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Best Karaoke Songs To Sing
Too Many Choices Too Little Time
The Trouble with Choosing the Best Karaoke Songs to Sing
Every karaoke night is the same battle for me.
I approach the songbook like a gunslinger in the Old West. The theme song for "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" plays in my head. I brace myself for the bullet...
Maybe it's not that bad, but I swear that trying to pick a song to sing while I'm at the venue is almost impossible. I see titles and artists and versions and my mind takes a vacation.
What can I really sing?
It is always better to go into karaoke night with 3-5 song ideas. You want karaoke songs that you know you can sing well and that are really familiar to you. You want karaoke tunes close to your voice range that are crowd pleasing, too. Don't worry if some notes are too high or too low, though. Most KJs have the karaoke DJ equipment to cheat a song up or down a few keys into your comfort range.
To help you make a choice, I've assembled a couple lists of the best karaoke songs. I'm breaking them down into the top ten karaoke songs for men and the top ten karaoke songs for women.
Except I've had trouble cutting the list down to just ten. You'll see why.
Popular Karaoke Songs for Women
I laughed as I assembled this list. There's no doubt that the karaoke music that women love to sing has a certain style. We like the songs about misery at work, uncertain love, and how great it is to be a woman.
So here are the Best Karaoke Songs to Sing for Women. (In no particular order.)
- Goodbye Earl - The Dixie Chicks
- 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
- Man, I Feel Like a Woman - Shania Twain
- I Love Rock’n’Roll! - Joan Jett
- It’s In His Kiss - Cher
- What’s Love Got To Do With It - Tina Turner
- Torn - Natalie Imbruglia
- Complicated - Avril Lavigne
- I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
- Think Before he Cheats - Carrie Underwood
- Dancing Queen - Abba
Yes, I know that's 11. Sigh. Which one would you cut from the list?
A Little Fun with "Torn"
Top 10 Karaoke Songs for Men
As I was putting this list together, it struck me that men need something different from the karaoke songbook. The list strikes me as heavy on the syrup-sweet love songs. Do the men who sing karaoke choose their song in order to pick up women or to apologize to their current woman?
Oh well, that's probably unkind of me to say.
Another thing about this list - lots of genre variety. I think men are comfortable singing in certain musical eras. Are they heavy metal men? Or coffee house crooners? Or a little bit country? That affects what song men pick to sing with the machine karaoke.
So here are the Best Karaoke Songs to Sing for Men. (Again, in no particular order.)
- "Born in the USA" - Bruce Springsteen
- "Livin' on a Prayer" - Bon Jovi
- "Sweet Home Alabama" - Lynyrd Skynyrd
- "Friends in Low Places" - Garth Brooks
- "Pretty Woman" - Roy Orbison
- "Bad to the Bone" - George Thorogood
- "More Than Words" - Extreme
- "All I Need Is A Miracle" - Mike and the Mechanics
- "You Were Always On My Mind" - Willie Nelson
- "Open Arms" - Journey
- "Shook me all Night Long" - AC/DC
- "I’m Too Sexy" - Right Said Fred
- "She’s a Lady" - Tom Jones
- "My Way" - Frank Sinatra
And yes, I realize that I did even worse editing this list to size than the previous list. I could have more easily cut this list down to 10, actually, but I didn't want my own personal taste to throw off the facts. And the facts are that these 14 songs are popular karaoke songs for men to sing and crowd pleasers, too.
I'll gladly take suggestions for editing down or adding to these lists. Just write a comment below!