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

40 Best Songs to Sing in an Audition
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.
Payal Kanjwani
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!