Awhile back when I was out for karaoke, something terrible happened.

I had song-selection block. I simply couldn’t think of what to sing off the top of my head and ended up wasting a good quarter of the time I paid for (a cheapo no no) just scrolling through the genre lists. I vowed to never squander another precious minute of singing time again. Every karaoke outing afterwards I kept track of songs that went over really well with the whole gang—the kinda songs that most people know and can sing along too. So the next time you’re in the mood for some hymning, humming and harmonizing and you draw a blank, hopefully some of these songs (listed in no particular order) can come to the rescue.

(And don’t forget to check out our list of cheap karaoke spots!)

Madonna – La Isla Bonita

Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer

Amy Winehouse – Valerie

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Guns N’ Roses – Welcome to the Jungle

Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know

Jennifer Lopez – Let’s Get Loud


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Alanis Morissette – Ironic

blink-182 – What’s My Age Again?

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue

Nelly – Hot in Herre

Grease – Greased Lightning

Lady Gaga – Born This Way

Smash Mouth – All Star

Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away

Mariah Carey – We Belong Together

Tell us what songs get you in the karaoke mood in the comments!

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