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32 Good Songs To Sing For Talent Shows & Stage

Photograph of the blog post author, Annika Hope

Annika Hope


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Getting a good song to sing for talent shows and stage competitions is both exciting and nerve-wracking. As the show or competition draws closer, it’s important to learn some good talent show songs and how to sing them well (if you’re not singing an original).

Choosing a good song to sing for a talent show or competition involves knowing what range and style suit your voice to give you the best vocal performance. With hundreds of songs to choose from, you’ll find the perfect one in no time. 

Knowing where to start with choosing a good song can be tricky, but once you know just what you’re looking for, you’re off to a great start. Here are some of the best, great songs to sing at a talent show or stage competition, including what is the easiest and the hardest songs to sing. 

Good songs to sing for singing competitions

As a singer, the buzz of an upcoming talent show or stage competition is so exciting, as you practice daily to prepare for your big moment.  

One of the most important decisions to be made is which song you’ll be performing. The song you choose will be your moment to show the audience and panel just what you’re about as a singer. It’s important to note that for most competitions like Open Mic UK, whichever song you choose, you need to make it your own and make it different.

That’s why the song you choose needs to be special to you, suit all your singing needs and then you need to make it individual. Once you’ve made your song choice, you can focus on interpreting and covering the song in your unique style and voice.

So, when it comes to your performance, you are ready to show everyone all the hard work you’ve put in to being the best singer possible.

What makes a good talent show song? 

Knowing which song is the perfect choice for your upcoming talent show or stage competition is an exciting decision to be made.  

When choosing which song you’d like to perform, remember to consider what your range and preferred keys to sing in are. 

It also helps to understand what song style tends to best suit your flourishing singing voice; for example, you may find the time when your vocals shine is if you are singing either as an alto , soprano, tenor or bass.

So, when you are flicking through all the marvellous songs there are to choose from, double-check that the song isn’t too high or low for you to dazzle the audience at the talent show or stage competition. 

What are good songs to sing for an audition?

Have a look at our good audition songs to help you with your audition. It’s also super helpful to choose a song to sing at talent shows and stage competitions that provides you with the opportunity to perform your heart out in the spotlight.

The more performing there is throughout your time on stage, the more included the audience will feel. 

If you choose an upbeat, jolly pop track, it needs an energy-filled, wide-smile performance. Alternatively, you might prefer to opt for a slow, beautiful ballad, which will require just as much performance but through giving every lyric powerful emotion. 

With an idea of what you need to be searching for, here are 20 fantastic songs for you to enjoy choosing from for your talent show or stage competition. 

What is the easiest song to sing?

There are plenty of easy songs to sing but we’re going to look at Mr Brightside by The Killers. This is because its verse melody mostly revolves around a single note, D. It also has a range under an octave, which is more than manageable for most singers. It’s best to consider a song like this if you’re looking for an easy song to sing. Listen out for a limited range and small jumps between notes.

There is no particular song that is the easiest to sing. But there are things you can make sure you’ve got ticked off when choosing the best song for you. Making sure the song is in your range and suits your singing style is really important. It’s also helpful to remember that the song you choose doesn’t have to be easy, as it’s good to showcase to your audience that you’ve challenged your vocals and worked hard to practice. 

What is the hardest song to sing?

Emotions by Mariah Carey is one of the hardest songs to sing. It showcases Mariah’s voice at her highest, hitting an astonishing G7. The massive jumps between notes combined with the wide range in dynamics are incredible to witness. If you’re going to attempt it, be warned that you could seriously do damage to your voice if you aren’t careful.

32 good songs to sing at talent shows and singing competitions  

If you’re looking for good songs to sing then here are the best talent show songs for any competition, whether it’s The Voice, X-Factor or even Open Mic UK!

Have a look at a few of our favourite songs to sing for a talent competition:

  • Juice by Lizzo
  • Mad Love by Mabel
  • Sober by Mahalia
  • Nothing Breaks Like a Heart by Miley Cyrus & Mark Ronson
  • Let You Love Me by Rita Ora
  • Somebody that I Used to Know by Gotye
  • Get You by Daniel Caesar
  • Black Magic by Little Mix
  • Stitches by Shawn Mendes
  • Don’t Kill My Vibe by Sigrid

Keep scrolling to listen to them and see more!

#1Juice by Lizzo

#2 Mad Love by Mabel

#3 Sober by Mahalia

#4 Nothing Breaks Like a Heart by Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus

#5 Let You Love Me by Rita Ora

#6 Easily by Bruno Major

#7 One Call Away by Charlie Puth 

#8 This Town by Niall Horan 

#9 Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye 

#10 Get You by Daniel Caesar

#11 Black Magic by Little Mix 

#12 Stitches by Shawn Mendes 

#13 One Last Time by Ariana Grande 

#14 Perfect by Ed Sheeran 

#15  If You’re Over Me by Years & Years

#16 Happy Without Me by Chloe x Halle

#17 Sign Of The Times by Harry Styles 

#18 Alaska by Maggie Rogers

#19 Don’t Kill My Vibe by Sigrid

#20 Stay With Me by Sam Smith 

What is the best song to sing karaoke? 

When it comes to the level of difficulty for a karaoke song, it is often down to you as an individual singer, since every vocalist is different. But on the whole, here are some songs that have been labelled as simple ones to perform for karaoke. 

#21 Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey 

#22 Valerie by Mark Ronson, featuring Amy Winehouse

#23 Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper 

#24 Shake It Off by Taylor Swift 

What are the best songs to sing acapella? 

A capella groups are a popular, growing, singing sensation that is taking the industry by storm. It’s no surprise with films such as Pitch Perfect giving a window into what the acapella world is like.

Some of the best acapella songs, according to Take Lessons, have been labelled as: 

#25 “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift

#26 Try by Colbie Caillat 

#27 Mmm Bop by Hanson 

#28 I Want It That Way by Backstreet Boys  

What song should I sing for The Voice audition? 

The Voice auditions are a big deal for any emerging singer and here are some suggested songs from Rachael Burgess that may help you on your way.   

#29 Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur

#30 I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz 

#31 Home by Gabrielle Aplin 

#32 Someone Like You by Adele 

So now you know some good songs to sing for talent shows!

There are so many good songs to choose from for talent shows and singing competitions, that you’ll find the perfect one for your exciting opportunity in no time at all.  

What’s your favourite song for an audition? Let us know what you sing and why in the comments below!


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