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And all these years later, a well delivered “Tramps like us / Baby we were born to run” will still slay a crowd. The backing track is minimal, virtually a capella, so drop that mic and grab the shoulders of your closest compatriot. "s and "last night! Instrumental version without vocal. Fun fact: Tyler got her signature growl by singing against doctor’s orders shortly after having surgery to remove nodules from her vocal cords. Heartbreak never sounded so carefree.—Bryan Kerwin. Forget saccharine love ballads or weighty protest songs, here’s a psychedelic blues-folk short story about an astronaut getting lost in space, released nine days before Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, and sung by a red-coiffed waif who might have been born there. For extra points, get everyone in the room to stand up at the end, Spartacus style.—Adam Feldman, Don’t let your lack of Alabama roots stop you from tackling this 1974 rock anthem: When you air-guitar the song’s two masterful solos, you’ll be mimicking California-bred ax wielder Ed King. The country-tinged ballad is also packed with enough romantic melodrama that you can perform it earnestly or ironically. Déjà vu! Settle for ’90s alt-rockers Cake’s cover of this tune if you must, but Gaynor’s original version is infinitely more groovy.—Zach Long, We’re not going to lie: No matter how much you like this song, this one should be reserved for those bar-goers who actually have the voice for it. The song fluctuates from angelic, childlike crooning to demonic rumblings that will keep everyone on their toes, and makes for a great girl-guy duet (with the guy singing the angelic parts, obvi).—Taya Kenny, A hip-hop-inflected cover of Roberta Flack’s interpretation of a ballad by ’70s singer-songwriter Lori Lieberman (inspired her experience at concert headlined by “American Pie” troubadour Don McLean), this hit by the Fugees works best if you’ve got a whole lot of confidence or a killer set of pipes. Give yourself over to attitude as you belt out the confrontational lyrics. CeeLo's breezy neo-Motown rebuke of a money-crazed ex netted him and cowriter Bruno Mars a Grammy and much well-deserved critical praise. Their full embrace of this-goes-to-11 guitar riffs and Vince Neil sartorial choices comes slyly undercut by the knowingly goofy heart-on-sleeve songwriting. By entering your email address you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and consent to receive emails from Time Out about news, events, offers and partner promotions. Don’t let the lyrics stop you from bringing up a pal (or two).—Tolly Wright, Commitment to this duet’s awesome narrative (she was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar, etc.)

Impress by inhabiting every provocative coo and rasp as they were recorded, or throw caution where your three sheets are and take off in your own direction. If the B-52s are salvation for those who can't sing, this old-school jam from '89, with its out of tune Freddie Scott hook, is a gift for those who can't sing or rap, whether by inebriation or genetics.—Brent DiCrescenzo, For an R&B song boasting amazing female vocalists (including, you know, Beyoncé), “Say My Name” doesn’t require all that big a singing range. Or perhaps that just the lingering memory of first term.—Brent DiCrescenzo, There are few requirements involved in performing the Beastie Boys’ brazen ode to youthful rebellion.

You, too, can lend your voice—no matter what it sounds like—to one of Petty’s most beloved latter day hits by cueing up “Last Dance With Mary Jane.” There’s no shortage of harmonica and guitar solos throughout the tune, but you can use the downtime to ponder whether this is an ode to weed or a tragic love song.—Zach Long, Like the Nostrodamus of butts, Sir Mix-a-Lot foresaw a future in which we’d all be as obsessed with ass as he is. The question is, do you have the pipes—or the chutzpah—to take it on? The barrier to entry is low on this one, making it one of your easiest and best options for some sophomoric fun. Lo and Iggy Azalea gifted the world with a track simply titled “Booty,” and Kim Kardashian is a person who exists.
But if you still want to belt an '80s arena-rock anthem about a couple of starry-eyed working-class kids just trying to get by, "Livin’ on a Prayer" is exactly what you’re looking for. There’s no better time to launch into a rendition of Drake’s R&B anthem that gave way to millions of memes, especially if you’ve recently been jilted by a lover. Every part of this alt-radio-rock classic seems tailor-made for group sing-alongs: the rat-a-tat half-rapped verses, the high-flying melodramatic chorus, the wordless “doo-doo-doo” refrain. The arrangement throws some curve balls, eschewing a traditional verse-chorus structure in favor of a relaxed jam where Marvin can let loose with sultry riffs and primal howls, but a brave performer can use that to their advantage. Find the nearest arboreal equivalent (most likely some formica paneling) and go for it.—Andrew Frisicano, With one of the most distinctive and unconventional voices in rock and roll, Tom Petty embraced his nasal tone and Southern drawl. Watch, listen, sing, cry—oh, and enjoy.—Sophie Harris, “Hey Jude” has all the factors that contribute to a song becoming a karaoke classic in spades: a limited vocal range, a catchy melody and easy to remember lyrics. If you’re going to take this song on, make sure to channel the slightly sarcastic delivery of Cars vocalist Benjamin Orr, pump your fist in rhythm with the staccato riffs and encourage the rest of the bar to help you out with the call-and-response chorus.—Zach Long, Somebody's got to make with the required '90s nostalgia, so dive in head first. This is an all-hands-on-deck, full-cast number. We'll all be united in the brief, shining moment before we have to wake up and reckon with which coworkers now possess incriminating photos of us.—Bryan Kerwin, The concept of giving your number to someone and having them actually call you was already extremely quaint when Canadian singer-songwriter Carley Rae Jepsen released this infectious single in 2011, but that didn’t stop her rise to pop stardom. Find a karaoke bar, grab the mic, knock back your drink and prepare to belt out one of these surefire hits. Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikipedia/, Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikipedia/Jive Records, Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikipedia/Reprise, Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikipedia/Atco Records / Atlantic Records, Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikipedia/Apple Records, Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikipedia/Dell9300/Eurythmics, Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikipedia/EMI / Harvest, Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikipedia/Ruff House, Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikipedia/Polydor Records, Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikipedia/Maverick Records, Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikipedia/Queen Productions, Ltd, Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikipedia/A&M Records, Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikipedia/Sony / Epic / Cleveland International Records, Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikipedia/Columbia Records, Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikipedia/SnapSnap/, Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikipedia/MCA Records, A viral TikTok hit that turned into an inescapable pop juggernaut, there aren’t many people who haven’t heard Lil Nas X’s infectious amalgamation of country tropes and hip-hop swagger. It’s bound to be a showstopper. We already have this email. It’s been all downhill from there for No. If you’re feeling a bit timid, invite the whole crowd to join in the chorus (don’t worry, they know the words). Either way your chances of leaving the bar alone just decreased 100%.—Bryan Kerwin, It’s easy to see why this tune from the 2018 remake of A Star Is Born quickly became a karaoke staple. But really, in the spirit of the song, there are no rules. This one is solidly in the center of the karaoke Venn diagram. The group's successful blend of R&B, soul and new wave, plus a knack for lithe, buoyant melodies led to massive commercial and critical success during the '70s and '80s. is the key to karaoke success here—so don’t you worry if your singing is a little wonky on this 1981 synth-pop standout. Aretha’s spine-tinglingly sung point here is that her man makes her feel like a red-blooded, musky, perfect-as-she-is woman, and she wants to bust open her heart to tell you this glorious truth. Dial up one of the best karaoke songs next time you feel like grabbing a mic and soaking up the spotlight.

If someone tries to tell you otherwise, throw a pie in their face.—Bryan Kerwin, Just the sound of those opening piano chords is enough to send anyone with ears into a swoon, such is the singular beauty of this 1967 Goffin and King classic. There’s a decent chance that you already know the repetitive lyrics to this ’80s bop built around a pair of intersecting synthesizer riffs, so hold your head up and sing it loud.—Zach Long, The hit that introduced Kate Bush to the world (at only 17 years old mind you!) Before you grab the mic, don’t forget to turn to your partner and say, “All you gotta do is trust me.”—Zach Long, Lurking behind the shimmery Nordic production of this megahit is a great soul ballad. After a few high-energy, dancey numbers, this song is the perfect, slow-downed palate cleanser. The only problem you’ll have is figuring out where to stash the mike as you furiously air-guitar.—Gabrielle Bruney, Joan Jett’s signature tune is one of those classics that should feel overplayed but just can’t be resisted. Jagger wasn’t too worried about the words (he improvised most of them in the studio), so neither should you.—Tolly Wright, The late ’90s saw the birth of a new anti-hero, the sophomoric mid-twenties jokester who found himself sandwiched in between the demands of adulthood and the comforts of being of a teenager, in the form of The Tom Green Show, skateboarding and prank calls. Yes, you’re welcome to acknowledge that Drizzy’s lyrics are more than a little problematic, but there’s no denying the hypnotic power of the track’s bouncy beat, even if you’re not standing in front of a James Turell-inspired light sculpture.—Zach Long, Okay, so this song made its name on its monster guitar riff. Technical prowess isn't really the play here, though you'll definitely garner respect for summiting all those falsetto peaks.
Sing it like a queen, or not at all.—Sophie Harris, All of E.L.O.’s best songs lend themselves to jubilant group singalongs, so why not try out a rendition of one of the English rock outfit’s most beloved cuts with the help of a room full of friends and strangers? But if you can imitate Alanis Morrisette's raw, almost-yodel on the chorus—or, if you’re missing the vocal power but you really, truly are feeling the same bitter, jilted anger and you need everyone to know. RECOMMENDED:– The best ’90s songs– The best party songs ever made– The best pop songs of all time– The best classic rock songs– The best summer songs, Now that our patron saint of frilly-bloused, pan-erotic, disco-rock-sex-funk has sadly shuffled off this mortal coil, his signature slow jam can serve as much as tribute as a “let's-slow-things-down” showpiece in your karaoke rep. Plus, there are so many different remixes of this track—featuring folks like Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug and members of South Korean boy band BTS—that you could probably sing multiple versions in a single night.—Zach Long, Whether you’re channeling Dusty Springfield, who originally made the song a hit in 1969, or Aretha Franklin’s pure-soul version created the following year, karaoke singers with some pipes are bound to get a few “hallelujahs” from the crowd. Thanks for subscribing! Try another?