40 Best Songs to Sing in an Audition and Win Everyone's Heart

Best audition songs
Music is something that is innately personal. Your song should connect with the audience and the judges, and that would happen if you convey the emotion it stirs in you. We've enlisted some good songs to sing for an audition, go through the list, pick one, add enough of your style to make it your own.
You know that song which the person ahead of you in the audition line seems to hum? Do not be one of those! Songs like "Don't Rain on My Parade" - Barbra Streisand, "Astonishing" - Little Women, "Still Hurting" - The Last 5 Years, "Alone" - Heart, "Against All Odds" - Phil Collins are great but highly overused.
One of the best things about the age we live in is, there are a lot of opportunities that can give wings to our dreams. But the sad thing is these opportunities can be lost in blink of an eye. We're talking about shows like The Voice, American Idol, The X Factor, and similar TV reality shows that give budding singers a chance to being heard by nation.

But with the increasing popularity of such shows, the chances of being selected diminish greatly. You need to be the person who stands out, someone who has a fresh and new approach, someone who's pleasantly different.
Preparation Tips for Singing Auditions
First and foremost, before going for any television audition, do a little research about the show. A little history and knowledge about the format, the panel of judges, the finalists, etc., won't harm.

Find out the songs sung by previous contestants/winners. Pick some which fit into your range. Will you be able to carry it better than anyone else on the set?

Know your vocal range. Whether you sing country or opera, it's essential to first, discover it, and then polish it!

Choose songs that comfortably go with your tone and voice range. There must be something unique about your voice; choose a song that highlights your uniqueness.

Make sure you like the song, something that you can hum even in your worst moods. Focus on the favorite part of your song; the part that shows how amazing your voice is.

"Your voice has a thing, but the choice of song was wrong." Do you wanna be one among those who get to hear such comments? So, the selection of audition song is most important. Pick a genre you like, a song that fits your voice, and projects your personality. If you don't feel it, you won't be able to give your 100%, and the judges will detect it immediately!

So, here's a list of some great songs to sing for an audition, for girls and guys. The list is a blend of everything from soft, slow, to upbeat songs. Choose the ones that blend well with your singing style and voice.
Song Suggestions for an Audition

Best Audition Songs for Females

I'll Stand by You, 2007

Carrie Underwood
Album - Idol Gives Back
Genre - Country pop
Hero, 1993

Mariah Carey
Album - Music Box
Genre - Pop, R&B

Dark Side, 2012

Kelly Clarkson
Album - Stronger
Genre - Synthpop
Someone like You, 2010

Album - 21
Genre - Soul, pop

I Dreamed a Dream, 1980

Rose Laurens
Album - Les Misérables
Genre - Musical, theatrical, pop
I Have Nothing, 1991

Whitney Houston
Album - The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack
Genre - R&B, soul, adult contemporary

The One That Got Away, 2011

Katy Perry
Album - Teenage Dream
Genre - Pop
Set Fire to the Rain, 2011

Album - 21
Genre - Pop, soul

Skyscraper, 2011

Demi Lovato
Album - Unbroken
Genre - Pop
Teenage Dream, 2010

Katy Perry
Album - Teenage Dream
Genre - Electropop, power pop

Black Horse and the Cherry Tree, 2004

KT Tunstall
Album - Eye to the Telescope
Genre - Indie rock, blue-eyed soul, folk blues
Fly Me to the Moon, 1954

Kaye Ballard
Album - Frank Sinatra, Count Basie
Genre - Traditional pop, Bossa nova

Feeling Good, 1965

Nina Simone, Hal Mooney
Album - I Put a Spell on You
Genre - Show tune, jazz, blues
Mercy, 2008

Album - Rockferry
Genre - Pop, soul

Rolling in the Deep, 2010

Album - 21
Genre - Pop, soul, blues
If I Ain't Got You, 2004

Alicia Keys
Album - The Diary of Alicia Keys
Genre - R&B, soul, jazz

Blue Jeans, 2012

Lana Del Rey
Album - Born to Die
Genre - Trip hop
Defying Gravity, 2003

Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth
Album - Wicked
Genre - Pop, show tunes, orchestral, operatic pop

Only Girl (In the World), 2010

Album - Loud
Genre - Electro, pop, dance, rave, R&B
Love on Top, 2011

Album - 4
Genre - R&B

Best Audition Songs for Males

Giants in the Sky, 2014

Daniel Huttlestone
Album - Into the woods (movie)
Genre - --
Praying for Time, 1990

George Michael
Album - Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
Genre - Pop

Imagine, 1971

John Lennon
Album - Imagine
Genre - Soft rock
Cry Me a River, 2002

Justin Timberlake
Album - Justified
Genre - R&B

You Shook Me, 1962

Muddy Waters
Album - --
Genre - Blues
Livin' on a Prayer, 1986

Bon Jovi
Album - Slippery When Wet
Genre - Hard rock, glam metal

Circle of Life, 1997

Elton John
Album - A Tribute to the Lion King
Genre - --
Grenade, 2010

Bruno Mars
Album - Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Genre - Pop, R&B

You Give Love a Bad Name, 1986

Bon Jovi
Album - Slippery When Wet
Genre - Glam metal, hard rock
Billionaire, 2010

Travie McCoy feat. Bruno Mars
Album - Lazarus
Genre - Hip hop, R&B

Dream on, 1973

Album - Aerosmith
Genre - Hard rock, blues rock, progressive rock
I Believe I Can Fly, 1996

R. Kelly
Album - R.
Genre - R&B, soul, gospel

Tears in Heaven, 1992

Eric Clapton
Album - Rush
Genre - Soft rock
You Are Not Alone, 1995

Michael Jackson
Album - HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I
Genre - R&B, soul

You Raise Me Up, 2003-04

Josh Groban
Album - Closer
Genre - Inspirational, Operatic Pop
(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay, 1968

Otis Redding
Album - The Dock of the Bay
Genre - Rhythm and blues, soul

Brown Eyed Girl, 1967

Van Morrison
Album - Blowin' Your Mind!
Genre - Rock, British R&B
Wild Horses, 1971

The Rolling Stones
Album - Sticky Fingers
Genre - Roots rock, country rock, folk rock

Glad You Came, 2011

The Wanted
Album - Battleground
Genre - Eurodance, dance-pop
Gravity, 2007

John Mayer
Album - Continuum
Genre - Blues rock, soft rock

Last but not the least, you know what you want to be musically, so pick your song, prepare for it, and get out there! We wish you all the luck!