Now that 2010 has come and gone, we can look back and see what the best-selling karaoke songs were, both pop and country. Although there are reviews that are very similar in nature, this Country and Pop Karaoke Review is different because it shows what people who sing wanted to perform, not just what people who love Today’s Music wanted to hear.
Here are our top ten picks, based on sales, requests, and popularity, first the Pop List, then the Country List. Many records that we sold during the year had multiple of these songs on the same record, so there is no specific method to determine the title track that the buyer was interested in when purchasing the record. In other words, our picks can’t be considered 100 percent accurate on which songs topped the 2010 chart, but we think it’s close.
The best karaoke pop songs of 2010
# 1 – Need You Now – Lady Antebellum (Yes, a country group tops the 2010 pop chart; the pop mix version of this song has an electric guitar that replaces the country guitar tone in the chorus and bridge I’ve heard it before; many think it’s similar to Alan Parsons’s ‘Eye In The Sky’. I think his chorus is similar to Alias’s ‘More Than Words Can Say’)
# 2 – California Gurls by Katy Perry – (Katy Perry has proven to be not just a flash in the pan, but a veritable pop star. I, for one, thought her career was going to be short-lived when her first Single “I Kissed A Girl”: The fan base of the top 40 Americans is fickle and forgetful. But here she is, two years later, with her second album that has generated 3 number one hits, including California Gurls. The song is catchy with the phrase ‘Daisy Dukes, Bikinis on top’. She needs someone to help her in the spelling department)
# 3 – Hey, Soul Sister by Train – (We may have thought Train was ancient history because it had been five years since they were successful on Pop Chart. However, three of those years were on hiatus and look now; ‘Hey, Soul Sister ‘has brought this group back from the dead. Who would have thought that a song with a ukulele as the main instrument could top the charts? Maybe Tiny Tim would have, but who remembers?)
# 4 – TiK ToK by Ke $ ha- (A catchy tune justifiably compared to Lady Gaga’s ‘Just Dance’, this song could be a cookie cutter pattern of the many dance numbers in the American Top 40 today)
# 5 – BoB’s Nothin ‘On You – (This debut single from artist BoB features Bruno Mars as a guest vocalist, but the karaoke version can obviously be sung as a single artist.)
# 6 – Pink’s Glitter In The Air – (This song puts Pink on a whole new level. It is a blues ballad, emotional and heartfelt and therefore highly requested. Solar performance style)
# 7 – Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance – (Another hit from the never-predictable Lady Gaga. The characteristics of this song have been compared to her previous hit ‘Poker Face’).
# 8 – Today Was A Fairytale by Taylor Swift – (A nice little ballad featured on the ‘Valentine’s Day’ soundtrack. Though I sometimes find myself wincing at some of Taylor Swift’s out of tune live performances , I appreciate your ballads most of all, as do many karaoke singers. Add your own voice to the instrumental arrangements and it doesn’t matter how your ‘live’ performance sounded).
# 9 – Only Girl (In the World) by Rihanna – (Rihanna continues her streak of success, with this uptempo dance tune. This song became her ninth number one single, more than any other artist since 2000)
# 10 – Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars – (This song is not a remake of the song with the same title by Billy Joel. It is an original composition that is so cheesy it can make you cry. Almost every bride, fiancee or wife would blush if you sing this song to you, very similar to the one shown in the official video for this song. This great video and the compelling voice of Bruno Mars have made it one of the most requested karaoke songs of 2010)
The Best Country Karaoke Songs of 2010
# 1 – Need You Now by Lady Antebellum (This song obviously has a lot of appeal, topping the 2010 Country and Pop karaoke charts. The fact that it’s a duo helps, as many Karaoke fans are looking for a song they can sing. with another person, but since it is a karaoke track, a singer can easily sing the whole song alone).
# 2 – The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert – (This song is about returning to the home of her childhood that is now occupied by other people. The hope is to reconnect with a previous self there, in order to heal from problems not specified and stress caused by current life. The request is made to enter only one last time and “I will take nothing but a memory”).
# 3 – Temporary Home by Carrie Underwood (Although not as commercially successful as some of Carrie Underwood’s other singles, this song has enough feeling and emotion to make it one of the most requested karaoke songs of 2010)
# 4 – Why Don’t We Just Dance by Josh Turner (this song is infectiously funny and engaging to most country music fans)
# 5 – Water by Brad Paisley (Although not as clever with lyrics as other country tunes, the song is catchy and will likely continue to be a song used over the summer for its various ‘Water’ applications.)
# 6 – Hillbilly Bone by Blake Shelton (This country uptempo ditty is a statement of rural pride. Note the line: “We all have a hillbilly bone deep down.”)
# 7 – Stuck Like Glue by Sugarland (a catchy tune that, if it weren’t for Jennifer Nettle’s obvious country lead vocal, could pass for a pop song)
# 8 – Carrie Underwood’s Cowboy Casanova – (a late 2009 release that peaked in January 2010. This song is upbeat and similar to Carrie Underwood’s previous hit “Before He Cheats” in that its message is a warning to girls about unfaithful men)
# 9 – Rain Is A Good Thing by Luke Bryan – (It looks like a country song will tell you a story or have a hook in development. For this Luke Bryan song, the theme development is this: “Rain is a good thing”, because “rain makes corn, and corn makes whiskey, and whiskey makes my baby feel a bit frisky.” Obviously ‘cheesy’ but it worked)
# 10 – Only Prettier by Miranda Lambert – (The message in this song is that city girls and country girls are basically the same, except country girls are ‘just prettier’).
So if you’re a singer, 2010 gave you a lot of new music to choose from. Sometimes it can seem like there is no good new music out there. However, it may seem that way because you’ve gotten into the habit of listening to your ‘iPod’ with your pre-selected music options. Start getting used to listening to the radio or turning on a music channel more often, then you will find many new selections to choose from.