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10 Difficult Songs To Sing

10 Difficult Songs To Sing

Those who wish to sing always find a song...

So you think you can sing? Try singing these ten songs (in no particular order) and report back. If you can sing the songs without sounding like an out-of-tune piano, report to American Idol or The Voice, or something like that, not us.

1. Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers

Unchained Melody shows Bobby Hatfield's singing talent in full glory. 

The song was originally a theme song for Hall Bartlett's 1955 film Unchained. It was written by Hy Zaret, composed by Alex North and sung by Todd Duncan. In 1965, Bobby Hatfield of The Righteous Brothers covered the song and took it to a whole new level. According to the other half of the duo, Bill Medley, they had agreed to do one solo piece each per album. Both wanted to sing "Unchained Melody" for their fourth album. So they flipped for it and Hatfield won.

The song reappeared on the Billboard charts in 1990 when The Righteous Brothers' recording was used in the box office blockbuster film Ghost (starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore).

2. I believe in a thing called love - The Darkness

Next up in the list to impress you with his vocal range is Justin Hawkins of The Darkness.

3. I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston

This classic by Whitney Houston will test your ability to hit the high notes and breathing as well. The “youuuuouououuu” part of the song is enough to mesmerize the audience.

4. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

This nearly six-minute song by Queen is full of key and tempo variations. It was written by Freddie Mercury for the band's 1975 album A Night at the Opera. The song comprises several segments –– an intro, a ballad, an operatic passage, a hard rock part, and a reflective coda.

By the end of 2018, the song had become the world's most-streamed song.

5. Dream On - Aerosmith

Steven Tyler is not just another long-haired rock n' roller. The guy can sing. "Dream On" is full of vocal slides and long notes, which can very easily challenge a pro singer. And so is his "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" which he performed for the 1998 natural disaster film Armageddon in which his daughter Liv Tyler starred.

6. Best Of You - Foo Fighters

This may seem like an unlikely entry...until you try to sing this song. The 4-minute-15-second song is packed with sonic screams from Dave Grohl.

The song was released as the lead single from the band's fifth studio album, In Your Honor (2005). During the first few rehearsals, Grohl came close to injuring his throat, as he revealed in a 2005 interview with MTV:

I didn't really think of an interesting melody; I just wanted to scream the whole way through. And the first few times we rehearsed it, I thought, 'There's no way I'll be able to play this live. There's blood in my throat.' But now it's great, it's a release. When you go out and sing words from the heart, you scream twice as hard.

7. I Have Nothing – Whitney Houston

Another masterpiece by Whitney Houston. It was released on February 20, 1993, as the third single from The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album (1992). The song peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The song is also a popular choice on many reality television series around the world; it's one of the most performed songs ever on American Idol.

Music journalist Chuck Taylor of Billboard described the song as "bombastic and ultra-challenging" whereas James Montgomery of MTV called the song was "untouchable." 

8. My All - Mariah Carey

Almost all songs by Mariah Carey are difficult to sing. Here we have "My All" from her sixth studio album Butterfly (released in 1997). The verse and the chorus are hard, and the high notes vary throughout, making it one of the most challenging songs to cover. Carey also keeps the volume low for the majority of the chorus.

9. Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland

The song is rather easy, technically. The tough part is attaching your heart and emotion to the song, without which it just comes across bland and soulless.

The ballad was originally composed by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Yip Harburg for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. The song was sung by actress Judy Garland. The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and became Garland's signature song.

The song reappeared on the playlists when it was covered by Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole in the late 1990s. His heartful rendition gained attention in 1999 when an excerpt was used in the TV commercials for eToys.com. The full song was featured in numerous movies and TV shows such as  K-Pax, Meet Joe Black, Son of the Mask, 50 First Dates, Finding Forrester, Letters to Santa, Fred Claus, IMAX: Hubble 3D, Scrubs, Cold Case, Glee, South Pacific, Lost, and Storm Chasers among others.

10. Rolling in the Deep - Adele

The karaoke favorite of girls, this song puts on display Adele's powerful voice. She is a mezzo-soprano with a range spanning from B2 to C6. However, Classic FM states she is often mistaken for a contralto due to the application of a tense chest mix to achieve her lower notes, while also noting that her voice becomes its clearest as she ascends the register, particularly from C4 to C5

In early 2016, even Donald Trump used the song as warm-up music at the rallies during his presidential campaign; Adele issued a statement distancing herself from Trump.

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