Picking the right song for your vocal range is essential for auditions and definitely makes for a much better karaoke performance. A mezzo soprano is the middle and most common vocal range for females, which means there are plenty of songs that are perfect for this voice type.
Whether you are auditioning for a part in a musical or if you are just looking to rock a killer karaoke performance in front of your friends, here are 47 of the best mezzo soprano songs.
1. Hopelessly Devoted To You – Olivia Newton-John
This song was written for Olivia Newton-John to sing in the movie adaptation of the classic musical Grease. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song. The song details how Sandy is waiting for Danny to notice her after she ends up at his school after their summer romance.
2. Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson won a Grammy for her performance of this song. It was the second single from her second album “Breakaway” and it reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
3. Firework – Katy Perry
This was the third single from Katy Perry’s third album “Teenage Dream.” She said this was her favorite song on this album and that she loves performing it. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was released in 2010.
4. All that Jazz – Catherine Zeta-Jones
This is the opening song from the musical Chicago. The movie version of this play was performed by Catherine Zeta-Jones, and the film won the Academy Award for Best Picture and a Grammy for Original Soundtrack.
5. Love You Like A Love Song – Selena Gomez & the Scene
This catchy tune was the most popular single for Selena Gomez & The Scene. It was certified double platinum by the RIAA. Selena has said that the song “is addictive” in the best way because it’s repetitive and easily gets stuck in the listener’s head.
6. Bring Me to Life – Evanescence
This was the first major hit for Evanescence, and it launched the group into fame. Lead singer Amy Lee has said that she wrote the song for her husband while she was going through a rough time in her life. It was an international hit and reached #5 on the US charts.
7. Like a Prayer – Madonna
This song is one of Madonna’s most popular songs from her extensive catalog. It was a monster hit and went to #1 on the US charts. The song originally debuted as a commercial for Pepsi, but the video that Madonna released for the song became one of the most controversial videos in history because of what many people called “sacrilegious” themes and imagery.
8. Hand in My Pocket – Alanis Morrissette
This song from Alanis Morrisette’s gigantic hit album “Jagged Little Pill” went to #1 on the Modern Rock Chart in 1995. She said that she and her co-writer Glen Ballard wrote this song in about 15 minutes, and it’s essentially about how human beings are usually feeling several different emotions at the same time.
9. Born This Way – Lady Gaga
This anthem by Lady Gaga is all about equality and love and embracing who you are, no matter what. She says that she wrote the song in ten minutes, and it debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
10. Jolene – Dolly Parton
This is one of Dolly Parton’s most popular songs, and countless artists have done covers of it. It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014 and she says that the song is based on a meeting she had with a ten-year-old fan with red hair and green eyes who asked her for an autograph.
11. At the Ballet – from A Chorus Line
This song from A Chorus Line details how the characters’ love of dance and ballet rescued them from their dysfunctional home lives and gave them something bigger and better to focus on.
12. Rolling in the Deep – Adele
Adele wrote this song after a breakup with a boyfriend whom she had a tumultuous relationship with. She wrote it in three hours, and it only took two takes for her to record the version that appears on the album “21.” The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
13. Halo – Beyoncé
This vocally demanding tune is one of the most recognizable and popular recorded by the superstar. It was co-written specifically for Beyoncé by Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic and Evan Bogart in three hours. She won a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the song.
14. Before the Parade Passes By – Barbra Streisand
This classic show tune is a great one for singers to use in auditions or karaoke, and it’s all about following your dreams and taking opportunities before they pass you by for good. Many singers have done versions of this tune, including the legendary Carol Channing, Barbra Streisand, and Bette Midler.
15. Colors of the Wind – Judy Kuhn
Judy Kuhn sang this in the movie Pocahontas, and then it was released as a single by Vanessa Williams. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song as well as a Grammy and a Golden Globe. In the song, Pocahontas is explaining to John Smith that he doesn’t understand the true wonder of nature.
16. If I Were a Bell – Clare Halse
Sarah has just experienced her first time getting drunk for the first time in Cuba. She reveals to gambler Sky how wonderful it feels and that she has started to develop feelings for him.
17. On My Own – Samantha Barks
In this song from the musical, Eponine discusses her love for Marius, who does not love her in return. She imagines how wonderful it would be if he loved her in return, but then she admits that her reality is nothing like her dreams and probably never will be.
18. Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm – Victoria Clark
In this song, secretary Rosemary fantasizes about how wonderful it would be to marry the window cleaner Finch and how she’d be a model wife and they’d live in domestic bliss.
19. Havana – Camila Cabello Featuring Young Thug
This hit from Camila Cabello is an ode to her hometown, which is a district of Havana. There are nine different versions of this song, including a Spanglish version and a remix, as well as the solo version. This was Camila’s first #1 as a solo artist on the Billboard Hot 100, and it stayed on that chart for 46 weeks.
20. She Works Hard For the Money – Donna Summer
The disco icon wrote this song after she encountered a washroom attendant in a restaurant who had fallen asleep on the job because she was so exhausted from working two jobs to make ends meet. It reached #3 on the US charts in 1983 and was Donna’s eleventh top 10 hit in the US.
21. I love Rock ‘N Roll – Joan Jett
This hugely popular rock anthem was actually a cover from the 1975 version done by Arrows. Joan Jett’s version spent seven weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Many other artists have also covered it, including Britney Spears.
22. Girl on Fire – Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys has said that this song is about letting go of anything that is holding you back and following your passion. It was the first single from her fifth solo album. It reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
23. And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going – Jennifer Hudson
This powerful song from the 1981 musical is Effie proclaiming her love for her manager, Curtis. Before Jennifer Hudson played Effie in the movie adaptation, Jennifer Holliday portrayed the role on Broadway, and her version of the song was released as a single and it made it to #22 on the US charts.
24. Sometimes – Britney Spears
This hit was Britney Spears’ second single from her debut album. The song attained worldwide success but only made it to #21 on the US charts.
25. Because You Loved Me – Céline Dion
This song was featured on the soundtrack of the movie, Up Close & Personal. It was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. It won a Grammy for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture.
26. Fallin’ – Alicia Keys
This was Alicia Keys’ first single from her first album. The song earned her three Grammys and went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
27. Paparazzi – Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga has stated that she is really proud of this song and that she feels that it really defines her as an artist. She said that it is about her struggle to balance success and love.
28. Because of You – Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson wrote this song about the divorce of her parents, and in it, she expresses her fear of going through the pain that her parents did.
29. Flashlight – Jessie J
This song was recorded for the movie Pitch Perfect 2. During the movie, one of the Barden Bellas sings this as an original song during a sing-off and then they use it during a competition at the end of the film.
30. Don’t Cry For Me Argentina – Madonna
Madonna’s version of this famous show tune reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Evita sang this to address a crowd of her people.
31. I’d Give My Life for You – Lea Salonga
Kim sings this song to her son to tell him how much she loves him and how much she would sacrifice for his well-being.
32. I’m Not that Girl – Idina Menzel
During this song, Elphaba admits that she has feelings for a prince who also happens to be the boyfriend of her rival, Glinda. During the song, she accepts that nothing will ever happen between them because she is unpopular and has green skin.
33. Complicated – Avril Lavigne
This was the song that introduced Avril Lavigne to the world. It was her first single off of her debut album. It shot to #2 on the Billboard Top 100 chart and occupied a spot on the charts for 16 weeks in a row after its release.
34. Love Don’t Cost a Thing – Jennifer Lopez
This JLo single reached #3 on the Billboard charts and is absolutely one of her most popular and recognizable songs. The tune also plays over the end credits of her film The Wedding Planner.
35. We Belong Together – Mariah Carey
This song stayed at #1 on the Billboard charts for an astounding 14 weeks. Mariah Carey won two Grammys for her work on this song. The wedding dress that she wears in the music video was the wedding dress that she wore when she married Tommy Mottola.
36. Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
This song is actually a cover that was originally recorded in Danish. Widely considered one of the biggest pop hits of the 1990s, Natalie Imbruglia was nominated for a Grammy for her performance, but lost to Céline Dion for “My Heart Will Go On.”
37. You Belong with Me – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift says that she got the idea for this song after overhearing a friend of hers talking to his girlfriend on the phone and then she spun it into a story about a guy being with a girl who doesn’t appreciate him. This was a huge crossover hit for the country star, and it appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 and Country chart at the same time.
38. My Heart Will Go On – Céline Dion
Céline Dion did not originally want to sing this, but she reluctantly agreed. She did a demo in one take and that is the version of this insanely popular song that was used for the end credits of the film Titanic. It topped the charts in the US and the UK and won an Academy Award and two Grammys.
39. Let It Go – Idina Menzel
This wildly popular hit from the Disney film Frozen gives singers a chance to show off their abilities. It was recorded in 41 different languages for Frozen’s foreign movie releases, and as a result, it is in the 2016 Guinness Book of World Records for “Most Languages Featured on a Single.”
40. Party In the U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus
Jessie J wrote this song and planned to record it herself but later decided it didn’t really fit her image, which paved the way for Miley Cyrus to record it instead. It was the first single from Miley’s debut EP, and it has been used in several television shows and movies, including a version of it by the Barden Bellas in Pitch Perfect.
41. How Do I Live – LeAnn Rimes
Both Trisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes have versions of this song. The Trisha version appeared on the soundtrack of the Nicolas Cage film Con-Air. LeAnn’s version stayed on the Billboard charts for a record of 69 weeks. Both their versions were nominated for Grammy Awards in 1998.
42. Fancy – Reba McEntire
Reba McEntire is a country music legend, and this is one of her most famous and popular songs. It tells the story of a poor girl who gets put into a life of prostitution by her mother so that she won’t have to live in poverty her whole life. Many people don’t know that this is actually a cover of a 1970 version by Bobbie Gentry.
43. Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis released this as her first single after winning The X Factor in the UK. The song is a karaoke favorite and rose to the #1 spot on the charts in 35 different countries.
44. Burn – Phillipa Soo
During this response from Hamilton’s wife Eliza to his affair, the heartbroken wife decides to burn all of the letters from her husband. The song takes listeners through the range of emotions Eliza experiences toward her husband.
45. Moments in the Woods – Emily Blunt
In this song from the Sondheim musical, The Baker’s wife tries to figure out where her life stands after being seduced by Cinderella’s Prince. Emily Blunt played this role and sang this song in the movie adaptation of the musical.
46. Whenever, Wherever – Shakira
This was Shakira’s first English song and her first huge hit in the US. The legendary Gloria Estefan helped write the song, and it reached #6 on the Billboard charts.
47. Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood
This hit from Carrie Underwood about teaching a cheating boyfriend a lesson won her two Grammy Awards, one for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and one for Best Country Song.
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