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The Best '80s Karaoke Songs

Updated December 27, 2019 3.2k votes 484 voters 62.7k views47 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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  • Another One Bites The Dust1

    AlbumsThe Game

    ComposerJohn Deacon

    ProducerQueen, Reinhold Mack

    Length (seconds)3:35

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    #9 of 133 The Best Workout Songs#3 of 77 The Best Pop Songs About Death

  • Don't Stop Believin'2

    AlbumsEscape

    ComposerSteve Perry, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain

    Length (seconds)4:8

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    #1 of 41 The Most Uplifting Songs From The '80s#3 of 106 The Best Songs with Stop in the Title

  • Africa3
    80
    36

    Africa

    Toto

    AlbumsToto IV, Original Album Classics

    ComposerJeff Porcaro, David Paich

    Length (seconds)4:50

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    #18 of 90 The Greatest Songs That Are Ruined By Laptop Speakers#25 of 59 The Best Pop Songs To Sing At Karaoke Night

  • I Love Rock 'n' Roll4
    81
    52

    I Love Rock 'n' Roll

    Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Joan Jett

    AlbumsI Love Rock 'n' Roll

    ComposerAlan Merrill, Jake Hooker

    ProducerKenny Laguna, Richie Cordell

    Length (seconds)2:55

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    #4 of 118 The Best Songs with Rock in the Title#2 of 142 The Best Songs About Music

  • Take On Me5
    77
    48

    Take On Me

    a-ha

    ComposerMorten Harket, Magne Furuholmen, Paul Waaktaar-Savoy

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    #5 of 30 Songs That Make For Unbelievably Awesome Drinking Games#15 of 56 The Most Difficult Songs To Sing At Karaoke

  • Livin' On A Prayer6
    68
    40

    AlbumsSlippery When Wet

    ComposerJon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Desmond Child

    ProducerBruce Fairbairn

    Length (seconds)4:10

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    #14 of 17 Commonly Misheard Lyrics You've Been Singing Wrong This Entire Time#1 of 114 The Best Bon Jovi Songs of All Time

  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun7
  • Billie Jean8
    49
    36

    Billie Jean

    Michael Jackson

    AlbumsHIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1, Bad, Thriller

    ComposerMichael Jackson

    ProducerQuincy Jones, Michael Jackson

    Length (seconds)4:49

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    #65 of 122 Cover Songs That Are Better Than The Originals#36 of 95 History's Greatest Disco Songs, Ranked

  • Pour Some Sugar on Me9
    56
    47

    AlbumsHysteria

    ComposerJoe Elliott, Steve Clark, Phil Collen, Rick Savage, Robert Lange

    Length (seconds)4:27

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    #35 of 179 The Best Pop Songs Of The '80s, Ranked#4 of 114 The Best Party Songs Of The '80s, Ranked

  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)10

    AlbumsWhitney

    ComposerShannon Rubicam, George Merrill

    ProducerNarada Michael Walden

    Length (seconds)4:49

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    #76 of 193 The Worst Freakin' Songs of the '80s, Ranked#16 of 88 The Best Songs For Your New Year's Eve Party Playlist

  • Hit Me With Your Best Shot11

    AlbumsCrimes of Passion, In the Heat of the Night / Crimes of Passion

    ComposerPat Benatar, Eddie Schwartz

    ProducerKeith Olsen

    Length (seconds)2:51

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    #16 of 20 The Best Bouquet Toss Songs#26 of 284 The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked

  • Love Shack12
    48
    43

    Love Shack

    The B-52's

    AlbumsCosmic Thing

    ComposerThe B-52's, Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson

    ProducerDon Was, Nile Rodgers

    Length (seconds)4:16

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    #1323 of 3,867 The Best Songs Of All Time, Ranked#4 of 161 The Best Songs to Sing at Karaoke

  • Love Is a Battlefield13
    43
    37

    AlbumsTropico

    ComposerHolly Knight, Mike Chapman

    ProducerNeil Giraldo, Pete Coleman

    Length (seconds)4:8

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    #53 of 53 The Best Father/Daughter First Dance Wedding Songs#13 of 45 The Best '80s Breakup Songs

  • Eternal Flame14
    32
    24

    Eternal Flame

    The Bangles

    AlbumsEverything

    ComposerSusanna Hoffs, Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly

    Length (seconds)3:50

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    #36 of 73 The Best Classic Rock Songs For A First Dance#10 of 77 The Best Ballads of the 80s

  • Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)15
  • Open Arms16
    32
    29

    Open Arms

    Journey

    AlbumsEscape

    ComposerSteve Perry, Jonathan Cain

    Length (seconds)3:19

  • What’s Love Got To Do With It17
    40
    40

    What’s Love Got To Do With It

    Tina Turner
  • 867 5309 Jenny18
    36
    36

    867 5309 Jenny

    Tommy Tuone

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    #8 of 107 The Greatest Songs by '80s One-Hit Wonders#32 of 142 The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

  • Addicted to Love19
    31
    32

    Addicted to Love

    Robert Palmer

    AlbumsRiptide

    ComposerRobert Palmer

    ProducerBernard Edwards

    Length (seconds)6:3

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    #69 of 256 The Best Songs with Love in the Title#14 of 73 The Best Rock Music Videos

  • Walk Like an Egyptian20
    26
    26

    AlbumsDifferent Light

    ComposerLiam Sternberg

    ProducerDavid Kahne

    Length (seconds)2:0

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    #17 of 52 The Best 1980s Music Videos#15 of 19 Music Videos That Introduced the World to New Dance Moves

  • Black Velvet21
    36
    40

    Black Velvet

    Alannah Myles

    AlbumsAlannah Myles

    ComposerChristopher Ward, David Tyson

    Length (seconds)4:5

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    #20 of 101 The Greatest Songs by '90s One-Hit Wonders#33 of 246 The Greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders

  • Faith22
    38
    43

    Faith

    George Michael

    AlbumsFaith

    ComposerGeorge Michael

    ProducerGeorge Michael

    Length (seconds)3:16

  • Any Way You Want It23

    AlbumsDeparture

    ComposerSteve Perry, Neal Schon

    Length (seconds)3:22

  • Like a Virgin24
    30
    33

    AlbumsLike a Virgin

    ComposerBilly Steinberg, Tom Kelly

    ProducerNile Rodgers

    Length (seconds)3:38

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    #5 of 16 16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do#75 of 106 The Best Songs About Women

  • Careless Whisper25
    36
    42

    Careless Whisper

    George Michael, WHAM!

    AlbumsMake It Big

    ComposerGeorge Michael, Andrew Ridgeley

    ProducerGeorge Michael

    Length (seconds)4:49

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    #10 of 50 The Best Blue-Eyed Soul Songs#29 of 100 The Best R&B Songs Of The '80s, Ranked