Let’s be real for a second:
Karaoke can be super daunting if you’re not a…shall we say…’gifted’ singer.
However, that certainly doesn’t mean you’ll need to avoid karaoke altogether!
Karaoke is a super fun activity and a great opportunity to meet like-minded music lovers. In all honesty, no one will care if you aren’t a great singer; in fact, we can pretty much guarantee that most people there will likely be bad singers!
However, if you’re a self-confessed ‘bad singer’ that’s looking to give karaoke a try, we totally understand if you’re looking for a selection of tracks that’ll sound great even if you haven’t had any formal vocal training.
In this article, our team of musos-slash-karaoke-enthusiasts-slash-not-so-great-singers have pulled together the ultimate list of 60+ karaoke songs for bad singers. Feel free to skip around this list and choose the tracks that work for you!
1. Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)
This classic rock tune is the perfect karaoke song to tackle if you’re a lousy singer. Everyone will be having too much fun singing along with you to notice if you’re a little out of tune.
2. Dancing Queen (ABBA)
“Dancing Queen” is a 1970s-pop throwback, and artists continue to cover this song because of its memorable tune. Even if you’re not the best singer, this song is super forgiving. It’s easy to follow if you’re unfamiliar with it as it features a lot of repetition.
3. Bye Bye Bye (*NSYNC)
Boy bands are perfect to cover because their songs have a catchy chorus. This song is ideal for bad singers because the vocal line doesn’t have crazy movement or require a lot of strain. You could pretty much talk your way through this one successfully.
4. Man! I Feel Like A Woman! (Shania Twain)
If you want some country karaoke, you can’t go wrong with Shania Twain. This song is a classic and not meant to be taken too seriously, so you can have fun with it. You can’t help but dance when this song comes on, so even though you may be a bad singer, you can still be the star of the show.
5. Summer Nights (From “Grease”)
Not only is this song one that everyone already knows, but it’s from a movie everyone loves. If you and your partner are looking for something to sing that doesn’t need perfect singing, this duet is pretty low stakes. Because it’s from a musical, it doesn’t have to be perfect; it’s all about the energy you bring to it.
(By the way, if you’re looking for more songs that’ll work as a duet, be sure to check out our ultimate list of karaoke duets).
6. Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson)
This is an anthem, and when you’re singing an anthem, you don’t have to sing well because the song has the carrying power. Even though Kelly Clarkson hits some high notes in the music, you don’t have to. You can sing or scream this song to your heart’s content.
7. Lady Marmalade (From “Moulin Rouge”)
If you’re in a group of girls who want to take on a song together, “Lady Marmalade” has something for everyone. This song is more about telling a story than showing off your vocals, and even though Christina Aguilera sings the original, you can still sing this song with a bad voice.
8. Mr. Brightside (The Killers)
This pop-rock song from the early 2000s is still popular, and Brandon Flowers’ voice is low enough to be accessible for most ranges. It’s a bit of a sad song but still has a beat that anyone can carry through.
9. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now (Starship)
This soft rock song was released in 1987 and is one you can’t help singing along to. It’s easy to follow (meaning you won’t trip over any words) and once you get to the chorus, you can’t help but start belting the song to the best of your ability.
10. Livin’ On A Prayer (Bon Jovi)
A rock song for karaoke is always a good choice when you have a weak singing voice. If you lack confidence in your voice, the instrumental is powerful enough to back you up. This is a song that everyone knows, so you’ll likely get cheers and applause despite a bad singing voice.
11. Livin’ La Vida Loca (Ricky Martin)
This 1999 Latin pop song has a chorus that anyone can recognize. Whether you sing in English or Spanish, this song is about living the “crazy life”, which doesn’t need perfect vocals. The verses are easy to follow, and the high energy of the song affects the whole room.
(By the way, if you’re looking for more Latin-influenced karaoke songs, check out our list of Spanish karaoke songs.)
12. Like a Virgin (Madonna)
Another 1980s hit; it’s a perfect pop song with brilliantly-written lyrics that anyone can relate to. The song is personal but has a synth bass that opens the piece up to creativity – even if that creativity is terrible singing.
13. Mamma Mia (ABBA)
If you’ve ever seen the movie of the same name, you know that ABBA has a ton of karaoke-worthy songs to choose from. “Mamma Mia” is just one of many songs that make you want to sing along regardless of your singing ability (because everyone else around you will be singing too!)
14. Hey Jude (The Beatles)
This classic Beatles song is one that most people have memorized. It’s a fantastic song and easy to sing because of its laid-back energy and repetitive outro.
15. I Want It That Way (Backstreet Boys)
Any ‘90s kid will know this simple and easy-to-follow song by heart. It’s a pop ballad that doesn’t need top-notch vocals to make it sound good.
16. …Baby One More Time (Britney Spears)
This song is a classic from the 1990s, and the whole karaoke bar will surely be thrilled when you opt for it (no matter how badly you might sing it).
17. Wannabe (Spice Girls)
Another song that you can sing either with a group or solo. This ‘90s pop song is an easy choice; Spice Girls have a mix of different voices, so whether you have a higher or lower voice, you’ll be able to sing along.
18. Walking on Sunshine (Katrina & The Waves)
This is another ’80s pop song that you can’t help but sing along to. Many artists have covered it since its release, so there are are tonne of different versions out there. This is a bright and fun song that can’t go wrong.
19. Irreplaceable (Beyoncé)
Don’t be intimidated by Beyoncé’s strong vocals. You can belt out this women’s empowerment anthem whether you can sing or not. Channel your diva energy and own it, even if you’re a bad singer.
20. Respect (Aretha Franklin)
Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul. So as long as you bring some of that signature soul into your rendition of Respect, the crowd will sing along with you.
21. Jolene (Dolly Parton)
Country fan or not, “Jolene” is a popular song for karaoke and is super easy to sing. Dolly Parton’s original is easy to follow and is a story that’s relatable to sing along to, making it a firm favorite.
22. All Star (Smash Mouth)
This song is an ideal choice for anyone unsure of their singing abilities because it doesn’t actually require much singing. It’s an alternative rock track where you can half sing and half talk to build up your confidence.
23. I Love Rock and Roll (Joan Jett)
Joan Jett has a raspy voice that makes this song forgiving to the bad karaoke singers. Anyone can sing this rock song, no matter what you sound like.
24. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F) (Katy Perry)
If you’re looking to bring the party to karaoke, this song is sure to raise the energy in the room. It’s easy to sing, but this pop anthem can withstand lousy singing.
25. Hey, Soul Sister (Train)
This pop-rock song is a relaxed track that you surely sang along to when it first came out. Everyone in the room will be nodding along to your version, even if you can’t sing.
26. Just the Way You Are (Bruno Mars)
Make the room swoon with this sweet, romantic pop song. It’s subdued and laidback, and if you’re singing it to someone in particular, no one will notice the singing quality.
27. Moves Like Jagger (Maroon 5)
This pop song has a bouncy beat that will make the crowd dance. They’ll be so focused on the music that it won’t matter if you’re a bad singer.
28. Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepsen)
This bubble-gum pop song was inescapable when it first came out, and you still can’t help but sing along when it comes on. Everyone will be singing with you, so don’t take yourself too seriously when singing this one.
29. Life is a Highway (Rascal Flatts)
This song is a good choice if you have a bit of a lower voice and feel drawn towards rock anthems. This is a song everyone is familiar with, so the accompanying guitar riffs will make up for any lack of vocal ability.
30. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) (The Proclaimers)
If you don’t feel like singing, this is the ideal karaoke song, but you need to choose a song. You’ll need to do some chanting more than singing, so grab a friend (and maybe a drink) and channel your inner Scot.
31. You Oughta Know (Alanis Morissette)
This alternative rock song is a good choice if your voice is a little rough. Morissette’s smoky original track is full of imperfections which is part of its charm. So, if you’re a terrible singer, you can make this song your own.
32. In The End (Linkin Park)
If you’re looking for a rock song that you can scream more than sing, this song is a go-to. It has a little mix of rap in there too, which can let you flex some different skills.
33. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
This song is a familiar rock song about freedom and non-conforming. It’s the perfect karaoke song to let go and sing badly. Everyone will be singing along (badly) with you either way.
34. Here Without You (3 Doors Down)
This song has the feel of a power ballad, so it has a slower tempo. Since the original vocalist also has a rough, smoky tone to his voice, you can feel a little less intimidated, knowing that rock isn’t meant to be perfect.
35. Umbrella (Rihanna, JAY-Z)
This pop song is easy for many because it mostly consists of repeated syllables throughout the song. If you’re not someone who can memorize lyrics and would prefer a lot of repetition, this is the track for you.
36. Raise Your Glass (P!nk)
If you take on this song at karaoke, it’s guaranteed that everyone in the room will be singing with you. It’s a fun song, so who cares if it doesn’t come out perfectly?
37. Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)
This soft rock song of the ’60s is timeless, and something is captivating about the chorus. By the time it rolls around, you’ll be singing your heart out with the rest of the crowd.
38. I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
Turn up some disco with this track. This is guaranteed to get the whole crowd dancing, even if you don’t sound exactly like Gloria Gaynor.
39. Forget You (CeeLo Green)
Infuse karaoke with some funk by singing this song. The song is catchy, but it has some themes that we can all identify with, making it a little easier to sing.
40. 1985 (Bowling For Soup)
If you’re in the mood for pop punk, this song is one you have surely sang along with before. It’s fun and not too serious, which makes it easier to let go and not take yourself – or your singing – too seriously.
41. Africa (TOTO)
This ’80s soft rock track is a universally known song that no one can mess up. Everyone has a good time hearing this song, and even if you’re a bad singer, the nostalgia will make up for it.
42. Dancing in the Moonlight (Toploader)
This pop-rock song has seen many covers and remixes, so it’s an easy karaoke pick. No matter how poorly you sing this song, you’ll have people dancing in their seats.
43. Tonight Tonight (Hot Chelle Rae)
This is another song you can get away with singing while talking. It’s a dance track with high energy, which can cover up any bad singing.
44. Hotel California (Eagles)
This ’70s soft rock song is a classic karaoke song, and it doesn’t matter how badly you sing it. The song’s recognition will work in your favor, and the room will be glad you chose it.
45. 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton)
“9 to 5” is the perfect song to sing whether you are a bad singer or not. It’s a universal favorite, and there’s something cathartic about singing this one when you’re unwinding from work.
46. Piano Man (Billy Joel)
This ‘70s rock song is one that everyone will sing along with. It’s a song about how the drunk faces of the people at the bar have their own story behind them, which is a fitting theme for a karaoke bar.
47. Let It Be (The Beatles)
This is another classic Beatles song that will turn into a group sing-along before the final verse begins. There is no need to sing this song well for people to love it.
48. Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) (Train)
Another pop-rock song by Train. This 2001 power ballad is well-known by almost everyone; it’s an emotional song, but an easy one to sing.
49. She Will Be Loved (Maroon 5)
This recognizable pop song is a throwback to 2002. Even though this song has some high notes in the chorus, the verses are easy to get through.
50. 10,000 Hours (Dan + Shay, Justin Bieber)
This country ballad is wildly popular and is a go-to for karaoke. It doesn’t need a good singer to pull it off; all you need is a lot of heart and soul.
51. Dancing On My Own (Robyn)
Whether you choose to sing the synth-pop version or an acoustic rendition, this is a track that will make everyone dance and sing along to the iconic chorus.
52. Wonderwall (Oasis)
This alternative-indie song from the ‘90s quickly became a hit. It’s ideal for karaoke singers who can’t sing because it uses simple chords that are easy to follow. This is a good starting track to dip your toes into karaoke.
53. Summer of ‘69 (Bryan Adams)
If you’re looking for a rock song with positive lyrics, this song is going to lift everyone’s spirits. Everyone will be singing along with this ’80s hit, and the music itself will help mask any imperfections in your singing.
54. (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life (Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes)
If you’re looking for a song to sing with a partner, this song is an iconic choice. If you’re a film-lover, you’ll know this song from Dirty Dancing. It’s a good song choice for a bad singer because it’s slow and straightforward; the crowd will love it.
55. Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash)
This is a possible song choice if you have a particularly low voice and are comfortable in that register. This ’60s track is still famous today and features simple lyrics alongside a laid-back tempo.
56. Total Eclipse of the Heart (Bonnie Tyler)
This pop-rock song from the ’80s has been covered many times. It plays like an anthem, and with its slow build but natural repetition, it’s an easy one to follow.
57. Tiny Dancer (Elton John)
This ’70s soft rock song is a classic Elton John track that’s popular for karaoke. Though the lyrics sometimes confuse people, it’s widely-known and easy to follow.
58. Everybody Talks (Neon Trees)
This is an upbeat alternative pop song that has a lot of energy. It’s easy to get lost in the power of the music and worry less about whether you sound good or not.
59. Beat It (Michael Jackson)
This Michael Jackson track is not only incredibly popular, but it’s also one of the most accessible songs to learn. It’s a dance-rock song that will have the whole bar up on their feet. Even if you don’t have Michael Jackson’s voice or dance moves, it’s one of his easiest songs to sing.
60. Oops!… I Did It Again (Britney Spears)
This Britney Spears song is a pop number that’s easy to follow and has a lot of repetition. If you’re a bad singer, this song will still bring up all the early 2000s nostalgia.
61. Smooth (Santana, Rob Thomas)
This song is another option that features more talking than singing. It’s a spicy Latin rock song with an excellent instrumental to make up for any lacking vocal ability.
Even if you’re a self-confessed bad singer, you’ll still be able to have a great time at the karaoke bar this weekend now that you’re armed with these recommendations!
If you’re looking for further recommendations, why not check out our list of funny karaoke songs for when you’re drunk next?