It can be hard to choose the best karaoke songs to fit a certain occasion or musical style. This is especially true where choosing the right reggae music is concerned. When you think about making a karaoke playlist, reggae songs aren’t necessarily the first tracks that come to mind. Reggae tunes may seem more “niche” and off-the-beaten-path than mainstream pop hits or stadium rock songs, making it seem unlikely that you will find songs that everyone knows and can sing well.
It might surprise you to learn that, being an avid karaoke singer and fan of research, I’ve discovered that there are actually many fun and interesting reggae songs to entertain your audience and yourself with while surprising everyone with your unique choices. I am going to discuss 25 of the best reggae songs for karaoke that you can consider for your next playlist. Read on to learn how you can wow your favorite people at your next karaoke night.
Things to Remember About Karaoke Singing
Before choosing the best reggae songs for karaoke, there are a few general ideas to keep in mind:
- It’s best to pick songs that fit your vocal range. I don’t enjoy singing songs that don’t fit my vocal range, and you probably don’t, either. Loving a song isn’t always enough; you have to be physically comfortable singing it, too. Whether that means singing songs by men when you’re a woman or singing songs at a pitch that you don’t usually enjoy listening to, you may have to get creative to not strain your vocal chords and frustrate yourself.
- Pick songs you enjoy. There should be plenty of songs within your vocal range that you enjoy singing, even if they aren’t your absolute favorites. Just make sure not to sing songs that make you uncomfortable in some way or that you find boring.
- Choose easy songs. By easy, I mean that you should choose tracks that you know well enough to sing without being nervous. They also shouldn’t be more complicated than your singing skills allow.
Now that you know how to choose some songs that are a great fit for you, here is the list of best reggae songs for karaoke to help you decide on the right tunes.
The 25 Best Reggae Songs for Karaoke
You might not know or like all of the songs on this list, but there are so many to choose from that you are sure to find the right match. Let’s get started:
1. “It Wasn’t Me” — Shaggy
“It Wasn’t Me” is number one because it is such a popular and fun old-school reggae song. Who doesn’t love it, or at least know it? What’s more, it’s a pretty easy tune to learn and sing for a wide range of vocal pitches, and so many people of different ages and backgrounds know it that it isn’t hard to get your audience into the performance.
2. “Three Little Birds” — Bob Marley
“Three Little Birds” could also have easily been number one on this list, because it’s another extremely famous tune. It has a positive theme that’s hard for listeners and singers not to love.
3. “Red Red Wine” — UB40
The UB40 cover of the Neil Diamond hit is all reggae, and it has a universal theme that music lovers identify with. Its chill, slow beats and upfront lyrics are easy for even newbie karaoke singers to tackle.
4. “Beautiful Girls” — Sean Kingston
“Beautiful Girls” is a fun reggae hit that’s especially popular with Millennial singers and audiences. It’s not too hard to tackle, either, no matter what your vocal range or skill level may be.
5. “Redemption Song” — Bob Marley
This one is a little more intense and may be better suited for somewhat seasoned karaoke singers. Even so, it’s a popular song that many listeners quickly recognize, especially if they’re Bob Marley fans.
6. “I Shot The Sheriff” — Bob Marley & The Wailers
“I Shot The Sheriff” is another intense Marley hit, but many audience members will recognize it, and it can be fun to sing. Try it out if you’ve mastered similar songs on this list.
7. “The Lazy Song” — Bruno Mars
Who doesn’t know Bruno Mars’s catalog? Karaoke is a great outlet for appreciating Mars’s songs. “The Lazy Song” does include some adult language, but you can filter it out or save this one for audiences who are okay with mature themes. Either way, it’s a fun and clever tune that is perfect for karaoke lovers and reggae fans.
8. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” — Bobby McFerrin
This classic is pure gold, and it will be hard to find a music lover who hasn’t heard it. It’s a lot of fun and shouldn’t be too difficult to sing, even for beginners.
9. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” — UB40
“Can’t Help Falling in Love” is another UB40 cover, transforming an Elvis Presley classic into a reggae tune with tons of groove. It’s slow and well-known, making it a great choice for newbies and karaoke masters alike.
10. “Billionaire” — Travie McCoy ft. Bruno Mars
Another fun and clever song with some explicit language, “Billionaire” is well-known and can be a great choice in the right environment.
11. “Rude” — MAGIC!
“Rude” is another widely known song that is a lot of fun and simple to sing. It’s also highly relatable for anyone who’s felt disapproval from a significant other’s parents.
12. “Electric Avenue” — Eddy Grant
This is another older and widely-known reggae choice. It may be gritty for some people, but it’s pretty catchy and enjoyable for most reggae fans.
13. “Ride” — 21 Pilots
“Ride” could also be considered a pop song and is another hit that’s widely popular among Millennials and Generation Z’ers. It’s a lot of fun to sing, especially if you aren’t afraid to tackle a song with some rapid, clever lyrics.
14. “Treat Her Like a Lady” — Diana King
It’s likely that you’re most familiar with the Celine Dion version of this reggae jam, but it’s a great choice for karaoke singing no matter what version you are familiar with.
15. “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” — Culture Club
This Culture Club hit is a great choice for karaoke singers or listeners who are fans of 1980’s music. It’s also a slower song with fairly simple lyrics that should be easy to sing for just about anyone.
16. “Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)” — OMI
“Cheerleader” is one of those songs that makes everyone happy when they listen to it. It can be a great song to serenade to your own “cheerleader,” as well.
17. “Say Hey (I Love You)” — Michael Franti & Spearhead feat. Cherine Anderson
If you want to instantly lift the mood of everyone in the room, “Say Hey (I Love You)” will do the job. It’s also fun for the person singing it.
18. “Am I Wrong” — Nico & Vinz
“Am I Wrong” is arguably one of the most interesting songs on this list. If you are familiar with it at all, it should be relatively easy and enjoyable to sing.
19. “Break My Stride” — Matthew Wilder
“Break My Stride” doesn’t seem like an obvious reggae choice, but it is one of the more mainstream options. It’s another track that is a hit with 1980’s music fans.
20. “Can’t Remember to Forget You” — Shakira ft. Rhianna
This Shakira and Rhianna hit is a fun, dance-worthy hit that will get you and your friends moving as soon as you start singing. It fuses pop, reggae, and rock in an addictive way.
21. “The Sound of Sunshine” — Michael Franti & Spearhead
You just can’t go wrong with Michael Franti songs. “The Sound of Sunshine” is another fun one for a night of karaoke.
22. “One More Night” — Maroon 5
“One More Night” isn’t as typically reggae as other songs on this list, as it’s officially classified as a pop song. Nonetheless, it has strong reggae influences and is sure to be a hit with any singer or audience member.
23. “Locked Away” — R. City feat. Adam Levine
This dancehall and reggae fusion song is a surefire hit with music lovers. It’s uplifting with an important message. Most importantly, it’s fun to sing and easy to learn.many people of different ages and backgrounds know it that it isn’t hard to get your audience into the performance.
24. “Fire Burning (Someone Call 911)” — Sean Kingston
This is another dance-worthy tune that is sure to get any crowd up and moving to the beat. It’s a joy to sing, as well.
25. “Liar” — Camila Cabello
This is another pop song with strong reggae influences. It is a great choice if you or your friends are younger or are familiar with the 2019 hit.
Now that you’ve learned about some of the most popular, easiest, and best reggae songs for karaoke performances that you have to choose from, it should be easier to believe that any genre can provide songs that are fun karaoke picks. Reggae is a somewhat unique genre in that it has produced many famous hits that are fun, easy to sing for most people singing them, and relatable to audiences of all kinds. Choose a few of the listed reggae hits for your next big karaoke night and surprise your friends and family members with your creativity and musical know-how.