The Voice is one of the most popular singing contests, so if you want to be in with a chance of making it through the auditions, you need to have a good audition song. There are so many to choose from so pick the song that suits your voice and will make you stand out.
It’s all about picking songs that suit your genre of music and work around the type of artist that you want to be. The judges will be looking for star quality so spend some time practicing singing different songs until you find the one that works for you!
It’s really important that the song is relevant to who you are as an artist, so the list below is only to be used as a guide. Thinking about auditioning for The Voice this year? Have a practice and see what you think works well for you and what you would feel confident singing.
Best audition songs for The Voice
- Ghost by Ella Henderson
- All of Me by John Legend
- Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes
- Always Remember Us This Way by Lady Gaga
- Grow Old With Me by Tom Odell
- I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing by Aerosmith
- Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding
- Basket Case by Green Day
- Fly Me To The Moon by Frank Sinatra
- Feeling Good by Nina Simone
- Before You Go by Lewis Capaldi
- The Man Who Can’t Be Moved by The Script
- Blinded by Your Grace by Stormzy
#1 Ghost by Ella Henderson
This is a really great song if you are wanting to show off your strong vocals. It’s also an upbeat track which means you can show off your stage presence and really enjoy your audition.
#2 All of Me by John Legend
A beautiful ballad which is perfect for an audition, this is a classic song which can work for both male and female vocalists. Try experimenting with it to see how you can make it different.
#3 Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes
Another song which works well for both male and female singers, this is a song that builds up speed and gives you the chance to show the strength of your voice.
#4 Always Remember Us This Way by Lady Gaga
A strong ballad for a female singer, this track has a lot of power to it. It could be one that you might consider singing acapello. Either way, it’s a great pop track if you’re looking for that genre of music.
#5 Grow Old With Me by Tom Odell
This is a good song for male singers to practice as Tom’s voice has a lot of soul to it and this brings with it a lot of fun but also a lot of emotion. It’s also fairly upbeat which makes it exciting and fun to sing and perform.
#6 I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing by Aerosmith
If you’re bidding to become a rockstar, this is a great song to really pull at the heartstrings. It’s a classic rock song with a pop twist and it also has a lot of power to it.
#7 Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding
Ellie’s voice is subtle but strong at the same time and this ballad gives you the chance to experiment with your voice.
#8 Basket Case by Green Day
Another good one for aspiring rock stars, this works well at an audition because as well as showing off the power and strength of your voice, you can also show how you have stage presence.
#9 Fly Me To The Moon by Frank Sinatra
Ok, we know this is an old song but if you’re looking to show how versatile your voice is and how well it works with swing music, this is a good choice.
#10 Feeling Good by Nina Simone
This is a classic song which works really well if you want to try and make it your own. It’s been recorded in different ways which gives you the chance to show what you can do with a song and how strong and talented you really are.
#11 Before You Go by Lewis Capaldi
A good choice for male vocalists, this song works well for auditions, especially if you play the guitar. You can really experiment with the song to make you stand out to the judges
#12 The Man Who Can’t Be Moved by The Script
This song really tells a story and is packed with emotion which makes it a great choice for performing at an audition. Remember your stage presence with this one. Make the most of the space around you.
#13 Blinded by Your Grace by Stormzy
If you’re an aspiring rapper and grime star who still wants the chance to be able to sing, this song gives you both options. It will require a lot of hard work and practice to nail it but if you’ve got the talent it will shine through with this song.
Can you sing any song on The Voice?
In a word: Yes! There is no list of songs that you have to choose from but it’s important that you give song choice a lot of thought. It needs to be something that suits your voice and that will wow the judges and help you to stand out. That means it can be whatever genre of music you want to sing!
How do you prepare for the audition?
There is so much to think about when you’ve got an audition coming up but preparation is key. Once you’ve got that date in the diary, make sure you are setting time aside to prepare for your audition. You don’t want to find that you get to the day before and you’ve still not finalised your song choice.
Make sure your voice is well rehearsed and that you have been singing everyday. This means you are well prepared and your voice is warmed up.
Once you have nailed down your song choice, give yourself plenty of time to practice it. Make sure you have a couple of back up songs in case the judges ask you to sing something else.
At home, ensure you are confident in singing the song and that you are fully familiar with it. Also remember to not just focus on the singing itself but the performance. You want to engage with the song and you need a good stage presence. You need to look confident on the stage and like you are meant to be there.
The Voice audition tips
On the day, make sure you arrive in plenty of time and be prepared to get called up at any moment.
When you enter the audition room, be confident but not arrogant. You want the judges to warm to you but you don’t want to appear cocky.
Be professional and polite in your manner. Be friendly but don’t talk too much – the judges are there to hear you sing after all so you’ll want to save your voice for your performance!
Have a think about what you will wear but don’t overthink it – smart casual is usually perfectly acceptable for an audition.
During the audition, if you make a mistake, carry on. The worst thing you can do is to stop – you need to show you are bold and brave and that you will soldier on despite making a mistake.
Why is song choice important?
You know the drill by now – you start singing and the judges press their button and turn around if they think you’re worth it. So it’s no good going to sing on one of the biggest talent shows with a view to progressing in the competition if you’re not going to choose a good song.
Spend some time assessing your strengths and play to them. Don’t pick a song if you are unfamiliar with the style of it. Your unique talents need to stand out so don’t try and sing something if it’s not going to suit both your voice and who you are as a person.
Pick an original song
If you’ve watched the show and seen that one song has been covered several times before, don’t pick it! You want the best reaction from the judges so that they’ve got their hands hovering over that button and are ready to swing around and capture you in action!
What you don’t want is to start singing something that makes them think “not this song again”. Pick relevant, well known songs that you are confident you can sing very well and that you can do so under pressure.
You want to go in to your audition feeling relaxed and confident so song choice is vitally important. It needs to be something that suits the type of artist you want to be so think about genre.
Don’t overthink it and don’t make comparisons with other singers – this is your chance to impress and it’s all about you!
How do you prepare your singing voice for an audition?
Practice your breathing techniques – in through the nose and out through the mouth. Ensure you drink plenty of water. Whatever the weather, your voice can get dried out easily whether that’s through heating or air conditioning.
A warm drink will help warm the areas around the larynx but be careful about drinking too much caffeine.
Each day practice some light singing techniques and exercises to keep your vocal chords active.
What are the most popular audition songs?
If you want to have the best chance of getting through to the next stage, one of the best things you can do is make sure you will stand out. If you sing something that everyone else is singing you can practically hear the judges saying “not this again”.
That’s not to say that you wouldn’t do a fantastic job singing it, but if it’s been heard many times before, it could affect your chances of being successful.
So, below is a list of some of the most popular audition songs:
I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston
A great power ballad and a fantastic song but one that many have chosen to sing in auditions over the years.
Someone Like You by Adele
There was a period of time when judges were probably getting fed up with hearing this song in auditions. As brilliant as it is, it became a year of Adele songs and other artists were probably starting to feel a little left out that their songs weren’t getting picked!
Superstition by Stevie Wonder
Many of us will remember Olly Murs’ fantastic first audition on The X Factor when he performed this song. But it seems he wasn’t the only one as it has been covered many times over the years.
I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye
An oldie but a goodie, this is another classic song that singers have chosen to perform in auditions over the years.
No One By Alicia Keys
Although it’s a great song to sing in an audition, it’s also one that many singers will choose to take on so probably best to pick something different!
Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars
Probably his most famous ballad and easily one of his most popular songs, it became an easy song for aspiring singers to choose to sing at auditions.
At Last by Etta James
A classic but a well trodden path when it comes to audition songs so try and steer clear of this one.
Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis
One for the aspiring divas, lots of singers have given this one a go and as good a song as it is, it’s probably been overdone at the audition stage now!
Ready to audition for The Voice?
By now you should feel you have lots of ideas about different songs to sing for your audition.
Have you auditioned for The Voice before? What did you sing? Do you have any tips about the best (and worst) songs to sing? Share your comments and suggestions below.