There’s something about the country genre that lends itself so well to karaoke night. Themes of cold beer, dancing, and having fun seem to go hand-in-hand with a party atmosphere in a bar.
Many of the songs are from the Top 40 and country charts, so they’re easy to sing along with – even if you’re just someone nursing a cocktail and listening to others get onstage.
Read on for our list of the best country karaoke songs out there. You might find a new favorite or even be inspired to try one out for yourself!
Related: For more like this, see our list of great country songs here.
1. “I’ve Got Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks
From the very first guitar chord strummed, this song always has an audience ready to sing along. The ode to classless socialization has become a go-to choice for country fans who want a crowd-pleaser.
Though this tune seems as modest as its country roots, it won several industry awards when it first hit in 1990 as the lead single off of Brooks’ album No Fences. It also boasted four weeks at the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
A simple harmonic structure, easygoing tempo, and mid-range vocals make this song accessible to most singers.
Sassy fiddle licks and a large chorus of backup voices at the end are practically begging everyone at the karaoke bar to have a good time.
2. “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker
The gravelly-voiced singer who began as frontman for Hootie and the Blowfish migrated to the country genre as a solo artist in the early 2000s. His rich tone lends itself well to this song, a reinvention of a melody that’s been around for decades.
What most fans don’t know is that Bob Dylan wrote the chorus in 1973. Old Crow Medicine Show brought it to prominence with the addition of verse material, but it’s also been recorded by Nathan Carter and many other folk and country artists.
“Wagon Wheel” appeals as an enduring tune that crosses over into karaoke because it’s easy to adopt the singsong style. Bonus points if you can get a friend to sing the harmony part with you.
3. “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” by Shania Twain
Who hasn’t sung along with this one at some point? From the first guitar hit and vocal line of “Let’s go, girls,” it’s sure to get everyone on their feet and singing along.
Everything about it is catchy: the melody, the spoken-word interjections, and the whoops in the chorus.
Written by Twain and her then-husband, Robert “Mutt” Lange, in 1999, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” dominated the airwaves for several months in six countries and won Twain a Grammy the following year.
Its theme of female empowerment and carefree fun makes it a shoo-in for karaoke night.
Mostly, this tune is for women, but it’s good for bar entertainment when a guy sings it tongue-in-cheek, too.
4. “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash
You don’t have to have the bass register of Cash to pull off this one – but it sure helps.
A country classic since 1963, it was written by Cash’s wife, June Carter, and recorded by her sister before Johnny propelled it into the canon of singable country tunes.
With mariachi trumpets and percussion that sound like a train in motion, “Ring of Fire” is an interesting listen as well as excellent karaoke fodder.
If you don’t want to attempt this one, try its musical cousin, an honorable mention on this list: “Folsom Prison Blues.”
Related: Check out our list of the best 1960s country songs here.
5. “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton
In the karaoke world, it’s risky to sing a slow ballad because you don’t want to bring down the energy. Somehow, “Tennessee Whiskey” has the opposite effect. Those first few bass notes that introduce the vocal line tend to pluck at the heartstrings of everyone listening.
The lyrics are romantic and the style soulful, making this perfect for slow dancing next to the bar.
Stapleton uses metaphors of different drinks like whiskey and strawberry wine to describe how the object of his affection helped him step away from alcoholism.
Whether you’re singing to that special someone or just wanting a song that makes everyone sit back and enjoy themselves, you can’t go wrong with this modern country track.
6. “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus
If you were alive in the 90s, you most likely know most of the words to this rock-tinged country tune.
It exploded onto the charts in the early half of the decade, not just in the U.S. but also in the UK and Australia. Cyrus made it popular after the Marcy Brothers recorded their version in 1991.
It’s campy, kitschy, and every other type of way you can think to describe a song that’s become somewhat of a joke in the past two decades.
But “Achy Breaky Heart” was also responsible for the line dance becoming a thing, which only serves to make your karaoke night better once everyone gets on their feet.
Related: For more, see our popular country songs of the 1990s post here.
7. “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood
If you’re at the bar drinking to forget someone, there’s no better song to put into the karaoke rotation than this 2005 smash hit.
Themes of infidelity and revenge reign supreme as Underwood growls, yells, and belts her way through a list of all the things she did to her ex’s possessions to get back at him for cheating.
“Before He Cheats” spent 64 weeks on the country and mainstream Top 40 charts, proving it’s an enduring hit.
Whether you hop onto the mic alone or with a slew of buzzed girlfriends, you can’t go wrong with this song choice – just make sure not to scare off your current flame.
8. “I Love This Bar” by Toby Keith
The appeal of this tune is right there in the title. If you decide to sing this one, you’ll have the entire place singing right along. It’s fun, laid-back, and celebrates the variety of people you might encounter on karaoke night.
Keith’s restaurant chain, I Love This Bar and Grill, takes its inspiration from this song, which spent several weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart when it dropped in 2003.
9. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver
Sure, there are plenty of modern country tunes that make good karaoke fodder. But sometimes, you feel the itch to go back a few decades to a classic choice.
Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” is a perfect inclusion in this category. It’s not difficult to sing and brings up a wave of nostalgia for listeners.
Bonus points if you are singing karaoke in West Virginia, the state the song is dedicated to. (In fact, this is one of its four official state anthems.)
10. “Crazy” by Patsy Cline
Slow things down at your bar and encourage everyone to grab a dance partner for this one.
Cline croons her way through an ode to a lost relationship, saying she must have been out of her mind to love someone who would eventually leave her. But you don’t have to have experienced a recent breakup to give this one a shot.
“Crazy” has been covered numerous times since Willie Nelson wrote it in the 60s when it was the #1 most-played choice on jukeboxes.
His version suits a man’s vocal range, making this tune accessible to anyone who’s feeling slow and romantic on the karaoke mic.
11. “Pontoon” by Little Big Town
There’s maybe no better choice for summertime karaoke than “Pontoon.” It’s chill while also giving off a party vibe, as the lyrics talk about the fun the band is having out on the water with drinks and friends.
Because it’s a slow tempo and mid-to-low female vocal range, this song isn’t too difficult for anyone to attempt.
Get the rhythm right in the chorus, and you can almost fake the verses – though you won’t need to since the melody is so catchy.
Make sure to include some hip and arm movement to get into the feel of “Pontoon.”
12. “Jolene” by Dolly Parton
What better choice of a classic country tune than from the Queen of Country herself?
Parton’s songwriting talent and that perpetual guitar riff contribute to the lasting popularity of “Jolene,” prompting Rolling Stone to include it in their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
You don’t need to accuse your man of an affair to enjoy singing this one.
For extra musical inspiration, check out Parton’s goddaughter Miley Cyrus’ version, which adds some creative reimagining of the melody (and sits lower in the female vocal range).
13. “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” by Toby Keith
There’s something about Keith’s writing that lends itself so well to karaoke. His songs give off a relaxed country feel and aren’t too complicated for karaoke newbies to attempt.
“Should’ve Been a Cowboy” was the most-spun country song of 1990s radio and plays over the loudspeaker at Oklahoma State University sporting events (their mascot being a Cowboy).
Pick this one at karaoke night and watch most of the bar sing along. It’s not impossible that everyone will question their career choice when they hear the familiar lines of this appealing tune.
14. “Neon Moon” by Brooks and Dunn
Popular at dance venues as well as karaoke, “Neon Moon” is a lush country track that inspires romance in everyone who hears it.
Save this one for later in the night when the bar patrons need a reason to get up and grab a two-step partner.
Ironically, the lyrics describe a man whose sweetheart broke up with him, making it more of a tribute to loneliness than true love.
But don’t let the sadness overcome your spirit when you choose to sing this one – it’s still a gorgeous song that anyone with passion can do justice to.
15. “How Do I Live” by LeAnn Rimes
When this song hit the airwaves in 1997, it smashed records in the genres of country, pop, and adult contemporary, making it one of the biggest crossover hits of all time.
What made that even more astonishing is that Rimes was only a teenager when she first sang it. Diane Warren, Trisha Yearwood, and other superstars have also given it their unique spin.
The enduring popularity and plea for love in “How Do I Live” make it a great karaoke tune, inviting just about everyone to sing along to the passionate chorus.
Related: Next, check out our list of the best country love songs here.
16. “Drinkin’ Problem” by Midland
Midland manages to strike the perfect balance between a classic country sound and modern appeal with “Drinkin’ Problem,” their very first single.
The music industry agrees, certifying it gold and then platinum shortly after it met radio airwaves in 2017.
The slow two-step pattern practically begs listeners to get out of their seats at the bar while you sing.
The old-fashioned harmonies on the chorus provide a challenge for experienced karaoke singers who want to invite a friend to a duet (or even trio!) on the mic.
17. “Remind Me” by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood
There’s no shortage of songs about heartache in the country genre. This country-rock duet between former lovers pleads with each other to take them back to a time when they were passionately in love.
It’s not hard to sing but packs an emotional punch for anyone who hears it.
Though it’s a ballad, what makes it great for karaoke is the fact that it’s two singers.
Whether a friend or romantic partner, you’ll kill it at the bar when you try this one. Kudos if you throw in some acting and hold hands or dance with each other, too.
18. “Rhinestone Cowboy” by Glen Campbell
When “Rhinestone Cowboy” debuted in 1975, it coasted on a wave of popularity in the U.S. and also Australia.
It enjoyed prominence on both country and pop charts for several weeks and made a brief comeback in 2017 after Campbell’s death.
The glamor of his classic reflects in the production of this song, complete with orchestral strings and a build to each flamboyant chorus.
Just like a rhinestone, you’ll sparkle when you sing this one at the karaoke bar.
Related: See more country songs of the 1970s in our post here.
19. “Keep Me In Mind” by Zac Brown Band
The intersection of country, pop, rock, and blues in this tune means it’s accessible to any music fan.
It’s got a jam-band vibe that fits in perfectly at a dive bar and a groove that makes you want to dance with a drink in your hand.
The bubbly, upbeat tempo and old-school background vocals make it fun, while the solo line isn’t too difficult to emulate onstage.
Country fans in 2011 surely recognize it, as the song made it to #59 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart the week it dropped.
Summing Up Our List Of Country Songs for Karaoke
Loneliness or celebration, romance or revenge, country music’s themes have captured the hearts and ears of music fans for decades.
It’s no wonder the genre adapts itself so well to karaoke – themes of small-town bars and partying are right at home in a singing venue.
Try out some of the tunes from our list next time you head out to the karaoke bar, and you’re sure to get a round of applause from your friends and other patrons.
Plus, nearly all of these selections are great for dancing. Enjoy your night of fun!