A good karaoke pick is a crowd-pleaser, one that can turn a solo ditty to group jam-out in one chorus flat. A bad pick can clear a bar in seconds. (No one wants to hear a Les Misérable ballad at 2 a.m.) Here, 17 songs guaranteed to get you a standing ovation (or at least a free appetizer).

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WILSON PHILLIPS, “HOLD ON”

Because everyone loves a good Bridesmaids reference.

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Backstreet Boys, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”

Bonus points if you adopt Nick Carter’s dance moves.

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Bonnie Tyler, “Total Eclipse of the Heart”

Channel Old School and throw in the expletive to really hammer it home.

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Shania Twain, “That Don’t Impress Me Much”

Followed closely by “Man, I Feel Like a Woman.”

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Boston, “More Than a Feeling”

If Paul Rudd can do it, so can you.

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Janet Jackson, “When I Think of You”

Nothin’ else seems to matter.

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Cher, “If I Could Turn Back Time”

Start practicing your “hey-oooohhhh.”

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Coolio, “Gangster’s Paradise”

Nostalgia, check. Easily rappable, check check.

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Alanis Morissette, “You Oughta Know”

Obliterating stress since 1995.

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The B-52’s, “Love Shack”

Don’t exactly have the voice of an angel? This is a great place to start.

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Dolly Parton, “Jolene”

But you’d like to pretend you have the voice of an angel? Done.

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Elton John, “Tiny Dancer”

Group sing-along results guaranteed.

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Hall & Oates, “Rich Girl”

Ladies and gentlemen, 1977 FTW.

 

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Natalie Imbruglia, “Torn”

And 1997 FTW.

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Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin”

Well, duh.

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Michael Jackson, “Billie Jean”

We couldn’t make a list without including MJ.

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Boyz II Men, “End of the Road”

The go-to closer song, ever damn time.

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