The secret to nailing country karaoke songs is enjoying yourself. If you convey a little confidence, the audience does not care that you are no Dolly Parton. The other key is selecting a good song. Stay away from elegy-like music and embrace party songs, love croons, and bangers from the twentieth century.
Below, we have listed 31 country songs, which will make you a karaoke icon:
1. I Will Always Love You – Dolly Parton
Considered one of Parton’s signature songs, “I will always love you” is one of the most beloved karaoke songs. Parton released the song in 1974, and it quickly became a hit with the masses. Shortly later, Whitney Houston brought the song back into the limelight, giving Parton a whole new generation of fans.
2. Love Story – Taylor Swift
Are you still pining for your former lover when friends take you to a country karaoke session? There is no better song to perform at the event than Taylor Swift’s Love Story. Her brilliance and deep ties with the country genre shine through on this heartbreak song; thus, making it perfect for you to reenact. Save it for when you are drunk and ready to disrupt the audience’s peace of mind. Luck of singing should not bother you — the tears falling from your eyes will divert everyone’s attention from the notes you are crushing.
3. Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks has a vast catalog of bangers, but “Friends in Low Places” is his best work ever. The song took the charts by storm in several countries, and it is considered a timeless country piece by many.
Funnily enough, Brooks jotted down the lyrics on a paper napkin as the muse visited him while having lunch in a well-known Nashville eatery.
4. Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
This song was an immediate success once it was released in 1971, attaining No. 2 on the US Billboard, and it is Denver’s most famous song. But before you go crooning this masterpiece on your next karaoke event, did you know Denver, together with the other songwriters, had never stepped foot in West Virginia? They used the state’s name to fit perfectly with the song’s meter.
5. This Kiss – Faith Hill
Faith Hill made a name within the country genre using swanky melodies and lyrics laced with deep content, and her most significant hit, “This Kiss,” is sufficient proof. Hill released the song in 1998, and it quickly took the No. 1 spot on the Hot Country’s chart. This country ballad, covering the joy of a woman when she falls in love and the surge of feelings after landing her first kiss, also found its way on global charts.
6. Hurt – Johnny Cash
If you hate seeing dry eyes during a karaoke session, consider performing Johnny Cash’s “Hurt.” But ensure you have expert composure because it is challenging to deliver coarse vocals while sobbing through your waterfall.
7. How Do I Live – LeAnn Rimes
“How Do I Live” is a building ballad about unconditional love, well-suited for karaoke sessions. The song is not for the faint-hearted as LeAnn barely stops for air as she swiftly moves from bridge to chorus. But if you have big lungs, you can bless the crowd with this beautiful ballad.
8. Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood
It is always beautiful when people come together and sing along to Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” The song was once a best-seller within the country genre, and it earned multiple awards, including a Grammy.
The song shares a story of a woman hitting back on her cheating boyfriend by destroying his car. Indeed, nothing beats the anger lacing the lyrics to this vengeance anthem.
9. Old Town Road (Remix) – Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
Lil Nas X enlisted the help of Billy Cyrus (Miley Cyrus’ dad) for his remix of “Old Town Road,” and they ended up creating a masterpiece, which took the No. 1 spot for more than four consecutive months. The masses recognize the jam as a classic from our favorite star who wears Gucci boots better than everybody else.
10. Back To December – Taylor Swift
Swift knows how to recreate stories that are old as time. In “Back to December,” Swift sings about bumping into your ex-lover and having to make weird small talk as you wonder whether you made the right decision in walking away from their lives. Miss Swift tells it way better, and that is why “Back to December” features among the top country karaoke songs.
11. That Don’t Impress Me Much – Shania Twain
There are no better songs to reenact at a country karaoke session than Shania Twain’s hits. But many of us agree that “That Don’t Impress Me Much” is the best.
This lively country-pop song talks about different men possessing extraordinary skills and attributes — but those were never sufficient to dazzle her. Shania is unique because even Brad Pitt (Hollywood heartthrobs) does not impress her one bit.
12. Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
A karaoke session must have a segment that makes eyes well, and there is no better song to achieve this than Lady A’s “Need You Now.”
There is a valid reason why the song spent more than a month on top of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. The songs tell a story about someone who felt desolate and contacted his former lover in the middle of the night, knowing he would feel guilty the following morning.
13. Jolene – Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton pleading with the incredibly stunning lady called Jolene should find its way into your country songs list. In this 1973 hit, Parton begs Jolene not to take away her lover. Interestingly, actual events inspired the song, where a gorgeous bank teller tried to snatch her husband.
14. Safe and Sound – Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars
We all love Miss Swift, which is why she keeps popping up frequently. Swift joins forces with The Civil Wars who harmonize over the gloomy string lullaby in this track. So if you settle for “Safe and Sound,” then you should ask friends to come on board and help you with the harmonies as you entertain the masses.
15. It’s Five O’clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson ft. Jimmy Buffet
Alan Jackson recruited Jimmy Buffet to gift the world “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere,” a fun song and a great mantra. The piece focuses on a man who is frustrated by his job. He justifies leaving work early by consoling himself because it is five o’clock somewhere; hence, it is all okay.
The track attained the No. 1 spot on the Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, maintaining it for two months. The song also received several accolades, including a Grammy Award. The song remains their most outstanding work to date for the two singers.
16. Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton
We are sincerely worried about Stapleton’s liver because whiskey is a mainstay in his songs. But we thank him for his smooth tracks. So you are advised to sink a drink before taking to the stage to seduce the audience with melodic vocals.
17. 10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay ft. Justin Bieber
There is no better person to give country songs a touch of pop culture than Bieber. That is why this collaboration with Dan + Shay gives us joy. Now people can get a piece of Justin on country karaoke sessions.
18. Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band
Brown’s “Chicken Fried” lets you showcase your Southern pride in a country karaoke session. Drag your friends along since it is not a one-person song. In addition, take your sweet time and teach the audience about life in the South.
19. Amazed – Lonestar
Are you looking for a fantastic first dance track for your rustic-themed wedding? Worry no more because Lonestar indeed delivers in this romantic proclamation. “Amazed” is a famous jingle in wedding events, and it hits different when supplemented with dry ice.
20. I Like It, I Love It – Tim McGraw
A country karaoke list is never complete without a song from Tim McGraw. And “I Like It, I Love It,” an upbeat track is the best choice to include. McGraw released the song in 1995, and it shot straight to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs charts.
21. Girl Crush – Little Big Town
Mr. Big Town set tongues wagging within the music scene with a Jolene-like song. That is why we suggest you perform these country songs following one another as you plot your revenge. Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey, and Liz Rose penned “Girl Crush,” released in 2014, and it received positive reviews from critics. “Girl Crush” bagged five music awards, including two Grammys, and attained No. 1 on US country radio.
22. White Horse – Taylor Swift
Here is another Taylor Swift track best suited for country karaoke events. Taylor lectures us about Disney-like expectations in this track as she rides a white horse.
23. Crazy – Patsy Cline
It is a classic country song covered with jazz-like overtones. But with no colossal budget, you must ensure the vocals are smooth. It is a slow jam, so there is a lot of swaying over the sensual tempo as you perform.
24. Body Like A Back Road – Sam Hunt
To date, “Body Like A Back Road” is Hunt’s most significant hit. The song held a now broken record of the longest run at the top of the Hot Country Songs chart. Sam Hunt says he wrote the song after his engagement to Hannah Fowler. Hence, it is a lighthearted banger that is well-suited for karaoke.
25. If I Die Young – The Band Perry
There is no better track to perform at a karaoke event than The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young.” The song strikes a first-time listener with its upbeat melody and Perry’s lifting vocals as she romanticizes death. The song became an instant hit upon its release in October 2010, taking the No. 1 spot on the country’s chart.
26. These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ – Nancy Sinatra
Nancy Sinatra is a breathtakingly gorgeous femme fatale who has gifted ladies with a power anthem. So whenever you are feeling powerful and fabulous during a karaoke session, perform “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.”
27. Old Man – Neil Young
The song is based on a foreman’s life in a Californian ranch, which Neil Young purchased in the 70s; thus, resulting in a beautifully melancholic track. So if you are not in a party mood, you can transform the session’s spirit with this song.
28. Meant To Be – Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgina Line
“Meant to be” is a pop-infused country song, which brought country bros and pop queen in a contemporary display of harmony. Before you take the mic, call your best friend on stage so that you can perform it as a duet.
29. Beautiful Crazy – Luke Combs
Combs penned this banger about his better half before they started dating. Fortunately, he landed her. The jingle propelled Combs to stardom, becoming a mainstay in country karaoke halls. You should try it if there is someone in the audience you wish to marry.
30. Butterfly Fly Away – Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus
“Butterfly Fly Away” is the track we never knew we needed. The father and daughter duo is immensely talented, blessed with harmonizing vocals and excellent penmanship. The judgmental audience awards more points when performing this country duet with your dad.
31. The Gambler – Kenny Rogers
“The Gambler” was penned by Don Schlitz and recorded by multiple singers, including Kenny Rogers. Schlitz wrote the song in 1976, and Bobby Bare recorded it two years later. Unfortunately, Bare’s version never caught on. Other artists recorded the song, including Johnny Cash; however, Kenny Rogers gave it the needed golden touch. Rogers’ version took the chart’s No. 1 spot. His version was released in 1978 and won him a Grammy award.
It will not hurt if you go forward and gift the world another karaoke spin, which comfortably competes with other remixes.
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