Karaoke was popular long before James Corden hopped in his car and began pestering Adele, Elton John, and Bruno Mars to join him for a ride and sing along to their own hit songs. At the very least, Corden’s musical antics reveal that karaoke is still popular.
There was a time when you’d need to head out to a bar or club in order to belt out your vocal renditions. But technology can help you avoid the bar scene with your own karaoke setup, which can be a blast at a family get-together or party.
There are a number of ways you can get up and running with karaoke. When you use an app, you can sing in the privacy of your bedroom or basement without the pressure of a crowd. But of course, some of the fun of karaoke is impressing your friends with your awesome pipes (or amusing them with your tone-deaf stylings).
Some methods let you sing along to songs that have most of the vocal track removed, while others keep the original lead singer in the audio mix. Here’s how to get started.