Karaoke can be a daunting experience if you think you're a bad singer. Luckily for you, humiliating yourself by forcing strangers to hear you sing is basically the whole point of karaoke. However, if you still need help picking a song for your rubbish voice, here’s a list of the best karaoke songs for bad singers, they're all crowd-pleasing songs that you can’t fail to sing.
We’ve added some practical tips at the end of the list you might find useful.
The Best Karaoke Songs for Bad Singers...
Y.M.C.A - Village People
Literally, everybody will sing along and dance to this, the customers, the staff, the local clergy, everybody.
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Scaramouch, Scaramouch will you do the fandango? It's fun to do in a group and you’ll finally find out what the lyrics are.
Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus
It’s got a fun bit where you do a silly high voice.
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
Perform this with your identical twin and it will be half as embarrassing, or it will be double. Not sure how twins work. Seriously though, sing it with a pal and you'll be fine. Also featured on our list of the Best Duet Karaoke Songs, so it's a double whammy.
Mamma Mia - Abba
Pretty much anything by Abba goes down well. This one is high pitched, if you can’t sing high, go low.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Do you? (see above)
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Everybody is bound to drown you out on the chorus, allowing you perform your nervous tic without being noticed.
No Scrubs - TLC
I'm not sure what this song means. I think it's about letting medical professionals have casual Fridays. Sounds unhygienic.
Summer Nights - GreaseIt's Grease. So if you don't know it, then you probably don't know what karaoke is either. Which is fine. But then how did you get here?
Boots - Nancy SinatraThere is an instrumental sequence where you can stomp around in your boots. Also, it's pretty straight forward to sing, so long as you don't accidentally choose the Pavarotti version.
Yellow Submarine - The BeatlesThis song really speaks to me, because when you think about it, we really do all live on a yellow submarine, that or The Beatles were on drugs when they wrote it. Either way, it's quite shouty and everybody likes a raucous shouty song, especially ones with nautical themes. See Pirates.
Baby got Back - Sir Mix-a-LotIt's the performance that led to Anthony 'Mix-a-Lot' Ray receiving his knighthood for his services to her Royal Hiney. Who knew it would be so easy to sing.
Tips for Beginner Karaoke Singers
Always pick a crowd pleaser
The more people you can get singing along, the less of you they’ll hear. They’ll love you for just picking a song they like, make sure it’s upbeat.
Wait until everybody is drunk
Simple, drunk people think they can sing, they also think everybody else can sing.
Hold the Mic Right
Make sure you hold the mic right up to your lips. You won’t need to sing as loudly and you’ll find it easier to hit those high notes.
Share the MicPick a duet or a song that sung by a group, that way you won't be up there all on your lonesome, you'll feel more comfortable and you'll probably have more fun too.
You’re probably better at singing than you think. Most people are actually pretty good at singing. Also, it doesn’t matter anyway, it’s karaoke.
Still worried? Check out our full list of tips for nervous karaoke singers.That's it, the best karaoke songs for bad singers, all you have to do it pick one, follow the tips above, and you'll be fine. If you really feel like you won't be able to manage one of the above songs, then theirs always Tequila, not the drink, the song.
Tequila - The Champs
A completely instrumental song save for a single word, ‘Tequila!’ The downside being, you’ll look like a total fool if you muck this one up. (This is actually available as a choice.)