When you think of karaoke, the neon glow of the 80s is hard to ignore. It was a decade that gave us synthesizers, neon clothes, MTV, and some of the catchiest pop songs ever written – which makes it perfect for your next karaoke party.
Whether you're a karaoke veteran or a novice looking to impress, these hits from the 80s are bound to get everyone in the room singing along. If you are planning an 80s-themed karaoke night, these are the songs you need to have on your playlist:
1. "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey
Why it's a hit: This iconic rock anthem with its memorable chorus is a go-to for many karaoke lovers. The story-telling lyrics and powerhouse vocals offer a moment for singers to truly shine on stage. Plus, who can resist belting out "Streetlights, people!"?
2. "Like a Virgin" by Madonna
Why it's a hit: Madonna, the Queen of Pop, blessed the 80s with a myriad of hits, but "Like a Virgin" remains a standout. Its cheeky lyrics and irresistible beat make it a favorite choice for those wanting to channel their inner Material Girl.
3. "Sweet Child o' Mine" by Guns N' Roses
Why it's a hit: Axl Rose's unparalleled vocal range and Slash's iconic guitar riff make this song a rock ballad for the ages. Whether you've got a voice for the high notes or just love air-guitaring, this track is for you.
4. "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson
Why it's a hit: The King of Pop's infectious beats are a staple at any party. "Billie Jean" is not only iconic for its story and rhythm, but it also offers karaoke singers the chance to showcase their moonwalking skills!
5. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler
Why it's a hit: This dramatic power ballad is the epitome of 80s emotion. It's a song that begs for a duet, especially during its echoing "Turn around" lines. You’ll have a blast belting out this classic rock tune.
6. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!
Why it's a hit: One of the ultimate feel-good songs of the decade, George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley's catchy track will have the whole room clapping along. Perfect for high-energy performers!
7. "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper
Why it's a hit: With its heartfelt lyrics and Lauper's unmistakable voice, "Time After Time" is a softer choice, ideal for a tender, nostalgic moment during the karaoke session. This song is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser with its throwback vibes.
8. "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi
Why it's a hit: This rock anthem is pure gold for group sing-alongs. Its story of young love and determination against the odds is both heartwarming and electrifying. Don’t lose yourself in the moment, or you’ll be singing this earworm for days!
9. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper
Why it's a hit: Another hit from Lauper, this track is an empowering anthem for all the ladies in the room. It's catchy, fun, and a total mood booster. If you are having a ladies-only karaoke night, this is the song for you.
10. "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen
Why it's a hit: This classic track needs no introduction! Okay, so it wasn’t released in the 80s, but Bohemian Rhapsody bridged the 80s between its release in 1975 and its resurgence in Wayne’s World in 1992. Showcasing Freddie Mercury’s incredible vocals and the band’s amazing musicianship, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a must for any singalong. (Watch our for the headbanging on the guitar solo!)
Honorable Mention: "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor
Why it's a hit: Who can resist a training montage? The iconic training song from "Rocky III" is a motivational powerhouse. It's perfect for those moments when you need to pump up the crowd, making everyone feel like a champion.
Honorable Mention: "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor
Why it's a hit: This classic disco anthem is the ultimate girl power jam. Everyone can relate to the lyrics, and they'll have no choice but to sing along with you. With its iconic lyrical content, this song will ensure that your ladies (or bros!) night out will be legendary.
Honorable Mention: “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News
Why it's a hit: Who doesn't love a good love song? This classic pop tune saw fame with the release of the hit movie Back to the Future. The lyrics are packed with contagious energy and will have your audience singing along in no time. It's a classic for a reason!
Let These Hits Get You Singing
These top 80s songs should get you and your friends singing the night away. Whether it’s rock, pop, or classic tunes, there is something for everyone. So don't be shy -- grab a mic and hit those high notes!
What was your favorite song to sing along to in the 80s? Be sure to share your memories with us in the comments below – and let’s build the ultimate 80s sing-along playlist!