10 Best Karaoke Songs To Sing
Looking for the 10 best karaoke songs to sing? There’s no denying that many of the best karaoke songs are good ol’ rock and roll. However, the selections on this list span several genres. Hip hop, soft rock, hard rock, classic rock and disco are all involved.
- “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond. They sing it during the seventh inning stretch at Fenway Park, so it has to be good, right? “Sweet Caroline,” one of Diamond’s most popular tunes, has everything you could ask for in a karaoke song to sing: a relaxed tempo, sweet lyrics and a chorus everyone can sing along to.
- “Sister Christian” by Night Ranger. The centerpiece of this hit is the chorus, which will undoubtedly have everyone at the karaoke bar singing in unison as they ask Sister Christian about her price for flight.
- “I Love Rock N’ Roll” by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. If someone at a karaoke bar doesn’t know this song, then he just came out of a 30-year coma. Whether you have the guts to get on stage or not, everyone loves this ode to music’s most popular genre and sings along every time. Nothing will make you feel more like a rock star.
- “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Another languid, recognizable tune, “Sweet Home Alabama” comes with easy lyrics and a catchy chorus that no one can resist.
- “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor. A popular karaoke song for women who have had their hearts smashed into a million pieces by their latest flame to sing. “I Will Survive” starts slow but picks up the pace with a fury. Only experienced karaoke devotees need apply.
- “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot. Even people who don’t like hip hop enjoy Sir Mix-A-Lot’s signature song. Be prepared to keep up with a slightly faster tempo than you’re used to, however, especially if you’re not used to rapping. Do it right, however, and the crowd will be eating out of the palm of your hand.
- “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC. A tribute to college students sacrificing sleep for all-night study sessions (not really). One of the hardest rockin’ songs on the list, it’s another one that the crowd has no choice but to sing along to.
- “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard. Told from the point of view of a bowlful of Cheerios sitting in whole milk (bet you didn’t know that, did you?), “Pour Some Sugar on Me” will forever remain in the upper echelon of karaoke songs to sing. It’s sultry, suggestive and sing-along-able, everything you need in an awesome karaoke song.
- “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. The gimmick in “Livin’ on a Prayer” is that the chorus appears to crescendo, but just when you think you’ve hit the pinnacle of emotion it raises its game. Each verse is short enough to recall by memory and shout aloud to the song’s unique music. It's the second most inspirational karaoke song to sing.
- “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey. For pure schmaltz and feel-good appeal, you can never do any better than “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Journey wanted you to start believing so badly, in fact, that they cut off the “g” from “believing” just to get you on your way to happy town that much sooner. So esteemed is this song in karaoke circles that the first official rule of karaoke involves this song: when in doubt, sing "Don’t Stop Believin’.”