Top 10 Pop Sing Along Songs

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-Whether it's 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 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 the best of the best in sing-along favorites.

Bon Jovi's "Livin' On a Prayer" stands as one of the genuinely 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.

"Livin' On a Prayer" was the band's second consecutive #1 pop hit single following "You Give Love a Bad Name." It was the second in a string of eight consecutive top 10 pop hit singles by the band.

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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.

When first released, "Don't Stop Believin'" peaked at #9 on the pop singles chart, Journey's second top 10 hit. The song's enduring popularity is represented by digital sales that exceed seven million. It has sold more digital copies than any other song recorded in the 1980s. Glee's cover of the song reached #4 on the U.S. pop singles chart in 2009.

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The evolution of Neil Diamond's 1969 #4 pop hit single into one of the most popular sing-along songs of all time began at Boston's baseball stadium 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.

Neil Diamond has stated that his inspiration for writing "Sweet Caroline" was Caroline Kennedy, daughter of ​President John F. Kennedy. Neil Diamond sang it to her as part of her 50th birthday celebration in 2007. ​


"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. The radio airplay has translated into "Brown Eyed Girl's" rise as one of the most popular sing-along classics.

"Brown Eyed Girl" was one of eight songs recorded over a two-day period in 1967. They were intended to create four singles. Because of the language used in a contract that he signed with Bang Records; Van Morrison claims that he didn't receive any royalties for writing or recording "Brown Eyed Girl."


"Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry, them good  ol' boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye singin' this'll be the day that I die." Could Don McLean have had any idea at all this would be one of the most familiar lyric lines in the history of pop music? When he wrote and recorded "American Pie," Don McLean was a young singer-songwriter with just one very minor chart hit to his credit.

Don McLean says that writing the first verse of "American Pie" helped him deal with long-term grief over the untimely early death of Buddy Holly. He says that he knew it was a "big song" that summed up America. The song spent four weeks at #1 on the pop singles chart and became an all-time classic.


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Beatles - "Hey Jude" (1968)

Beatles - "Hey Jude"
Beatles - "Hey Jude". Courtesy Apple

As the legend goes, this song was initially 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.

"Hey Jude" was the first single released on the Beatles' label Apple Records. At seven minutes in length, it was one of the longest pop hit singles of all time. It spent nine weeks at #1 tying an all-time record and became the biggest hit of the Beatles' career. "Hey Jude" earned Grammy Award nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

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The lyrical context of Billy Joel's classic "Piano Man" is a piano player who is paid to encourage the crowd to join him and sing along. It is a song that is comfortable in a wide range of settings from upscale cocktail hours to rowdy bars. The lyrics are all based on real-life experiences when Billy Joel worked as a piano player at the Executive Room bar in Los Angeles.

The original recording of "Piano Man" ran approximately five and a half minutes. Columbia Records decided it was too long to release as a single and cut it down to just over three minutes. "Piano Man" climbed to #25 on the pop singles chart and reached the top five on the adult contemporary chart.

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This classic song about lusting after a friend's girlfriend has become one of the most popular of bar sing-alongs. Rick Springfield says that the inspiration was the girlfriend of a friend whom he admired from afar. When "Jessie's Girl" was released, it marked Rick Springfield's return to concentrating on his music career after several years focusing on acting.

"Jessie's Girl" took off slowly, but it eventually went to #1 on the pop singles chart. It was Rick Springfield's only #1 hit, and it earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal.

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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 did for the preceding 15 years. It's goofy and over the top, but easy to sing along and full of killer hooks, that's pop perfection.

Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is one of the best pop songs of all time according to many observers. It reached #9 on the U.S. pop singles chart when first released. After the popularity of the Wayne's World scene, the song returned to the chart and climbed all the way to #2.

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"Red Red Wine" was written and first recorded by Neil Diamond, but it is the UB40 version that has become a real 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.

UB40 had significant success in the U.S. recording reggae covers of previous hit singles. They reached #1 again with their version of Elvis Presley's classic "Can't Help Falling In Love." A cover of the Temptations' "The Way You Do the Things You Do" reached #6 on the pop singles chart.

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