Top 10 Karaoke Songs For Alto-Sopranos
Songs To Highlight Your Range
If you're an alto-soprano, you're lucky. Gals like us can sing a wide range of songs that are either too high for regular altos, or too low for the typical soprano. Most of the songs on this list require the ability to switch your range within the same song, which, if done well, can have karaoke crowds begging you back on stage. The key is song choice. Two things to consider: first, which songs best compliment the alto-soprano range, and secondly, which songs are appropriate for karaoke. In general, when picking a song to sing at karaoke, remember that you're in a bar and people are there to have fun. Keep it light and upbeat. If you're going to pick a slow song, be careful! Make sure it's a classic that everyone knows, but probably hasn't heard in a while (example: "Son Of A Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield).
With those few tips in mind, here's my list of Top 10 Karaoke Songs For An Alto-Soprano!
10. "Like A Prayer" by Madnonna
Let's start with something basic. This song is fairly straightforward, and not that difficult to sing or pull off. Most crowds love it, as it's a classic song that they'll want to sing along to, plus it's just generally fun and upbeat. The other thing that I like about "Like A Prayer" is that if you don't already know the words, the lyrics are really easy to learn.
Get Into The Groove
9. "Walk Like An Egyptian" by The Bangles
Yes, it's another 80s pop song, but isn't that what karaoke was made for? Unlike, "Like A Prayer," however, this song is a super-duper crowd-pleaser because people love to do the silly dance.
Forgot About This Band? Refresh Your Memory.
8. "Africa" by Toto
Another oldie, but a goodie. This is the type of song for impressing and delighting karaoke crowds. Impressed, because you're singing a song that is meant for a male voice, and delighted because this is the type of song that most people forget about until they hear the opening bars, at which point they get really excited to hear a song that has so long been off their radar. Additionally, this song features a chorus that crowds love to sing along with!
Oh, The Rains
7. "Cry For You" by September
This one can be a little tricky just because most karaoke bars don't have this Swedish pop star in their repertoire. But if you're lucky enough to find it, and bang it out, you'll be a sensational hit! Out of all the songs on the list, this one gives you the best opportunity to really wail away. And wail away you should!
Not To Be Confused With The Month
6. "Walking On Broken Glass" by Annie Lennox
Go on girl, play in the big leagues. Annie Lennox's voice is perhaps one of the most difficult to replicate for a stellar karaoke performance. Some can get by on "Sweet Dreams," but in my opinion, that song is for amateurs. "Walking On Broken Glass," however is for champs. You have to be able to hit the real low lows, as well as some high highs. I would suggest practicing this song next time your doing your cardio work out, so you can really exercise your diaphragm.
You Were The Sweetest Thing
5. "Under Pressure" by David Bowie and Freddie Mercury
Let's just all admit that this our favorite song ever. Do you need any other reason to sing it at karaoke? Or anywhere, for that matter?
Love's Just An Old Fashioned Word
4. "Just Dance" by Lady Gaga
Did you really think my girl Gaga wasn't going to make it on the list? Of course not! As you can tell, I prefer to stick to classic 80s/90s music for karaoke, because those are the songs that have stood the test of time. But sometimes you need to throw in a Top 40 just for funzies. If you're itchin' for some radio music, I'd go with Gaga. Any of her songs will do, but I feel that "Just Dance" is one of the better options. You've got easy lyrics with a jam that will fill the dance floor (if there is one). What could be better?
Git It Gurl
3. "Sweet Child Of Mine" by Guns 'n Roses
Come on, who doesn't love Guns 'n Roses? I know I do. "Sweet Child of Mine" is one of my favorite karaoke songs, a. because it's such an unexpected choice for a woman, b. it's full of energy, and c. because I love doing an Axel Rose impression!
Work Those Ankles Out!
2. "Son Of A Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield
Despite this song being on the slower side for karaoke, I can say from experience that crowds love it. They usually think about it as the song from "Pulp Fiction" that they like, which is cool. Whatever gets 'em in. I like to start my night of karaoke singing off with this one, a. because it's unexpected, b. memorable, and c. you can only get more upbeat from there!
How Well I Remember
1. "If" by Janet Jackson
This song makes it to the top of my list for several reasons. First of all, it's my favorite song ever. Secondly, aside from myself, I've never heard anyone attempt to sing this song at karaoke. That brings me to my third reason, which is that most folks won't even try to attempt this song as most people have no clue what she's saying except for during the chorus. And finally, this song best highlights the range of the alto-soprano, with it's super low refrains, and high choruses.
Oo, one more thing! If you're really a die-hard karaoke performer like moi, you need to learn the dance Janet does during the bridge. If the crowd didn't love you already, they will as soon as they see you bust these moves...