Whether its in the car listening to the radio, at a sports event, in a bar, or in the shower, one of the great things about pop music is it invites you to sing along. Some songs clearly are better than others for singing along, and it takes some time for a pop song to establish itself as a clear favorite. Read on for your guide's picks of the best of the best in sing along favorites.
Bon Jovi's "Livin' On a Prayer" stands as one of the true iconic songs of 80s rock. The band performed an acoustic version of the song as part of the concert efforts to help heal after the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks. Jon Bon Jovi's anthemic vocals invite enthusiastic singing along.
Well before its use in Glee, Journey's classic "Don't Stop Believin'" was recognized for its sing along power. The Chicago White Sox used the song as an anthem on their way to the 2005 World Series championship. It figured prominently in the heavily watched final episode of The Sopranos in 2007. In 2008 Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" became the first "catalog" song to sell over two million digital copies.
The evolution of Neil Diamond's 1969 #4 pop hit single into one of the most popular sing along songs of all time is traced by many to Boston's Fenway Park where "Sweet Caroline" is used to engage the crowd. It has now spread widely through sports events, bars, weddings and much more. "Sweet Caroline" has now sold over a million digital copies.
"Brown Eyed Girl" is the song that launched Van Morrison's solo career. It went to #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and then over time became one of the most frequently played songs on pop radio. This has translated into "Brown Eyed Girl" being one of the most popular sing along classics.
6. Beatles - "Hey Jude" (1968)
As the legend goes, this song was originally written by Paul McCartney to try to cheer up a young Julian Lennon when his father John was breaking up with Cynthia. Regardless of how it came about, it soon had the world singing along about taking a sad song and making it better, and, particularly, that extended "Na na na na" chorus.
The movie Wayne's World showed Wayne and Garth rocking out to this classic in their car, but it was only a reflection of what so many of us had been doing for 15 years. It's goofy and over the top, but easy to sing along and full of killer hooks, that's pop perfection.
"Red Red Wine" was written and first recorded by Neil Diamond, but it is the UB40 version that has become a true sing along favorite. Their recording reached the pop top 40 on initial release in 1984, but then it returned in 1988 and went all the way to #1. The song's lyrics detail efforts to use red wine to help forget a bad relationship.