1. Sing King
Sing King is a very popular YouTube channel that is constantly uploading the latest music hits in karaoke versions.
Not only do the videos have great songs from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, and John Legend with just the instruments, but it also shows the lyrics in time so that you can sing exactly the right words.
Karaoke Version is an incredibly powerful karaoke website. Rather than having original songs, they have a vast catalog of their own cover versions. However, they sound very close to the originals, especially in the instrumentals.
The most impressive part is that you can isolate specific instruments in turn. For example, you could choose to only have the guitar playing or the drums. This means that you could not only sing along but fill in for an instrument too.
While many of the songs on Karaoke Version cost a couple of dollars, there are over 150 free karaoke pieces you can download. This selection features many traditional and retro songs, some of which are available in multiple languages.
SingSnap deems itself the “largest online karaoke community”. It encourages you to upload your own karaoke videos and check out those by other members. You could even duet with someone else in the community.
Browse by genre or by what’s hot, then get singing. You can record your efforts as you go and set them public to be rated by other members. You can also save those recordings to your hard drive and upload them to YouTube to share with your other friends.
Although SingSnap has free songs to choose from, most benefit comes from a paid membership that costs $12/month or $120/year. With this you can store unlimited recordings, get access to lots more songs, and use the key and pitch changer to improve your vocals.
Sing2Music is targeted at “serious musicians” who want to record professional cover versions of songs. Sing2Music produce their own versions, often in an acoustic style or in different keys, for people to sing over.
Of course, these tracks still work equally well for karaoke, although they’re not exactly the same as the original songs. Simply search for a song or artist and you can then stream the song on loads of platforms, like Spotify or Apple Music.
Youka used to be available as an online service, but now it’s a program that you have to download to your computer. However, it’s well worth it because it can separate the lyrics and music from any YouTube music video using artificial intelligence. It’s available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Once you have Youka open, you can use the search bar at the top to look for a music video on YouTube. Just enter the name of the song or the artist and you will see the results appear beneath.
Click the thumbnail of the song you want to sing to, then wait a while for the program to download and process the video. You will see progress information appear the top—don’t worry if it seems to be doing nothing, just be patient. Once done, it will then automatically start playing the instrumental version with the lyrics underneath.
You can use the Audio dropdown beneath the video to switch between the original, the instruments, and the vocals. Also, use the Captions dropdown to change how the lyrics appear.