Top 10 Karaoke Scenes in Movies

Script written by Victoria Toltesi Top 10 Karaoke Scenes in Movies Subscribe: ‪‬‬‬‬‬‬ Who doesn’t love karaoke scenes in movies?! They’re always so much fun and can range from super cute like a character trying to impress his crush in Boys Don’t Cry, to hilarious such as James Carter in Rush Hour 2. We’ve also included karaoke scenes from P.S. I Love You, When Harry Met Sally, The Cable Guy, Lost in Translation and Duets. Special thanks to our users mac121mr0, Eunice Njagi, wjd2000, Carina Guiname Shiroma and Curtis Kretschmer for submitting the idea on our Interactive Suggestion Tool at MsMojo's Social Media: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Snapchat:

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Top 10 Karaoke Scenes in Movies

Get your earplugs ready; it’s about to get loud. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Karaoke Scenes in Movies.

For this list, we will be looking at our favorite karaoke performances in films, from the awkward, to the hilarious, to the just plain awful.

#10: “The Bluest Eyes in Texas”
“Boys Don’t Cry” (1999)

We’re starting this list off with a bang – a big, awkward bang. We all do embarrassing things when we’re young – blame it on hormones or whatever – but not many of us can say that we sang karaoke to impress a crush. In this scene, Lana decides to go up on stage with her two friends and manages to catch her crush Brandon's eye as he watches in the audience– but he's the only one appreciating the performance. The rest of the bar isn’t too thrilled about the trio – not that you can blame them since they pick one of the slowest, most downbeat songs possible, and they all look like they’re ready for a nap. Come on, put some energy into it, ladies!

#9: “Get Off”
“P.S. I Love You” (2007)

Who knew karaoke could be so sexy? First Gerard Butler’s character, Gerry, owns the song “Mustang Sally” to a very enthusiastic crowd – ‘course, it helps that he’s Gerard Butler… He then tries to embarrass his wife, Holly, by challenging her to karaoke, but boy, does she deliver. Singing one of Prince’s hottest songs, Hilary Swank gives the sexiest karaoke performance in the history of karaoke, and Gerry definitely likes what he sees. Unfortunately, Holly’s singing career is ended pretty quickly when she faceplants off the stage. A broken nose and twisted ankle seem like a heavy price to pay for a minute of karaoke fame, but hey, it was fun while it lasted.

#8: “I Will Survive”
“I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” (1998)

This is the scariest karaoke scene on our list, and it’s not because of the singing. Julie’s trying to get over the fact that her friends were violently slain by a vindictive, slicker-wearing, hook-carrying fisherman last summer. Lucky for her, a local radio station randomly calls, offering her an all-expenses-paid trip to the Bahamas if she can answer a skill-testing question! Julie goes on the vacation to blow off some steam, and karaoke’s part of that equation. Jennifer Love Hewitt shows off her pipes, and her friends are so into the performance they don’t notice when an ominous message from the killer pops up on the screen. Oh btw, nice song choice.

#7: “Try a Little Tenderness”
“Duets” (2000)

There’s no way we’d leave this movie off this list; it’s literally about the world of karaoke, from the hustlers to the dreamers. With so many karaoke performances in the film, it was hard to narrow it down to one – after all, Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis do a characteristically great job with their vocals. But even so, we’re bestowing the honors upon Paul Giamatti and Andre Braugher and their rendition of “Try a Little Tenderness.” The vocals and harmonies are amazing, but what makes this scene really stand out is the delivery. Their characters, Todd and Reggie, clearly have a lot fun with the song, their smiles are contagious, and it’s just a plain old, feel good scene!

#6: “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”
“Rush Hour 2” (2001)

James Carter is a hero: he saves innocent lives from dangerous criminals, and innocent ears from terrible karaoke singers. While visiting his friend Lee in Hong Kong, Carter happens upon a karaoke night – as you do. But one thing you do not want to do in front of Chris Tucker is screw up a Michael Jackson song. When Carter hears the cringe worthy singing, he jumps into action, delivering an amazing MJ impression, complete with groovy dance moves. Unfortunately, Lee takes him away from his karaoke stardom, but it’s for his own good. After all, they’re undercover agents in a gangster bar… Not the safest place to be singing karaoke. Jam on!

#5: “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top”
“When Harry Met Sally…” (1989)

There’s a time and place for karaoke. The time? At night, when it’s dark. The place? A bar, where they serve alcohol. That time and place is certainly NOT mid-afternoon at an electronics store! Proving that men and women can be friends, Harry and Sally head to the Sharper Image to pick up a gift for their newly engaged pals. Harry thinks the perfect gift is “a singing machine,” which he proceeds to demonstrate. Harry’s actually a good singer, but Sally… not so much. To make the situation even more embarrassing, Harry’s ex walks in as they’re belting a song from “Oklahoma!” See, this is why karaoke BARS are so popular: because there’s alcohol… lots and lots of alcohol.

#4: “I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself”
“My Best Friend’s Wedding” (1997)

Performing karaoke takes courage, especially when you’re forced to do it by a woman who is trying to sabotage your upcoming nuptials because she’s in love with your fiancé. To make matters worse, Kimmy is a terrible singer – and that’s putting it nicely… Of course, she manages to win over the crowd despite her voice, by doing the only thing she can: she laughs at her own awful singing and just has a good time. Not only does she get a round of applause, she also gets a little smooch from her fiancé, and thwarts Julianne’s plans to embarrass her. Well played Kimmy, well played.

#3: “Here Comes Your Man”
“(500) Days of Summer” (2009)

This is one of the more relatable scenes on our list, since most of us probably wouldn’t perform karaoke for an audience without being at least kinda drunk. Hey, they don’t call it liquid courage for nothin’! But the booze can’t hide Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s some solid musical chops, so his ‘drunk singing’ still sounds 10x better than the average Joe singing completely sober. As Tom Hansen, JGL’s out with some work friends, one of whom is the manic-pixie-dream-girl he happens to be crushing on. Naturally, his enthusiastic performance wins over the girl, but of course, since it’s a romantic comedy-drama, you know there’s some heartache coming his way. So, we’ll let him have this small, drunken victory.

#2: “More Than This”
“Lost in Translation” (2003)

If a girl like Scarlett Johansson asks you to sing karaoke, you sing karaoke. In “Lost in Translation,” two lost souls find each other and attempt to find themselves while abroad in Tokyo. And, when in Tokyo, do as the Tokyoites do. In this case, that means sing karaoke. While Johansson gives a pretty good performance, it’s a fairly stereotypical karaoke routine that relies mainly on the upbeat song to keep the audience interested. When Bill Murray takes the mic, however, he delivers something totally unexpected. This may sound cheesy, but it feels like you get a glimpse into his soul. It’s a surprisingly serious take on karaoke – especially from a comedian – but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

- “Vivo Per Lei”
“Mommy” (2014)

- “You’re My Dream”
“Only God Forgives” (2013)

- “Like a Virgin” (Parody)
“The House Bunny” (2008)

- “Beyond the Sea”
“A Life Less Ordinary” (1997)

#1: “Somebody to Love”
“The Cable Guy” (1996)

To all you karaoke noobs out there, some advice: if you’re gonna sing Jefferson Airplane, you really have to commit. You also really have to commit if you’re gonna play a psychotic, stalker-y cable guy. Fortunately, Jim Carrey’s up to both jobs. In this one scene, he captures all the emotions you feel throughout this entire movie: we’re both unnerved and amused as we watch Carrey’s character, Chip, get his psychedelic karaoke game on. Why unnerved? Well, Chip’s not exactly mentally stable, and that’s definitely made clear by his karaoke performance. He gets a little too into it, as if possessed by some vengeful karaoke demon. But, if you can look past the wild dancing, the singing’s actually impressive. Oh, and that throat solo is something else!

Do you agree with our list? What’s your favorite movie karaoke scene? For more entertaining top 10s published every day, make sure to subscribe to Msmojo.


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