Our music curators have been customizing karaoke playlists for over a decade, working with Stingray Karaoke and Singing Machine by Stingray Karaoke's extensive libraries. If we know anything, it's that it's not easy to select the very best from a catalog housing thousands of tracks! Anyone who braved the stage at a karaoke party knows the challenge of picking the best song to sing. In this article, we offer a selection of some of the best karaoke songs to inspire our fellow karaoke fans.
Best Karaoke Songs
“Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen
We're starting this list off with one of the most epic Queen songs. It may not be the easiest out there to sing, but it is an indisputable karaoke classic! If you’re looking for singing advice, check out our tips on how to sing like Freddie Mercury.
“I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
Before you, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Selena, Gladys Knight, and other legendary artists covered this empowering song. It's crowd-pleasing with an easy, sing-along melody and lyrics. We love it!
“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" - Wham!
Did you know that this certified platinum single features several hints to dancing? For starters, the lyric "go-go" references a dance club. The song also opens with four repetitions of the word 'Jitterbug', a popular swing dance from the 1930s.
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Easy Karaoke Songs
“I Want It That Way” - The Backstreet Boys
Calling all boy band fans out there! 'I Want It That Way' is a fun and easy go-to song that the crowd can't help singing along with you. Even though the lyrics don't make much sense, it's the ultimate 2000s hit!
“Stand by Me” - Ben E. King
Look no further than this karaoke classic if you want to declare your undying love to your better half. To perfect your performance and get interpretation inspiration, you can check out the covers of Florence and the Machine, John Lennon, or Otis Redding.
“Wonderwall” – Oasis
There's always one guy at the party picking up the guitar to play 'Wonderwall', but this notorious bonfire hymn is also synonymous with the karaoke scene. Today is gonna be the day you add it to your songs queue (link to the SMC store landing page).
Best Duet Karaoke Songs
“You’re The One That I Want” - John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
Looking for an easy duet? This fun and upbeat pick is so singable you can probably look away from the lyric prompts. Go ahead and slick your hair back, put on your leather jacket, and belt this one out to the crowd!
“Shallow” – Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
It took Lady Gaga and British-American producer Mark Ronson only four hours to write "Shallow." It won a Grammy Award for Best Pop/Duo Group Performance. Not only that, but this lead single from the soundtrack 'A Star Is Born' also went on to win the Golden Globe award for Best Original Song - Motion Picture and the Oscar for Best Original Song. Now, it's your turn to shine with the karaoke version of 'Shallow'.
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” - Elton John and Kiki Dee
We're closing this list of the best karaoke songs of all time with a karaoke classic: 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' by Elton John and Kiki Dee. The song's harmonies and uplifting melody will liven up any karaoke party!