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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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Jazz Songs for Female Vocalists

15 Fantastic Jazz and Blues Songs for Female Vocalists

Jazz Songs for Female Vocalists

When it comes to jazz, incredible female singers are not hard to find. Keep reading as voice instructor Molly R. lists some of the top vocal jazz standards that are sure to get your foot tapping and your soul singing.

As a voice teacher, one of the genres I am consistently suggesting students try is jazz singing. Why? One reason is that learning a jazz standard really helps you grow stronger with your vocal phrasing. It’s also great for singers because it allows for more freedom in your musicianship: you can play more with tempo, try some scat, and so on.

It’s no secret that some of the best musicians on the planet are jazz players. That’s because unlike most pop or folk tunes, jazz makes use of the entire range of musical colors. Even relatively simple jazz tunes can challenge your ear and bring you on a wild journey, while serving as platforms for jazz players to improvise upon. Once you are familiar with the jazz vocabulary, a sense of freedom opens that is unlike any other genre.

Please don’t think that jazz is best suited for low, smoky voices, though! Opera diva Renee Fleming, a soprano singer, is a huge fan of jazz. In fact, she made money performing jazz at night while studying classical voice during the day as a young singer. Jazz can sound great with any type of voice, as long as the vocal skills are strong!

Jazz Singing Lessons

So ladies, read on for my suggestions on the most popular jazz songs to sing. And remember, all of these songs have been sung in every imaginable key this is by far one of the most customizable of musical genres out there. If one of these recordings is outside of your range, don’t hesitate to change the key!

Popular Jazz Songs for Females

1) “’Round Midnight”

This sultry and mysterious tune was written by the great Thelonious Monk. Contraltos will really shine with this piece! Here, we see the legendary Ella Fitzgerald with her interpretation.

2) “The Man I Love”

There have been many fantastic renditions of this simple but heartfelt song written by the Gershwins, but this version by Lena Horne is particularly inspiring!

3) “Why Don’t You Do Right?”

Perhaps the most memorable performance of this jazz song was done by a cartoon (Jessica Rabbit in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”), but the legendary Peggy Lee gives it a three-dimensional sass in this video!

4) “Crazy He Calls Me”

This charming 1949 classic is great pick for a singer who really wants to show off her strong middle range. Here, the fabulous Billie Holiday owns the song in her own way.

5) “The Man That Got Away”

Do you want a jazz ballad with some serious pain in it? Well, this song will do the trick! We all know this as one of Judy Garland’s big hits, but part of the fun of being a singer is seeing what YOU can do, even when you’re singing a cover song.

6) “Summertime”

Those Gershwins sure could write a memorable jazz tune! Although originally an aria in an opera (“Porgy and Bess”), most of us know this as a laid-back jazz song sung in a lower key. Here, modern day jazz chanteuse Norah Jones sings her rendition. This is one of the best blues songs for female vocalists!

7) “Autumn Leaves”

Talk about haunting and gorgeous! This song may be short, but it’s so fun to sing. Here is proof that all voices can sing jazz: the Wagnerian soprano Helen Traubel sounds just as fabulous singing this as she does opera.

8) “Come Rain or Come Shine”

This mid-tempo standard has attitude AND heart in it. Here is yet another opera diva and jazz singer, Eileen Farrell, really selling it.

9) “Send in the Clowns”

Yes, technically it’s another musical theatre piece, but many theatre songs have turned into standards that are fit for a jazz club! This is definitely one of them. Take a listen to see what Sarah Vaughn does with the vocal line and tempo here to make it more jazzy.

10) “Someone to Watch Over Me”

Simple, sweet, and we all know it and love it! This is a marvelous song for beginners of all ages. Here, listen to the late, great Amy Winehouse giving it plenty of heart.

11) “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”

Marilyn’s performance may be truly iconic, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have fun with this song — and it’s all about the fun factor. Here is the great Julie London, NOT Marilyn, singing it.

12) “Black Coffee”

It’s jazz, but with really blues-y lyrics! This is a rainy day jazz classic that’s good for showing off your vocal range. Here, Sarah Vaughn gives it the perfect amount of emotion.

13) “I’ve Got a Crush on You”

Flirtatious without being over the top, this is a wonderful jazz song for females that’s hardly overdone! In the video above, the versatile vocalist Linda Ronstadt sings it soulfully and beautifully.

14) “Take the A Train”

This one is best left for jazz singers with a bit more experience, as you REALLY must know how to scat to sell this swinging number! Here’s one the best scat singers of all time, Ella Fitzgerald, thrilling us with one of her best jazz standard vocal performances.

15) “Cry Me a River”

This very dramatic tune would be an excellent closer! Like with all jazz songs, it’s all a matter of what you choose to do with the tempo and the words. Here, modern day jazz diva Diana Krall gives a lovely rendition.

Building Up Your Jazz Standard Vocal Skills

These are just 15 of the many popular jazz and blues songs for female vocalists. There are countless variations of the genre that are worth also exploring, including Latin jazz songs for females. If you can sing jazz like these ladies can, pretty much any pop tune will be a piece of cake, so rest assured that you’re building your musical skills in a versatile way when you work on these tunes. 

Every jazz musician learns this musical language by listening to and imitating those that came before them. After learning the vocal lines of the greats, you can go on to create your own melodies and improvisations. YouTube is a treasure trove of jazz performances that you can always come back to when you need some inspiration!

While videos and books are a great resource, by far the best way to build up your jazz standard vocal skills is with private voice lessons. A teacher can help you develop proper posture and vocal technique, while revealing the secrets of the great singers that we listened to today. Online vocal lessons make it possible to maximize the potential of your voice, no matter where you are!

Have fun exploring the infinite potential of jazz, and I look forward to hearing the next female jazz vocal star!

Do you have another favorite female jazz vocal tune? Let us know in the comments below!

mollyrPost Author: Molly R.
Molly R. teaches online and in-person singing lessons in Hayward, CA. Her specialties include teaching beginner vocalists, shy singers, children, teens, lapsed singers, and older beginners. She joined TakeLessons in November 2013. Learn more about Molly here!

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Road Trip Music

Your Official Road Trip Playlist: 150+ Songs Everyone Knows

Road Trip Music

There’s nothing quite like a good road trip — it’s one of the best ways to spend time with friends and explore new scenery. To have a successful journey, you’ll need three things: a functioning vehicle, a full tank of gas, and (most importantly) an amazing road trip playlist!

Sharing music on the road is a great way to discover new artists and dive into styles that you normally wouldn’t listen to. Everyone has their own unique song picks that they like to put on the stereo, but having a playlist of songs everyone loves lets you all sing along and enjoy the experience together.

Whether you’re looking for a list of classic old songs everyone knows or the best singalong songs of the 2000s and beyond, you’ve arrived at the right place. Crank up these tunes to prevent drowsiness on the road and make your journey more fun!

150+ Best Singalong Songs for your Road Trip Playlist

Best Road Trip Songs

Need to stay awake during a long trip? Here are some of the most popular road trip songs everyone knows

  1. “Life is A Highway (cover)” – Rascal Flatts
  2. “Back in the Saddle” – Aerosmith
  3. “Life in the Fast Lane” – the Eagles
  4. “Roam” – B-52s
  5. “Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  6. “Livin’ on A Prayer” – Bon Jovi
  7. “Here I Go Again” – Whitesnake
  8. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” – the Proclaimers

Road Trip Songs that Make You Dance

These popular road trips songs are guaranteed to get you wiggling in your seat

  1. “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” – Eiffel 65
  2. “Doctor Jones” – Aqua
  3. “Raise Your Glass” – P!nk
  4. “Dancing Queen” – ABBA
  5. “Dark Horse” – Katy Perry
  6. “Crazy in Love” – Beyonce and Jay-Z
  7. “Gold Digger” – Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx
  8. “Around the World” – Daft Punk
  9. “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson
  10. “Hey Ya” – Outkast

’90s Nostalgia Road Trip Songs

Tunes from the ’90s and beyond, including the best singalong songs of the 2000s

  1. “Quit Playin’ Games With My Heart” – Backstreet Boys
  2. “You’re Still the One” – Shania Twain
  3. “Tearin’ up My Heart” – *NSync
  4. “Free Fallin’” – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  5. “Roll to Me” – Del Amitri
  6. “Ocean Avenue” – Yellowcard
  7. “I Miss You” – Blink-182
  8. “Jane Says” – Jane’s Addiction
  9. “Welcome to Paradise” – Green Day
  10. “Only Wanna Be with You” – Hootie & the Blowfish
  11. “Champagne Supernova” – Oasis
  12. “Just A Girl” – No Doubt
  13. “Absolutely (Story of A Girl)” – Nine Days
  14. “Man in the Box” – Alice in Chains
  15. “Drops of Jupiter” – Train
  16. “Gives You Hell” – All-American Rejects
  17. “1985” – Bowling for Soup
  18. “Stacy’s Mom” – Fountains of Wayne
  19. “Here It Goes Again” – OK Go
  20. “Save Tonight” – Eagle-Eye Cherry

Beats with a Bounce

Spunky yet chill, rock and alternative tunes to add to your road trip playlist

  1. “The Guitar Man” – Cake
  2. “Scar Tissue” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  3. “What I Got” – Sublime
  4. “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” – George Thorogood
  5. “Girls Don’t Like Boys” – Good Charlotte
  6. “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)” – The Beastie Boys
  7. “The Joker” – Steve Miller Band
  8. “Zombies Ate My Neighbors” – Single File
  9. “Mr. Jones” – Counting Crows
  10. “Sugar, We’re Going Down” – Fall Out Boy
  11. “Feel Good, Inc.” – the Gorillaz
  12. “Sex and Candy” – Marcy Playground
  13. “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?” – Jet
  14. “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” – R.E.M.
  15. “The Impression That I Get” – the Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  16. “Float On” – Modest Mouse
  17. “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” – Cage the Elephant
  18. “Hey There Delilah” – Plain White T’s
  19. “99 Red Balloons” – Nena
  20. “White & Nerdy” – “Weird Al” Yankovic
  21. “I’m on A Boat” – the Lonely Island featuring T-Pain
  22. “Party Like A Rockstar” – Shop Boyz
  23. “Ice Ice Baby” – Vanilla Ice
  24. “Someday” – Sugar Ray
  25. “Seven Nation Army” – the White Stripes

Blastin’ Backbeats

For when you want to turn it up to eleven

  1. “Sorrow” – Bad Religion
  2. “Should I Stay or Should I Go” – the Clash
  3. “I Wanna Be Sedated” – the Ramones
  4. “The Four Horsemen” – Metallica
  5. “Fear of the Dark” – Iron Maiden
  6. “Peace Sells” – Megadeth
  7. “Ten Thousand Fists” – Disturbed
  8. “Shout at the Devil” – Mötley Crüe
  9. “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” – Judas Priest
  10. “Fat Lip” – Sum 41
  11. “Come Out and Play (Keep ‘Em Separated)” – the Offspring
  12. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana
  13. “Beverly Hills” – Weezer
  14. “Too Many Puppies” – Primus
  15. “This Is Not A Song, It’s A Sandwich” – Psychostick

Retro Road Trip Music

Old songs that everyone knows, featuring classic tracks from back in the day

  1. “My Girl” – The Temptations
  2. “Wipeout” – The Surfaris
  3. “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  4. “Bang the Drum All Day” – Todd Rundgren
  5. “California Dreamin’” – The Mamas and the Papas
  6. “Welcome to the Jungle” – Guns N’ Roses
  7. “Panama” – Van Halen
  8. “Fun, Fun, Fun” – the Beach Boys
  9. “American Pie” – Don McLean
  10. “Rock Around the Clock” – Bill Haley and His Comets
  11. “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper
  12. “Mother” – Danzig
  13. “Purple Haze” – Jimi Hendrix
  14. “One Love (People Get Ready)” – Bob Marley
  15. “Take On Me” – A-Ha
  16. “No More Mr. Nice Guy” – Alice Cooper
  17. “I Know It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)” – the Rolling Stones
  18. “Once in A Lifetime” – Talking Heads
  19. “Stuck in the Middle with You” – Stealers Wheel
  20. “Cheeseburger in Paradise” – Jimmy Buffett
  21. “Ring of Fire” – Johnny Cash
  22. “It’s Raining Men” – the Weather Girls
  23. “Hound Dog” – Elvis Presley

Best Road Trip Songs for Singers

Addictive melodies to show off your vocal skills

  1. “Piano Man” – Billy Joel
  2. “All These Things That I’ve Done” – the Killers
  3. “Send the Pain Below” – Chevelle
  4. “Closer to Fine” – Indigo Girls
  5. “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” – Panic! At the Disco
  6. “Knights of Cydonia” – Muse
  7. “No One Knows” – Queens of the Stone Age
  8. “Stairway to Heaven” – Led Zeppelin
  9. “Piece of My Heart” – Janis Joplin
  10. “All Along the Watchtower” – Bob Dylan
  11. “Interstate Love Song” – Stone Temple Pilots
  12. “Pardon Me” – Incubus
  13. “Rocket Man” – Elton John
  14. “Black Hole Sun” – Soundgarden
  15. “Birdhouse in Your Soul” – They Might Be Giants
  16. “Ziggy Stardust” – David Bowie
  17. “Dog Days Are Over” – Florence and the Machine
  18. “Layla” – Eric Clapton
  19. “Imagine” – John Lennon
  20. “Someone to Watch Over Me” – Ella Fitzgerald (music by George and Ira Gerschwin)
  21. “I Ain’t Superstitious” – Willie Dixon
  22. “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele

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Awesome Anthems

Classic singalong anthems that everyone knows and can agree on

  1. “In the Street” – Cheap Trick
  2. “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
  3. “Don’t Stop Believin’” – Journey
  4. “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen
  5. “Jack & Diane” – John Mellencamp
  6. “Born to Be Wild” – Steppenwolf
  7. “Rock and Roll All Night” – KISS
  8. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – the Supremes
  9. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” – Twisted Sister
  10. “Crazy Train” – Ozzy Osbourne
  11. “Dancin’ in the Street” – Martha and the Vandellas
  12. “Ballroom Blitz” – The Sweet
  13. “Rock You Like A Hurricane” – the Scorpion
  14. “Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor
  15. “Cum on Feel the Noize” – Quiet Riot
  16. “Carry On, Wayward Son” – Kansas
  17. “Thriller” – Michael Jackson
  18. “You Shook Me All Night Long” – AC/DC
  19. “Soak Up The Sun” – Sheryl Crow
  20. “Pinball Wizard” – the Who
  21. “Juke Box Hero” – Foreigner
  22. “Summer of ’69” – Bryan Adams
  23. “The Time Warp” – Rocky Horror Picture Show
  24. “Another Brick in the Wall (pt. 2)” – Pink Floyd
  25. “The Twist” – Chubby Checker
  26. “Do You Love Me” – the Contours
  27. “Old Time Rock and Roll” – Bob Seger

Songs Everyone Knows

If you’re looking for more recent hits, here is popular road trip music from the last decade

  1. “Work” – Rihanna ft. Drake
  2. “No Broken Hearts” – Bebe Rexha ft. Nicki Minaj
  3. “Cheap Thrills” – Sia
  4. “Wild Things” – Alessia Cara
  5. “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” – Justin Timberlake
  6. “Ride” – Twenty One Pilots
  7. “Cake by the Ocean” – DNCE
  8. “Kill Em With Kindness” – Selena Gomez

There you have it, our list of the top songs that everyone knows. Use this as a starting point to develop your own perfect road trip playlist. And when it comes to listening to playlists like these in the car, there are two schools of thought: either the driver has full authority to skip a track or you go by majority vote. Whatever your listening style is, crank it up and sing along to make the most of your trip!

Being in the car also happens to be a great opportunity to work on your singing skills. If you want to impress your friends on your next road trip together, consider taking free online singing classes to improve your vocal abilities.

Let us know below what your top road trip tracks are and check out even more songs to sing here!

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8 Showstopping Songs to Sing for a Talent Show

Talent show songsLooking for good songs to sing at a talent show? Talent shows are a great opportunity not just to show off your vocal abilities, but also to express yourself. Check out the list below for some of the best talent show songs that span across genres and skill levels!

The Top 8 Talent Show Songs

“Firework” – Katy Perry


This song is great for showing off a strong middle range without going too low or high. It’s a popular enough hit that commercial karaoke tracks should be easy to find, and piano sheet music is available if you have an accompanist.

This song has a spunky, pulsing dance beat, along with a motivating message, making it perfect for young audiences. For more good talent show songs for mid-range female vocals, check out artists like Taylor Swift and Adele.

“Big Yellow Taxi” – Joni Mitchell

You might know it from the Counting Crows cover, but the song “Big Yellow Taxi” and its heartfelt environmental statement go back a long way! This song can work for any vocalist, and can be sung in a fairly narrow range, making it pretty easy to perform.

And if you play guitar, this song is great for playing and singing at the same time! Reach back in time to some retro music by listening to Joni, along with other artists from the Woodstock era, and you’ll find plenty of ways to make this message heard in your talent show.

“Take Me Home, Country Roads” – John Denver

Folk rock songs are generally pretty well-liked by audiences. They’re a good choice for male and female singers alike, and most are relatively easy to play. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” is another good one for playing guitar and singing at the same time.

It’s versatile enough to perform with friends, or even add harmony with multiple singers. You might also like some of Cat Stevens songs, or Simon & Garfunkel (check out “The Sound of Silence,” or their rendition of “Scarborough Fair” for more ideas).

“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” – Green Day

While pop-punk and hardcore punk are very different, Green Day revitalized punk flavors for a generation. This is one of their calmer songs, and ideal for any tenor vocalist. (Of course, it can also be transposed for other ranges, especially if you have friends playing backup instruments.)

This is also a good example of a rock song that would translate well to an acoustic arrangement. For another softer Green Day song, consider “Time of Your Life.” Other punk artists who have good songs to sing at a talent show include Bad Religion, Flogging Molly, and Social Distortion.

“Make ’em Laugh” – Singin’ In the Rain

Are you looking to spice up your act with some movement and acting? Look no further than musical theater! “Make ’em Laugh” is the song from an iconic scene in the Gene Kelly’s film Singin’ in the Rain, featuring some of the best-executed physical comedy ever to hit the screen.

Plus, it’s perfect to incorporate your own unique style! Fans of modern theater will also know songs like “Defying Gravity” from WICKED and “Seasons of Love” from RENT – or, look up stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood, like Shirley Temple and Judy Garland.

Fast talkers will perhaps like the Modern Major General’s song from Pirates of Penzance. Your choices in the realm of musical theater are practically endless!

“Come Sail Away” – Styx

The ‘80s and late ‘70s were full of music that is instantly recognizable, and Styx is one of the best-known artists of the era. Their song “Come Sail Away” is perhaps one of their most memorable, along with hits like “Renegade.”

Dennis DeYoung’s lyric tenor range makes Styx’s music particularly good for female vocalists with a strong alto edge, and “Come Sail Away” can be performed to show off your vocal range, as it encourages great flexibility.

Songs like this are especially good for singing with a group of friends! Other hits in this niche include Heart’s “Barracuda,” “Roam” by the B-52s, or “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas.

“Crimson and Clover” – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

You know Joan Jett from the iconic “I Love Rock n’ Roll,” but she’s not known as the Queen of Rock for one hit! “Crimson and Clover” is a beautiful piece, and also check out “Bad Reputation.”

For more great talent show songs that are perfect for husky vocals (and impressing everyone with your taste) look into anything by Aerosmith or AC/DC.

“Joy To The World” – Three Dog Night

Speaking of how everyone loves rock and roll, this well-loved classic is sure to get audiences moving, clapping, and singing along! It’s an ideal song for involving a guitar and a drum set as backup, or you can probably find accompaniment tracks for this as well.

If you play piano, rock and roll is a great genre to find songs that sound just as groovy as they do classy when translated to your instrument.

Final Talent Show Tips

When you’re learning to sing, performance experiences like talent shows are a crucial part of your development, and choosing your repertoire wisely is crucial. If you enjoy singing, consider taking voice lessons for the next step toward improving your craft!

A voice teacher can help you select songs that are appropriate for your skill level, range, and style, as well as help you achieve your overall music goals.

Above all, be yourself, and enjoy what you do on stage – that’s what your audience will respond to the most! Good luck on your journey to choosing the perfect talent show song.

What other good talent show songs did we miss? Leave a comment with your favorites below! Want even more song ideas? Check out our list 400+ songs to sing here!

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30 Fantastic Musical Theater Audition Songs for Kids [Videos]

Theater Audition Songs for Kids

In this article, voice teacher Molly R. shares her top picks for musical theater audition songs for kids…

There are so many opportunities for kids that love musical theater these days! The popularity of the “junior” editions of big Broadway shows is steadily increasing, for one. There are also several companies across the country that specialize in showcasing kids and only kids, as well as tons of musical theater summer camps.

Needless to say, it’s super exciting to be a young performer. However, one thing that remains tricky is finding suitable repertoire that is both age-appropriate as well as fun. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!

Musical Theater Songs for Kids

But First, a Few Things to Keep in Mind…

Many of these songs that I recommend are NOT from Broadway shows, but are definitely casting director-approved. Generally, there is more flexibility with kids’ repertoire as there aren’t as many roles for them. That means Disney movies, old standards, and novelty songs are some other styles will sometimes work just fine, unless the production team says otherwise.

Most of all, casting directors are looking for performers who can prepare good material and perform confidently, and often won’t be as specific in their audition requirements with kids as they are with adult actors.

While some of the songs in this list are meant to be sung by a specific gender, there are also several songs that work beautifully for either! So let’s dive in – here are 30 great musical theatre audition songs for girls, audition songs for boys, and audition songs for kids in general.

Musical Theater Audition Songs for Girls

1. “I Always Knew” — Annie Warbucks

2. “Home” — Wonderland
3. “The Girl I Mean To Be” — The Secret Garden
4. “Born to Entertain” — Ruthless! The Musical
5. “Let Me Entertain You” — Gypsy
6. “Sayonara” — How to Eat Like a Child

7. “Reflection” — Mulan
8. “The World Above” — The Little Mermaid
9. “Gee, I’m Glad I’m Glad I’m No One Else But Me” — Anne of Green Gables

10. “On the Good Ship Lollipop” — Shirley Temple

Musical Theater Audition Songs for Boys

  1. “Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun” — A Christmas Story: The Musical

2. “A Round Shouldered Man” — The Secret Garden
3. “My Best Girl” — Mame
4. “Gary, Indiana” — The Music Man
5. “Different” — Honk!
6. “Getting Tall” — Nine

7. “Electricity” — Billy Elliott
8. “Little People” — Les Misérables
9. “The Bare Necessities” — The Jungle Book
10. “A Letter from Charlie Bucket” — Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical

Musical Theater Audition Songs for Girls OR Boys

1. “When I Grow Up” — Matilda the Musical

2. “The Tree” — The Me Nobody Knows
3. “Who Will Buy?” — Oliver!
4. “Getting to Know You” — The King and I

5. “The Ugly Duckling” — Hans Christian Anderson
6. “Be Kind To Your Parents” — Fanny
7. “I Love to Laugh” — Mary Poppins
8. “Happiness” — You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

9. “I Won’t Grow Up” — Peter Pan
10. “Put On a Happy Face” — Bye Bye Birdie

Final Tips for Aspiring Broadway Stars

Some of these songs are more complex than others, so it’s crucial that kids work closely with a voice teacher to prepare their chosen audition pieces. In addition to musical accuracy, your young actor will impress their panel if they really know what they are singing about— so it’s a good idea that they do their homework as far as researching the character and show, too!

Confidence is key, and a voice teacher can certainly help with that. TakeLessons does a wonderful job of matching kids up with the perfect teacher. Check out their online or in-person singing lessons so your child will be prepared to hit center stage.

Have fun exploring these fantastic audition songs for kids, and break a leg!

mollyrPost Author: Molly R.
Molly R. teaches online and in-person singing lessons in Hayward, CA. Her specialties include teaching beginner vocalists, shy singers, children, teens, lapsed singers, and older beginners. She joined TakeLessons in November 2013. Learn more about Molly here!

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30 Romantic Songs to Sing at Weddings

30 MORE Romantic Songs to Sing at Weddings

As a wedding singer, choosing a song that represents the couple and their love story can feel like a lot of pressure! You might already know how fun (and let’s face it: lucrative) it can be to offer wedding gigs.

Sometimes, the happy couple knows exactly what they want as far as the song goes. But often, they are certainly open to suggestions from the professional! As you’re working with the bride and groom, here are some ideas for choosing the perfect songs to sing.

 

30 Songs to Sing at a Wedding

Traditional/Classical Songs to Sing at a Wedding

1. “Let the Bright Seraphim” – Handel

2. “Panis Angelicus” – César Franck
3. “Ave Maria” – Bach/Gounod
4. “Bist du bei mir” (If you are with me) – Bach
5. “Irish Wedding Song” (Traditional)
6. “Ich Liebe Dich” (I Love You) – Beethoven
7. “You Raise Me Up” – Josh Groban

Pop Songs (Old and New) to Sing at a Wedding

1. “We’ve Only Just Begun” – The Carpenters

2. “At Last” – Etta James
3. “Just the Way You Are”- Billy Joel
4. “I Can’t Wait” – Ben LaRue
5. “All of Me”- John Legend
6. “Could I Have This Dance” – Anne Murray
7. “Here and Now” – Luther Vandross
8. “Here, There and Everywhere” – The Beatles
9. “Thinking Out Loud”- Ed Sheeran
10. “From This Moment On” – Shania Twain

Broadway and Movie Songs for Weddings

1. “Sunrise, Sunset” from “Fiddler on the Roof”

2. “Someone Like You” from “Jekyll and Hyde”
3. “Till There Was You” from “The Music Man”
4. “One Hand, One Heart” from “West Side Story”
5. “A Thousand Years” – Sung by Christina Perri, from “Twilight”
6. “Can’t Help Falling In Love” – Elvis Presley, from “Blue Hawaii”
7. “Evergreen”- Barbra Streisand, from “A Star is Born”
8. “There You’ll Be” – Faith Hill, from “Pearl Harbor”

Duets to Sing at Weddings

1. “Endless Love” – Lionel Richie and Diana Ross

2. “It’s Your Love” – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
3. “The Closer I Get to You” – Roberta Flack and Donnie Hathaway
4. “E Più Ti Penso” (The More I Think of You) – Andrea Bocelli and Ariana Grande
5. “Lucky” – Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat

If you’re still having a hard time choosing which songs to sing at a wedding, think about the following:

Consider the couple.

If the bridge and groom are young and hip, a Josh Groban song might not fly! Likewise, if it’s an older couple, they may want an old standard. If you know the couple personally, you might already know what kind of music they like. Browse through my recommendations below and offer them a couple of ideas to go from.

Consider the ceremony.

Another important thing to consider is whether the event is super formal, or more casual. A beautiful classical song is ideal for a formal wedding in a church, but you may want a more current love song for a backyard wedding with a more laidback vibe.

Consider your own strengths.

The final thing to consider is… YOU! When selecting any song, you have to think about your voice type, vocal ability, and styles that you sing comfortably in. A Handel aria would be out of some pop singers’ ability, and likewise, an opera singer may sound completely awkward singing the Beatles.

You can also check in with a voice teacher for more advice on which songs to sing. Brainstorm together, keeping your vocal strengths in mind, to really come up with something that’ll impress the bridge and groom! Your teacher can also help you prepare for the big event so you feel confident.

Most of all, have fun with it! Weddings are beautiful, and it’s such a great feeling knowing you’re contributing to the experience of both the bridal party and the guests. Enjoy it!

mollyrPost Author: Molly R.
Molly R. teaches online and in-person singing lessons in Hayward, CA. Her specialties include teaching beginner vocalists, shy singers, children, teens, lapsed singers, and older beginners. She joined TakeLessons in November 2013. Learn more about Molly here!

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50 Best Age-Appropriate Theater Audition Songs for Teens

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As a teen, it’s important to choose an audition song that not only shows off your voice, but is also age-appropriate. Here, voice teacher Molly R. shares a few tips for selecting your song, plus 50 top picks for musical theatre audition songs for teen girls and boys.

It’s wonderful to be a teen musical theater performer! There are so many great opportunities at this age – high school productions, community theater, and even professional theater for a lucky few.

But it’s not always easy to choose the perfect musical theater audition song. In this post, you’ll find top recommendations for audition songs for boys and girls, but you’ll also want to keep a couple of things in mind…

1) What is the production staff looking for?

If they say “don’t sing from the show,” then don’t! However, you DO want to find something as close as possible to the show in question.

For example, is the company doing an edgier show like “Rent”? If so, you may want to sing an audition song from a show like “Spring Awakening” or even “Hair”. If they’re doing an older classic like “Carousel”, consider something else by Rodgers and Hammerstein, like “South Pacific”, or something from the same era, like “My Fair Lady”.

2) What audition song suits YOU?

What is your type? Are you more of the leading man? The sweet ingenue? Maybe you’re a sassy belter, or a character actor.

The good news is that there is a huge variety of songs that are appropriate (and fun) for teen musical theater performers. This list includes songs for all types of voices and personalities, with several different styles and time periods. While many of these songs and tried-and-true classics, many are lesser-known and will delight your audition panel.

Audition Songs for Teens

Musical Theater Audition Songs for Teen Girls

1. “Frank Mills” — Hair

2. “I’m Not At All In Love” — The Pajama Game
3. “Think of Me” — Phantom of the Opera
4. “Beautiful Candy” — Carnival
5. “Mama Who Bore Me” — Spring Awakening
6. “Once Upon a Dream” — Jekyll and Hyde

7. “How Can I Wait?” — Paint Your Wagon
8. “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” — My Fair Lady
9. “Don’t Rain On My Parade” — Funny Girl
10. “Tryouts” — Bring It On: The Musical
11. “My Big French Boyfriend” — The Toxic Avenger
12. “Love Makes Such Fools of Us All” — Barnum
13. “A Wonderful Guy” — South Pacific
14. “Sing Happy” — Flora the Red Menace

15. “The Simple Joys of Maidenhood” — Camelot
16. “Astonishing” — Little Women
17. “Live Out Loud” — A Little Princess
18. “So In Love” — Kiss Me Kate
19. “Heaven Help My Heart” — Chess
20. “Out of My Dreams” — Oklahoma!
21. “Still Hurting” — The Last Five Years
22. “The Finer Things” — Jane Eyre: The Musical

23. “Once Upon a Time” — Brooklyn: The Musical
24. “Once You Lose Your Heart” — Me and My Girl
25. “Waitin’ for My Dearie” — Brigadoon

Musical Theater Audition Songs for Teen Boys

1. “Ten Minutes Ago” — Cinderella

2. “This is the Moment” — Jekyll and Hyde
3. “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” — Les Misérables
4. “I Believe” — The Book of Mormon
5. “One Song Glory” — Rent
6. “Where Do I Go?” — Hair
7. “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” — Guys and Dolls
8. “I, Huckleberry, Me” — Big River
9. “Proud of Your Boy” — Aladdin

10. “Her Face” — Carnival
11. “It’s All Right With Me” — Can-Can
12. “Fallin’” — They’re Playing Our Song
13. “On the Street Where You Live” — My Fair Lady
14. “Sarah” — The Civil War
15. “I’m a Bad, Bad Man” — Annie Get Your Gun
16. “Real Live Girl” — Little Me

17. “Anthem” — Chess
18. “Love, I Hear” — A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
19. “Momma, Look Sharp” — 1776
20. “Love Changes Everything” — Aspects of Love
21. “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” — Oklahoma!

22. “Me” — Beauty and the Beast
23. “Passeggiata” — The Light in the Piazza
24. “Make Them Hear You” — Ragtime
25. “Santa Fe” — Newsies”

Final Tips for Your Audition

I recommend being prepared with a few solid songs, as you never know if they’ll ask for more! Your repertoire book should have a variety of audition songs that include old and new shows, a song from a pop/rock musical, and at least one Disney song that suits you. And of course, make sure that you’ve had adequate time to practice and prepare before the audition.

If you’re confused about what to select or how to sing it, consult a voice teacher near you, or find one online. A professional vocal coach will ensure that your voice is prepped and ready for your next audition. Have fun exploring the world of musical theater, and break a leg!

mollyrPost Author: Molly R.
Molly R. teaches online and in-person singing lessons in Hayward, CA. Her specialties include teaching beginner vocalists, shy singers, children, teens, lapsed singers, and older beginners. She joined TakeLessons in November 2013. Learn more about Molly here!

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Digital Sheet Music & iPad Apps: Should You Make the Switch?

Digital Sheet Music, iPad Apps, and More (1)Feeling overwhelmed by pages and pages of sheet music? If you’re tech-savvy, you might want to consider switching to an all-digital library. Here, Elaina R. reviews the pros and cons of using digital sheet music, the best sheet music apps, and how to make the switch…

 

I recently purchased a tablet. I didn’t buy this tablet for scrolling through Instagram or catching up on TV shows, though. I purchased it to replace my bloated, disorganized music folder.

That’s right – I now almost exclusively use digital sheet music. At rehearsals these days I’m holding my tablet, not a binder. And I am so glad I made the switch!

If you already have a tablet (or are thinking about purchasing one), you could switch over to digital sheet music too. Digital sheet music for singers — that you download onto your iPad or other tablet device — alleviates many of the issues involved with using physical copies and can make for a happier, more organized musician (like me)! Here are the pros and cons of making the switch – and what you will need if you decide to do it.

Digital sheet music pros


Less Stuff, More Music

I finally snapped because of a paper mess that’s been brewing in my studio for years. I have reams of old photocopies, opera scores, song books, and oratorio scores lining my shelves. The books are nice, but if you only need to sing one piece it’s annoying to lug a whole book around. The binders of photocopies have become progressively more unwieldy in the last decade. They are now so big that I dread having to take them out.

On top of all that, as a full-time professional singer, I go through an insane amount of music. My everyday binder, which contained all of the music I was working on, exploded all over my bag at least once a day. My house was buried in stacks of photocopies and scores. The situation was bad for the environment, bad for my back, and bad for my sanity. Finally, after losing an important tax document in a gigantic pile of sheet music, I realized that something had to change.

Now, all of my music fits into my slim tablet. I have way more music with me than I could possibly carry around in hard-copy format, and it’s neatly organized and easily accessible.

You Can’t Lose Things

Back to the tax document. When you’re handling large volumes of sheet music, it takes a lot of patience and time to organize it. If you fall behind in your organization, you start to lose music — sometimes music that you desperately need! With a tablet, that possibility is mitigated (much to my relief).

It’s Environmentally Friendly

In the old days, I felt a twinge of guilt every time I had to print a new piece of music. Now I have all of the music I need without using a single sheet of paper. This is particularly helpful if you are part of a singing group, like I am. When I switched over to digital sheet music, four of my five co-workers did the same thing. We are killing far fewer trees these days!

digital sheet music cons


Technical Difficulties 

Change requires a learning curve, and switching to digital sheet music is no exception. Since I bought my tablet expressly as a music reader, I had to learn how to use it while I acquainted myself with the sheet music app I use. There’s still a lot I don’t know about it, and I had to look up instructions for a few of the trickier functions.

However, overall there were no major hurdles… except one. For some reason, trying to import documents from Google Drive to the app causes my tablet to crash. It’s bizarre, but luckily there are many other ways I can import music into the program.

Also, when using a tablet to read music, you need to keep that tablet charged. I got pretty freaked out when I realized that one of my co-workers had 17% battery during a performance the other day. If you are good about keeping your smartphone charged, I’m sure you won’t have a problem remembering to charge your tablet.

Writing On Music

One of the concerns I had about using digital vocal sheet music was maintaining the ability to write on the music. When I use old-fashioned paper, I spend rehearsals scribbling notes all over the pages. The process of writing on digital music is a little more complex. Writing freehand with a finger or stylus takes incredible dexterity (which I do not possess). However, highlighting is easy, and typing instructions onto the music looks cleaner than handwriting ever could.

Staying Uniform in Performance

I sometimes have to perform works that are not memorized. In these cases, singers are usually expected to use a uniform black folder. I usually just put my tablet into one of these folders, which, while annoying, is not insufferable. I’m still on the lookout for a tablet case that has a completely black, finished inside flap – I think that would look enough like a black folder to be acceptable. If you see one, let me know!

how to get sheet music on ipad


Do the pros outweigh the cons for you? Great! Here’s what you’ll need to make the jump to digital music.

Tablet

First and foremost, you’ll need a tablet. If you already have one lying around, you’re in luck. If not, don’t feel obligated to buy a $400 model; just make sure the screen is large enough for you to read music comfortably. I got my RCA Viking Pro, which has a 10.1-inch screen, on sale for $80.

Digital Music Library / Sheet Music App

Then, you’ll need a sheet music app to organize, edit, and view your music. You can create setlists, highlight, add notes, and much more.

FAQ: What are the best sheet music apps for iPads and Android tablets?

If you have an iPad, I recommend forScore ($9.99). Got an Android like me? Get MobileSheets Pro ($12.99).

Other options for sheet music readers apps are:

Smartphone Scanner

A smartphone scanner comes in handy when you have a hard copy that you need to import into your digital music library.

FAQ: How do I put sheet music on my iPad?

All you have to do is take pictures of your sheet music with your scanner app; the app adjusts the white balance to make it look like a photocopy. I use TinyScanner, which is free for both iOS and Android.

Where to Find Digital Sheet Music for Singers

If you need new music, you can avoid hard copies entirely by downloading digital versions. Here are the top three websites I use to get my digital copies, but this is by no means a comprehensive list.

  • IMSLP: This website has tons of public domain (classical) available for download, all for free.
  • SheetMusicPlus: SheetMusicPlus sells digital copies of music ranging from pop to classical.
  • MusicNotes: This site is similar to SheetMusicPlus, with lots of genres available for digital download.

You can also download digital copies directly from music publishers such as Hal Leonard, Alfred Music, and J.W. Pepper.

Conclusion


Even if your house isn’t full of crumpled sheet music, you may still benefit from switching to digital music. It’s cleaner, easier, lighter, and better for the environment. Plus, your voice teacher will love that you are so organized (and that you never forget to bring your music to lessons)! If you already have a tablet, I encourage you to download a digital music reader and give it a shot. We live in a digital world, and you may find that digital music is perfect for you.

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Post Author: Elaina R.
Elaina R. teaches opera voice and singing in Ypsilanti, MI, as well as through online lessons. She received her Master of Music from the University of Michigan, and she has a B.M. from the University of Southern California. Learn more about Elaina here!

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30 MORE Awesome Graduation Songs to Sing Along With

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If you’re taking the stage to perform at your upcoming graduation ceremony, you’ll want to pick a great song to sing! Continue reading for 30 good graduation songs to check out, recommended by voice teacher Molly R...

 

Spring has sprung! And one of the things many of us attend in late Spring is a graduation ceremony or two (or more, if you’re super social!).

If you’re a singer, you may even be asked to perform at a graduation ceremony or party. And the toughest part isn’t getting up there on stage — it’s choosing what to perform for the audience! So, how do you choose the best graduation song to sing? Here are my tips:

  1. Consider your audience. Is it at a more formal institution? You want to select something more traditional, or even classic pop.  Are you performing at a friend’s party after the big ceremony? Well, maybe current pop may do the trick!
  2. Consider the message. Whether it’s formal or informal, you’ll want a song that inspires both grads and family! Some of the themes that work include lasting friendships, new beginnings, hope, and confidence.

To get you started, here is my list of 30 fantastic graduation songs that you may want to consider for 2016…

Traditional Songs

1. “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from “Carousel”

2. “Homeward Bound” by Marta Keen

3. “An Old Irish Blessing”

4. “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban

5. “The Prayer” by Josh Groban

6. “The Impossible Dream” from “Man of La Mancha”

7. “Amigos Para Siempre” by Andrew Lloyd Webber

8. “Time to Say Goodbye” by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman

Newer Pop Songs (’90s to current )

1. “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars

2. “Brave” by Sara Bareilles

3. “Now and Forever” by Carole King

4. “You Were There” by Michael Jackson

5. “Firework”  by Katy Perry

6. “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot

7. “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors

8. “When You Believe” by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey

9. “Hero” by Mariah Carey

Classic Pop Songs (’80s and older)

1. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

2. “Make Your Own Kind of Music” by Mama Cass Elliot

3. “One Moment in Time” by Whitney Houston

4. “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles

5. “That’s What Friends Are For” by Burt Bacharach

6. “In My Life” by The Beatles

Broadway and Movies

1. “No Matter What” from “Whistle Down the Wind”

2. “Defying Gravity” from “Wicked”

3. “Any Dream Will Do” from “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

4. “Dream For Your Inspiration”  by The Muppets

5. “Go the Distance” from Disney’s “Hercules”

6. “Our Time” from “Merrily We Roll Along”

7. “You’ll Be In My Heart” from Disney’s “Tarzan”


Final Tips for Singing at Graduation Events

Not only do you want to choose the right song, but you want to be sure you’re super prepared for your big performance. Your voice teacher can help you make sure that the song is suitable for your level and voice type, as well as help you polish it. No voice teacher? No problem! TakeLessons can help connect you for in-person or online voice lessons.

Break a leg!

Readers: Know any other good graduation songs to sing? Leave a comment with your suggestion!

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25 Top Audition Songs for Classical Singers [With Videos]

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As a classical singer, you have a variety of things you might be auditioning for, from young artist programs (also known as YAPs) and vocal contests to gigs at restaurants or on cruise ships! There are a few things to consider for each situation, so here is a helpful list of tips, as well as the top classical audition songs for sopranos, tenors, mezzos, and baritones!

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Top Classical Audition Songs

For a Young Artist Program Audition:

It’s essential that every fach (operatic voice type) has a solid aria in English. Almost every program will ask for one, so below are some good repertoire options to consider.

For soprano:

  • “Laurie’s Song” from Aaron Copland’s “The Tender Land”
    This is a beautiful aria to show off a young lyric soprano!

For mezzo:

  • “Must the Winter Come So Soon?” from Samuel Barber’s “Vanessa”
    This song is short, has a gorgeous line, and is age appropriate. This is exactly the sort of thing a singer needs for a Young Artist Program.

For tenor:

  • “Lonely House” from “Street Scene” by Kurt Weill
    This is another aria that is age appropriate. And for lyric tenors, this will show you off like nothing else, both vocally and dramatically.

For baritone:

  • “Warm as the Autumn Light” from Douglas Moore’s “The Ballad of Baby Doe”
    This song has a soaring vocal line to show off your strong middle voice! At just under three minutes, this is another perfect choice for an audition song.

For Cruise Ships, Parties, or Restaurant Auditions:

For these types of auditions, you should consider the “party hits” of classical music! This can include some Italian folk songs that can be sung by any voice type. You’ll want to choose melodies that people that aren’t opera buffs know and love.

For soprano:

  • “Musetta’s Waltz” from Puccini’s “La Boheme”
    Everyone knows this one! It’s happy, super familiar, and shows off your killer high notes!

Another winner for a soprano is “O mio babbino caro” from another Puccini opera, “Gianni Schicchi”. All sopranos can sing this one. Just be careful not to drag the tempo; it’s actually meant to be a humorous aria!

For mezzo:

  • “Habanera” from “Carmen”
    You can’t go wrong with “Carmen”, and this one in particular is flirtatious and fun.

For tenor:

  • “Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s “Turandot”
    Yes, it’s the tenor anthem. But needless to say, you must have serious technique and power to make this one work. If you can nail this one, the job is likely yours!

If you want something a little more lighthearted but still a big hit, there is always Verdi’s “La donna e mobile” from “Rigoletto”. Everyone knows and adores this one!

For baritone:

  • “Largo al factotum” from Rossini’s “Barber of Seville”
    This is a great choice for a classical audition song if you want to draw in a non-opera crowd. Most people will recognize this one, and you can show off your amazing vocal agility and comedic chops.


Another hit from “Carmen” is the beloved “Toreador Song”. How can a baritone not have fun with this classic?

For any voice:

  • “O Sole Mio” (Italian standard)
    This cheerful folk tune is yet another song people know and love. It can be sung in various keys if you’re a mezzo or baritone.

Another great Italian folk song is “Funiculi Funicula”. Tenors especially will love this one because of the ringing high notes, but don’t let that hold you back if you’re another voice type!

For Vocal Competitions:

If you’re selecting classical audition songs for a vocal competition, I recommend repertoire in different languages besides the standard Italian, French, German, and English. This will be sure to impress the panel!

For soprano:

  • “Song to the Moon” from Dvořák’s “Rusalka”
    What a gorgeous aria! It’s magical when sung with a beautifully spun line.

For mezzo:

  • “Olga’s Aria” from Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin”
    This is a great choice to show off your charm, your low vocal range, and your Russian!

For tenor:

  • “Lensky’s Aria”, also from “Eugene Onegin”
    This is an absolutely breathtaking aria, with tons of drama and high notes galore. How can you go wrong?

For baritone:

  • “Forester’s Monologue” from Janacek’s “Cunning Little Vixen”
    This song is a bit longer, but what a gem! It’s hardly overdone, which makes it an excellent choice.

For an Opera Company Audition:

For an opera company audition, consider a piece that will prove you can act, too! Longer arias are definitely okay here.

For soprano:

  • “To This We’ve Come” from Menotti’s “The Consul”
    Wow, talk about an acting feast! This is high drama at its best, and is sure to impress!

For mezzo:

  • “The letters aria” from Massenet’s “Werther”
    If you can sing this beautifully and tug at our heartstrings, you’ve probably got the role!

For tenor:

  • “E lucevan le stelle” from Puccini’s “Tosca”
    Full of passion, this is more than just about high notes.

For baritone:

  • “Pari Siamo” from Verdi’s “Rigoletto”
    Verdi was the king of Italian drama. This song, the tortured title character’s aria, is no exception.

For Undergraduate and Graduate Programs:

Make sure you have a Mozart aria! He’s the bread and butter of operatic repertoire, after all, and chances are your program will be doing one of his operas while you are there.

For soprano:

  • “Dove Sono” from “The Marriage of Figaro”
    This can be sung by both light- or heavy-voiced sopranos. This character, The Countess, has two fabulous arias, but “Dove Sono” has a bit more motion to it, and is awfully fun to sing.

For mezzo:

  • Dorabella’s aria from “Così fan tutte”
    This one sits a bit high and is best for lyric mezzos, but it’s a great one!

For tenor:

  • Tamino’s aria from “The Magic Flute”
    Mozart wrote some challenging arias for tenor! Mozart tenors need a light, lyric sound, and this aria is perfect for that kind of voice.

For baritone:

  • “The Catalog Aria” from “Don Giovanni”
    Not only will this one show off your excellent musicality, it’s also so funny!

There you have it — 25 excellent classical audition songs that will show you off, whether they’re tried and true hits or lesser-known gems.

Another great resource for repertoire recommendations is your voice teacher, of course! Don’t have one? No problem! There are so many wonderful voice teachers on Takelessons available to help, many with classical backgrounds. As you prepare for your vocal audition, working with a voice teacher will put you at a huge advantage.

Happy singing, and good luck at your audition! For even more ideas, see these audition songs for tenors, audition songs for altos, audition songs for sopranos, or songs for contraltos.

mollyrPost Author: Molly R.
Molly R. teaches online and in-person singing lessons in Hayward, CA. Her specialties include teaching beginner vocalists, shy singers, children, teens, lapsed singers, and older beginners. She joined TakeLessons in November 2013. Learn more about Molly here!

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