Everybody loves a good party, especially if you can sing along to your favorite songs with your friends. Most people when they think of sing-along songs usually think of karaoke, but at any party where you have good music you can make it into a sing-along party, and you don’t even need a microphone. Karaoke and sing-along parties have been very popular in the western world during the ’80s and ’90s, however, during recent years, pubs and clubs started to bring back karaoke nights.
Generally speaking, the best sing-along parties are home parties where you can get drunk and not bother anybody like other customers at a bar for example. You can also incorporate several party games into your sing-along party which will make it even more fun. The most important thing to keep in mind when doing a drunken sing-along no matter where you are, is the compatibility of personalities between the party attendants.
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There are some people who can not handle being drunk, they either get aggressive or depressive, my suggestion is to avoid these people at all cost when you are planning such a party as just one person can ruin the fun for everybody. If you have read my recent article ( Top 18 ) Foods to improve singing voice, you probably know that drinking alcohol actually hinders your ability to sing, however as this is a party, having a couple of drinks just enough so that everybody joins the sing-along wouldn’t be an issue.
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The most important thing when doing sing along when drunk is to have fun, the actual song doesn’t really matter, even sad or depressing songs can be spun to make it feel alive and fun for everybody. One thing that you will notice about good sing-along songs is that most of them have been made during the late ’80s and ’90s, as during this period of time a lot of great songs with good vocals came out.
1. “Friday” Rebecca Black
Let us start off the drunken sing-along list with something epic and hilarious at the same time if you have never heard this song you are missing out. The song is funny although unintentionally which ironically makes it even funnier, give it a go in a sing-along and I promise you that you will laugh so hard that you might even pee yourself.
2. “I Dreamed a Dream” Les Misérables
Although “I Dreamed a Dream” is for solo singing you can still make a sing along with it, the music which accompanies the song is from John Cameron with a full-blown orchestra. Originally it was a French song but has been rewritten for English several times during the mid 80’s and ’90s. You can also find a lot of versions of the songs from Neil Diamond to Lea Salonga, the song is also translated for many languages so if you want something really funny just pick a version with some foreign language that nobody in the group understands.
3. “The Boy Is Mine” Brandy and Monica
If you grew up during the 90’s you probably heard the song “The Boy Is Mine” from Brandy and Monica if your group is over 30 then they will get a nostalgia kick from this song as it will remind them of their childhood and simpler times without fast internet and social media. The song is meant to be sung by two persons, however, you can make a great drunken sing-along with anybody who is willing to join in.
4. “Brass Monkey” Beastie Boys
During the late 80, ‘s the Beastie Boys were very popular and one of their hit songs was “Brass Monkey”. As the karaoke scene was fairly popular during this time you could hear this song at almost every karaoke party, however, if you are not from the USA you probably didn’t listen to them during their heyday. The tone of the song is fairly high but this will make it an even more fun drunken sing-along.
5. “Baby Got Back” Sir Mix-a-Lot
If you are unfamiliar with the song’s name just think of “I Like Big Butts” because that is the song, and this is one of the best songs to sing along, especially drunk. The infamous song was released in 1992, by the then already famous rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot, however not everybody was fond of the song due to its explicit sexual lyrics. If you have ever been to a retro-themed party you have probably heard this song a lot of times and noticed that people love to party to this song.
6. “Livin’ On A Prayer” Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi is still a legend even today, most of his songs are upbeat meaning that everybody will have fun singing his songs, “Livin’ On A Prayer” is an especially great song to sing at a sing along as it incorporates several singers who can join in the song at different periods of time. This song was one of Bon Jovi’s most famous song, although it is considered a retro song as it was released in 1986, the music video on YouTube has still well over 600 million views.
7. “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” Disney
The song has been created for the animated movie called Mulan released in 1998, the song is the movie’s actual soundtrack which has become so popular that a lot of karaoke places use the song for sing-alongs.
8. “Rock Lobster” The B-52s
If you can remember listening to this song when you were a kid you then you know how popular this song was when it was first released in 1978. The song is great for drunken sing-alongs, just don’t take it too seriously as it is actually quite difficult to sing even when sober, just sing along and do your best. If you want to laugh as hard as you can let a couple of people who never heard the song before sing it together.
9. “Gin & Juice” Snoop Dogg
“Gin & Juice” has been released in 1994, if you watch the video clip you will see that the entire clip is about a home party, which were fairly popular during that time. The song is especially good for sing-alongs in the same setting as the video clip, which is a home party.
10. “Rolling in the Deep” Adele
Everybody has heard about Adele’s song “Rolling in the Deep”, although it is not the best song for sing-alongs as it is mostly for solo singers, however, if you get a group of friends to sing along will make this heartwarming song into a hilarious one, just don’t take it too seriously and have fun with it.
11. “Just a Friend” Biz Markie
The song “Just a Friend” was released in 1989, it is a love song with a twist, the artist Biz Markie sings it in an ironic fashion. The part of the song “Oh baby you have got what I need” in a sing-along with several people will make for some hilarious moments, especially while drunk.
12. “Wannabe” Spice Girls
The song “Wannabe” was released in 1996 and it has become a worldwide sensation, this is one of the most popular sing-along songs ever created. Generally speaking, female singers make the best sing-alongs for this song, although if you want some good laugh mix in some guys with deep voices in the sing-along, you can thank me later for the laughs.
13. “Dragostea din Tei” O-Zone
This is the only non-English song on the list, it was released in 2004 in Moldova from where the band is from. Their song “Dragostea din Tei” has quickly become one of the most successful songs in the world. As this is a non-English song you will have a lot of fun listening to people trying to pronounce the words and as it is in the case of most non-English songs, everybody hears something different.
14. “Hold On” Wilson Phillips
The song has been released in 1990, during that year it achieved cult status with being the most successful single in the US. The song is excellent for sing-alongs as most of the song is sung by the 3 band members.
15. “Never Gonna Give You Up” Rick Astley
If you have used the internet for the last 10-15 years, especially YouTube, then you have probably heard the term Rick Rolled. The term Rickrolled comes from YouTube where people would upload the music video and name it something like an upcoming movie with a trailer. A lot of people got fooled by this and clicked on the video thinking it is a trailer and they just got Rick Rolled.
16. “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” Shania Twain
Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” was released in 1997, for which she got awarded a Grammy in the year 2000. The song is mostly for solo singers but you can easily adapt it for a duo sing-along, the song is easy to sing and the lyrics are catchy.
17. “Tequila” The Champs
Although the song “Tequila” is a fairly popular one for sing-alongs and karaoke, you probably didn’t know how old it is, the song has been released in 1958 which makes it the oldest sing-along song on this list. During the years the song has been sung by a lot of artists which added their unique spin, however, none can outperform the original creators when it comes to singing the song live.
18. “Wonderwall” Oasis
Released in 1995, “Wonderwall” is still one of the bands most popular songs, if you are often in karaoke clubs you have probably heard this song enough time to memorize it.
19. “Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely” Backstreet Boys
Every ’80s and ’90s kid remember the Backstreet Boys, one of their most popular songs is “Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely” which is a love song, however, this can make a great sing-along song no matter if you are serious while singing it or not, either way, it is entertaining.
20. “Barbie Girl” Aqua
“Barbie Girl” released in 1997 by the german band Aqua, with which they have become an overnight sensation. The song is fun for a sing-along especially the part “life in plastic is fantastic” which is kind of ironic if you follow the lead singer today which ended up being more plastic than human.
21. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” Def Leppard
You are probably not familiar with the band as it is not very popular outside the retro and karaoke singing scene, however, if you listen to the clip for a couple of seconds you will probably recognize it. The song is fairly easy to sing along to even when drunk.
22. “Bye Bye Bye” NSYNC
The song was released in 2000 with their very popular album No Strings Attached, the song was so popular that in 2001 it also has received a Grammy award. At any sing-along or karaoke night, you will find at least one person requesting either this song or a song from Backstreet Boys.
23. “I Will Always Love You” Whitney Houston
“I Will Always Love You” is considered one of the best songs of our times, since it has been released in 1974 it has sold millions of copies. The song is a fairly slow-paced one which makes it easy for a sing-along, even while drunk.
When it comes to the best sing-along songs when drunk, you have a lot of options to choose from. My recommendation is to just have fun no matter what kind of song you choose as you can never satisfy the needs of everybody when choosing a song, don’t be a party pooper and no matter what kind of song it is, just join the sing-along.