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

First: Tips on Choosing a Great Song


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:

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 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)


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


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 Author

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!

Natalie 4 years ago

Thank you, this helped a LOT!

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 Author

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!

Iris 3 years ago

Very helpful article.

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SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas Author

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.

Valerie 3 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.

Emily 3 years ago

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

legocat 3 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.

Afsana 3 years ago

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

Catia 3 years ago

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

Allyssa 3 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.

aleyda 3 years ago

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

trouble-taylor swift

little thing-1-d


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SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas Author

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 3 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 3 years ago from Texas Author

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

Dhiky 3 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

Karissa 3 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 3 years ago from Texas Author

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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PaoloJpm 3 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 3 years ago from Texas Author

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

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PaoloJpm 3 years ago from Philippine

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

Emily 3 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.

kk404 3 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 3 years ago from Texas Author

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.

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 Author

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

marrieania 3 years ago

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

Danaphy 3 years ago

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

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....

Katy H. 3 years ago

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

sarah 3 years ago

lucky by briteny spears is alright as well

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 Author

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

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.

Sally 3 years ago

This helped so much, thanks heaps

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.

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!

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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AnnaStevens1552 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 Author

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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AvineshP 2 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.

faith 2 years ago

I rocked the talent show I sang amazing Grace

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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas Author

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

Sophie 2 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!

Molly Grace 2 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


Regular song Ballad-

A Little Bit Stronger

Drops of Jupiter


More Than Words

Regular Song Medium-



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!

Sophie 2 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!!!

Molly 2 years ago

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

Diane 2 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

lianna 2 years ago

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

Johne873 2 years ago

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

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

Zaneta Wilkinson 2 years ago

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

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.

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, they wouldn't do it...oh well. Singing solo is good I guess. ^u^

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

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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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

shalom :) 24 months 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

shacome 24 months ago

i wish you all good luck

makayla 23 months ago

i sing like AALIYAH

molly 23 months 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

singerextraordinaire 22 months ago

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

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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

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

alexi vala 21 months ago

do you know a kide dances grat more then enye one

alexi vala 21 months ago

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

winner 20 months 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!!!

Siphie 20 months ago

love it

Cori 19 months ago

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

lilianajuliet2727 19 months ago

4 5 seconds???

it 19 months ago

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

You're Wrong 18 months ago

Green Day has never released a song titled "I Walk Alone". Anyone who did the research required to write an informational article would have known that. As mentioned in previous comments, the song is titled "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams".

Natalie 18 months ago

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

Ale xD 18 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)

Lexi York 18 months ago

This really enspired me!!!!

Hayley 17 months ago

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

David 15 months ago

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

SuperSinger9950 15 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.

Natalie 13 months ago

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

Carly 12 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!

Ashley 12 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?

Makayla 12 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 9 months ago from Texas Author

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 9 months ago from Texas Author

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! :)

dessie 9 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.

Lizzy 7 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.

Cadence 6 months ago

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

Janae 5 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" ?

Ashleigh 4 months ago

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

Ashleigh 3 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!

Ashleigh 3 months ago

Hi Janae, you should sing Love on top.

Mandy 2 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?

Ddfff 2 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?

Marissa 2 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 !

Ashley 7 weeks ago

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

Space attempt 4 weeks 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 4 days ago from Texas Author

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!

Allie 3 days 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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