It’s not a stretch to say everyone at some point has had the desire to be a rock star, and the invention of karaoke machines can help people achieve those dreams in some capacity, whether it's at bars or just their living room.
When it comes to karaoke, you want to pick the right song that will show others you have the vocals to be a rock star singer, and sometimes having a repertoire of songs will better show off your skills to the world. We have put together the best classic rock bands who have some top karaoke songs on offer.
While it is nearly impossible to replicate Freddie Mercury’s raw talent, Queen does have plenty of fantastic songs for karaoke. There is Bohemian Rhapsody which is best performed as a group, so everyone covers the multiple vocals. Then there are anthems which will get a crowd singing with you such as We Are the Champions and We Will Rock You. And for those who want to attempt a Queen song solo, there are favourites such as Somebody to Love, Don’t Stop Me Now or Fat Bottomed Girls.
Going for Guns N’ Roses as your karaoke rock band of choice means you can test your rock star persona and your air guitar. One of the most successful rock bands of the last 30 decades, Guns N’ Roses extensive back catalogue provides plenty of songs to rock out to, from classics such as Sweet Child O’ Mine, Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, November Rain and Live and Let Die.
The Foo Fighters are one of the biggest and best rock bands of this day and age, with frontman and singer Dave Grohl considered one of the nicest people in the music industry. Foo Fighters have brilliant songs to choose for a karaoke night that will truly put you into your rock star persona. There is The Pretender, Everlong, Learn to Fly, Best of You, Monkey Wrench, My Hero, Times Like These, Big Me, Run and many more to pick out and master!
Is it even a karaoke night if you don’t hear Livin’ on a Prayer? Bon Jovi’s classic song is just one of many that you can belt out for karaoke, and their songs are ones to which everyone knows the words. Other favourites to sing and to stage the charisma of Jon Bon Jovi include You Give Love a Bad Name, It’s My Life, Bad Medicine and for something slower, I’ll Be There For You.
Though you might not possess the outlandish style and dance moves of Steven Tyler, Aerosmith, who have been called America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band, have some top songs that are perfect for karaoke. There are so many fantastic options to choose from such as Walk This Way, Dude, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, Dream On, Love in an Elevator; you could easily have a whole karaoke night dedicated to Aerosmith!
The bands we have listed above are our favourites for karaoke, but there are so many more that we had to put a few special mentions.
Journey has several hot hits, including favourites Any Way You Want It and
Don’t Stop Believin’ that will get people on their feet and singing along with
Meat Loaf is considered to be a brilliant karaoke choice that will get people singing along. As Meat Loaf is a musician rather than a band, he only gets a special mention, but his songs such as Bat Out of Hell and Paradise by the Dashboard Light are favourites on the karaoke scene.
The late, great Tom Petty had so many fantastic tunes that lend themselves to karaoke singers who want to live out their rock star dreams. You wouldn’t be surprised to find Free Fallin’ on a karaoke playlist.
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