This year may have brought with it many challenges for performers, but it’s also been a fantastic year for recorded and virtual music already. So which big hits should you be adding to your streaming playlists to sing along to by yourself or with friends?
The music industry is booming as we enter the second decade of this millennium. We’re enjoying the best sing-along songs of 2020 so far and have created a catchy song playlist that’s perfect for beginners learning to sing and more experienced vocalists alike.
Read on for some of the greatest hits and some lesser-known songs to sing along to; songs that’ll bring tons of joy to your singing practice. We’ll also be revealing our music predictions for later in 2020 and into 2021.
The best songs to sing along to 2020
Whether you’re an emerging artist or just love singing in the shower, you can’t beat a catchy tune. Sing-along style songs are generally best for beginners as they’re simple to grasp with a clear melody that can be copied without too much effort. In this article we’ll be revealing some of the best new releases you can join in with at home, including everything from ballads, to novelty songs, to dance tunes.
So which artists are trending and making a splash this year?
- Lewis Capaldi. Scotland’s own funny guy, he has a cracking voice and some killer tunes which will feature in our list.
- Billie Eilish. The US teen has a unique, soft style that has taken the industry by storm. Tunes penned with her brother Finneas are climbing the charts.
- Stormzy. Most of the South London rappers songs are tricky for those trying to nail a simple topline, but he’s well worth adding to your listening list.
- Dua Lipa. One to watch, she’s a hot new star that’s dazzling the world.
- Eminem. The rapper’s back with a bestselling album. As per Stormzy, rap isn’t the easiest genre to copy, but some of Slim Shady’s toplines are very hummable.
Catchy songs to sing along to
Songwriters know how to make a song catchy. There are a few components needed including:
- A great beat
- Repetition, especially in the chorus
- Alliteration in the lyrics (using the same consonants to create a rhythmic or poetic feel)
- A hook, riff or passage that catches the ear of the listener
- Emotion. People connect to feelings and messages
As you’ll see as you read (and listen) through our list, there’s a theme emerging in 2020 already. Catchy, fun and light beat-filled pop tunes are mostly ruling the roost on streaming sites like Spotify just now. We predict more of this to come, and for a flourish of happy, feel-good tunes as this year continue.
Best sing along songs
#1 Stupid Love by Lady Gaga
Here’s one from the queen of catchy, Lady Gaga. An enormously versatile performer and vocalist, some of her big ballads are more challenging, but this up-tempo number is bound to have you singing – and dancing – along. She’s been busy and high profile in 2020, organising the recently broadcast One World: Together at Home as a tribute to health and key workers everywhere. It’s a masterclass in the video link and virtual performances – so if you haven’t yet had a chance, do take a look.
#2 Adore You by Harry Styles
1D nailed catchy tunes and Harry Styles is still making waves in his own right as a solo artist. Don’t expect anything too groundbreaking from him. He continues to release easy listening pop numbers that don’t tax the voice, ideal for new vocalists and those who want something carefree to sing around the house or in the car.
#3 I Dare You by Kelly Clarkson
If you’re in need of a hope-filled, uplifting 2020 pop anthem, this is it. Repetition in songs makes them easy to join in and learn. This tune from Kelly (another artist who made her name in a singing contest – American Idol) features a straightforward chorus that you’ll pick up straight away. And you might just feel a little better after doing so.
#4 What A Man Gotta Do by the Jonas Brothers
This is a such a cute, feel-good song released by the US group in January, as the chief song for their sixth studio album and was performed live at the Grammys. In a heartwarming step, the guys chose to use their own wives in the video instead of actresses which makes us love them all the more.
How to choose good songs to sing along to
Popular songs are designed to be catchy and easy to sing along to. When you’re choosing something to learn to look at famous singers whose work you enjoy. The more you like a song, the better you’ll sing it. Just be sure to pick something that won’t have you reaching for notes out of your range. Save those for your singing lessons and keep your singalong numbers easy so you can relax and enjoy them.
What is the easiest song to sing from 2020?
What’s easiest for you to singalong to will depend on what type of voice you have and what genre suits you. So we’ve compiled an extensive list for you to try out. Go with what feels good and comes naturally.
#5 Everything I Wanted by Billie Eilish
If you don’t yet have much of a vocal range, or great power, or technique, Billie’s songs are a great place to start. She and her brother Finneas create uber-cool, contemporary tunes that are left-field yet catchy.
And Billie’s hits are totally singable for anyone, regardless of experience. It’s more about style than substance where your vocals are concerned here. She tends to sing with a beautiful soft breathy tone, that blends speaking with singing to great effect.
#6 Let’s Fall in Love for the Night by Finneas
As we’ve just mentioned Finneas, here’s his recent release that premiered on March 19th. It’s a little less off-piste than the work he creates with his sister so unlikely to gain as much acclaim and hype. But it’s a chilled singalong number well-worth checking out and we’re sure that Finneas will carve out a high profile music career alongside his sibling’s songs.
#7 Before You Go by Lewis Capaldi
While Lewis’ amazing husky tones sound incredible, his songs are great to sing along to, even if you can’t match his unique vocals. Lots of YouTube music videos are available with lyrics, making it even easier to sing along to your favourite tunes and learn the lyrics. He’s a reliable go-to for emotional ballads that blow away every audience.
#8 Weird Times by Oscar Welsh
If you want to catch a singer on the up, follow Oscar. The Suffolk based teen is getting noticed fast and has written a melodious tune that sums up the current feelings of the nation. It may be an indie track, but we predict we’ll see more of Welsh on the mainstream soon. Start singing his new tunes before everyone else jumps on the bandwagon.
Fun songs to sing along to
Want to dance along as well as singing to the latest hits? Try these on for size ideal for making your own TikTok video or for a virtual sing-along or dance along with your mates.
#9 Physical by Dua Lipa
Back in the day, Olivia Newton-John released a catchy track by the same name. This contemporary take on that title is every bit as toe-tapping and has a super simple topline. The tune sits very comfortably in the mid-register, so you won’t strain your voice singing along to Dua Lipa’s latest hit. Get twice the benefit by using this as your daily workout, while singing. Be sure to breathe deeply to keep up the pace and support your voice.
#10 Boyfriend by Mabel
Mabel and Dua Lipa hit the music industry at around the same time and are rising stars right now. Both deliver catchy dancey tunes. This is another mid to low register tune that’s perfect to singalong if you haven’t got higher notes or a belt quality in your grasp.
#11 The Man by Taylor Swift
Shake It Off is one of the best singalong numbers of all time. Taylor has a knack for creating cracking pop tunes that win hearts. Her recent work has taken a slightly different turn, with a more feminist, topical and gutsy approach to the lyrics, but still utilising her trademark catchy style (take a look at her Netflix documentary for more on her evolution as an artist). If you like music with a message then this is for you.
#12 I’m Ready by Sam Smith and Demi Lovato
What about duets? Well, this 16th April release offers a brand new duo opportunity for you and a friend. These two singers are better known for their emotive slow songs but are going with the trend of 2020 in a beat-filled up-tempo number. We’ve seen on social media that Sam Smith has been struggling with isolation, and we predict he may be writing more emotional music right now.
Remember, if you’re experiencing challenges, particularly relating to mental health, songwriting can be a healthy outlet and way to express your feelings. Countless hit songs were penned during artists’ hard times.
Songs to sing along to
What you find enjoyable to sing will depend on your tastes and preferred genres of music. A good place to start is with some of your favourite bands and artists.
#13 No Judgement by Niall Horan
Harry Styles isn’t the only One Direction star to be making music in 2020. Niall Horan’s No Judgement is a gentle tune, that’s perfect for singing along in the background at an event. This track is made extra enjoyable by its fun music video making the most of Niall’s cheeky chappy vibe, so we recommend you sing along while watching it for the extra fun factor.
#14 Break Up Song by Little Mix
Like 1D these ladies began their careers via a singing contest, winning X-Factor in 2011. They’ve since had a string of catchy hits and don’t look to be slowing down any time soon if their 2020 release is anything to go by. If you’ve had a break up recently, then this is a fab anthem to sing it out.
Easy karaoke songs for beginners
Who said you had to be serious when singing?! In fact, there’s a huge market for comedy songs and people love to hear them. Plus they lift your spirits and make you laugh. As COVID-19 has so many entertainers holed up at home for a long period, great and very funny videos are emerging, with new versions of novelty songs. So the top of our list for silly karaoke numbers is this one:
#15 Thank You Baked Potato by Matt Lucas
If Matt Lucas can sing it, so can you! Perhaps you’re ore accustomed to practising serious or emotional numbers. Well, this is a great way to let off some steam in your ‘fun singing’ time. Forget the technique for a bit and have a giggle singing along to this ridiculous ditty. Then maybe have a crack at making your own novelty music video. You never know, it might just go viral like this one.
#16 COVID-19 (Come On Eileen) by Sam Chaplin
This is extra easy, as chances are you already know the 1980s classic tune Come On Eileen. But this take on the original has been given a 2020 novelty twist that’s won the hearts of millions. If you’re feeling blue, sing this at the top of your voice and you’ll soon be smiling.
Sing along songs lyrics
Here are some more new songs that you won’t have any trouble learning.
#17 Blinding Lights The Weeknd
This one was released at the end of 2019, but is on The Weeknd’s 2020 album and is one of the most downloaded songs internationally in spring 2020. The topline is a cinch to pick up, but the backing synth sounds make it an epic party tune with a retro feel.
#18 Garden Song by Pheobe Bridgers
Fancy a paired back acoustic song instead of beat-heavy dance tunes? This haunting new release from breakthrough artist Pheobe Bridgers is a gentle and soft off-piste option for those who don’t fancy mainstream pop fare.
#19 Never Wore White by Katy Perry
In the mood for a ballad? The pop princess Katy Perry is usually one for up-tempo tunes. But she’s gone a little more sombre for early 2020, with this reflective piece.
#20 Conversations in the Dark by John Legend
This is another new ballad, but this time from easy listening star John Legend. Fast songs aren’t always easy to sing along to if you’ve not yet got the hang of fast deep breathing and spitting out the words in time. So instead, you might like to try this smooth lyrical style with some lovely lyrics to match.
#21 Scars by Lukas Graham
Let it all out with a rendition of Lukas Graham’s Scars. The Danish pop and soul singer released this track on 22nd March for digital download. Brand new tracks like this are also a great option for auditions – judges won’t have heard them a million times already. So get learning as soon as they’re released for a unique performance.
For maximum effect, look to artists who are emerging and upcoming as everyone will jump on songs from massive stars like Adele and Ed Sheeran.
#22 Tattoos Together by Lauv
This cute alternative love song is a little bit different and very cheery. With lots of ‘mmmhhhmms’ in the lyrics, it’s certainly not complex and has a light airy melody line that stays nicely within the parameters of most tenors voices. Tattoos Together come from 25-year-old Californian singer Lauv’s new album entitled How I’m Feeling. His work takes influences from both the R&B and pop worlds.
Easy songs to sing for beginners
Some of these songs may be good to add to your repertoire. If they’ve not been out long it may be harder to find backing tracks, so it’s better if you can play and accompany yourself on the piano or guitar (if you have some spare time right now, consider learning an instrument). And don’t forget, you don’t have to copy the artist exactly. Feel free to do your own take on it, even changing it up from an up-tempo song to an acoustic unplugged version or vice versa.
Easy songs to sing that sound impressive
You don’t need to be the best singer in the world to wow an audience. We could name many famous artists who have built careers on being electric performers, rather than note-perfect singers. If you want to sound amazing with minimal vocal and musical effort, check out these fantastic tracks that’ll show you in your best light.
2020 has been a strange year so far. International lockdowns and social distancing have made life look very different. But there’s a major silver lining. With live shows and tours cancelled, more and more musicians are in isolation writing new material and recording in home studios. History shows us that after globally or nationally dramatic events like pandemics, the performing arts world sees a surge of creativity. People also like to focus on happy and free work that puts people in a party mood, to counter the bad news.
Spring 2020 is actually a very fertile, positive and exciting period for music and we’re likely to see some incredible new albums and musicians coming to the fore in the months and year following lockdown. So while these are some of the best singalong numbers of 2020, watch this space as we’ll be seeing a surge of hot hits coming our way very soon.
- What songs show off your voice?
The right ones for you will depend on your tone, your range and your style as a performer. Ask yourself (or your singing teacher and music peers) what you’re especially good at. Is it ballads, fast up-tempo songs, rap, low notes or singing in your whistle register.
- How can I sing higher?
Practice, exercises and breath control will enable you to extend your range upwards. Do scales and arpeggios daily, but remember to support the sound with a really strong diaphragm. Working on your core muscles will help this. As you sing imagine the sound flowing from your forehead.
- Who is the most popular singer of 2020?
That’s a very subjective matter, but the bestselling albums of 2020 so far have been from Lewis Capaldi, Stormzy, Eminem and Billie Eilish. Stormzy also won Best Male Artist at the BRITs while Mabel took the gong for Best Female Artist. Lewis Capaldi won Song of the Year and Best New Artist.
Which have been your best singalong songs of 2020 so far? Do you have a catchy song playlist you’d like to share with us? Perhaps you’ve written your own singalong number in the past few weeks. Let us know and share your tunes in the comments below.