Karaoke is perfect because you get to drink and sing songs with your friends without ever having to talk to any of them. Here are the best songs to sing or scream from your chair while someone else sings them.

A few notes on the list: I attempted to construct it based the song's crowd-pleasingness and the ease with which it can be sung. (Congrats that you're perfect at Adele but also no thanks.) I also attempted to keep from making it too focused on personal singing preference, but only to a point. For example, Temple of the Dog's "Hunger Strike" might not rank so high—or at all, oddly—on most other lists. Similarly, though it is a karaoke staple, you won't find Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" on this list because I am never in the mood to hear someone scream it at me.

Also I limited it to 50, because beyond that who cares.

50. R.E.M., "Everybody Hurts"

49. Crash Test Dummies, "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm"

48. Tracy Chapman, "Fast Car"

47. Ashlee Simpson, "Pieces of Me"

46. Sheryl Crow, "If It Makes You Happy"

45. Rihanna (Ft. Mikky Ekko), "Stay"

44. Pearl Jam, "Jeremy"

43. Lisa Loeb, "Stay"

42. Meredith Brooks, "Bitch"

41. Bush, "Glycerine"

40. Dr. Dre feat. Eminem, "Forgot About Dre"

39. Wallflowers, "One Headlight"

38. The Proclaimers, "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"

37. Jewel, "You Were Meant For Me"

36. Anything Judas sings in Jesus Christ Superstar

35. Al Green, "Let's Stay Together"

34. Destiny's Child, "Say My Name"

33. Third Eye Blind, "Semi-Charmed Life"

32. Stevie Nicks, "Edge of Seventeen"

31. Cat Stevens, "Wild World"

30. Sublime, "Santeria"

29. The Killers, "Mr. Brightside"

28. Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off" *

27. Queen, "Fat Bottomed Girls"

26. No Doubt, "Don't Speak"

25. Gloria Gaynor, "I Will Surviva"

24. Melissa Etheridge, "I'm the Only One"

23. The Clash, "Train in Vain"

22. Prince, "Purple Rain

21. Fugazi, "Waiting Room"

20. Beyonce, "Love on Top"

19. Boyz II Men, "I'll Make Love to You"

18. Billy Bragg, "A New England"

17. Live, "Lightning Crashes"

16. Natalie Imbruglia, "Torn"

15. Temple of the Dog, "Hunger Stirke"

14. David Bowie, "Modern Love"

13. Dolly Parton, "9 to 5"

12. Miley Cyrus, "Party In The U.S.A."

11. TLC, "Waterfalls"

10. U2, "With or Without You"

9. Mariah Carey (Ft. Jay Z), "Heartbreaker"

8. Robyn, "Dancing On My Own"

7. Oasis, "Don't Look Back in Anger"

6. Fiona Apple, "Criminal"

5. Wheatus, "Teenage Dirtbag"

4. Sam Cooke "Bring It on Home to Me"

3. Alanis Morissette, "You Oughta Know"

2. Billy Joel, "We Didn't Start the Fire"

1. Weezer, "Say It Ain't So"

*I haven't actually seen anyone perform this one yet, but you have to imagine that it'll be great.

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