Some songs work better than others and if you’re an energetic artist, you’re more likely to enjoy an upbeat song. Upbeat songs are great fun and really enjoyable to sing and perform, whatever genre of music you’re into and whatever artist you want to be.
Upbeat songs are often what makes singing and recording such an enjoyable pastime and for you, hopefully a successful career. Practicing different upbeat songs will give you a great deal of satisfaction and will enable you to perfect and improve your singing.
Thinking about singing something new for an audition or competition? Singing different types of songs is also great practice and enables you to pick which style of song you like best and what you feel best suits your voice.
Best upbeat songs to sing along to
Why should I sing upbeat songs?
As an artist dreaming of a long career in the music industry, it’s good to show how versatile you are and upbeat songs are very different to ballads. As well as testing out your vocal chords in different ways, it also gives you a chance to show off your stage presence, to move around and even to introduce dancing, if that’s something that interests you
Upbeat songs are also a fantastic way of boosting your confidence and of promoting that feel good sense within your audience when you’re performing up on the stage. Interacting with the audience in this way helps you to grow and improve as an artist.
Good upbeat songs to sing for an audition
#1 Good as Hell by Lizzo
One of the most popular tracks around at the moment, Lizzo is emerging as one of the artists of 2020. This track is great fun to sing and gives you a chance to test the strength of your vocal cords as well as generally having a lot of fun performing it.
#2 Move by Little Mix
One of their best hits and certainly one that gets people up on the dance floor, the girls have such strong vocals and this is a great song to belt out.
#3 Wake Me Up by Avicii
It’s a dance track but it’s certainly upbeat. It also works well sung acapella if you fancy mixing it up and creating your own version. Either way, it’s a brilliant, uptempo song.
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#4 We Found Love by Rihanna and Calvin Harris
Another dance song by one of pop’s greatest female singers, it’s the perfect upbeat summer tune and is perfect for female singers looking to take on something a bit different – if you like dance music that is.
#5 Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
It was number one for so long that we simply couldn’t leave it out of this list. Bruno Mars’ voice is so versatile and it makes it easy for all singers to take on the track. But be warned, you’ll struggle to keep still when you’re belting out this one.
#6 Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
A wonderful combination of artists and a great upbeat song to practice singing, especially for male singers. It’s got an exciting rhythm and is good fun to take on.
#7 Get the Party Started by Pink
One of her biggest tracks, this is a power song which is exciting to sing. Try and slow it down and make it your own!
#8 Rock Your Body by Justin Timberlake
A flashback from early on in the JT days, it’s a fun song to perform, whatever type of voice you have.
#9 Best Song Ever by One Direction
It’s cheesy but it’s one of their biggest hits and it’s certainly upbeat and exciting to sing.
#10 Starboy by The Weeknd
This is a funky, uptempo song which works well for singers no matter what sort of vocalist you are.
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#11 Physical by Dua Lipa
For any budding singers who have dreams of dancing on stage, this is an energetic, exciting and upbeat track.
#12 High Hopes by Panic at the Disco
Brandon Urie has a really unique voice for a male singer and this makes this song perfect for male and female singers. It’s a song full of drama so it’s certainly going to test your vocal cords but it’s also great fun to sing.
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#13 Shut Up and Dance by Walk The Moon
Full of fun and excitement, this song deserves to be performed with energy complete with dance moves. It’s an upbeat and entertaining track.
#14 Times Like These by Foo Fighters
An excellent choice for any aspiring rock stars, this song works so well because it can also be sung as an acoustic ballad, making it very versatile.
#15 Ruby by Kaiser Chiefs
Another great rock song, this had many a dance floor occupied when it was first released. It’s an exciting and dramatic track that is great fun to sing and will see you pouncing around the stage.
What is the most upbeat song ever?
Obviously there’s no straight answer to this one as everyone’s taste is different and there are so many different tracks and different genres of music to choose from. But there are some songs that stand out as being particularly upbeat and good to listen to or sing when you’re getting ready to go out or just need cheering up if you’re having a bad day.
Here are some of the most popular. And yes, we know some of them are old, but we are delving into the music history books here to find some of the true classics.
#16 Dancing Queen by Abba
It’s an Abba classic and often heard at weddings and that’s because it’s a real cheesy pop tune that people love to both sing and dance to.
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#17 Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen
One of their greatest tracks, it’s a good one for both male and female vocalists to sing along to. The tempo and the rhythm make it a great choice when it comes to upbeat songs and it remains popular as a karaoke song even after so many years.
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#18 Wannabe by the Spice Girls
Their first hit which went straight in at number one in the UK charts, it’s one of the best upbeat tracks out there that will often fill a dance floor. However, it’s been heard so often that it could probably do with a makeover so if you fancy taking it on, see if you can create your own unique version of it.
#19 Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
It’s the ultimate get-up-and-go song and is one of those great upbeat tracks that is still loved in 2020.
#20 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
One for the girls, this is a classic, fun track to perform and you’ll not be able to stop yourself dancing around the stage when you’re performing it.
Upbeat songs to sing along to
#21 Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves
If you’re looking for a happy song to lift your spirits, you will struggle to beat this classic by Katrina and the Waves. Yes, it’s more than 30 years old but it’s an upbeat, joyful and entertaining song. It’s also got a lot of power to it which makes it even more enjoyable to perform.
#22 Beautiful Day by U2
Yes, it’s another song about the weather, but this has become an anthem for happiness and that makes it an easy track to stick into the upbeat category. A great song for male singers to try.
#23 Get Lucky by Daft Punk
A fun dance track, it’s a good one to hear first thing in the morning when you’re getting ready for the day ahead. That also makes it a great song to sing in the shower. Try and slow it down and make your own version.
#24 I Don’t Feel Like Dancing by Scissor Sisters
Inspired by the classic American country dancing track, it’s an exciting and catchy upbeat song which was all over the radio when it was first released.
What is the best motivational song?
You know those songs that you want to hear when you’re getting up in the morning, when you’re making your coffee and you want that kick start to help you get going? These motivational songs are full of power and are enjoyable to perform.
These sorts of tracks are great because they really help to inspire you, which means you can put your heart and soul into it and really show your emotions through your performance.
It’s also a great opportunity to make yourself stand out as an artist by inspiring others through your singing and your performance on stage. It’s not just about your voice but it’s also about the way that you interact on stage and how you communicate with your audience and with your fans.
Some of the world’s most successful artists have started off their careers with a motivational song and they have been remembered for it. So, we’ve made a little list of some of the motivational songs that stand out for you to consider singing.
The best motivational songs
#25 I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
Ultimately known as the world’s favourite classic karaoke song, it’s a true track which is based on survival and belief. You’ve heard it so many times before that it’s a good chance to try and make it your own. Mix it up and make it relevant to you and to the current era of music.
#26 I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyes Peas
A dance floor hit, this is one of the best upbeat and inspirational songs of recent times.
#27 Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson
This is a really motivating and inspiring track by the American Idol winner and works well for all different kinds of singers. Mix it up to make it suit your voice and your genre of music.
#28 Survivor by Destiny’s Child
The perfect motivational upbeat track, the girls got it spot on with this one. It’s got a great rhythm and has that girl power sass which makes it even more fun to sing.
#29 Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson
When the world sadly lost the King of Pop back in 2009, this track got a lot of airplay and that’s because it’s a moving and emotive song that’s all about believing in yourself.
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#30 Hall of Fame by The Script
The Irish trio brought Will I Am onto this and had huge success with it. It’s a great song to inspire you to become the best artist you can be and is a powerful track to take on.
#31 Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen
An oldie but a goodie, this is another classic song that builds tempo and is great fun to perform, especially if you’re a budding rockstar.
#32 Fight Song by Rachel Platten
Definitely one of the most inspirational songs of recent years although it definitely does fall into the one hit wonder category. Still, it’s an enjoyable, powerful and emotive song to sing which is a great test of your vocal skills.
Ready to belt out those upbeat tracks? By now you should have a good little collection of ideas for some of the best upbeat and motivational songs to sing.
Do you have any suggestions or recommendations to pass on? Or your own list of the best upbeat songs to sing? Share them below, along with any tips you may have.