Who doesn’t love a good sing along?
Music has a way of bringing us together and playing a great sing along song is a great way to create a fun and memorable experience.
The “sing along” portion of a song is typically found in the chorus. And for good reason. The chorus section is usually the most memorable part of a tune and is considered the “climax”.
So if you want to see if one of these best sing along songs suits what you’re looking for, skip to the chorus and give it a listen.
What Are the Best Sing Along Songs?
1. “Take Me Home Country Roads” By John Denver
I remember being in the Ellen’s Stardust Diner in New York and one of the singers got up on the table and started belting this tune.
Everyone in the diner immediately perked up and we all sang the chorus together.
It’s just one of those timeless songs that everyone knows and everyone loves to sing along to because it’s so catchy.
2. “Sweet Caroline” By Neil Diamond
Written in 1969 by Neil Diamond, this song was a huge success reaching #4 in the US Billboard Hot 100.
I think what makes this song so memorable and such a great tune to sing along to is the classic “da da da” part. It’s originally played by the horns section but typically just voiced out when a crowd sings along.
It’s one of those feel-good songs that has stood the test of time and is hard to not (at the very least) hum along to.
3. “Lean on Me” By Bill Withers
Bill Withers, unfortunately, passed away on March 30, 2020.
But fortunately, he left us with some of the most timeless and beloved soul music of all time.
He wrote classics like “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Lovely Day”, and “Just the Two of Us” among many others.
But “Lean On Me” is the one that stands out to me as being one of his best sing along songs.
It’s heartfelt, beautifully arranged, and leaves you feeling hopeful.
4. “Hey Jude” By The Beatles
No one got crowds more worked up in the 60s and 70s than The Beatles.
They created a plethora of tunes that had (and still has) people up and dancing, singing along, and feeling the music.
“Hey Jude” isn’t the most upbeat of The Beatles’ songs but that last couple of minutes where McCartney and band sing the “Na na na” part is a great section for a crowd to sing along to.
The song itself has quite a few lyrics making the verses and chorus not ideal for singing along to but the last part of the song gives ample opportunity for everyone to join in on the fun!
5. “Takin’ Care Of Business” By BTO
Takin’ Care of Business doubles as an easy guitar riff to learn on guitar as well as a great sing along tune.
The chorus is simple:
And I’ll be taking care of business (every day)
Taking care of business (every way)
I’ve been taking care of business (it’s all mine)
Taking care of business and working overtime, work out
Crowds love singing along to the chorus of this song thanks to its upbeat rhythm and positive message.
6. “American Pie” By Don McLean
American Pie is certainly up there when it comes to the number of words in a song. I did the counting, it has a total of 868 words! That’s a lot of singing.
Now obviously crowds can’t memorize, let alone sing along to, all of the words to this tune but the chorus is another story. It’s easy to remember, catchy, and has only 41 words.
That’s a much more manageable number.
7. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” By Randy Newman
If you ever watched Toy Story as a kid then more likely than not this song is etched into your memory.
This classic Randy Newman song perfectly encapsulates the relationship between Woody and Buzz and the power of friendship. That’s what makes it such a great singalong song when you’re together with a group of friends.
It’s a song that’s still as meaningful today as it was when it first came out.
8. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” By Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston is the queen of 80s pop ballads. Her soaring voice, impactful lyrics, and memorable music made her an icon of her time.
If you want to make a splash at your next karaoke night then “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” is a great karaoke song for women.
Alternatively, if you just want a great song to add to your Saturday night party playlist, this song works great for both purposes.
9. “Piano Man” By Billy Joel
“Sing us a song you’re the piano man”.
Few can rival the piano skills of the piano man himself, Billy Joel.
He’s made countless hits that people love to play anywhere from piano bars to funeral services.
“Piano Man” is a great one for helping to get a crowd out of their shells and having them all belting the chorus. It’s a classic that never fails to bring a smile to people’s faces.
10. “Tiny Dancer” By Elton John
Back-to-back piano rockstars? Yep, this next one is by Elton John, another one of my favorite artists.
Sir Elton John has recently being making waves with his recent collaborations with artists like Britney Spears and Dua Lipa but “Tiny Dancer” is one of his classics that everyone knows and loves.
The song was written by Bernie Taupin and told the story of what it felt like to come to California in 1970 and the experiences they had with women on Sunset Strip.
11. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” By Elvis Presley
Elvis was one of the greatest musicians of all time.
From his signature gravelly voice to his pioneering rock and roll sound, Elvis Presley is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
His song “Can’t Help Falling in Love” is a beautiful love song about taking a chance on love. It’s a great one to play and sing along to with your significant other.
12. “We’re Here For A Good Time (Not A Long Time)” By Trooper
Trooper is a Canadian rock band hailing from Vancouver, Canada.
Their song “We’re Here For A Good Time (Not A Long Time)” is always an immediate crowd-pleaser.
The message in the song itself is one of living life to its fullest and not letting yourself get bogged down in the mundane. Who doesn’t jive with that?
The chorus is simple, easy to remember, and makes for a great sing along.
13. “Time After Time” By Cyndi Lauper
I will always remember this song from the school dance scene in Napoleon Dynamite.
Something about “Time after Time” just excuses nostalgia. Maybe it’s the music, or maybe it’s the way Cyndi Lauper sings but it just takes you back.
Whether it’s tapping your foot to the beat, humming it, or full-on belting the chorus, this song is sure to get a crowd participating.
14. “I Will Survive” By Gloria Gaynor
This song’s lyrics are empowering and relatable, making it a popular choice for karaoke and other singing events.
And if you think about it, if you choose a great karaoke song that will get along singing along the whole crowd will be behind you!
The song’s message of self-empowerment and overcoming adversity has made it a classic and timeless hit.
But beware, this song takes lots of singing skills to learn. You may even want to take a few singing lessons before trying this one out at your next local karaoke night.
15. “Eye Of The Tiger” By Survivor
Few songs can get a crowd as pumped up as “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor.
This adrenaline-inducing tune is the perfect accompaniment to any sporting event or motivational speech.
If you want to get a crowd excited and singing along to build up energy, this song is a great choice.
16. “Wonderwall” By Oasis
If you’re a guitarist then you might cringe a little a this one.
I know, I know. This is one of those songs that everyone wants you to play as a guitarist but it’s simple and quite honestly not that challenging or fun to play.
However! It does have a catchy chorus and meets the criteria for a great sing along song. Simple, repetitive, and easy to remember. So I guess you can’t complain too much.
17. “Give A Little Bit” By Supertramp
Whether you choose the original Supertramp version of the Goo Goo Dolls’ version, “Give a Little Bit” is a beautiful song about giving love and kindness to others.
The song’s lyrics encourage listeners to give a little bit of themselves to others and spread love and positivity which makes it a great song for a crowd to sing along to.
Additionally, the song itself is a classic and well-known tune, which has been used extensively in the media (TV, film, commercials) making it a tune that almost everyone knows.
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18. “Reelin’ In The Years” By Steely Dan
If you like smoking hot guitar licks with your sing along songs than “Reelin’ In The Years” is for you.
The chorus of this song comes pre-equipped with some pretty sweet harmonies which gives it the feeling that a crowd is already involved.
If you’re performing this one as a cover for an audience, try to get them involved in singing the main melody of the chorus while you sing the harmony section.
19. “We Will Rock You” By Queen
There’s no better stadium song than “We Will Rock You” by Queen.
And you know what goes hand-in-hand with stadiums? Crowds. And you know what crowds like to do? Sing along!
This song went multi-platinum in multiple Countries, and it’s easy to see why.
20. “You Make My Dream (Come True)” By Daryl Hall & John Oates
This timeless pop rock classic was released in 1989.
The Hall and Oates duo were known for their upbeat blend of rock, soul, and pop. “You Make My Dreams” is a prime example of this unique sound.
Whether you sing along to the whole song or just this “Ou ou ou’s” you can’t deny that this song is an absolute classic.
21. “You Can Call Me Al” By Paul Simon
Throughout the verses of “You Can Call Me Al” the lyrics are sang in a bit of an unpredictable manner. To me that makes the song unique and keeps the ear interested.
However, when it comes to the chorus, things become a little more predictable making it great for an audience to sing along to.
22. “Stuck In The Middle With You” By Stealers Wheel
“Stuck in the Middle with You” is by the Scottish rock band Stealers Wheel. Released in 1972 it’s a mid-tempo rock song that features an front-and-center acoustic guitar, a nice blend of harmonies, and an upbeat tempo.
The song’s lyrics describe a man who is in a difficult and confusing situation, (which I’m sure a lot of people can relate to).
With memorable lyrics like “Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.” this song is a definite crowd pleaser.
23. “Take It Easy” By Eagles
Eagles are known for the multi-part vocal harmonies. I love songs with harmonies as sing along songs because the composer is basically asking people to sing along.
And “Take It Easy” certainly does not disappoint in terms of harmony arrangement.
This song’s message is also super relevant and relatable. It’s about living in the moment and not letting the stress and worries of the world get you down.
24. “I’m a Believer” By The Monkees
This song will forever be associated with Shrek (of course more specifically, the cover from Smash Mouth).
Perfect for a party, bar, or locker room playlist, “I’m a Believer” is a song that’s upbeat, catchy, and an absolute dance starter.
25. “Uptown Girl” By Billy Joel
Another classic tune by Billy Joel “Uptown Girl” is an uptempo, piano-driven pop song that has a super catchy chorus.
This song was released as a single in 1983 from his album “An Innocent Man” and reached #39 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
It’s a song about a working-class man trying to win the love of an “uptown girl” who is from a wealthy background and is out of his league.
26. “Jack & Diane” By John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp belts out the vocals in the chorus of “Jack & Diane”.
And that right there is what makes this one a great sing along song. The song’s chorus features the well-known line:
Oh yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone
It also makes for a great 4th of July song with lyrics that evoke Americana.
27. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” By The Proclaimers
The Proclaimers are a Scottish, twinbrother duo, that formed in 1983.
This song is by far their most popular tune thanks to its positive message, catchy beat, and simplicity.
You’d have no problem memorizing the lyrics from the chorus of this song, heck you probably already know them!
28. “Free Fallin'” By Tom Petty
“Free Fallin'” was released in 1989 as the lead single from Petty’s debut solo album “Full Moon Fever”.
Lyrics of the song describes the feeling of free-spiritedness and the longing for the simpler things in life.
The chorus is undoubtedly the most singable part of this song. It’s great for small get together’s or large groups.
If you decide to play this song on guitar around a campfire let’s say you can either play it the Tom Petty way or the more slowed down, emotional way that John Mayer pulls off here.
29. “Tubthumping” By Chumbawamba
With uplifting lyrics in the chorus of this song it’s hard to not sing along with:
I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down
Throughout the verses the main vocalist sings the lyrics solo but then the chorus crescendo’s into a rally cry with a whole gang of people joining in.
30. “Break My Stride” By Matthew Wilder
It doesn’t get much more 80s, nor more catchy, than “Break My Stride”.
Admittedly the lyrics in the verses are a little strange… For example:
Last night I had the strangest dream, I sailed away to China
But! It’s hard to argue that the chorus doesn’t want to make you get up and sing. It’s one of those classic one-hit wonders that still holds up today.
31. “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” By Shania Twain
Who doesn’t sing the lyrics “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” when this song comes on the radio?
The way the music stops just before almost encourages you to sing along. This country tune is undeniably catchy and a favorite among karaoke fans.
32. “Pumped Up Kicks” By Foster The People
Foster The People really gave people a sound they never heard before with this breakout hit.
The added vocal effect that makes Mark Foster’s vocals sound like he’s singing in a tin can adds to the tension that builds up throughout the verse.
Then, as the chorus hits, the effect is removed and the vocals spread out and soar with a grandiose energy.
When you’re together with others there’s nothing more bonding than singing all together to a great tune.
It allows people to connect with one another and provides an experience of collective joy. Singing together can create an atmosphere of unity and camaraderie.
That’s what makes the best sing along songs so powerful. So whether it’s for a playlist you’re creating or a song you want to cover, I hope this list of tunes have helped you find what you’re looking for.