Singing pop music can be surprisingly hard. The great pop singers make it look easy, but trying to sing an Ariana Grande song might leave you breathless!
Many pop singers have a big vocal range and use it to give fans the kind of energy they expect from a pop anthem.
That said, there are tons of pop songs that are simple and easy to sing – which is part of what makes them so great! You can sing along in the car, cover it on the guitar, and it just rolls out of your mouth.
Here is my definitive list of easy pop songs to sing for beginners.
“You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift
Song year: 2008
This is a crossover pop classic! “You Belong With Me” was the third single from Fearless in 2008. The lives of teenage girls across North America wereforever changed when this song came out over the airwaves.
“You Belong With Me” also has the famous music video, wherein Taylor Swift has a love affair with the cute boy in the adjacent house. The same music video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video, at the 2009 MTV Video Awards – this is the year when Kanye West famously interrupted her acceptance speech.
Anyways, it is a great song and it is easy to sing.
“I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz
Song Year: 2008
I promise this is not a list of songs that came out in 2008. But “I’m Yours” is an acoustic pop staples from the 2000s era. Everyone has heard a fedora-wearing, acoustic guitar-slinging dude sing this song in a café or at a talent show.
It’s in a nice key, it is easy to sing, and there is no need to do any of the vocal licks that Jason Mraz does. It is also an easy one to play on the guitar or piano, and can be easily transposed into any key.
“Imagine” by John Lennon
Song Year: 1971
“Imagine” is John Lennon’s best-selling song of his solo career. Its lyrics encouraged fans to imagine a world at peace, without borders or divisions. It’s a beautiful sentiment and it resonates to this day.
Perhaps this song has been overplayed by amateur musicians, but who cares? It is a classic song with a good message. It is easy to sing, easy to play on the piano, and when you play it, everyone will sing along.
“Call Your Girlfriend” by Robyn
Song Year: 2011
This song is by Swedish artist, Robyn. It was a smash hit that persists to this day. Although the original version is a straight up synth-pop banger, there are dozens of popular versions that are acoustic based.
The version that made me include it in this list, is the cover version by Erato. It became the famous “cup song” that was covered by many singers around the world.
This song makes the cut, because it is an easy one to sing with a simple melody. It is also a fun one to learn with friends, sing harmonies to, and maybe even learn the cup percussion trick!
“Royals” by Lorde
Song Year: 2013
This catchy tune off Lorde’s debut EP became a huge hit in 2013. “Royals” starts with a very low part, which might be hard for some singers, but the rest of the song is in a very sing-able register.
Part of what makes the song so fun and easy to sing is the melody. It has a sing-song type melody that makes it feel natural to sing. The harmonies are also simple and fun if you have some friends to sing with.
“Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley, Another Easy Pop Song To Sing
Song Year: 1961
We’ve all heard “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, and you may already know that it is an easy one to sing. For one, the melody is so recognizable, that there is barely any learning required! Just learn the lyrics, and sing away.
The song is actually based on a popular French love song called “Plaisir d’amour”, written in 1784. Perhaps, this is what made the song such an instant classic.
The song is easy for most men to sing, because Elvis is singing in his low register – very accessible for Baritone voices, which makes up the majority of male voices.
However, there are hundreds of cover versions on YouTube sung by female voices. It is an easy one to transpose into a comfortable key!
“Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga
Song Year: 2009
“Bad Romance” off Lady Gaga’s album The Fame Monster is a massive pop hit. It is an anthem for those who feel drawn to lonely relationships, and it won the Grammy award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
And yet, it is not very hard to sing! Sure, the end brings Gaga to a full-throated belt, but the range is still achievable for most singers and it is a guaranteed good time.
Also, the music video is iconic. Gaga gets kidnapped by a group of supermodels who then sell her into the Russian mafia. The ending of the video is amazing – watch it and find out!
“How To Save A Life” by The Fray
Song Year: 2006
“How To Save A Life” was a big hit for The Fray off their debut album of the same name. It is the seventh longest charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 and The Fray’s biggest hit.
This song was everywhere for what felt like years! It is a great song to sing along to, because the range is consistent throughout the entire song. The melody doesn’t have many hard jumps, but it is nonetheless powerful to sing.
“Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People
Song Year: 2011
“Pumped Up Kicks” was the song of the summer in 2011. You couldn’t leave your house without hearing the song coming out of car stereos, played overhead in malls, or remixed in the club.
This song is in a higher-register for the male voice, but it is not terribly hard to sing. The melody in the verses stays around the same couple notes for most of the song. The chorus is pretty high for a male voice, but doesn’t have any difficult jumps.
For either a tenor male voice or almost any female voice, “Pumped Up Kicks” is a great tune to pick at karaoke!
“9 To 5” by Dolly Parton
Song Year: 1980
I’m so excited to put a Dolly Parton tune on this list, because well, I love Dolly Parton. This absolute classic was written for the comedy film of the same name. It was released as a single in 1980, and ended up winning the Grammy for Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance that year.
Surprisingly, this is not a terribly hard song to sing. Sure, it is hard to imitate Dolly’s signature vibrato and country drawl, but you don’t need to sing it like Dolly. It is in a reasonable range for most singers including men, if you put it down an octave.
The verse is nice and low, but the chorus is so much to sing, you won’t even care if you are doing a good job!
“Mamma Mia” by Abba
Song Year: 1975
This is a classic tune by Swedish pop group ABBA. The second Swedish pop tune on the list (lots of pop music is written by Swedes, look it up) was released in 1975 on ABBA’s self-titled album.
The song is easy to sing – the chorus and the verse are in almost the same register, and the whole song is in a nice range for most female singers. The song also never really gets to a full “belt.” It’s cutesy-pop from start to finish.
If you pull this out at a cover gig or karaoke party, I can almost guarantee that it will get the crowd singing. Even people who don’t like ABBA like singing along to ABBA.
“Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson
Song Year: 2005
“Banana Pancakes” is one of Jack Johnson’s most enduring tunes. Sure, it is a little cheesy. Yeah, maybe it has been covered too many times. But hey, that’s not what this list is about; this song is easy and fun to sing.
In fact, if you go back far enough in my embarrassing Facebook history, you could probably find a fedora-clad young lad singing this song. I was not a terribly good singer as a teenager, due to major voice cracks, but this is the perfect song for beginning singers with low voices.
The only hard part about singing this song is memorizing all of the somewhat nonsensical lyrics.
“Budapest” by George Ezra
Song Year: 2014
George Ezra released this song in 2014. It became a big hit all over the world, and you should try singing it! It’s a nice and easy one to get your head around.
The hardest part of singing this song is the jumps in the verses. However, I would encourage you to give it a try. This is a good song to practice your falsetto with!
The rest of the song is nice and low, easy to remember, and easy to sing.
“Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish
Song Year: 2019
“Bad Guy” is Billie Eilish’s smash breakout single from When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?. The song is catchy, driving, and completely unique sounding – although many are now trying to be the next Billie Eilish!
“Bad Guy” is an easy song to sing, because the song stays in the low register the entire time. The melody centers around a few notes and relies on great lyrics and interesting rhythms to keep the listener hooked.
There is no big belting in Eilish’s songs, so many of them make good covers for people who don’t feel they can belt out Mariah Carey.
“Bubbly” by Colbie Caillat
Song Year: 2007
This is a cute pop song from 2007 – it was a big hit for Colbie Caillait. It hit the Top Ten in America and was a number one hit in Australia and Brazil.
This tune can be sung simply. It is meant to be a soft love song, and it doesn’t need to show off. The freestyle scat in the middle of thesong is like the scatting in “I’m Yours” – it is cool, but you don’t need to do it if it is too much!
“All The Small Things” by Blink-182
Song Year: 2000
This track is one of the most instantly identifiable pop-punk songs of all-time. In fact, the band wrote the song because they needed a song that was “really catchy and basic”. Well, it worked!
This song is based around just four notes, and the melody remains similar throughout the entire song. It is an easy one to sing and it's fun for anyone.
This song is a guaranteed hit at any karaoke party, because everyone knows the words… at least to the part that goes, “Na na, na na, na na na na”.
“Iris” – Goo Goo Dolls
Song Year: 1998
This song was one of my favorites growing up, and it definitely meets the criteria for an easy song to sing. The melody is simple and low. There are no big jumps or crazy runs, and it just works!
“Iris” is one of the biggest crossover hits of all-time, crossing over from modern rock to pop radio and adult contemporary radio. The song was actually written for the soundtrack to the 1998 film City of Angels .
“Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers
Song Year: 1971
“Ain’t No Sunshine” is a Bill Withers classic from 1971. It is a classic cover song for bands just learning to play together and it is a great song for singers of any level. The tune is in A minor, it stays in the same range the whole time, and just cruises along, in the signature Bill Withers style.
The string arrangements on the original track were done by Booker T. Jones, who is one of the best-known record producer of all time. This track and the entirety of Bill’s album Just As I Am are works of genius.
“So What” by P!nk
Song Year: 2008
I wanted to include another female pop anthem in this list, but it is hard, because there are so many incredibly gifted female pop singers. Their songs are often hard!
After some searching, I remembered “So What” by P!nk, which was a massive hit for P!nk of her fifth album, Funhouse. It went number one in the United States and became her highest selling single of all-time.
It’s an aggressive song, but it is not too hard to sing. The melody in the verse is very repetitive, and though the chorus is a little high at the end, it is a shout-y, rocking chorus that almost anyone can belt out. Just try it from the safety of your car first!
Interesting note – this song was written by famous Swedish pop writer Max Martin, and came out in 2008. The lesson here, is that Swedes are good at writing catchy songs, and 2008 was a good year for catchy songs.
Easy Pop Songs To Sing, Final Thoughts
This list is subjective, but I believe that any of these songs would be good options for singers that are just starting out. Depending on your voice, some will be easier than others. Jack Johnson is great for dudes with lower voices. P!nk is great for chicks that like to rock.
Enjoy singing your new songs!
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What are the easiest pop songs to sing? ›
- Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan.
- Shake It Off by Taylor Swift.
- Mamma Mia by ABBA.
- Born This Way by Lady Gaga.
- Da Doo Run Run by The Crystals (feat. ...
- I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash.
- A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.
- Bubbly by Colbie Caillat.
R&B singer Bill Withers recorded two songs that are especially good for practicing singing: “Lean on Me” and “Ain't No Sunshine.” Both are very simple in their structure and repetitive in their lyrics, making them fairly easy to sing. “Lean on Me” is probably the more popular choice because of its upbeat lyrics.What is the easiest way to sing for beginners? ›
- Sing with “tall” posture.
- Learn breath support by breathing from the diaphragm.
- Learn to sing on pitch and in tune.
- Learn to project.
- Learn to sing in chest voice.
- Learn to sing in head voice.
- Learn to sing in mixed voice.
- Learn to belt.
"Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond
This classic is one some may say is one of the best karaoke songs, period. It's also great if you can't really sing: everyone knows or at least can slur along with every word, it's in most people's middle range, and the chorus is a party.
- Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana.
- Imagine - John Lennon.
- One - U2.
- Billie Jean - Michael Jackson.
- Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen.
- Hey Jude - The Beatles.
- Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan.
- I Can't Get No Satisfaction - Rolling Stones.
- Shape of YouEd Sheeran.
- Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars.
- In Another LifeLee Isaacs.
- RoarKaty Perry.
- Counting StarsOneRepublic.
- SorryJustin Bieber.
- Thinking out LoudEd Sheeran.
- Dark HorseKaty Perry, Juicy J.
“Everyone who can speak can learn to use a singing voice,” says Joanne Rutkowski, professor of music education. “The quality of the voice is dependent on many factors; however, barring a physical vocal disability, everyone can learn to sing well enough to sing basic songs.”How can I sing better with no experience? ›
- Practice Singing Every Day.
- Record Yourself Singing And Analyze Your Vocals.
- Warm Up Before Singing.
- Master Your Breathing Techniques.
- Pick Your Weak Spots. • ...
- Daily Practice. Let's go back to the basics for a moment. ...
- Vocal Warm-Ups. ...
- Begin with Breathing. ...
- Investing in Your Voice. ...
- Understanding Posture. ...
- The Art of Enunciation. ...
- Flex Your Face.
Open your mouth, take a gentle yawn and see if you can drop the back of your tongue at the beginning of the yawn. Sometimes you have to practice it for a bit before it lowers (you can't force it). Think about dropping your tongue before you sing and during singing to help you control your voice.
How do I stop my voice from cracking when I sing? ›
- Drink plenty of water. ...
- Avoid changing your volume suddenly. ...
- Warm your voice up with vocal exercises. ...
- Try breathing exercises. ...
- Use cough drops, lozenges, or cough medication.
- Eat the right foods. Consume foods and liquids one to two hours before you plan to warm up your vocal cords. ...
- Do a vocal warm-up. ...
- Determine your chest voice. ...
- Find your head voice. ...
- Work on your mixed voice. ...
- Try a vocal range test. ...
- Work with a vocal coach. ...
- Choose songs within your range.
1) BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY by Queen
But let's face it, Bohemian Rhapsody is just impossible to sing by yourself because of those multiple voices that are essential to the song.
- #1 Imagine by John Lennon.
- #2 Run by Snow Patrol.
- #3 Fields of Gold by Sting.
- #4 Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen.
- #5 Mamma Mia by Abba.
- #6 One Moment in Time by Whitney Houston.
- #7 You and I by Ingrid Michaelson.
- 10. “ Jack,” Hardy.
- 9. “ Kind of Girl,” MUNA.
- “Unholy,” Sam Smith ft. Kim Petras.
- 7. “ Finesse,” Pheelz ft. BNXN.
- “ChevyS10,” Sudan Archives.
- 5. “ Bad Habit,” Steve Lacy.
- 4. “ FNF,” Glorilla & Hitkidd.
- 3. “ Part of the Band,” the 1975.
- Made You LookMeghan Trainor.
- golden hourJVKE.
- Rich FlexDrake, 21 Savage.
- I Like You (A Happier Song) (with Doja Cat)Post Malone, Doja Cat.
- Here With Med4vd.
- Late Night TalkingHarry Styles.
- Lavender HazeTaylor Swift.
In the music industry, the Top 40 is the current, 40 most-popular songs in a particular genre. It is the best-selling or most frequently broadcast popular music. Record charts have traditionally consisted of a total of 40 songs. "Top 40" or "contemporary hit radio" is also a radio format.What is the top 40 songs right now? ›
- Unholy. SAM SMITH & KIM PETRAS. Capitol.
- Anti-Hero. TAYLOR SWIFT. Republic.
- I'm Good (Blue) DAVID GUETTA & BEBE REXHA. Parlophone UK.
- Die For You. THE WEEKND. XO.
- Super Freaky Girl. NICKI MINAJ. Republic.
- I Like You .. f/Doja Cat. POST MALONE. Mercury/RCA-Republic.
- Made You Look. MEGHAN TRAINOR. Epic.
- Bad Habit. STEVE LACY. L-M/RCA.
It was never a hit single and got almost no play on Top 40 radio. There's even a dispute over the exact title. Yet “It's a Small World,” also known as “It's a Small, Small World” and “It's a Small World (After All),” is very likely the most played song in music history — nearly 50 million times.
Can a terrible singer become good? ›
Even if you have a “bad” singing voice in the beginning, the truth is your voice is perfectly fine, and that once you understand the basics and learn good techniques, once you get out of your own head, and once you establish good practice routines, you'll become a much better singer, and you'll appreciate the ...Is singing voice genetic? ›
Genetics play a large role in your singing ability. The size and shape of your vocal folds, skull, nasal cavities and facial structure can all influence your tone and how your voice sounds.Why can't I sing good? ›
The element that causes some people to sing well and others to sing badly are problems with pitch accuracy, also known as intonation. Pitch can be understood as the 'sharpness' of a voice; the higher the pitch, the sharper and shriller the voice sounds.Why is my singing so weak? ›
What causes weak voice? Weak voice can be caused by the normal ageing process but can occur at any time due to poor vocal hygiene. Professional voice users may also experience weak voice due to overuse of the voice.How can I make my voice nice when talking? ›
- Learn Diaphragmatic Breathing for a More Pleasant Sound. ...
- Balance Your Head and Chest Voice. ...
- Relax Your Vocal Cords to Sound More Empathetic. ...
- Adjust Your Pace to Make Things Easy for Your Audience. ...
- Think in Terms of Connecting with Listeners.
- Learn how to sing with energy using our power tips, and you can take on any song with gusto. ...
- Power tip #1 – Visualise.
- Power tip #2 – Exercise.
- Power tip #3 – Open your throat and mouth.
- Power tip #4 – Engage the diaphragm.
- Power tip #5 – Practice in front of a mirror.
- Sing with the “tall” posture.
- Learn good breath support by singing from the diaphragm.
- Train your ear using Solfege.
- Warm up your voice with vocal exercises.
- Sing with good vocal tone.
- Sing in your different vocal registers (chest, head, mix).
- Sing with the right vocal techniques.
Vocal tremor is a neurological disorder that causes involuntary movement of muscles in the throat, larynx (voice box), and vocal cords. The condition usually involves rhythmic muscle movements, which can cause quavering of the voice.Why do singers lose their voice? ›
This occurs from decades of voice use so that the vocal cords become worn out as an individual ages." Many singers develop growths or nodules on their vocal cords that can bleed and eventually scar. Scarring makes the voice hoarse. Advances in technology have made surgeries to remove those growths much more common.Why does my voice go silent when I sing? ›
This is usually due to the lack of a good vocal warm-up, but sometimes it is also due to your vocal cords not being used for singing a certain note/run/riff/etc.
How do I know if singing is my talent? ›
- Singing makes you feel euphoric (out-of-body experiences) ...
- Lessons and practice are really, really fun. ...
- All you ever want to do is sing. ...
- Singing doesn't feel like work. ...
- You can take constructive criticism. ...
- You have a student's mindset during the start, middle, and end.
Does my voice have a good tone? You can sing all the “right” notes, and still sound bad. One easy thing to listen for is how you sing your vowels: singers with good tone maximize clear consistent vowel sounds, such as “ah”, “oh” “ee” etc. rather than “ch” “ss” “th” etc.What type is my voice? ›
Finding your vocal range means determining which notes you can actually hit without struggling or straining your voice. There are six main range types, three for women and three for men. From high to low, these are soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto, tenor, baritone, and bass.What songs show off your voice? ›
- “Firework'”– Katy Perry. ...
- “Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber. ...
- “Love Song” – Sara Bareilles. ...
- “Blank Space” – Taylor Swift. ...
- “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran. ...
- “All Of Me” – John Legend. ...
- “Someone Like You” – Adele.
- Defying Gravity by Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth.
- Don't Rain on My Parade by Barbra Streisand.
- Chandelier by Sia.
- Emotions by Mariah Carey.
- Lovin' You by Minnie Ripperton.
- I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston.
- All By Myself by Celine Dion.
Having a good voice means having a good voice throughout a song, not just now and then. It means having consistent volume, tone, pitching, support, and style at all times, and it will also help to know what singing conditions are most conducive to consistent singing.What should I drink before singing? ›
Black tea and lemon tea are great options. As far as tea specifically for singers, a wonderful tea to drink before a vocal performance is throat coat. You can find throat coat in most convenience stores. Give it a try, and you'll be surprised how wonderful your vocals feel.How to take care of your voice? ›
- Try not to overuse your voice. ...
- Rest your voice when you are sick. ...
- Avoid using the extremes of your vocal range, such as screaming or whispering. ...
- Practice good breathing techniques when singing or talking. ...
- Avoid cradling the phone when talking. ...
- Consider using a microphone when appropriate.
- "Since U Been Gone" By Kelly Clarkson. ...
- "Hey Ya" By Outkast. ...
- "Pocketful Of Sunshine" By Natasha Bedingfield. ...
- "The Boy Is Mine" By Brandy And Monica. ...
- "Love Shack" By The B-52's. ...
- "I Will Survive" By Gloria Gaynor. ...
- "Don't Let Me Get Me" By Pink.
- 8) MONEY by Pink Floyd. ...
- 7) IMAGINE by Ariana Grande. ...
- 6) LOVIN' YOU by Minnie Riperton. ...
- 5) WITHOUT ME by Eminem. ...
- 4) STONE COLD by Demi Lovato. ...
- 3) BODY AND SOUL by John Green. ...
- 2) B.Y.O.B by System of a Down. ...
- 1) BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY by Queen.
What is the easiest Disney song to sing? ›
- Remember Me (Coco) ...
- Reflection + I'll Make A Man Out of You (Mulan) ...
- Kiss the Girl + Under the Sea (The Little Mermaid) ...
- I Won't Say I'm in Love (Hercules)
- Undone (The Sweater Song) - Weezer.
- As Long As You Love Me - Backstreet Boys.
- Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi.
- Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash.
- Friends In Low Places - Garth Brooks.
- Establish balance in your voice. You really need an expert coach to learn to balance your voice. ...
- Practice applying vocal balance musically. ...
- Learn how to sing melodies. ...
- Practice your songs silently. ...
- Stay with it for life.
- Speak from the diaphragm. ...
- Find your maximum resonance point. ...
- Don't punch your words. ...
- Clear your throat. ...
- Do not allow inflection at the end of your sentences. ...
- Control your volume. ...
- Remember to pause. ...
- Slow down your tempo.
- Orange or Citrus Juice and caffeinated drinks – can affect your throats lubrication.
- Milk & other dairy products – furs up the throat, avoid drinking Milk, Cream, Tea and Coffee prior to singing.
- Dry Ice Machines – The chemicals used dry up the throat.
- Radiohead - I Will (1.59) ...
- The Clash - White Riot (1.58) ...
- David Bowie - Breaking Glass (1.51) ...
- The Smiths – Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (1.50) ...
- The White Stripes – Fell In Love With A Girl (1.50) ...
- Buzzcocks - Love You More (1.47) ...
- Tenacious D - Dio (1.44)
Radio stations were happy to prioritise three minute songs because they meant they could play more advertisements per hour. Similarly, record producers were equally supportive of the concept of multiple royalties from shorter songs, since most stations paid the artists after three minutes of aired track time.How do I match my voice to a song? ›
Try picking songs that are not too fast or too slow, and that mix slow and fast phrases. Don't worry if it's mostly too high or mostly too low. If the notes in the song stay within a narrow range, you may be able to sing it at the edges of your range, or transpose it easily to a more comfortable key.How do you know if your voice is good for singing? ›
Your sinus cavities make your voice sound different in your head than it sounds to others. This means that to get an idea of how well you sing, the best way to hear yourself is through a recording. Use a voice recorder or the recorder app on your smartphone and sing at least 30 seconds of a tune.How do I match music with my voice? ›
Play the note on a piano, guitar, digital tuner or play the recording that contains the note you want to sing. Listen to the note carefully and try to “picture” the note in your mind. Sing the note, trying to match your voice to the pitch you played. Listen to your voice and correct the pitch as you sing.