There are so many great country karaoke songs out there, and picking the right one may make or break the night.
You will never know when your friends are going to invite you over for a karaoke party; so, you have to make sure you are well-prepared. Don’t worry, as we have compiled some of the best country songs for you – from easy ballads to beloved gems. These songs will help you unleash your inner country star, whether you have Garth Brooks’ voice or, let’s say, struggling to hold a tune. Check it out below!
1. “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton
One of Dolly Parton‘s signature songs has now become among the most beloved karaoke songs of all time – captivating listeners for nearly fifty years.
Parton released her original recording of “I Will Always Love You” in 1974, and it quickly became a massive hit at that time. Two decades later, Whitney Houston brought Parton’s country ballad back into the spotlight, introducing a whole new generation to the queen of the country’s music.
2. “Friends in Low Places” By Garth Brooks
Out of Garth Brooks’ massive catalog of hits, “Friends in Low Places” is considered to be his signature song. It reigned over the charts in several countries and is regarded as one of the best country songs of all time.
Interestingly, the song was born on one simple lunch at a popular eatery in Nashville. When the bill came, one of its songwriters realized he doesn’t have any money with him. His friends asked him how he’s going to pay for his food, to which he answered, “Don’t worry. I have friends in low places. I know the cook.” And the rest of the lyrics were written on paper napkins.
3. “This Kiss” by Faith Hill
Faith Hill built her career in country music with lush melodies and lyrics full of substance, and her signature song “This Kiss” is one proof of that!
Hill released the up-tempo song in 1998 as the first single of her album, Faith. It quickly snagged the No. 1 spot on the Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and was also a crossover hit, reaching No. 7 on Billboard Hot 100. The country ballad – which sings about a woman who expresses the joys of falling in love and the rush of feelings after a first kiss – also made it to the charts outside the United States.
4. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver
This song has grown into a much-loved country favorite. In fact, it was immediately a success after it was released by John Denver in the spring of 1971 – reaching No. 2 on Billboard’s US Hot 100 singles and becoming Denver’s most renowned songs.
But before you start belting this song out on your next karaoke session, did you know that Denver nor its songwriters have never been to West Virginia? They just thought of using the state’s name as it fits better to the song’s meter.
5. “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood
What’s better than kicking things off with a group singing along to Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats?” After all, it was once the best-selling country song of all time and has earned several accolades the year it was released – including Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song.
It tells the tale of a woman who’s taking revenge on her unfaithful lover by vandalizing his hot wheels, smashing the headlights, slashing the tires, carving the leather seats. Is there more vengeful than that?
6. “That Don’t Impress Me Much” by Shania Twain
Shania Twain’s songs are pretty much great for karaoke, but guess we can all agree that “That Don’t Impress Me Much” is the most impressive one.
This sassy country-pop finds Twain singing about different men who got remarkable talents and qualities – but those were not enough to impress her. Even Hollywood heartthrob, Brad Pitt, can’t sway her.
7. “Need You Now” by Lady A
No karaoke party would ever be complete without a teary moment, and Lady A’s “Need You Now” could be your best choice.
There’s a good reason why the song spent five weeks at the top spot of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and even managed to cross over onto different adult contemporary and pop music charts. The song sings about someone who’s feeling lonely that he gave his old flame a drunk call in the middle of the night, though he knows he would only regret it the next day.
8. “Jolene” by Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton confronting a breathtakingly gorgeous woman named Jolene could be your next karaoke song. All through this 1973 classic, Parton pleads for Jolene not to steal away her man just because she’s able to do so!
But what’s more interesting is that the song was inspired by an actual event, wherein a red-headed bank clerk tried to be extra friendly to her husband.
9. “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” by Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett
Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett’s “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” is not only a fun song to sing but also a fun mantra to live by. The song is about a man who’s getting frustrated at work. He then gave grounds for leaving off work early by comforting himself with the fact that it’s five o’clock somewhere, so it’s all fine.
The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, where it stayed for eight weeks. It was also named Best Country Song during the 2003 Grammy Awards. To this day, it remains one of the biggest hits of both of Jackson and Buffett’s careers.
10. “I Like It, I Love It” by Tim McGraw
What’s karaoke without at least one song by Tim McGraw? And this upbeat track is just the best choice for you. Released in 1995 as the first single off the country singer’s third studio album, All I Want, the song shot straight to the top spot of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs charts.
So, did you find your new go-to sing-along in this list of country karaoke songs?
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