Top 20 Karaoke Songs of 2017

Millions of karaoke songs were sung during 2017. Which ones were the most popular? Karaoke Cloud has used its massive database of karaoke plays, spread over 200 million data points, to bring you the ultimate list of the most popular karaoke songs for 2017. Here they are:

20) Copacabana – Barry Manilow

Number 20: CopacabanaBarry Manilow

Released in 1978, it remains one of the most popular karaoke tunes ever. Part of the appeal is the fact that everyone knows the chorus, so it’s great for sing-alongs and beginners at karaoke night. The story-song is a genre that’s easy to like, as it has a clear narrative, and the story of a love triangle gone horribly wrong is engaging. And in spite of the rather sad ending, the music is upbeat and fun.

 

19) Take Your Time – Sam Hunt

Number 19: Take Your Time – Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt’s second consecutive single from Montevallo was a powerhouse at karaoke night. Originally released four years ago, it’s the first appearance for Hunt on the Karaoke Top Twenty. The half-spoken delivery may help boost the song’s appeal among karaoke newbies.

 

18) Karma Chameleon – Culture Club

Number 18: Karma Chameleon – Culture Club

Making a leap up seven spots from where it finished last year, it’s the group’s only Number One in the US, and was the biggest selling single in 1983, so it seems their star may still be rising at karaoke night. Worldwide, the single has sold over 5 million copies and topped a total of 17 charts overall. And it’s fun as hell to sing.

 

17) Buy Me A Boat – Chris Janson

Number 17: Buy Me A Boat – Chris Janson

“Money can’t buy happiness, but it could buy me a boat.” Now that’s a sentiment any self-respecting scratch-card-buying  individual can get behind. And it’s resonating with karaoke audiences – after all, who doesn’t want to win the lottery? Don’t knock it just because this song is about wish-fulfilment. Almost every love song ever written is wish-fulfilment too.

 

16) Who Let The Dogs Out – Baha Men

Number 16: Who Let The Dogs Out – Baha Men

Get used to seeing this song on the Top Twenty Karaoke list. Like, every year. Forever.

 

15) Uptown Girl – Billy Joel

Number 15: Uptown Girl – Billy Joel

Billy Joel’s entire catalog is enjoying a resurgence. “Uptown Girl” is exactly the kind of happy, hyped-for-the-future sing-along that gets the crowds on the karaoke singer’s side instantly. The song’s protagonist is the ultimate optimist, and anyone listening is immediately carried on the tide of happiness. This is how good times are had.

 

14) Budapest – George Ezra

Number 14: Budapest – George Ezra

This song’s been up and down on the charts all year. It finally comes to rest just inside the Top 15. Using the first three guitar chords Ezra ever learned (don’t pretend you can’t tell), it still managed to be a massive hit, in spite of (or perhaps because of) this.

 

13) We Built This City – Starship

Number 13: We Built This City – Starship

You may think that because this song figures prominantly on virtually every “Worst Song Ever” chart that it would be massively unpopular for karaoke. You’d be wrong. For a song that everyone claims to hate, it sure gets requested at karaoke night. A lot.

 

12) Total Eclipse Of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler

Number 12: Total Eclipse Of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler

Like “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”‘s chart appearance last year, this song benefited from a singular event, in this case, an astronomical (heh) amount of interest in the total eclipse enjoyed in the USA in August of 2017. It should be noted however that Jim Steinman, who wrote and produced the tune, is a master at songcraft. This one is a prime example of his talent. It’s theatrical, bombastic, and builds to a great crescendo, which is perfect for karaoke night divas.

 

11) Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw

Number 11: Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw

This song shot way up the charts from its previous position last year. Part of a trend we’ve seen in 2017 is an increase in popularity for songs that have positive messaging. This one is a fine example, as a mentor gives advice on a happy life to the listener. It’s good advice, and a great song.

 

10) Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot

Number 10: Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot

This song hits the list every year. Demographics seem to suggest that it’s particularly popular in metro areas with a mid-to-large college campus nearby. Go figure.

 

9) Jingle Bells – Christmas

Number 9: Jingle Bells – Christmas

While holiday and seasonal tracks are strong back-catalog, it was a surprise to see it place so highly on the year-end chart. It’s pretty widely accepted as one of the most popular Christmas songs in the repertoire, but this year’s performance is exceptional to say the least. What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight!

 

8) Piano Man – Billy Joel

Number 8: Piano Man – Billy Joel

Another surprise – this one’s longer than the typical karaoke song, though nowhere near “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” territory. This is Joel’s second big score on the chart this year, and it’s not that hard to see why –  the sing-along chorus and crowd-pleasing melody is a natural for karaoke night.

 

7) OMG – Usher ftg. will.i.am

Number 7: OMG – Usher ftg. will.i.am

This one is tracking quite a bit lower than the Number 2 position that it enjoyed last year. The original featured auto-tuned vocals, which many found annoying, but of course that’s not an issue at karaoke night, unless your local KJ is fully kitted-out. The beat is hard to resist, and it’s fun for two guys to sing together for the luls. Try it.

 

6) I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred

Number 6: I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred

Boasting and sexual innuendo never seem to go out of style. Everybody knows this one, so it’s a crowd-pleaser, and just as long as the singer doesn’t begin to disrobe during the performance, it’s almost guaranteed to be a ton of fun on a bun.

 

5) I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly

Number 5: I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly

Positive messaging, as mentioned above, seem to be on a general upswing. This may be due to the current social/political climate, but it’s impossible to fault anyone for wanting to feel good. Karaoke is all about having a great time, and this song is definitely swings that way.

 

4) I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

Number 4: I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

A perennial favorite that holds serve. Jilted lovers everywhere want to sing this. Always.

 

3) Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Number 3: Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Pretty powerful performance from an old staple. May have something to do with the national football brand.

 

2) Save It For A Rainy Day – Kenny Chesney

Number 2: Save It For A Rainy Day – Kenny Chesney

Kind of a sleeper, so its position this high on the chart raised a few eyebrows. It’s good to see country music maintaining a strong presence in karaoke request, and this is another positive message in the face of heartbreak that seems to be powering karaoke selections all over the world this year.

 

1) Cheerleader – OMI

Number 1: Cheerleader – OMI

Probably comes as no surprise. It was Number One in 20 countries, and it’s got a fun, happy-time melody and beat. Enjoy.

You can sing all these great songs and tons more on our consumer platform at Karaoke Cloud. The playlist for these Top 20 Karaoke Songs of 2017 can be found here.

 

Is this the hardest karaoke song in the world?

Tourism organization Inspired by Iceland wants you to know how to pronounce common words in their notoriously-difficult language, and to guide you along, they’ve created this helpful little video, which may indeed be the hardest karaoke ever.

With a catchy tune and simple(!) lyrics, performer (and native comedian) Steindi Jr guides you through everyday Icelandic words and phrases during the sing-along song, set among the stunning landscapes that the beautiful island nation has to offer.

We’ve tried it, and can testify that the words are… challenging. Here’s some tourists tryharding on the tune:

And if you’re ready to take up the challenge yourself, here’s the full video:

 

Tom Petty was a key voice of my generation

I’m not young, but every time one of our icons passes, it serves to take me back in time to when the influence those icons bore on me were yet new, and simultaneously, bring me crashing back to the present.

When Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers first burst upon the scene, it was with “Breakdown”, a song that would indelibly etch his band’s style into the conciousness of the rock music world, and one he’d never surrender. As a freshman in high school, I was umbilically attached to our local AOR radio station, where Petty would follow up those inroads with “Refugee”, “Don’t Do Me Like That” and “Stop Dragging My Heart Around” with the magical Stevie Nicks. Like an indestructable tractor plodding through the corn fields of my youth, Petty’s music wore well-rutted paths in the dusty and impressionable roads of my youthful brain.

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KaraoQ Partners with DigiTrax Entertainment to Innovate the Karaoke Experience

Nashville-based music tech company, KaraoQ, signs deal with DigiTrax Entertainment to provide a better karaoke experience from your mobile device. This partnership integrates the mobile application experience with a legally sourced karaoke catalog: it’s social, mobile and all legal. Continue reading

Famous songwriter helps education startup get off the ground

Mark-Radice-PerformsThree-time Emmy nominee and Sesame Street songwriter Mark Radice performs at the SoKnox Studios Grand Opening on April 8, 2014. Photo courtesy Cathy Vangieri.

Children’s Media Studio has debuted the release of their new Christmas album, Sing And Spell Christmas Sing-Along, presenting nine classic Christmas favorites and two new original songs, with featured arrangements by Mark Radice, the three-time Emmy-nominated composer who has written songs for Sesame Street, Elmo’s Christmas Countdown, The Jim Henson Hour and The Muppets at Walt Disney World. Children’s Media Studios released all of the music videos for viewing on their YouTube channel, with complimentary holiday coloring pages also offered on their website.

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Beyonce gorgeous in her latest selfie

Bey-RoseQueen “B” is at it again! All the gossip and rumors about Beyonce’s marriage, photoshopped pictures, and possible new pregnancy haven’t seemed to phase her one bit…. Over the weekend Beyonce posted a picture on her personal Instagram account with seemingly no makeup on her face and wearing nothing but a rose crown on her head! This is the second time this year that Beyonce has posted a “no makeup selfie”. Could she be responding to all the backlash she has been getting for her possibly photoshopping other pictures on Instagram? The reasons don’t seem to be quite clear!

However, Beyonce does look simply beautiful in her selfie with no makeup on. The pop star seems to still be at the top of her game at the age of 33!


What do you guys think? Does “Queen B” still have the same appeal as she did in 2003 when she released the single “Dangerously in Love” ? Beyonce released the single just a year after departing from the famous girl- group “Destiny’s Child”. The song propelled Beyonce into a solo star as it became a worldwide hit! Doing some karaoke to “Dangerously in Love” is SURE to turn up your Monday!

Tomi Robb conquers at Knox Wild Wing Voice Off

WW Voice Off 2014 Tomi PrepTomi Robb performs “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” at Knoxville’s Wild Wings Café during the Voice Off competition on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Robb would go on to win first place in the singing contest.

Twelve outstanding singers assembled for the final round of Knoxville Wild Wings Café‘s Voice Off competition on Sunday, May 4, 2014, but only one could emerge victorious. By the narrowest of margins, R&B sensation Tomi Robb took home the honors, the $1,000 cash prize, and a recording session at SoKnox Studios sponsored by DigiTrax Entertainment worth $3,500.

It was not a walk in the park for Robb, who was pushed to her limits by the field of eleven other competitors, each of whom brought both their natural talent and their “A-game” to the packed house.

Joining Robb in the Top Five were first runner-up Emily Struble and second runner-up Renee Maggart, along with Dylan Snowden and Cameron Dickerson.

Judges and coaches for the competition, which began in February, included Larry Blair, Linda Meyers, Mike Snodgrass and Sarah Goodpaster. The event was hosted by Master of Ceremonies Justin Marsh and directed under the watchful eye of Tara Thomas, with the crucial sound engineering duties masterfully executed by Mike Sosville.