22 Songs You Can’t Not Sing Along With

It's Friday afternoon, and you're in desperate need of a break. We've been there (in fact, we happen to be there right now). But, if stepping out of the office to go on a mid-afternoon frolic isn't in the cards for you, that's no reason to give fun the cold shoulder. All you need for a good time at your desk is a playlist that will make you spin in your office chair like the crazy fool you are.
Now, you could stick with your tastefully indie Pandora station. Or, you could indulge in this irresistibly catchy round-up of song lyrics you can't help but love. If your boss yells at you for singing at your desk, please immediately direct her/him to our offices. We'll handle this one.

"Bohemian Rhapsody," Queen

Even the bro-iest of bros will go into full theater nerd mode when this one comes on.

"Love Shack," The B-52's

There's all sorts of catchiness here, but "tin roof rusted" is it and you know it.

"Get Low," Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz

We weren't all in middle school when this song came out, but, we all scream with the exuberant joy of a hormonally charged middle schooler when we hear "to the window/to the wall!"

"Oye Mi Canto," N.O.R.E. featuring Nina Skye

It might not be a world-renowned classic, but just listen to that chorus. You gotta love it.

"Piano Man," Billy Joel

As lovely as Pete's mall-story version was on 30 Rock, the original can't be beat.

"Tiny Dancer," Elton John

There are so many Elton songs that could make this list ("Benny and the Jets", anyone?), but this is the one that everyone knows, word-for-word — and you can thank Almost Famous for that.

"Shout," The Isley Brothers
The funny thing about watching people sing this song is that most don't quite know the words — so they just kind of mumble along and occasionally yell "shout!" But, hey, it works.

"Africa," Toto
The dulcet first tones will strike a chord in all but the coldest of hearts, but it's the chorus that really gets most of the credit. That's not fair, though, because the rest of the song has plenty going for it.


"Slow Jamz," Kanye featuring Twista

If you can even keep halfway up with this — which is not an easy feat — you deserve a million gold stars. Twista, you told her, right?

"Don't Stop Believin'," Journey

This one is so irresistible, that if you walk by a bar mitzvah or wedding while it's playing, you'll be able to hear the screaming for at least three blocks.

"I'm Real," Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule

"My appetite for lovin' is now my hunger pain"? That is gold. Pure gold. Just make sure you get the explicit Murder remix, though, because radio edits are a real buzzkill on this one.

"It Wasn't Me," Shaggy
This is another one that usually leads to some awkward mumbling. You know you don't know the words — but you go for it anyway because it's too much fun. It's okay, though. Even Shaggy may not know what he's saying.

"What's Up," 4 Non Blondes

This is a good entry-level one. Just imagine all of your friends wailing atonally. Nice, huh?

"It's The End Of The World As We Know It," R.E.M.

Any '90s baby knows the chorus, but it's a matter of pride for '80s kids to actually recite the entire song.

"Party In The U.S.A.," Miley Cyrus

Even people who hate Miley with a fiery passion are overcome by this one, in our experience. It's like some kind of crazy mind-control drug.

"Brown Eyed Girl," Van Morrison

Pure, youthful joy in the unique style of Mr. Morrison.


"Lady Marmalade," from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack

Lots of nonsense words and strange sounds, so you pretty much can't go wrong.

"212," Azealia Banks

You will definitely get some weird looks if you're spitting these lyrics in public, but don't worry, Azealia will totally back you up when you guys hang out later.

"Shoop," Salt-N-Pepa

Yes, we are aware that this song has made many, many appearances on R29 in the past, but we just can't help it. What's my weakness? Men!

"Ride Wit Me," Nelly

Radio stations may still be playing "Hot In Herre" on repeat, but this is our top pick for Nelly. (Well, okay, it's a tie between this and "Country Grammar").

"I Want You Back," Jackson 5

Not only will this one make you sing that pleading chorus in your best baby Jackson voice, it will also make you dance and possibly make you more susceptible to possession by the Motown spirit (that's a good thing).

"My Baby," Lil' Romeo

Speaking of "I Want You Back," Lil' Romeo's sample-tastic "My Baby" is full of notable quotables, including such gems as "11 years old, makin' A's and B's/and these lil mommys can't keep they hands off me."

"We Found Love," Rihanna & Calvin Harris

Even if you don't listen to Top 40, this song will somehow worm its way into your head and you will magically memorize the lyrics.

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