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The 15 Hardest Songs to Sing to: Challenging Your Vocal Range

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Last updated on March 19th, 2023 at 09:49 pm

You’ve mastered all the beginner songs, and you’ve even made your way through many of the moderate songs. The only place to go from here is to learn one of the hardest songs to sing to.

These songs are difficult for a variety of reasons. Either you need a wide vocal range, or there is something in these songs that requires you to be able to control your voice impeccably.

No matter how you look at it, these songs will take some time to master, but you won’t be a pro until you give them a shot! Read on to learn all about the 15 hardest songs to sing to.

15 Hardest Songs to Sing to


15. “Dream on” by Aerosmith

Anyone who has heard this song knows why it’s one of the hardest songs to sing to.

Not only do you need a strong voice to keep the melody, but you’ve got to have an amazing range to hit all those high notes. Plus, you can’t make any adjustments without ruining the recognizable parts of this song.


14. “Listen” by Beyonce

While many songs by the Queen are easy to sing along to, Beyonce has an amazing vocal range, so it’s no surprise that you will find that some of her songs are hard to sing.

Listen” was written to show off Beyonce’s amazing range and vocal talents. Good luck trying to master this one!

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13. “You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin

It is no surprise to see some of the best singers in the world on this list. Most of them became the best singers because of their amazing voice control and vocal range.

Aretha Franklin’s popular tune is next on your list, and you’ll need an astounding range to belt this song.


12. “Faithfully” by Journey

It might surprise you to see this Journey song on a list of the hardest songs to sing to because this song is commonly on karaoke lists! Unfortunately, Journey didn’t take that into account when they wrote it, so be prepared to show off your impressive range and hold notes for longer than you ever thought possible.

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11. “My Way” by Frank Sinatra

We love Frank Sinatra, but his voice is hard to match. If you are a guy with an exceptionally low voice, though, this tune can be a great one to learn to sing to impress people in auditions.

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10. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston is one of the greats. With an impressive vocal range and an ability to hit exceptionally high notes, singing along to a Whitney Houston song is a feat—if only her songs weren’t so catchy!

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9. “Cry Me a River” by Michael Bublé

Michael Bublé’s songs require not only a wide range of vocal abilities but they also require impressive breath control. This song isn’t for the faint of heart and is definitely one of the hardest songs to sing to.

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8. “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban

Speaking of breathwork, if you want to work on how long you can hold a note, then you should learn to sing “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban.

You will also need to practice putting power behind your notes, as this is a tune that only sounds great when belted at the top of your lungs.


7. “Supermassive Black Hole” by Muse

If you’ve heard this song, then you know why it is on this list, and there really is no need to explain it. If you are able to match Matt Bellamy’s voice in this song, then you are truly a talented singer.


6. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi

Why are all the amazing songs we want to sing along to in bars on this list? Probably because if we all tried to sing these songs sober, we would be so embarrassed! This is especially true for “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi.

This song is a classic, but you will need an amazing voice to master it.

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5. “Fix You” by Coldplay

Coldplay singer Chris Martin is truly talented when it comes to harmonizing, and if you want to practice your harmonizing skills, mastering “Fix You” can be a good place to start.

Just give yourself lots of time to practice before performing.


4. “Chandelier” by Sia

For female singers, Sia has quite a few of the hardest songs to sing to on her roster.

Whether it is her popular “Chandelier” or “Alive,” she consistently hits high notes with perfection and holds them for what seems like forever!


3. “All By Myself” by Celine Dion

Celine Dion is one of the best artists of all time, with a massively impressive range. Many average female singers can hit the high notes that she does in this song.

Plus, you’ve got to have quite the voice control to add in all the embellishments that she does.


2. “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith

Sam Smith is an enigma in the music world because his vocal range is astounding.

There aren’t many men or women who can sing along with his songs. If you’re up for challenging yourself, however, then give “Stay With Me” a go.


1. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

As one of the most famous songs of all time, it’s surprising that Bohemian Rhapsody is also one of the hardest songs to sing to.

Apparently, when it comes to music taste, society likes a song whether they can sing it or not. The only way we think you can master this song is if you are the band Queen, but hey, you can give it your best shot.

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Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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