Having a family karaoke night can be a great way to celebrate New Year’s Eve or just have some fun together as a family. From the best karaoke songs to sing to all the gear you need for a musical bash, check out this guide to setting up your own karaoke night at home.
Best Karaoke Songs of All Time
Determining the best karaoke songs of all time is challenging because everyone has unique tastes in music, especially kids and teens. Popular songs that some people love might make your ears hurt, but there are definitely some karaoke classics that everyone can agree on. Just about anything Top 40 or classic oldies makes for a perfect karaoke song.
Some of the most popular karaoke tracks that seem to stand the test of time and never get old include:
- “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson
- “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
- “Mamma Mia” by ABBA
- “YMCA” by the Village People
- “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
- “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston
- “Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears
- “Firework” by Katy Perry
- “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus
- “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John & Kiki Dee
- “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys
- “Africa” by Toto
- “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers
- “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield
- “Some Nights” by fun.
- “Baby Shark” by Pinkfong
- “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
- “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel
- “Whole New World” from Aladdin
- “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
- “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey
Creating a Family Karaoke Night
Setting up an at-home karaoke night with the family is pretty simple. You’ll need a karaoke device, some tasty snacks, and plenty of song suggestions to get started. To help you make your family karaoke night hit all the right notes, let’s review some helpful tips!
Choose a Karaoke Device
How will you and your family sing karaoke together? If you haven’t chosen a device, this is likely the first question on your mind. Portable karaoke machines are a natural solution, and they’re great for long-term use. Even better, most modern karaoke machines utilize Bluetooth connectivity to stream karaoke tracks to the device’s speakers, so you won’t need to spend a fortune on CDs.
Investing in a karaoke machine that comes with multiple microphones is often a solid choice, especially for larger families and a group sing-along. That way, you can sing duets together without fighting for control over the microphone.
Supply the Snacks
No karaoke night would be complete without some delicious snacks! Be sure to prepare some tasty treats for you and your family before belting out some tunes.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can choose delicious Japanese snacks to complement your karaoke night. Chocolate-dipped Pocky is a particularly mouthwatering snack option. Some great karaoke-friendly (and kid-friendly) snacks include fresh fruit, carrots with ranch dip, pizza, and pita chips with hummus, Of course, you can prepare your family’s favorite snacks to make the evening a real hit.
Curate a Song List
Sit down with your family and begin writing down songs that you each enjoy singing. Sticking with top songs that most people already know the words too and simple tunes that are easy to learn is the best bet to ensure that everyone has a good time.
Decorate Your Singing Area
Adding colorful decorations is a fantastic way to brighten up your karaoke night. Try installing black light bulbs in your living room lamps for a cool neon glow.
You can also blow up balloons, hang streamers, or create a star-friendly backdrop using velvet curtains and some well-placed rope. And a couple of exercise mats could become the perfect makeshift stage.
How To Choose a Karaoke Song
To choose a fantastic song that suits your style, you’ll want to:
- Consider Genre
- Think of Your Favorite Songs
- Take Suggestions
These three simple steps can help you find and select a fun tune that’s easy to sing! Naturally, you’ll likely want to start your search by selecting a specific genre of music.
Are you a little bit country, or are you more rock n’ roll? Is it the holiday season or the middle of summer? The answer might help guide you in the right direction in terms of song selection. Many commercial karaoke machines even have a filter option that allows you to select a specific genre and view tracks within that grouping.
Think of Your Favorite Songs
Ask your kids, “What are some of my favorite songs?”Are there any songs that they sing along with when listening to the radio? Do you have any curated playlists in your music library? These kinds of questions can help you all find the best option that you’ll enjoy singing. Disney songs are always a huge hit with younger kids.
Offer song suggestions to each other or write down popular karaoke songs on slips of paper and draw them out of a hat for a fun surprise.
For more fun tunes to use as karaoke songs, check out our guide to fun family songs.
Tips for Singing Karaoke
If you’re feeling nervous or uncertain about an upcoming karaoke party or singalong, be sure to consider the following tips. Though they might not make you a pitch-perfect singer, these tidbits of advice can help you have a little more fun and stay relaxed.
Choose Songs You Know
It’s always better to choose a song you know well than to select the one you’ve only heard once or twice. Not only could doing so improve your performance, but it could also help you feel more relaxed about singing.
Don’t Be Afraid of Mistakes
Karaoke is meant to be a fun, unifying experience that’s full of laughs and good times. But if you take yourself too seriously while singing karaoke, you’re bound to feel stressed out and unhappy. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and get things wrong when singing your song. Remind your kids to embrace their mistakes and feel welcome to get a little silly!
Have you hosted a karaoke parties at home? What are some of your kids’ favorite songs to sing? Share your tips with us on our Local Anchor Facebook group.