If you are a fan of classic rock or just want to shake up your karaoke track list, you can’t go wrong by adding some Queen songs to your set. Queen is considered by many to be one of the best and most popular rock groups of all time, and even those who don’t consider Queen among their favorite bands are sure to recognize more than a few Queen hits when they’re sung.
Queen has been one of my favorite bands since I was 11 years old. I had been exposed to a few Queen songs before then, but my Dad started playing our Queen Greatest Hits collection when I was that age, and I was blown away by the unique sound and talent of this rock band that few other artists have ever come close to replicating.
How can you choose the most enjoyable and entertaining Queen songs for your karaoke performance? Don’t worry—I’ve picked out some of the best Queen karaoke songs for your next gig so you don’t have to spend hours figuring out which ones are right for your situation.
Before we delve into the list of the best Queen songs for karaoke singing, let’s take a look at some tips for having the best performance. I’ve been singing karaoke for more than 10 years, and I still try to remember this advice every time I sing:
- Connect with the audience. I know that this can be more complicated for some performers than others, but if you’re someone who simply forgets that you’re audience is watching, try to find a way to connect with them from time to time while singing. This can mean cracking a joke between songs, briefly making eye contact with some members of the crowd, or simply having the best time possible. When you’re happy and having fun, your friends, family, and other onlookers feel the magic, too.
- Keep hydrated. It’s no fun to sing when your mouth and throat are dry. I always keep a bottle of water nearby while I’m singing so it’s easy to stay hydrated. It’s also a good idea to avoid alcohol or heavy meals around the time of your performance.
- Be prepared. While you don’t have to put as much effort into your practice as a professional singer, you may want to be sure you know the lyrics you’re about to sing. I recently tried to sing a song I had only heard twice before; it didn’t go well. Loving a song doesn’t mean you know it by heart, so make sure you are comfortable with a song before singing it.
Now that you know some of the most important tips to prepare for singing karaoke songs, it’s time to pick out some Queen songs for your next performance. Keep reading to discover 20 of the best Queen karaoke songs.
The 20 Best Queen Karaoke Songs
I’ve listened to a large number of Queen songs in my life. Based on what I know about the bands’ songs, I’ve picked out 20 that are great for karaoke for different types of singers in various situations. Let’s take a look:
1. “You’re My Best Friend”
This is one of Queen’s softer songs and is among my favorites. It’s a great choice for an upbeat and sweet karaoke performance by singers of any gender. You’re sure to put a smile on everyone’s faces with this staple and could even use it as a romantic ballad dedicated to your special someone.
2. “Under Pressure” — feat. David Bowie
“Under Pressure” is basically the opposite of “You’re My Best Friend,” but it’s another masterpiece that’s fun to sing. It’s great for a solo or duet that leaves an impression on the audience. It’s not the easiest song to sing, so it’s best suited to experienced singers.
3. “I Want To Break Free”
If I had to choose a favorite Queen song, it would be this classic. The synth beats, the catchy lyrics, the complexity of its sound—this hit has all the makings of a perfect song. It’s another one that may be better for singers who aren’t strangers to the karaoke stage, as it’s fairly long and has a lot of lyrics to memorize.
4. “Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy”
This is another of my favorite Queen tracks. It has a fun and clever feel that’s hard to resist. The lyrics are fast and creative, so you may want to wait to sing it if you’re still learning to memorize faster songs, but it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser otherwise.
5. “Somebody To Love”
“Somebody To Love” is among the most famous Queen songs, as it has been featured in numerous movies over the years. It’s a great choice for any gender and wonderful if you’re feeling frustrated and lonely where romance is concerned. Music can be a great outlet for these types of negative or troubling feelings.
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6. “Bohemian Rhapsody”
This is the definitive Queen hit that just about everyone knows. You are sure to elicit a positive response from the audience with this track. Just be sure you’re very comfortable with its lyrics and singing in general, as this is known as one of the most difficult songs to sing of all time.
7. “Radio Ga Ga”
“Radio Ga Ga” is a great choice if you want an 80’s feel during your performance. It’s also a great tribute to the power of the radio throughout history if you want to get contemplative with your performance. It’s so influential that it’s the origin of Lady GaGa’s stage name!
8. “Killer Queen”
This song is another one that’s been very popular in recent years due to a number of artists recording covers of it, including 5SOS. It’s got a signature Queen sound with clever lyricism and an infectious melody, It’s a great song for any singer who’s ready to take on a very creative piece of art.
9. “It’s A Kind Of Magic”
“It’s A Kind Of Magic” is another great choice for that nostalgic 1980’s feel. This was one of my favorites when I was a kid due to its “magical” sound. This is a great track for any singer at any skill level who wants to sing something that can get the crowd feeling great.
10. “The Miracle”
Here’s a more serious Queen song that’s also very catchy and fun. It’s another one of my childhood favorites due to its unique lyrics and sound. It’s another one that’s perfect for just about any singer or environment.
“Breakthru” is a very cool song. It’s enjoyable to sing and has unique lyrics that set it apart from many other Queen songs. It isn’t the hardest Queen song to learn, so it’s a good choice for newbies to the karaoke stage.
12. “We Will Rock You”
Here’s another staple that just about everyone knows. It’s very powerful and great for a hard rock karaoke performance that gets the crowd feeling great.
13. “We Are The Champions”
If you’re in the mood for a slow yet powerful rock anthem, this hit is the perfect choice. Since it’s not fast-paced, it could be a great choice for nervous performers who need to take things slowly and steadily.
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14. “I’m Going Slightly Mad”
If you want something wacky and dramatic for karaoke night, this is a great choice. I’ve always considered it to be one of the most entertaining Queen songs. It’s great for experienced performers who are fully ready to wow the crowd.
15. “Seven Seas Of Rhye”
If you want a song with that definitive original Queen sound, this is it. If you have a lot of Queen fans in your audience, they are sure to appreciate this classic track.
16. “Bicycle Race”
“Bicycle Race” is another of my favorite Queen songs. It has that unique lyricism and beat that is missing from so many songs. Everyone will want to move to this track.
17. “The Show Must Go On”
Here’s another dramatic choice for seasoned karaoke performers. It’s sure to elicit a response in your audience and keep everyone remembering your performance for years to come.
18. “Friends Will Be Friends”
If you want to put on a group performance with your closest friends, “Friends Will Be Friends” is a great song choice. It’s very earnest and an overall enjoyable track.
19. “Another One Bites The Dust”
If you are up for an anger-fueled rock song, “Another One Bites The Dust” is the quintessential choice. It’s another wildly popular selection that your audience will love.
20. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
If you want a super old-school sound at your next karaoke night, this is a fun choice. It’s been covered several times by much-loved artists and is sure to be a hit with listeners of any age.
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All in all, it’s hard to choose the best Queen karaoke songs, as Queen is one of those bands that created one hit song after another. Even so, the 20 songs above are a great start and can even help you and your audience discover and appreciate Queen songs you’ve never heard before.
If you ever find yourself ready to learn even more Queen songs for your karaoke gigs, there are many more to choose from. Start with a few from this list and be prepared to see how much fun this music can be to sing on stage.