8 top songs that anyone can sing!
Did you just sign up for singing lessons? Or are you looking forward to learning how to sing? You are not the only one! Singing comes naturally for every human being, it is a part of all of our cultures, and the only reason many adults feel they can’t sing is that they feel embarrassed for social reasons. The truth is, with goodwill, training, and a lot of practice, anyone can do it!
So that means I can become a star?
As it happens with other musical instruments, some people are born with a natural gift for singing. After all, how well you can sing depends on many physical traits such as your vocal cords or your lung capacity. You may stretch your pitch range only as much as your body allows it, and the timbre of someone’s voice is as it is. So no, not all of us can pull Lady Gaga’s performance of “Shallow” in the 2019 Academy Awards. That’s the bad news.
The good news is, you can still sing, and you can do it well! You just need the proper music instructor, who will teach you the right techniques, such as breathing exercises, how to improve your body posture, and how to sound the best you possibly can. You may never become a huge celebrity, but you will still be able to perform in front of an audience and have a wonderful time.
The benefits of singing
Singing is great, not only because we love doing it, but also because it is good for our health. You improve your back posture, your breathing, and you sleep better at night. You also gain a resource for dealing with anxiety and stress, so it does wonders for your mental health as well. Besides, singing is a great way to improve your vocabulary and your pronunciation (for example, when you are studying a foreign language), and you also gain priceless social skills. Children who take singing lessons usually get rid of their social anxiety and stage fright and can speak up in public. But that works out also for adults!
So what should you begin with?
Many famous singers don’t have a privileged voice but have found their music genre: you may not become the fourth big tenor of all time, but you may discover you can do great with a guitar and some country songs! So picking the right repertoire is crucial. Which are the good songs to begin with? We give you a fun acronym to remember: SONG!
- Simple lyrics, easy for you to remember them.
- Only an octave of range, or less: the highest the pitch range, the most work you have to do with your voice.
- No falsettos, screaming, or head voice, use more of a natural, deep chest voice.
- Good chorus, so your friends can sing along!
To help you out, here are 8 songs that are simple enough, yet fun and exciting to learn!
Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
If you have a low voice, you may need to lower the key of the song, but otherwise is pretty simple, popular, and modern! It guarantees you cheers from all of your friends at any karaoke party, especially if you can dance along a bit!
Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations
A song that guarantees to put a smile on every face. Listen close! The singer is not especially virtuous, but he puts a lot of emotion in the chorus, and the rhythm is super catchy! If you are not sure where did you hear this song, check out the soundtrack of It’s something about Mary, a comedy from the 1990s with Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz.
Should I Stay Or Should I Go, by The Clash
Another song that needs more attitude than anything else! It is kind of an oldie, but it went back to the top thanks to the Netflix series Stranger Things, so even teens may love it.
Yesterday, by The Beatles
Most of the Fab Four songs are easy to sing, and Yesterday has held a Guinness Record for being one of the most recorded songs ever. This is because almost anyone can sing it and do it well: the melody is simple and its lyrics go great both for men and for women. So if you are looking for a romantic ballad, search no more!
Torn by Natalie Imbruglia
Released in 1997 and nominated for a Grammy for Best Female Vocal Pop Performance, this break-up song became a hit and is ideal for female singers. The highest notes can be easily transported to a scale that better suits your range. FYI, try not to sing it when you are too angry or upset, because you may hurt your vocal cords!
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Deep Blue Something
And while we’re still in the 90s (my favorite decade, probably because of my age, LOL), here’s this great alternative pop song, perfect for male singers who are just beginning. You’ll drive them crazy, boys!
I’m yours, by Jason Mraz
Are you looking for a cool melody to chill? Or do you wish to spice up your ukulele lessons with a familiar tune? This 2011 hit is perfect! Try recording yourself and doing your own second voices, you only need some basic software such as Wavepad or Audacity.
Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day
The punk kids from Berkeley, California, grew up and so did their songs, both in melodies and lyrics. This song is melancholic, emotional, and strong! By the way, if you can sing it at its actual key, you should also try Oasis’ Wonderwall (did you hear the amazing mashup?)
So, what do you think? Those songs are appropriate for any level of singing. As you discover your vocal abilities and the true range of your voice, you’ll find out other songs that suit you well. The more you practice and you carry on with your lessons, the wider your choice!
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