When you take the stage, you’re the star. Just choose a popular song that matches your abilities and style. These best karaoke songs for women are sure to get the crowd into it and showcase your voice!
If you’ve got your mic, we’ve got some ideas. So, browse down through the list, pick some you know, and start singing:
1. ”I Love Rock N Roll” — Joan Jett
The masses appreciate this classic about loving rock!
This ’80s single makes for a brief but lively performance. The audience could even be your backup vocalists.
The lyrics are simple. The chorus is catchy, and it’s easy to sing. By the end, you’ll be singing without even looking.
Next: The best 80s rock songs (our list of favorite 1980s rock hits)
2. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” — Pat Benatar
People like this ’80s rock classic about overcoming the odds.
It has a very distinct sound. Couple that with clearly delivered lyrics, and you’ve got a hit.
It’s fast-paced, so get pumped up before you take the stage.
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3. “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” — Cyndi Lauper
All the girls love this catchy tune. A man wrote it and sang it originally but Cyndi Lauper changed the whole perspective and put her own spin on it.
By 1984, it was an anthem for women.
It’s light-hearted and fun and doesn’t require much range. But you do need to look alive.
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4. “Bubbly” — Colbie Caillat
This 2007 hit is bouncy but not enough to make you sweat. The best word to describe this pop single is ‘Bubbly.’
The lyrics are mellow, and the message is lovely.
The vocal range is within reach for most women. Sopranos may have difficulty hitting a few of the low notes. But altos could find that this track works for them.
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5. “I Will Survive” — Gloria Gaynor
This upbeat ’70s disco tune about survival has a slow starting tempo that quickly picks up. You could express your vulnerability and your strength with this empowering song.
Women of every voice type can sing this song. So there’s no need to worry about range.
You might favor this track on nights you want to get grooving while you sing your heart out.
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6. “You’re So Vain” — Carly Simon
A song about egoistic ex-lovers, this Carly Simon pop single is still treasured today.
The verses tell a story. The chorus is just a few lines about vanity.
The notes are easy to hit, especially if you have a low singing voice.
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7. “Bad Guy” — Billie Eilish
The 2019 chart-topping pop single is pretty dark. Still, the music is playful, quirky, and bold.
There isn’t much variation in pitch. If anything gets you, it would be the staccato style sung fluently through the verses. (Staccato means singing each note sharply and separately.)
You’re probably going to want to work on that breathy delivery, too. Oh, and your delivery of the word ‘duh.’
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8. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” — Haley Reinhart
Elvis Presley originally performed this track. We must say, Haley Reinhart’s 2016 remake does it justice.
Reinhart took the original and made it easier for women to sing. She took it up about half an octave and raised the tempo.
Women with a lower range excel with this moody track.
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9. “Give Me One Reason” — Tracy Chapman
This Grammy-award-winning piece is about being ready to say ‘goodbye.’ It has a folksy, bluesy feel and a tempo that eases you into the lyrics.
It’s an excellent option for women of every vocal range.
The song is warm and a little daring. So, if you dare, give this track a go.
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10. “Roar” — Katy Perry
Katy Perry’s 2013 hit is fierce and empowering.
This track has one of the fastest tempos of the songs on this list. There are a bunch of lyrics, but the notes are hittable.
You could let out your inner animal as you roar your way through the closing chorus.
11. “You’re Still The One” — Shania Twain
Like most Grammy-winning songs, this one is pretty easy to turn into your own.
This ’90s country track is slow and simple, with heartfelt lyrics. This iconic karaoke love song suits you if you have a low vocal range.
The rhythm is ideal for a slow dance. Since you’re the singer, a simple sway will help you sell it.
Next: The top 90s love songs from the decade (our list)
12. “Respect” — Aretha Franklin
Back in the 1960s, this sassy track topped the charts. The Rolling Stone Magazine has recognized it as an all-time great hit. This is widely regarded as one of the top songs about respect of all time.
It’s a little funky, pretty upbeat, and perfect for any woman’s voice.
The song is full of soul. So if you’re willing to give it a go, don’t forget to sing from your chest.
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13. “Jolene” — Dolly Parton
This song is a 1974 country classic about insecurity and mistrust. It’s a plea to a beautiful woman who could easily take Parton’s man.
Most women can reach the notes, but the song goes fast.
It probably sounds hopeful because all you could really do in this situation is hope.
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14. “Crazy” — Patsy Cline
This country hit from 1961 is about the lingering emotions that follow a broken relationship.
The song is short and slow, and there aren’t many surprises.
You might wanna sing along to it a few times. You know, so you can be sure to hit the high notes.
15. “Shake It Off” — Taylor Swift
Players, haters, fakers, and heart-breakers get called out in this pop single from 2014.
It’s still a big hit. (We think it’s because it makes you want to dance!)
It’s cheerful and a little fast-paced. But the lyrics are repetitive. You can shake off that hate all through the chorus.
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16. “Stand By Your Man” — Tammy Wynette
The 1968 country classic is about how women should love and appreciate their men.
The song is short and sweet.
The gentle melody resembles the nurturing nature of a woman. The verses sound soft compared to the powerful chorus. Singing the chorus may take the most of your energy.
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17. “Heard it Through the Grapevine” — Marvin Gaye
We know, we know. A man sings this one. But it’s just as relatable when sung by a woman.
This R&B track from 1968 is upbeat and smooth. It’s about the worry of being left for someone else and the eventual acceptance of the situation.
You could have a lot of fun making this song your own.
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18. “Wrecking Ball” — Miley Cyrus
Have you ever tried to break down someone’s walls only to get broken yourself? This pop single from Miley Cyrus is about just that.
It’s a slow track, and we think the music sounds uplifting. It sounds like you’re on the verge of forgiveness.
The chorus is powerful. Luckily, you have some fun voice work in the verses to warm up.
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19. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” — Whitney Houston
You might consider this tune the next time you wanna sing your heart out. This lively ’80s pop track is challenging but fun.
The chorus is booming with a touch of soul. Luckily, each verse offers your voice some rest before the next energy-demanding chorus.
You’ll want to practice those high notes—and your dancing.
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20. “All About That Bass” — Meghan Trainor
Another song that might get you dancing is all about that bass. Well, not entirely. This pop single from 2014 is also about positive body image.
It’s fast-paced and a bit challenging, but in a fun and playful way.
You do need a range of about two octaves. But singing it is just fun.
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21. “Complicated” — Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne’s pop-rock single of 2002 is about calling out the fakers.
The song itself is a little complicated. But just a little. There are a lot of words and a quick delivery.
You may need to take deep breaths before the chorus.
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22. “(They Long to Be) Close to You” — The Carpenters
This 1970’s classic is about expressing adoration for someone. I think it’s the sweetest song about someone so great that others flock to them.
It’s slow and made for swaying. The music is soft and steady, making it easy to sing.
That is, so long as you can hit the low notes. If you’re a soprano, you might want to find a more fitting track.
Next: The best soprano songs to sing (our list)
23. “One Way or Another” — Blondie
This 1978 rock song from Blondie is bouncy, energetic, and a little playful.
The intro gives you time to get comfortable with the quick rhythm before a mass of words. You’ll want to know these.
Some of the low notes are too low for sopranos and even some altos. So proceed with caution.
24. “Take a Bow” — Rihanna
Rihanna’s R&B track from ’07 is about not accepting half-hearted apologies from pretenders.
The song is slow and smooth-sounding. The most challenging lyrics are in the verses.
You could really pour your soul out during the chorus. That’s easy since the music really gets you goin’.
25. “Because of You” — Kelly Clarkson
It’s easy to identify with this 2004 hit about fearing love. Kelly Clarkson’s broken family inspired her to write this fast-paced track.
It takes a lot of energy (and breath) to get through each chorus. But every time you do, you get to demonstrate your range. (And sometimes that’s the best part.)
26. “Crazy in Love” — Beyoncé
This R&B track from 2003 is about how energized you feel when you first fall in love.
It’s a quick-moving song with loads of words. The widest variety of lyrics comes in the verses. The chorus is repetitive, which helps.
All I can say is to drink plenty of water beforehand.
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27. “First Cut Is The Deepest” — Sheryl Crow
Love hurts, but none hurts more than that first time. The pop-country song from ’03 is about accepting that and trying to love again.
The track is fast-moving but with steadily-delivered lines. Sheryl Crow does hit some pretty high notes.
Some sopranos might even struggle to hit these notes. So know your range.
28. “Dancing Queen” — ABBA
The upbeat ’70s pop single opens with the last half of the chorus. Immediately, you know it’s about dancing.
This song is a safe bet, so long as you can hit the low notes. The range is broad, but most people can sing in two octaves.
This song about wanting to dance is definitely dance-worthy. So get your dancing shoes ready—just in case.
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29. “Breathe” — Faith Hill
This lively country single from ’99 is reminiscent of that rush you feel when in love.
At first, the music sounds mellow. The notes are soft and low. Then you feel the rush.
The chorus is much bolder and sung a bit higher. It feels like love. Reserve it for some night when you’re really feeling the love.
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30. “Sweet Escape” — Gwen Stefani
This upbeat pop song from 2006 is about escaping reality and building a new one. The tune is brisk and sweet, like a leisurely walk or a cruise.
The song is kind of mellow. That is, until just before the chorus. Then there’s a rush of words with a hint of anger.
That part is a bit tricky. If you can learn these words in advance, this song could prove a lot of fun.
31. “It’s Raining Men” — The Weather Girls
It’s hard not to smile when you hear this song from The Weather Girls. It’s a fun song about—you guessed it—men falling from the sky like rain.
The 1983 pop track is catchy and upbeat. It is a bit of a challenge to perform since the song requires two octaves. Altos who sing in full range shouldn’t have a problem, though.
If you really want to put on a show, bring your umbrella.
Next: The top songs about rain of all time (our list of favs)
32. “Toxic” — Britney Spears
Britney Spears uses more than two octaves in her 2003 pop single about a toxic relationship.
The verses have more low notes, and the chorus is sung high. If you can get it down, you could really impress at the next karaoke night.
33. “Royals” — Lorde
Lorde’s pop single from 2013 suits the karaoke setting perfectly. It’s all about living the dream as one of the admired.
This track sounds dreamy and slow. Ideal for an alto, singing this song requires a two-octave range.
If you feel like playing pretend, you could really enjoy performing this for the crowd.
34. “If I Could Turn Back Time” — Cher
This pop-rock classic from ’89 is about regret for having done something wrong. Well, that and the desire to take it back.
The music has a light feel, almost like you’ve accepted the situation.
Everyone can relate to it, and most can sing it.
35. “Happy” — Pharrell Williams
This pop track from 2013 is lively and cheerful. The chorus really gets in your bones. Even the verses are a little bouncy.
There is some range required. Since a man sings it, the low notes may pose a challenge. But don’t fear them. Embrace this soulful single by Pharrell, and give it a go.
Even if you can’t hit all the low notes, the song is sure to brighten any mood. Don’t forget to clap along.
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36. “Hello” — Adele
This soulful song makes me want to cry. The Adele track from 2015 will have you singing hello even when you know you’re saying goodbye. Adele herself recognizes the meaning behind this track, which makes it that much more impactful.
The song is sad and slow. The chorus is powerful and offers you a chance to show off your range.
If you want to sing your heart out, this track is a good choice.
37. “Best of My Love” — The Emotions
Performed by The Emotions in 1977, this groovy song was a chart-topper about giving the best of yourself to another. This track is still a crowd-pleaser today.
The music is upbeat, and the chorus is fun to sing. The high notes are a bit of a challenge.
It’s a good choice if you want to let the world know the way you feel about your baby.
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38. “What’s Love Got To Do With It” — Tina Turner
This 1984 track from Tina Turner is all about the difference between love and attraction.
The verses are sad and soft. The chorus has a bit more soul. This moody song is a good choice if you’re in the mood to ask some hard questions.
If you have a naturally low voice, you could be a hit come karaoke night. If you’re a soprano, you might want to find a track better-suited for your range.
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39. “Bad Romance” — Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga’s pop hit from 2009 is a bit dark. The intro and outro both sound a little unnerving.
The lyrical parts of this song will have you wanting to move your body. It’s fun, but there is a broad range of notes.
Impressing an audience means you must master Gaga’s trills. Oh, and learn a little French.
40. “Piece of My Heart” — Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin’s bluesy rock single from 1969 is about a woman breaking her own heart and then piecing it out.
The tempo is slow and easy to keep, but the vocals are demanding.
The verses sound gentle. Like you’re offering your heart. The pleading chorus is much stronger.
You’ll feel better once you’ve belted out a chorus of frustration. You might want to take a deep breath before each verse, though.
41. “Holding Out For a Hero” — Bonnie Tyler
Bonnie Tyler’s song about waiting for a hero first appeared in Footloose. It has been covered many times, and for a good reason.
It’s quick, powerful, and takes a lot of energy to perform. Beyond that, it requires a vocal range of two octaves and is best-suited for a mezzo-soprano (i.e., one with a vocal range between alto and soprano).
This track is one of the most challenging karaoke songs for women (at least on this list).
But don’t be disheartened. Sometimes the biggest challenge is the most fun.
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