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Sure you might groan when the office manager suggests it for a work night out, or when your friend wants to do it for a birthday party, but everyone loves it when they’re there.
Get a glass of something bubbly inside you and there’s nothing like singing along to your favorite songs.
Private karaoke company Lucky Voice has provided us with the top songs performed at their venues across the UK.
We have got the top 20 LGBTI anthems that people love to sing, and we’re revealing them in reverse order.
Is your go-to karaoke song on there?
20. Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Performers of arguably the most famous version of Tainted Love, it’s no wonder this is on the list of the most performed LGBT karaoke songs. Sing it brash, sing it ballsy, and you’ll have people up dancing.
19. David Bowie – Heroes
No surprises this icon has so many songs on this list. Bisexual singer David Bowie lives on in karaoke rooms across the world.
If you want to be academic about it, Bowie scholar David Buckley wrote Heroes ‘is perhaps pop’s definitive statement of the potential triumph of the human spirit over adversity.’ But it’s also an amazing song.
18. Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
Possibly Lady Gaga’s signature song, Bad Romance is a classic for many reasons. It’s upbeat, it’s weird, and it’s a classic to cover.
It’s on this list not only because Gaga is bi, but also for this quote from the singer: ‘What I’m really trying to say is I want the deepest, darkest, sickest parts of you that you are afraid to share with anyone because I love you that much.’
17. Elton John – Your Song
From the avant-garde to the fairly conventional. This is a love song, and it’s a simple but beautiful one. While Ellie Goulding and Moulin Rouge may have brought it back for modern-day performers, it’s easy to see why people love to sing this one.
16. Elton John and George Michael – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Surprisingly the only George Michael song on this list, but it’s far from the only duet. While duets are a bit old fashioned these days, maybe there should be more of them. They’re clearly popular.
15. Freddie Mercury and David Bowie – Under Pressure
And here’s another duet. One of the biggest songs of the 1980s, the mega-hit with pop’s most memorable bassline, it’s a great track for just shouting out over a few cocktails. While you may not have the lungs of Freddie Mercury and David Bowie, you can at least give it your best shot.
14. Sia – Cheap Thrills
The most current song on the list, Sia’s tribute to cheap nights out definitely fits for a karaoke session.
13. David Bowie – Life On Mars
Bowie’s back. It’s not surprising that Brits love Bowie, and likely many paid tribute to the Ziggy Stardust performer after he passed in January 2016.
12. Hozier – Take Me To Church
While Hozier may be straight, this anti-Catholic Church song was inspired by his belief in LGBTI rights.
‘Sexuality, and sexual orientation – regardless of orientation – is just natural,’ he said.
‘An act of sex is one of the most human things. But an organization like the church, say, through its doctrine, would undermine humanity by successfully teaching shame about sexual orientation – that it is sinful, or that it offends God. The song is about asserting yourself and reclaiming your humanity through an act of love.’
11. Erasure – A Little Respect
This is just fun to sing. Karaoke is best when it’s camp, and getting nostalgic over some cheesy tunes.
10. B-52s – Love Shack
Get the whole room pumping with your best Fred Schneider impression, and do some groovy moves along with it. This is perfect just to see how the group can sing ‘Tin roof….rusted!’
9. Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
Bring out your inner drag queen this one. We were just disappointed it wasn’t the RuPaul version.
8. Sia – Chandelier
Want to do your best go at a party girl tired but also loving the nightlife? Sia has you covered.
7. Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
Another drag queen classic, and one heard in gay clubs ever since it was released. It’s a pretty tough song to sing, but we’d suggest not lip syncing – just in case.
6. Carly Rae Jepson – Call Me Maybe
2012’s inescapable pop jam is still getting a lot of love in karaoke rooms. It became a LGBT pop song when the music video featured an adorable same-sex love storyline.
5. Elton John and Kiki Dee – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Weirdly, this is another song on this list in which RuPaul made a version replacing one of the performers. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart may be squeaky clean, but don’t let that stop you from appreciating one of the best songs from the 70s.
4. ABBA – Dancing Queen
You can say what you like about ABBA, but after a few songs and a copious (but sensible) amount of beer and wine, even the most cynical would be up for singing along to this.
3. Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
Can you match Freddie’s pipes? We hope so because people love this song for a reason and it needs justice.
2. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
This is one where you can’t do it alone – everyone has to grab every mic available. There’s a reason why this song has been named the best rock song of all time.
1. Frozen – Let It Go
Shock winner? Perhaps. But this is a coming out anthem, no matter how you look at it. IA message of empowerment, it doesn’t hurt that it comes from Disney as well. No wonder it’s the most popular LGBT anthem to perform at karaoke.
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