Finding songs that suit the genre of music that you like and your voice type is a bit of a challenge. Knowing what you can easily achieve when singing will help you pick easy songs for you to cover and learn.
In this article, we will explore the top easiest songs to sing in both pop music and rock.
What Makes a Song Easy to Sing
What makes a song easy to sing really depends on the vocalist themselves. If you are a beginner vocalist you may find songs that rely on flashy vocal runs and other techniques difficult to master. If you have been singing for some time you may have a particular concerns such as your diction or your vocal range.
Most importantly, It is important to pick songs to sing that sit comfortably with your vocal range as you do not want to strain your voice.
The best way to see what you are good at vocally and what kind of music suits your voice type best is to try different genres. Trying a range of genres and different kinds of songs such as upbeat tunes and ballads will help you determine what your voice struggles with and what you find easy.
It is always good to know if you prefer using your chest voice or your head voice as this could determine what kind of songs you should pick.
Easiest Songs to Sing
If you are a beginner vocalist or are just looking for easy songs to easily add to your repertoire, we have you covered. It depends on the vocalists as to what song may be easier for them to practice and perform. Some vocalists struggle with lyrics whereas others struggle with vocal range. In this list, we have covered a range of songs that are all easy for different reasons.
Here is a list of songs that are easy to sing:
- She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5
- Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers
- Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan
- Born This Way By Lady Gaga
- Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5
She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5 is an easy song to sing for a female voice type or a singer that has a higher vocal range. The lyrics are easy to remember and the melody is fairly simple. If you have a lower voice type then this may be a hard song for you to reach and you may have to adjust the key down to where you feel comfortable singing.
Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers
A classic easy song to sing is Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers. The reason that Ain’t No Sunshine is easy to sing is because of its repetitive structure and comfortable vocal range. One line even repeats the same phrase for a section of the song. This would be the ideal song to cover if you are a vocalist that struggles with learning lyrics.
Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan
If you struggle with lyrics then you may not find Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan an easy song to sing as the lyrics are generally quite complex. If you want to master melody and structure then this would be an ideal song for you.
Born This Way By Lady Gaga
Born This Way By Lady Gaga is ideal for vocalists of all different kinds of professional levels. If you are wanting to perform a powerful song, then this may be one of the simplest out of Lady Gaga’s collection. This song would best suit a voice type that can cover a low to middle range.
Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
Are you wanting to cover a more retro/old-school song? Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley is an easy song to cover if you prefer songs that have repetitive sections. This song will also help you practice your vocal tone and performing technique. It can be played on guitar or ukulele.
If you do not have the strongest vocal, it can sometimes help to make sure that your performing skills are good and therefore this can distract from the issues in your vocal performance.
Short Songs to Sing
Some of the easiest songs to sing are short in length. They become easy to sing songs as they tend to have fewer melodic changes and fewer lyrics to remember.
Here is a list of short and simple songs to sing:
- Letter To Ur N(ex)T by Mahalia
- We Might Be Falling In Love by Victoria Monet
- Lotus by Jhene Aiko
Letter To Ur N(ex)T by Mahalia
Letter To Ur N(ex)T by Mahalia has a total length of 2 minutes and 14 seconds. If you have an alto or mezzo-soprano voice type, then this song will fit into your vocal range nicely. The melody is simple and the lyrics are spaced out, therefore, making them easier to remember.
We Might Be Falling In Love by Victoria Monet
We Might Be Falling In Love by Victoria Monet has a total length of 51 seconds. The song is designed to be a short interlude but many fans love the song as a single of its own. The song is upbeat and vocally remains within one octave.
Lotus by Jhene Aiko
Lotus by Jhene Aiko has a total length of 1 minute and 11 seconds. If you love jazz and Soul, this song will be up your street. The song is full of lyrics but is slow and steady in vocal range and melody.
Good Songs to Practice Singing
When you are being taught how to sing by a vocal coach, the vocal coach will often use various materials as part of their teaching. Often, vocal coaches pick easy pop songs to sing. Even though these songs seem easy to sing, there will often be one small challenge that will help the student learn. For example, one song may alternate between head voice and chest voice, while another may need clear diction.
Here is a list of the most common modern songs that vocal coaches use to teach you how to sing:
- Unchained Melody by Righteous Brothers
- My Way by Frank Sinatra
- Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
- Mr Brightside by The Killers
- Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
Unchained Melody by Righteous Brothers
Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers is often chosen by vocal coaches as the song teaches how to develop rhythmic accuracy and tone quality. You can practice this song by using sheet music, which can help with the skill of reading music and being about to sing accurate notes.
The song allows for the practice of different vocal techniques such as emotional performance and diction. The song is also performed in Italian as well as American. Learning a song in another language can help widen your vocabulary.
My Way by Frank Sinatra
My Way by Frank Sinatra is another classic song that is also used by vocal coaches across the country. This is a song that is commonly covered and has been performed by many famous artists including Elvis Presley, Jocelyne, and Sid Vicious.
This is a good song choice for beginner vocalists as it has a gradual buildup and allows the vocalist to practice singing softly and slowly and building the energy of the vocal as the song goes on.
Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
One of the more modern choices, Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran can help vocalists learn how to practice vocal runs. This song is ideal for singers who have a tenor voice type that can also sing in falsetto.
Mr Brightside by The Killers
Mr Brightside by The Killers is a famous karaoke tune but also a great song for beginners to practice. The song has a melody that mainly remains in one key and has a vocal range that is mostly in one octave.
Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen was originally released in 1984 but has been covered by numerous artists over the years and is known for having over 300 versions. This song is easy to learn as it starts slow and steady. The song will also allow you to start developing your storytelling skills.
Easy Rock Songs to Sing
As a beginner singer, you are ideally looking for songs you can easily sing and add to your repertoire to get your singing career started. If you are into rock music, the choice of easy beginner songs can be limited.
Here are our top three picks when it comes to easy-to-sing rock music:
- Feel Like Making Love by Bad Company
- I Can’t Get No Satisfaction by Rolling Stones
- Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen
Feel Like Making Love by Bad Company
If you are looking for a more chilled-out rock song, then Feel Like Making Love by Bad Company is a great choice. Bad Company released Feel Like Making Love in 1975 and it soon became one of their greatest hits.
I Can’t Get No Satisfaction by Rolling Stones
I Can’t Get No Satisfaction by Rolling Stones is not only a legendary rock song but perfect for beginner musicians that enjoy the genre. I Can’t Get No Satisfaction stays within a vocal range of one octave and is very repetitive, making it a simple song to pick up and learn quickly.
Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen
Looking for an upbeat hot to cover? Then this is your song. Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen is an easy song as it is very memorable and repetitive.
Impressive Songs to Sing
If you are a professional singer or feel you have developed on your vocal journey then you may want to be showcasing your skill to an audience.
Here are our top three songs that will impress:
- My Hair by Ariana Grande
- Chandelier by Sia
- Video Games by Lana Del Ray
My Hair by Ariana Grande
If you have a typically higher voice and a good vocal range in the higher notes on the keyboard, My Hair by Ariana Grande would be a great show-stopping song to perform. What makes this song very impressive is the whistle notes that Ariana meets on the bridge, towards the end of the song.
The whistle notes themselves are very impressive but so is the level of clear diction that goes alongside the whistle notes.
Chandelier by Sia
If you have a strong chest voice then this should be the song you pick to perform to showcase your skills to an audience. This impressive song will require you to have a large vocal range in order to meet the very high notes that are in the chorus.
Video Games by Lana Del Ray
Video Games by Lana Del Ray may seem an easy song to start with as the vocal melody stays within one octave and the lyrics seem fairly simple. When looking closer, this song is one of the hardest to sing as the style of singing is very monotone and hard to recreate. If you can recreate this sound then this will be an impressive song to showcase.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
If you are a beginner singer then you will want to start slow and steady when learning how to perform and apply vocal techniques to songs. Some great songs to begin to learn if you are a beginner vocalist include Shotgun by George Ezra, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper, One Call Away by Charlie Puth, Nothing Breaks Like a Heart by Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson, Hometown Glory by Adele, A Thousand Years by Christina Perri, Stay by Rihanna and Mikky Ekko, and Mr. Brightside by The Killers.
If you are not the best singer and you do not have much of a vocal range it can be hard to find songs that you can complete fully. If you are not comfortable singing or find it a difficult challenge, it is best to stick to songs that have a melody that remains within one octave. Some songs to sing if you find it challenging to sing include Undone (The Sweater Song) by Weezer, As Long As You Love Me by Backstreet Boys, Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi, Ring Of Fire by Johnny Cash, and Friends In Low Places by Garth Brooks.
If you are a female singer then you will most likely fit into three voice types which are alto, mezzo-soprano, and soprano. These voice types are names for certain vocal ranges. If you are a female vocalist then you may find you have a higher vocal range and you are best suited to certain types of songs. Some songs to sing if you have a female voice include Shake it Off by Taylor Swift, Oops, I Did It Again by Britney Spears, Baby One More Time by Britney Spears, Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers, Dancing Queen by ABBA, Born This Way by Lady Gaga, Wannabe by Spice Girls, and Jolene by Dolly Parton.
When Choosing Which Is the Easiest Song for You – Look at Your Vocal Strengths
Knowing your vocal strength and the techniques that you can easily achieve will help you pick songs that fit under those categories. If you find that your vocal range is smaller than you would like, there are plenty of songs that have a melody that is based only on one octave. If you find that your struggle learning lyrics and delivering the emotional message of a song, shorter songs may be better for you.
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