Here’s a list of the most popular karaoke songs of all time. They’ve been around for ages, and they’re going absolutely nowhere!
Most Popular Karaoke Song
Billie Jean by Michael Jackson is rumoured to be the most popular and most requested karaoke song of all time. It’s catchy, well-known and from the 80’s. The perfect recipe for a classic karaoke track.
25 Most Popular Karaoke Songs
- Billie Jean
- Don’t Stop Believin’
- Summer Nights
- Sweet Caroline
- Dancing Queen
- I Wanna Dance With Somebody
- Don’t Stop Me Now
- Hey Jude
- Hit Me Baby One More Time
- Love Shack
- I Love Rock and Roll
- Like a Prayer
- 500 Miles
- Never Gonna Give You Up
- Teenage Dirtbag
- Don’t You Want Me
- Mr Brightside
- Lose Yourself
- I Will Survive
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1. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
This classic 80’s hit is rumoured to be the most popular karaoke song of all time. It was released when karaoke spread to the USA from Asia so was perfectly timed for success. It’s definitely one of the harder songs to sing, so unfortunately it’s almost always performed badly. But there’s plenty of room for dancing which always goes down well with the audience. Plus it’s such a well-known song, that it goes down well with pretty much every age group.
2. Don't Stop Believin' by Journey
The next song on the list of the most popular karaoke tracks of all time, is this cheesy 80’s rock song. It’s had huge surges in popularity over the last couple of decades, one of the most notable, when it was featured on the hit TV show Glee. It’s such a popular song primarily because it gets such a good reaction from the audience. Love it or hate it, everyone has heard of it. Plus it’s not too challenging vocally, so amateur singers don’t have to shy away.
3. Summer Nights by the Grease Cast
There’s no doubt about it, Summer Nights is one of the most popular movie songs of all time. So it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most requested karaoke songs. It’s fairly difficult to sing properly, but the theatrics tend to mask a poor vocal performance, which means even the worst of singers don’t feel too worried about giving this one a sing. Another reason it’s so popular is because it’s built for singing in a group. And most people feel more comfortable singing with others in a karaoke bar so this one is likely to remain a firm favourite for years to come.
4. Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
Ahh, this classic. If you head to a karaoke bar full of not-so-great singers, then it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll hear Sweet Caroline at some point in the night. It’s popular all over the world, and it’s commonly sung at sports matches. So it’s no surprise that it’s one of the songs that people’s mind’s float to when they’re stood at the DJ booth flicking through the song books. The main reason it’s so popular, is because it’s almost impossible to mess up. This track doesn’t really present any challenge vocally to even the most amateur singers.
5. Dancing Queen by ABBA
Of course, ABBA is one of the most popular bands of all time and they’ve remained a household name even over 30 years after they split up. Dancing Queen remains their most popular song on karaoke. It’s light, entertaining, gives you the opportunity to get in the groove and start dancing, plus it’s the ultimate crowd pleaser. That’s why it’s still getting requested even by the youth of today. It helps that it isn’t too difficult either. Yes it gets pretty high, but it’s usually sang in a duet. And most people feel more confident about getting up on stage when they have a friend to fall back on.
6. I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston
This classic song is guaranteed to get the audience on their feet, and that’s why it’s one of the most popular karaoke songs of all time. It’s one of Whitney’s easier songs to pull off, so people who reckon they have a good voice tend to go for it because after all, it’s a Whitney song, so they must be a good singer if they can sing it. But unfortunately, this upbeat classic is usually butchered by amateur singers. It’s still a great one to dance to though, and it’ll always remain a firm karaoke favourite.
7. Don't Stop Me Now by Queen
Everyone wants to be able to sing like Freddie Mercury. But most of his songs are impossible to sing, take Bohemian Rhapsody for example. Don’t Stop me Now, is one of Queen’s easier songs to perform. That’s why it’s usually the band’s most requested karaoke song. It’s still not easy though, you’ll need a good rock voice to pull it off, and a good range to avoid crucifying the intro to this song. Still, it remains a classic hit that’s popular with karaoke singers all over the world.
8. Wannabe by the Spice Girls
This list just wouldn’t be complete without a Spice Girls song, and you can’t get much more popular than Wannabe. It’s not the most challenging vocally, so amateur singers have a good shot at not ruining it. But it’s also performed in a group, and group songs are always popular at karaoke bars because most people don’t want to perform on their own. The main reason this song is so popular though, is because it’s such an iconic pop classic. Everyone has heard of it, and every wants to dance to it.
9. Torn by Natalie Imbruglia
This 90’s classic is a hugely popular karaoke song. It might not have been the one you initially thought of when you clicked on this article, but think about the last few times you went to a karaoke bar. It’s almost guaranteed that you’ll have heard it at least once. It’s usually sung by female singers that can actually sing pretty well, but don’t want to go for anything too ambitious like a Whitney song. It’s a fairly easy song to pull off well, if you have a naturally high voice. Plus it’s a very nostalgic song that always goes down well with the audience.
10. Hey Jude by The Beatles
Everyone knows that The Beatles were one of, if not the biggest bands of all time, and Hey Jude, is their most requested karaoke classic. It’s declined in popularity a little bit recently, mostly because it’s over 50 years old. But it still remains a go-to karaoke song for middle-aged blokes after a couple of pints. It’s nostalgic and pretty easy to sing, so it’s fairly likely that this will remain one of the most popular karaoke songs for just a bit longer.
11. Hit Me Baby One More Time by Britney Spears
Everyone remembers when Britney Spears burst on the scene with this catchy 90’s hit. It still remains one of the most popular karaoke songs of all time, with both groups and soloists giving it a go. Surprisingly, it’s actually deceptively difficult to sing, so most amateurs tend to put in a not-so-great performance. This is mainly because Britney has such a unique voice that’s very hard to imitate. It doesn’t matter though, because even if this song is sung badly, it’ll still get all the audience on their feet, swaying and singing along.
12. Love Shack by the B-52s
If you’re looking for a super easy karaoke song that’s almost impossible to mess up, then Love Shack is a great option to go for. That’s the main reason that it’s remained such a popular karaoke song since it’s release in 1989. It’s a fun and happy song that fits the karaoke vibe perfectly. It’s usually no one’s favourite song, but it’s still managed to become one of the most popular songs sung at karaoke of all time.
13. I Love Rock and Roll by Joan Jett
This is another karaoke song that’s very difficult to mess up, and that’s why it’s such a hit at amateur karaoke bars. If you’re looking for something a bit more gritty than a glitzy pop song, but still want something to keep the crowd happy, then I Love Rock and Roll definitely fits the bill. It’s popular and really easy to sing, so it definitely checks the boxes required to be a karaoke classic.
14. Like a Prayer by Madonna
There are so many Madonna songs that have remained karaoke classics for decades. But Like a Prayer, is usually the most requested. It’s not an easy song to sing, and you’ll need a pretty decent range to be able to pull it off. But that’s not what matters with this one. It’s so popular because it has a slow and intense verse to build-up some drama, and then it kicks off with a chorus which is pretty much impossible not to dance to. That’s why, even if you’re not a great singer, you’ll still put on a crowd-pleasing performance with this song.
15. Angels by Robbie Williams
Angels is one of the most popular karaoke songs of all time, especially in Britain. It’s a hit with pretty much everyone, and it’s almost guaranteed that when it gets close to closing time at the bar, someone will put a request in for this song. It’s popular with middle-aged folk and with all the young people. So if you’re looking for a cheesy ballad that’ll get everyone singing along with you, then this is the perfect karaoke song to go with.
16. Wonderwall by Oasis
This is famously, the most over-played song by amateur guitarists ever. So it’s no surprise that when someone with a cheap acoustic guitar is given half a chance to get on stage and sing this song, that they jump at it. But you don’t just have to have a guitar to give this on a crack. It’s sung at pretty much every karaoke bar across the world, especially in the UK. It’s light, catchy and will always remain a classic hit. And that’s why it’s one of the most popular karaoke songs of all time.
17. 500 Miles by the Proclaimers
This is another classic karaoke song for people who aren’t that great at singing. This one is so popular, because you don’t even really have to sing. It’s kind of just shouting. Which is absolutely perfect for people who’ve had a few too many and jump up to the DJ booth to request a song. It’s light, fun, and super easy to sing. And that’s pretty much what karaoke is all about.
18. Never Gonna Give you Up by Rick Astley
This is another great karaoke song that is super popular all around the world, but especially in the UK. When the intro of the song kicks in, you can’t help but dance along, so it’s the ultimate crowd pleaser and will definitely go down well in a bar. It’s also super well-known and even kids today have heard of it, so you’re almost gauranteed to get a good reaction if you choose this song to sing.
19. Valerie by Amy Winehouse
This upbeat and catchy pop song is built for karaoke. It’s not the hardest song in the world, so even not-so-great singers can have a go. But it’s also hard enough, that if you are actually decent at singing, you can show off a little with it. The intro and verse are super catchy and always gets the audience on their feet. And the chorus is even better because it’s one that everyone wants to sing along to.
20. Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
This is a very popular karaoke song with 20-something year-old guys who’ve had a few pints and want to get on the mic. But it goes down well with pretty much everyone. Literally everyone has heard of this song and most people know pretty much all the words too. So it’s a great one to sing if you want a bit of backing from your audience. It’s generally a pretty easy song to sing as well if you’ve got a fairly low and husky voice.
21. Don't You Want Me by The Human League
This classic 80’s hit has been a karaoke staple since it was first released. 80’s songs always tend to go down well at karaoke bars because it was such an iconic era for music, that most people have heard of all the classics. This is a great karaoke song to perform in a duet as well as there are two distinct singers, so it’s great for couples to perform together, or even groups. The intro is super recognisable so this song will instantly get a good reaction from the audience and the chorus is perfect for getting people to sing along with you.
22. Mr Brightside by the Killers
This is one of the most played songs in clubs and bars all over the world. It’s not a glitzy pop song, so all the macho guys don’t mind singing along, but it’s also very mainstream that everyone can get into it. It’s also a pretty easy song to sing as well. There are a couple of more difficult notes in the chorus, but generally it’s mostly like talking instead of singing, so even the worst singers can have a go at this one. This combination of popularity and low difficulty makes Mr Brightside one of the most requested karaoke songs of all time.
23. Lose Yourself by Eminem
If there’s a wannabe rap god in the karaoke bar, then chances are they’ll request this song when they go up to perform. It’s the ultimate crowd-pleaser when it comes to rap music in a mainstream setting and everyone knows the chorus so you’ll get the audience involved and singing along with you. The rap is pretty difficult, but most people who request this song have had more than enough practise rapping this one in the shower or car on their way to work.
24. Beautiful by Christina Aguilera
This is a really popular karaoke song and is usually requested by more advanced singers. Females with pretty good vocals will tend to lean towards this song in favour over a more difficult song like “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”, because it’s not too difficult but still allows them to show off their voice. A lot of people know the words of this one, especially the chorus, so it’s great if you’re trying to get the audience to sing along with you.
25. I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
The final song on this list, is a classic 70’s hit. This song always goes down well with the audience, as pretty much everyone, young or old, at least knows the intro and chorus. It should only be attempted by good singers though, as you’ll need a pretty powerful voice to be able to pull this song off. But it usually doesn’t stop the amateurs having a go anyway.