Abba the most performed at Karaoke

Waterloo the nation’s favourite over last 15 years

PRS for Music, the organisation that collects royalties on behalf of composers and songwriters, today reveals that Swedish pop band ABBA hold the top spot for most performed Karaoke work in the UK with ‘Waterloo’. A close second are Queen with their 1975 hit ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

The chart is dominated by some of the most famous songs of all time; written and performed by the best in the business, Queen, Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Kylie, Neil Diamond and the Beatles all feature in the songs we like to sing at Karaoke bars and pubs across the country.

The full top 25 list is as follows:

Based on Karaoke performances 1993 - end of Sept 2009

Rank

Song

Performer(s)

1

Waterloo

Abba

Benny Andersson & Bjoern Ulvaeus

2

Bohemian Rhapsody

Queen

Freddie Mercury

3

My Way

Frank Sinatra

Claude Francois & Jacques Revaux / Paul Anka

4

I Will Survive

Gloria Gaynor

Frederick Perren & Dino Fekaris

5

Dancing Queen

Abba

Benny Andersson & Bjoern Ulvaeus

6

Angels

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams & Guy Chambers

7

Like a Virgin

Madonna

Billy Steinberg & Kelly Thomas

8

It's Raining Men

Weather Girls

Paul Jabara & Paul Shaffer

9

Summer Nights

Olivia Newton John & John Travolta

Jim Jacobs & Casey Warren

10

I Should Be So Lucky

Kylie Minogue

Mike Stock, Matt Aiten & Peter Waterman

11

Don't Go Breaking My Heart

Elton John & Kiki Dee

Elton John & Bernie Taupin

12

Sweet Caroline

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond

13

American Pie

Don McLean / Madonna

Don McLean

14

Killing Me Softly

Roberta Flack / Fugees

Charles Fox & Norman Grimble

15

Hey Jude

The Beatles

John Lennon & Paul McCartney

16

Don't Stop Me Now

Queen

Freddie Mercury

17

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger & Keith Richards

18

Delilah

Tom Jones

Barry Mason & Les Reed

19

New York, New York

Liza Minelli / Frank Sinatra

Fred Ebb & John Kander

20

Total Eclipse of the Heart

Bonnie Tyler

Jim Steinman

21

Livin' La Vida Loca

Ricky Martin

Draco Rosa & Desmond Child

22

Livin' on a Prayer

Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi

23

I'm a Believer

Monkees

John Stewart

24

Love Shack

B-52s

Catherine Pierson, Fred Scheider, J Strickland, Cynthia Wilson

25

River Deep Mountain High

Ike and Tina Turner

Phillip Spector, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich

quote

Karaoke is the modern take on communal singing which has been part of British culture for over a century. Singing is traditionally an uplifting pastime which genuinely brings people together - whether they can actually sing or not doesn’t matter!

Ellis Rich, Chairman - PRS for Music

The results are based on the most performed Karaoke songs in licensed venues by PRS for Music.  Data is collated to make accurate royalty payments to its 65,000 composer, songwriter and music publisher members whenever music is publically performed or broadcasted.

Facts about karaoke:

  • The first Karaoke machine was invented by Daisuke Inoue in Japan, in the early 1970s.
  • Finland holds the record for the largest number of people singing karaoke at one time, for 80,000 people singing "Hard Rock Hallelujah" on 26 May 2006 in Helsinki after Lordi won the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • China holds the record for the longest non-stop rally of karaoke, for 214 hours, 20 minutes, and eight seconds on 1 January 2008. 
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