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30 Best Sing-Along Songs That Everyone Knows & Loves

November 8, 2023
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Ready for a sing-along?

I’ve compiled the 30 most fun, catchy sing-along songs that everyone recognizes.

This ultimate playlist is packed with beloved hits across genres perfect for belting out.

Get ready to have a blast singing at the top of your lungs to these fan-favorite, crowd-pleasing classics.

Quick answer (author’s top picks): what are the best sing-along songs?

“In my experience, the best sing-along songs are those that create unforgettable moments, bridging generations with melody and rhythm. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond always brings a sense of unity, echoed by smiles and swaying arms. Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” turns any gathering into a full-fledged concert, while The B-52’s “Love Shack” injects a jolt of energy that gets everyone dancing and singing along. These tracks encapsulate the joy of shared musical experiences.”

Will Fenton, Founder of MidderMusic & Overblown music magazine

Top 10 Best Sing-Along Songs

Here I’ve listed and compared the top 10 best sing-along songs:

RankSong NameArtistRelease Date (Year)Album TitleGenre
1Sweet CarolineNeil Diamond1969Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation ShowSoft Rock
2Bohemian RhapsodyQueen1975A Night at the OperaProgressive Rock
3Love ShackThe B-52’s1989Cosmic ThingNew Wave
4Dancing QueenAbba1976ArrivalEuro Disco
5Say It Ain’t SoWeezer1994Weezer (Blue Album)Alternative Rock
6Stand By MeBen E. King1961Don’t Play That Song!Soul / R&B
7Take Me Home, Country RoadsJohn Denver1971Poems, Prayers & PromisesCountry
8Build Me Up, ButtercupThe Foundations1968Build Me Up ButtercupSoul
9Hotel CaliforniaEagles1976Hotel CaliforniaRock
10I Wanna Dance With SomebodyWhitney Houston1987WhitneyPop

1. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond

This is one of those enjoyable chanting tunes that includes “parts” that were added to the song at a later time in order to encourage more people to participate in the enjoyment.

Even if you don’t give in because you want to be faithful to the song’s roots, when you come to the chorus of “Sweet Caroline” and start singing it, you can’t help but hear the “duh, duh, duh…” that so many people sing along with nowadays.

2. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

This musical masterpiece, which was created by the legendary rock band Queen, is an absolute treat for the ears.

It is an interesting combination of melodies and voices, each of which has an odd sound on its own but, when put together, makes a lot of sense.

Because of this aspect of the song, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is an excellent selection for singing along to.

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3. “Love Shack” by The B-52’s

Love Shack is another timeless classic that is played on almost every karaoke night. It’s a fantastic karaoke duet that can be performed by a guy and a female to shake the stage.

It’s a fantastic tune for singing along with, and it will never get outdated.

4. “Dancing Queen” by Abba

Mamma Mia!, the movie and the stage musical, both of which contain all of the great Abba tunes, is likely to have introduced you to Abba even if you were previously unfamiliar with the group.

As a result of the song’s widespread appeal, it has been covered by a number of different artists on several occasions.

Every time it’s performed, the catchy music to “You can dance/you can jive/having the time of your life…” never fails to excite the audience.

5. “Say It Ain’t So” by Weezer

Simply listening to the melody of this song will have a sedative and tranquilizing impact on you.

When someone is meditating, this is a piece of wonderful music for them to listen to in the background.

While you’re laying down on your yoga mat and getting comfortable, sing along and shut your eyes.

6. “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King

When you and your pals are in the zone, singing along to some of today’s most popular songs, you mustn’t forget to bring up a timeless ballad that will make them cry!

This song has been recorded hundreds of times in a broad range of musical styles, but the original classic recording from 1961 remains my favorite version of the song.

This song just goes above and beyond the “pop romance” style, and it has indisputably established a place for itself in the annals of musical history. It is without a doubt one of the finest tunes for you and the group to attempt to learn and sing together.

7. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver

It may come as a surprise to listeners of this well-known song by John Denver to learn that he had never even visited West Virginia at the time he composed the song.

He collaborated on the song’s composition with Bill and Taffy Danoff, a married couple who, like him, had never visited West Virginia.

Despite this, the three of them came up with a song that painted a vivid image of the state’s stunning mountains and rivers, as well as their profound affection for it.

Because of the song’s apparent sincerity, West Virginia chose to make it their official state song in 2014.

8. “Build Me Up, Buttercup” by The Foundations

This song was made even more popular by the movie There’s Something About Mary, and it is an excellent example of a back-and-forth song similar to “Love Shack”.

Participants at sing-alongs often join in during the “echo” section of the song, which occurs during the “build me up (build me up)/buttercup, baby just to let me down (let me down)” lyrics.

9. “Hotel California” by Eagles

The majority of listeners presumably are only familiar with the song’s chorus (such is the case with most popular songs).

If you just listen to the chorus, you could get the impression that Hotel California is the place to be, but if you listen to the verses in between the choruses, you might come to a different conclusion.

The song is about females who are living it up, have a lot of lovely stuff, and own a lot of beautiful things. However, the true meaning of the song is about how an obsessive focus on financial success taints the “American Dream.”

Everyone has the goal of amassing wealth and leading a carefree life, but there comes a point when having an abundance of something wonderful renders it useless and causes unhappiness.

10. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston

The gorgeous Whitney Houston made a name for herself as a singer by performing traditional love songs. Nevertheless, the diva also has a talent for creating energetic and memorable compositions.

One such song is the timeless classic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” which is certain to get the audience in the mood to move their bodies.

11.  “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes

Almost 30 years ago, 4 Non Blondes asked a question I still can’t answer.

Nevertheless, the chart-topping hit “What’s Up” really seems to be timeless.

Plus, it’s a perfect sing-along song. It’s not too fast, and that famous ‘hey-ey-ey’ simply evokes the urge for a proper sing-along…

12. “YMCA” by Village People

This is probably one of the most popular sing-along songs on the planet.

The moment you hear that trumpets, you know that a serious sing-along will go down.

And that comes as no surprise – the song is extremely catchy and easy to sing.

13. “A Total Eclipse Of The Heart” by Bonnie Tyler

Here comes another karaoke classic – “A Total Eclipse Of The Heart”.

Although it’s a rather demanding song and you need to be a good singer to perform it properly, Bonnie Tyler’s all-time hit is a popular karaoke night choice.

At the end of the day, karaoke and sing-alongs should be fun rather than ‘correct’. But nonetheless, perhaps you can try to sing it at home first… Just to test the waters.

14. “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks

If you decide to go for “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks in a karaoke bar, you can count on the support of all the women in the audience.

It’s a girl power anthem that simply invites you to sing along… And it never gets old.

15. “Wannabe” by Spice Girls

Another song that will make all the girls (and boys) jump in during the chorus is, of course, “Wannabe” by Spice Girls.

Released in 1996, “Wannabe” is another timeless classic that’s always genuinely welcomed by the crowd at parties.

And it’s not such a difficult song which ultimately makes it a great sing-along tune.  

16. “Walk Like An Egyptian” by The Bangles

Without a doubt, “Walk Like An Egyptian” by The Bangles will make everyone move and sing along (especially when that eoo-eoo part comes).

More importantly, the song is extremely popular and catchy – and sometimes that’s all that matters for a good sing-along track.

17. “Material Girl” by Madonna

If we’re talking about popular and catchy hits, let’s not forget about Madonna’s “Material Girl”. It’s a karaoke classic, but it could also be a great sing-along song.

Alternatively, you can opt for Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” or even “Like a Virgin”. You can be sure that everyone in the room is familiar with these tunes.

18. “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga

Another suggestion for an epic pop sing-along is Lady Gaga.

Her memorable hit “Born This Way” is not very hard to sing. In fact, it’s relatively easy, but it does require some voice strength.

Nevertheless, the melody is lively, familiar, and catchy, and the energy; well, the energy is pure Lady Gaga.

19. “Song 2” by Blur

Blur released “Song 2” in 1997, probably without having a clue that it will become a smashing stadium hit.

On the other hand, the chorus is so brilliantly catchy, so that was actually the only possible scenario.

That being said, if you’re looking for a well-known and uplifting sing-along song, look no further – “Song 2” will do the job. Woo-hoo!

20. “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes

Speaking of stadium anthems…

Well, “Seven Nation Army” is undeniably one of the most iconic songs in the world.

It doesn’t have a very ‘singable’ chorus, but if you (and a bunch of other people) sing along with the melody of the guitar, that will take it to a whole new level.

21. “The Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys

Are you ready for an indie anthem and your next favorite song for singing along to?

“The Lonely Boy” is The Black Keys’ signature song, and it’s definitely a fantastic sing-along material.

It’s fast-paced but it’s not hard to follow, and the chorus will simply make you forget about your singing skills right away.

22. “Walk Away” by Franz Ferdinand

If you like familiar indie hits, you’ll like my next suggestion too.

“Walk Away” by Franz Ferdinand has a recognizable guitar riff and good vibes. And more importantly (for a sing-along song), it has very simple lyrics in the chorus.

So, instead of walking away, put this indie gem on your sing-along songs playlist.

23. “Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn & John

How about some awesome whistle-along songs?

“Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn & John is another indie classic, and although it’s recognizable by its whistling melody, it also has a very memorable chorus ideal for a good sing-along.

24. “Kids” by MGMT

“Kids” by MGMT is cheerful, youthful, and captivating, and it’s everything you need from a good song to sing along to.

It was released in 2007. Yes, time flies… But this song will remind you to live in the moment and have some fun.

25. “Shake It Out” by Florence and The Machine

Sing it out, sing it out, ooh whoa…

All right, the lyrics don’t go exactly like that, but that doesn’t stop you from putting this gem on your sing-along playlist.

“Shake It Out” is a type of song that will make you feel happy and confident. So, even if you don’t have a fantastic voice, it doesn’t matter – it’s all about the joy this song evaporates.

26. “Pompeii” by Bastille

I didn’t notice this song on any other sing-along playlist (so far), but oh, what a fantastic sing-along this would be!

It’s positive and easy to sing. Plus, it was a huge radio hit when it was released in 2013(and still is, in a way), so you can be sure that everyone knows it.

27. “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men

“Little Talks” by the Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men is still such a lovely song.

It’s sweet and positive, and even if you don’t know the exact lyrics, you can always just yell ‘hey!’ from time to time.

If you’re looking for good songs for your next sing-along party, you can’t go wrong with “Little Talks”.

28. “As It Was” by Harry Styles

And if you’re looking for a brand-new sing-along song, why not go for Harry Styles and his “As It Was”?

The song quickly became a chart-topping hit. In fact, “As It Was” became Harry’s second UK chart-topper, following “Sign Of The Times.

In one of the interviews, he explained: “After everything that’s happened over the last two and a half, three years, I think the sentiment of – it’s not the same as it was – felt pretty perfect.” I feel you, Harry.

29. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

Whether you like Taylor Swift or not, you must admit that “Shake It Off” is an incredibly catchy song. It’s simply impossible to shake it off…

Nevertheless, “Shake It Off” is about ignoring other people’s nasty comments and feeling free.

So, besides being a great sing-along song, “Shake It Off” also sends a message that definitely makes sense.

30. “Hey Jude” by The Beatles

It’s time to wrap it up.

And this sing-along classic is a perfect ending to my playlist.

Many agree that “Hey Jude” is one of the best songs ever written, and it’s also on the Billboard Top Ten best singles of all time.

Whether you believe this is the greatest song ever or not, when you hear the chorus, you can’t stay silent. Naaaa Naaa Naaa Na Na Na Naaa….

Wrapping Up My List of the Best Sing-Along Songs

The power of music is vividly displayed through these sing-along classics, binding us together in moments of unified joy.

Whether it’s the nostalgic chords of “Sweet Caroline,” the operatic allure of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” or the spirited melodies of “Love Shack,” each song offers a communal journey through sound.

These timeless hits, celebrated across generations, not only ignite our collective spirits but also reinforce the enduring magic that is shared when we raise our voices in song together.

Similar Playlists: Best 90s Karaoke Songs & Easy Karaoke Songs

Will Fenton

Will, the founder of MIDDER, is a multifaceted individual with a deep passion for music and personal finance. As a self-proclaimed music and personal finance geek, he has a keen eye for futuristic technologies, especially those that empower creators and the public.

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