The Best '80s Karaoke Songs 

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Updated December 27, 2019 2k votes 385 voters 46.4k views 47 items

Karaoke and '80s music is a match made in heaven, but what are the very best tracks you can choose when it's your turn to belt one out? From "Bohemian Rhapsody" to "Take on Me," let's rank the very best '80s karaoke songs that are sure to win the crowd over every time.

It may be a tad overdone, but "Don't Stop Believin" by Journey is basically a cheat card for getting the crowd pumped up. Another great '80s karaoke song is "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston, which has a chorus that everyone will be singing along with. Other great '80s songs for karaoke include "Take On Me" by a-Ha (if you're good at hitting those high notes) and "Africa" by Toto.

What constitutes a good karaoke song is pretty subjective, so if your favorite go-to '80s hit isn't already here, add it to the list!

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Albums: Escape

Composer: Steve Perry, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain

Length (seconds): 4:8

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Albums: The Game

Composer: John Deacon

Producer: Queen, Reinhold Mack

Length (seconds): 3:35

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Albums: Toto IV, Original Album Classics

Composer: Jeff Porcaro, David Paich

Length (seconds): 4:50

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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Joan Jett

Albums: I Love Rock 'n' Roll

Composer: Alan Merrill, Jake Hooker

Producer: Kenny Laguna, Richie Cordell

Length (seconds): 2:55

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Take On Me a-ha

Composer: Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen, Paul Waaktaar-Savoy

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Bon Jovi

Albums: Slippery When Wet

Composer: Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Desmond Child

Producer: Bruce Fairbairn

Length (seconds): 4:10

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Def Leppard

Albums: Hysteria

Composer: Joe Elliott, Steve Clark, Phil Collen, Rick Savage, Robert Lange

Length (seconds): 4:27

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Michael Jackson

Albums: HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1, Bad, Thriller

Composer: Michael Jackson

Producer: Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson

Length (seconds): 4:49

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Whitney Houston

Albums: Whitney

Composer: Shannon Rubicam, George Merrill

Producer: Narada Michael Walden

Length (seconds): 4:49

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Pat Benatar

Albums: Crimes of Passion, In the Heat of the Night / Crimes of Passion

Composer: Pat Benatar, Eddie Schwartz

Producer: Keith Olsen

Length (seconds): 2:51

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Pat Benatar

Albums: Tropico

Composer: Holly Knight, Mike Chapman

Producer: Neil Giraldo, Pete Coleman

Length (seconds): 4:8

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The B-52's

Albums: Cosmic Thing

Composer: The B-52's, Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson

Producer: Don Was, Nile Rodgers

Length (seconds): 4:16

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Tommy Tuone
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Albums: Escape

Composer: Steve Perry, Jonathan Cain

Length (seconds): 3:19

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George Michael

Albums: Faith

Composer: George Michael

Producer: George Michael

Length (seconds): 3:16

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What’s Love Got To Do With It Tina Turner
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Albums: Everything

Composer: Susanna Hoffs, Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly

Length (seconds): 3:50

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Alannah Myles

Albums: Alannah Myles

Composer: Christopher Ward, David Tyson

Length (seconds): 4:5

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George Michael, WHAM!

Albums: Make It Big

Composer: George Michael, Andrew Ridgeley

Producer: George Michael

Length (seconds): 4:49

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Robert Palmer

Albums: Riptide

Composer: Robert Palmer

Producer: Bernard Edwards

Length (seconds): 6:3

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Albums: Departure

Composer: Steve Perry, Neal Schon

Length (seconds): 3:22

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Albums: Different Light

Composer: Liam Sternberg

Producer: David Kahne

Length (seconds): 2:0

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All Out Of Love Air Supply

Albums: Lost in Love, The One That You Love

Composer: Clive Davis, Graham Russell

Producer: Clive Davis, Robie Porter

Length (seconds): 3:44