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

Updated on June 7, 2018
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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!

Questions & Answers


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        Leah Carroll 2 weeks ago

        I won my school's Talent Show with Aerosmith's "Dream On" :)

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        3 weeks ago

        I think the song "Bad at love" by Halsey and "One Day" by Tate Mcrae are good songs for a girl to do in the talent show. I did it and everyone seemed to love it

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        Liam O'Grady 4 weeks ago

        Hi everyone,

        if you do not know me my name is Liam O'Grady.

        I think these songs were fantastic I really liked the ones from High School Musical songs and the grease songs I really liked the grease songs because I am a grease fan. I have been a grease fan ever since my dad showed me the movie and I would watch it all over again.

        so yeah that is pretty much me so I like High School Musical 1,2&3 and grease but mainly Grease.

        Kind Regards,

        Liam O'Grady

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        Leilah J Zaheer 6 weeks ago

        It is wonderful. Maybe the new singers that want to be a star and make it in time will Think about this. It would be brilliant if they gave it a wirl. It will be up to them to make a Decision.

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        Dbz lover #1 8 weeks ago

        Will any other kiss songs work

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        rhonda hoover 2 months ago

        Want to sing Desperado by the Eagles now do I apply

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        wh@ts my N@me 2 months ago

        I am singing in the talent show, I'm signed up for auditions, and I'm going to be singing titanium. I'm hoping the crowd will enjoy it, and that I get past auditions. i think it's gonna be fun!

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        Liam O'Grady 3 months ago

        I think these songs are really good songs.

        I really like the songs from Grease and High School Musical.

        And I also like the song from Dysney.

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        Cat 3 months ago

        Yes thanks SOOO much! I sang Rolling In the Deep (Adele) for my talent show and I won 1st place! Thank you so much I couldn't have done it without you!

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        Seed 4 months ago

        This helped so much! I'm in middle school and im just SO nervous about singing the right song in front of everyone, it's really scary, even if im a good singer... i have STAGE FRIGHT!!!!!!!!

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        your name 5 months ago

        this helped but ad songs that are newer

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        Milah 5 months ago

        I'm going to try to sing Greatest Love Of All By Whitney Housten at my schools talent show.

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        Colllon 5 months ago

        Hi I sing one Millie by sally Porter you should search her

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        Anonymous 5 months ago

        Impossible by Shontell

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        Gdazzle04 6 months ago

        OMG you are so right, Hamilton should be on this list!

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        No no 6 months ago

        I want to do a song by Justin Timberlake

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        Random (again) 6 months ago

        'A thousand Years' By Christina Aguilera is also a good song ;)

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        Random 6 months ago

        Listen by Beyonce is a good song if you can manage the high notes. Perfect Two is a good duet. Diamonds by Rhianna is a good song for girls.

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        Forrest Harlow 8 months ago

        I sang White and Nerdy by Weird Al Yankovic. Girl on Fire is a good choice for beginners.

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        OMG 8 months ago

        It Should have had HAMILTON

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        10 months ago

        I’m going to pretend that you had one Hamilton song

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        carri young 11 months ago

        a great age appropriate song for all ages is Electricity from billy Eliot the musical. if you do use it though, make sure you have a dance break cut off. if is a boys song, but it suits girls really well as well.

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        anonymus 12 months ago

        Thanks so much, i won first place in my talent show singing you and i by lady gaga because of you!

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        Stella 13 months ago

        i think it is a good website but there was no songs i was looking for.

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        AMEERAH WASHINGTON 13 months ago


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        Izzy 14 months ago

        I found these tips really helpful! Would you be able to do emotional/moving songs for pre-teens? We have to audition to get in at my school and the judges LOVE these types of songs! Luckily, my voice has quite a wide range so I think I'll be able to pull one off!

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        Bri 14 months ago

        It's boulevard of broken dreams not I walk alone

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        Stella 14 months ago

        another song to add is also "Stay" by Rihanna

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        lillian Shuman 14 months ago

        thank you im singing at my talent show and i only 11 this helped me alot

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        Pia 15 months ago

        This was really, REALLY, helpful thank you.

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        ava 15 months ago

        im having a talent show i hope this nhelps

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        Pia 15 months 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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        ArxerFyre 16 months 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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        Cece 17 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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        Ai-Nora 17 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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        the girl who sings 18 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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        Kelsey.^. 19 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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        Allie 20 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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        SmartAndFun 20 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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        Space attempt 21 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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        Ashley 22 months ago

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

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        Marissa 22 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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        Ddfff 22 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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        Mandy 22 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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        Ashleigh 23 months ago

        Hi Janae, you should sing Love on top.

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        Ashleigh 23 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 2 years ago

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

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        Janae 2 years 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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        Cadence 2 years ago

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

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        Lizzy 2 years 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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        dessie 2 years 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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        SmartAndFun 2 years 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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        SmartAndFun 2 years 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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        Makayla 2 years ago

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

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        Ashley 2 years 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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        Carly 2 years 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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        Natalie 2 years ago

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

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        SuperSinger9950 2 years 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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        David 2 years ago

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

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        Hayley 3 years ago

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

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        Lexi York 3 years ago

        This really enspired me!!!!

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        Ale xD 3 years 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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        Natalie 3 years ago

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

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        it 3 years ago

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

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        lilianajuliet2727 3 years ago

        4 5 seconds???

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        Cori 3 years ago

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

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        Siphie 3 years ago

        love it

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        winner 3 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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        alexi vala 3 years ago

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

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        alexi vala 3 years ago

        do you know a kide dances grat more then enye one

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        peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

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

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        singerextraordinaire 3 years ago

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

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        molly 3 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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        makayla 3 years ago

        i sing like AALIYAH

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        shacome 3 years ago

        i wish you all good luck

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        shalom :) 3 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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        Keturah 3 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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        M0mof2 3 years ago

        CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN - Sound of Music

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        Jake 3 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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        JessieWalker 3 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)

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        Skylar moore 3 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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        Zaneta Wilkinson 3 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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        Mariah 3 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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        Johne873 4 years ago

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

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        lianna 4 years ago

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

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        Diane 4 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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        Molly 4 years ago

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

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        Sophie 4 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 Grace 4 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!

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        Sophie 4 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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        SmartAndFun 4 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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        faith 4 years ago

        I rocked the talent show I sang amazing Grace

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        Avinesh Prahladi 4 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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        SmartAndFun 4 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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        Anna Stevens 4 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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        Ayesha Ali 4 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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        PaleGerudo 4 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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        Natalie 5 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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        Sally 5 years ago

        This helped so much, thanks heaps

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        britney 5 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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