25 Crowd-Pleasing Karaoke Songs That Are Actually Impossible To Mess Up

    Never be afraid to take the mic again.

    Pros may use karaoke to show off their Broadway-ready belting voices or polish their Kate Bush impersonations. But most of us just want to find a song in that enormous book that won't completely embarrass us. Behold, 25 karaoke songs that are actually kind of hard to fuck up, thanks to lots of shouts, chants, talk-singing, and easy-to-hit notes. Don't worry, these will get the crowd on their feet.

    1. Wheatus, "Teenage Dirtbag"

    Why: This is possibly the most perfect karaoke song in existence. It's easy to sing, but has all the drama of a traditional showstopper. Even Harry Styles can't resist.

    2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Maps"

    3. Pulp, "Common People"

    4. Lisa Loeb, "Stay"

    5. All Saints, "Never Ever"

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    Why: This is slow enough that you can learn the lyrics as you go, and has just the right amount of attitude. Plus, a sassy spoken interlude.

    6. The Proclaimers, "500 Miles"

    7. 'N Sync, "It's Gonna Be Me"

    8. Fleetwood Mac, "Dreams"

    9. Destiny's Child, "Say My Name"

    10. The Offspring, "Self Esteem"

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    Why: Because you've just got to wail. But pull your friends up to do it with you, because this sounds a lot more epic when the whole room's losing their shit.

    11. Meredith Brooks, "Bitch"

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    Why: Everyone remembers this original boss ass bitch anthem, and its message will never go out of style.

    12. Montell Jordan, "This Is How We Do It"

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

    14. Chumbawamba, "Tubthumping"

    15. Rihanna feat. Drake, "What's My Name"

    16. Jimmy Eat World, "The Middle"

    17. Des'ree, "You Gotta Be"

    18. Dr. Dre feat. Eminem, "Forgot About Dre"

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    Why: Yes, Eminem's flow is REALLY fast, but with rap it's rare to be off-key, and the energy will get everyone all fired up. Just watch this guy for inspiration.

    19. Natalie Imbruglia, "Torn"

    20. Everclear, "Wonderful"

    21. No Doubt, "Spiderwebs"

    Why: The beat does all the work. You just put on a slightly whiny voice and jump up and down.

    22. Blink-182, "All The Small Things"

    23. Weezer, "Buddy Holly"

    24. TLC, "No Scrubs"

    And when in doubt, there's always...

    25. The Champs, "Tequila!"

    Listen to all of the foolproof karaoke winners below.