To learn how to sing, you need to improve your vocal technique by using something that we all have, a voice. Singers use their vocal cords and breathing to produce pleasing sounds for a huge variety of different musical styles.

To learn how to sing, they often need to attend singing lessons - private lessons or group lessons - with an experienced singing teacher. Nevertheless, you can still learn to sing on your own by practising without taking lessons.

In this article, Superprof has a list of great songs you can use to exercise your voice, try new vocal techniques, and learn how to sing. We’ve got popular songs, hymns, Christmas songs, and even some patriotic songs.

Whether you're learning to sing in pitch, establishing your vocal range, or just need some singing tips, here's a great selection of songs you can use in your voice lessons or just to improve your singing when you're practising on your own!

The Best Songs to Practise Singing

There are plenty of great modern and classic songs to help you to learn how to sing some songs are known by just about everyone. Here are some of the best songs for learning how to sing.

Which are the best pop songs for practising singing?
There are plenty of great popular songs you can use to practise your singing. (Source: Pexels)

Learning to sing is much easier when you love the song you're singing. You just need to find songs you like with the singing techniques you're working on in them. If you have a voice teacher, they can often find some good ones for you, but if you don't, here are a few great popular songs you can sing along to with or without a music teacher.

  • Coldplay – Fix You: This song is a great one to sing along to if you want to get better at hitting a high note. There's a lot of switching between your chest voice and head voice. There are quite a few long vowels where you'll need to hold the notes or do a short run of notes.
  • Christina Perri – A Thousand Years: This is a great song if you want to learn how to sing. There's a good variation in rhythm between the choruses and verses and you won't need to use your head voice a lot as there isn't any call for falsetto.
  • Sam Smith – Stay With Me: This one is quite fun vocally. This is another song where you need to sing high notes with your head voice and go back down to your chest voice. That said, there are some points in the song where Sam Smith doesn't make use of his head voice to hit some of the notes.

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Whether you’re religious or not, the music used in hymns is great for beginners as they’re often designed to be sung by those with little or no experience in singing. Here are some of the most popular hymns to get you started with singing.

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Which are the best hymns to practise singing?
You'd be surprised at how good hymns are for learning how to sing. (Source: ddzphoto)

Oh Happy Day

Oh Happy Day is a gospel arrangement that was created in 1967 by The Edwin Hawkins Singers who had success in the United States and around the world. Here are the lyrics:

Oh happy day (oh happy day)

Oh happy day (oh happy day)

When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed)

When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed)

When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed)

He washed my sins away (oh happy day)

Oh happy day (oh happy day)

He taught me how to watch, fight and pray, fight and pray

And live rejoicing every, every day

Oh happy day

He taught me how

Oh happy day (oh happy day)

Oh happy day (oh happy day)

Oh happy day (oh happy day)

There’s a great version of this song in Sister Act.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer is a religious hymn that takes the namesake prayer (also known as “Our Father...”) and adds music to it. The advantage is that any practising Christian will already know all the words. You can use it to practise your singing voice while adding a melody.

The Best Patriotic Songs for Learning How to Sing

If you’ve ever watched “Last Night of the Proms”, you’ll know that there’s plenty of great rousing patriotic music that you can sing along with.

If you want to improve your voice, there are some great songs written about the UK that will have you trying to hit high notes, using vibrato, and working your diaphragm.

Here are some of the most rousing patriotic songs for learning how to sing!

Which are the best British patriotic songs?
Rousing patriotic songs are good for practising your singing. (Source: skeeze)

Land of Hope and Glory

This British patriotic song was written by Edward Elgar with lyrics by A.C. Benson and is part of the Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1. King Edward had suggested to Elgar that the melody would make a great song.

The most famous part is the chorus, which is as follows:

Land of Hope and Glory, Mother of the Free,
How shall we extol thee, who are born of thee?
Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be set;
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet,
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet.

The song is at a reasonable tempo and requires a fairly narrow vocal range so it shouldn't pose too much of a challenge to aspiring singers.

Rule Britannia

This patriotic song is great for testing your singing ability. Whether you use it as a vocal warm-up or the core of a singing lesson, this can do wonders for your vocal training.

God Save the Queen

The good thing about the national anthem of the UK is that it's quite slow and simple and almost anyone can sing it. Of course, great singers can turn it into something more than the kind of droning chorus is becomes in sporting events, but as a national anthem, it's meant to be sung by everyone so it's good that you don't need to be a professional singer to get it right.

There are no runs, very few notes that are held for a long time, and it's one of the better songs to perform in a choir or a group since the more people singing it, the better it sounds.

Christmas Songs for Learning how to Sing

If there’s a time of the year when everyone wants to sing, it’s Christmas.

What better way to learn how to sing than with Christmas songs and Christmas carols?

Here are some of the best Christmas songs for learning how to sing.

Which are the best Christmas carols?
A jolly Christmas song is great for practising your singing during the holiday season. (Source: Pexels)

Jingle Bells

The song “Jingle Bells” is one of the most popular Christmas carols and has versions all over the world. Here are the opening lyrics:

Jingle bells, jingle bells,

Jingle all the way.

Oh! what fun it is to ride

In a one-horse open sleigh.

Jingle bells, jingle bells,

Jingle all the way.

Oh! what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh.

Not only will this song help you learn how to sing but it may even bring back memories of Christmases gone. Furthermore, the whole family can sing along with you.

O Christmas Tree

O Christmas Tree is a Christmas carol that originated in Germany and is regularly heard during the holiday season. The joyful melody makes it an ideal song for practising singing over the Christmas period.

Petit Papa Noël

Petit Papa Noël (literally Little Father Christmas) is a 1944 French song from Tino Rossi. While very popular in France, it’s a useful song for learning how to sing.

There are many famous artists who’ve covered it and even a few English-speaking artists that you may have heard of:

  • Chantal Goya
  • Dorothée
  • Dalida
  • Mireille Mathieu
  • Claude François
  • Michèle Torr
  • Céline Dion
  • Roch Voisine
  • Josh Groban
  • Mary J. Blige

If you’re looking to become a singer over the holiday period, these songs should be helpful.

Now you have a few songs to get you started without any help from a singing teacher. To learn more, check out our other articles in this series. Once you’ve exhausted our list, you can always look for a private singing tutor on Superprof!

If you're singing off-key, straining your voice in your singing exercises, or just struggling to sing high, getting voice training from a professional singer is probably the way to go!

On Superprof, there are plenty of talented and experienced singing tutors who can help you. There are three main types of tutorials offered: face-to-face tutorials, online tutorials, and group tutorials. Each type of tutorial has its pros and cons so think carefully about which type would work best for you, your learning style, and your budget.

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