The 26 Greatest Karaoke Songs To Do When Drunk (Or Sober)

Is there anything better than a group of drunk friends butchering lyrics and singing at a dive-bar? Probably, but THAT’S NOT THE POINT. Karaoke is a personal vice and having seen many tipsy (and sober) performances, I’ve gathered some of the best (worst?) songs to belt at 12:30 AM.

1. “It Wasn’t Me” – Shaggy

This classic 2000 jam is about a dude cheating, getting caught, and lying. FUN TIMES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!!! Also rapping the Shaggy parts after a few beers? LOL, good luck. Film it for us.

2. “No Scrubs” – TLC

The original “no f*ckboys allowed” anthem. Bless you, TLC. Bless you.

3. “Faith” – George Michael

YOU CANNOT DENY THIS SONG. YOU JUST CAN’T. I’ve got faithaaafaithaafaith you’ll have a great time belting this George Michael hit.

4. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Def Leppard

This song has some kind of magic that makes you A) think you’re suddenly a leather-clad sex god and B) (maybe falsely) believe you’ve got moves that would make Shakira jealous. And if you really want to up the ante, go all Coyote Ugly and get up on some bar counters.

5. “Hot In Herre” – Nelly

Is it hot because of the alcohol warming up your body or because you’re KILLING this song?

6. “Pony” – Ginuwine

If your brand is drunk, a little lonely, and horny — this should be your go-to song. Always.

7. “Just A Girl” – No Doubt

Put on those secret cargo pants you still have in the back of your closet if you really want to complete the transformation.

8. “Ms. New Booty” – Bubba Sparxxx ft. Ying Yang Twins


9. “Dick In A Box” – The Lonely Island

This is a personal favorite for karaoke nights. It’s a crowd pleaser, trust me.

10. “What’s Up?” – 4 Non Blondes

With some liquid help, maybe you can hit that falsetto? And I say, heyyaaaa heyaaaa hey hey. I said hey, WHAT’S GOING ON???

11. “Party In The U.S.A.” – Miley Cyrus

Hate on Miles all you want, this song always gets a party started. You might even say…a party in the USA. Heh? Heh???

12. “Bitch” – Meredith Brooks

Extra perfect if you’re feeling angsty as hell. Release all that pent up frustration.

13. “Bye Bye Bye” – ‘N Sync


14. “Genie In A Bottle” – Christina Aguilera

Mildly perturbed that I used to sing this in elementary school after dissecting the lyrics, but hey, now it’s perfectly acceptable to ask someone to rub me the right way.

15. “I’m Like A Bird” – Nelly Furtado

Are you like a bird? Only one way to find out: spread those wings and sing your drunken heart out.

16. “War” – Edwin Starr

Remember that Boy Meets World scene? Go live it.

17. “Like A Prayer” – Madonna

Side story: I dated a rugby player for a hot second in college and the “rugby boy” parties consisted of the burliest dudes drunkenly singing this song. And it was THE BEST.

18. “Say My Name” – Destiny’s Child

Again, iconic. The only problem here: who gets to be Beyoncé?

19. Landslide – Fleetwood Mac

For the sad nights. Maybe a single, glorious tear will roll down your cheek. Just let it happen.

20. “It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere” – Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett

Because. Drinking.

21. “Before He Cheats” – Carrie Underwood

For all the spurned lovers. Then remember when Carrie Underwood was in that horrendous Sound Of Musical revival? Lolz.

22. “Redneck Woman” – Gretchen Wilson

Please bring up your beer and chug it on stage. Please.

23. “All The Small Things” – blink-182

Party like it’s actually 1999 again.

24. “My Heart Will Go On” – Celine Dion

Young Leo, puuurrrrrrr.

25. “You Belong With Me” – Taylor Swift

Take it all the way back to high school when you had a crush on someone for three years and if they ever handed you a pencil, you died a little inside. In a good way. I mean, not that it’s happened to me, or whatever.

26. “I Don’t Fuck With You” – Big Sean ft. E-40

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