Get the party started with our top-20 karaoke playlist

At some point, everyone — whether you’re a self-conscious shut in or an out and out go-getter — finds themselves on a stage with a cheap glass of ethanol, a microphone, and a screen filled with scrolling lyrics. But unless you’re a seasoned veteran of purposeful self-embarrassment, you might not know your way through the musical minefield that is a karaoke song list.

DT Playlists: Put the pedal to the metal with this fantastic road trip playlist

That’s where we come in. We’ve scoured the web (and a few of our favorite Portland karaoke hotspots) for the best tunes, putting together a robust list of 20 songs that always make the crowd rock out, regardless of how on-key you are.

Be sure to check out all the DT Playlists on our official Digital Trends Spotify page.

Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It by Will Smith, 1997

The creme de la creme of ’90s dance hits, this Will Smith single is guaranteed to hype up any audience, especially one that has had a few too many tequila shots.

Say My Name by Destiny’s Child, 1999

A sultry single, Say My Name is a rare choice that allows you to live your dream of pop stardom, shrieking out early Beyoncé runs in front of a live audience without any negative repercussions.

Ignition (Remix) by R. Kelly, 2003

Sure, R. Kelly has done some pretty weird, messed up stuff over the past few decades, but all will be forgiven when the digitally-reproduced introduction to his best song ever comes on the speakers.

Man I Feel Like A Woman by Shania Twain, 1997

A sassy choice which finds itself oddly well-suited to fearless intoxicated men, this song comes off as tongue-in-cheek regardless of who’s on the mic — a classic single that many forget even exists.

The Boys Are Back In Town by Thin Lizzy, 1976

Good karaoke choices are, by and large, all about the intro. You don’t want to sit up on that stage looking embarrassed while some middling pre-recorded keyboard bangs out a tune’s first 16 bars — and that’s where this cut comes in. Powerful stuff from beginning to end, this one’s the perfect jam to belt out to your questionably-sober audience.

Roses by OutKast, 2003

Roses is a tricky one — you have to be energetic and quick enough to hit all the verses, and confident enough to endure a questionably misogynistic outro ( you, know, the part where you have to say “crazy b****” dozens of times). That said, those who can pull it off will find a standing ovation, as this is one of the hottest hits on this list.

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers, 1993

What pairs better than hilarious accents, a room full of strangers, and alcohol? Nothing, that’s what.

No Scrubs by TLC, 1999

A perennial hit among longtime R&B fans, this is perhaps most appropriately chosen when on a first date, or out singing with a wedding party.

She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy by Kenny Chesney, 1999

It may be a bit insensitive to more rural-dwelling folk, but there’s nothing quite like a mid-evening trip to a southern caricature and, of course, belting out the chorus to this little gem always works great with a cold one in hand.

Always On Time by Ja Rule (Feat. Ashanti), 2001

A closet classic which unites the crowd almost highhandedly due to the fact that they haven’t heard it in a decade, Always On Time is so groovy it riles up crowds, but not so intense that you’ll spill your drink.


From Jay Rock to Saba, these are the 50 best albums of 2018

We've spent the year listening to new albums, digging deep, and culling our master list into 50 favorites. From blockbuster releases to hidden gems, these are the best albums of 2018.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in December, from 'Buster Scruggs’ to endangered cats

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Home Theater

Throw away those EarPods -- we dug up the best headphones in every style

Trolling the internet for hours to find headphones is no way to live. Instead, leverage our expertise and experience to find the best headphones for you. Here are our 10 favorites.
Home Theater

An acclaimed Apple analyst says the new AirPods are coming in 2019

Apple plans to release new AirPods much the same as it does new iPhones, and a wireless charging case, water resistance, and better Siri integration are among the improvements we can expect in future models.

You may soon be able to listen to your own songs on Spotify’s Android app

If you love Spotify's streaming, but also have a large collection of niche music, then it can be hard to marry your two passions. Thankfully, Spotify appears to be testing the ability to import local songs to its Android app.

Block out the sun and drown out the haters with Bose’s new AR sunglasses

Bose has announced its quirkiest listening device yet, a pair of headphone-integrated sunglasses that allow you to meander the brightest places with your favorite tunes in tow. Called the Frames, the glasses will sport 3.5 hours of battery.

Apple Music vs. Spotify: Which service is the streaming king?

Apple Music is giving Spotify a run for its money, but which service is best for you? In our Apple Music vs. Spotify showdown, we compare and contrast all we know about the two streaming music services.

The best free music download sites that are totally legal

Finding music that is both free and legal to download can be difficult. We've handpicked a selection of the best free music download sites for you to legally download your next favorite album.
Home Theater

Spotify Wrapped reveals rad facts about your musical tastes and habits

The website may be a bit tough to find at first, but Spotify Wrapped tells you awesome facts about your year in listening. From how many minutes you spent jamming out to your top artists, and beyond, there's a lot to dig into.
Social Media

What do yodeling and Kylie Jenner have in common? YouTube’s top 2018 videos

In a true nod to the variety found on YouTube, the platform's top 10 list of videos from 2018 range from celebrities to sports, from perfectly tossing a picture frame on the wall to a kid yodeling in aisle 12 at Walmart.

From Paul McCartney to Mariah Carey, this is the best holiday music

Whether you're a fan of classic jazz standards or modern R&B masterpieces, there's something for everyone on our playlist of the best holiday music. Pour some eggnog and curl up by the fire, this one is sure to get you in the holiday…
Emerging Tech

Feast your eyes on the wildest, most elaborate Rube Goldberg machines ever built

Want to see something totally mesmerizing? Check out several of the best Rube Goldberg machines from across the internet, including one that serves cake and other that do ... nothing particularly useful.

The best new music this week: Josh Homme, Domo Genesis, and more

Are you looking for the best new music? Each week, we scour the internet to find the most compelling new releases just for you. On tap this week: Josh Homme, Domo Genesis, Eddie Palmieri, and Jacob Collier.
1 of 2