Air guitar? Check. Platform leather boots? Check. Huge hair? Check. Tight jeans? Check. Unlimited amounts of swag? Check. Congratulations, you’ve just completed your checklist in preparation for our top 20 best classic rock karaoke songs list. The list that will have you leaping from sofa to sofa in your living room, and bringing down the house with your falsetto vocals and air guitar solos. Rock on!
Oh yeah, that’s right, you’re going straight in at the deep end. We’re kicking off our best classic rock karaoke songs list with one of the finest songs there is, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen. This song has EVERYTHING. An a cappella intro, soaring vocals, rousing choruses. Altogether now… Scaramouche, Scaramouche can you do the fandango!
Next up on our best classic rock karaoke songs is the heartthrob that is Bon Jovi. Yes, he of fine mullet fame also happened to deliver some pretty darn good karaoke bangers. Just get ready to catch your mum in case she swoons at the mere thought of Bon Jovi in his prime.
Okay so we won’t lie, when you actually stop and think about the lyrics of this song for a second it is pretty creepy. “Every night you stay, I’ll be watching you. Oh can’t you see? You belong to me.” But as it’s sung by the all-round legend and nice guy Sting, and because it happens to be such a classic rock karaoke song, we’ll give it to him, just this once.
We’re taking it down a notch for the next track in our best classic rock karaoke songs list. All the way down. Because they just don’t make power ballads like they used to. Don’t believe us? Just stick on Foreigner’s ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’ and we guarantee you’ll have the whole room swaying with their lighters up in the air in no time.
Number 5 in our best classic rock karaoke songs is ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey. This song is an absolutely EPIC rock song, one of the biggest of all time. And with it comes a timeless feel good that tells you not to stop believing in yourself and the world. So if you wanna gas up that special someone in your life, this is the tune for you.
Okay so we’re going to tell you now that Queen are going to be making a few appearances on our best classic rock karaoke songs list. And as one of the best rock bands of all time, we’re not even sorry not sorry! Next up is ‘I want to break free’. This was Freddie Mercury in his element. Soaring stadium ready vocals.
With this classic rock karaoke song, you don’t just get a great karaoke smash to sing with your pals. You’ll get the whole room pumped and ready for a work out. ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ is quite possibly the most iconic #goals tune, featured in the movie Rocky, of course. Next time you need some hardcore motivation, put this song on and sing it loud and proud.
The bad boy that is Bon Jovi is back, baby. And boy is this a good one. We couldn’t have a best classic rock karaoke songs list and not include ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’. This is classic rock at its absolute finest, with guitar solo by none other than Richie Sambora.
Next up in our best classic rock karaoke songs list is ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain’ the 1971 karaoke smash by roots rock group Creedence Clearwater Revival. In the words of John Fogerty, ‘The song is really about the impending breakup of Creedence. The imagery is, you can have a bright, beautiful, sunny day and it can be raining at the same time. The band was breaking up. I was reacting: ‘Geez, this is all getting serious right at the time when we should be having a sunny day.’
From one band of classic rockers to another, Fleetwood Mac are one of the biggest bands on the genre and with good reason. With a roster of top hits and some complicated relationship antics in the band, this band have rock stars written all over them. ‘The Chain’ was written by Stevie Nicks about her relationship with Lindsey Buckingham just as their relationship was falling apart.
We don’t care where in the world you’re singing from, or where you call home – Hong Kong, Berlin, Lagos, Helskini – we are officially giving you the permission to sing ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ from the top of your lungs. Because when it comes to the best classic rock karaoke songs, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s anthem is a sure fire hit in the karaoke booth.
They just don’t make ‘em like they used to. Before Muse and Maneskin and Arctic Monkeys, we had…. Alice Cooper. The notorious rocker’s antics were so wild that he famously bit the head of a live chicken during a show. How’s that for rock star behaviour?
Coming in hot in our best classic rock karaoke songs is ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’, a song about eternal love and the inevitability of death. Sounds cheery right? Don’t worry, despite the existential subject matter, this is a remarkably good hit. So much so that The Rolling Stone magazine named it their song of the year in 1976.
The Irish do it better. Just ask Thin Lizzy, creators of one of the best classic rock karaoke songs of all time, ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’. This is a brilliant tune and will have you strutting your stuff while you sing about the rough and tumble, working class roots times that the band have had.
We’ve already had a song written by Stevie Nicks for Lindsey Buckingham, so it was only fair that we now included one written by Lindsey Buckingham for… you guessed it, Stevie Nicks. We told you this business of being in a rock band was complicated! Up next in our best classic rock karaoke classics list is ‘Go Your Own Way’ and the second entry from Fleetwood Mac.
It’s only natural that we include some glam rock in our best classic rock karaoke songs of all time list. And who better to do the honour than rock band Poison. In an interview with VH1’s Behind the Music, Bret Michaels said the inspiration for the song came from a night when he was in a laundromat in Dallas waiting for his clothes to dry, and called his girlfriend on a pay phone. Michaels said he heard a male voice in the background and was devastated; he said he went into the laundromat and wrote “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” as a result.
Don’t stop us now! We told you we would be unapologetically stanning Queen in our best classic rock karaoke songs, and sure enough, here we are with their third entry. Rock icons don’t come more legendary than Freddie Mercury. The swag, the tight jeans, that voice! Rest in Power, Freddie.
It’s the fiiiiiinaaaaal countdown. Of our best classic rock karaoke songs list that it is. Don’t dismay though, as we’ve saved the best until last. Including ‘The Final Countdown’, the huge rock hit by Swedish rockers Europe. Yes, the Swedes that are Europe. It’s confusing, we know.
This karaoke song will have everyone ‘jump’ing in the booth. See what we did there? The colossal 1984 anthem is among rock music’s most popular songs, and a sure fit hit on our best classic rock karaoke songs.
We’re sorry to see you go, but don’t fret as we’re leaving you with an oldie but a goodie. Rounding off our best classic karaoke rock songs list is ‘Born To Be Wild’ by Steppenwolf. Widely considered to be one of the most influential classic rock songs of all time, it notably featured in the 1969 film Easy Rider.
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