Whoever said R&B is dead obviously hasn’t been to a karaoke bar lately.
R&B is very much alive and well, and there are plenty of great tracks to choose from if you’re looking to belt out a tune.
Whether you are planning a night out with friends or just want to belt out some tunes at home, this list of 100 songs includes some classics and newer R&B karaoke hits that are sure to get your groove on.
Top Best R&B Karaoke Songs
1. Toni Braxton – Unbreak My Heart
Un-break my heart Say you'll love me again Undo this hurt you caused When you walked out the door And walked out of my life Un-cry these tears I cried so many nights Un-break my heart
When it comes to karaoke, there are some songs that just get everyone in the room singing along. And for R&B lovers, Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My Heart” is definitely one of those songs. There’s just something about the lyrics and emotion in Braxton’s voice that instantly grabs your attention and won’t let go. And when you add in the fact that the song is insanely catchy, it’s no wonder this is one of the most popular karaoke songs of all time.
2. Can We Talk – Tevin Campbell
Can we talk for a minute? Girl, I want to know your name Can we talk for a minute? Girl, I want to know your name Can we talk? I wanna talk to my baby Come on and talk to me, baby
“Can We Talk” is a classic slow jam from the 90s that still gets plenty of play today. And it is another great R&B Karaoke song option. Tevin Campbell’s voice is smooth, seductive, and the lyrics are just begging to be sung by someone in love. Plus, the message of the song is timeless and relevant, making it a great choice for any karaoke enthusiast looking for a fun and meaningful song to perform.
3. Say My Name – Destiny’s Child
Say my name, say my name if no one is around you Say, “Baby, I love you,” if you ain't runnin' game Say my name, say my name, you actin' kinda shady Ain't callin' me "baby," why the sudden change?
It’s impossible to talk about karaoke and not mention Destiny’s Child. The group is responsible for some of the most popular and catchy songs of all time, and “Say My Name” is one of them.
This song is a great option for those who are looking for a track with great beat and some powerful vocals. And if you can get the harmonies right, you’ll definitely have the crowd singing along. Just make sure you know all the lyrics, because this is one song that everyone knows.
4. Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You
Some people want it all But I don't want nothin' at all If it ain't you, baby If I ain't got you, baby Some people want diamond rings Some just want everything But everything means nothing If I ain't got you, yeah
From the first note of “If I Ain’t Got You”, it’s clear that this is a song that is going to tug at your heartstrings. Featuring absolutely beautiful vocals from Alicia Keys, the track is both haunting and beautiful. And while the lyrics may be a bit sad, they are also incredibly relatable and easy to sing along to. This is definitely a song that will stay with you long after karaoke night is over.
5. John Legend – Ordinary People
We're just ordinary people We don't know which way to go 'Cause we're ordinary people Maybe we should take it slow Take it slow, oh-oh, this time we'll take it slow Take it slow, oh-oh, this time we'll take it slow
With piano playing a big role in the song, “Ordinary People” is another beautiful ballad great for karaoke. There are few people who can sing this song and not sound good. However, what makes this song truly great for karaoke is its message. “Ordinary People” is a song about acceptance, understanding and love. And in a world that can be so divided, it’s a message that is always relevant and necessary.
6. Stevie Wonder – Ribbon in the Sky
Oh so long for this night I prayed That a star would guide you my way To share with me this special day Where a ribbon's in the sky for our love If allowed may I touch your hand And if pleased may I once again So that you too will understand There's a ribbon in the sky for our love
Ribbon in the Sky is one of those songs that always gets people in a good mood. It’s impossible to hear this song and not feel happy. And while Stevie Wonder’s vocals are definitely impressive, the lyrics are what make this song shine. With its message of hope and love, “Ribbon in the Sky” is the perfect feel-good song for karaoke.
7. Let Me Love You – Mario
You should let me love you Let me be the one to Give you everything you want and need Baby, good love and protection Make me your selection Show you the way love's supposed to be Baby, you should let me love you, love you, love you Love you Yeah, listen
“Let Me Love You” by Mario is a truly unique love song that has stood the test of time. It was originally released in 2004 and quickly became a massive hit, thanks in part to its incredible melody and relatable lyrics. And though the song is definitely a bit of a challenge to sing, it is still a ton of fun to perform, especially if you are looking to show off your vocal range and skill.
8. Run To You – Whitney Houston
I wanna run to you I wanna run to you Won't you hold me in your arms And keep me safe from harm? I wanna run to you But if I come to you Tell me, will you stay Or will you run away?
Whitney Houston’s “Run to You” is the perfect karaoke song for anyone who wants to belt out a power ballad. The song has all the elements of a great karaoke performance: a catchy melody, easy-to-sing lyrics, and an uplifting message. “Run to You” is also a great choice for duets, thanks to its gender-neutral lyrics.
9. All of Me – John Legend
‘Cause all of me loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me, I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose, I’m winning
John Legend’s “All of Me” is a beautiful, heart-wrenching ballad that will stay with you long after the final notes fade away. Legend’s lyrics are simple but powerful, and his delivery is both vulnerable and sincere. The result is a song that feels both personal and universal, one that anyone who has ever been in love can relate to. And of course, the melody is absolutely stunning, making it perfect for belting out at karaoke.
10. No Scrubs – TLC
No, I don't want your number
No, I don't wanna give you mine and
No, I don't wanna meet you nowhere
No, don't want none of your time and
When TLC released “No Scrubs” in early 1999, the world was introduced to one of the most iconic R&B songs of all time. The track is a ode to independent women everywhere, and its message is just as relevant today as it was 20 years ago. “No Scrubs” is also a ton of fun to sing, thanks to its catchy hooks and easy-to-sing lyrics. If you’re looking for a feel-good song that will empower you to embrace your independence look no further than TLC’s “No Scrubs.”
R&B Karaoke Songs of the 90s
If you are a 90s kid or maybe you just love 90s music then you are in for a treat. 90s was truely the golden age for R&B music as it produced some of the best music in the genre. It was also the time when karaoke culture exploded in popularity, so it is no surprise that the best karaoke songs come from this era. Another great thing about 90s R&B is that a lot of the songs are easy to sing. Even if you are not a trained singer , you can still sound great singing these songs.
- I Wanna Know – Joe
- It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday – Boyz II Men
- You Got It Bad – Usher
- Let Me Love You – Mario
- I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly
- Stand By Me Karaoke – Ben E. King
- Nice And Slow – Usher
- End of The Road – Boyz II Men
- Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey
- Say My Name – Destiny’s Child
Female R&B Karaoke Songs
Female R&B singers have that certain sultriness and power that is unmatched by any other genre. Their ability to make you feel all the emotions – happiness, sadness, love, heartbreak – is what makes them so special. And, of course, there is nothing like belting out a R&B tune with some girlfriends and getting into the groove. So, if you are looking for the best female R&B karaoke songs, look no further than this list.
- Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
- Price Tag – Jessie J ft. B.o.B
- Alicia Keys – No One
- Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You
- If I Were A Boy – Beyonce
- Not Goin’ Cry – Mary J. Blige
- The Fugees – Killing Me Softly
- Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire (Main Version)
- Toni Braxton – Unbreak My Heart
- Too Little, Too Late – JoJo
Duet R&B Karaoke Songs
What’s better than singing your heart out at karaoke? Doing it with a friend, of course! Duet karaoke is a great way to bond mentally and have some fun at the same time. Secondly, you only have to worry about singing your part, not the entire song. This makes it even more enjoyable and relaxed. And luckily, there are plenty of great R&B duets to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites.
- Drunk in Love – Beyoncé and Jay-Z
- We Can’t Be Friends – Deborah Cox and RL
- Slow Jam ft. Monica – Usher
- A Whole New World – Aladdin
- Beauty And The Beast – Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson
- Nobody – Keith Sweat feat. Athena Cage
- Lauryn Hill & D’Angelo – Nothing Even Matters
- Silent Prayer – Shanice Ft. Johnny Gill
- It’s On – Mary J Blige featuring R Kelly
Beyoncé R&B Karaoke Songs
There’s a reason why you can’t get “Single Ladies” out of your head – Beyonce knows how to write a hook. Her songs are guaranteed to get stuck in your head, and that’s half the battle when it comes to karaoke.
Her songs are all about having a good time, and that’s what karaoke is all about. Whether you’re shaking it to “Crazy in Love” or singing your heart out to “Halo,” her songs will get you in the party mood.
So, why not take your karaoke night up a notch and sing one of Beyonce’s R&B karaoke songs? You won’t be disappointed.
- Halo – Beyonce
- Listen – Beyoncé
- If I Were A Boy – Beyonce
- Love On Top – Beyonce
- Pretty Hurts – Beyonce
- Crazy In Love – Beyonce
- Formation – Beyonce
- 7/11 – Beyonce
- Single Ladies – Beyonce
- Nicki Minaj ft. Beyoncé – Feeling Myself
80s R&b Karaoke Songs
While some people may not enjoy singing 80s R&B karaoke songs, we think they are actually some of the best to sing. The 80s was a great time for music, and there are many forgotten gems that make great karaoke songs. In addition, many of the songs from this era are easy to sing and have a great beat that will keep you moving.
- Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
- Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye
- Happy – Surface
- Looking Up to You – Michael Wycoff
- Risin’ to the Top – Keni Burke
- Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan and Rufus
- Somebody Else’s Guy – Jocelyn Brown
- Love Come Down – Evelyn “Champagne” King
- Juicy Fruit – Mtume
- Let’s Groove – Earth, Wind & Fire
R&B Karaoke Songs of the 2000s
There are many great R&B karaoke songs of the 2000s, but here are just a few of our favorites:
“Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé: This song is perfect for those with powerful vocals. It’s also a great choice if you want to get the crowd going with its catchy beat.
“No One” by Alicia Keys: A classic ballad that always gets requests at karaoke bars. If you can hit those high notes, this is the song for you.
“Ignition (Remix)” by R. Kelly: Another fun choice that will get the crowd dancing.
- Hot Boyz – Missy Elliott
- Fallin’ – Alica Keys
- Say My Name – Destiny’s Child
- Cry Me A River – Justin Timberlake
- Incomplete – Sisqó
- Love Don’t Cost a Thing – Jennifer Lynn Lopez
- Try Again – Aaliyah
- Ignition – R. Kelly
- Yeah – Usher
- Thank God I Found You – Mariah Carey
Old School R&B Karaoke Songs
There’s something about old-school R&B that just gets people feeling nostalgic and in the mood to sing. Maybe it’s the simple melodies or the soulful lyrics, but whatever the reason, we all love singing old-school R&B songs. And fortunately, there are plenty of great old-school R&B karaoke songs to choose from. To get started check out the list below.
- Closer – Ne – Yo
- Because Of You – Ne-Yo
- Beyonce – Sweet dreams
- Dilemma – Nelly
- So Sick – Ne – Yo
- Halo – Beyoncé
- Take A Bow – Rihanna
- No One – Alicia Keys
- Superhuman – Chris Brown ft. Keri Hilson
- With You – Chris Brown
Pop R&B Karaoke Songs
Pop R&B has its roots in the early 1990s when artists like Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men began incorporating pop elements into their R&B sound.
Today, the genre is one of the most popular genres in the world, with artists like Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, and Bruno Mars achieving massive success.
And, of course, with its popularity comes plenty of great karaoke songs. Check out these 10 pop R&B karaoke songs that are sure to get the crowd going.
- positions – Ariana Grande
- Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
- I Feel It Coming – The Weeknd
- Intentions – Justin Bieber ft. Quavo
- thank u, next – Ariana Grande
- Better – Khalid
- Stuck with U – Ariana Grande
- Take A Bow – Rihanna
- Beautiful People – Ed Sheeran feat. Khalid
- Earned It – The Weeknd
R&B Hip Hop Karaoke Songs
Though two different genres, R&B and hip hop have always had a close connection. Take any great hip-hop song from the 90s and you’ll likely find an R&B sample lurking somewhere in the track. In fact, many of the biggest hip-hop songs of all time feature R&B hooks or samples. Not to ignore, many of these songs slap hard at karaoke night.
- Work (Explicit) ft. Drake – Rihanna
- Here – Alessia Cara
- Hotline Bling – Drake
- The Hills – The Weeknd
- Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd
- See You Again ft. Charlie Puth – Wiz Khalifa
- Earned It – The Weeknd
- I Don’t Mind – Usher
- Only ft. Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown – Nicki Minaj
- Hot N*gga – Bobby Shmurda
70s R&B Karaoke Songs
The 70s R&B scene was full of karaoke classics that are still sung today. Some of the most popular ones are “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers, “Lean on Me” by Club Nouveau, and “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green. These are the tracks that always get requested at karaoke bars, so be sure to brush up on your 70s R&B before your next karaoke night.
- What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
- Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
- Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) – The Temptations
- Me and Mrs Jones – Billy Paul
- Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) – Marvin Gaye
- Rock With You – Michael Jackson
- Best of My Love – The Emotions
- You Make Me Feel Brand New – The Stylistics
- Distant Lover – Marvin Gaye
- Close the Door – Teddy Pendergrass
Usher R&B Karaoke Songs
When it comes to choosing the right r&b karaoke songs, you can’t go wrong with Usher. He’s got the looks, the voice, and the moves to get any crowd going. His songs are all about having a good time and letting loose, which is exactly what karaoke is all about.
- U Got It Bad
- DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love
- U Remind Me
- Lemme See ft. Rick Ross
- Nice & Slow
- U Don’t Have To Call
- You Make Me Wanna…
- Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)
As you saw , there are plenty of great R&B karaoke songs to choose from, no matter what your taste is. Next time you’re at a karaoke bar, be sure to request one of these songs or better yet, brush up on your singing skills so you can be the one to get the party started. We hope you liked the post as much as we enjoyed making it for you.