This year karaoke celebrates its 50th birthday. What a singing half-a-century it’s been! Karaoke — the beautiful form of social entertainment that granted the access to performance stages and stardom for all — is currently living its best era, we would claim.
Karaoke’s 50-year journey has been remarkable for many.
Though the past years with the global pandemic and social distancing have forced karaoke venues to rest the microphones on their stands to wait for better times, karaoke singers have found the joy of singing at home. At Singa, this was noticed for example with 700% weekly growth once the lockdowns began. Fortunately, singing in bars, pubs, schools, hotels, bowling alleys and such is back again in the second half of 2021. And oh the joy, when singers crawled out from their socially distanced caves and released their voices after 1,5 years!
Karaoke’s 50-year journey has been remarkable for many. Whether you are an occasional karaoke goer, home singer, karaoke business professional, a musician, or never sang karaoke in your life, you’ll probably have something to say about karaoke — at least a little memory. Karaoke has traveled pretty much everywhere in the world; from Tokyo to Gothenburg, from Johannesburg to Queensland.
We at Singa are celebrating karaoke’s 50th birthday year, 2021, with a big bang, big volume and a big karaoke list.
Let’s see how the big year looks in karaoke songs! Here are some insights.
Most popular karaoke genre in 2021: POP
We sang our hearts out with pop songs (56% of the top 100 most sung karaoke songs in 2021), unsurprisingly. Pop royalties like Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, and Adele were all found among the TOP 100 list, as well as newer bright stars in the pop universe, such as Olivia Rodrigo and Tones and I.
If you're curious, the second most popular genre was rock.
Pop royalties like Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears were found from the TOP100 list, as well as newer stars in the pop universe, such as Olivia Rodrigo.
The oldest song in the top 100 was from 1961...
Only fools rush in, whereas Elvis Presley’s Can't Help Falling in Love made it to the 3rd place in the TOP100 - 60 years after being published in 1961.
… and the newest songs were from 2021
We sang about love...
7 song titles out of 100 included ‘love’ or ‘loving’
... about you ...
12 songs out of 100 have ‘you’ or ‘your’ in the title.
... but mostly about ourselves.
‘I’, ‘my’ or ‘me’ appeared in 17 out of 100 song titles.
Movie & musical songs were highly popular
So, let’s get into the full list.
Here are the TOP 100 karaoke songs in 2021
- Shallow - Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga
- Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
- Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
- My Heart Will Go On - Céline Dion
- Dancing Queen - ABBA
- I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys
- Hallelujah - Alexandra Burke
- Dance Monkey - Tones and I
- Jolene - Dolly Parton
- Mamma Mia - ABBA
- All of Me - John Legend
- Still Loving You - Scorpions
- Always Remember Us This Way (a Star Is Born) - Lady Gaga
- Wind of Change - Scorpions
- The Winner Takes It All - ABBA
- Wonderwall - Oasis
- Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Elton John, The Lion King
- Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver
- Zombie - The Cranberries
- Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
- Angels - Robbie Williams
- My Way - Frank Sinatra
- Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
- Africa - TOTO
- Lemon Tree - Fool's Garden
- Wicked Game - Chris Isaak
- Hurt - Johnny Cash
- ..Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
- Someone Like You - Adele
- Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
- Rolling in the Deep - Adele
- Hotel California - Eagles
- Bed of Roses - Bon Jovi
- Sleeping Sun - Nightwish
- Wannabe - Spice Girls
- I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
- Piano Man - Billy Joel
- Let It Be - The Beatles
- Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton
- Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
- Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
- Someone You Loved - Lewis Capaldi
- Always On My Mind - Elvis Presley
- Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
- Stand by Me - Ben E. King
- The Show Must Go On - Queen
- WAP - Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion
- The Sound of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
- Perfect - Ed Sheeran
- Make You Feel My Love - Adele
- Wish You Were Here (Memorial Version) - Rednex
- Skyfall - Adele
- Good 4 u - Olivia Rodrigo
- Imagine - John Lennon
- Barbie Girl - Aqua
- Toxic - Britney Spears
- Let It Go - Idina Menzel
- The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
- Lose Yourself - Eminem
- Yesterday - The Beatles
- Your Song - Elton John
- Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
- Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
- Always Remember Us This Way - Lady Gaga
- Poison - Alice Cooper
- My Immortal - Evanescence
- Hello - Lionel Richie
- Lay All Your Love on Me - ABB
- Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
- In the Ghetto - Elvis Presley
- Valerie - Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson
- Losing My Religion - R.E.M.
- Chandelier - Sia
- Black Velvet - Alannah Myles
- Have You Ever Seen the Rain? - Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Take On Me - A-ha
- It's My Life - Bon Jovi
- Where The Wild Roses Grow - Kylie Minogue, Nick Cave, The Bad Seeds
- Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
- Carnival of Rust - Poets of the Fall
- Drivers License - Olivia Rodrigo
- Baby - Justin Bieber, Ludacris
- Breaking Free - High School Musical
- What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
- Don't Speak - No Doubt
- Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! - ABBA
- In the End - Linkin Park
- Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams
- Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
- Dreamer - Ozzy Osbourne
- Fly Me To the Moon (In Other Words) - Frank Sinatra
- Colors of the Wind - Pocahontas, Vanessa Williams
- House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
- Beggin' - Måneskin
- Blinding Lights - The Weeknd
- Hello - Adele
- Creep - Radiohead
- I Wanna Dance with Somebody - Whitney Houston
- I Wanna Be Your Slave - Måneskin
- Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
Get singing on Singa!
*The list is based on the top English language songs sang on Singa consumer applications, web browser version, and Singa Business in from the start of 2021 until the time of writing the article in September 2021.