, so it’s easy to warm up with a few of your favorites. But before you know it, hours have passed and you’re down a sing-along rabbit hole. The Internet is a great place to practice, but if you’re not careful, you’ll lose track of real-life karaoke, with its far superior sound systems and energetic live audiences.

2. You have nightmares about losing your thumb drive.

Once upon a time, people burned their favorite popular karaoke songs onto CDs and handed them to KJs. Today, you can fit thousands of custom-edited and privately purchased karaoke songs onto one flash drive. However, if you’ve ever fished around for your USB drive in a dark pub, you know this convenience is a double-edged sword. If your competition has your playlist of karaoke songs, there goes the element of surprise.

3. You take notes while listening to the radio.

You can’t help it. When you’re driving to work or school, streaming an online radio station, or listening to a friend’s music collection, you’re constantly on the lookout for popular karaoke songs to sing. Are those lyrics fun and easy to hear? Is the beat recognizable? Do you think you can match the singer’s voice? Should you go scrambling for the rest of their collection, hoping to find that perfect track for the next karaoke night? Without fail, listening to music always results in karaoke brainstorms.

See also: Our top picks for karaoke songs for girls, guys, groups, and more!

4. Reality show judges make you want to scream.

When you watch singing shows like “American Idol,” “X Factor,” or “The Voice,” you can’t help but critique the amateur singers who somehow get a national platform for their mediocre mimicry. And it’s inevitable: With every new season of yet another televised singing competition, a few more talent-less wannabes are kicked out of tryouts because they “belong in a karaoke bar.” Ironically, the judges are usually music-industry veterans who profit every time you sing a song they recorded or produced. Why, then, do they insist on using karaoke as a punchline?

5. To alter or not to alter: That is the question.

Some karaoke machines can raise or lower a song’s key, to better match your own voice with the singer’s. You’ve been around long enough to know how divisive this issue is, and you may even have a firm opinion about whether or not it’s a legitimate way to perform. However, there’s no denying the appeal of a guaranteed harmony, digital or otherwise.

6. Practice doesn’t always make perfect.

Successful “self-taught” singers are few and far between for a very good reason: singing takes more than just talent. If you want to master the nuances of singing for a live audience, you’ll need to train your vocal cords with exercises that make it easier to breathe, stay on key, remember the lyrics, and sing with emotion. A private vocal coach or singing instructor can work with you to hone your singing talents and tweak your performance style.

Karaoke Tips: Picking the Best Songs to Sing

Remember… picking the best song isn’t always about choosing from the most popular karaoke songs of all time. If you want to avoid embarrassing mistakes, you’ll want to select a song that suits your voice (i.e. your vocal range and stylistic tendencies), your personality, and also your audience! Are you at a grungy dive bar? Might be best to save “Genie in a Bottle” for another time.

Also, remember that singing karaoke is all about having fun! If you’re nervous, it’s much easier to pick a song your genuinely enjoy singing before breaking out the high notes and fancy riffs.

For specific recommendations, check out our list of fun songs to sing at karaoke!

Additional Karaoke Resources

Need more karaoke tips and inspiration? Here are few other websites to check out:

  • The Karaoke Channel — This website offers thousands of professional, re-recorded hits available for download, along with a community forum and a mobile app to take with you on the go.
  • Karaoke Version — Another great resource for finding instrumental tracks to sing along to.
  • Sunfly Karaoke — Offers more than 13,000 karaoke tracks available for download or via a personalized karaoke disc.
  • RedKaraoke — Feeling shy? These apps work with your iPhone/iPad, Android device, or SmartTV to start the party, without ever leaving the house!
  • Ace Karaoke — Need karaoke equipment, like amps, cables, stage lighting, or mics? Find it all here!
  • KaraokePlayers.Info — Karaoke community and articles for karaoke fans.
  • Ultimate DJ + Karaoke — Karaoke entertainment for the Kansas City area, including sales and rentals

Readers, anything you’d add to this list? What are your favorite karaoke songs to sing? Leave a comment below and let us know!

 

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For Those About to Rock: Live Band Karaoke in Chicago

Best Places To Karaoke Sing In ChicagoIf you really want to experience what it’s like to perform on stage, you have to go to a live band karaoke event! It’s nothing like that PA system stuff… you’ll get the thrill of live musicians who improvise and work with you to create a truly fabulous performance. Here are the best live band karaoke Chicago hot spots where you can strut your stuff:

  • PIECE Brewery and Pizzeria: Piece Brewery is known for serving up some of the best craft beer and pizza slices around. And on Saturday nights starting at 11 pm, the Karaoke Dokie band cranks up to let local singers get their groove on! Come early, because it’s one of the most popular venues around.

  • Roscoe’s: Every Monday night from 10 pm until 1 am, Roscoe’s offers drink specials and live band karaoke. This bar caters to the LGBT community, but everyone is welcome. Summon your inner diva or rock star and come on down!

  • Stanley’s Kitchen & Tap: Stanley’s Kitchen and Tap is best known for serving up Southern-style comfort food, but on Sunday nights at 10:30 pm, the band cranks it up a notch for karaoke. The crowd is inviting and loves hearing new singers, so don’t be shy!

  • Burke’s Patio & Tap:Not everyone can stay up until the wee hours of the morning to croon, so for those with a 9-to-5 schedule, check out Burke’s Patio & Tap, where live band karaoke starts at a conservative 8 pm each Thursday.

  • Clarke’s Bar & Grill: Next to Clarke’s 24 Hour Diner sits Clarke’s Bar & Grill, which hosts live band karaoke each Friday night beginning at 9:30 pm. And if you need some lubrication to loosen your nerves before going on stage, you’ll likely appreciate the low drink prices here.

  • Reggie’s Music Joint: Under 21 and still want to try live band karaoke in Chicago? Head on down to Reggie’s, where everyone 17 and over is welcome to serenade the crowd. Reggie’s is on South State Street, just a block away from Chinatown.

  • Red Line Tap: If the ordinary karaoke tunes, like Madonna, the Beatles, and Bon Jovi just aren’t doing it for you, check out Red Line Tap. Their live band karaoke is geared toward the head-banging crowd. This event isn’t always regularly scheduled, so check their website for the next event.

  • Rockwood Place: Most of the venues on this list are bars and restaurants, which just happen to dabble in live band karaoke. Rockwood Place, on the other hand, is all karaoke! The band usually gets cranked up around 10:30 pm, so be there and be ready to burst into song.

  • The Cubby Bear: Ah, what would a list on Chicago be without a reference to the beloved Cubs? The Cubby Bear is a sports bar (surprising, right?) and features live band karaoke every Wednesday night starting at 10 pm. Sorry, no discount for wearing your vintage Ryne Sandberg jersey.

Finally, want to take your karaoke skills to the next level? Visit TakeLessons to find a voice instructor who can help you rock it out at the local bars or on the professional music scene. Even if you just really love belting it out at the local live karaoke bars, you’ll be glad you invested the time to improve your voice and your confidence!

 

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20 Fun Songs to Sing at Your Next Karaoke Night (With Links!)

Fun Karaoke Songs To Sing

Editor’s Note: See our updated post of the best karaoke songs!

How much do you love karaoke? There’s nothing quite like taking over the stage and having a blast singing with all your friends, or impressing the crowd with an enthusiastic solo!

Karaoke always makes for a fun night, and it’s a great chance to practice singing. However, if your mind goes blank at the bar, you’re not alone! Song ideas aren’t always easy to come up with. Check out our ideas below for fun songs to sing at your next karaoke night:

1. The Beatles – “Twist and Shout”

Practically every song by these guys is bound to be a hit, which can make it hard to choose! Stand out from the crowd (everyone’s heard “Hey, Jude” enough) with “Twist and Shout”, or a more dramatic song like “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”.

2. Elvis Presley – “Heartbreak Hotel”

Breaking out your best Elvis impersonation is another great way to please the crowd! Classics like “Heartbreak Hotel” as well as “Jailhouse Rock” should get everyone singing along.

3. The Supremes – “Baby Love”

Change up the beat of the night with the Supremes! This catchy tune works for a soloist or group. For more drama, try “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”.

4. Billy Joel – “Piano Man”

This is one of those songs that makes the room pause and listen – and when you let yourself get into it, they’re sure to be singing with you on the last chorus. When they request that you do another Billy Joel song, whip out “Just the Way You Are”.

5. Janis Joplin – “Piece of My Heart”

Take a deep breath and sing from your diaphragm for this one – “Piece of My Heart” is a great song for baring your soul. For more deep, emotional amazing work by Joplin, try “Me and Bobby McGee”.

6. Melissa Etheridge – “Angels Would Fall”

This slightly eerie anthem of admiration is a beautiful way to show off a lyric tenor or contralto range. Add some versatility by trying Etheridge’s other major hit “I’m the Only One”, or her version of “What’s Going On”.

7. Joan Jett – “Bad Reputation”

Everyone loves rock and roll! No, seriously, everyone loves “I Love Rock n’ Roll”. Enjoy the punkier side of Jett’s legacy with “Bad Reputation”, or slow it down with “Crimson and Clover”.

8. Alanis Morissette – “Hand in My Pocket”

This optimistic alt-rock poem is a great mid-range piece, with complex lyrics (hey, that’s why there’s a screen) but an easy melody. If you like relationship songs, consider “Head Over Feet” (or, to vent about a very different relationship, try “You Oughta Know”).

9. Indigo Girls – “Galileo”

The Indigo Girls are ideal for any female vocalists (or a female with a male singing down the octave) to show off those duet skills! The beautiful, contemplative “Galileo” is a spunky folk rock piece, or you could also try their slightly less ephemeral “Closer to Fine”.

10. Sublime – “What I Got”

This is one of those fun songs to sing that everyone requests by the bonfire in the middle of summer. This smooth, universally-lovable anthem of modern rock will give the whole bar a moment at peace together, as everyone agrees that lovin’ is, indeed, what they’ve got. For another classic Sublime song, practice some “Santeria”.

11. Van Halen – “Jump”

Come on and jump! This fun song is one of Van Halen’s best-known classics. You could also run with “Runnin’ With the Devil”, or be a little goofy with “Panama”.

12. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Californication”

Show off your funky taste with this somber song. Alternatively, work on your stage presence and sense of rhythm, without having to worry about melody, with the mostly spoken “Give It Away”.

13. Bon Jovi – “It’s My Life”

Bon Jovi is one of the most requested artists for karaoke and covers, but people tend to stick with the same songs. Shake up the evening with “It’s My Life” or “You Give Love a Bad Name”.

14. Pat Benatar – “Heartbreaker”

Your rendition of this hot ’80s hit will leave the crowd wanting more! Alternatively, you can tell them to “Hit Me with Your Best Shot”.

15. ABBA – “Dancing Queen”

Take a chance on disco! “Dancing Queen” is another fun song to sing as a duet, and will definitely get the audience jamming. For a faster tempo and a bit less of a challenge, try “Mamma Mia”.

16. Kansas – “Carry On, Wayward Son”

There’ll be peace when you are done — but in the meantime, there’ll be beautiful harmonies! This song is awesome for showing off your clean ’80s rock vocals, or for gathering a group of friends to show off multiple parts together. Another great Kansas jam to try is “Dust in the Wind”.

17. Styx – “Come Sail Away”

Bring the audience aboard that starship with your beautiful vocals! “Come Sail Away” is great for any vocalist, since it’s a great melody to alter by one octave. If this song is too familiar to you, be a little more of a “Renegade” and whip out “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)”, or celebrate that these are “The Best of Times”.

18. Queen – “Somebody to Love”

The audience has probably been told “We Will Rock You”, but have they really been rocked? If “Somebody to Love” is a little too gospel for you, be sure your fans still know that “We Are the Champions”.

19. Village People – “YMCA”

When your friends are clamoring for a group song together, this is the best go-to. If someone already did “YMCA” a few rounds earlier, try “Macho Man”! It’s easy to find fun songs to sing in groups, like “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “The Final Countdown”, or “Flashdance”.

20. The Monkees – “I’m A Believer”

You’re too busy singin’ to put anybody down! Whip out this sweet tune, or other cheerful love songs of the ’60s, like “Brown-Eyed Girl”.

Remember to enjoy yourself, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Want to take your vocal skills even further? Consider signing up for private lessons to sharpen up your talent, and soon you’ll be too much of a star for the bar!

Want even more song ideas? Check out our list 400+ songs to sing here!

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San Diego’s Top 10 Hot Spots: Open Mic and Karaoke

karaokeIt’s a new year, and a great time to set some new goals! What do you want to achieve? Where do you want to be with your music-making this time next year?

Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been playing for years, performing in front of others is a great way to increase your confidence – not to mention show off what you’ve accomplished!

Here in America’s Finest City, there are tons of events to improve your musical chops, from low-key karaoke bars to crowded open mics in San Diego. And it’s not just for singers. Many open mic nights cater to all types of instruments, from drums to guitar to keyboard. It’s also easy to find all-ages events, if you’re looking for some family-friendly fun.

Nervous? Don’t worry – everyone is the first time they perform on stage! But the more you perform, the easier it will get. You might feel comfortable checking out a few events to get a feel for the environment before getting up on stage, and that’s totally fine.

To get you started, here are a some of our favorite San Diego open mic nights and karaoke venues:

1) Cosmos Coffee Cafe – La Mesa
8278 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942
Open mic, Tuesdays at 7pm
All ages

2) Lestat’s West – Normal Heights 
3343 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
Open mic, Mondays at 6:30pm
All ages

3) Blarney Stone Pub – Clairemont
5617 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92111
Open mic, Sundays at 9pm

4) Rebecca’s Coffee House – South Park
3015 Juniper St, San Diego, CA 92104
Open mic, Tuesdays 7 pm – 9:30 pm (except the third Tuesday of the month)
All ages

5) Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center – North Park
3925 Ohio Street, San Diego, CA 92104
Open mic (poetry, comedy, and musicians), Tuesdays 8pm
All ages

6) South Park Abbey – South Park
1946 Fern Street, San Diego, California 92102
Open mic, Wednesdays 9pm
All ages

7) E Street Cafe – Encinitas
128 W E St, Encinitas, CA 92024
Open mic, Tuesdays 6pm
All ages

8) Lamplighter – Mission Hills
817 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103
Karaoke, every night 9pm

9) Champ’s Lounge – Clairemont
3050 Clairemont Drive, Clairemont CA 92117
Karaoke, Fridays 9pm

10) Chorus Karaoke and Cafe – Kearny Mesa
4428 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111
Private karaoke rooms

For up-to-date information, be sure to contact the venue.

See Also: Need help selecting a song to sing? Check out our top picks for karaoke songs.

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