ABBA-solutely fabulous: Pop group's Waterloo tops the charts for karaoke kings and queens

Sounding like a 'karaoke singer' is one of pop judge Simon Cowell's favourite put downs.

But for the thousands who only dare hold a microphone after too many drinks at the office Christmas party, karaoke remains a popular form of self-humiliation.

And now a top 25 chart of the songs we most love to murder has been revealed.

Bjorn Ulvaeus, back left, Benny Andersson, back right, Agnetha Faltskog, front left, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad  are shown. (AP Photo, file)

Abba's 1974 Eurovision Song Contest winning hit Waterloo tops the chart and the Swedish group also provides the fifth most popular number, Dancing Queen


1) Waterloo - Abba

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2) Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

3) My Way - Frank Sinatra (right)

4) I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

5) Dancing Queen - Abba

6) Angels - Robbie Williams

7) Like A Virgin - Madonna

8) It's Raining Men - Weather Girls

9) Summer Nights - Olivia Newton John and John Travolta

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10) I Should Be So Lucky - Kylie Minogue (right)

11) Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John and Kiki Dee

12) Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond

13) American Pie - Don MacLean

14) Killing Me Softly - Roberta Flack

15) Hey Jude - The Beatles

16) Don't Stop Me Now - Queen

17) (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Rolling Stones

18) Delilah - Tom Jones

19) New York, New York - Liza Minnelli/Frank Sinatra

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20) Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler (right)

21) Livin' La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin

22) Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi

23) I'm A Believer - Monkees

24) Love Shack - B-52s

25) River Deep Mountain High - Ike and Tina Turner


They are classic, instantly recognisable and easy to remember pop tunes that even the most tuneless and talentless singer can make an attempt at performing.

Abba's 1974 Eurovision Song Contest winning hit Waterloo tops the chart and the Swedish supergroup also provides the fifth most popular karaoke number Dancing Queen.

Queen also have two hits in the chart. Bohemian Rhapsody is number two and unusually is a very difficult song to perform, even when sober. Don't Stop Me Now is 16th most song karaoke number.

The chart has been compiled by PRS for Music, formerly the Performing Rights Society, a licensing organisation that monitors music use to collect royalties for songwriters.

For the first time it has produced a list of the 25 most popular songs from analysis of data going back to the early 1990's when the karaoke craze swept the country.

The results clearly indicate karaoke is more popular among older age groups as there are few 'modern' hits.

Not one is from the 21st Century and only two songs, Angels by Robbie Williams and Livin' La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin are from the 1990s.

Nine are from the 70s and the 60s and 80s have seven each.

The greatest names in pop history are not exactly represented. The Beatles and Rolling Stones have only one entry each - Hey Jude and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. While Elvis Presley doesn't even feature.

And there is a relatively even split between men and women.

Nick Thistleton, from Lucky Voice, a chain or karaoke bars, said: 'People always seem to gravitate towards the same 20 or so songs. The choices are possibly made to disguise a lack of ability, but whether you can sing well or not is not relevant to karaoke.

'The songs that endure are those with strong melodies and lyrics that are reasonably easy.'

Karaoke originated in Japan during the 70s and has been a popular pastime in the UK for two decades.

As well as karaoke bars, pubs and clubs, there are now home machines and computer karaoke games available. The success of the X Factor has also increased the popularity of the craze as people are inspired to 'perform in public.'

Computers in large karaoke establishments store date on how many times a song is sung. Almost 8,000 hold PRS licenses and information from them was used to compile the top 25.

PRS spokesman Barry Hooper said:'There is clearly a staple of karaoke favourites that recur. People tend to love a sing-a-long and karaoke is the modern equivalent of people crowding around a piano.'


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