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10 More Best and Worst Karaoke Songs to Sing

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Welcome to the 10 Best and Worst Karaoke Songs Part 2!! I've received so many song suggestions in comments on my first list that I got the idea to write a second best and worst list, using only the songs suggested by people in comments. There were an insane lot of good ones, so it was hard for me to pick 10 worst. But it must be done! Thank you all who have commented...I couldn't have written this without you!

Without further ado, here are 10 MORE best & worst karaoke songs to sing:


1) Aladdin - A Whole New World: I'm a sucker for Disney songs/movies, so if you have the balls to get up there and sing Aladdin, you're gonna get a whole lot of cheering coming from me. Who doesn't love this song? Honestly!

I recommend 2 people to sing this song, unless of course you're THIS GUY.

2) KT Tunstall: Amazing singer, amazing songs. KT Tunstall songs are a breath of fresh air to hear during karaoke. Pick one, any one. They're all excellent.

3) Rush - Limelight: YES. I downloaded Rush's greatest hits recently, and I forgot how uber awesome Rush is. Everyone should karaoke this song. EVERYONE. 

4) Cher - Turn Back Time: Hilarious. This suggestion literally made me laugh out loud. I would LOVE to see somebody get up and sing this song. In fact, I may learn the words so my friends and I can get up there and do it. Awesome suggestion.

5) The Proclaimers - 500 Miles: This is a great song. Every time I hear it, I remember how great of a song it is. Upbeat, simple lyrics, this is a perfect karaoke song. Especially for the commenter with the legit Scottish accent, who gets 15 bonus points.

Here, you can start practicing now.

6) Tom Jones - Delilah: Excellent bar song, great for any and every occasion. While I favor "Lucille" over "Delilah," both would be awesome for karaoke bars. This would be the song to sing at a super crowded karaoke bar to see if you can get everyone to sing the obscenity-filled version of this song (those who have heard it know what I mean).

7) The Devil Went Down to Georgia: Very creative song choice, one that most people know (at least partially), and fun to sing along to. I think karaoke crowds would appreciate this one.

8) Barenaked Ladies - One Week: If you can keep up with the lyrics to this song, karaoke crowds will love you. I used to know all the words, so it made me smile to see it suggested in the comments. While I don't think I've ever seen somebody do it, this one has to be a crowd pleaser.

9) Montell Jordan - This is How We Do It: This was another one that literally made me laugh out loud. I would applaud anyone who got up and sang Montell Jordan. This is a good contender for my original category of The songs everybody knows but forgot about.

10) Alanis Morissette - You Outta Know: Another more creative song choice for the ladies. The female stand-by karaoke choice is usually No Doubt, but Alanis is a fun alternative. I hardly ever see Alanis done, and I think her songs should be sung more often. This may be a new favorite of mine!

Best runners-up:
-Jailhouse Rock/Runaround Sue/Rockin Robin (great songs for old dudes)
-Run DMC & Aerosmith - Walk This Way
-Meatloaf (how can you NOT love Meatloaf?)

Please allow yourself to be entertained by this video before moving on to the worst songs.


1) Radiohead - Creep: Just personal opinion, and I'm probably going to get tons of hatorade comments for this, but I hate Radiohead and I hate this song. Not only is it morbidly depressing, but it's long and slow and every chorus makes me want to stab my eyeballs out. This song violates not one but TWO of my original worst categories: No more slow songs AND No more sad songs. Please stop karaoke-ing this song. Please?

2) REM - Everybody Hurts: I wanted to include "Losing My Religion" in this one too, but I just can't. "Losing My Religion" is so bomb that I'd probably love it if somebody got up there and sang it, even though it's semi-depressing and slow (NO MORE SLOW SONGS...exception: "Losing My Religion"). But "Everybody Hurts" really should have been included in my original worst category of No More Slow Songs. That's a huuuge offender.

3) Celine Dion - It's All Coming Back to Me Now: I'm sorry, it's not that this is a bad song. I just can't take you seriously as a human being if you go up and sing a Celine Dion song. As an aside, "My Heart Will Go On" is THE BEST revenge song if the crowd is annoying or if you want to piss people off (but good luck convincing the karaoke DJ that you should sing it). I sang it once at a karaoke place where you get your own room cause the employees were rude to us. BOOYAH.

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4) Sting - Desert Rose (and other songs w/ non-English sections): As was pointed out by the commenter, don't sing songs that have sections not in English unless you speak said other language. This reminds me of trying to sing "La Bamba" on Guitar Hero. I gave up on the Spanish lyrics and turned it into "La Panda," a song I made up about pandas in the zoo that happens to sound just like "La Bamba".

5) Rammstein: Why? Honestly, why? I've only seen that one song of theirs karaoke'd once, and I do not understand why you would put Rammstein in. The fact that this band was popular in the US for 5 seconds was baffling. Don't make us remember that time. 

6) Robbie Williams - Angels: Again, not that it's a bad song. This was severely overplayed on the radio--I don't want to hear it as a karaoke song.

7) Aqua - Barbie Girl: I did include this in my original article, but I think it needs more attention. Simply because this HAS to be one of the worst songs ever recorded. If you want to be obnoxious, this is THE song to pick. In fact, I think Barbie Girl is MORE annoying than "Steal My Sunshine." Since I've sung the latter, I may have to try out "Barbie Girl" to see if I can get even more groans from the audience. [I apologize in advance to the world if I actually end up doing this.]

Don't do it!!!!

8) Pretty Woman: Not really a "worst," but I needed songs to fill up the list. Old dudes love this song, so it's sung very often by old dudes. Most renditions of this song I've heard have been mediocre, so I've concluded that most old dudes can't really sing this song well. The only man I love hearing Pretty Woman from is Phil Shane.

9) Linkin Park: Unless you can sing all raspy-like, don't try. Linkin Park is on the worst list because their songs could sound terribly awful if you don't know how to sing them. You may sing Linkin Park songs only if someone has said to you "HOMG you sing just like Chester!!!"

10) Bob Seger - Sunspot Baby: I'd never even heard of this song, so I had to YouTube it. As soon as it started, it made the worst list. Geez, Bob Seger can't even sing this song! I definitely do not want to hear anyone sing this for karaoke. 

Worst runner-up: Backstreet Boys. Only because I can't stand their music. I've never seen anyone karaoke a Backstreet Boys song, and I'd like to keep it that way.

You may now depart to the comment section and suggest MORE best and worst karaoke songs so I can write another installment. Thank you.


Ashleigh on July 11, 2016:

OMG Da winning song for my

karaoke contest is I am changing from dream girls.

Julie K Henderson on May 01, 2015:

Nice list. I've never pulled off "A Whole New World At Karaoke" before, but I have seen it done. Cher's "Turn Back Time" is worth singing in my experience.

Karaoke singer on February 13, 2014:

I may or may not have sang A Whole New World with 3 other guys the other night. Top tier song.

Patrick Beverly on September 21, 2013:

Just a small plug for Barry Manilow's Copacabana. Catchy tune that most people know - doesn't shred the vocal chords either...

Barbora on May 24, 2013:

You do not know much about music and singing, right? Please expand your week overwiev and than try something to write. And what was that thing about Rammstein? I agree it is not good for karaoke because of Till´s original incomparable voice but the other songs you suggest are nothing special and interesting for crowd. Do you really had a succes with them? And if so, they were all drunk.

Lily T on March 25, 2013:

My family and I are all kjunkies and we're kinda rednecks. At every karaoke party we host, someone sings Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin... and its terrible! Some people can do it justice, but the yelling parts... Ow! Definitely sing with caution!!!

CAPTAIN TODD INSANO on December 03, 2012:


Trace on November 14, 2012:

I love to karaoke and I found that for white people who have to rap.. maybe stick with someone who cant rap too well himself... Kid Rock. Love to sing his songs. Other songs on the fav list is Elton John's Candle in the Wind, Tiny Dancer. Matchbox Twenty's Push, Bright Lights.

Elvis on October 05, 2012:

I think complaining about what song should or should NOT be on a Karaoke bar's list is just a ridiculous petty thing. Seriously... it's a Karaoke bar!! Clown.

wow. It's is suppose to be silly or different. Hey Some people like Rammstein btw. Like me. Maybe there should be more Rammstein tunes rather than Du Hast. Maybe it's because you cannot understand anything song in another language. Too hard for you to compute. Anyway. my bias is painfully obvious and I need to move on. Funny, at least I realize that.

Red on September 25, 2012:

So I just did a Karaoke contest and sang Hurt by Christina Aguilera. I know it's slow and sad ... but everytime I sing (and totally rock) that song I bring someone to tears.

The only Disney song I sing these days is Reflection, yes C. Aguilera again.

Still loving the article, however! I think you need to do a "It's just Overdone, stop killing the Damn Dog!" Karaoke list because the last thing I need is to think of poor Lassie ripping out Little Johnny's throat because Little Johnny wanted to sing My Heart will go On or a Grease song a pigeon hair off key.

And I'm sorry that you get haters who want to cry for the "Everyone just needs to have fun and let it be that." People want to have a good time, yes, but they also don't want the club glaring at them by a song they just should not have sung. SO To All You Haters Out There, get Over It!

Chris on August 27, 2012:

Fat Bottom Girls - Queen. Slays em every time.

Bobby on July 24, 2012:

I love The Spirit of Radio and other Rush songs for karaoke. I always do American Pie too.

kboxsydney on July 11, 2012:

Joining late in the conversation but I too created an account just to reply. I just discovered my love for the k-boxes around Sydney and I'm hooked. Headed out again this weekend. My younger-than-me friends are very tolerant of my 70s choices, and they often surprise me because they know these songs but they have no clue how they know them. My go-tos or wish list ones are:

Jim Croche, Operator - the lyrics are so offbeat and this is way retro, now that we really don't have operators helping us place calls anymore. And the last verse is hilarious... "let's forget about this call."

Little River Band, Reminiscing - again offbeat and retro, with those high voice background singers that were so popular back then.

Andy Gibb, I just want to be your everything. If you want to go disco, this is the one to do. Not the usual expected one, has unexpected highs and lows, and you can have a lot of fun with the "puppet on a string" part.

Randy van Warmer, Just when I needed you most. "You packed in the morning, AND I, stared out the window AND I...." The more serious you do this one, the more laughs are in store.

Gino Vanelli, I just want to stop. Soulful and energetic.

Stevie Nicks and Kenny Loggings, Whenever I call you friend. Haven't done this yet, but if anyone in Sydney wants to do this duet, I'm in.

And if your friends get annoyed at all the 70s, put on Rock With You (Michael Jackson). They'll sing along.

Oh, and just a funny story. The K2 downtown messes up all the lyrics. So instead of "you flew your leer jet up to Nova Scotia," in "You're so vain," the lyrics say "you flew your virgin up to Nova Scotia." Love it.

m3jp on June 15, 2012:

I am a true child of the 80s, who listened to the classic rock station when I was not watching MTV. These seem to get good responses wherever I sing.

From classic rock radio:

Doobie Brothers-Long Train Runnin

Rolling Stones-Beast of Burden

The Who-Pinball Wizard

From the 80's:

The Clash-Rock the Casbah

Bon Jovi-You Give Love a Bad name

Tommy Tutone-867 5309 Jenny

From the 2000's

Jet-Are You Gonna Be My Girl


Cee-Lo Green-F*** You (authentic version preferred, usually censored)

Just tried:

Gotye-Somebody That I Used To Know (I was prepared to sing the Kimbra part myself, but a woman came up and saved me.)

M. Rose (author) from Orange County, CA on May 25, 2012:

VoronX- Love it! You got skillz.

bsbsinger- I have never been to South Dakota, you are correct! People sing BSB a lot of places I'm sure. I just don't particularly like them :)

bsbsinger on May 01, 2012:

obviously u have never been to southdakota. come on up you'll see backstreet at least once a night ( normally from me)

VoronX on March 09, 2012:

I just got a great response to R.E.M's "It's the End of the World as we Know It". I did nail the lyrics and even had counterpoint singers.

M. Rose (author) from Orange County, CA on February 21, 2012:

StellaSee: I LOOOOVE Mulan. I would love to see someone karaoke Mulan songs!!

Texas_Toast: So's way more fun to karaoke songs you love. Great advice! Thanks for sharing your song faves.

Julia: Awesome song selections. I especially love that you did "Bitch." Honestly, I don't think you can go wrong with Madonna ever. Her songs are so iconic, I think people would be ok with any of them, even if they are a little repetitive.

Niki: Keep trying new songs! It's especially fun to sing a song you've never done before. Have fun!

Niki on February 14, 2012:

One time I did 2 songs, Backstreet Boys' "Drowning" and Maroon 5's "Makes Me Wonder" (on the last one I sang the "f**ks" at low volume because there was a kid present)and the crowd loved it. The next time I do karaoke I want to do Jace Everett's "Bad Things" (aka the theme from "True Blood") because it's a lowdown country/rock/blues type song and I think it'd be fun to do.

Julia on February 11, 2012:

I made good experiences with those songs:

99 Luftballons- Nena (especially the German version)

Fidelity-Regina Spector

People are Strange- Doors

Bitch-Meredith Brooks

Do you think Like a prayer (Madonna) would fly, or is that too repetitive?

Texas_Toast on February 06, 2012:

I'm a bit of a karaoke junkie as well and I completely agree that there are some songs you just don't do.

My go-to songs have to be songs that I like. If I'm lukewarm on a song, I'm just not going to be able to give it my all.

The ones I enjoy are: Sober by Tool, I'm Yours by Jason Mraz, Mack the Knife, Cattle Call by Eddie Arnold (It's seriously awesome), Uprising by Muse, Don't Stop Me Now by Queen, and if I'm feeling particularly adventurous, Making Love out of Nothing at All by Air Supply. It's cheesy and funny enough to make up for it being a wussy ballad.

I saw a woman absolutely kill with Dark Lady by Cher once.

StellaSee from California on February 05, 2012:

Hi M. Rose! Oh my gosh, I LOVE singing A Whole New World! My friend and I get so pumped up when we sing that song..or any disney song for that matter. Do you guys like singing any Mulan songs?

M. Rose (author) from Orange County, CA on January 08, 2012:

Destane: Love Alanis! She's a great artist for karaoke. Thanks for your comment!

Rylan: Ooh, I'm not sure a recorded version of Delilah with obscenities exists, considering people usually shout the obscenities when the song comes on. Unless somebody recorded a singalong at a bar or something? Maybe try YouTube? I looked really quick but couldn't find anything.

stephentheking on January 05, 2012:

NUMBER SIX should be TURNING JAPANESE by The Vapors. NUMBER TWENTY-ONE is ANARCHY IN THE U.K., if you have the Skills to sing it.

stephentheking on January 03, 2012:


stephentheking on January 02, 2012:

THE LIST OF TEN BEST KARAOKE SONGS TO SING (herein enumerated by His Grace Stephen the King, King of Karaoke): 10.) ONE BOURBON ONE SCOTCH ONE BEER (Thoroughgood); 9.) I SECOND THAT EMOTION; 8.) A FOOL SUCH AS I; 7.) GOLDFINGER; 6.) NOWHERE MAN; 5.) CINNAMON GIRL; 4.) TIME HAS COME TODAY; 3.) CRANK DAT SOULJAH BOY; 2.) STONE FREE; 1.) SPRINGTIME FOR HITLER (yeah!). I solemly guarantee you, if you sing these, the very ALCOHOLICS will Stop Drinking and Listen (but #10 will make them drink even more!). :)

Rylan on December 31, 2011:

Does anyone know where I can find a version of Delilah with the obscenities?

Destane on December 14, 2011:

First off I'd love to say I'm glad Alanis made your top 10 - I went to a bar last night for the first time ever to sing karaoke. I chose to do Alanis Morissette's You Learn w/ my bestie Aimeejo and then I did Alanis' Ironic alone. She is an amazing artist and I love that I can nail all her notes perfectly. The crowd loved it, they loved me and so I'll be going back again in 3 days :) Awesome suggestions and glad there's a list like this. :) Thanks for sharing!

M. Rose (author) from Orange County, CA on December 13, 2011:

weestro: There's nothing worse than a regular with an annoying go to song!

TommyW: Great choice of Sinatra :)

NodakColey: Love your song choices. Somebody to Love is a classic if you can pull it off. And tell your friends to stop doing Ice Ice Baby! That's a crime LOL.

Petra D: This may be one of the only acceptable Barbie Girl performances. Love it!

Zane The Horrible Singer: Oh Zane, you're THAT GUY who thinks slow songs are fantastic. Don't be that guy!!

Tyler: Love Mr. Brightside!

Cierra: Be careful with Barbie Girl...have you gotten any groans yet??

Charlos: Awesome song choices. Also agree that "Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy" can be done well by the right people. That song is hilarious.

Sailor: Sorry for hating on Rammstein. They're from Germany right? I guess us Americans didn't appreciate them.

dmarcopolo: How about the Lion King? LOLZ

dmarcopolo on December 02, 2011:

Hate it. Alladin is not cute in a bar, its sappy. Its always sung poorly by at least one in the duo just like all duos, my rule, don't do duos, unless you want people to think less of your singing. Every once in a while the church choir members can may a duo work, but how often do they go out, really.

Best karaoke is when you sing a something from the local area, like Elvis songs in Las Vegas, or Elton John in England, John Mellencamp in Indiana, etc...

Sailor on November 30, 2011:

I Like Rammstein -.- even though it's not good for karaoke. but where I live they are still popular and ppl pay around 150 € for a concert

Charlos on November 26, 2011:

OK, I am liking this list, a few others that are fun to do, but you have to have a personality, Cee Lo Green "F#$% You" and Buck Cherry "Crazy Bitch". One good country song "Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy" by Big and Rich in the right crowd. I will also say that in the right setting, some of the "Worst" songs that are annoying can be fun if the right people are singing it.

Cierra on November 25, 2011:

Aqua-Barbie Girl is one of my favorites now, Ding-A-Ling!

Tyler on November 14, 2011:

I'm a chick but my all time fave is Mr. Brightside by The Killers. AWESOME. I always wanted to try house of the rising sun, but it has an instrumental in it. I'd love to try "Man of constant sorrow" too. I've heard a lot of old guys (or maybe the same one multiple times) sing Cocain by Eric clapton, not too bad. But I really want to see an old man see "Come Mr. Tally man tally me bannana" 'Cause Yeah. Awesome!

Zane The Horrible Singer on November 03, 2011:

I love Everybody Hurts. Slow songs do not ruin a karaoke party. I love belting out a song with long, loud notes. It's funny to see people belt it out like they can sing.

Petra D on October 19, 2011:

Two of my guys friends - one has a wicked falsetto and the other pretty deep base tone - sing "Barbie Girl" at our local 'oke bar and it is freakin' awesome, mostly b/c it's hilarious to watch two huge dudes (both tall and manly) sing it.

NodakColey on September 28, 2011:

Great posts! I've gotten to be quite a kjunkie too and if I hear my friends try ice ice baby one more time I'm going to beat them with a bag full of bars of soap, seriously... A couple of my favs are Bette Davis Eyes and Somebody To Love by Queen, I usually get a look from the dj on that choice because people usually slaughter it but I do it justice. I'm a firm believer in know it before you sing it!

TommyW on September 21, 2011:

Losing my religion is a quality karaoke tune! Plus I rock out the sinatra after a few drinks :)

Pete Fanning from Virginia on September 20, 2011:

Great lists...There used to be one girl at the bar that would belt out that country song Strawberry Wine at the top of her longs, it was her go to song and it was brutal!!!

M. Rose (author) from Orange County, CA on September 19, 2011:

stillandre: Your comment is awesome for so many reasons. "Save the last dance for me" and "My Cherie amor" are both excellent songs. Sounds like you've got good taste!

Alecia Murphy: LOLOL. I've never seen anyone do Single Ladies, but I can imagine it would be a recipe for disaster. Thanks for your comment!

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on September 16, 2011:

I would have to add "Single Ladies" and anything with a lot of dancing in the video. People get a few too many drinks and think they are Beyonce. Great Hub!

stillandre on August 31, 2011:

Some of the worst for me is "All By Myself" and Alone Again Naturally" and I keep my laces untied so I can launch a shoe at whomever sings " Color My World" or " You are So Beautiful (To Me)".

I sang "Mona Lisa" to nice applause once, and then heard crickets a second time, so it's on hold on my list. If it's a 40s or older crowd, you can't miss with a crooner tune - not to slow but it has to be a classic that also isn't overplayed. I've sung "Save The Last Dance For Me" and "My Cherie Amor", and some of the women had tears in their eyes. My next turn at the mic, I might try Billy Joel's "River of Dreams" or Steve Winwood's "Roll With it" and the song "The Way" (group I cant remember at the moment!)

M. Rose (author) from Orange County, CA on June 22, 2011:

Oh Andrew...karaoking any Disney song is always awesome. Wouldn't you enjoy watching someone who has the balls to sing a Disney song in front of a crowded bar?

Ok but for real, "no more slow songs" is because most slow songs are a) depressing and b) insanely long. A whole new world fits neither of those criteria, so it's a-ok in my book.

andrew on June 09, 2011:

You say no more slow songs but your first pis is a slow song. A whole new world? Really?

M. Rose (author) from Orange County, CA on May 08, 2011:

Karaoke Lover, you get down with your Celine Dion loving self! Also, I love Heart. Great choice!

M. Rose (author) from Orange County, CA on May 08, 2011:

Good song choice stormi!

stormi on May 06, 2011:

My personal alltime fav Has got to be Natural Woman!

Karaoke Lover on April 26, 2011:

I personally love Celine Dion and think anyone who can get up and do a decent version of 'Its all coming back to me now' is a legend.

Another good one is Flame Trees by Cold Chisel and Alone by Heart.

M. Rose (author) from Orange County, CA on April 01, 2011:

You're allowed to disagree, BlueStarr! Different opinions are what makes the world go round. It's interesting that you hear The Devil Went Down to Georgia a lot...where I am, it's hardly ever sung. I guess different places think about that song more than others! Thanks for your comment.

BlueStarr on March 30, 2011:

i love the list sorry lists you made but i gotta disagree in like 2 places(so sorry but yeah)The Devil Went Down to Georgia and Pretty Woman. The Devil Went Down to Georgia is sung waaaaaaaaay toooooo much and Pretty Woman is okay for an old guy too sing cause then its cute.

M. Rose (author) from Orange County, CA on March 30, 2011:

Akbok, you win my official award for BEST ANALOGY EVAR. Your comment made me laugh so hard, you're my new favorite person. Also, I'm glad you also have standards! We need more people in the world that have standards. You rock.

Akbok from Aomori prefecture, Japan on March 29, 2011:

I completely agree with your comment about standards. There's a time and a place for every song, and karaoke certainly does have de facto rules about what ethically can and can't be sung. Just like you wouldn't serve dinosaur chicken nuggets and smiley fries at a funeral (even if you would have fun eating them), you also should keep your Free Bird + Bohemian Rhapsody mash up to your 1 hour shower sessions. To put your audience through something like that would be inhumane, no matter how much fun you had while singing it.

M. Rose (author) from Orange County, CA on March 11, 2011:

Thanks Harlan! Appreciate the suggestions too.

Harlan Colt from the Rocky Mountains on March 08, 2011:

Dion, The Lion Sleep Tonight - always seems to get a hearty cheer, Al Green, I'm so in love with you; Looking Glass, Brandy, You're a fine Girl; Georgia, Ray Charles; She caught the Katy, Blues Brothers; Beyond the Sea, Bobby Darrin; Jack & Diane; John Cougar; Rebel Yell, Billy Idol; any fast Buddy Holly song, I give up... I could sit here all day making this list.

- Fun hub

- Harlan

M. Rose (author) from Orange County, CA on February 17, 2011:

carrie: Love your song choices! Keep on doing your thing :)

MissShannon: Your kj sounds awesome!! You've got some great song suggestions. One of the most fun karaoke bars I've been to was a gay bar, so I feel you on that one. Thanks for your comments!

danny idol: You and I have very similar karaoke song tastes! Also, I love that you sing Mambo Number 5. I've never heard that at a karaoke bar before. Loved your comment, thanks for stopping by!

danny idol on January 28, 2011:

hey eee yeah- have done karaoke for almost six years now. I did, too, karaoke in southern CA, currently in texas... have won some karaoke contests...

don't stop believin, pour some sugar on me, livin on a prayer are prob the best karaoke songs... sometimes sweet child o mine

the only "slow song" I recommend is dead or alive by bon jovi...

[if you feel like "maverick" in top gun, may be righteous brothers' "you've lost your loving feelings"]

if you bring a date and is blonde, i recommend you doing eric clapton's "wonderful tonight"

college kids crowd is a different animal so beware when you are in front of them, they expect hip hop or "abnormal" performances (including but not limited to stripping, lap dancing, jumping around, etc.)of course if you want to get them going.. otherwise have no expectations... or just invit'em a round of tequila shots..

here are other good ones:

billy idol's rebell yell

bob seger's old time rock'n roll (from that movie scene when tom cruise is dancing home alone)

joe cocker's you can leave your hat on, (i have gotten really hot girls dancing with me on stage with this sexy song)

girls like billy idol's white wedding

blues brothers' sweet home chicago, and hey bartender are not only classices but also are for good perfomers (tip: dedicate hey bartender to that hot bartender at the karaoke bar...) and you can even do the "jump finale" with a knee on the ground with at the end of hey bartender...

do american pie with caution... it's a looong song... make sure that the crowd is going to sing it along with you...

big surprise: turns out that when i sing mambo number 5, more than two girls get on stage with me... every single time...

if you have the voice, do that hard rock song about the the three little pigs by green jelly... just try not to laugh at the same time (it's a song to make people laugh)

hope this helps

hey ee-ee-ee yeahhh!!!


MissShannon on January 18, 2011:

oh and p.s. I just heard someone do Tangerine Speedo at the gay bar and it was an instant hit!

MissShannon on January 18, 2011:

I had to create an account so I could comment because I absolutely loved both of these articles. I live in a medium sized town in Michigan and karaoke twice a a hole in a wall country bar and a gay bar. My repertoire is different for each place but there are some I can do at both. My top recommendations are:

Come Together by the Beatles (I won a karaoke contest with this one)

Add it Up by the Violent Femmes

I Hate Myself for Loving You by Joan Jett

Mercy by Duffy

Songs I know my kj hates:

Mad World



My other kj does Mystery Songs. Once he gets to know your voice, he'll make you sing songs of his choosing on occasion. Lots of fun and the crowd is forgiving when they know it is Mystery Song. But I agree...practice practice practice and please look for new songs. I am always looking for that next great karaoke hit.

amazingiam on January 14, 2011:

i don't think i've ever karaoked before!! with all these tips tho i think i better go give it a shot! thanks haha :)

carrrrie ~ on January 12, 2011:

sooo, i love karaoke, first of all. and i think its pretty awesome you took the time to make these lists .. one of my favorites is "hey soul sister" by train, and you gotta love "forget you" by cee lo green, but if your daring, you can try the obscene version (my favorite, ha ha). "grenade" by bruno mars is so much fun, if you can get the high notes :) and about the whole rapping thing, im in love with marshall mathers and ive been rapping his songs since walkmans were cool, and "white trash party" from his new CD is pretty fun, if your in a bar with young-ins (: and i definitely agree that "dont stop believing" is overplayed, but i love love love journey, so id recommend "anyway you want it" cause its still fun, but not as overplayed. in my opinion, at least. and im from canada, so our karaoke styles are probably different than your cali ones. and with the whole musicals thing "la vie boheme" from RENT is SOO fun, if the bar is accepting of profanity, that is. and i agree with the whole slow songs thing, leave those to the wedding dance or something .. haha :) happy singing, fellow karaoke-er!

M. Rose (author) from Orange County, CA on January 03, 2011:

V: Thank you. I don't mind being called a snob because I do have standards for life (and I think others should too). Standards tell me that I'm not going to enjoy some non-German-speaking person attempting to sing Rammstein as much as someone singing an awesomer song. And because that's my opinion, I wrote it down on the internets. Yes, karaoke IS fun...that's why I do it.

barbergirl28: Ooo good songs! You've given me some new ideas. Thanks for stopping by!

gHermit: WORD. Funny you mentioned Picture because it's the #1 most karaoke'd song of 2010. Hmm I never thought to lobby is a national issue of extreme importance. Thanks for the laugh and your comment!

gHermit on January 02, 2011:

Oh yes, one more thought. Please lobby Congress for a law against anyone singing Paradise By The Dashboard Lights at karaoke. Eight minutes and thirty-six seconds of pure torture!

gHermit on January 02, 2011:

After 5 years of karaoke addiction, I can't stress enough, NO MORE SLOW/DRAGGY SONGS!! Please, no more wore out duets, like Picture or Summer Nights. Love Shack never wears out! Nothing over 5 minutes long. Learn your songs before you try to sing them. One new song every week to keep your karaoke songlist fresh!

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on December 30, 2010:

I love Karoake... we used to go to Karoake bars all the time! I remember one time we went out singing Karoake and my husband and his guy friends got up and tried to sing Billy Jean by Michael Jackson... oh it was horrid... but horribly funny.

On the other hand, my favorite song of all time... which might actually fall kind of in the slower song category is Killing Me Softly (Fugees version, not Roberta Flack!) I once had the whole bar going with that one. It was a blast! I also love Shakira's song... I believe it is called Objection - great fun song to sing!

V on November 26, 2010:

You sound like such a snob, seriously... Karaoke is meant for people who sing to have fun, not to burden if with lots of do's and dont's. Your argument about sounding 'good' or 'bad' is moot in case of karaoke since the point is - the voices that sound weird in a certain song (like a really high voice in linkin park)- can make it hillarious, which is one of the points of karaoke- fun! and when someone sings a song in which they sound awesome - they get the applause they deserve and so everyone's happy! the point of karaoke is it's supposed to be fun and not snobbish.

M. Rose (author) from Orange County, CA on October 24, 2010:

Hmrjmr, I seriously love that you sing Pink, which proves that you are not in the "offensive old dude" category. Also, I completely agree about "Friends in Low Places" needs to stop! Thanks for your comment!

Hmrjmr1 from Georgia, USA on October 24, 2010:

well kiddo I'm an Old Guy I guess but I think a great one is "Sweet Home Chicago" by the Blues Brothers, and I like to do a group with Pinks "get this party started".

Most folks can't do Garth Brooks very well either, so "Friends in Low places" is on my overdone list. Great Hub!

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