How to choose the best songs to sing, the ones that define what it is about and why?

There's no way MapQuest can tell you how to get from your local hole in the wall to Hollywood, but a big part of a singer's success comes from having a nose for sniffing out the right songs at the right time. . So how do you know if you are choosing the best songs to sing?

Some of you may think that a good singer should be able to sing any song, including the phone book. But there are certain parameters (social, vocal and age) that define what is normally considered acceptable. So why look for trouble? Why not get songs that are exactly right for you?

Appropriate age

First of all, the songs must be age appropriate. If you're young and haven't had fourteen passionate love affairs, it's hard to sing "You give me a fever, honey" convincingly. It always amazes me when a nine-year-old boy shows up with a song about whiskey and failed second marriages. On the other hand, a mature artist should also not ramble about what happens after school and the end of summer vacation.

Vocal range

I find that most singers choose songs that are too loud for them to sing comfortably. They may feel the need to challenge themselves. Forget it, you should sing whatever makes you sound the best. I mean, it's okay to challenge yourself in private, but choosing material that is too loud to present well in public doesn't make any sense. I find myself suggesting toning down for many of my students, and most of them are already quite evolved singers. So especially if you are fairly new to singing, the best songs to sing are those with notes that you can easily reach.

Social and ethnic origin

It would also be wise to avoid songs that are sung in dialect. If you're not Irish, don't sing an Irish jig. If you are Irish, why not make the most of your heritage by exploring it in your music? Writers are told to "write what you know." Singers should follow the same advice and "Sing what you know." If you were born and raised in New York City, you surely know little about tractors, barns, or hayrides. But you do know Times Square, dancing the night away and maybe what it's like to be alone in a big city. The same goes for a Tennessee farmer. If you've never been outside the farm, what do you know about the bright lights and the big city? The best songs to sing are those that you can personally identify with in some way.


Who are you? It is a simple question, but very difficult to answer. Know yourself! Know who you are and choose songs that you can relate to, wild boy, county boy, or classy lady. Are you a high-energy singer who moves all over the stage? Then you should look for songs with an upbeat tempo. If you're more of the George Strait type who stands in one spot and strums a guitar, look for ballads and quiet songs. This doesn't mean that all your songs have to be one or the other, but you want to load up on songs that play to your greatest strengths when you perform for more information click here

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Choose the best songs to sing