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Songs to Sing Along: The 370 Best Karaoke Songs of All Time

Singing is fun for everyone. We sing in the bathroom, hum at work or bawl in the car on the way home. Sometimes we even sing in the shower. Regardless of whether you are a talented singer or not. Singing along to your favorite song lifts your mood and can be liberating.

More and more people also like to sing at a karaoke evening with friends at home or in the bar. For some people, karaoke is even part of a weekly ritual. Many party goers sing for fun, others take it very seriously and even take part in karaoke competitions.

Are you a beginner looking for songs that are easy to sing? You might even be invited to a karaoke night. In our following article we will help you choose the best songs to make the most of the night.

Pick the right karaoke songs

First of all, it is important to be able to assess yourself so that you can choose the right songs for your voice and your character. Especially for singing and karaoke beginners, it is helpful to already have a few songs in mind. So the stress of choosing the right song is gone.

Never sing: “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. First of all, the song is way too long at almost six minutes. Second, the song is pretty hard to sing.

Pick a song that you really enjoy singing. It's always a good idea to choose a song that is sung a little faster. If you are very nervous and e.g. For example, if you sing a love ballad, your voice can get shaky. It's best to choose a song that a lot of people know. The audience will thank you. This way they have a lot more fun listening and maybe even start singing along themselves.

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  1. Pick a well-known song that you can win over the audience for.
  2. Learn the lyrics by heart. The lyrics will be shown to you, but if you can already sing the song by heart, you can concentrate fully on your performance.
  3. Practice the song at home in front of the mirror so that you can see how other people perceive you.
  4. Improve your singing. Take a confident posture and take a deep breath. Hold your head over the microphone with your chin slightly lowered. Your voice sounds a lot more cordial that way.
  5. But the most important point is: have fun! Enjoy your time in the spotlight and don't take everything so seriously. You are there to have a good time with your friends and you are not there to impress people.

Below you will find over 370 songs that are ideal for singing. We have the songs in 12 categories divided.

(For each list we have created a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)

The most popular songs to sing along to

01. Lou Bega - "Mambo No. 5 "

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Lou Bega (David Lubega) from Munich is indifferent to being considered a one-hit wonder. "Mambo No. 5 “was a monster hit that stayed at the top of the international charts for weeks. “Mambo No. 5 ”in a 1949 composition by the Cuban musician Pérez Prado. A symbiosis of Latin American music and electronic pop were crucial for its success. "Mambo No. 5 ”was published by RCA in 1999 and became a bone of contention that made it to the Federal Constitutional Court. Disputes over the distribution of royalties were fought over several legal disputes. With his “Mambo No. 5 “, Lou Bega is still booked for appearances.

02. Rag ’n’ Bone Man - "Human"

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The song "Human" from 2017 has the potential to become a karaoke classic. "Human" is limited to a very thin instrumentation and lives from the vocal power of the British singer Rory Graham. Thematically, "Human" is about the weaknesses of a person with the request not to blame them. Commercially, "Human" was a great success. Top positions in the international charts paved the way for Rag ’n’ Bone Man for his further career. The US singer Ron White interprets “Human” every day in Phantasialand in Brühl in the Rhineland as part of the “Musarteum” show.

03. USA for Africa - "We Are the World"

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Over 20 million copies sold make “We Are the World” one of the best-selling singles of all time. Originally written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, international stars sang the song under the direction of Quincy Jones. Harry Belafonte (Island in The Sun) is considered to be the source of ideas for the project to raise money against the famine in Ethiopia. Thanks in part to the vocal power of Tina Turner, Bob Dylan and Diana Ross, a timeless classic was created with “We Are the World”. In total, over 100 million dollars have been collected to date.

04. Monty Python - "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"

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Written and sung by Eric Idle (Monty Python), the song achieved cult status. In the 1979 film "Life of Brian", the song accompanies the final scene of the film when Brian is crucified. “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” demands to always see life positively despite all the problems and to see life positively even in hopeless situations. The single has been reissued several times since 1979, most recently in 2014 in a 12 "version. At British funerals, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” is the most requested song. Eric Idle presented his classic live at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

05. Boney M. - "Brown Girl in The Ring"

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They were the kings of the 70s. The band, founded by star producer Frank Farian in 1976, is today considered to be the first test tube band in music history. Of the four members, only Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett sang. Frank Farian himself contributed the rest. Dancer Bobby Farrell, who died in Saint Petersburg in 2011, only moved his lips. In 1978 Boney M. released the album "Nightflight to Venus". “Brown Girl in the Ring” appeared as the B-side of the single “Rivers of Babylon” and quickly became a party hit. Based on a Caribbean nursery rhyme, the chorus encourages you to sing along with its constant “Tra la la la la”. The song has been covered several times and is known in German versions as "Bier und'nen Appelkorn" and "So sehn Sieger aus".

06. Gompie - "Who the Fuck Is Alice"

At the height of the disco wave, the British band Smokie released the song "Living Next Door To Alice" in 1976. The song was placed in the top 10 single charts across Europe and is still considered the formation's greatest success. Around 20 years later, the Dutch musicians Rob Peters and Peter Koelewijn covered the track and released “Who the Fuck Is Alice” in 1996. In the chorus, the phrase “Who the Fuck Is Alice” is added to the name “Alice”. The song is not missing at any Ballermann party and is one of the most popular tracks at a karaoke party even 20 years after it was released.

07th Opus - "Live is Life"

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With over 250,000 copies sold, "Live is Life" achieved gold status in 1985. The Austrian band Opus recorded the title in September 1984 during a concert in Oberwart (Austria). The single, published as a live version, initially met with little approval and only entered the international charts in early 1985. Party-goers appreciate the song because of its simple melody that puts you in a good mood. “Live is Life” hit the political stage in 2014. At the request of the outgoing Federal Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière, the song was played at the Great Zapfenstreich.

08. Queen - "We Are the Champions"

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One of the best-known songs by the British formation around front man Freddy Mercury is "We Are the Champions". Mercury wrote the title in the mid-70s as the second A-side of the single "We Will Rock You". The flamboyant, homosexual Mercury later referred to the song as one of his greatest inspirations. “We Are the Champions” was first released in 1977 on the album “News of the World”. Critics agree that the song only really comes into its own at a live concert. Mercury was aware of this and used "We Are the Champions" to interact with the audience.

09. Kelly Family - "An Angel"

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Often disqualified by critics as semi-professional street musicians, the large singing family landed one hit after the other in the early 1990s. “An Angel” is a shallow ballad that is often sung along at parties. The chorus is easy to memorize and does not require a large singing voice. Paddy and Angelo Kelly sang their way into the hearts of teenage girls with the song. “An Angel” cannot offer a profound meaning. The song is about a boy who wanted to be as free as an angel. In Germany, “An Angel” blocked the German charts for weeks. Today the members of the Kelly Family sing the song in different versions.

10. Gloria Gaynor - "I Am What I Am"

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The hymn of gays, lesbians and bisexuals should not be missing at any party. “I Am What I Am” has catchy tune potential and people like to sing along. Gloria Gaynor covered the song composed for a musical in 1983, which is one of her greatest successes today. To stand by yourself and never surrender to the opinion of others is the core message of the song. In the style of a 70s disco song, "I Am What I Am" is a classic of the early 80s. Karaoke without this anthem is unthinkable.

Each song is linked to the associated music video via the title.