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List of Awesome Talent Show Songs: What Should I Sing in the Talent Show?

Updated on June 03, 2016
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First: Tips on Choosing a Great Song

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Picking the right song is crucial to your talent show debut. While it might be easy for an experienced, trained singer to pick their favorite song of the moment and belt it out perfectly right off the bat, the rest of us need to choose a song carefully and put in plenty of rehearsals. There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a song:

Know your voice and your range. If your voice has never been evaluated and you don't know whether you're a tenor, soprano, or alto, or whether you can sing well within one octave or seven, ask your school's music teacher to help you determine this and choose a song that fits your range. If you don't know anyone who can help you, choose a few songs you like, video yourself singing them, and choose the one that sounds best with your voice. Pick a song that falls within your limit of high and low notes.

Ask for help. Show the videos you've made to friends and family and ask for honest feedback to help you choose the best song. Keep in mind that these people love you and think you're awesome. You can try posting your efforts and asking for opinions on YouTube, but it's likely that you'll end up with a bunch of troll comments rather than useful feedback. It might be more helpful to post your videos on a singing forum and ask for honest opinions from the trained singers and vocal coaches who frequent such forums. It's good when critics a) don't know you and b) know what they're talking about when it comes to singing and performing.

Here are links to a few singers' forums:

http://themodernvocalist.punbb-hosting.com/index.php

http://www.8notes.com/f/forum46.asp

http://kazashmaza1.proboards.com/index.cgi

Be wary of the "untouchables." Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Freddy Mercury, and Adam Lambert are a few of the singers considered to have the best voices in the business. Sing one of their songs with extreme caution, as they often sing very difficult songs and sing them extremely well, leaving imitators to pale in comparison. Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and Leona Lewis are a few others known for singing songs that require a huge range, advanced skill, and precise technique.

Choose a song appropriate for the show. It will seem weird and inappropriate for a young girl to sing "Sexaholic" or a for a young boy to sing "I'll Make Love to You." Because of their lyrics and subject matter, it is doubtful these songs would be allowed in a school or church talent show, anyway. Before choosing a song, read all the lyrics to make sure they are G-rated, if that is what your school or church requires. Once you have chosen a song, make a photocopy of the lyrics and be prepared to present it to the administration, as many schools and churches require this step before an act will be approved for their show. If the song you want to sing contains inappropriate lyrics, some schools will allow you to substitute "clean" words in place of profanity, while other schools will have you ditch the song altogether.

Also make sure you understand what the lyrics mean and the message the songwriter is trying to convey. This will help you sing the song with emotion, rather than simply reciting the words.

Choose your song's mood. While slow, sad songs are filled with emotion and often showcase a voice very well, they can bring the audience's mood down. A fun, more upbeat song is more likely to be a crowd favorite. I'm not saying one of these is wrong or right, just that when choosing a song, you should consider the impact you'd like to make on the audience. Do you want to leave a lasting impression with a sad but moving song about the plight of orphans, get the crowd dancing and clapping with a funky dance party number, or something in between?

Choose your song's length. When it comes to amateur talent shows, unless you have quite a bit of stage experience, shorter is almost always better. Dragging out your act long past the audience's interest and attention span doesn't help with its success, and neither does singing a song that tires out your voice. Longer songs also mean more lyrics to memorize and recall on the big night.

If you do choose a lengthy song, consider shortening it, especially if you are new to performing or tend to get nervous on stage. Choose a few of the verses that are most meaningful to you and cut the rest. One benefit to choosing your favorite verses is that they'll make a bigger impact when you highlight them this way. Another is that the audience is more likely to give you their full attention. You'll also have fewer lyrics to worry about memorizing, which means you'll feel more relaxed. Shorter can definitely be sweeter.

Ballads

Ballads are heartfelt songs that tell an emotional story. A ballad gives you—the singer!—an opportunity to connect with the audience by singing the lyrics in a sincere and expressive manner that makes listeners feel as though you lived through the story and wrote the lyrics yourself. Although "power ballads" are sometimes vocally challenging, ballads come in all shapes and sizes, many of which are well suited to an amateur singer's vocal skills. You may find some songs listed in this section just right for you; others may be a bit difficult. Because every voice is different, try out your favorites and see which you do the best with.

Great Ballads for Boys

"So Beautiful" (Pete Murray)
"Man in the Mirror" (Michael Jackson)
"You Raise Me Up" (Josh Groban)
"Georgia on My Mind " (Ray Charles)
"Bridge Over Troubled Water" (Simon & Garfunkel)
"Whatayawant From Me" (Adam Lambert)
"Let It Be" (The Beatles)
"What Makes You Beautiful" (One Direction)
"Ain't No Sunshine " (Bill Withers)
"I Won't Give Up" (Jason Mraz)
"Say What You Need To Say" (John Mayer)
"You Found Me" (The Fray)
"Waiting on the World to Change" (John Mayer)
"In Your Atmosphere " (John Mayer)
"Smile" (Uncle Kracker)
"I Don't Want To Be" (Gavin DeGraw)
"Crush" (Gavin DeGraw)
"Stand by Me" (Ben E. King)
"End of the Road" (Boys 2 Men)
"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" ( Green Day)
"When September Ends" (Green Day)
"Allison" (Elvis Costello)
"She" (Elvis Costello. This one is awesome. Check it out if you've never heard it. You'll leave the audience in tears.)

Great Ballads for Girls

"You and I" (Lady Gaga)
"A Thousand Years" (Christina Perri)
"Set Fire to the Rain" (Adele)
"Rolling in the Deep" (Adele)
"The Climb" (Miley Cyrus)
"The Greatest Love of All" (Whitney Houston)
"Hero" (Whitney Houston)
"I'll Stand by You" (Pretenders)
"If I Ain't Got You" (Alicia Keys)
"Beautiful" (Christina Aguilera)
"My Heart Will Go On" (Celine Deon)
"Bubbly" (Colbie Caillat)
"Landslide" (Fleetwood Mac)
"True Colors" (Cyndi Lauper)
"How Do I Live" (LeAnn Rimes)
"These Four Walls" (Miley Cyrus)
"Invsible" (Taylor Swift)
"You Belong with Me" (Taylor Swift)
"Halo" (Beyonce)
"Taking Chances" (Celine Dion)
"At Last" (Etta James)
"The Rose" (Bette Midler)
"Think I'm Fallin' For You" (Colbie Caillat)
"I Do" (Colbie Caillat)
"Girl Put Your Records On" (Corinne Bailey Rae)
"Suddenly I See" (K.C. Tunstall)
"Our Song" (Taylor Swift)
"Love Song" (Sara Barielles)
"Mercy" (Duffy)

Great Ballads for Anyone

"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (Elton John)
"Up" (James Morrison)
"I Believe I Can Fly" (R. Kelly)
"I'll Be There" (Michael Jackson)
"Realize" (Colbie Caillat)
"Truly, Madly, Deeply" (Savage Garden)
"Don't Stop Believin'" (Journey)
"What a Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong)
"Believe" (Elton John)
"Out Here on my Own" (Irene Cara)
"We Are Young" (Fun)
"I Sing the Body Electric" (Fame)

Fun Party Songs to Get the Crowd Going

While singing a slow ballad is a great way to show off your chops and impress the audience with your singing skill, singing something more upbeat will make the crowd go wild. More upbeat songs are more exciting for the audience, and also make it easier for the singer to move around to the beat. You may or may not win awards from the talent show's judges, but these fun songs often win crowd favorite awards.

"Party in the USA" (Miley Cyrus)
"Party Rock Anthem" (LMFAO)
"I'm Sexy and I Know It " (LMFAO)
"Forget You" (Cee-Lo Green)
"Get the Party Started" (Pink)
"Dynamite" (Taio Cruz)
"Blitzkrieg Bop" (The Ramones)
"Born This Way" (Lady Gaga)
"Play That Funky Music" (Wild Cherry)
"Get Down Tonight" (KC and the Sunshine Band)
"Party Like a Rock Star" (Shop Boyz)
"Born to Be Wild" (Steppenwolf)
"Wild Thing" (The Troggs)
"I Love Rock and Roll" (Joan Jett)
"Rock and Roll All Night" (Kiss)
"Not My Name" (The Ting Tings)
"Let's Get It Started" (Black-Eyed Peas)
"I Got a Feeling" (Black-Eyed Peas)
"Jungle Boogie" (Kool and the Gang)
"Bustin' Loose" (Chuck Brown)
"Hot for Teacher" (Van Halen)
"YMCA" (Village People)
"Rock Your Body" (Justin Timberlake)
"Shake It " (Metro Station)
"Feel Good Inc." (Gorillaz)
"The Anthem" (Good Charlotte)
"Hot N' Cold" (Katy Perry)
"I Will Survive" (Gloria Gaynor)
"Fame (Remember My Name" (Fame)
"Footloose" (Kenny Loggins)

Chris Brown Songs Are Good Choices for Boys

Awesome All-Purpose Songs for Boys (and Often Girls)

Girls, Read This List Too!

"Keep Your Head Up" (Andy Grammer)
"Blackbird" (The Beatles)
"Yesterday" (The Beatles)
"Imagine" (John Lennon)
"Hey Jude" (The Beatles)
"I Walk Alone" (Green Day)
"She" (Green Day)
"Know Your Enemy" (Green Day)
"Semi-Charmed Life" (Third Eye Blind)
"Holiday" (Green Day)
"Desperado" (The Eagles)
"Beautiful Girl" (Sean Kingston)
"Hey Soul Sister (Train)
"Dumb Love" (Sean Kingston)
"Just the Way You Are" (Bruno Mars)
"The Lazy Song" (Bruno Mars. This one is really funny if you get some friends to dress up in monkey masks, just like the video.)
"I'm Yours" (Jason Mraz)
"Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" (Chris Brown)
"With You" (Chris Brown)
"Run It!" - Chris Brown
"Stronger" (Kanye West)
"Just Friends" (Musiq Soulchild)

Old-Fashioned Classics and Broadway Showtunes

High school production of the classic musical "My Fair Lady"
High school production of the classic musical "My Fair Lady" | Source

Classic songs may be a pleasant surprise for people in your church or school audience who have long memories.

For Girls:

"Tomorrow" (Annie)
"Defying Gravity" (Wicked)
"Don't Rain on my Parade" (Funny Girl)
"I'm Not Afraid of Anything" (Songs for a New World)
"All That Jazz" (Chicago)
"As Long as He Needs Me" (Oliver)
"Wouldn't It Be Loverly" (My Fair Lady)
"My Strongest Suit" (Aida)
"Nothing" (A Chorus Line)
"Think of Me" (Phantom of the Opera)
"Chattanooga Choo Choo" (Sun Valley Serenade)
"Till There Was You" (The Music Man)
"Many a New Day" (Oklahoma)
"Memory" (Cats)
"You Must Love Me" (Evita)
"Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" (Evita)
"On My Own" (Les Miserables)
"I Don't Know How to Love Him" (Jesus Christ Superstar)

For Boys:

"Music of the Night" (Phantom of the Opera)
"If I Was a Rich Man" (Fiddler on the Roof)
"I Still See Elisa" (Paint Your Wagon)
"Sandy" (Grease)
"She Cries" (Songs for a New World)
"If Ever I Would Leave You" (Camelot)
"I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face" (My Fair Lady)
"Ol’ Man River " (Show Boat)
"Some Enchanted Evening" (South Pacific)
"This Nearly Was Mine" (South Pacific)
"Younger Than Springtime" (South Pacific)
"I Talk to the Trees " (Paint Your Wagon)
"Wandering Star" (Paint Your Wagon)
"Gold Fever" (Paint Your Wagon)
"They Call the Wind Maria" (Paint Your Wagon)
"Amazing Journey" (Tommy)
"See Me, Feel Me" (Tommy)
"I’m Free" (Tommy)
"Pinball Wizard" (Tommy)
"Why God Why?" (Miss Saigon)
"Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" (Oklahoma)
"Surrey With The Fringe On Top" (Oklahoma)

For Anyone:

"Amazing Grace"
"You'l Never Walk Alone" (Carousel)
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (The Wizard of Oz)
"Tomorrow" (Annie)
"I Dreamed a Dream" (Les Miserables)
"Hushabye Mountain" (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)
"Moon River" (Breakfast at Tiffany's)
"Call Me Irresponsible" (Papa’s Delicate Condition)
"Pure Imagination" (Willy Wonka)
"The Journey" (Lea Solanga)

Duets

You can turn just about any song into a duet, either by singing in unison, or by taking turns singing verses. Here is a list of songs that have either already been recorded as duets or would work especially well as a duet.

For Anyone:

"Count on Me" (Bruno Mars)
"Stuck Like Glue" (Sugarland)
"Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better" (Annie Get Your Gun)

For Two Girls:

"True Friend" (Miley Cyrus)
"What is This Feeling?" (Wicked)
"For Good" (Wicked)
"Stepsister's Lament" (Cinderella) by Rogers and Hammerstein
"Breathe" (Taylor Swift and Colby Caillat)
"I Still Believe" (Miss Saigon)

For a Girl and a Boy:

"Somebody That I Used to Know" (Gotye)
"Need You Now" (Lady Antebellum)
"Up" (James Morrison and Jesse J)
"When I Fall in Love" Cinderella (Disney)
"Dynamite" (Taio Cruz; one sings, one raps)
"You are the Music in Me" (High School Musical
"No Air " (Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown)
"You are the Sunshine of my Life" (Stevie Wonder)
"Sunrise, Sunset" (Fiddler on the Roof)
"People Will Say We're in Love" (Oklahoma)
"Sun and Moon" (Miss Saigon)

Songs For Younger Kids

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While younger kids don't necessarily need their own list of songs, the songs listed here are especially appropriate for littler ones. I have seen so many six-year-old girls singing Taylor Swift songs about breaking up with their boyfriends, and it always strikes me as a bit out of place. At least Taylor Swift's songs are generally fairly innocent and easy to sing, and little girls seem to love her, so if that's your daughter's dream, she should go for it. On the other hand, if you'd ike to encourage your young child—girl or boy—to sing something age-appropriate, the songs below are some ideas.

"Castle on A Cloud" (Les Miserables)
"In My Own Little Corner" (Cinderella)
"Home" (Beauty and The Beast)
"Consider Yourself" (Oliver)
"Tomorrow" (Annie)
"It's a Hard-Knock Life" (Annie)
"Maybe" (Annie)
"Animal Crackers" (Shirley Temple)
"Under the Sea" (The Little Mermaid)
"Part of Your World " (The Little Mermaid)
"Fly To Your Heart " (Tinkerbell)
"Somewhere Out There" (An American Tail)
"When I Fall in Love" (Cinderella)
"Chim Chim Cheree" (Mary Poppins)
"He's Got the Whole World in his Hands"
"Jesus Loves the LIttle Children"
"My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean"
"You Are My Sunshine"
"Put on a Happy Face" (Bye Bye Birdie)
"Friend Like Me" (Aladdin)
"Bare Necessities" (The Jungle Book)
"My Favorite Things" (The Sound of Music)
"Queens are Never Wrong" (The Backyardigans)
"Talk to the Animals" (Dr. Doolittle)
"Hakuna Matata" (The Lion King)
"Get Happy" (Summer Stock)
"Edelweiss" (Sound of Music)

Beginners, Beware Whitney Houston Songs!

Songs for Beginners to Avoid

The songs listed below are popular, but quite difficult. If you are a beginner or the thought of singing in front of an audience makes you sweat, don't attempt one of these songs, which most experts agree are difficult for one reason or another:

"Star-Spangled Banner"
"Bohemian Rhapsody" (Queen)
"Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers)
"Fantasy" (Mariah Carey)
"Emotions" (Mariah Carey)
"Fly Like a Bird" (Mariah Carey)
"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (Dream Girls)
"I Will Always Love You" (Whitney Houston/Dolly Parton)
"I Have Nothing" (Whitney Houston)
"Run to you" (Whitney Houston)
"Defying Gravity" (Wicked)
"My Heart Will Go On" (Celine Dion)
"All By Myself" (Celine Dion)
"Ray of Light" (Madonna)
"Fallin' (Alicia Keys)
"If I Ain't Got You" (Alicia Keys)
"Doncha Know (The Sky is Blue)"
"Leona Lewis" (Bleeding Love)

Comments and Links

I'd love to hear from you! What great songs have I left off the list? Let me know in the comments box below and I'll add them. I'd also love to know what song you sang in your talent show!


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      Chuck Bluestein 4 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      That is a lot of good information for singing in talent shows. Maybe you will be singing on Broadway someday. Or maybe you will become a popular actress.

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      Chuck Bluestein 4 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      Maybe it was your daughter in the video that says "Me singing."

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      SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, Chuck. I am not a singer myself, and the girl in the video is not my daughter. These are just people who have posted their videos on Youtube and are good examples to illustrate the points I'm making in my article. (Which are, if you pick a song that is good for your voice, appropriate for your age and you practice some basic stage performance principles such as standing up straight, looking out into the audience and smiling, you can "knock'em dead" in your school talent show.) Thanks for your comments and for sharing! I appreciate it!

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      Natalie 4 years ago

      Thank you, this helped a LOT!

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      maxyne 4 years ago

      This page is awesome! my school is doing a talent show and these songs are gr8! i am amazed right now i am listening to taylor swift's invisible! lov ya! ;) ;)

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      SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas

      I'm so glad this article is helpful! Please let me know what songs you end up singing and what songs you think I should add to the list. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Iris 4 years ago

      Very helpful article.

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      SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Iris! Let me know what song you end up singing, and what songs you'd like me to add to the list. I know lots of new songs have been released since I wrote this.

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      Valerie 4 years ago

      Is "Somewhere that's Green" from Little Shop of Horrors a good song? I'm in 8th grade and our talent show is in March.

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      Emily 4 years ago

      I can sing really high but can't seem to find the rite song to tryout for showcase with

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      legocat 4 years ago

      ^Emily if you have a high singing range, you can google soprano talent songs. If you are an older teenager with a strong soprano voice, "Think of Me" from Phantom is a great song to showcase your voice.

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      Afsana 4 years ago

      Sing Cheer Me Up by Victoria Justice or What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction.

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      Catia 4 years ago

      Thanks so much! This really helped me find my song. Great article!

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      Allyssa 4 years ago

      I'm a 15 years old teenager and I have a range from D3 to C5.I want to sing a song for an audition and I would like to know what song fits my range the most.

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      aleyda 4 years ago

      i am aleyda i am in 6th grade should i sing

      trouble-taylor swift

      little thing-1-d

      halo-beoncey

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      Harjeet Singh 4 years ago from India

      Thanks thanks thanks for the lists of songs. I was looking for this from a long time wooooooooooooooooooooo. Thanks.

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      SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas

      You are welcome, aurakitchens, and thanks everyone for reading and commenting. Please list suggestions for me to add to the list! I'm thinking there are lots of new songs since I wrote this that would be great songs for talent shows.

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      Paul Bisquera 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      You are so right on the ones people shouldn't sing. Any Whitney, Mariah, Richard Marx, and Alicia Keyes! UGH!

      UNLESS, you plan to change the WHOLE arrangement and make it your own! By then, I wish you good luck and its 50/50 if you advance or get canned. My favorite example is American Idol champ David Cook's version of Lionel Richie's "Hello."

      If you must sing those untouchable songs, Change the Arrangement!

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      SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Paul, I think you are right on the money!

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      Dhiky 4 years ago

      I see why Mariah's songs should be avoided, coz they are so damn difficult for us LoL, let her sings her songs and enjoy her technic, melisma and acrobatic vocal :D

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      Karissa 4 years ago

      Well, I'm not doing a talent show, but I think I plan on auditioning for The X-Factor, so, this was extra helpful towards knowing which songs NOT to pick, as I am only a beginner myself.

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      SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas

      That's so exciting, Karissa! Best of luck to you at you X-Factor audition! I will be watching the show and looking for a great singer named Karissa! :)

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 4 years ago from Philippine

      I think You and I by lady Gaga is really a good song. she sang it so perfect especially on live shows.

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      SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas

      Great suggestion, PaoloJpm. I am adding it to the list. Keep the suggestions coming everybody!

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 4 years ago from Philippine

      Your very welcome glad to help can't wait for it.

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      Emily 4 years ago

      I want to a dance for my school talent show but my friend wants to sing. So we can't find a song we both want to do.

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      kk404 4 years ago

      Thanks this helped a lot, I wasn't sure if I should sing in my schools talent show but it was a blast. (I sang Put Your Records On)

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      SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas

      Awesome news, kk404! I'm glad it helped, and I'm glad you had a blast in your school talent show. All that most people need to go from a so-so performance to a really great one is to put some thought into their song, and of course lots of practice! Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Katherine 3 years ago

      Keep your head by Andy Grammer is a really good song for anyone to sing (if you need you can sing it an octave higher)

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      SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas

      Great suggestion, Katherine! I have added it! Thanks for reading and contributing!

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      marrieania 3 years ago

      Try - Pink is another good song by her too..

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      Danaphy 3 years ago

      Nevershoutnever has some really good songs too. I love their song "Trampoline".

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      Isis 3 years ago

      I really want to sing Keep your head up by andy grammer for my schools talent show but can't find the lyrics or correct notes ANYWHERE. I would have to pay like 10 dollars and I'm worried that if I do pay for it, it won't get here in time....

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      Katy H. 3 years ago

      Titanium is a good song I think it's by David Guetta

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      sarah 3 years ago

      lucky by briteny spears is alright as well

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      Ella 3 years ago

      Two duets could be Wagonwheel by I forgot and Lucky by colbie Calliate and somebody I forgot

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      SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for all the song suggestions, everyone! I'm adding them in!

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      britney 3 years ago

      Clouds by Zach Sobiech is amazing too :) He just past away and was a really cool kid! may he RIP and forever be remembered by the sweet soul he was.

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      Sally 3 years ago

      This helped so much, thanks heaps

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      Natalie 3 years ago

      I love the song "My Heart Will go on" form the Titanic. I don't think it's that hard to learn, though.

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      PaleGerudo 3 years ago

      This is really helpful, just a couple of things seem out of place:

      -My Heart Will Go On isn't actually all that hard (in my opinion, not sure about anyone else; I'm a beginner XD)

      -And that's probably it!

      This page is AWESOME!

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      Ayesha Ali 3 years ago

      Hi my voice is quite strong but I can't exactly tell whether it's soprano etc. But I can sing songs by singers like Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. Could you tell me some songs that I can sing with the voice range that I have? Thanks :)

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      Anna Stevens 3 years ago from USA

      I must say that your tips and facts are truly amazing and these guidelines can really help anyone to perform the best at any talent show.

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      SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas

      Thanks so much Anna. Keep those song ideas coming, everyone! Thanks again to all for reading, commenting and adding your song ideas!

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      Avinesh Prahladi 3 years ago from Chandigarh

      It's hard to choose the best one as, we all know that, the list is endless. I believe when you are in a talent show, the song that you choose has to be competitive enough, so that you can successfully make a compact on the judges. According to me, ' I will always love you ' by Whitney Houston and ' Hero ' by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey and ' Stay the same ' by Joey McIntyre.

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      faith 3 years ago

      I rocked the talent show I sang amazing Grace

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      SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas

      Congrats on rocking the talent show! Amazing Grace is such a beautiful, simple, pure song. Great choice.

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      Sophie 3 years ago

      Hi! Thank you so much for making this site! This is really helpful! I'm just not sure what song I should do for my talent show. I'm an alto, and I want to sing something that's unique, but that wouldn't seem weird to do at a middle school talent show. If you or any of the other people commenting on here could give me some suggestions I would be really grateful! FYI, country music is my favorite genre, but I pretty much like anything. I tried doing "Mean" by Taylor Swift last year as a duet with my best friend, and I kind of failed so I didn't even get into the talent show. It wasn't fun. Anyway, thanks!

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      Molly Grace 3 years ago

      Hi guys!

      For middle school/junior high alto girls (Some fit a mezzo or soprano is the range is large enough)-

      I recommend:

      Show tune ballad-

      Defying Gravity

      For Good

      Cheer Up Charlie

      Show tune fast-

      I'll Cover You

      Chew It

      Think Positive

      Popular

      Regular song Ballad-

      A Little Bit Stronger

      Drops of Jupiter

      Mama

      More Than Words

      Regular Song Medium-

      Bubbly

      Ours

      Mama's Broken Heart

      Regular Song Upbeat-

      Summer Love Song

      Fallin' For You

      Brighter Than The Sun

      Our Song

      I'd Lie (NOT available on iTunes!)

      Gunpowder and Lead

      Hope this helped guys!

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      Sophie 3 years ago

      Hi! Thank you so much for the ideas!!! I think that I might actually do Skyfall by Adele instead though. Maybe I can use those ideas for a future talent show! Thanks!!!

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      Molly 3 years ago

      Because of You by Kelly Clarckson is a really nice song to sing that would sound really impressive

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      Diane 3 years ago

      Hey, im 13 and our talent show is coming up and until i read your article i found a song that i want to sing and i think that i will be great.

      Thank you very much :)

      #Imagine Jih Lennon

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      lianna 2 years ago

      Better in time by leona lewis is a good song for begginers

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      Johne873 2 years ago

      I would definitely not recommend these as ways to break the ice however. dccfacefkdbg

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      Mariah 2 years ago

      I want to sing Love Never Dies from the sequel to Phantom of the Opera. I have a very high ranged voice but just want somebody to tell me whether it's a good idea for my 2014-2015 talent show

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      Zaneta Wilkinson 2 years ago

      I am going to sing Party In The USA, mainly because I wanna bring the old Miley back XDXD

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      Skylar moore 2 years ago

      I see fire by Ed Sheeran is a good one you have to harmonize and do a lot of pitch changing.

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      JessieWalker 2 years ago

      Ohh, I was going through this list and saw "Yesterday" by the Beatles, and wondered, 'That song sounds familiar...I'll check it out.'

      And the nostalgia came.

      I think I might sing that for my next talent show, it's a beautiful classic, who wouldn't enjoy it! I might get my friends to sing backup as well...no, they wouldn't do it...oh well. Singing solo is good I guess. ^u^

      (in short, this helped (a (whole) lot)

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      Jake 2 years ago

      Would "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder be an okay song if I found a bassist, a trumpet and a percussionist?

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      M0mof2 2 years ago

      CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN - Sound of Music

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      Keturah 2 years ago

      Im participating in a state beauty pageant and i really needed a nice ballad thanks so much for this extremely helpful list

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      shalom :) 2 years ago

      I am having a talent show December 8 2014 and I really hope I can do good i'm trying to find a really good song this talent show is not in school i am in middle school and this website has some really terrific ideas but most of the people are singing those songs so i would really need help from you guys if you have any suggestion please please tell me it would be a really great help also thank you for your time

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      shacome 2 years ago

      i wish you all good luck

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      makayla 2 years ago

      i sing like AALIYAH

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      molly 2 years ago

      The Green day song mentioned "I Walk Alone" is actually called "Boulevard of Broken Dreams". And I'm auditioning for the Little Mermaid in a couple of weeks and I think I may use "You and I" by Lady Gaga to audition with :) I wanna be Ursula

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      singerextraordinaire 2 years ago

      Maybe you could add songs for special occasions i.e christmas, weddings etc...

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      try emotional songs, i bet the judges would like to hear high pitch voice

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      alexi vala 2 years ago

      do you know a kide dances grat more then enye one

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      alexi vala 2 years ago

      you shud hear me sing funk !!!!!!

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      winner 2 years ago

      I love how this article says "best to stay away from" Celine, Mariah, Christina and Whitney, but in the "Great Ballads for Girls" there's Whitney, Celine and Christina. So which is it??? Stay away from or try? Make up my mind!!!

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      Siphie 2 years ago

      love it

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      Cori 2 years ago

      The song is "Boulavard of Broken Dreams" not "I Walk Alone" by Green Day.

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      lilianajuliet2727 24 months ago

      4 5 seconds???

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      it 24 months ago

      Im doing the talent show im singing bring me to life with a guy

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      Natalie 23 months ago

      This helped so much won first place with Defying Gravity!!!!!! Am in sixth grade.

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      Ale xD 23 months ago

      I would really really like to sing Defying Gravity but I think I'm gonna do, Imagine, Someone like you, Make you feel my love, Jar of hearts or The climb (help me choose)

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      Lexi York 23 months ago

      This really enspired me!!!!

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      Hayley 23 months ago

      that's good information but I was wondering if skyscraper by Demi Lovato is a good song for beginners

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      David 20 months ago

      I'm in seventh grade and I can hit very high notes. Any suggestions?

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      SuperSinger9950 20 months ago

      I found your article very helpful. I am going into fifth grade and tend to be around the soprano voice range, and I think I'm a pretty good singer. I think I should sing something of Taylor Swift's, but I'm not sure what I should sing of her's! Please help me if you have time.

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      Natalie 18 months ago

      Super singer you should sin Red it is a good and easy song to sing

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      Carly 18 months ago

      Thank you this was helpful me and my friend wanted to sing together in the talent show but we couldn't find a song for both of our voices I think I found a couple on this list! :D . Again thank you LOTS!

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      Ashley 17 months ago

      Im barely gonna do my first talent show and i was wondering if "Let there be love" from christina aguilera would be good? If not what other christina aguilera song would help me win the talent show?

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      Makayla 17 months ago

      I have found my song that i am going to sing for my solo thanks to this site.

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      SmartAndFun 14 months ago from Texas

      Jake, "Superstition" is an awesome song! Sorry this rely is so late -- I bet your act was da bomb, especially if you had live musicians!

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      SmartAndFun 14 months ago from Texas

      Sorry for the conflicting advice, winner. I recommend that only those with trained voices go for these difficult songs. But if you're just in the show for fun and don't mind the possibility of not quite achieving the performance of Mariah, Celine or Whitney, then go for it! :)

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      dessie 14 months ago

      hi um i have a question which song i should do for my talent show i love r&b but i have a very strong voice so any suggetions on what song i should sing.

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      Lizzy 12 months ago

      I would reccomend 'Fight Song' by Rachel Platten if it's not already on here. It may not be good for some singers because of the amount of voice and feeling in this song.

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      Cadence 11 months ago

      I'm singing for the talent show but I don't know what to sing

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      Janae 10 months ago

      We're having a talent show next month and I'm a HUGE Queen B fan ( Beyonce' )! Should I sing " Love on top" or " Halo" ?

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      Ashleigh 9 months ago

      Should sing fly to your heart, but it is hard.

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      Ashleigh 8 months ago

      I am 10 years old so I should suggest "Jersey" by Bella Throne my winning song in my school talent show!!! :) It is an upbeat song!

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      Ashleigh 8 months ago

      Hi Janae, you should sing Love on top.

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      Mandy 7 months ago

      I have an audition for a musical but I don't really know any musical audition songs. I was just kind of thinking of doing Introducing Me by Nick Jonas when he was in Camp Rock on Disney Channel. My vocal range is F5 to F3. Any thoughts or recommendations?

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      Ddfff 7 months ago

      Im ten but I love singing songs like : change is going to come.

      I don't know what kids songs there are in that range.i want to go onto the voice kids. Can you help me?

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      Marissa 7 months ago

      Thank you so much for your advice ! I am thinking about doing the talent show at my high school but I am just afraid that people might think I sing bad and might say mean comments to me. All my friends and my family think I sing really good and that I should do the talent show but my fear is holding me back. I would like to hear some advice back if you have a chance. Thanks !

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      Ashley 6 months ago

      Watch out Marissa, you might sing Tell me on A Sunday!

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      Space attempt 6 months ago

      Great advice but how do you get a boyfriend so you can sing somebody that I used to know

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      SmartAndFun 5 months ago from Texas

      Hi Marissa, go for it!!! Record yourself singing, play it back, and listen to your voice for yourself. Then you'll know what to work on. Practice, practice, practice and you will kill it! Best wishes and have fun!

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      Allie 5 months ago

      How is, "This Girl is on Fire?" for a girl? I'm thinking of choosing that one, but lowering the tone down a bit.

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      Kelsey.^. 4 months ago

      Hello!! Thank you so much for your advice. I am a regular Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey singer... so I think I'm going to stick with one of those songs. I can sing Emotions like a pro!! But not quite like Miss Carey herself. Which song do you think I should sing?

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      the girl who sings 3 months ago

      do you think I could sing step into Christmas for m talent show because it is on the day we break up of Christmas holidays

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      Ai-Nora 2 months ago

      Singing is very important to me. And though I may be a beginner in the musical world, I want to show everyone just how much I love my music!! This list helped me so much in choosing the right song. Thank you so much for helping keep a 14 year olds dream alive!

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      Cece 2 months ago

      These are good songs for a talent show.I can not choose a song at all.That is how good the songs are.

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      ArxerFyre 4 weeks ago

      I saw Our Song and I was like,"The first purpose of this song was for an actual talent show! Wow!" Glad that song went into this list.

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      Pia 3 weeks ago

      should i sing set fire to the rain at this thing in my school, everyone always says i am a great singer, but i do not know if they actually mean it and i am really nervous.

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      ava 3 weeks ago

      im having a talent show i hope this nhelps

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