Singing karaoke is exciting, but it can be stressful, especially for people who are not confident with their singing skills and are not comfortable singing in front of people. Many karaoke users spend most of the time flipping the karaoke bar’s songbook because they don’t know what karaoke song to pick. But it helps to keep a steady list of songs to sing for these occasions. Your karaoke song selection is an important consideration when stepping up and grabbing the mic, as it pays to rely on tried-and-tested songs. It’s even a must if you have your own karaoke at home, so you know well how to entertain your guests.
If you don’t know where to start, here’s a guide to choosing the best karaoke songs, whether you want to sing alone or with a group:
Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus
Get your karaoke party started with this upbeat song. It’s easy to sing along to, and it can get people’s moods up and ready for the next songs to come.
I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys
A crowd favorite, this song has probably been stuck in your mind at some point in your life. When you really think about what the song means, you’ll figure out it doesn’t make any sense. But whatever, it feels good to sing along to this mellow and catchy song.
I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston
Most Whitney Houston is a delight to sing at the karaoke, whether you’re a singer or not, but this song is definitely a pick of the bunch for a delightful moment.
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
Here’s a decades-old classic that still rocks up to this day. Even the opening lyrics can make people’s hearts beat a little bit faster.
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
You may have discovered this song through your parents’ karaoke session back then when you were just a kid, but still, it remains a classic. Show off your musical range by picking out this song and acing the performance.
A Moment Like This – Kelly Clarkson
Bring all the feels while you belt out this song in the karaoke. Even if you don’t sing well, at least you can show how much you can emote.
Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
This infamous duet song is perfect for an intense karaoke session. Let everybody have a blast by singing this song. Once you get to feel it, you don’t even need to check the lyrics – you can just concentrate on the extra dramatic dance routine.
Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne
Before there was Ariana Grande’s “Break Up with Your Girlfriend,” there was “Girlfriend.” This classic pop song is a bop that anyone can sing to.
Respect – Aretha Franklin
This song is often sung by intermediate to advanced singers, plus those who got a lot of courage to sing challenging songs in front of family and friends. But once you practice this song and really sing it in your karaoke session, you’ll gonna get respect.
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
No matter how old you are and whether you’re a good singer or not, this song is perfect for a sing-along. Let a person who’s recovering from a break up to sing this song, ‘cause no doubt, they’re gonna kill it.
Oops!…I Did it Again – Britney Spears
A karaoke session, especially during girls’ night, is not complete without a Britney Spears song in it. This is a Britney classic, and the only way to honor it is to perform this bop in front of your friends.
Shallow – Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
Try not to shed a few tears as you sing this song. “Shallow” is the karaoke love song that will consume your emotions all the way.
Chandelier – Sia
If you’re ready to party and belt out a few high notes, then give a proper rendition of Sia’s Chandelier. This song is challenging yet so fun and fulfilling to sing, especially when you give your best.
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
“Sweet Caroline” is actually a karaoke rite of passage for all seasons. Get ready for some rock and roll for this song is something the whole group can sing.
Wannabe – Spice Girls
Looking for the ultimate friendship anthem? Put “Wannabe” to your karaoke song list. This is a fantastic song to perform with your pop group of friends.
September – Earth, Wind, and Fire
This is the disco anthem that is still gaining some fans from millennials. The catchy tune and its ease of range make it a delight to sing, plus hitting the high falsetto notes in the chorus makes it a delight to play with a large group.
The Gambler – Kenny Rogers
“You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, know when to run.” This song is full of wisdom, and it’s fairly easy to sing – yet enjoyable for the crowd.
Love Story – Taylor Swift
“Love Story” is the country classic from the 2000s that made us start our own love story with Taylor Swift. Admit it; this is most probably the first song that got you hooked on her. The fantastic storytelling, the charming country vibe, and the breath-taking rhythm of the song will provide just the right amount of challenge on your karaoke session.
Titanium – David Guetta ft. Sia
“Titanium” felt like the showstopper of the decade. Sia has set a very high bar in this song that is hard for us ordinary folks to reach. But once you ace this song, you’ll be the most memorable performer in your karaoke group.
Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer
The biggest hit of the band, “Kiss Me,” is a perfect warm-up song if your karaoke session is just starting. The original singer barely raises her voice or strays from a five-note melody cluster, so you don’t have to go through vocal acrobatics with this song. Plus, you can sing it seductively for added effect without the additional effort.
No Scrubs – TLC
This TLC classic completes most of the karaoke lists. You just have no choice but to sing this song.
A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton
This one’s a famous song that you probably have no idea how it burrowed its way to the collective consciousness of the public. But if you’d just play this song on a random corner – everybody, regardless of age, knows this earworm.
Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
If you’ve got your eye on someone in the karaoke party, this is the go-to bop to sing. It’s also the song that will get you to be the one everyone has their eyes on.
Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
Another Britney classic, “Baby One More Time,” is one of the classics that everybody knows. It has all the makings of a solid karaoke song choice.
Irreplaceable – Beyoncé
This is a break-up song that can help you move on, just as a karaoke session is a perfect way to get over a heartache. Belt out this Beyonce hit and sing your troubles away.
Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
The chord progression and restrained vocals at the beginning of the song are one of the greatest buildups in pop music. Sing this in a karaoke room, and everyone will be scream-belting the chorus.
Hey Jude – The Beatles
This classic song is a staple in karaoke. It has a limited vocal range, easy-to-remember lyrics, and a catchy melody. It’s a great song to sing if you’re feeling a little bit timid.
Sweet Home Alabama – LynyrdSkynyrd
As soon as you hear this song’s opening guitar riff, there’s no resisting the fact that you’re about to sing your heart out about a county in America you never visited.
That’s What Friends Are For – Dionne Warwick
If you’re in for something corny, tender, yet heartfelt, this number from Dionne Warwick will do the trick.
Say My Name – Destiny’s Child
This R&B classic boasts of amazing female vocals, yet singing this song won’t require you to have a big singing range. What you need is pretty fast-talking and some attitude.