Adele tops the charts… for karaoke

Someone Like You is the most performed karaoke song of the year, while two other Adele tracks also feature in the top ten

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Forget those Emmy Awards, platinum discs and that slot in Time magazine’s list of the most influential people of 2012 – Adele has finally arrived, having captured the coveted top spot in this year’s karaoke chart.


The singer’s 2011 track Someone Like You is the most performed karaoke song of 2012, while two other tunes by the multiple Emmy-winning artist also feature in the top ten.

Rolling in the Deep and Make You Feel My Love lie in fourth and sixth place, respectively, according to a chart compiled by Lucky Voice, giving the British singer a total of 15.1% of the UK karaoke market.

Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe lies in second spot while X Factor spawn One Direction are in at three with What Makes You Beautiful.

Classic rock tracks such as Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer make up a relatively small portion of the top ten, with newer artists taking over.

Lucky Voice boss Nick Thistleton said of the trend: “We are witnessing an important cultural shift in the types of songs people are choosing to sing in the UK.

“Even five years ago you would expect to find the charts dominated by the old guard of rock like Bon Jovi.

“In recent years traditional karaoke artists like Bonnie Tyler, Elton John and Guns ‘n’ Roses have had to make way to new and exciting artists like Carly Rae Jepsen, Gotye featuring Kimbra and LMFAO.

“Today, with the renaissance of karaoke, comes a new audience who demand current music and contemporary artists to listen and sing along to.”

The top ten most-performed karaoke songs of 2012

1. Someone Like You – Adele (7.4%)

2. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen  (5.4%)

3. What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction (4.2%)

4. Rolling in the Deep – Adele (4.1%)

5. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen (3.7%)

6. Make You Feel My Love – Adele (3.6%)

7. Livin’ On a Prayer – Bon Jovi (2.7%)

8. Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO (2.4%)

9. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey (1.7%)


10. Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye feat. Kimbra (1.6%)