Being a nasally singer doesn’t mean you have a limit to your song choices. Although singing through your nose can be frowned upon, it can give you as an artist a quirky edge and new sound to your voice.
From country classics to pop chart hits, embrace your nasal voice and sing along to all these good songs. Having a nasal voice doesn’t have to hold you back! Although your favourite artist may not have a similar sound to you, you can still enjoy singing these successful hits.
Do you have a nasal voice? Are you struggling to find songs that fit your vocal range? Below we give you 24 of the best songs for nasal singers to try out.
So, what is a nasal singer? You may have been told you have a nasal voice when speaking or singing, and occasionally there can be a stigma around artists who sing from their nasal cavity. But, it’s not always a bad thing, and finding songs from artists who have a similar sound to you can be a great way to develop your sound.
To check if you have a nasally, pinched sound to your voice, sing a line from your favourite song and hold your nose at the same time. If your sound disappears, then the likelihood is that you have a nasal tone to your singing.
How to stop nasal singing
The nasality to a singing voice is usually a result of the soft palate on the roof of your mouth not being lifted properly. This can be fixed with a bit of practice and the right technique, but also embraced if you’re singing the right song. It’s possible to train yourself to sing and speak with a richer, more resonant vocal tone, but perhaps you want to build on your natural traits.
Although vocal coaches will encourage you to practice techniques which prevent nasal singing, it’s hard to shake old habits and if you’ve grown to love your sound, then don’t feel like you have to sing a certain way to sound good.
Good songs for nasal singers
We’ve hand-picked 24 of the best songs for nasal singers to try out, making this an easy go-to guide if you’re stuck for inspiration.
Even some of the most amazing artists have nasal tendencies to their voice, it can be a natural habit that they don’t even realise they possess. Not all the artists listed below have nasal voices, but these songs can be suited to anyone as theoretically, a nasal singer can sing anything.
#1 The Climb by Miley Cyrus
From the Hannah Montana movie released in 2009, this banger is still one that pulls on the heartstrings and is a great choice if you’re looking to connect with your audience on a more intimate level. Now’s the time to hone your performance skills.
#2 Sunflower by Rex Orange County
Everyone loves this rising star’s voice, with a slight twang yet smooth delivery, any song from his album ‘Pony’ will go down a treat. In the key of F Sharp, this pop song is a great go-to.
#3 Anyway by Rebecca Black
This singer hit the music scene in 2011 with her single ‘Friday’ that went viral on YouTube. The song received some negative attention for its nasal qualities however, never one to be deterred Rachel Black is back with vengeance releasing new music with a more dulled down and honed nasal craft.
#4 Ordinary Man by Ozzy Osbourne ft. Elton John
Ozzy Osbourne is known for his distinct sound and heavy metal singing. This collab with Elton John shows you just how far a ‘nasally’ singer can go, and how amazing a blend of different genres and voice types can sound.
#5 Sucker by Jonas Brothers
These American pop rock brothers have been around for a while but returned after a six-year break with this new, catchy toe-tapper in the key of C sharp. The vocal range of the brothers spans two whole octaves, so it may be a good idea to call on some friends and get them singing along with you. Why not experiment with harmonies on this track?
#6 Memories by Maroon 5
A low-key pop-rock number, Maroon 5 are a good go-to if you have a slightly more nasal voice. With a catchy leading line and a sentimental tone, this is a good late-night track to close the evening. Lead singer of the band, Adam Levine, has a distinctive tone to his voice that embraces more nasally sounds, so you should try this one out.
#7 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
This catchy, repetitive track is an empowering pop classic. Released in 1983 off of Cyndi Lauper’s album ‘She’s So Unusual’, this song is still going strong and will have everyone up on their feet singing along. Cyndi Lauper is another great example of an artist with a more nasal tone, she is incredibly successful and embraces her natural style.
#8 Four Five Seconds by Rihanna, Kayne West, Paul McCartney
In the key of D major, in common time, this folk-pop and soul song has a blend of accents including Barbadian, American and English. All with different sounds, this collab shows how experimenting with different singers and their styles can be a great way to embrace each other’s natural artist quirks. Rihanna’s vocals have fluctuated over the years from a more nasal chest voice to a brighter sound placed in the throat, neither of which have held her career back.
#9 Havana by Camilla Cabello
Recorded by Cuban-American singer Camilla Cabello, this song is salsa-inspired and embraces her Cuban heritage. Featuring Young Thug on the track, this song explores elements of rap and would be great if you’re looking for a duet with another talented friend.
#10 This Love Isn’t Crazy by Carly Rae Jepsen
Released in 2020, this is a current pop hit. Carly Rae Jepsen has a cool, distinctive sound to her voice and after almost three years since her last album dropped, this disco-pop track is well awaited. Covering current songs is a great idea, but you should always try and make them your own. Why not experiment with this one and show off your voice in a different key?
Nasal country singers
Because of the natural twang to country style music, many of these songs are suited to nasal singers.
#11 The Times They Are a Changin’ byBob Dylan
This is a classic country-folk hit. Bob Dylan sings with a distinct nasally tone that makes him unique, and his songs sound best when they’re sung with a slight twang. This is a classic folk protest song from the 1960s and is a great chance to mix up your set if you usually sing pop songs.
If you’re ever criticised as a nasal singer, you can point out that Bob Dylan’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’, is a nasal classic that was also voted as ‘The Best Song Of All Time’ by Rolling Stone magazine and that Dylan was awarded a Nobel Prize.
#12 Teardrops On My Guitar by Taylor Swift
An older Taylor Swift song written back in 2006, this is from her country-pop days. In the key of G major, with a classic country twang, you should try this one out. Taylor is now known for stepping away from her country routes, but this ballad has powerful, soulful lyrics and will get you inspired to sing all of her older songs again and again.
#13 Jolene by Dolly Parton
A slightly older country classic, this song will have everyone up on their feet and singing along. It’s a feel-good toe-tapper with a steady beat, and Dolly Parton’s vocals shine on the track. Although originally in the key of C-sharp minor, this could be the perfect song to make your own. With its well-known melody and country vibe, why not take your spin on the lyrics to make it fit your style- whilst sticking to the classic vocal structure of the song.
#14 Instant History by Biffy Clyro
This is a soft rock, atmospheric number. But has an anthem-like, chorus that you can belt out. The slightly challenging key of Ab minor paired with the high energy chorus means there’s a real accomplishment if you can master this one, but it should sound great with a slightly nasal twang.
#15 Birdhouse in Your Soul by They Might Be Giants
From the American alternative rock band’s album ‘Flood’, this song is a great choice to mix up your set and throw in some rock classics. This one modulates between four keys, so is slightly more challenging to sing but again it will sound great with a more nasal tone and will have you embracing your natural quirks.
Famous singers with a nasal voice
#16 Womanizer by Britney Spears
Everyone loves a bit of Britney, and with her interesting, unique sound we couldn’t not include her. This up-tempo electropop song is a feminist anthem with empowering lyrics. It has a catchy hook and melody and is a great choice for a nasal singer.
#17 Dear Future Husband by Meghan Trainor
From Meghan Trainor’s debut, major-label album ‘Title’ in 2015, this pop, doo-wop and R&B song is a catchy go-to. In the key of Db Major, with a few vocal leaps, this shouldn’t be too tricky to sing. Trainor doesn’t have an overly nasal voice, but again this would be a great choice for someone who does.
#18 Big Girls Don’t Cry by Fergie
Originally from the Black Eyed Peas, everyone knows Fergie’s distinctive sound. Released in 2006 in the key of G major, this acoustic folk ballad is a good choice to cover. Fergie has a huge vocal range and explores it on the track, critics say it has a similar feel to Cyndi Lauper’s style.
#19 When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars
Again, Bruno Mars doesn’t have an overly nasal sound, but his songs are always a good choice for everyone. This pop piano ballad ranges from G3 to C5 and has a minimal feel with just piano and voice. This would be a great song to play along to and show off your musicianship to the audience.
Singing tips from famous singers
#20 Whenever, Wherever by Shakira
With an up-tempo Latin and Worldbeat, Shakira is a great artist to cover. This song is in the key of C# Minor, this song is heavily influenced by Andean music using traditional Latin American instruments such as the Charango and Panpipes. There is a tradition of high pitched nasal singing in Afro-Peruvian music, and this pop song echoes those routes.
#21 Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani
This is a funky track with attitude. This song is an upbeat hip hop number with a thumping beat, making it perfect to strut your stuff. This one is as much about the performance, as it is the voice. Drawing her inspiration from old school 1980’s hip hop and dance music, this was written with Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo. Give this one some power.
#22 Yellow by Coldplay
This mellow, yet hopeful song is both uplifting and melancholy in both the lyrics and the melody. In the key of B major with a definite nasal twang from lead singer Chris Martin, this is the perfect song to cover. It’s hypnotic, slow Mo feel means you’ll have your audience hooked.
#23 Stayin’ Alive by Bee Gees
A rhythmic number that matches the human heartbeat, this has even been used in medical training by the British Heart Foundation for an advert about CPR. It’s a power ballad that plays on high pitched nasal twang, which is the Bee Gees signature. It was and still is, a massive hit worldwide. Acknowledged by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 500 greatest songs of all time, anyone who says that nasal singers can’t succeed will have to argue with the Bee Gees mega fame.
#24 One of your songs
It’s always a good idea to write original material. If you’re finding it tricky to adapt your nasal tone to other artists work, then sitting down and writing an original song is a great way to combat this. You can experiment with different keys and find out what works well with your voice.