Good audition songs for altos ( Top 150 Alto Songs )

As an alto singer, it is extremely important to know which songs meant for alto singers, as these ones will actually let you sing to your full potential. The problem with alto singing is that oftentimes singers are miscategorized, and the definition of what alto singing actually is not helping either. The word alto is Italian and comes from the Latin word Altus, alto in Italian means high. Now to the confusing part, as alto means high you might probably think it refers to the highest sound or voice which a singer can produce.

This is not true as alto singing is different for males and females, for females the alto voice is generally considered their lowest voice, on the other hand in men their alto voice is considered their highest voice. So if you are a beginner singer trying to figure out the different terminology always take into consideration the gender to which is applied, for one gender it might mean one thing than for another.

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A couple of hundred years ago there were not that many females singers, even in theatre plays men would play the role of females, this is why most of the singing terminology is a lot easier applied to the male voice. This is where all the confusion comes from, which isn’t helped either by some vocal teachers who simply ignore the definition of alto singing and interpret it as they feel like.

Before picking an audition song, make sure that you are actually an alto singer, in the below list you will find plenty of alto songs which are good both for beginner and advanced singers, odds are that you have probably heard some of them. If you are preparing for an audition than my recommendation is to not pick the most popular song, because a lot of singers will use them at the audition and you will just be competing with them. In case you are a young singer, then my personal recommendation is to check out my recent article Good audition songs for kids ( Top 110 Songs ).

My recommendation is to pick a song which you can sing relatively easy, and which is not that popular as this will make you stand out fo the crowd. If you are fairly comfortable that you can crush it with a popular alto song, then go for it but let me explain first why that isn’t the best idea. At any singing audition, you will hear the same songs plenty of times, this will allow the producers to compare one singer to another based on one song, but if you sing a song which isn’t that popular you will stand out of the crowd and the producers will not have anybody to compare you to, which is a win-win situation.

As Long As He Needs Me by Oliver!

Nobody’s Chasing Me by Out of This World

I Don’t Know What I’d Do Without You by Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

I Want to Go to Hollywood Grand Hotel

About a Quarter to Nine by 42ND STREET

Frozen by Madonna

Asheville by Bright Star

Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm by How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Something Better Better Happen by Little Miss Sunshine

Somewhere by West Side Story

Only Yesterday by The Carpenters

Backwoods Barbie by 9 TO 5

Days of Plenty by Little Women

If He Really Knew Me by They’re Playing Our Song

No More Fear by Freaky Friday

I Can Hear the Bells by Hairspray

Just Around the Corner by The Addams Family

Gotta Get Out by Ordinary Days

Every Tear a Mother Cries by Honk!

You’d Better Love Me by High Spirits

Keepin’ Outta Mischief Now by Ain’t Misbehavin

Another Night at Darryl’s by Witches of Eastwick

Easy As life by Aida

Here Within These Walls by Sister Act

Rainy Days and Mondays by The Carpenters

Disneyland by Smile

Stop and See Me by Weird Romance

Don’t Tell Mama by Cabaret

Live to Tell by Madonna

A Change in Me by Beauty and the Beast

I Still Believe in Love by They’re Playing Our Song

As We Stumble Along by The Drowsy Chaperone

Wait a Bit by Just So

Plant You Now, Dig You Later by Pal Joey

Anyone Can Whistle by Anyone Can Whistle

Nobody Makes a Pass at Me by Pins and Needles

Good ‘N’ Evil by Jekyll & Hyde

Here We Are by Gloria Estefan

The Power of Goodbye by Madonna

A Way Back to Then by Title of Show

Ladies by Destry Rides Again

The Gods Love Nubia by Aida

Lazy Afternoon by The Golden Apple

Old Friend by I’m Getting My Act Together And Taking It On the Road

Whatever Lola Wants by Damn Yankees

If My Friends Could See Me Now by Sweet Charity

Chanson by The Baker’s Wife

Turn Back, O Man by Godspell

Goodbye My Love by Ragtime

How Can I Wait? by Paint Your Wagon

You Don’t Tell Me by No Strings

God Help the Outcasts by The Hunchback of Notre Dame

A Trip to the Library by She Loves Me

Flaming Agnes by I Do! I Do!

That Mister Man of Mine by Dames at Sea

Look to the Rainbow by Finian’s Rainbow

Come to Your Senses by Tick, Tick…BOOM!

Fortune Favors the Brave by Aida

The Hill by Once

Losing My Mind by Follies

Someone Woke Up by Do I Hear A Waltz?

They Don’t Know by Thoroughly Modern Millie

A Little Girl from Little Rock by Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

A Little Brains, A Little Talent by Damn Yankees

I Want to go to Hollywood by Grand Hotel

What a Mother Does by A Christmas Story

Show Off by The Drowsy Chaperone

My Big Mistake by The Will Rogers Follies

It’s An Art by Working

Close to You by The Carpenters

I Just Might by 9 to 5

Lithium by Evanescence

Millwork by Working

Good Enough by Evanescence

An Old-Fashioned Love Story by The Wild Party

How Are Things in Glocca Morra by Finian’s Rainbow

There’s a Fine, Fine Line by Avenue Q

Lacrymosa by Evanescence

You Learn to Live Without by If/Then

Why Do the Wrong People Travel? by Sail Away

Shadowland by The Lion King

I Just Want to Be a Star by Nunsense

Maps by Fun Home

Never Give All the Heart by Smash

The Dark I Know Well by Spring Awakening

You Don’t Know This Man by Parade

Somebody Older by Steel Pier

That Terrific Rainbow by Pal Joey

5 to 9 by 9 to 5

How I Feel by The Me Nobody Knows

These Are My Children by Fame

It’s a Perfect Relationship by Bells Are Ringing

Where Did the Rock Go by School of Rock

See I’m Smiling by The Last Five Years

The Boy Next Door by Meet Me in St. Louis

I Ain’t Down Yet by The Unsinkable Molly Brown

You Can Always Count on Me by City of Angels

Lost and Found by City of Angels

Betsy’s Getting Married by Honeymoon in Vegas

A Quiet Night at Home by Bare

What Would You Do? by Cabaret

Maybe I Like It This Way by Wild Party

I’m Going Back by Bells Are Ringing

Our Kind of Love by The Beautiful Game

The Music Still Plays On by A New Brain

Deep Love by Young Frankenstein

One Fine Day by Beautiful The Carole King Musical

Teaching Third Grade by Ruthless

Kiss Her Now by Dear World

Lucky by A Little Princess

If He Walked Into My Life by Mame

I Wish I Could Forget You by Passion

The Cake I Had by Grey Gardens

After All of This and Everything by Freaky Friday

That’s Rich by Newsies

The Colors of My Life by Barnum

We Deserve Each Other by Me and Juliet

If You Knew My Story by Bright Star

Nobody’s Side by Chess

Mein Herr by Cabaret

City Lights by The Act

Kind of Woman by Pippin

Time Heals Everything by Mack & Mabel

Kiss of the Spider Woman by Kiss of the Spider Woman

I Gotta Crow by Peter Pan

I Miss the Mountains by Next to Normal

The Best In the World by A Day In Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine

The Gentleman is a Dope by Allegro

Special by Avenue Q

Broadway Baby by Follies

If You Hadn’t But You Did by Two On the Aisle

It’s a Helluva Way to Run a Love Affair by Plain and Fancy

It’s A Business by Curtains

Just You Wait by My Fair Lady

Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend by Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

There are Worse Things I Could Do by Grease

Invisible by Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

On the Other Side of the Tracks by Little Me

Sadie, Sadie by Funny Girl

No Time At All by Pippin

Change by A New Brain

Adelaide’s Lament by Guys and Dolls

What A Nice Idea by Two Gentlemen of Verona

So What? by Cabaret

Nobody by Tintypes

With Every Breath I Take by City of Angels

What Is A Woman by I Do! I Do!

Hold On by The Secret Garden

Stop, Time by Big the Musical

See What I Wanna See by See What I Wanna See

All to Pieces by Violet

In conclusion

As you can see, there are plenty of songs to choose from, my personal recommendation is to try singing a couple of them. Some of the songs are more or less harder, but while choosing which song you will use for the audition, make sure to choose one which is good for your voice and not one that might or might not impress at the audition. Find a song which you can sing almost effortlessly and correctly, this way you will sound natural which is a big plus at an audition. Good luck!

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