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 now the most popular form of amateur music-making. It is related both to music and to games (albeit the direct connection is mostly 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 (some) music games might soon be (with your help?) for experimental, improvised or non-idiomatic music.

Typical in-genre Karaoke have also been an inspiration for board games. What's more, you can easily combine the performance of music with any of the multiple 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.

Song Association

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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