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The Ultimate List of Best Karaoke Songs to Sing

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Finding the best karaoke songs to belt out is an art form. However, the pressure of selecting the right song to sing can often be overwhelming. Do you want to sing a Whitney Houston ballad? Do you want to get the rest of the room singing with a Journey hit? These are the questions to ask yourself before you take the mic.

If you’re struggling with where to start — or which artist to start with — we’re here to help you out. Whether you want to sing a duet with your bestie or you prefer getting on stage to sing that Britney Spears song on your own, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular karaoke songs to choose from. These are crowd pleasers that’ll have the crowd excited because let’s be real here: no one wants to hear a deep cut from that underground indie artist you love so much. Save that for the shower. We’re talking pop songs, throwback jams, country classics, boy band hits, ballads, and more.

Here’s our list of the best songs to sing at karaoke. Choose wisely:

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Best Pop Karaoke Songs

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Consider these the chart-toppers, the songs your cool friends can’t stop humming, and the tunes that formed the person you are today. Some are new(ish), others are anchored in nostalgia. If you’re rolling into the room with a crew, the top karaoke songs hit the best of both worlds: One person may start singing, but it won’t be long before the entire room joins the chorus.

1. "Cruel Summer," by Taylor Swift

2. "Dangerous Woman," by Ariana Grande

3. "Oops...I Did It Again," by Britney Spears

4. "Mr. Brightside," by The Killers

5. "Truth Hurts," by Lizzo

6. “Good 4 u” by Olivia Rodrigo

7. “Flowers” by Miley Cyrus

8. "Since U Been Gone," by Kelly Clarkson

9. "Pieces of Me,” by Ashlee Simpson

10. "Ironic," by Alanis Morrisette

11. “Anti-Hero” by Taylor Swift

12. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen

13. "Diamonds," by Rihanna

14. "...Baby One More Time," by Britney Spears

15. "He Wasn't Man Enough for Me," by Toni Braxton

16. "If I Ain't Got You," by Alicia Keys

17. "Like a Prayer," by Madonna

18. “I’m Just a Girl” by No Doubt

19. "Genie In a Bottle," by Christina Aguilera

20. "Back to Black," by Amy Winehouse

21. “Misery Business” by Paramore

22. "Me, Myself, and I," by Beyoncé

23. "Someone Like You," by Adele

24. "Torn," by Natalie Imbruglia

25. "A Thousand Miles," by Vanessa Carlton

26. "Unwritten," by Natasha Bedingfield

27. "She Bangs," by Ricky Martin

28. "We Can't Stop," by Miley Cyrus

29. “Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo

30. "Wonderwall," by Oasis

Best Karaoke Duets

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Whether you’re in the spotlight with your cutie or your BFF, there are some picks on the song list that are best tackled as a duo. Some are obvious — ”I’ve Had the Time of My Life,” anyone — but there are some sneaker duet hits out there just waiting for a moment in the spotlight (ahem, "The Boy is Mine”).

31. "Shallow," by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

32. "My Boo," by Usher and Alicia Keys

33. “Rain On Me” by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande

34. “Start of Something New” by Zac Efron and Vanesa Hudgens

35. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," by Elton John and Kiki Dee

36. "I've Had The Time of My Life," by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

37. “Prisoner” by Miley Cyrus and Dua Lipa

38. "Perfect Duet," by Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé

39. "Love Shack," by The B-52's

40. "A Whole New World," by Lea Salonga and Brad Kane

41. "Beauty and the Beast," by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson

42. “Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem and Rihanna

43. "03' Bonnie & Clyde," by JAY-Z and Beyoncé

44. “Me Against the Music” by Britney Spears and Madonna

45. "Endless Love," by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross

46. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

47. “Unholy” by Sam Smith and Kim Petras

48. "Everything Has Changed," by Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran

49. "It Ain't Me Babe," by Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon

50. “Kiss Me More” by Doja Cat and SZA

51. "Cruisin'," by Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow

52. "Summer Nights," by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

53. "I Got You Babe," by Sonny & Cher

54. "You're the One that I Want," by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

55. "Umbrella," by Rihanna and JAY-Z

56. "Islands in the Stream," by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

57. "The Boy is Mine," by Brandy and Monica

58. “Somebody That I Used to Know,” by Gotye and Kimbra

59. "Savage Remix featuring Beyoncé," by Megan Thee Stallion

60. "Despacito," by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee

Best Group Karaoke Songs

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If you aren’t sure you want to get up there by yourself, these are the hits you can sing with your friends and bond over for decades to come. What makes this particular set of group karaoke songs special is that they all come from a simpler time, one that’s rooted in the ‘90s and really favors boy bands.

61. "Wannabe," by Spice Girls

62. "Say My Name," by Destiny's Child

63. "I Want It That Way," by Backstreet Boys

64. "Bye, Bye, Bye," by *NSYNC

65. "Y.M.C.A.," by Village People

66. "Bohemian Rhapsody," by Queen

67. Work This Out” from High School Musical

68. "I Want You Back," by The Jackson 5

69. "Waterfalls," by TLC

70. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," by Backstreet Boys

Best Throwback Karaoke Songs

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These are the songs your parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles get really passionate about. You might have heard them blaring these songs around the house when you were growing up, which means you’ll know all the words! These songs are classics for a reason.

71. "Don't Stop Believin," by Journey

71. "I Wanna Dance with Somebody," by Whitney Houston

72. “Purple Rain” by Prince

73. "Dancing Queen," by ABBA

74. "Mamma Mia," by ABBA

75. "I Will Survive," by Gloria Gaynor

76. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," by Cyndi Lauper

77. "Come on Eileen," by Dexys Midnight Runners

78. "Uptown Girl," by Billy Joel

79. "Walking on Sunshine," by Katrina and the Waves

80. "Stayin' Alive," by Bee Gees

81. "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," by The Proclaimers

82. "Total Eclipse of the Heart," by Bonnie Tyler

83. "Africa," by TOTO

84. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," by Elton John

85. "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover," by Sophie B. Hawkins

87. "Sweet Caroline," by Neil Diamond

88. "Hey Jude," by The Beatles

89. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses

90. "Something's Gotta Give," by Sammy Davis Jr.

91. "I Love Rock n' Roll," by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

92. "Sweet Home Alabama," by Lynyrd Skynyrd

93. "Jessie's Girl," by Rick Springfield

94. "Sexual Healing," by Marvin Gaye

Best Hip Hop and R&B Karaoke Songs

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You’ve got to have a quick tongue to get some of these popular karaoke songs into the mic. But prepare to blow the entire audience away when you completely nail the chorus of Missy Elliot’s “Work It.”

95. "Hypnotize," by Notorious B.I.G.

96. "Pony," by Ginuwine

97. "This is How We Do It," by Montell Jordan and Wino

98. "Baby Got Back," by Sir Mix-A-Lot

99. "Ice, Ice Baby," by Vanilla Ice

100. “No Diggity,” by Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre and Queen Pen

101. "Ms. Jackson," by OutKast

102. "In Da Club," by 50 Cent

103. "Work It," by Missy Elliot

104. "Drop It Like It's Hot," by Snoop Dog

105. "Gold Digger," by Kanye West

106. “In Ha Mood” by Ice Spice

107. “Lovin’ On Me” by Jack Harlow

Best Country Karaoke Songs

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Country music was made for karaoke. Whether you’re looking to shed some heartbreak, group-sing about friendship, or just get the whole room involved, you’re going to find something for the mood in this genre.

108. "Man, I Feel Like a Woman," by Shania Twain

109. "Redneck Woman,” by Gretchen Wilson

110. "What Was I Thinkin'," by Dierks Bentley

111. “9 to 5,” Dolly Parton

112. "I Like It, I Love It," by Tim McGraw

113. "Boondocks," by Little Big Town

114. "Wide Open Spaces," by The Chicks

115. "All-American Girl," by Carrie Underwood

116. "Cowboy Take Me Away," by The Chicks

117. "Love Story," by Taylor Swift

118. "Wagon Wheel," by Darius Rucker

119. "She's In Love with the Boy," by Trisha Yearwood

120. "I Hope You Dance," by Lee Ann Womack

121. "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)," by Big & Rich

122. "Stuck Like Glue," by Sugarland

123. "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," by The Charlie Daniels Band

124. "Before He Cheats," by Carrie Underwood

125. "XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)," by Trisha Yearwood

126. “This One's for the Girls," by Martina McBride

127. "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?" by Shania Twain

128. "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)," by LeAnn Rimes

Best Karaoke Songs: Play Them All on Spotify

Even if you're not going to actually sing all these songs, you can just listen in. Check out our playlist of the best karaoke songs on Spotify (where we literally have a playlist for every mood).

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