25 Karaoke Songs Anyone Will Sound Good Singing

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Getting up to sing at a karaoke bar is never easy (especially if you’re only on your first Sapporo). But anyone can be a karaoke star—you just have to pick the right song. Avoid expert level tracks like Eminem’s Without Me or Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Instead, opt for one of these 25 tone deaf-proof songs that anyone will sound good singing. Take a shot of liquid courage (aka soju) and get on the mic.

Thanks to your teenage emo phase, the words to this song are forever burned into your brain, and anyone can sing-scream it no matter their vocal range. Not only is it short and sweet, but the chorus is so catchy that once it starts everyone within earshot will join in.

As Long As You Love Me - Backstreet Boys

Though best performed with a full posse in tow, this song is so infectious that you’ll have no problem finding enough people in the bar to help you belt it out. If you’re really feeling it, recreate the chair dancing scene in the music video with the nearest barstool.

Tease out your hair and warm up your pipes, this ‘80s anthem is a karaoke staple for a reason.

Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash

Despite what you may think, you don’t need to be a baritone like Johnny Cash to sing this country classic. With a tempo that trots slowly along like a horse, you’ll never miss a beat.

Friends In Low Places - Garth Brooks

A must-sing, especially if the crowd leans towards that honky-tonk style (or your karaoke bar of choice is somewhere in Texas). Just make sure to order yourself a whiskey to help ease your nerves (something cheap to really get you in the right mood).

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Baby Got Back - Sir Mix A Lot

Rap can be tough to pull off and even tougher for onlookers to watch as you mutter your way through. But this classic hip hop hit is easy enough for anyone to perform.

...Baby One More Time - Britney Spears

If you want a challenge, try and hit those back up high notes in the chorus when Britney sings, “I still belieeeve.” Otherwise, just stick to pouting out this easy ‘90s hit.

You're So Vain - Carly Simon

All you need to nail this break-up anthem is swagger and confidence.

You Don't Own Me - Lesley Gore

This proto-girl power hit is slow, steady and always a crowd pleaser. To really bring it home, go ahead and scream those last lines: “I’m young and I love to be young!”

Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton

One of the creepiest songs ever recorded, this early ‘60s hit also makes for a spine-tingling karaoke gem that will take everyone in the room by surprise.

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What's Up - 4 Non Blondes

This song should have died in whatever ‘90s coffee shop it was born in, but it continues to live on in the karaoke hall of fame. Make sure to steal the nearest flannel shirt in the bar before you pick up the mic.

Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations

A solid go-to that’s never hard to deliver. Major kudos if you parade around the bar with the mic giving other bar patrons time in the spotlight with all the “ooo's” in the song.

Wannabe - The Spice Girls

I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want—this song and another drink.

Just A Girl - No Doubt

Don’t be discouraged by the speed of this song, the ready-set-go rhythm is easy to follow once you start.

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Rich Girl - Hall & Oates

You really can’t go wrong with any of this yacht rock duo’s early hits. A breeze to sing, “Rich Girl” will surely have the crowd sailing on an easy listening breeze.  

Turn Down For What - DJ Snake & Lil Jon

This song will have everyone in the room screaming and gleefully attempting to twerk. All it takes to pull off is repeatedly yelling, “turn down for what.”  You couldn’t ask for an easier song.

Zombie - The Cranberries

Back to the ‘90s for another karaoke must. For a fun challenge, do your best impersonation of lead singer Dolores O'Riordan’s thick Irish accent.

Hey Ya! - Outkast

What’s cooler than being cool? Getting up to sing this song and shaking it like a Polaroid picture.

Say My Name - Destiny’s Child

Bounce with the rhythm and you’ll nail this R&B classic. Bonus points if you can get two friends to back you up with synchronized dance moves.

This one is a show-stopping killer that requires no skill to execute masterfully. All you have to do is jump around in one place and scream-sing “nah nah nah nah nah” and that’s about it.

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Rock Lobster - B-52’s

Delightfully kitsch and infectiously fun, this song was made for karaoke. It also helps that it requires little to no vocal talent. Let loose with some dolphin sounds and show the crowd your best Swim.

Smooth as syrup, this song, though nonsensical, is a surefire hit and will have everyone yelling, “baby!” in no time.

I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston

Whitney’s ‘80s dance hit is a foolproof win at the karaoke bar, and you don’t need a set of pipes like the diva herself to pull it off.

Like A Virgin - Madonna

Get ready to slither seductively on the bar and coo this song into the microphone. Madonna’s early hit is karaoke gold.

White Wedding - Billy Idol

All it takes to pull off this song is your best imitation of Idol’s signature snarl and some rock n’ roll bravado in your step.


Easiest Duet: Jackson - Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra

If you’re at the bar with your special someone, this classic country song penned by June Carter and Johnny Cash is one of the easiest duets you can sing. It’s over quicker than it takes to put down a shot of whiskey, the beat is steady and easy, and the male vocals are more talking than singing.