Best Talent Show Songs to Sing

50+ Soulful Songs to Sing at a Talent Show

Best Talent Show Songs to Sing

When it comes to the most beautiful songs to sing at a talent show, you can never have enough options to choose from!

Whether the talent show is competitive or not, it is a great way to showcase your vocal skills. The goal of taking home the prize can motivate you to master some of the tunes for what could be the performance of a lifetime!

Public performances help you overcome stage fright and gain experience using a microphone while singing with a background track or even a band. With every performance, you’ll learn valuable skills in how to prepare and present your voice. But it does take courage to hit the stage!

If you’re feeling shy, nervous, or just don’t know what song to sing, this article will help you prepare. Check out the 50 best songs to sing, and stick around till the end.

50+ Most Beautiful Songs to Sing at Talent Shows 

If this is your first talent show or if you’re new to performing, choose a song you know – one that you have practiced a lot and are comfortable singing.

You’ll sound better and look more comfortable on stage when you feel confident with the song you’re singing. Pick one of your favorite shower tunes or car-singing anthems that you know like the back of your hand, and let it fly! 

Some of the most beautiful songs to sing at a talent show are ones with simple lyrics that you can remember. Steer away from overly wordy tunes, unless you’re 100% confident in your lyrical recollection!

To help you start brainstorming, here are more than 50 soulful songs to sing for your next performance.

Traditional/Folk Songs

  1. “Amazing Grace”
  2. “God Bless America”
  3. “Danny Boy”
  4. “This Land is Your Land”
  5. “Leaving on a Jet Plane” by John Denver
  6. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel
  7. “The Rainbow Connection”
  8. “Puff the Magic Dragon” by Peter, Paul and Mary
  9. “Shenandoah”
  10. “This Little Light of Mine”

Oldies

  1. “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin
  2. “Imagine” by John Lennon
  3. “Killing Me Softly” by Roberta Flack
  4. “Respect” by Aretha Franklin
  5. “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers
  6. “In My Life” by The Beatles
  7. “Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the Vandellas
  8. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  9. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley
  10. “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder

Broadway/Musicals

  1. “Dancing Queen” from “Mamma Mia!”
  2. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz”
  3. “Anything Goes” from “Anything Goes”
  4. “The Impossible Dream (The Quest)” from “Man of La Mancha”
  5. “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music”
  6. “Tomorrow” from “Annie”
  7. “Fame” from “Fame”
  8. “Hopelessly Devoted to You” from “Grease”
  9. “Beauty and the Beast” from “Beauty and the Beast”
  10. “Footloose” from “Footloose”

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Jazz

  1. “Summertime” by Ella Fitzgerald

2.  “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra
3. “Misty” by Sarah Vaughn
4. “I Got Rhythm” performed by Judy Garland and others
5. “Georgia on My Mind” performed by Ray Charles and others
6. “At Last” by Etta James
7. “Feeling Good” performed by Michael Bublé and others
8. “Fever” performed by Peggy Lee and others
9. “Blue Skies” performed by Willie Nelson and others
10. “Someone to Watch Over Me” performed by Linda Ronstadt and others

80s and 90s Pop

  1. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

    2. “Something to Talk About” by Bonnie Raitt
    3. “Beat It” by Michael Jackson
    4. “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
    5. “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
    6. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston
    7. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler
    8. “Turn the Beat Around” by Gloria Estefan
    9. “Your Song” by Elton John
    10. “Piano Man” by Billy Joel

Contemporary Pop

  1. “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones

    2. “You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift
    3. “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars
    4. “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele
    5. “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes
    6. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
    7. “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles
    8. “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera
    9. “Stronger (What’ Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson
    10. “Waiting on the World to Change” by John Mayer

Duets

  1. “I’ll Be There” by The Jackson 5

    2. “When You Believe” by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston
    3. “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
    4. “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
    5. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
    6. “Anything You Can Do” from “Annie Get Your Gun”
    7. “Summer Nights” from “Grease”
    8. “All I Ask of You” from “Phantom of the Opera”
    9. “I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher
    10. “One” by U2 and Mary J. Blige

Tips to Nail Your Performance

Now that you have an idea of the most beautiful songs to sing at a talent show, it’s time to start preparing.

If you really want to “wow” the crowd, practice is crucial! Chances are, singing along with the tune on the radio isn’t enough to prepare you for the show. To start, take a video of a mock performance of yourself, where you sing along with a backing track. To make the most of your singing skills, there’s no better way to prepare than with vocal lessons.

Try taking some free online singing classes for starters. You can also team up with a voice teacher leading up to the big performance. With every private lesson, you’ll receive a personalized plan to knock your talent show gig out of the park!

A teacher can help you choose the best song for your voice, overcome stage fright, and polish up your overall performance. Even if you have natural singing talent, you’ll still need to practice making the most of your voice. The right vocal coach can help you reach your full potential!

Above all, remember to have fun! When the nerves start to kick in about hitting that high note, remember these helpful tips:

  • Know your material well, and bring extra copies of the music. This will help in case something goes wrong with the equipment or you lose your sheet music.
  • Bring water and hydrate yourself regularly. One side effect of nerves is a dry throat, so drinking water will help.
  • Do some meditation, yoga, or stretching right before you go on stage. This will help those tight muscles and body jitters.
  • Be sure to warm up your voice! Follow your vocal teacher’s recommended warm-up regimen to loosen up your singing muscles and get your voice in tip-top shape.
  • Bring headphones and listen to your song right before going on stage. You will sing much better if it’s fresh in your mind.
  • Have fun! Your friends and family will be cheering you on.

Pick any of these talent show favorites and you’ll be ready to take center stage. We wish you the best of luck at your talent show!

Do you have favorite talent show tunes? Let us know in the comments below!

LizTPost Author: Liz T.
Liz T. teaches online singing and acting lessons. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a B.M. in vocal performance and currently teaches all styles of music including musical theater, jazz, rock, and pop. Learn more about Liz here!

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38 replies
  1. Sami Omi
    Sami Omi says:

    Wow i like this note,it helped me when i was going to perform at Butiaba Red Scorpion Hall.
    Thanks for the help you have put on we rising musician’s

    Reply
  2. Krystal
    Krystal says:

    I think the song “You Raise Me Up” should be there. Just a little thing i think should be there. Thank you for your time.

    Reply
  3. Kenadie Malone
    Kenadie Malone says:

    i am in love with all of these songs i am only 11 but i hope to got on Americas Got Talent someday because i think i have a beautiful voice. I love to sing the cup song its by Anna Kendrick and i also love Lean on me and Don’t stop believin by journey. I love Journey he is a really big insperation to me and always will be i hope you do more of these websites becuase i adore them so much. Thank you

    Reply
  4. Lianna Anderson
    Lianna Anderson says:

    Someone please help me asap! Auditions are tomorrow, and i still don’t have a song! I cant sing with a high voice, but I do have some vocal strength. Please any song suggestions?! This is for my high school! I want a calmish song like Versace on the Floor by Bruno Mars. Not fast like Jitterbug.

    Reply
  5. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    My 15 year old daughter is singing with a band at a fundraiser and we need a fun song. She sang Something in the Water last year at this event, but wants something more upbeat this year. It’s a bar type atmosphere. She can hit almost any note. Would love some suggestions.

    Reply
  6. Eli
    Eli says:

    I have a huge talent show coming up and I don’t know if my voice is good enough so I’m going to try out all these song thanks

    Reply
  7. Shadaira
    Shadaira says:

    I want to sing something this year in the talent show since it will be my last year in the middle I want to surprise people with a really nice song but I don’t know what to sing.

    Reply
  8. Kitty
    Kitty says:

    I need a song for my high school talent show but I am debating between so many different songs. I NEED HELP!!

    Reply

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