Amateur singing used as a pastime, most often to a backing track and with lyrics displayed.


From japanese カラオケ, which may be translated as "empty orche"[stra]. May be performed in dedicated venues, at themed events or at home, with a specialized equipment/software or to a video.

Why is it here?

Karaoke is the most popular form of amateur music-making. It is related both to music and to games (albeit rather to video games). It is a form of entertainment focused on performance of music rather than listening. As for social function it is for pop what music games might become for experimental/non-idiomatic music.

Typical in-genre Karaoke have also been an inspiration for board games. You can also easily combine the performance of music with any of the many games of musical trivia. Start with a charming title of Benny Goodman Swings into a Game of Musical Information (1940), toy xylophone included! Then have your way through Songburst: 70s & 80s Edition or Karaokards.

Full list of Karaoke-based board games (under construction)

Disney Song Challenge 2018 BGG link specific subset of songs
Pablo 2017 BGG link English/Portuguese
Karaokards 2013 BGG link by Holly Gramazio
Spontuneous 2010 BGG link
Tunebaya 2005 BGG link
Sing it! 2004 BGG link optional modes, most about lyrics not singing
Shabadabada 2002 BGG link
Hossa! 2000 BGG link

to be continued…

Song Association (game/mechanic)

Among more than 100 titles to check out on BoardGameGeek in the "singing" category the most popular mechanic is finding a song with a given word — this can be easily used for performance also without a physical game around it. Word can be random or one of the players may give it.


The game is simple but has a high skill ceiling. See the virtuosic example with simple words and a timer by Jacob Collier who adds keyboard and body percussion to singing.

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