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Some songs are almost impossible not to sing. They're the kind of songs that get stuck in your head. They're usually easy songs to sing. They have catchy lyrics, great harmonies, and infectious melodies. When this type of song comes on the car radio, we sing along like we own it (whether or not we know all the words to it)! It feels so good!
Some of us are private sing-along types, while others don't care who is within earshot. I'm usually a sing-along-in-the-car or sing-on-the-dance-floor type, but sometimes I'll let loose in a karaoke bar, after a few glasses of wine. Regardless of which type you are, I bet you have sung along to most (if not all) of these ten classic oldies.
Popular Sing-Along Songs
- "Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffet
- "That's the Way I Like It" by KC and the Sunshine Band
- "Old Time Rock 'n' Roll" by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
- "Friends in Low Places" by Garth Brooks
- "Take It Easy" by The Eagles
- "Night Owl" by Little River Band
- "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi
- "I Saw Her Standing There" by the Beatles
- "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge
- Various songs by The Bee Gees
1. "Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffet
Everyone will sing along to this song forever! Every "Parrothead" knows the words to the entire song, and everyone else knows at least the chorus:
Wastin' away again in Margaritaville, searchin' for my lost shaker of salt, some people claim there's a woman to blame, but I know, it's nobody's fault.
— "Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffet
2. "That's the Way I Like It" by KC and the Sunshine Band
You have to love the simple lyrics in this enduring 1975 oldies classic.
That's the way, uh huh, uh huh, I like it, uh huh, uh huh.
That's the way, uh huh, uh huh, I like it. Uh huh, uh huh.
Were you singing along? Need I say more?
3. "Old Time Rock 'n' Roll" by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
When you hear that piano intro, this all-time classic rock 'n' roll song takes you back to the best party you've ever been to. Right? The whole place comes alive with everyone singing along to the chorus:
Still love that old time rock and roll. That kind of music just soothes my soul.
I reminisce about the days of old, with that old time rock and roll.
You're there right now, aren't you? It even has a great "clap along" part too!
4. "Friends in Low Places" by Garth Brooks
One of the most popular sing-along songs would have to be the Nineties (okay, it's not such an oldie) mega-hit song "Friends in Low Places," by Garth Brooks. Even if you don't usually sing, I bet you have sung this chorus:
'Cause I got friends in low places, where the Whiskey drowns and the beer chases my blues away, and I'll be okay...
— "Friends in Low Places" by Garth Brooks
Likewise you have to sing the word "oasis" in an emphatic manner on the line:
Think I'll slip on down to the Oasis!
Right? You can't help but sing those parts and the rest of the chorus, especially after a few brewskis! In fact, I'll bet this song is being sung somewhere right now. It might be a party, a wedding, or in a dimly lit karaoke bar, but some dude and his buddies are clutching that mike (or a beer bottle as a substitute), bellowing it out. I bet the crowd is singing along with them!
5. "Take It Easy" by The Eagles
The Eagles sure knew how to write classic rock songs that would endure, didn't they? Their songs are fun to sing along with, because they're catchy and have good harmonies and great guitar riffs. "Take it Easy" has been around since 1972, with airplay rotation on every classic rock radio station since then.
There are so many great lines to sing in this song. People love to sing the verse that starts:
I was standin' on the corner in Winslow Arizona...
They also love singing the first few lines:
Well I'm runnin' down the road, tryin' to loosen my load,
I've got seven women on my mind, four that want to own me, two that want to stone me, one says she's a friend of mine.
Come to think of it, I love all the lyrics of this classic oldie!
6. "Night Owl" by Little River Band
Wow, what can I say? I love singing along to all their songs. I think it's their great harmonies that really draw me in. It was hard for me to narrow it down to one song. Little River Band has so many fun songs, like "Lonesome Loser," "Lady," "Reminiscing," and "Happy Anniversary."
It's the harmonies in the chorus of "Night Owl" that really kick it into high gear for me:
Move on, there's a heart of a night owl calling, to belong, she's crying in the night.
Be strong, and find the heart of a night owl fallin', stay up 'til dawn until the night has gone.
Man, those guys could harmonize like nobody else! Even if you don't know the verses, I'm betting you can't resist singing along to the chorus.
7. "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi
Right from the intro, you are singing along about Tommy being on strike from working on the docks and Gina bringing home her paycheck from the diner, but it's the pre-chorus that gives you goosebumps and inspires you to sing along:
We gotta hold on to what we've got,
It doesn't make a difference if we make it or not.
We got each other and that's a lot for love.
We'll give it a shot.
And then, that really singable, B-I-G chorus starts. Over the years, every young couple has been able to identify with this great sing-along song!
8. "I Saw Her Standing There" by The Beatles
The sing-along fever starts when you hear Paul McCartney say, "One, two, three, four!" Your head bobs, your feet start tapping, and you bust into:
Well she was just seventeen, you know what I mean...
My favorite part to sing is the song's bridge:
Well my heart went boom, when I crossed that room, and I held her hand in minnneeee.
You just have to shake your head when you sing the ooooh parts. Just like our favorite Liverpool boys did!
Well my heart went boom, when I crossed that room, and I held her hand in mine...
— "I Saw Her Standing There" by The Beatles
9. "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge
This Seventies classic may be one of the most fun songs to sing along to, ever. Great music, soulful harmonies and a melody that grabs you. But most of all it's easy to sing!
We are family, I got all my sisters with me, we are family, get up everybody and sing!
— "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge
That lyric says it all, doesn't it?
10. Sing Along to any Song by The Bee Gees!
Who hasn't tried singing Barry Gibb's falsetto part of a Bee Gees song? I tried to pick just one song from their catalog, but it was impossible with so many great tunes to choose from!
There are so many Bee Gees songs that give us a pleasant flash back to the disco era, and their harmonies almost beg for us to sing along. Even if we aren't quite sure what the lyrics are in some spots, we move our lips and try! Here are just a few fun singing lines:
Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk, I'm a woman's man, no time to talk..
— "Night Fever" by The Bee Gees
Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother, you're staying alive, staying alive...
Whatcha doin' on your back?
We should be dancin', yeah, we should be dancin', yeah!
— "You Should Be Dancing" by The Bee Gees
And you come to me on a summer breeze,
Keep me warm in your love, then you softly leave,
And it's me you need to show, How deep is your love?
— "How Deep is Your Love" by The Bee Gees
Dang! What did those Gibbs brothers sing that you don't want to sing along with? Fun, fun!
Did I Miss Your Favorite Sing-Along Song?
As a songwriter, I wish I could come up with a great song that would become as addictive and enduring as any one of these popular oldies. There are others, but these are my favorites. What classic oldie is your favorite to sing along with?
Stefanie Magura from Asheville, NC on September 22, 2012:
My Boyfriend's Back by the Angels. Stop in the Name of Love by the Supremes. Sugarpie Honeybunch by the Four Tops. Wake Up Little Susie by the Everly Brothers. Surfin' USA by the Beach Boys. Hey Jude by the Beatles. In fact, plenty of songs by the Beatles would fit, especially from their early period. Same goes for several of the other groups mentioned above.
Annemarie Hooper from Citrus Springs, Florida on August 25, 2012:
Love the songs you mentioned! One very popular 80's anthem, though not a classic rock oldie is "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-lot. Hahaha!
Guy on October 19, 2011:
Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond).If you are from Mass you know it.
Mrs.Robinson (simon and garfunkle)
Hit the road jack(Ray Charles)
Neerizzle from Canada on August 17, 2011:
Great List, these songs were definitely great to listen to, I've heard a lot of these here and there but never knew the names of these classics. Thanks for posting!
JLPeterson (author) from Phoenix, AZ on July 26, 2011:
Husky and Vocalcoach...isn't it fun when one of these songs gets in your head? There are songs and then there are GREAT songs like these! Thanks for your comments!
Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on July 26, 2011:
This is a super great list of sing-a-long songs. you have listed all my favorites. And the Bee-Gees are fabulous (How deep is your love). Good job and a fun hub which I rated Up +.
Husky1970 on July 20, 2011:
Okay, somehow you got me with the Night Owl song. All the others are truly reverberating in my head right now. One more to include would be "It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere." Pour me something tall and strong, make it a hurricane before I go insane...................
JLPeterson (author) from Phoenix, AZ on July 20, 2011:
Thanks Robin! and tsadjatko...I Love that song too!
The Logician from now on on July 20, 2011:
Smokey Robinson You really got a hold on me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEUOiiVxsGc&fea...
Robin Edmondson from San Francisco on July 20, 2011:
What a great list! I was just saying yesterday that Jimmy Buffet must be tired of singing the same songs in every concert! Although, it's still fun for us to sing them. One of our favorite sing-a-longs is Don Mclean's American Pie. :D