20 Easy Songs To Sing For Beginners (With Videos)
Just like anything else in music, practice makes perfect. As a beginner, it can often feel intimidating to sing, especially in public. But don’t worry, here is our list of 20 songs that can be sung with ease.
There’s a Swedish proverb that states, “those who wish to sing, always find a song.” While this is true in spirit, for those of us who aren’t naturally gifted singing can often feel like an uphill struggle.
- 1. “Imagine” By John Lennon
- 2. “Shake It Off” By Taylor Swift
- 3. “Ain’t No Sunshine” By Bill Withers
- 4. “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” By Bryan Adams
- 5. “Mamma Mia” By Abba
- 6. “Thinking Out Loud” By Ed Sheeran
- 7. “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” By Cyndi Lauper
- 8. “We Will Rock You” By Queen
- 9. “Knocking On Heaven’s Door” By Bob Dylan
- 10. “Top Of The World” By The Carpenters
- 11. “Born This Way” By Lady Gaga
- 12. Closing Time By Semisonic
- 13. “Torn” By Natalie Imbruglia
- 14. “Oops!… I Did It Again” By Britney Spears
- 15. “Iris” By Goo Goo Dolls
- 16. “Wannabe” By Spice Girls
- 17. “Hey Jude” By The Beatles
- 18. “Mr. Brightside” By The Killers
- 19. “Build Me Up Buttercup” By The Foundations
- 20. “Truly Madly Deeply” By Savage Garden
- Final Thoughts
1. “Imagine” By John Lennon
Imagine is often considered a rite of passage for piano players. But it is also a great song for beginners because it does not have any vocal chops or difficult lyric scansions. Additionally, since the song is arranged primarily on a piano, you can very easily transpose it to a key that best fits your vocal range.
If you feel that the song is almost too easy to sing, you can always take it to the next level by experimenting with the tempo and slowing it down further. This will make all the notes even more pronounced and force you to have more control over them.
2. “Shake It Off” By Taylor Swift
Written by Swift along with Shellback and Max Martin, this song became quite the earworm when it was released in 2014. The song follows a typical pop structure with verses, a chorus, and a bridge.
What is interesting is that it uses many different types of vocal styles and thus can be a good song to sing not just at karaoke but also as a cover. The bridge has not just a singing voice, but also a talking voice followed by a vocal run. This can be great for beginners who want to challenge themselves.
3. “Ain’t No Sunshine” By Bill Withers
The reason why this song has been covered regularly by beginners, as well as professional singers, is because it is an incredibly versatile song that can be sung in many different ways.
The original song was part of Withers’ debut record, Just As I Am and although it has been reprised by artists such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder, The Lighthouse Family, etc, it was not considered a “hit” song until much later.
Although the ballad is easy to sing and does not have too many high or low parts, the most important thing to remember is its emotion. While anyone can sing this song, not many people realize that they need to feel the lyrics as they sing it.
Ain’t No Sunshine is a great way to focus on what a song needs apart from vocal chops: feeling.
4. “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” By Bryan Adams
When someone says ‘Bryan Adams’, the song Summer Of 69 instantly comes to mind. But many don’t know that Adams has delivered many hits, in his career spanning decades. The ballad (Everything I Do) I Do It For You is one of them and was made famous by the movie Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves.
One of the great things about the song is that although it’s been sung in a male voice, the song is really for everyone. The key, C#, fits most voices and is a good one for beginners looking for a simple but deeply moving song.
5. “Mamma Mia” By Abba
The Swedish pop group ABBA was founded in the 1970s, but their music continues to inspire even today. Mamma Mia is in the key of D and is suitable for those who don’t enjoy singing notes that are too high or low. However, while the vocal arrangement of the song is simple it is still very unique.
The mix of choppy yet flowy vocals makes the song fun to sing while not being incredibly challenging at the same time. Mamma Mia, interestingly, was also the name of a musical film starring Meryl Streep. She sang the version that appears in the soundtrack.
6. “Thinking Out Loud” By Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud is a simple acoustic ballad that uses a higher register in terms of vocals. The original key of the song is D and Sheeran’s voice usually ranges from B2 to A4.
Although this may feel like a very big range and challenging for a beginner, the good thing is that you can always sing the song and add your own style to it.
7. “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” By Cyndi Lauper
While the original song, Girls Just Want To Have Fun, was written and performed by Robert Hazard in 1979, it was Cyndi Lauper who made it popular.
Not only is the song a pop, feminist anthem but it also has the ability to instantly put one in a good mood.
Although the original key, F#, can feel uncomfortable for some, it is simple enough to be transposed if you decide to perform it. It is highly danceable, high energy and evokes a feeling of positive rebellion. The trick to doing a good job in singing this track is to channel your inner punk and really channel the rebellious energy.
8. “We Will Rock You” By Queen
Freddie Mercury of Queen is regarded as one of the greatest vocalists of all time so taking on most of his songs as a beginner can be very intimidating. However, We Will Rock You is an exception.
Another anthem on the list, this song can be sung by all and you don’t need to exert too many vocal chops. The beat and melody are simple. While the original song is in the key of D, you can easily transpose it up or down depending on what you are comfortable with.
A great part of the track is that the lyrics are easy to sing and if you choose to sing this in front of other people, there are high chances that they will join you during the chorus.
9. “Knocking On Heaven’s Door” By Bob Dylan
If you have just started playing guitar or any other melody instrument, then this is the perfect song because not only is it easy to sing but even the chordal arrangement is very simple and great for beginners.
Since the release of the original, many artists have covered the song in their styles. This is a very versatile track that can be molded practically into any genre from rock to even reggae.
Knocking On Heaven’s Door is one of those songs that works best as a practice track for musicians who are just beginning their journey. However, since it is lyrically so deep it can easily be performed live as well.
10. “Top Of The World” By The Carpenters
Karen Carpenter died tragically at the young age of 32, but her voice on Top Of The World still tugs at the heartstrings. Apart from the catchy melody, the song is also a good exercise in enunciating one’s words as Carpenter does. The melody stays with you long after the song is over and the scansion is easy to follow.
You can perform the song with a simple piano arrangement, like in the original, or even with an accompanying ukulele. In case you are feeling more adventurous, you can also turn it into a pop-punk track like Shonen Knife by adding overdriven guitars and drums.
11. “Born This Way” By Lady Gaga
This is another track that is not only easy and can be sung by all but also has a very inspiring and motivating message. Since this is a heavily produced pop song, it can make one dance.
If you are someone who enjoys the performative aspect of singing, then you should put this on your setlist. While there are a few high parts in the track, one can always improvise on them and sing something they are more comfortable with.
12. Closing Time By Semisonic
Closing Time by The Semisonics is one of those tracks that instantly takes you back to the 90s. While the lyrics talk about people leaving a bar at closing time, many believe that it also talks about the anticipation of fatherhood.
There is very little chance that you are not familiar with the song because it has been used extensively in movies and television series. The track is easy to sing and can fit almost any voice. If you are part of a band, this is a great practice song because the other instruments are fairly easy to play as well. You can rehearse this song to sound tight.
13. “Torn” By Natalie Imbruglia
If you are looking for an acoustic song with an edge, then Natalie Imbruglia’s hit single from 1997 is one to consider. Like many songs in this list, the version that became the most popular was originally written for the Danish singer Lis Sørensen and later recorded by the band Ednaswap.
The song is in the key of F and while that can feel high for some, you can always try and sing it in a lower register.
14. “Oops!… I Did It Again” By Britney Spears
Whether you love or love to hate this song, one cannot deny the impact Britney Spears has had on pop culture as we know it today.
The song was produced by an all-star team that included Max Martin and Robert John “Mutt” Lange. It is an earworm that is easy to sing along and if you want, you can skip the vocal runs that feature at the beginning of the track.
If the pop arrangement is not something that you necessarily want to sing, there are many renditions of this song. One of the most interesting covers is definitely by the Finnish melodic death metal band, Children Of Bodom.
Oops, I Did It Again is a song that sums up the early 2000s. It is a heavily produced pop track where Spears’ vocals shine. Singing this at a karaoke guarantees a good time.
15. “Iris” By Goo Goo Dolls
This song was originally written for the soundtrack of the film ‘City Of Angels’ and then later re-released as part of Goo Goo Dolls’ sixth album, Dizzy Up The Girl.
Described as a power ballad, the song is very relatable and can be sung with ease. There aren’t any run or chops but the song does require you to add some power as your project the lyrics. There are a few notes that are held for extended periods but with a little bit of practice, anyone can sing them. Give Iris a try if you are looking to challenge yourself a little bit with a song that has both low and high parts.
16. “Wannabe” By Spice Girls
If you were around in the 90s, then you are well aware of the ‘Spicemania’ that gripped the world. This was the track that catapulted the Spice Girls into global celebrity status.
What makes the song so memorable even today is the message. It was quite rare to have a song talking about the value of female friendship during the time. Perhaps this is the reason it is still considered to be an anthem.
In terms of vocals, although 5 different voices sing acapella during the chorus, you can either sing it in a group or with the help of a backing track. The trick is to choose which Spice Girl’s voice fits you best. There is also a rap section with simple lyrics and delivery that can be performed by anyone.
The track is in B and at a moderate 110 BPM. This makes it uptempo and yet not too difficult to perform.
17. “Hey Jude” By The Beatles
Any list on songs remains incomplete without the mention of The Beatles. Hey Jude is a song that is universally loved, across all age groups. Although who the song is about remains a mystery, Paul McCartney’s lyrics are very inspiring and talk about embracing change.
Apart from the verses and the double bridge, the extended coda, in the end, can be reinterpreted in many ways. You can perform this section as it suits you and can be a good way to put in some runs or interesting harmonies.
Interestingly, Hey Jude was also covered by Elvis Prestley and appears in his record ‘Elvis Now’ and ‘On Stage’.
18. “Mr. Brightside” By The Killers
Mr. Brightside features a rapid delivery of the lyrics that Brandon Flowers, the singer, says was inspired by David Bowie’s ‘Queen Bitch’ and Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust For Life’ record. If you are looking for a song that has fast-paced words then this is the perfect song for you to sing!
The monotone is great for beginners or those with a limited vocal range. If you are not comfortable with how fast the song is, you can always slightly slow down to tempo as long as you remember to channel the inner angst.
19. “Build Me Up Buttercup” By The Foundations
The Foundations were a 60s’ R&B band from Britain, best known for the song Build Me Up Buttercup.
A nice peppy pop song, this one can lift moods and is easy to sing. Even if you don’t have a raspy voice like in the original, you can comfortably hit the notes and add your flavor to it.
The song was also famously covered by David Johansen of the New York Dolls and more recently by the British quartered McFly. It was also part of the soundtrack of the film There’s Something About Mary.
20. “Truly Madly Deeply” By Savage Garden
This hit from the 90s is a good way to start practicing falsettos and harmonies since the song is filled with them. Savage Garden were a duo and the vocalist, Darren Hayes layers the song with many different notes and an example of this can be best heard in their live performance of the track in 1998 for the World Music Awards.
The main vocal lines are easy on the ear and simple enough to sing. However, the challenge is in singing the harmonies during the pre-chorus and the chorus. It is also a good exercise in writing/practicing harmonies that can add color to a vocal part.
If you are truly serious about singing, then before you decide to perform or practice any of these songs, you must remember to warm up your vocal cords with a few exercises. Remember that the more you practice, the more your range and capacity to hold a note will increase.
It is also important to choose a song that you genuinely enjoy singing. For what it’s worth, even professional singers start from ground zero and have had bad days in their careers. So don’t feel scared to belt out those notes!