With the new year quickly approaching, it's time to reflect back on the music of 2016. If there's anything we've learned from the past year, it's that good beats and catchy lyrics go together like wine and cheese or me and my couch. The top charts of 2016 have provided music lovers with an array of new songs to belt out in the car and on the karaoke stage. So, if you're in the midst of planning your New Year's Eve celebration, you should probably consider adding karaoke to your repertoire. There are a ton of 2016 songs to include on your 2017 karaoke playlist.
If you're anything like me, you just cringed at the thought of singing in front of anyone. However, whether you're a fan of singing in public or not, there's no denying just how amazing this year's music has been for the beloved karaoke machine. Be honest: you secretly know all the words to each of the songs that's played on the radio at least 1000+ times. The catchy songs of 2016 may even be enough to get you out of your seat. Leave your fears of public singing behind. Honestly, this playlist would probably get me onto the karaoke stage. (Just don't tell my friends that.)
1. "One Dance" — Drake feat. Kyla & Wizkid
Looking to show off your vocals and break out those new dance moves? I honestly can't think of a better song for you to take to the karaoke stage.
2. "This Is What You Came For" — Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna
So, your reading and singing abilities aren't as in sync as you'd like them to be? This is the song for you. With simple lyrics and a repetitive chorus, this song keep your performance stumble free.
3. "Can't Stop The Feeling!" — Justin Timberlake
If you're looking to keep your karaoke night a bit more family-friendly, this song from the movie Trolls is sure to get everyone on their feet. Justin Timberlake doesn't let his fans down.
4. "I Took A Pill In Ibiza" — Mike Posner
Radio hits make the best karaoke tracks. Your audience will know it just as well as you do, and they'll sing along. When you don't have to go it alone, there's no need to fear the stage.
5. "That's My Girl" — Fifth Harmony
If you're celebrating a karaoke night out with the girls, this song is a must-have for your playlist. "That's My Girl" is the perfect song for any group performance, so you don't have to take the stage all on your own.
6. "PILLOWTALK" — Zayn
A catchy beat, a memorable chorus, and a sexy message? What more do you need?
7. "Starboy" — The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk
Whether you're a boy or a girl, both or neither, singing "Starboy" is sure to make you the star of the night.
8. "Side To Side" — Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj
Thinking of doing a karaoke night duet? Grab the best rapper you know, and dominate the stage with this sexy track.
9. "Cheap Thrills" — Sia feat. Sean Paul
If you're heading to the bar for some late-night karaoke, this is the song that's sure to get the whole crowd on its feet. The beat will have you dancing while you sing.
10. "NO" — Meghan Trainor
Here's a song with a chorus worth memorizing. Take the stage at your next karaoke night, and show the world just how strong and independent you can be.
11. "Don't Let Me Down" — The Chainsmokers feat. Daya
This song might have more than one dance break, but that doesn't mean it's any less fun to sing along to. With this one, you definitely won't let the audience down.
12. "Starving" — Hailee Steinfeld & Grey feat. Zedd
Get ready to flirt with your crowd. "Starving" will have you singing along even if you're not the one holding the mic.
13. "Scars To Your Beautiful" — Alessia Cara
You're sure to turn heads with your very own rendition of this 2016 hit. This song will help you gain confidence in yourself (even if you're not the greatest singer), and help inspire the rest of the room to join in.
14. "Me Too" — Meghan Trainor
Looking to strut around the stage? Step into the shoes of a pop star by belting out Meghan Trainor's most unapologetic single yet.
15. "You Don't Own Me" — Grace feat. G-Eazy
Get ready to channel your inner Harley Quinn with Grace's hit song off the Suicide Squad soundtrack. Lesley Gore's original song of the same name isn't new to the karaoke stage, so it only makes sense that Grace's version should become the staple of the next generation.
16. "Heathens" — twenty one pilots
Not all karaoke has to be upbeat. "Heathens" is the perfect song to sing along to when you're hanging out with your very own group of heathens. There really is a karaoke song for everyone.
17. "Let Me Love You" — DJ Snake feat. Justin Bieber
This 2016 song can easily transfer from your red light dance parties to the karaoke night stage. Odds are that you've sang along to this song at least once over the course of the past year.
18. "Closer" — The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
"Closer" will bring the entire room together. It's hard to not live in the moment when you're belting this song out with your friends.
Thanks to these songs, the music of 2016 will live on for years to come. Start warming up those vocal chords.