The most large-scale karaoke performance took place in the USA in 2009 on the motordrome Bristol Motor Speedway (Bristol, Tennessee) before NASCAR Sharpie 500 car race began. 160,000 people together sang «Friends in Low Places» by Garth Brooks.
The longest karaoke marathon for an individual performer lasted for 101 hours, 59 minutes, and 15 seconds. This record was set by the Italian Leonardo Polverelli. From 19th to 23d of September 2011 in the cafe called “Astra Caffe” (Pesaro, Italy), the man sang a total of 1,295 songs.
The Italian broke the record of the Korean woman Kim Seok-ok, who was singing for 76 hours. During this time, she managed to sing 1283 songs. She was ready to keep signing, but her relatives stepped in with a demand to stop this “concert”. Before Kim, the American man Marcus Lapratt was a record-holder in the individual singing category with his 75 hours of continuous singing.
While the longest singing marathon for multiple participants lasted for 895 hours 2 minutes. It was organized by Virag Madhulmalati in the Trading Center “Little World Mall” (Navi Mumbai, India) in 2019. For over 37 days, the participants were singing to encourage people to contribute to the solution of social and environmental problems.
Before that, the Finns held the record of constant signing. The Finnish singers in the City of Kouvola delivered 446 hours, 4 minutes, and 5 seconds of uninterrupted singing. The record could have been even more impressive, but one of the singers accidentally repeated a song, which was against the Guinness Book regulations.
Besides, for quite a long time, the Finns were the record-holder in multiple signing, too. 80, 000 people together were singing the song Hard Rock Hallelujah by Lordi to show their appreciation for the band winning the Eurovision.
Generally speaking, mass karaoke is quite a popular activity in the Western countries and not so rarely, it is organized at big celebrations to entertain the guests. So the records are cracked regularly. For instance, 1,000 people sing Nirvana’s “Smells like teen spirit” with the popular karaoke project Massaoke, following the subs from the huge screen.
The longest ever pair-singing karaoke marathon lasted 35 hours. The record was set by Jacqueline Brits and Rhinus Lotz from SAR. Initially, they planned to sing for 48 hours but they decided to stop as they were too exhausted to continue the karaoke session. Just like many other characters of this article, the duo was signing for charity to raise USD 5,866 to build a church in a small town.
Karaoke video games have their Wall of Glory, too. In December 2009, 10,490 people were simultaneously singing together with karaoke game LIPS: CANTA EN ESPAÑOL in Madrid. The longest ever videogame session lasted for 24 hours, 21 minutes, and 25 seconds. The record was set by a Brit Julian Hill in 2012 in an attempt to draw more attention to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
The world’s most popular karaoke songs: Summer Nights – Grease, Let it Go – Idina Menzel, Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond, Billie Jean – Michael Jackson и Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen.
But there are also sad records. In the Philippines, the karaoke bars banned Frank Sinatra’s “My way”. Strange as it may seem, singing this quite harmless song would often end up in the fights and even manslaughter. The Philippines is also a record-holder in terms of per capita karaoke-systems in the country. Practically every household has a karaoke. Meanwhile, China is a leader in the number of karaoke bars, totaling 100,000.
A curious record, set in Britain, will round out the list. According to 2009 polls, carried out among 2,500 adult Brits, karaoke tops the list of the most hated gadgets ;)). Probably EVOBOX hasn’t been sold yet in the UK back then.