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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”

SEE ALSO: How to Sing Better Instantly

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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50 Best Musical Theater Songs (for Male & Female Singers)

50 Best Audition Songs for Musical Theatre for Females and Males to Sing

Looking for some musical theatre songs that are sure to impress at your next audition?

Whether you have a musical theatre audition coming up, or you just love singing along with the best of the genre, you’ve come to the right place!

The wide repertoire of musical theatre songs is full of everything from desperate ballads to uproarious anthems. All of these memorable songs are great ways to express both your voice and your acting skills. When you pour your heart and soul into these theatrical pieces, audiences are sure to resonate.

To kick off our guide to the best musical theatre songs, check out the video from our expert vocal coach Betsy. In it, she shares which musical theatre songs are the right fit for each voice type and role. Follow Betsy’s tips to leave the best impression at your audition!

The Best Musical Theatre Songs for Auditions

Below, we’ve compiled some of the best musical theatre songs to sing at your next audition, broken down by voice type (such as musical songs for altos). Check out this comprehensive list of songs from musicals and then keeping reading for tips on how to ace your audition!

Musical Songs for Sopranos:

At the top of our list are the highest in pitch, the sopranos. Many of these theatre tunes are perfect songs to sing in auditions for female roles, if you’ve got the right range for them. Just reading down this top 10 list is sure to give you memories of some of the greatest musical theatre performances of all time!

1. “Better” — Legally Blonde

2. “Think of Me” — The Phantom of the Opera
3. “I Could Have Danced All Night” — My Fair Lady
4. “It’s a Fine, Fine Line” — Avenue Q
5. “Moonfall” — The Mystery of Edwin Drood
6. “Home” — Beauty and the Beast
7. “Somewhere” — West Side Story
8. “The Light in the Piazza” — The Light in the Piazza
9. “How Lovely to be a Woman” — Bye Bye Birdie
10.“Matchmaker” — Fiddler on the Roof

Musical Songs for Altos:

Although alto is Italian for “high,” the alto range is commonly the lowest range for women. Here are some of the best audition songs for altos, including music from several eras of musical theatre, so you can get out there and sing your heart out!

1. “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” — Grease

2. “Holding Out for a Hero” — Footloose
3. “Always True to You in My Fashion” — Kiss Me Kate
4. “Astonishing” — Little Women
5. “Welcome to the ’60s” — Hairspray
6. “Pulled” — The Addams Family
7. “All for You” — Seussical
8. “I’m Not At All in Love” — The Pajama Game
9. “Mama Who Bore Me” — Spring Awakening
10.“Beautiful” — Carole King’s Beautiful

RELATED: How to Sing High Notes

Musical Theatre Songs for Tenors:

On the high end of the male vocal range lies the tenor. Countless classics fall within this range, so there are plenty of great musical theatre songs for tenors to choose. 

1. “Maria” — West Side Story

2. “Magic Foot” — The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
3. “I Believe” — Book of Mormon
4. “Almost Like Being in Love” — Brigadoon
5. “Close Every Door” — Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
6. “Santa Fe” — Newsies
7. “Fortune Favors the Brave” — Aida
8.“Some Enchanted Evening” — South Pacific
9.“Dancing Through Life” — Wicked
10. “When the Sun Goes Down” — In the Heights

Good Audition Songs for Bass Singers:

Carrying the low end and providing some of the most memorable musical theatre moments of all time, bass singers can belt out with these ten instant classics.

1. “I Wanna be a Producer” — The Producers

2. “Try to Remember” — The Fantasticks
3. “The Music of the Night” — The Phantom of the Opera
4. “Comedy Tonight” — A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum
5. “Ol’ Man River” — Showboat
6. “Coffee Shop Nights” — Curtains
7. “Mr. Cellophane” — Chicago
8. “My Defenses Are Down” — Annie Get Your Gun
9. “Always Look On the Bright Side of Life” — Spamalot
10. “Edelweiss” — The Sound of Music

SEE ALSO: How to Sing Better Instantly

More Musical Theatre Songs for Male and Female:

When it comes to world-class musical theatre, nothing quite beats a duet. A pair of voices can cover the entire vocal range and convey a captivating, dramatic tension together. So, grab a friend and try one of these tunes!

1. “On Broadway” — All that Jazz

2. “Man of La Mancha” — Man of La Mancha
3. “Take Me or Leave Me” — Rent
4. “Heaven On Their Minds” — Jesus Christ Superstar
5. “One” — A Chorus Line
6. “Another Hundred People” — Company
7. “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man (of Mine)” — Showboat
8. “Before the Parade Passes By” — Hello Dolly
9. “It’s De-lovely” — Anything Goes
10. “Who Will Buy” — Oliver!

Tips for Musical Theatre Auditions

Once you’ve picked your perfect musical theatre song, keep the following tips in mind to sing better and make a good impression at your next audition:

  • As you prepare, remember the typical 16-bar and 32-bar cuts, and make sure your song fits appropriately.
  • When you step into the audition, introduce yourself, smile, and be pleasant! Directors sit through many, many auditions, and you want to catch their attention in a positive way.
  • Consider preparing both uptempos and ballads, no matter what show or part you are auditioning for. You never know what the director is looking for!

There are so many good musical songs out there, but the list above includes songs that are appropriate to sing for contemporary musical theatre auditions today. Remember, if a song you love is not in the right range, you can always change the key! This is a skill that a voice teacher could easily help you with.

If you would like a professional’s guidance as you learn how to sing any of these songs from musicals, feel free to schedule a singing lesson today!

LizTPost Author: Liz T.
Liz T. teaches singing and acting lessons online. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a B.M. in Vocal Performance and currently performs/teaches all styles of music including Musical Theater, Classical, Jazz, and Country. Learn more about Liz 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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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.

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

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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.

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7 Great Audition Songs for Sopranos

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The best audition songs for sopranos help singers stand out from the crowd and be heard when auditioning. The perfect song should be reasonably challenging, in order to show off your abilities, and should also exemplify personality. This could mean singing something to which you feel you can relate. Ideally, you should be able to create a tone similar to the original but, above all, you must enjoy the song.

Almost all pieces, provided they are in your range and you can sing them well, work well as audition songs for sopranos. There is disagreement between singers whether songs that are frequently used should be avoided. Consider yourself safe if you feel you will be able to impress the musical director; just avoid anything too slow and repetitive. Here are some of the top favorite audition songs for sopranos:

1. “When You Got It, Flaunt It” – The Producers
If you have a powerful voice, it’s important to demonstrate your abilities in the full to the director. “When You Got It, Flaunt It” from The Producers is the perfect piece to do that. It may not be suitable for a serious singing role, but if you are looking for a comedic part, this song is ideal. The song involves some high E flats at the end, as well as a Swedish accent!

2. “Gimme Gimme” – Thoroughly Modern Millie
“Gimme Gimme” from Thoroughly Modern Millie is a great choice to show off your skills through transitioning from a slow, gentle beginning to an energetic end. The most challenging part of the song is probably the final belted out C, as it is held for a very long time.

3. “A Wonderful Guy” – South Pacific
Simple yet sure to impress if it is sung well, “A Wonderful Guy” from South Pacific is a perfect song to choose if you need to show off some acting skills while you are singing. With a very small range, it is not a difficult piece to sing, but can produce great results when executed correctly. Consider “A Wonderful Guy” if you are auditioning for a lighthearted role.

4. “Till There Was You” – The Music Man
“Till There Was You” is a beautiful classic that allows you to demonstrate your wide vocal range, while showing how you are able to incorporate acting skills into singing. This is an ideal choice for sopranos to show how they can interpret and incorporate lyrics into their performance.

5. “Fine, Fine Line” – Avenue Q
Sopranos who have a classic Broadway tone would do well to consider “Fine, Fine Line” from Avenue Q. While soft and thoughtful, this song will show off your ability to hit powerful notes, and it includes a number of held high notes.

6. “Where Is Love?” – Oliver!
“Where Is Love?” is a favorite among children auditioning for soprano roles and is frequently chosen when the audition does not specify a particular piece. This is a great option for boys with a powerful range.

7. The Boy Next Door – Meet Me In Saint Louis
Another song geared toward younger singers is “The Boy Next Door”. Songs like this one are ideal in order to demonstrate range, vocal abilities and ability to express emotion in lyrics.

 

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How to Select a Vocal Duet (+26 Duet Song Ideas)

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If you’re new to singing, or if you’re just trying to fine-tune your vocal skills, one fun and helpful exercise is to sing duet songs with your vocal instructor or a friend. Pick a style you both like and you’ll find that the possibilities for both fun and music making are endless!

Why Are They Helpful to Sing?
When you sing with piano, or with a chorus or band, there’s often someone else playing the same line you’re singing. While this is great for learning to sing in tune and working on the tone of your voice, you’re not really stretching your listening skills.

When you sing a duet there are just two lines; your part is all your responsibility and the only thing you have to find your notes from is the other person’s line.

What Are Some of the Best Duet Songs?
If you’re new to singing vocal duets, starting with some that you like and know well is the best way to learn. This way you’ll already have the tune in your ear and you probably have lots of recordings to listen to. Here is a list of some of the best duet songs from many different genres.

  • From Broadway
    • “Something Good” from The Sound of Music
    • “All I Ask of You” from The Phantom of the Opera
    • “A Little Drop of Rain” from Miss Saigon
    • “A Boy Like That” from West Side Story
    • “Till There Was You” from The Music Man
    • “People Will Say We’re In Love” from Oklahoma
    • “The Rain In Spain” from My Fair Lady
  • From Pop
    • “Endless Love” sung by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
    • “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart” sung by Elton John and KiKi Dee
    • “Quando Quando Quando” sung by Nelly Furtado and Michael Buble
    • “When You Believe” sung by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston
    • “U Got the Look” sung by Prince and Sheena Easton
    • “Under Pressure” sung by David Bowie and Freddie Mercury
    • “I’ll Be Missing You” sung by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans
  • From Your Childhood
    • “Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast
    • “A Whole New World” from Aladdin
    • “One Song” from Snow White
    • “The Bare Necessities” from The Jungle Book
    • “One Song” from Snow White
    • “Can You Feel the Love Tonigh”t from The Lion King
    • “A Girl Worth FIghting For” from Mulan
  • From the Movies
    • “Come What May” from Moulin Rouge
    • “Almost Paradise” from Footloose
    • “You’re The One That I Want” from Grease
    • “Up Where We Belong” from An Officer and a Gentleman
    • “It Takes Two” from It Takes Two

Games
There are also fun games you can play with your duet partner that can improve your ear and singing abilities. One great idea is based in the jazz tradition; simply improvise! Pick one person to sing a solo and have the other harmonize. You’ll find yourself quickly learning what sounds good and what doesn’t work as well. If this seems too daunting, just pick a song from the best vocal duets listed above, make up your own verses, then play with the harmonies, and then play around with the melodies. This is a great way to train your ear and your voice.

Duets are a great way to have fun and improve your singing skills. Start with what you know and then branch out from there; you’re sure to have a great time and even learn a thing or two!

 

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15 Powerful Alto Songs for Auditions

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There are dozens of excellent alto songs to choose from, whether you have an upcoming audition or performance.

The most important part of vocal auditions is taking a piece and making it your own. When looking for talent, directors don’t want to hear another rendition of something they’ve heard many times before; you need to make sure you stand out!

Check out this video for a few alto audition songs, and then keep scrolling for more options that are bound to make an impression.

Best Audition Songs for Altos

1. “I Want to Go to Hollywood” – Grand Hotel

“I Want to Go to Hollywood” is a good choice for younger singers who want to show off their ability to reach lower notes. It is best used for musical theater auditions requiring something a little more upbeat, or for anyone who feels that jazz is their strong point.

2. “Somewhere” – West Side Story

Another one of the most popular audition songs for altos, “Somewhere” shows off your ability to both act and sing. It also includes a number of reasonably high notes, so it highlights your ability to sing a wide range.

3. “I Can Hear the Bells” – Hairspray

“I Can Hear the Bells” should only be attempted by altos who can really nail this challenging piece. When sung well, it can be the perfect choice for an up-tempo and jazzy audition.

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4. “Another Night at Darryl’s” – Witches of Eastwick

This is one of the best alto songs on this list. “Another Night at Darryl’s” is made up entirely of notes that any alto should be able to easily reach, while at the same time shows off a wide range.

Full of character, this song is not very frequently used (nor are most other pieces from Witches of Eastwick), so it presents a good opportunity for you to “wow” your director!

5. “A Change in Me” – Beauty and the Beast

Although songs from Beauty and the Beast are frequently used in auditions, “A Change in Me” is not used as often. The song starts quite low but rises much higher near the end, so it’s perfect for showing off a good range.

Any of these alto songs would be an excellent choice for your next performance. But if you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, check out the additional suggestions below.

  • “Here We Are” – Gloria Estefan
  • “Lithium,” “Good Enough,” or “Lacrymosa” – Evanescence
  • “Close to You,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” or “Only Yesterday” – The Carpenters
  • “The Power of Goodbye,” “Frozen,” or “Live to Tell” – Madonna

Some final pointers – Remember that in musical theater, your song choice is usually dependent on the role for which you’re auditioning.

We also recommend avoiding alto songs that are overused. Songs from shows like Les Miserables and Wicked are very common. However, if you believe you can sing one of these popular songs extremely well, don’t be afraid to use it!

Do you have any more suggestions of good alto audition songs? Let us know in the comments section below.

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