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At a time when live music is interrupted, and even going to your local karaoke bar can be potentially dangerous (if it’s still open), fans don’t have a lot of outlets to gather and celebrate the music they love. Board music games are the perfect way to have fun with your favorite songs without leaving home; play with family or gather friends for a Zoom-karaoke duel to have fun.
Combining genres, skills and periods, we have selected the best musical board games for every type of fan, from those who enjoy all the nostalgic details of MTV days to those who have come of age with James Corden Carpool Karaoke. Whether you prefer to test your knowledge or test your pipes, there are fun easy-to-play games that will keep your attention even when IRL games return.
1. MTV fun music fun game
If you want your MTV, look no further. This highly interactive board game tests your knowledge of the eighties, nineties and Aughta like no other. The goal is to be the first team to collect at least one artist card from all eight categories of the MTV Challenge: Award Winning Videos, Best of Unplugged, Pop Anthems, Headbangers, Teen Nervousness, Hip Hop Hips, Queens of MTV and Across Pond.
Teams face off in combat circles to name song titles, and then, during the charade challenge, players must describe, pronounce lyrics, or perform songs from three well-known bands in one word for their team to guess. Along with a job well done comes coveted artist cards – and bragging rights.
2. Carpool karaoke game
If you take your karaoke nights seriously and love your music streaming platforms, this is the best music game for you. Use your favorite music app or streaming service on your phone, select a song, and challenge other players to a duel. If you feel brave, you can challenge the players to sing with you or show dance moves. If your pipes need a break, you can also challenge players to celebrity trivia. The game is also Zoom friendly; you can even include challenges on social media.
3. USAOPOLY hip-hop offer to win quizzes
Do you think you know hip-hop? Try this trivia game to find out for sure. Included are over 600 trivial questions that deal with everything from hip-hop albums, songs, culture and history. Everyone has a chance to respond, so keep in mind that this can reveal your competitive side. The game’s packaging is designed to look like a boom box and turns into a magnetic scoreboard so you can keep track of who really knows their stuff.
4. Endless Games Encore Board Game
This board music game is suitable for the family, but only if your family is not afraid to sing. The goal here is simple: come up with a song that contains certain words, and then sing the lines from a song that contains those words. The round continues until one team gets stuck or can’t remember a song that hasn’t already been used. Included are 48 double-sided cards, seven stand-alone blank cards, a game board, a 20-second timer, dice, pawns and instructions.
5. After-dinner parties: Name that tune
Okay, so this game doesn’t really have a board, but it sums up all the fun of your favorite board games into a tiny travel package in your pocket. This sheet is full of 50 trivia questions that will make you scratch your head, and there will be plenty of chances to sing or sing your favorite songs – or shout titles if it’s your turn to guess.