Election week has been a stressful one, and many of us could use a break from social media and the political overload. One way to relax the mind is to flex those vocal cords, as studies have found that singing helps reduce stress levels, among other health benefits.
Between the viral sensation of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke and the celebrity dueling of Lip Sync Battle, it’s no wonder karaoke has come to the rescue this year as our pop culture guilty pleasure. And what better way to de-stress with friends than to belt out to one of 2016’s hottest artists, Drake, who has shared his love for karaoke before.
The meme-able, chart-breaking, inescapable rapper has plenty of hot tracks to ease your woes. Here are some of Drake’s best songs to play for karaoke night:
“Hold On, We’re Going Home” feat. Majid Jordan
The second single off Nothing Was the Same introduced us to Drake’s crooner side, which makes it a perfect sing-along-ready tune for when you’re in those heartbreak feels. The throwback ’80s groove was everywhere, and it’s hard to remember a club or house party that didn’t play the hit at the time, with the whole room joining in unison for the chorus. Drake, uniting us all.
“Started from the Bottom”
There isn’t much to “Started from the Bottom,” but Drake’s simplicity is his strongest appeal. Get a luring looped piano intro, repeat a catchy hook, and top it off with a bridge of his latest life motto, and soon we were hashtagging “No new friends.” Sing this lead single with a group of friends and you all get extra brownie points if it’s also snowing and there’s matching white attire — but don’t be mean to that one new friend, this is supposed to be a de-stressor!
“The Motto” feat. Lil Wayne
Speaking of motto, remember when YOLO was a thing? And not just as a hashtag, but it was a term used in actual conversation? Relive those times with the trendsetting tune that popularized your favorite (or most aggravating) acronym. It’ll also give that one friend a chance to show off their Lil Wayne impression.
“I’m just saying you could do better,” became the drunken shout-out to all those exes we just can’t forget. “Marvins Room” is one of Drake’s most cathartic and relatable songs for fans. The Take Care lead single also became an excellent fan-favorite cover song, including remixes and freestyles from artists such as JoJo, Teyana Taylor and Chris Brown. Tap into your own lingering heartbreak for this.
“Take Care” feat. Rihanna
Drake and Rihanna always bring out the best in each other — musically, that is. The album-title song peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and received an intimately shot music video, portraying the turbulence of a relationship through wildfires and a stark black-and-white film. Make this one a duo performance, no fire necessary.
It’s been over a year since Drake introduced his grandpa strut in the “Hotline Bling” video, and it still remains a viral phenomenon, with over 1 billion YouTube views. Drake embraced his meme-able reputation in the official video, which churned out even more viral moments, and the whole thing is just a super-meta thinkpiece — which is probably what Drake planned in the first place. Anyways, this is a fun song to add to your playlist.
How could you not include a song called “Karaoke” during a karaoke night? The Thank Me Later track may not be as acclaimed or memorable as the preceding song “Over,” but it’s still a pleasant throwback to include in the mix. And you might even impress your friends with this deep-cut selection.
“One Dance” feat. WizKid & Kyla and “Too Good” feat. Rihanna
This one is a tie, since they’re both massive Drake songs of the year with irresistible dance rhythms. While “One Dance” crowned Dreezy the king of the charts there for a while, “Too Good” was another successful single that helped Views reach its dominating pop title, plus anything he does with Rihanna is naturally a hit.