The 21 Best Karaoke Songs to Belt Your Heart Out To

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Last updated on April 3rd, 2023 at 08:21 am

There is nothing like a night of Karaoke, belting out the best karaoke songs and pretending you’re a superstar singer for a night. Of course, we aren’t all Beyonce, and this might leave you wondering what karaoke songs are fun to sing to that will also make you sound good.

Believe us, these tunes exist, and we’ve collected them in this article. Below are the best karaoke songs that can make anyone sound like a star. So, note your favorites and request them when it’s your turn, and sing it like there’s no tomorrow!


21. “Holding Out for a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler

Some parts of this song are a bit weird, mainly the “do-dos” at the beginning, but Bonnie Tyler’s voice is a cinch to match—especially for a woman that doesn’t have a high range.

Plus, the lyrics are slow, and you can easily keep up with the rhythm. Don’t forget to add a few cool dance moves as you hold the microphone to truly impress the crowd.


20. “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child

When it comes to the best karaoke songs, it’s important to note who you are with, whether or not they can sing, and your range, as these will dictate the song you should choose.

If it’s girls’ night and you want to sing a duet with your BFF then “Survivor” is the way to go. It’s got an easy melody and you’ll impress everyone in the bar with your knowledge of this early 2000s hit.

Also, note that “Wanna Be” by the Spice Girls can be another good selection in this same range!

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19. “We Will Rock U” by Queen

Under normal circumstances, we would never recommend requesting a Queen song for Karaoke. While their music is well known, there is just no way to match the voice of Freddie Mercury and you will embarrass yourself in the process.

But, once everyone is a little tipsy, it’s fun to request this song and watch the whole bar sing along.


18. “Chandelier” by Sia

Feeling confident about your ability to hold long notes? Then one of the best karaoke songs for you is “Chandelier” by Sia.

Just be cautious of the high notes you will have to hit which can be tough for a novice singer. Else you’ll be stuck standing there during the instrumental parts.


17. “Love Story” by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is an excellent choice when it comes to a best karaoke songs playlist, as her voice has a very medium range and is easy for most women (and some men) to match.

Just make sure you request one of her older tunes that has a pace you can keep up with, because while “Shake it Off” is fun, it’s hard to match the rhythm while also matching the notes.


16. “Someone Like You” by Adele

After you tire of “Chandelier,” anything by Adele is the next best pick. We think “Someone Like You” is probably the best of her catalog, but you truly can’t go wrong with anything by Adele when it comes to the best karaoke songs.

If you really enjoy Adele, be sure to check if there is a karaoke version of your favorite song before you head to the karaoke party.

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15. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

This tune is an easy one to sing karaoke to, especially if you already know the words.

Whether you are male or female, this song doesn’t require a large range—but you’ll need some style to make it sound as good as Pharrell. At least there are no belting parts to worry about!

Note that Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra can also be good requests for men if your range is lower than Pharrell’s, just know these songs are a bit more difficult to master!


14. “Rewrite the Stars” by Zendaya and Zak Efron

Duets are common during a night at the karaoke bar. If you are looking to impress a significant other (or perhaps embarrass them) the ballad “Rewrite the Stars” from The Greatest Showman is one of our favorite songs for couples.

It can be difficult to sing the words if you’ve never heard the song before, but if you know it, it will be a breeze. So, grab the microphone and request this diddy.


13. “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley

Next up on our list of best karaoke songs is “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley. While it might seem odd to request the song that coined the term “rick-rolled” this tune is an easy request for any guy.

The tune is easy, you already know the words, and there aren’t embarrassing parts like in “Bohemian Rhapsody”—You’ve got it made. So, choose this tune next time you have carpool karaoke and crank up the stereo!


12. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond

Don’t feel like singing by yourself? Then the best song to request is “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond especially if it’s close to the end of the night.

Not only will the whole bar sing along to this karaoke anthem, but they’ll do it loudly so that you can’t even hear your own voice.

We do recommend waiting until everyone is drunk though!


11. “Man, I Feel Like a Woman” by Shania Twain

For women who can’t hit high notes, it can be difficult to pick the best karaoke songs out of a basic song list.

Shania Twain is a godsend in these cases. With a non-soprano voice, you should have no problem hitting the same notes she does.

This song in particular might not be the easiest lyrics-wise, but if you know them—it’s a good go-to! Shania isn’t the best country singer for no reason!  

Related: The Best 15 Shania Twain Songs in Order of Popularity


10. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor

Everyone knows this hit song and it’s available in most karaoke lounges. The lyrics are easy, with plenty of time for breathing between the lines.

Another good song for an alto woman to keep on her list of songs that don’t require crazy high notes!


9. “Waterfalls” by TLC

Got a group of girls you need a song for? TLC has you covered. Plus, everyone older than 20 in the bar will know this song and sing along to help cover any mistakes you may make.

Just know you won’t be autotuned like the original TLC singers were.


8. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston

Another of the best karaoke songs guaranteed to get the whole bar singing, Whitney Houston is a go-to. Don’t be surprised if you’re asked to dance after you select this popular tune.


7. “Dancing Queen” by ABBA

ABBA songs can be challenging, but there are only so many songs that can be requested for a girl group, and if you’ve already burned through Destiny’s Child and TLC, ABBA is the best choice.

It’s a good idea to make sure all the girls in your group don’t mind the range of this song before you request it.

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6. “A Whole New World” by Lea Salonga and Brad Kane

Trying to impress a girl in the karaoke bar? “A Whole New World” should be your new best friend. This song is easy for both men and women to sing, and most women truly love Disney movies.

If you really want to impress a girl, practice this song in advance on YouTube karaoke before heading to the karaoke bar.


5. “I Want it That Way” by the Backstreet Boys

There aren’t many of the best karaoke songs that work for groups of guys, except for of course The Backstreet Boys.

“I Want it That Way” is one of their easiest songs to sing, plus you already know the words so you and your guy friends can look super awesome when you request this song to impress the ladies.

Other options for groups of guys include songs by the Beatles, Weezer, or even John Travolta (think Grease soundtrack!)


4. “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

Last up for our best karaoke songs which are duets is “Shallow”  by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper and this song from A Star is Born isn’t for the faint of heart.

While it has an easy melody with pitches that can be matched from almost any range, know that you need to be prepared to hold notes for practically forever.

If you are already out of breath from laughing at your friend’s singing karaoke, best pick another song.


3. “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson is one of the best singers to choose when it comes to picking a karaoke song. Not only does she have a reasonable range, but she has the best songs.

We recommend “Since U Been Gone” but you can truly request any of her tunes that you know the words to, and you will look awesome on the stage.


2. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” By Eurythmics

With an older group, your go-to song should be “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” not only does everyone know the lyrics, but the 80s synth beat will cover any minor mistakes you make as you sing along.

Whether you have a high or low voice, this song can suit any singer.


1. “Don’t Stop Believin” by Journey

Were you dragged to karaoke and absolutely don’t want to sing? We have a secret, just request “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey.

Although you’ll still have to go up on that stage, it is a guarantee that everyone in the bar will be singing along with you, you just gotta get through the first part.

By the time you get to the chorus, you won’t even be heard!

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Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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