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I don't get to sing karaoke often — less than once a month, for sure. But I still have a karaoke playlist on my phone that I frequently add to. Karaoke is just plain fun — even if it's not a regular pastime.
If going into a dark room with a group of other people to sing classic hits makes you feel terrified, don't be! Karaoke bars are a super-relaxed way to have fun with your friends in a closed setting — and it's way less intimidating than getting up to sing in front of a crowded bar.
The key to having a fun karaoke night is choosing songs that the majority of people will recognize. Karaoke night isn't the time to show off your love for cool indie bands. (And chances are, the lesser-known songs might not be available to sing, anyway.) Singing cheesy songs is often more fun, too, because there's no pressure to perform them well.
We've rounded up some of the best songs to sing on your next trip to a karaoke bar. Check back often, because we'll keep adding more to the list.
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"Dangerous Woman," Ariana Grande
To ease into the karaoke fun, start off with a song everyone (no matter what age) knows. Most of Ariana Grande's songs lend themselves to karaoke, but everyone will recognize "Dangerous Woman" and want to join in on your rendition.
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"New Romantics," Taylor Swift
Swifties and non-Swifties alike will love singing the hits off her 1989 album.
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"Cake By The Ocean," DNCE
Everyone from your roommate to your parents will want to sing along to this song.
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"Uptown Funk," Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
Even the Stranger Things kids have performed a rendition of this song. We'd be remiss if we didn't include it on the list.
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"What Makes You Beautiful," One Direction
Karaoke buddies from your bro-y college friends to your teen cousins will want to sing this.