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60 Best Pop Songs For Altos (Karaoke & Auditon Hits)

November 6, 2023
Best Pop Songs For Altos

I’ve compiled the best pop songs that highlight and complement an alto’s range.

These hits showcase melodies that sit comfortably in an alto’s wheelhouse allowing them to belt out lower tones with ease.

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Top picks of the best pop songs for altos

  • “Rehab” by Amy Winehouse
  • “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga
  • “At Last” by Etta James
  • “Video Games” by Lana Del Rey
  • “Believe” by Cher
  • “Firework” by Katy Perry
  • “Chain of Fools” by Aretha Franklin
  • “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac
  • “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House
  • “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone

1. “Rehab” by Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse will always be remembered for her unique deep voice.

She had a contralto vocal range; the lowest and very rare voice type.

Therefore, most of her songs are female alto songs.

And “Rehab” is a great place to start with Amy’s music – it’s familiar, catchy, and somewhat repetitive.

It’s also her signature song and one of her most successful hits. 

2. “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga

If you’re looking for alto pop songs, Lady Gaga has plenty to offer – most of her songs are perfect for an alto vocal range.

And “Bad Romance” is hands down one of her biggest hits.

It’s also a song that allows you to show off your singing skills.

It has a powerful chorus, upbeat tempo, and a catchy beat. 

Don’t forget to pin this playlist for later!

A playlist of the 60 best pop songs for altos.

3. “At Last” by Etta James 

“At Last” by Etta James is a timeless classic.

It’s a soulful, slow-paced ballad about true love.

And it’s arguably one of the best karaoke songs for altos. 

However, if you want to perform this song, you need to have good control of your voice.

And you should do a proper vocal warm-up before diving into it. 

4. “Video Games” by Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey released “Video Games” on her iconic pop album “Born To Die” in 2012.

The song is characterized by her sultry voice, dreamy melodies, and romantic lyrics.

It’s one of the easy songs for alto singers because it doesn’t require any singing gymnastics.

On the other hand, Lana Del Rey’s songs are usually very subtle, and although they might seem easy to sing, you’ll have to make an effort if you want to sound good.

5. “Believe” by Cher 

Cher’s “Believe” is without a doubt one of the best alto karaoke songs.

It’s familiar and uplifting, and according to Rolling Stone magazine, it’s one of the greatest songs of all time.

Cher’s voice is very distinctive, but if you’re confident enough, you can certainly pull it off.

You just need to warm up your voice and then really belt it out.

6. “Firework” by Katy Perry

Katy Perry’s “Firework” was a huge hit when it came out in 2010.

And it still sounds amazing.

So if you’re looking for popular alto songs to sing, you should add this banger to your repertoire.

It’s energetic and easy to memorize, and it will allow you to show off your vocal skills.

7. “Chain of Fools” by Aretha Franklin

Although it was originally composed for Otis Redding, “Chain Of Fools” became Aretha Franklin’s signature song.

And it’s an absolute all-time classic.

It’s also a great karaoke song for alto singers, especially if you’re a fan of R&B and soul.

Just remember to add some dance moves too.

8. “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac

“Dreams” is hands down one of Fleetwood Mac’s best songs.

It’s subtle yet powerful and memorable.

The song was written by Stevie Nicks, and she has one of the best vocals in the music industry.

Nevertheless, the song doesn’t have many demanding parts.

So all things considered, if you’re looking for good songs for altos to sing, you can’t go wrong with “Dreams.” 

9. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House

“Don’t Dream It’s Over” is a super popular karaoke song.

And although it’s originally performed by a male artist, it’s actually a great female alto song. 

It’s also fairly easy to sing – it has a slower tempo, and the chorus is rather simple. 

And since it’s a well-known song, you probably know it by heart which always makes things a whole lot easier.

10. “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone

If you’re ready to amaze everyone in a karaoke bar, you should perform “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone.

Many agree that “Feeling Good” is one of the greatest songs of all time.

Nina’s version is so powerful and memorable, and it’s obviously timeless. 

Either way, it’s certainly a perfect song for altos.

11. “Give Me One Reason” by Tracy Chapman

“Give Me One Reason” is also a fantastic song for altos.

It’s Tracy Chapman’s signature song and her biggest US hit to date.

And since it has a relatively easy melody and lyrics, it’s a popular karaoke song for women.

After all, it’s not that hard to get into the whole smooth atmosphere of the song.

12. “I Have A Dream” by ABBA

Speaking of the most popular karaoke songs, we can’t skip ABBA.

Although their music is best for someone with a wide vocal range, songs like “I Have A Dream” are good for singers of all levels.

The song is not too fast, and it has a simple melody you’re most likely familiar with.

Plus, everyone loves ABBA – so you can be sure to get support from the audience as well.

13. “Here We Are” by Gloria Estefan

If you’re looking for slow alto ballads, this one’s for you.

“Here We Are” is one of Gloria Estefan’s most sentimental songs, and it’s a great option for altos.

However, performing this song requires vocal strength and some singing experience.

And, of course, you need to pour all your emotions into it. 

14. “This Kiss” by Faith Hill

If you’re looking for popular country songs for altos, you can always count on Faith Hill.

Her song “This Kiss” was released in 1998, but it still sounds very fresh.

It’s an upbeat tune with the lyrics that express feelings towards someone special.

So if you’re feeling all bubbly and in love, this song would be a perfect choice for you.

15. “Something Better Better Happen” from Little Miss Sunshine

If you’re looking for musical songs for an alto voice, this one’s for you.

“Something Better Better Happen” is a piece from ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ musical, and it’s an absolute Broadway hit.

If you want to make a real performance on the next karaoke night, this might be a good option.

15. “No More Fear” from The Freaky Friday Musical

Another good musical alto song is “No More Fear” by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey.

The song was written for the Freaky Friday Musical.

It’s performed as Katherine Blake who is an adult trapped in her child’s body.

And she is finally starting to see herself as a separate person.

16. “Killing Me Softly” by Roberta Flack

“Killing Me Softly” is probably one of the most popular audition tracks.

It’s also a great song for an alto voice.

Moreover, it’s not too fast and it has a somewhat repetitive melody.

That being said, “Killing Me Softly” is a great song for beginners looking for smooth, easy-going tracks to practice their singing.

17. “Lithium” by Evanescence

“Lithium” by Evanescence is also one of the good songs to sing as an alto.

It’s the band’s Grammy award-winning song from 2006.

All of the Evanescence songs are characterized by Amy Lee’s vocals, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your own rendition of the song.

In fact, it’s a great song to explore your personal expression and singing style.

18. “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele 

Adele is known for writing powerful, heart-wrenching ballads.

Her vocal range is incredible, but don’t let that intimidate you.

If you want to improve your voice, her songs are a great material to practice on.

“Make You Feel My Love” is one of her easy songs to sing and a good place to start.

The song is taken from her debut studio album “19” released in 2008.

19. “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga 

Lady Gaga is another amazing artist with a wide vocal range.

And over the years, she recorded many great pop songs for altos.

So if you want to expand your repertoire with Lady Gaga, you can start with  “Million Reasons.”

It’s arguably one of her most sentimental songs. 

It was released as a single from her fifth album “Joanne” in 2016.

20. “My Favorite Mistake” by Sheryl Crow 

“My Favorite Mistake” is one of Sheryl Crow’s biggest hits from the 90s.

There’s a rumor that the song is about Eric Clapton, who Crow dated for a while.

After all, she claims their relationship wasn’t a mistake. 

Either way, “My Favorite Mistake” is a great song for altos and a fun song to perform.

21. “Memory” from The Cats Musical

“Memory” is one of the best-known songs from the famous Cats Musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

It was sung primarily by the character Grizabella while she was reminiscing about her glamorous past.

And the most popular version of “Memory” was performed by Barbra Streisand. 

The song is simply iconic and beautiful, and it’s well-suited for alto singers.

22. “Mamma Mia” by ABBA 

If you’re looking for fun alto karaoke songs, you can’t go wrong with ABBA and “Mamma Mia.”

“Mamma Mia” is one of ABBA’s greatest hits, and it’s one of the songs everyone knows and loves.

Plus, it’s not too difficult to sing, at least in some parts.

It’s a rather upbeat and energetic tune, so as long as you feel good and confident on the stage, you’ll deliver a performance to remember.

23. “No Scrubs” by TLC

“No Scrubs” was a huge hit when it came out in 1999.

The song peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks and became one of TLC’s most successful songs.

Lyrically, it’s about the role of a man in a relationship.

And musically, it’s a perfect blend of smooth R&B and hip hop, and it’s well-suited for an alto voice.

24. “One More Night” by Maroon 5

“One More Night” by Maroon 5 is a smashing hit released in 2012.

The song has been ruling the radio stations ever since. 

And although it’s performed by Adam Levine, “One More Night” could easily be categorized as one of the alto female songs.

If you like Maroon 5, why not give it a try?

25. “One Fine Day” by Carole King

“One Fine Day” is a tune taken from Carole King’s “Pearls: Songs of Goffin and King” released in 1980.

And although it’s been more than 40 years since its release, the song still sounds great.

It could be a good alto audition track or a refreshing karaoke choice.

26. “Royals” by Lorde

Lorde’s “Royals” is also one of the cool pop songs for altos.

The song was a huge hit when it came out, and it remains Lorde’s signature song.

It’s slow-paced and mysterious, and the chorus is more uplifting.

But one thing is for sure: the song is incredibly catchy, and it would make a great female alto karaoke song or audition track.

27. “Raise Your Glass” by P!nk

“Raise Your Glass” is one of Pink’s most successful singles.

And that comes as no surprise – the song is very positive, upbeat, and infectious.

So if you’re looking for energetic pop alto songs to sing, this would be a great option.

If you perform it on the next karaoke night, you’ll surely get everyone on their feet; or at least make them raise their glass. 

28. “One Way Or Another” by Blondie

“One Way Or Another” is one of the most popular songs of the 80s.

It’s also a great song for alto to sing, if you’re looking for something catchy and familiar.

Whether you’re planning to perform this on karaoke or at home, you need to put all your energy into that performance.

The song is characterized by intense energy and strong vocals. 

And, of course, a couple of extra dance moves wouldn’t hurt.

29. “Send My Love” by Adele

Another Adele’s song you can add to your repertoire is “Send My Love.”

It’s an upbeat song with guitar-driven melodies and hopeful vibes.

Lyrically, it’s about Adele’s past relationship, which is not very surprising.

Either way, it’s a great song that will cheer you up while you’re singing.

30. “Style” by Taylor Swift 

Taylor Swift has countless pop hits, but this 2014 track will never go out of style.

It’s both uplifting and nostalgic, and it’s ideal for alto singers.

Additionally, the melody and the lyrics are easy to remember, even if you’re not very familiar with the song.

31. “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + The Machine

“Dog Days Are Over” is an absolute feel-good indie anthem.

It was released in 2008, and it still sounds fresh.

After all, Florence Welch is one of the best vocalists of her generation.

So, it’s not an easy song to sing, but if you have good control of your voice, you’ll surely enjoy singing it. 

32. “That Don’t Impress Me Much” by Shania Twain

Shania Twain is known for her distinctive alto vocals.

And “That Don’t Impress Me Much” is one of her most memorable songs.

The song was a big hit in the late 90s, and it can still occasionally be heard on the radio or in karaoke bars.

Although it’s lyrically and musically quite simple, it’s one of those songs that get stuck in your head.

33. “Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics 

Needless to say, “Sweet Dreams” is one of the most popular 80s songs.

The song is characterized by Annie Lennox’s unique alto vocals.

Therefore, it might be a challenge to perform this song well.

On the other hand, it’s a great song for altos, and it has that vibe that will motivate you to give your best.

34. “Valerie” by Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse

“Valerie” is hands down one of the best alto karaoke songs.

It’s popular and cheerful, and it’s so fun to perform.

“Valerie” is one of Amy’s most popular songs, even though it’s a cover. 

The original version was recorded by The Zutons in 2006.

35. “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes

“What’s Up” is a popular alto karaoke song.

It’s also a perfect sing along song.

When that hey, yeah, yeah, hey, yeah comes along, you can be sure you’ll get support from the audience.

It’s a fun song to perform, and since it was released in 1993, it evidently withstands the test of time.

36. “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon

Carly Simon released “You’re So Vain” in 1972.

It was an instant hit, and it reached number 1 in several countries.

And it remains the song that the singer is mostly associated with. 

The song also has very popular lyrics you’re probably familiar with; “You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you.”

37. “The Look Of Love” by Diana Krall 

Diana Krall has a beautiful alto voice ideal for this type of music.

“The Look Of Love” is a smooth, slow-paced song that just gets under your skin. 

It was popularized by Dusty Springsfield at a time though. 

Nevertheless, it’s also a great song to experiment with your alto voice and different techniques.

38. “If You Knew My Story” by Edie Brickell, Steve Martin 

“If You Knew My Story” is another great musical song for altos.

It’s a song from the ‘Bright Star’ musical set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in the 1940s.

The song is uplifting, positive, and sentimental, and it will allow you to show off your singing skills.

In a way, it’s a perfect alto audition song.

39. “I Don’t Know What I’d Do” by Robert Freeman, Steven Lutvak 

If you’re a fan of musicals, this is another song you might be interested in.

“I Don’t Know What I’d Do” is a part of the musical comedy “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.”

It’s a good song to have fun with, and certainly an opportunity to work on your singing skills and expression.

40. “Sugar” by Maroon 5 

Another Maroon 5 song ideal for alto singers is “Sugar.”

The song is upbeat and catchy, and the music video is fun too – there are even a few real weddings in it.

Nevertheless, singing  “Sugar” is undeniably fun, and it doesn’t require any vocal gymnastics.

41. “Roar” by Katy Perry

Katy Perry’s “Roar” is an empowering pop song about standing up for yourself.

It’s taken from Katy Perry’s 2013 studio album “Prism.” 

The song became a huge hit, and it can still be heard on the radio around the world.

More importantly, the song will allow you to practice and eventually strengthen your voice.

42. “Mein Herr” by John Kander, Fred Ebb

If you’re looking for theater audition songs, we have a suggestion.

“Mein Herr” is a song from “Cabaret”, originally a musical drama film starring Liza Minelli.

The movie is based on a stage show, so it’s all about expressive singing and accompanying dance routine.

43. “What’s Love Got To Do With This” by Tina Turner 

Whether you’re searching for an alto karaoke song or audition track, Tina Turner is always a good idea.

“What’s Love Got To Do With This” is one of Tina Turner’s greatest hits, and it’s a perfect song for altos.

The song was released in 1984, and in 2012, it was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

44. “I Can Hear the Bells” by Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman

 “I Can Hear The Bells” is a song from the musical “Hairspray.”

It’s a song that requires forceful singing and strong expression.

That being said, if you want to experiment with your voice and singing styles, this type of music would be very helpful.

You can also watch performances and observe how professional singers and actors approach musical pieces.

45. “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” by Stockard Channing

“There Are Worse Things I Could Do” was written for the play Grease.

It’s not a typical musical song, but it’s great for alto voices.

Plus, the song allows you to convey intricate emotions and experiment with your vocals a bit.

46. “Stay” by Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko 

“Stay” is one of Rihanna’s most sentimental songs.

It’s a slow piano-driven ballad with strong emotions and Rihanna’s beautiful vocals.

If you want to work on your singing skills and expand your vocal range, you can practice with this song. 

“Stay” would also make a great karaoke duet.

47. “Glamorous” by Fergie and Ludacris

“Glamorous” is one of the popular alto songs by Fergie.

It’s one of Fergie’s gems – it’s simple but smooth, cool, and slightly nostalgic.

Since it was released in 2006, it’s such a great throwback.

And it’s relatively easy to sing, expect that one faster verse. 

48. “Snowman” by Sia

Sia has many great songs for altos.

And her 2017 track “Snowman” is such a genuine, memorable Christmas song.

Her vocals are incredible, but don’t let that intimidate you.

On the contrary, Sia’s voice and talent can inspire you to work on your singing skills and achieve your goals.

49. “Lucky” by Jason Mraz ft. Colbie Caillat

“Lucky” is such a sweet, dreamy song. 

It was released in 2008 on Jason Mraz’s album “We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.”

Jason’s and Colbie’s voices match perfectly, so “Lucky” is actually an ideal karaoke duet.

But you can also sing the song by yourself – both parts of the song are suitable for altos.

50. “Take Me To Church” by Hozier 

If you have a deeper alto voice, you can also try to sing “Take Me To Church” by Hozier.

It’s a powerful song with interesting lyrics and an almost haunting atmosphere.

So if you’re looking for something darker yet familiar, Hozier’s 2013 hit would be a great choice.

51. “The Man” by Aloe Blacc 

Another good song for deeper types of voices is “The Man” by Aloe Blacc.

It’s a smooth, upbeat R&B song with soulful elements.

That being said, “The Man” would make a great karaoke or performance song.

And the audience would probably be pleasantly surprised.

52. “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child

If you’re planning to perform a song with your friends, Destiny’s Child would be a cool idea.

Their smashing hit “Say My Name” is one of the classic 90s R&B songs that withstands the test of time. 

And it’s not too difficult to sing, especially if you know the song by heart.

53. “You’re Still The One” by Shania Twain 

Another song by Shania Twain you should consider is “You’re Still The One.” 

The song is taken from Twain’s 1997 album “Come On Over.” 

It’s not too demanding, but it will also allow you to show off your vocal skills.

That being said, the song is suitable for karaoke, auditions, and concerts.

54. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor 

“I Will Survive” is hands down one of the most popular songs from the 70s.

It’s a timeless hit and a super popular karaoke song.

So if you’re looking for a classic alto song to sing, “I Will Survive” is a safe choice.

55. “Are You That Somebody” by Aaliyah

With her soothing voice and artistic expression, Aaliyah was a pure talent.

And “Are You That Somebody” is one of her biggest R&B hits.

If you like this genre, singing Aaliyah’s songs suitable for an alto voice would be a great idea.

56. “Team” by Lorde

Lorde’s biggest hit is probably “Royals”, but she has many other amazing songs ideal for altos.

She released “Team” on her debut studio album “Pure Heroine.”

It’s one of the songs that showed us that Lorde is here to stay.

And that turned out to be the truth – so far, she has released three successful studio albums. 

57. “Rise Up” by Andra Day

“Rise Up” by Andra Day is characterized by honest lyrics and emotional, expressive vocals.

And the singer admitted that she wrote the song because she wanted to create something that will help her get back to her feet.

So if you find this song motivational, you’re certainly capable of expressing the emotion it requires.

58. “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye

If you want to experiment with your deep, alto voice, why not sing “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”?

It’s one of Marvin Gaye’s classics.

However, the song was originally released by Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1970.

So it’s fair to say that Gaye’s rendition is one of the most popular cover songs.

59. “Say Something” by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera

“Say Something” is a popular ballad with touching melodies and lyrics.

Needless to say, Christina Aguilera is one of the best vocalists of all time.

And her contribution to the song is immense.

If you’re confident in your singing abilities, performing this song would certainly impress your audience.

60. “Someone Like You” by Adele 

It’s time to wrap it up – and is there a better way to do it than with one of the most popular audition songs?

“Someone Like You” is Adele’s signature song and one of the best-selling singles of the century.

Lyrically, it’s about Adele coming to terms with the end of a relationship. 

The song has been covered by many artists and aspiring singers, so you should definitely add it to your repertoire.

Best Pop Songs For Altos – Final Thoughts

We hope our list of the best pop songs for altos provided you with the inspiration you were looking for.

All of the songs we mentioned today are suitable for alto voices.

And they are well-known and fun to perform.

Want an easier way to learn to sing songs and what songs to sing? Check out our complete list and reviews of online singing lessons that work. 

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