Looking to wig out to some bodacious jams? No Duh. You're come to the right decade. The 80s, the time that subtlety forgot. The music was loud, the shoulders were padded, the synths were turned up to 11 and video had just killed the radio star. MTV was launched in 1981, dragging the rest of the industry along with it.
Music was now about pleasing young people. Which meant it had to stand out. It's also the decade that the USA got it's first karaoke bar, "Dimples", now a Whole Foods. Phych!
We've compiled a list of the best karaoke songs from the 80s. They've been picked according to a strict criteria... They're all memorable hits, not too long, and like, totally bitchin.'
Take On Me - A-ha
If you've got the voice to handle a sustained high note, or not, it is, after all, karaoke. Then the A-ha's Norwegian Synthpop hit 'Take on Me' is the choice for you, it's plenty tubular.
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
Although originally recorded in 1964 by Gloria Jones, it became a quintessentially 80s song when covered by the somber Soft Cell. It also became a lot easier to sing.
Gold - Spandau Ballet
Gold, it's humanity's favorite element, but for many, it's also their most loved 80s song. Just make sure you remember the verses.
Fame - Irene Cara (from the musical 'Fame')
Bone-chillingly sincere, it was a different time.
You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) - Dead or Alive
'You Spin Me Round' is Dead or Alive's repetitive one-hit wonder. It's easy to sing and to remember the words, so you're bound to have a chorus of Pete Burn's impersonators joining in.
(I've Had) The Time of My Life - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (from 'Dirty Dancing')
Also appearing on our list of Best Karaoke Duets. Be careful singing this one. Many an injury has occurred trying to recreate the 'Dirty Dancing' lift.
Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
Roxanne - The Police
I'm So Excited - The Pointer Sisters
Like a Prayer - Madonna
Kiss - Prince
One for those with a strong falsetto.
What's Love got to do with It - Tina Turner
The Final Countdown - Europe
White Wedding - Billy Idol
Sweet Dreams (are made of these) - Eurythmics
Careless Whisper - George Michael
It's got a chorus that everybody will sing along to and a message that everybody can relate to. Specifically, that its wrong to gossip about loved ones behind their back.
I'm Still Standing - Elton John
The only time it will ever be acceptable for you to wear sunglasses indoors and at night. Unless you are blind.
Club Tropicana - Wham
Subtly make fun of your friends' love of package holidays with this saucy number.
I Want to Break Free - Queen
Don't you Want Me - The Human League