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Best Audition Songs

Updated on October 07, 2011
Find the best audition song to help you get the part.
Find the best audition song to help you get the part.

Choosing an Audition Song

Walking into an audition takes courage, especially if it is your first time. Even if you don't know exactly what to expect, you need to be very confident that you will be able showcase your talent with ease.

You want to amaze the audience, whether it is a single casting director for a film, your high school music teacher, or an auditorium filled with your peers.

The key to a successful audition is preparation. Choosing the right audition song is a big part of preparing for what can be a very stressful situation! The more thoroughly prepared you are, the easier it will be for you to relax and showcase your talent. 

Top Audition Songs

There are so many auditions songs to choose from. I will be highlighting some of the most popular audition songs, but first it is important for you to evaluate what song suits you and your voice best. Please also consider your audience and the type of role you are auditioning for. Stay away from songs with foul language, as they are not appropriate for auditions.

Often, some of the best audition songs are also the most overused. You may want to stay away from songs like "Good Morning Balitmore" or "Part of Your World" from the Little Mermaid. These have been used so often that they are just not enjoyable to listeners anymore!

How to Choose an Audition Song

By Personalizing your audition song, you will bring your unique personality or show off your ability to act while showcasing your singing voice. The following video talks a little more about how to do this with the audition song that you have chosen for your big audition.

Personalizing Your Audition Song

The following video illustrates the do's an don'ts of choosing an audition song. She offers some great tips about finding relevant music for a specific audition.

Audtion Tips

Most Used Audition Songs

  • Good Morning Baltimore
  • On My Own
  • Adelaide's Lament
  • I Hate Men
  • All That Jazz
  • Can't Help Lovin'
  • You Can Always...(City of Angels)
  • Shy
  • Tomorrow
  • I Enjoy Being A Girl
  • Broadway Baby
  • Surrey With The Fringe On Top
  • They Call the Wind Mariah
  • The Music of the Night
  • Let's Hear It For The Boy
  • Seasons of Love
  • Big Spender
  • Part Of Your World
  • In My Own Little Corner
When making your final decision, consider how you feel when you are singing your audition song. Do you feel confident? Does it feel good to sing? If not, keep looking! Feeling confident while performing is essential for a successful audition. Pick a song that makes you feel good!

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      Philipo 7 years ago from Nigeria

      Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

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      OpinionDuck 7 years ago

      I don't recognize any of these songs, but I also don't watch American Idol or those kind of shows.

      My wife sings Sarah Brighman type songs, those I like.

      Thanks

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      myawn 7 years ago from Florida

      I love to sing the old school songs. nice hub

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      amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks all, for reading and commenting. :)

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Neither of us is likely to attend a singing audition (although it is a recurring nightmare for Tricia) but his was a fun Hub to read.

      Unusual topic - thanks.

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      darim 7 years ago

      Very nice.

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      amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you both! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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      Ehlayna 6 years ago

      Loved it! thx thou i still need help

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      amy jane 6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Ehlayna! Good luck! :)

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      Act101 6 years ago

      This was great! Really useful. Does anyone know where I can get good music for free for a 12 year old???? I only need 16 bars. I do work for a theater company- I've done little women, the lion the witch and the wardrobe, Honk, a murder mystery, Beaty and The beast, Alice in wonderland, and Phinochio with them- I'm curently doing an honers class and a level230 class. Annie auditions r coming up and I have a HUGE repitaror of mononlouges from an audition class- but we didn't do songs so plz help me!!!! Just comment back

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      girl 6 years ago

      don't use any of these songs use a very unknown song and you'll rock that auditon

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      Mel 6 years ago

      This is a good list. I haven't seen too many of these done on those shows.

      You may also want to suggest that people have multiple songs ready just in case.

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      amy jane 6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Mel, you're right, having a second song prepared just in case is a smart idea!

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      Hannah 5 years ago

      Help!!! Im 13 and have an audition for a pantermime i don't know what song to do and the director is writing the play himself i was thinking about doing somewhere over the rainbow because its a huge challenge however i was the wicked witch of the west in a smaller play and have known the lyrics since as long as i can remember p.s. i did that play back in england so he dosnt know about it

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      Loula 5 years ago

      I love how detailed this was!!! Thanks!!!

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      monika 5 years ago

      hi, i m monika mujhe aaisa song bataye jise mein achhe se ga saku plz mere college me party h mein singing karna chahti hu.

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      sara t 5 years ago

      I have an audition for tomorrow. I need a song that's not low in range. Any suggestions?

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      Event Auditions 5 years ago

      This is a very useful article, and I agree with many of your song selections!

      The Event Auditions

      JJB

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      Kayla 5 years ago

      IM GOING TO AUDITON FOR aUSTRALIAS gOT tALENT IN A WEEK AND IM 14 I LOVE THE TV SHOW GLEE AND WOULD LIKE TO SING A SONG SUNG BY THE LEAD lEA mICHELE CAN YOU HELP ME

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      Bryanna 5 years ago

      i consider myself a very good singer and i am 10 yrs old. i want to try out for my school talent show nothingbig but i do want to make it as i did last year while singing a song by miranda lambert and i want to do something really popular just a tip...I live in AMERICA. Please and thankyou! :D!

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      Yaz 5 years ago

      I think firework by Katy Perry is a good song to sing I think!

      Best of luck for your audition!

      Yaz

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      Singer101 5 years ago

      Nice very useful.... But do you think you could help me FIND an audition.... just kidding

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      miss mic 5 years ago

      i don't no ANY of the songs listed and i m trying out for alice and wonderland and still don't have a song!suggestions?

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      Taylor Dressel 5 years ago

      Hi i was just wondering if part of your world song is from the little mermaid

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      Acting Gurl101 5 years ago

      Yes, Part of Your World is from the Little Mermaid. And Almost There from The Princess and the Frog is a great song too.

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      Acting Gurl101 5 years ago

      Yes, Part of Your World is from the Little Mermaid. And Almost There from The Princess and the Frog is a great song too.

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      Lizzy22222 5 years ago

      I need a song for a audition on the jungle book but I don't know what song to sing and I'm only ten and is going on broadway. Help

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      Lola 656 5 years ago

      I am a great singer and every one knows it but when it comes to me making up the songs for a broadway show i have no clue Help

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      Hannah Mccutcheon 5 years ago

      When Xfactor comes to GA. I'm auditioning, is Once upon a december from Anastasia a good song??? and I'm 15!

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      amy jane 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Hi Hannah - Once Upon A December is a wonderful audition song. Just be sure that you can manage the range in the song! Good Luck. :)

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      spencer101 5 years ago

      i need help terribly i have a really importand audition, one that might set my cerrer in action but ... im stuck in what song i should do i thought of happy days are here again by babra strizand but the very last part is super hard i need guideence so will you please help me !!!!

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      #GeorgiaSullivan 5 years ago

      If you're looking for pop songs for auditions, some great songs would be 'Wherever you will go' by Charlene Soraia, 'Jar of Hearts' by Christina Perry; these songs will test your registers, so you've got to be pretty Careful as they're quite a hard songs, oh and also 'Because of you' and 'Mr Know it all' by kKelly Clarkson, and I would definitely recommend all 'Pink' songs as they are all amazing, and relate to real life, and also very technical. Oh and not forgetting Adele's 'Rolling in the deep' , 'Turning Tables' and 'Set fire to the Rain', and Ed Sheeran's 'Small Bump' And 'This'. - these are all very powerful songs, and will definitely bring a tear to the judges/audiences eyes. Oh and 'Up' by James Morrison and Jessie J. I am also a 13 year old,and a very keen singer. I live in England, and have competed in talent shows and competitions using many of these songs, and have been very successful! I've performed in school plays and separate shows with theatre companies. Hope this has been helpful !! Xxxxx

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      Annabelle 5 years ago

      Which song would be good for a twelve year old

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      Cheerdiva99 5 years ago

      I have a audition in 4 days and I'm freaking out because I don't know what song I should sing and it should be kinda simple cause it's soon so please give me some suggestions and quick p.s. i am 12 years old and I am auditioning for school house rock also I have been in about 8 shows already.

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      Anonymous 5 years ago

      Interesting and helpful facts! Thank you so very much!

      I can do this audition well! :)

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      Izzybee123 4 years ago

      Hi, umm my school is putting on Grease and I got call backs for Sandy. WHAT SONG DO I SING!!!!!!!??????? help is appreciated! Thanks you!

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      Sylvie stenson 4 years ago

      This is fantastic thanks for the advice

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      Dominique Thomas 4 years ago

      HElp I have a low voice and i am Trying out for 4merican idol I am I am 15 what song would be good for me to sing for the audition.

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      Would you do this or that? 4 years ago

      I NEED HELPZ

      I'm in America and i'm 9 years old i don't know if i should sing Fly- Nicki Minaj Ft. Riannah or Right By My Side- Nicki Minaj Ft. Chris Brown

      Would you do this or that?

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      Gracie-May 4 years ago

      i am 10 years old and i have an audition for Joseph and The Amazing Techicolour Dreamcoat but i'm not sure what to sing. Please can you help me?

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      agirl123 4 years ago

      hi so im a 13 year old auditioning for a musical that is basically a bunch of scenes from different musicals. my director has not told us the plays yet but i was wondering if "my favorite things" from the sound of music would be a good choice. i think it fits my voice well but i wasn't sure if it was over used or something. THANKS:)

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      anonymous 2 years ago

      I found this really helpful and I really appreciate the list of most-used songs because even though you told us not to use them im going to use the little mermaids song

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