Singing karaoke is one of the most awesome and fun things to do whether alone or with friends but many people find themselves shy, nervous, or intimidated. It doesn’t have to be this way and it isn’t difficult at all if you choose the right song for your voice and occasion. Most importantly you should be choosing a song that you enjoy and have fun with so you can rock your performance!
So if you’re here looking for fun and easy karaoke songs to sing, you’ve definitely come to the right place! Whether you want to sound impressive as a beginner vocalist, or are just looking for some fun karaoke songs for your next karaoke night, this list will get you one step closer to finding the perfect song. There are lots of great songs on this list for both men and women!
Here is a List of Easy Karaoke Songs
1. Sunday Morning by Maroon 5
“Sunday Morning” is a song by the famous American pop rock band Maroon 5. This song is one of the easiest and catchiest songs to sing! It’s in the key of C major which is pretty standard and would work well for most voices, both male and female. The song follows a simple intro, verse, chorus, verse, chorus type of structure which makes it incredibly easy to learn since it’s repetitive. The words are also very simple common words that are easy to remember, so you won’t go wrong with this one! It’s a popular song so you’ll guarantee that whoever you’re performing for will sing along with you.
2. Shallow from A Star is Born by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
“Shallow” is the lead single of the popular 2018 movie, A Star is Born. It’s a romantic ballad that is a mix of rock, country, and pop sung by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. This song is one of the most popular modern karaoke songs that everyone loves to sing especially since it’s a duet! This is a perfect song for a karaoke night or a duet audition. It is one of the easiest songs to learn as it has a very simple structure, easy repetitive lyrics, it’s in G major, and with a moderate tempo of 96 bpm. A complete no-brainer that’s sure to impress.
3. Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan
Make You Feel My Love is a song by Bob Dylan in his 1997 album ‘Time Out of Mind’. This song was covered by 450 different artists, but most people know the versions that were sung by Billy Joel and Adele. It’s a very easy song to learn in terms of melody and structure, however, the lyrics on this one are a bit more complex. It’s one of my favorites because it evokes emotion and you can be sure to impress your audience if you hone in on that in your performance.
4. Wonderwall by Oasis
‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis is literally everyone’s first song if they are picking up the guitar or trying out singing for the first time! This would be perfect if you’ll be singing while playing the guitar for your friends and family, or even at a talent show! The lyrics are so easy to learn and remember and the melody is straightforward to sing whether you’re a male or female. Just keep in mind that this song has been covered so many times, so if you’re looking for something to turn heads, this song ain’t it. However, you can still sound impressive and put your own twist on it and make it sound unique as it gives you a lot of room to do that. You can also guarantee that everyone will be singing “You’re my wonderwaaaall” with you at the chorus every single time! If you’re interested in this song check out this video on how to sing like Liam Gallagher.
5. Stay With Me by Sam Smith
‘Stay With Me’ is a song sung by English singer Sam Smith on his debut album ‘In This Lonely Hour’. It is a gospel-inspired ballad that is sure to evoke your audience’s emotions if that’s the kind of song you’re looking for! This song topped the charts for a long time so you know for sure people will sing the lyrics along with you. It’s an easy song to learn as it’s set in C major in common time. As much as it might be intimidating at first to match sam smiths vocals, it requires no vocal power to sing it. As long as you can follow the rhythm and learn your words well, it’s a pretty straightforward song to sing. This makes it great for auditions, talent shows, and performances. Because of how emotional the song can leave you and the audience, I don’t recommend it for karaoke nights, but that’s just me!
6. I Love Rock ‘N Roll by Joan Jett
Okay, before you say anything and don’t judge, this is the first song I ever learned to sing with my band when I was 15. It made me feel like the ultimate badass rockstar when I was performing it in the studio, not even to a real audience. This song is the ultimate anthem if you’re looking for something a bit nostalgic but would also rock the whole room. Also, it’s a proper vocal exercise if you’re into powerful sounding vocals, it will definitely require you to sing at the top of your lungs. “I Love Rock N’ Roll” is the perfect song for you if you are singing with a band or if you want to give off rockstar vibes and have everyone sing along with you. Guaranteed it’s not for everyone, and some may find it a bit cliche, but if you don’t mind belting and think you have the lungs to support that, then this is the perfect choice for you. If Britney can do it, so can you. I believe in you.
7. Memories by Maroon 5
Memories by Maroon 5 is one of the more modern songs on this list. It was released in 2019 and has since been remixed four times and has made it to the top of the charts worldwide. This song has simple lyrics and is easy to learn, however, due to Levine’s high-pitched voice, it may not be in a comfortable key for everyone trying to sing it. If you have an accompanying instrument try changing the key until you find a place that feels comfortable to you. If you are doing it on an instrumental or karaoke track, try singing it and see if it’s comfortable on your vocal cords. Other than that, the melody and rhythm are very simple to follow and it’s an audience favorite!
8. Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis
I don’t know about you but ‘Bleeding Love’ by Leona Lewis just takes me back to some amazing memories! I absolutely love this song and I think it’s one of the easiest songs to sing that actually makes you sound and look like you know exactly what you’re doing. This song was released as part of Leona’s debut studio album ‘Spirit’ in 2007 and it’s the song that put her on the map when it instantly became an international hit. It would be an ideal choice if you’re looking to sing your heart out to an audience or at an audition. It’s set in common time and has a reasonable tempo so you’ll be able to follow it with ease. You can skip the extremely high notes that the singer reaches and instead make it your own and sing it the way it makes you comfortable. What’s truly great about it is that it is both catchy and intricate at the same time, so sing this song if you want to impress.
9. Beautiful by Christina Aguilera
The pop/R&B ballad that everyone loves and connects with! ‘Beautiful’ by Christina Aguilera is one of those timeless songs that you just can never go wrong with. It was released in 2002 as part of her fourth studio album but has since found its way to all our hearts. What’s beautiful about this song is that it is embraced as a message of self-love, empowerment, and inner beauty. So if you are looking for a song with a strong message, this one is for you. Sing this song if your voice lies in the lower or mid-range type as it will sit on this melody perfectly. The melody on this song is extremely easy to follow and provides you with so much space to sing it in your own way, whether you want to add runs or play around with the notes. Belting the chorus with power will give your performance that extra edge you’re looking for to sound impressive. I just love this song.
10. Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers
“Ain’t No Sunshine” is one of the first songs that comes to mind when you’re thinking of easy songs to sing that everyone knows and loves. It has such a repetitive melody and no clear chorus which makes it so easy to memorize fast. The verses pretty much sound exactly the same, the only tricky part is singing the right amount of “I know”s before going back to the main melody. Once you’ve mastered that, you’re good to go! Great for karaoke and a light mood to get people singing, but not the song you should choose for a serious audition.
11. A Thousand Years by Christina Peri
“A Thousand Years” is a song by American singer and songwriter Christina Perri for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. This is one of the best songs you can sing as a beginner because the melody is super catchy but at the same time, it doesn’t have many high notes or crazy intervals. The rhythm is also very straightforward and there aren’t any unexpected accents anywhere. You can think of this as a safe risk-free song to learn if you are starting with singing. The good thing about it is that It is very versatile and can be sung effortlessly by both men and women. If you’re into romantic heart-aching ballads, this is the song for you!
12. Valerie by Amy Winehouse
This is one of my favorite songs to perform, and I’m an advanced vocalist! Everyone loves this song and the audience usually jumps in on the chorus. If you are looking for something fun to perform, I think this is the perfect song. It’s very groovy and easy to follow and you can be as sassy as you want with it! The melody is catchy and simple but will require you to sing it with a bit of strength in your chords. Just like singing any Amy Winehouse song, a little character goes a long way, so don’t be afraid to have fun with it and try it in different ways to find the bliss point! The only downside of this song I’d say is that the lyrics are sometimes hard to remember, but with enough memorization, you’d pull it off easily.
13. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley
This song reminds me of ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ in the fact that you can’t define a clear chorus and all the verses sound so similar. ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ has a very repetitive and easy melody to learn, the verses all have the same melody with a variation in the bridge part where it goes a bit higher in pitch. That part might need a little more practice but overall, it’s a pretty straightforward song. If you’re looking for a more slow-burning type of feel to your performance this could be the perfect song for you.
14. Bubbly by Colbie Caillat
Colbie Caillat was always one of my favorite artists during my early singing days. I was always looking for easy songs to sing and play on the guitar at the same time without messing up (the strumming and the singing, I mean) and I’ve always found her songs to be very catchy but at the same time easy to pull off and an overall joy to perform. If you’re into a more chill type of vocal performance, ‘Bubbly’ is just the perfect song for you. Like its title, it’s bubbly and easy and everyone will enjoy it even if they’re not familiar with it. It’s one of those songs that give you a sense of warmth and coziness. This song has an awesome and easy melody, and if you can memorize the lyrics which are more on the complex side, you’ve got yourself a great campfire/karaoke song to sing to your friends and family.
15. Love Yourself by Justin Bieber
“Love Yourself” is a song by Canadian singer Justin Bieber released in 2015 for his fourth studio album. This song was an instant success and has become a karaoke favorite worldwide. It was written by Ed Sheehan for his album, but he said it was going to be ‘scrapped’ so Justin Bieber took it. We’re all glad he did because it’s an awesome song! This song is one of the easiest songs on this list to learn, it’s in the key of E major, in common time, and with a steady tempo of 100bpm. You really can’t mess up with this one! This song would suit you better if you sing in a mid-low register but anyone can easily pull this one off! Lyrics are easy and the melody is described as a ‘sideways’ melody, which means that the notes are very close to each other and swing back and forth with no big intervals. This song is one of the easiest ones on this list so even if you don’t have a wide range you can still sound great on it! This is easily one of the best karaoke songs for men.
16. Imagine By John Lennon
Who doesn’t know or love “Imagine” by John Lennon? This song was the best-selling single of his entire solo career. It truly is the song that defined him through messages of peace, love, and unity. “Imagine” was named one of the 100 most performed songs of the 20th century. This is one of the most popular songs you can cover, it was covered by more than 200 artists to this date. You can think of this song as an anthem type, so if that’s the vibe you’re going for, there’s no better than ‘Imagine’. People might argue that the song has been overplayed and over-performed but to be honest I’ve never heard a version similar to another. The song allows you to use your unique vocal style to play, it gives you space to go all out on the runs and embellishments and the melody sounds good on almost all vocal tones and registers. It’s one of the easiest and most versatile songs on this list, a classic that everyone will enjoy and sing along to.
17. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
“Shake It Off” is a song by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, the lead single from her fifth studio album, 1989, which Swift marketed as her first pop album. I’m sure you’re familiar with the chorus on this song! That chorus, when it goes into your head, it never comes out, trust me. That’s why I think this song is great to sing if you want to have a memorable performance. The song lyrics talk about shaking off all the negative comments and opinions about Taylor Swift’s image. Unlike how easy it sounds, this song might be a bit more challenging to perform. It’s a fun feel-good song, but it needs practice on breathing and keeping up with the song tempo. The melody is an easy one to learn like most Taylor Swift songs, and you’d be sure to make the audience get up and dance. The perfect pick if you’re looking for a pop song that’s more upbeat and full of energy.
18. Umbrella by Rihanna
Don’t get too intimidated, this song is way easier than it seems! I know Rihanna makes everything sound like it’s super intricate and advanced but the melody on ‘Umbrella’ is simple and easy to follow. The song was released in 2007 off her third studio album and features American rapper Jay-Z. This would be an awesome song to sing if you’re doing a duet or just having some karaoke fun with a friend. The melody is full of repetitive notes which makes it easy to learn and the lyrics aren’t complex in any way, anyone can sound good singing this song. I recommend ‘Umbrella’ if you’re looking to put on an energetic upbeat performance with a hit song that everyone loves.
19. Iris by Goo Goo Dolls
This song was at the top of my playlist when I was a teenager, I used to love singing it and I remember it was an easy song to sing. “Iris” is a song by American alternative rock band Goo Goo Dolls originally written for the soundtrack of the 1998 film City of Angels, the song was then later included on the band’s sixth studio album, Dizzy Up the Girl.‘Iris’ is literally the soundtrack of the late 90s so if you want to relive some nostalgia, this is one of the easiest songs you can sing. Gather your friends and you’d be sure to impress with your performance of a song that’s close to many of our hearts.
20. Mamma Mia by ABBA
“Mamma Mia” by ABBA is a tune with no key changes, unlike Bohemian Rhapsody for example, which could be tricky for people who have only started singing because of its many key changes throughout the song. This one stays the same throughout so you get to hone in on your actual performance and give it extra character instead of just trying to stay afloat the melody. ‘Mamma Mia’ is one of those songs that just get the crowd jumping. If you are looking for a lively and happy song that brings people together, this is it. It could also be a cool choice for an audition as it’s pretty entertaining and consistent all throughout.
21. Born This Way by Lady Gaga
‘Born This Way’ is a song by singer Lady Gaga in which she empowers minorities, promotes self-love, and carries the message of embracing our differences. The lyrics during the verses talk about empowerment, while the chorus talks about making no apologies and accepting one as they are. This song is an easy one to pull off if you have a strong pair of chords. It is written in the Key of B major, in common time, and with a dance tempo of 124bpm. This one is sure to get the crowds dancing. Usually, Gaga’s songs are quite difficult to sing as they require you to have a wide vocal range and melodies are usually full of big intervals and leaps, but this one specifically is an easy one to perform. If you’re looking for that upbeat club anthem, you can’t go wrong with this song.
22. You’re Beautiful by James Blunt
I’m sure you all know this one! James Blunt is known for having that high-pitched voice, and while this may be an issue for males looking for an easy song to sing, this one is easy for females. ‘You’re Beautiful’ was off of James’ debut album and instantly gained worldwide recognition and a seat in the charts. If you’re looking for a song that is slow, romantic, and will strike a chord, this song will do just that.
23. Dancing Queen by ABBA
“Dancing Queen” is a song that I’m sure most of you know and grew up listening to. It’s by the Swedish group ABBA and was released as the main single from their fourth album, Arrival. This song is every karaoke night’s anthem for the girls! The lyrics are really easy to learn by heart and it talks about a girls’ night at the disco and the joy of dancing. The melody is really catchy, simple, and easy to sing. This song doesn’t require any professional vocal experience so once you learn the lyrics, you’re set to go. It gives you room to give an awesome performance and sing your heart out. If you are looking for a song that will make you sound impressive and get everybody singing and dancing along, then this is the right song choice. Dancing Queen is certainly one of the best karaoke songs of all time.
24. I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) by Whitney Houston
Who doesn’t love a Whitney Houston song at a karaoke night? ”I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” is a song off of Whitney Houston’s second studio album, Whitney. This song instantly became very popular and a worldwide success, topping the charts in eighteen countries! A Whitney Houston song may sound intimidating to sing, but this song is very easy to sing. The melody is contagious, the lyrics are easy to remember, and I can guarantee you that it will have everyone singing and dancing along with you, again giving you room to nail your performance just like a superstar!
25. Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
Another anthem featured on our list, ”Don’t Stop Believin'” is a song by American rock band Journey, released as their second single from their seventh album, Escape in 1981. Yes, it’s that old, and yes it’s still super popular! If you want to channel your inner rockstar, this is the perfect rock song for you! This song has an interesting structure, as it doesn’t have a clear chorus throughout the song until the end of it, you could say that the words “Don’t Stop Believin’” is the main refrain. The song is played in the key of E major at a tempo of 118 beats per minute which makes it an easy song to learn for both men and women, and will sound good for most voice types. If you want to get the party started, this song is just perfect for that energetic performance you are looking for.
26. Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
Okay, enough of those anthem-style songs, let’s give something for all the hip-hop lovers out there! ”Ice Ice Baby” is a hip-hop song by American rapper Vanilla Ice, and DJ Earthquake. This song was based on the bassline of “Under Pressure” by British rock band Queen and singer David Bowie, who were actually not credited on the song until it became a worldwide hit! “Ice Ice Baby” is written in the key of D major with a tempo of116 beats per minute. This song is an easy hit with the crowd and easier to sing! Literally, just a few words to learn, and you’re set to pull it off.
27. Old Town Road by Lil Nas
Now for something a little more modern, ”Old Town Road ” is a song by American rapper Lil Nas X. He initially released his debut single independently in December 2018 and instantly went viral on Tiktok. The song was then re-released with Columbia Records in March 2019 and a remix was made with singer Billy Ray Cyrus! This song is every striving musician’s dream come to life. It’s so easy to learn the lyrics, and the melody is simple and catchy. If you are trying to appeal to a younger crowd, I think this song would be great! It’s popular with the kids and the beat will have everyone off of their seats for sure.
28. Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
Having an all-girls karaoke night? This might be the perfect song for you to sing! “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” is a song written and performed by American musician Robert Hazard who released the single in 1979. But It is more known as a single by American singer Cyndi Lauper, whose version was released in 1983 and instantly became a success worldwide. This song is Lauper’s first hit release as a solo artist from her debut album, She’s So Unusual. This song has become known as a feminist anthem and talks about how women want to have the same experiences that men can have without being judged! It has also been covered, either as a studio recording or in a live performance, by over 30 artists. To sing it, you don’t need to have had any vocal practice or experience, just feel its energy while you perform and you’re good to go! If you are looking for a song that empowers women, makes them want to sing their hearts out, this is a great choice for you.
29. Break My Heart by Dua Lipa
”Break My Heart” is a song by English singer Dua Lipa from her second studio album, Future Nostalgia released in 2020. Dua Lipa’s songs are perfect for any karaoke night and will sound good on most vocal types. Some of Dua Lipa’s songs have lots of words in the verses and could be difficult to learn, but this one is fairly simple and easy to pull off. Much like most of her music, ”Break My Heart” is a dance-pop and disco-funk song with 80’s music elements. The song is composed in 4/4 common time and in the key of E minor, with a tempo of 113 beats per minute.
30. Peaches by Justin Bieber
A popular song from 2021 is ”Peaches” by Canadian singer Justin Bieber. It also features vocals from singer-songwriter Daniel Caesar who is increasingly getting more and more popular nowadays! You might have heard it on Tiktok videos and Instagram reels, it’s everywhere! “Peaches” was released as the fifth single from Bieber’s sixth studio album, Justice. It instantly made it to the top of the charts. This song is a laid-back pop, R&B, pop-soul, and trap ballad that cruises along over a mid-tempo funk groove. This song made it to our list because it’s one of today’s easiest songs to sing! Not only that, but all the kids love it, so if you’re looking for something to appeal to that younger crowd, you’ve got the song. Music-wise, “peaches” sounds good on nearly everyone, is set in C major with a tempo of 90 beats per minute. The melody is super easy to follow as well since it has a basic four-chord structure, making it a piece of cake to learn without any big leaps between the notes.
In terms of lyrics, the song talks about love and relationships so you’ll find that your audience will totally relate!
31. NDA by Billie Eilish
“NDA” is a song by American singer Billie Eilish and if you don’t already know, it’s short for “non-disclosure agreement”. It was just recently released last July as the fifth single from her second studio album, Happier Than Ever. As you can already tell from the title, the lyrics talk about the artist’s battle with fame and for privacy in her relationships and romantic partnerships. Nonetheless, the song is a pulsating alt-pop/trance-y type of song so it will be a hit with the crowd for sure. “NDA” is composed in the key of G minor and has a tempo of 85 beats per minute which is pretty moderate and very easy to follow. Eilish’s vocals span from G to D, staying in her mid-range, which should make it easy for anyone to sing! I would say choose this song if you are performing in front of a younger audience, because who doesn’t know Billie Eilish these days?
32. Dance Monkey by Tones and I
“Dance Monkey” is a song by Australian singer Tones and I, released on 10 May 2019 as the second single from Tones and I’s debut EP The Kids Are Coming. Tones and I actually wrote this song way before she got famous, and the lyrics are about the relationship she had with her audience when she was busking (street performing) on the streets of Australia. Yep, you can find many videos online of her busking with that song! “Dance Monkey” is one of those songs that just give you a ton of energy and make you want to sing along and dance right away. The song has a very interesting melody and the way she sings it makes it sound difficult, but the melody itself stripped down is quite easy to learn. I wouldn’t recommend trying to sing it exactly like her because she has a very unique way of singing that might work with her, but if done in the wrong way may injure or strain the vocal cords! Putting that kind of pressure on your voice to make your tone sound like her isn’t the safest thing to do, so if you’re choosing this song just sing it with your natural voice and don’t force it. Singing the melody may be easy but it’s quite a fast song, so you need to make sure you have the stamina to continue all the way through. Once you do a bit of practice and place your breaths in the right spot, it’ll still sound awesome and extremely impressive. Not only that, but it’ll definitely make your audience get up and dance!
33. Jolene by Dolly Parton
‘Jolene’ is the main single off of the thirteenth solo studio album by Dolly Parton. It became a huge success and is known to be her all-time pop hit. The song’s lyrics are easy to learn and sing. It is sung from the point of view of a housewife confronting a beautiful seductress who she believes is having an affair with her husband. It doesn’t require any vocal ability, just sing it as if you are speaking it! It’s definitely a hit with karaoke lovers and not one that is redundant, so if you want something familiar but also unique and sets you apart from the crowd, “Jolene” does just that. You’ll have lots of fun singing this song!
34. Zombie by The Cranberries
“Zombie” is the first song I ever learned to sing and play on the guitar, it brings back so many childhood memories! It is written as a protest song by the Irish alternative rock band, the Cranberries. It’s a song written in memory of the two young victims who were killed in the 1993 Warrington bombings. “Zombie” is definitely a classic karaoke song, you can never go wrong with it! However, it requires a little practice for the yodeling parts and isn’t the easiest song out there. I would recommend you choose this song if you’re a beginner singer and have some experience as the melody is a little challenging. Having said that, it’s a really fun song to sing and will get the audience to sing along with you, everyone knows this song by heart!
35. Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton
“Tears in Heaven” is a song that gets me every time, it’s a classic! If you are looking for a song that will get the audience emotional and want to show off your vocal abilities, this one’s for you. “Tears in Heaven” is a song by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings, written about the death of Clapton’s four-year-old son, Conor. The perfect sad slow song for any karaoke night. The melody and tempo of 154 beats per minute make it an easy song to sing and It also gives room for you to show off your vocals and add your personal touch to the melody to sound extra impressive! This isn’t a fun dance type of song by all means though, so sing it if you know the crowd wouldn’t mind going along with that mood!
36. Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash
“Folsom Prison Blues” is a song by American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash is another classic and definitely a crowd-pleaser. The song combines elements from two popular folk styles, the train song, and the prison song, both of which Cash used continuously for the rest of his music career. “Folsom Prison Blues” was one of Cash’s most popular songs and would be a perfect choice if you’re looking for a country song to sing. I would mostly recommend this song for males or if you sing in the lower register.
37. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan
“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” is a song by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, written for the soundtrack of the 1973 film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. It instantly became a worldwide hit, reaching the top of the charts in many countries and being covered by countless artists. I believe this song is one of the easiest to cover due to its simplicity in structure, melody, and lyrics. It’s also meant to be sung in a soft and low energy type of way, so you’ll nail it even if you don’t have any singing experience. If you’re looking for a song with an easy melody, repetitive lyrics, structure, and that is familiar to the common ear, this is it!
38. Fergalicious by Fergie
The song of my teenage years, Fergalicious by Fergie is one of my favorite go-to karaoke songs!
This song was released as part of Fergie’s debut studio album, “The Duchess” in 2006. “Fergalicious” is a dance, electro, and hip hop song with R&B characteristics, so if you’re looking for a song to suit all genres and make everyone dance, this is the one. The lyrics are centered on the theme of self-pride and mostly just talk about Fergie being a sassy and strong woman. Let me warn you though, the lyrics can be a lot to learn, but if you know the melody pretty well and are quick at following the lyrics on the screen, you won’t have a problem performing this song. The song is also set in common time and has a moderate hip-hop tempo of 129 beats per minute which makes it pretty easy to follow. If you’re looking for a song in the direction of a “self-love anthem”, “Fergalicious” is a great choice!
39. Someone Like You by Adele
“Someone like You” is a song recorded by English singer-songwriter Adele, the perfect song for an emotional and dramatic karaoke performance! The song was written by Adele and Dan Wilson for her second studio album, “21” in 2011. The song lyrics talk about a broken relationship and coming to terms with it. Who can’t relate? The instrumental is just a piano, so if you’re looking for a romantic ballad I think this is a great choice for you. A slow tempo of 67.5 beats per minute makes it a bit more intermediate than the typical easy songs because it’s harder to stay on tempo, however, it’s written in common time which is easy to follow, so just make sure you are tapping with your foot to keep up with it.
40. Wannabe by The Spice Girls
“Wannabe” is the debut single by the English girl group the Spice Girls. “Wannabe” is such a fun song to perform at a karaoke night! It’s an upbeat dance-pop song that features Mel B and Geri Halliwell rapping. The lyrics talk about how female friendship is more important than relationships. This song became an iconic symbol of female empowerment and “girl power”. The song’s structure is in a verse-pre-chorus-chorus form, with a rapped bridge before the third and final chorus. Musically, it is simple but the lyrics can be a bit difficult to sing fast. All in all, ”Wannabe” is a super energetic pop song that will get all the girls dancing and singing along, making it perfect for just any occasion.
41. Hit Me Baby One More Time by Britney Spears
“ Hit Me Baby One More Time” is the debut single by the pop American singer Britney Spears from her debut studio album of the same title released in1999. Everyone knows this song, it instantly became a worldwide hit, topping the charts in at least 22 countries. You can’t go wrong with it. “Hit Me Baby One More Time” is a dance-pop song composed in the key of C minor and is set in common time with a moderate tempo of 93 beats per minute which makes it incredibly easy to learn and sing live! Make sure you put on your dancing shoes with this one. This is easily one of the best karaoke songs for women and also one of the most popular.
42. Bye Bye Bye by NSync
“Bye Bye Bye” is a song by the American boy band NSYNC. It was released in the year 2000, as the lead single from their third studio album “No Strings Attached”. “Bye Bye Bye” was definitely influenced by Destiny’s Child’s 1998 song “Bills, Bills, Bills”, as the producers wanted to produce an R&B sound in their production. One of the most fun karaoke songs to sing as a group, “Bye Bye Bye” describes a man’s desire to end a romantic relationship with a difficult significant other. You are guaranteed a good time with this song!
43. Complicated by Avril Lavigne
The song of our youth, ”Complicated” is the debut single by Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne released on 11 March 2002 as the lead single from her debut album, “Let Go”. One of the easiest melodies to follow, but just put some effort into following the lyrics and you’re good to go! “Complicated” is a pop-rock song about how people can pretend in front of others or wear “masks”. Go for this song if you’re into a more nostalgic vibe and want to sing at the top of your lungs.
44. Man! I Feel Like A Woman by Shania Twain
“Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” is a song recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter Shania Twain taken from her third studio album, Come On Over. It is a country-pop song that begins with Twain exclaiming, “Let’s go girls”, need I say more? Lyrically, the song is a female empowerment track, with Twain insisting that “the best thing about being a woman is the prerogative to have a little fun” as well as wearing a “men’s shirt” with a “short skirt.” The song starts in the key of B♭ major and modulates to F major in the chorus, so be careful with that tricky key change and make sure you can pull it off before you sing it in front of an audience, or heck, just have fun with it! Other than that it has a moderate tempo of 126 beats per minute that’s pretty easy to follow for anyone.
45. Riptide by Vance Joy
“Riptide” is one of those laidback songs that literally anyone can sing and have fun with. It’s a song by Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy released as a track on his debut EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing in 2013. The song is super simple and easy to learn since it’s composed in the key of C major with a tempo of 100 beats per minute. Lyrics are also easy and the structure is pretty basic. It gives off a surfer dude summer vibe, and won’t require you to sing with much energy.
46. Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s
“Hey There Delilah” is a hit song by the American rock band Plain White T’s. It was released in May 2006 as the third single from their third studio album “All That We Needed”. This is a song with a lot of lyrics but thankfully everyone knows them by heart, so it won’t be a problem! Other than that, the song is written in the key of C major, with a tempo of 104 beats per minute in common time, pretty easy if you ask me! Have fun with this song, it brings back so many memories.
47. I Got You Babe by Sonny and Cher
“I Got You Babe” is a song performed by Sonny & Cher and written by Sonny Bono. It was the first single taken from their debut studio album “Look at Us”. The song instantly became the duo’s biggest hit song and a symbol of the early hippie counterculture movement. Despite the complexities of the instrumentation, the song is set to waltz time, which gives it a light feel. This is a romantic song and perfect for any couple or duo looking to sing together at karaoke night!
48. It’s Raining Men by The Weather Girls
Looking for a fun song to perform at your next girl’s night or bachelorette? This is it.
“It’s Raining Men” is a song by the American musical duo the Weather Girls from their third studio album “Success” released in 1983. It’s Raining Men” is a dance-pop and post-disco song that also has some elements of R&B and soul. Its lyrics describe the excitement and enjoyment of many different types of men, perfect for any karaoke party.
49. Summer Nights by Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta and the Cast of Grease
“Summer Nights” was the hit song of its time! It is the most popular song from the musical “Grease” which became a huge hit worldwide during the summer of 1978. The lyrics are about Danny and Sandy’s summertime fling story which they share with their group of friends. This is such a fun karaoke song to sing as a duo or with friends. If you decide on singing this song, don’t forget to get into character!
50. Hit the Road Jack by Ray Charles
“Hit the Road Jack” is a song written by the rhythm and blues artist Percy Mayfield and first recorded in 1960 as an acapella demo, however, It became popular when it was recorded by the singer-songwriter-pianist Ray Charles with The Raelettes vocalist Margie Hendrix. This is the version we all know and love was and eventually became one of Ray Charles’ signature songs. This song has been remixed and covered countless times and always makes it to karaoke nights!
Tips When Selecting a Song
There is a common misperception that the more musically complicated a song is, the more impressive it sounds. This is the farthest thing from the truth, so many hit songs and timeless tracks are really simple at the core if you remove the vocal embellishments. Once you strip these songs down to their most basic melody, you’ll find that they’re extremely easy to learn.
It can be very confusing to choose the right song to sing, especially if you have little to no experience singing and/or are not aware of your voice color, range, and singing style. Thankfully there are many songs out there that can be sung at any level and can be totally made your own!
Before we get into our list of songs, it’s important to know the main four factors to look out for that make a song easy to sing and great for karaoke. Once you know these factors, you can make a solid choice with your song. The four main factors you want to think about are:
First, let’s talk about the lyrics of a song. You want to be choosing a song that has simple or few lyrics to remember, the more lyrics or more complex and non-repetitive the lyrics are, the harder it will be for you to sing. Easy songs usually have simple structures and lyrics that repeat frequently making them easy to learn and remember by heart! Once you learn the words, you will be able to focus and give all your energy to your performance of the song. Not only do easy lyrics give you room to enhance your vocal and stage performance, but they are also sometimes what makes an audience interact and sing along with you, so it’s important to keep that in mind.
The second thing to look out for while picking an easy song to sing is the vocal melody itself. Like lyrics, a simple and repetitive melody makes it that much easier to sing it well. In an easy song, you should find that there’s the main verse melody, the main chorus melody, and in some cases a bridge (refrain) melody. Songs that have repetitive melodies and structures are usually the easiest and catchiest songs to pick! A sideways melody moves, well, sideways. It moves from one note to a note either directly next to it or very close to it, this means that it doesn’t have big intervals or leaps.
The third thing you should consider is the vocal range a song covers. An easy song would usually cover not more than an octave or else it wouldn’t be easy to learn and master. If you’re a man then it’s probably best to choose songs that are sung by male singers because it ensures it is in your range (in most cases!), and vice versa for women, try to pick a song sung by a female singer. Of course, this is a generalization and a lot of women have deeper voices and men have higher-pitched ones, however, to choose a song that would be easy for you to sing and one that suits your voice you should pick a song that is sung by someone who has similar vocal range. This allows you to be comfortable singing the melody and gives you more room to perfect your performance. Look for songs with a range of an octave or less so that it’s easy for you to cover smoothly.
The final thing to keep in mind is rhythm! Try to go for a song that has a simple and repetitive rhythm, not one with many changes and unexpected accents, so you can ensure that it’s easy to learn. A song with unexpected stops, accents, and many changing beats can really confuse you mid-performance and can get you off track for the rest of the song!
Generally, easy karaoke songs are great to begin experimenting with to see where your voice fits best and the type of songs you enjoy performing. You’ll find that easy and simple songs have been covered many times by many artists which gives you the room to put your own take on the song. Here are some clues to know if a song is not right for your range or is too hard for you to sing:
1. It strains your vocal cords or you feel some type of “push” or pain during singing the song or after
2. There are a lot of different lyrics and you keep forgetting the words even when you spend a long time memorizing them
3. You come in at the wrong time every time
4. You struggle to stay on tempo or flow with the rhythm
5. It’s too fast or you find yourself struggling to catch your breath
6. All of the above.
You don’t have to be a professional singer to be able to impress an audience with your cover of a song! Another thing to think about is who you are performing in front of and what you are trying to achieve. If you are performing in front of judges or panelists or for an audition in general, try to pick songs that have not been overly covered as it sometimes gets redundant and cheesy, they will hear it so many times and you will not stand out. So in that case, pick a song that’s familiar to their ears but not overly done. However, if you are looking for songs for a karaoke performance in front of your friends and family, then I think people already expect that everyone will be belting out the most popular and catchiest tunes, so don’t fret it.
If you manage to get your song choice right as well as your performance techniques and accompanying music, then you will definitely be impressing your audience! I really hope this list has given you not only some options to experiment with but also the know-how of identifying the factors to look out for when picking any song for a performance in the future.
Best of luck!
My name is Malak and I have extensive experience singing, songwriting, and vocal recording. I have been a professional singer, songwriter, recording artist, and audio editor for over years now, working on many challenging projects.
My tracks were featured on the biggest Spotify playlists like New Music Friday, Fresh Finds, and Pop Rising. My music was also reviewed on Rolling Stone, and featured on Notion, Elle, and other big magazines!