The fascination of singing in front of strangers; some of us can’t get enough of it, and plan weekly appointments at the local pub to step on that stage, harmed with a tag and all the sense of adventure a person can possibly have past their 20s, and give voice to some of the most iconic tracks ever made in music history. Karaoke. And, if you are short of ideas on what to do during a party or a get together with your family, we have compiled a full list of the best karaoke songs by decade, so there’s something captivating for everyone; from pop hits to rock anthems, romantic ballads and some of best rap songs of all times, this playlist is the ready made gift by D360 so that your party gets in the dope zone.
Warm up your vocal cords and look for some courage, here’s our playlist of the best karaoke songs to have at a party.
Top karaoke songs of the 70s
Let’s Get it On, Marvin Gaye
Spice up your karaoke game with one of the sexiest and most popular songs in the world. Marvin Gaye’s Let’s get it on is a great karaoke song for men to sing when if you have that deep husky voice and want to impress the ladies.
Ain’t No Sunshine, Bill Withers
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
It’s not warm when she’s away
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And she’s always gone too long
Anytime she goes away…
Hotel California, The Eagles
This could be heaven/This could be hell says one of the best karaoke songs of the 70s; packed with melancholic lyrics is the perfect hit to sing along if you’re in that mood of nostalgia and romanticism (not the one about love). This karaoke version of Hotel California will give the chance to show off all your voice, as it doesn’t feature backing singing.
I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor
No karaoke list of songs would be complete without this major hit, often sung in pubs by rather tipsy women; it is one of the most difficult songs to sing, so brace yourself for some noise pollution when you or your friends try and hit those keys.
Loving this comment:
Torturing my neighbours right now…. :))))
Imagine, John Lennon
If you are looking for a slow song for karaoke, Imagine is surely the most appropriate. Everyone knows this song and it simply will create a peaceful and pleasant atmosphere in the room. Have your kids singing along too to one of the best songs of all time ever written.
Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd
Even if you are not American this Southern Rock hit is one of the best karaoke songs to put on; it always cheers up the spirits and might even get a few more inebriated souls up from their chairs dancing along to your singing, or better, just as the first three notes play out.
Killing Me Softly, Roberta Flack
If you really want to have a go, mind you this version of Killing Me Softly isn’t one of the best karaoke songs for bad singers (or it is if you want them to break your ears) as it only features the acoustic guitar, no backing singers or synthesized sounds. Get in the mood for some intense performance and… take it away!
We Are Family, Sister Sledge
Sister Sledge’s We Are Family was positioned number 20 on Billboard magazine list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time and is a great karaoke song to sing as a group. Grab all your friends and remember to pass the mic as you share the fun and bring life to your karaoke party.
YMCA, Village People
YMCA by Village People is absolutely one of the best group karaoke songs to sing if you are looking to engage a crowd. In as much as it is also one of the most popular songs as well as a favourite karaoke song choice, try hard not to drop the microphone while spelling out the four letters of the song’s title.
Dancing Queen, ABBA
Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a hippie outfit and hairstyle form the 70s while you sing ABBA’s Dancing Queen. The karaoke version of Dancing Queen by ABBA is an excellent song to sing alone or as a group while feeling the disco vibes.
Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody is a song by one of the greatest rock band of all time, Queen and was released in 1975. Do you think you have what it takes to be the next Freddie Mercury with the Karaoke version of Bohemian Rhapsody? If yes, then go belt out this karaoke song with all the passion you have
I’m Every Woman, Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston’s version of ‘I’m Every Woman’ was recorded for the movie The Bodyguard in 1978. If you are in the mood to empower yourself or ladies in general, then this is the right karaoke song for you and absolutely not the best karaoke songs for bad singers.
Top karaoke songs of the 80s
Living on a Prayer, Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi really had a good voice to pull through some of the best songs that came out of Bon Jovi and Living on a Prayer certainly is one way to stretch your vocal cords to the limit. Imagine if we’d put Always in this list? That would have been on hell of a good karaoke song for bad singers!
I Want to Know What Love Is, Foreigner
I Want to Know What Love Is by Foreigner is a classic song with covers by different artists including Mariah Carey. The karaoke version of the original 1984 song is a powerful karaoke song to sing that will leave listeners touched, so grab the mic and go slay this song!
I Think We’re Alone Now, Tiffany
If you are a fan of the era of pop music that featured artists like Madonna, then I Think We’re Alone Now by Tiffany is the right karaoke song for you. The karaoke version of this pop song will project happy vibes and keep you dancing across the stage as you relive the 80s.
Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time is another great pop karaoke song to sing from the 80s. You can easily please the crowd and yourself with the karaoke version on this song. Who said the 80s were not fun?
Sacrifice, Elton John
Take your karaoke game all the way back to 1989 with Elton John’s song sacrifice. Blow everyone away by choosing this song as your karaoke choice for the day. A good point is that you can also nail your karaoke version of ‘Sacrifice’ sitting down.
I Wanna Dance with Somebody, Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston’s 1987 single ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ was a success from when it was released and remains a classic today. This is another reason why, apart from being a happy fun song, it is one of the most requested karaoke songs at any fun occasion.
Every Breath You Take, The Police
English rock band The Police released this Grammy-winning song in 1983, and it is from their album Synchronicity. Every Breath You Take was initially written by Sting. Both karaoke versions are fantastic choices but if you want to ‘up’ your karaoke song game by rapping, then you can opt for the Puff Daddy version: I’ll be missing you.
Like a Virgin, Madonna
Now, picture this. You, it’s your 30th birthday and you have had one too many. You sound like a strangled eagle when you sing, yet for the night, everyone will be stunned to hear what performance you can pull out of the bag! Priceless. One of the top karaoke songs that you can’t miss on a fun party!
All Night Long, by Lionel Richie
Another classic amongst karaoke songs to have on your playlist for the night; it’s party vibe will get everyone in the right mood, possibly all night long. Lionel Richie’s famous song is also perfect to sing even if you have no vocal talents at all.
Ain’t Nobody, by Chaka Khan
An 80s dance sound for one of Chaka Khan’s major hits is a must have any list of best karaoke songs. You can sing to this one with your girlfriends and feel empowered, even if you don’t have Chaka’s soulful voice.
Billie Jean, Michael Jackson
The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, has to his name so many hits it is a hard job to define which one of them classifies as best karaoke material, as they all have a catchy tempo you just want to dance to. Watch out for those high pitch verses though!
Best karaoke songs of the 90s
Genie in a Bottle, Christina Aguilera
Another of the best karaoke songs to have in your playlist, it is one of those songs to hit when the mood with your girls is going high. Christina is one of a kind with her big voice and this is one of her songs you can sing along easily.
No Scrubs, TLC
A club hit, No Scrubs is most definitely the best song coming out of TLC and there’s no karaoke night worth going to if it is not on the playlist. Tip, practice a bit of the dance moves at home, you just don’t want to lose face completely.
Livin’ La Vida Loca, Ricky Martin
Upbeat and with its latino verve, Ricky Martin’s ode to partying and crazy nights out is the best karaoke song to get a party started, and to have some of the boys trying to master the Puerto Rican’s pelvis moves and of course the fun is all in getting those non-english lyrics right.
Gangsta’ Paradise, Coolio
Get your gran up from her chair and stick this on the player, that would be the ideal fun, better than any posh club and fancy restaurant. Out of rap songs to sing along to, Gangsta Paradise is surely one of the not so intricate ones to master in terms of speed – leaving trap mumbling out, that is.
My Heart Will Go On, Celine Dion
Declare your love to your special one, step on that stage, grab the mic, and sing Titanic’s most famous scene song, signed by Celine Dion. It is one of the ballads that can be left out of any karaoke songs playlists. And if they fancy/love you back, they might even join you on stage and play the Leonardo DiCaprio sunset ‘hug’.
Kiss From A Rose, Seal
Did you know Seal’s 1994 song, Kiss from A Rose, was included in the soundtrack to the movie Batman Forever? The favourite classic song is also a great karaoke song favoured by both men and women.
The Boy is Mine, Brandy and Monica
Get ready for some roleplay fun with Brandy and Monica’s 1998 ‘The Boy is Mine’ karaoke version. With easy and smooth lyrics, The Boy is Mine can easily be one of the best duet karaoke songs to sing. Remember to decide on who actually owns the ‘boy’ while having fun.
Wannabe, Spice Girls
Who doesn’t remember and love Wannabe by Spice Girls? From when the song was released in 1996, it became an anthem and is a fun karaoke song to sing with friends. While role-playing, don’t forget who Posh Spice, Scary Spice, Sporty Spice, Baby Spice and Ginger Spice are amongst yourselves.
Torn, Natalie Imbruglia
I thought I saw a man brought to life
He was warm, he came around like he was dignified
He showed me what it was to cry
Well you couldn’t be that man I adored
You don’t seem to know, don’t seem to care
What your heart is for
No, I don’t know him anymore… How easy is this?
It Must Have Been Love, Roxette
It Must Have Been Love is Swedish pop duo Roxette’s number one hit song as well the soundtrack to the 1990 movie Pretty Woman. The song is also a karaoke favourite by many as it is easy to sing and gives a good 90’s vibe.
This is How We Do It, Montell Jordan
If the plan is to turn up the party, then Montell Jordan’s This is How We Do It is your jam!!! The Karaoke song version of this party anthem with surely make listeners want to move with its funky upbeat provided you actually sing.
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You, Bryan Adams
Look into my eyes
You will see
What you mean to me
Search your heart
Search your soul
And when you find me there,
You’ll search no more…
Need we go on? Bryan Adams’’ 1991 song is asolutely a great karaoke song.
Zombie, The Cranberries
Zombie by Irish rock band The Cranberries is an explosive song that is a good choice if you are wondering what to sing at karaoke night. If you didn’t know, The Cranberries’ Zombie is a protest song for the 1993 IRA bombing in Warrington, and also in memory to two young victims who died due to the attack.
I Want It That Way, Backstreet Boys
If you are in a karaoke bar, I Want It That Way by Backstreet Boys is a song that will definitely have ladies, especially millennials, singing along with you! The American boy band wooed the world with ‘I Want It That Way’ in 1999, and it remains a good karaoke song choice.
Doo Wop (That Thing), Lauryn Hill
If you think you can rap decently, then you cannot afford to miss Doo Wop by Lauryn Hill when you are thinking of your next karaoke song to sing. The Grammy award-winning song is considered one of the best songs of all times as well as one of the best karaoke songs of all time… that is if you nail it.
Iris, Goo Goo Dolls
Did you see the movie City of Angels, starring Nicholas Cage? If yes, then you will know and love Iris by Goo Goo Dolls, as it was the soundtrack of the movie. Iris is one of the biggest crossover hits in the history of popular music and is a great karaoke song.
Best karaoke songs of the 2000s
The Real Slim Shady, Eminem
A 00s’ anthem, Eminem’s ‘Please stand up’ is the perfect verse to get everyone up from their seats and in lift up the mood. Perfect for bad singers, if you want to see some goofy geezer stomping around whist mimicking the Rap God, you are in for a treat.
Poker Face, Lady Gaga
Out of Gaga’s hits, Poker Face is the song that launched her to becoming the music icon she is now; vocally speaking, it is a rather mellow song to sing along to, so choose it in your playlist and chances are you’ll have fewer people being out off by it.
Can’t Get You Out of My Head, Kylie Minogue
Some of us fell in love with her double side slit jumpsuit with hood in her music video, some us did end up spending afternoons with Can’t Get You Out of My Head in our heads. It’s one of the best dance songs of the 00s and it shouldn’t be left out of your karaoke playlist.
A slower tempo club hit by Rihanna that is going to have a queue of people wanting to sing along to these the catchy hook:
When the sun shines, we shine together
Told you I’ll be here forever
Said I’ll always be your friend
Took an oath that I’m a stick it out ’til the end
Bleeding Love, Leona Lewis
If you know of some of your friends who needs to sing their breakup out loud, Bleeding Love is the best love anthem to put on during your karaoke night. Don’t expect them to go for it and get up and sing it, the pain and fear of shame might just be too big obstacles to overcome.
Don’t Cha, The Pussycat Dolls
A classic club hit that made all girls dance crazy AF by the sexy Pussycat Dolls. Shall we go into how hilarious this song can turn to if the not so Pussycat woman gets hold of that mic and airs that noise out? One of the best karaoke songs for bad singers to have in your playlist.
No One, Alicia key
No One by Alicia Keys is the perfect karaoke song to sing if you are feeling soulful. The original R&B soul version of this karaoke hit the airwaves in 2007. Do not try to sing this song while you are sick, remember we told you so.
Let Me Love You, Mario
Mario’s Let Me Love You took over the airwaves by storm in 2004, and it was written by American singer Ne-Yo. It is no surprise that Let Me Love You is still a popular karaoke choice. Just remember to relax and keep the song smooth to nail it.
Shallow, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
Shallow is one of the songs on the soundtrack of the 2018 movie ‘A Star is Born’, and it is fast becoming one of the most popular songs to be sung as a duet. Who will be the Bradley Cooper to your Lady Gaga with this pleasant karaoke song?
She will be loved, Maroon 5
One of our all-time favourite and top karaoke songs is She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5. Get into crooner Adam Levine’s spirit with the karaoke version of this hit song and sing along to the words like a pro.
The Reason, Hoobastank
The Reason by Hoobastank is another good karaoke song choice by lovers of alternative music. With its deep, meaningful words and soulful tune, this karaoke song is definitely a crowd pleaser and one of the top karaoke songs to sing solo.
The Scientist, Coldplay
Coldplay’s 2002 ‘The scientist’ is a beautiful karaoke song to sing if you are into the Alternative music genre. This karaoke perfect song is from Coldplay’s album, A rush of blood to the head and the soothing song will surely be a hit for listeners and for you if your singing is ‘okay’.
Since U Been Gone, Kelly Clarkson
Bring out the pop-rock singer side of you with Kelly Clarkson’s song ‘Since U Been Gone’. It is an excellent choice for your karaoke solo, and while it is compelling and energetic, please try to resist the urge to smash something.
Hey Ya, Outkast
If you are looking for a fun karaoke song to sing, then Hey Ya by Outkast is the song for you. The duo Outkast delivered enough funk with their 2003 single ‘Hey ya’ from their album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Match the tempo and have as much fun as you can with this top karaoke song.
Rehab, Amy Winehouse
If you are feeling soulful, Rehab by Amy Winehouse is one of the best songs to sing for karaoke. See if you can throw in that jazzy feel that Amy Winehouse gave to this song that is found on her 2006 album ‘Back to Black’.
Sex on Fire, Kings of Leon
Are you dressed in black leather pants and boots? If yes, you might like to sing Sex on Fire by Kings of Leon. This rock song is an in-demand karaoke choice today especially for men and is also one of the best rock songs we have today.
… Hello from the other side
I must’ve called a thousand times
To tell you I’m sorry
For everything that I’ve done
But when I call you never
Seem to be home…
Just The Way You Are, Bruno Mars
Just the way you are by Bruno Mars is the perfect karaoke love song to sing and especially if you are trying to woo someone in the crowd. *wink wink*.
The song was released in September 2010 and is a must sing at any karaoke party.
Happy, Pharrell Williams
Tell us a happier karaoke song that could be sung than Pharrell Williams’ Happy? Let everyone know you are singing this karaoke song because you are happy, and you can also spread the love by getting everyone to join in the chorus.
Wrecking Ball, Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball is one of the most popular karaoke songs of all time! Released in 2013, Miley Cyrus delivered on point with her song which also makes it an excellent choice for karaoke songs.