Do's & Don'ts for Karoake + Some Classic Songs

Getting ready for a night of karaoke but feeling unsure of what to sing and how to get the crowd pumped or how not to make a fool out of yourself, read on.

Karaoke Do's

  • Choose really popular hit songs that everyone would know. Getting the crowd to sing along is key is key and people like hearing songs they know and like.
  • Dress up. Get into character. Plan to do a song in advance and bring part of the look with a hat, sunglasses, boa, whatever. Show that you nor only can perform the song but BE the performer!
  • Choose songs where you know most of the words. Nothing worst then getting up there and having to completely depend on the screen to get the lyrics. If you're staring at the screen, you're engaging with your audience.
  • Don't be afraid to gender bend. Nothing funnier than a due doing Taylor Swift or Britney Spears and nothing cooler than a women doing Jay Z or Eminem.
  • Know your crowd. If its the country music crowd, go with that. If its a hip hop crowd, that's you'r winner. If its an theater/artsy crowd, go with the show tunes. Knowing what crowd you're in should guide your song choices.
  • Don't be afraid to freestyle, change the lyrics to suit you or put your own spin or flavor to the song. Showcasing your personality is always a crowd pleaser.
  • Don't ever worry about making a fool out of yourself doing karaoke because as long as you are up there, singing a great song and have a blast, you can NEVER look like a fool!

Karaoke Don'ts

  • Unless its a major hit and you think the crowd will be open to it, avoid ballads or slow songs. They bring the mood and energy down. This is usually when people leave the dance area and go order another drink or hit the restroom for a break.
  • Avoid unpopular or lesser known songs. You want the crowd to join you, dance, sing along and cheer you on. Not take that time to check their Facebook or Instagram.
  • Avoid songs you now hardly know the words to, unless you have the confidence to flub or freestyle with ease. 

Unsure of what songs to sing? Here is a brief list of some great karaoke songs for everyone:


Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Living on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Somebody to Love - Queen
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
One Way of Another - Blondie
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
My Way - Frank Sinatra
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Taylor
Like a Virgin - Madonna
You Shook Me All Night Long- AC/DC
Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet

Crowd Pleasers

Hey Ya  - Outkast
Somebody to Love - Queen
Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood
Love Shack - B-52's
Baby Got Back - Sir Mixalot
This is How We Do It - Montell Jordan
Bye Bye Bye - N' Sync
Party in the U.S.A - Miley Cyrus
Save a horse, Ride a Cowboy - Big and Rich
Roxanne - Police
Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners

Great Duets

Summer Lovin' - Grease Soundtrack
A Whole New World - Aladdin Soundtrack
The Boy is Mine - Brandy & Monica

Girl Groups
Wannabe - Spice Girls
No Scrubs - TLC
Creep - TLC
Bootylicious - Destiny's Child
I'm A Survivor - Destiny's Chid

Show Tunes

Seasons of Love - RENT
Be Our Guest - Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack
You're The One That I Want - Grease
The Time Warp - The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Hip Hop

99 Problems - Jay Z
Forgot About Dre - Dr. Dre Featuring Eminem
Gin & Juice - Snoop Dogg
Poison - Bell Biv Devoe
Rapper's Delight - The Sugar Hill Gang

Now get out there and kick ass!

Lady Dulayne

Music junkie, Baltimore chick, Jedi mom, karaoke queen,'80s kid, hair and makeup fanatic, currently keeping up with a daily Greek yogurt habit.


  1. Just about any 80s cheesy pop or rock song is a crowd pleaser. Good list!

  2. Great post! Never seen one about this subject before :)

  3. I have been DYING to sing Dreams by Fleetwood Mac at karaoke. Great post!