1. John Farnham – You’re the Voice
If you aren’t big on 80s semi-popular hits you might not remember this one, but if you can hit all the big notes in it be prepared for the audience to toss roses at your feet like a gladiator after a victory.
2. Modest Mouse – Float On
Thanks to Guitar Hero for making this Modest Mouse hit recognizable to both hipster and non-hipster karaoke bars.
3. Boyz II Men – I Will Get There
This is the song they did for The Prince of Egypt soundtrack, but it’s classic Boyz II Men without being one of the overdone singles. I wonder what that deep voiced dude is doing right now besides having all the sex?
4. O-Town – All or Nothing
The most difficult part of doing All or Nothing at karaoke is trying to refrain yourself from doing choreography with it. Screw it, do your interpretative dance anyway.
5. R. Kelly – Ignition Remix
If your karaoke bar doesn’t offer the Remix to Ignition, burn it to the ground. Just tell the police why you did it and they’ll help burn the ashes as well.
6. George Michael – Faith
George Michael has the best untapped catalog for karaoke jams. This isn’t the last you’ll hear from him on this list.
7. Rod Stewart – Maggie May
The only thing I don’t like about this song is when he says “wake up Maggie. I think I got something to say to you.” Uh, wait a second Rod. Did you just wake me up from a nap because you THINK you have something to say. Why don’t you figure out what you’re talking about and come back after you hear my alarm go off, pal?
8. Fugees – Killing Me Softly with His Song
Not only do you get to sing one of the most infectious songs of all time, you can bring up one of your friends to do the Wyclef “one time, one time” parts.
9. N’Sync – Gone
This was that point in N’Sync when it was clear Justin was the star and everyone else was just kind of along for the ride. Guess what? YOU CAN BE JUSTIN!
10. Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise
If you can’t rap but want to do a rap song, Gangsta’s Paradise is the track for you. Just make sure you drop to your knees when you sing about saying prayers in the streetlight.
11. Santana – Smooth
It is a proven fact that women over 40 have a chemical in them that causes them to salsa dance in a leopard print top whenever this song comes on. Don’t blame me, blame science.
12. Fiona Apple – Criminal
The song is great, but it’ll also remind every guy in attendance about the confusing feelings he felt in his body the first time he saw the video. Probably true for a lot of the ladies too.
13. Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten
This is the only song I can think of that the only way you can listen to it is while swaying one arm in the air from side to side. You can’t be in a bad mood while listening to it.
14. George Michael – Careless Whisper
Too much George Michael, you ask? I SAY NOT ENOUGH!
15. Celine Dion – It’s All Coming Back to Me Now
You can make fun of Celine all you want, but she is a songbird and I will declare her lyrics from the rooftop of my heart for the rest of my days.
16. OMC – How Bizarre
Too many people focus on Tubthumping or Mmmbop and forget about the other infectious, yet completely unintelligible hit from that magical summer in the 90s.
17. Marc Cohn – Walking in Memphis
If you want to slow things down a bit and display your sensitive side during karaoke, go with Walking in Memphis. No one hates it the way they hate so many of the played out staples of karaoke.