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Top 52 Best Audition Songs for Kids of All Ages

“Kids” is an undefined age; a kid auditioning could be any age from 5-16 years old. And what suits a 5-year-old will probably not suit a 16-year-old. It is, therefore, a difficult task to decide what are the best audition songs for kids. Therefore, I will need to break it down a bit into age groups.

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Also, there is a slight problem with defining things by age. It is possible a 13-year-old could land a role as an 8-year-old if they look and sound perfect for the part. Nevertheless, I will assume that if the child is going to audition for a younger part, they will adjust the song accordingly.

A Choice or No Choice

I am also going to assume that you have been given the freedom to choose your own song for the audition. Where the casting people are looking for a comfortable voice and are not going to be specific, then that will be the case.

However, there might be occasions when they will give you two or three to choose from. That is because they are looking for a certain kind of singer, either by tone or style. In that case, you have no or fewer options to choose your own song. 

It is best to always go with your own song prepared, just in case they decide to spring it on you. Or, if they can’t make up their mind between you and another applicant and ask you to do an extra song.

Some Considerations When Choosing

I don’t mean to put a damper on the performance, but being sensible is the best idea. If you are allowed to choose your own song, don’t try and sing a song just because you like it. That is usually a recipe for disaster.

Remember, you are probably not capable of singing like some of your musical heroes, even though you may think you can. Pick something to sing based on the following:

  • Preferably choose a well-known song.
  • Make sure it is in a key you can sing comfortably.
  • Make sure you know the song very well.
  • Choose a song appropriate for your age.
  • Keep away from the more intense genres.
  • Check to see if they have requested a particular style of song.

So, I will divide the age groups into three sections: under-8, 8-12, and 12-16. It will probably be possible for a singer to drop down an age category if they wish. That is, a 12 to 16-year-old can also sing a song from the 8-12 grouping.

I will also keep the songs mainly theatrical or with a theatrical style. As this is likely to be an audition for either a stage or film performance, I have made my choices to suit either. Some will be from stage shows that have been made into films, as most have.

Best Audition Songs for Kids Under 8 Years Old

When You Wish Upon A Star – Disney’s Pinocchio

When people think of Disney movie songs, this is always one they will remember before most. Typically Disney in its production, this song came from the 1940 adaptation that was made of the story of Pinocchio.

The original version had Cliff Edwards cast in the character of Jiminy Cricket. It was recognized as being such an influential piece that is heard firstly with the opening credits. But also in the final scene of the film.

A song that will allow you to demonstrate vocal control and also express a little emotion in the words.

Beauty And The Beast – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

A memorable song from a film that became enormously popular on its release in 1991. There have been two previous versions of this story. One was made for TV in 1976. The other was part of a group of fairy tales in 1984. It is the Disney version, though, that is now what we know best.

It is an old fairy tale as loved as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. Angela Lansbury played the voice of Mrs. Potts as she describes the relationship between the two main characters. It is a story with a message that is often overlooked. 

How two people can overlook their differences, learn to accept them, and then both change for the better. It sends the message that love is timeless and ageless and is as old as time itself. If you can get this right, then it will be a great song to sing for a kid’s audition.

So Long, Farewell – The Sound of Music

The first of four songs from what many people think is the greatest musical ever. It certainly contains some great songs that kids can sing at an audition

The Sound of Music was written by Rodgers and Hammerstein and released in 1959. It has been a stage show, and it has also toured. But it is the original film version that shines above all other versions.

This is one of only two songs that were written mainly for the children. They perform it first at a party for the guests quite early on, and once again at the end. It does offer you the chance to portray various age ranges using your voice which may be something that impresses those auditioning you.

Castle On A Cloud – Les Miserables

A song set in the 1820s, it is sung by little Cosette as she works away. She is dreaming in her imagination of a castle in the clouds where she is loved and all children are free to play and be happy.

The song is interrupted by the Madam of the house, who sends her out to get water. An emotional song and a good song option for a child’s audition

If you can get to grips with the song, it is ideal for demonstrating your vocal abilities. And if you are so inclined, acting out the part would also be an advantage.

Truly Scrumptious – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Truly Scrumptious is a fictional character that appears in the film and in the stage production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Released on the back of similar successful films in a similar light-hearted vein in 1968, it was written by James Bond creator Ian Fleming.

The character doesn’t appear in the original book, but the filmmakers wanted some romantic interest. It has three people singing it, but one can handle it well. It is later revised as a counterpoint to another song towards the end.

An easy enough song to sing and being well-known, it won’t need too much in the way of understanding.

Best Audition Songs for Kids 8-12 Years Old

My Favorite Things – The Sound of Music 

Another memorable song from this musical, one that has a bittersweet back story to it. Hammerstein was struggling with his cancer in 1958 while writing with Rodgers. He wrote down a list of all of his favorite things and things he was thankful for. 

It became the basis of this memorable song from both stage play and movie. Another song that will go down well at an audition and another song that will demonstrate your vocal ability.

Consider Yourself – Oliver

It may be that you prefer a song to lighten the mood and inject a bit of fun into the audition. Nothing wrong with that if you choose the right song, and this song is exactly that. It could be described as a light-hearted romp.

It is sung by the Artful Dodger to Oliver Twist, who doesn’t know what is going on. They want Oliver to join their gang of pickpockets. Oliver was a Lionel Bart classic loosely based on the book by Charles Dickens. 

It was Dickens’ second novel written about the lives of poor kids in Victorian London. It is sometimes called the “Parish Boys Progress.” A fun song for kids to sing at an audition, and you can act out the parts if you so choose.

Yellow Submarine – The Beatles 

You may feel you want something a little more up to date. Yellow Submarine was an animated film by the Beatles. The song “Yellow Submarine” was written by Lennon and McCartney and sung by Ringo In the film.

Not in the strictest sense a theatrical song. But having something like this available can show you have a wide music range and ability.

Who Will Buy – Oliver Twist

We return to Charles Dickens’ story of Victorian slums in London to take this song. When you see the musical, not the film, for the first time, this is a stand-out song. Whilst it has several singers in the stage song, all the parts can be taken by one person.

It is just a song about various people selling their wares on the streets. The melody is very touching, and the content, very thought-provoking.

A great song for an audition because it is a song that captures emotions and allows the singer to portray them.

A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes – Disney’s Cinderella

A charming song from the 1950s Disney version of Cinderella. The song was written by Mack David, Al Hoffman, and Jerry Livingston. It is a charming little song where Cinderella is sitting encouraging her animal friends. She tells them they must never give up on their dreams. 

A nice tune if you are looking for something not as well-known as some of the songs we have included this far.

Best Audition Songs for 12-16 Years Old Kids

I am Sixteen Going on Seventeen – The Sound of Music

Back to the Austrian mountains again for this song from the Sound of Music. It talks about adolescence and how awkward it feels to be growing up. Liesel sings it to her ‘near’-boyfriend Rolf and tells him that she thinks she can rely on him for guidance. This is because he is a ‘whole year’ older than her.

A well-constructed song about a young girl on the brink of womanhood and an outstanding option for an audition.

I’d Do Anything – Oliver

Back we go again to Victorian London for another memorable Lionel Bart song from Oliver. It starts with Nancy and the Artful Dodger speaking but then soon goes into the song. Others have parts in the song as well as it becomes conversational. However, it is okay for one person to sing all the parts. 

It is an interesting song to sing at an audition because it gives you performance options. It is a mid-tempo song but can also be sung very slowly and sympathetically.

What a Feeling – Flashdance

If you feel that the part you will be auditioning for demands you to demonstrate some uptempo skills, there is nothing better than this. A great song with a great chorus from the 1983 movie “Flashdance.” 

If you can pull it off, this is bound to get the feet tapping. And with a song as powerful as this, it allows you to give it your all. 

Maybe – Annie

This is the first song that is sung in the film and is quite touching. Annie reads a letter that she has been left by her estranged parents. The song sees her wondering what they might be like and hoping they will come back to get her one day.

Once again, a good song for an audition, but you need to be able to generate the right amount of emotion. Going overboard is a bit easy with a song like this. If you do that, it all gets a bit cheesy and will do you no favors.

Edelweiss – The Sound of Music

Let’s finish this look at the best kids audition songs by going back once again to the Sound of Music. While this is a great song to sing, you mustn’t get confused with some of the misconceptions about it.

The Edelweiss is a little white flower in the Austrian mountains, also found in Germany and Switzerland. It is important to the Austrian people but not in a nationalistic way as it is often portrayed. This flower had nothing to do with any war issues. 

The song Edelweiss wasn’t even written until 1959. So it wasn’t used at the time the play depicts. However, it is a great song to sing with plenty of feelings and emotions. If sung well, it is a show-stopper as it was in the film the Sound of Music.

Golden Age Audition Songs for Kids (1940-1959)

Big Mole – Lost in the Stars

Dites-Moi – South Pacific

Gary, Indiana – The Music Man

I Gotta Crow – Peter Pan

I Won’t Grow Up – Peter Pan

1960s Audition Songs for Kids

My Best Girl – Mame

The Perfect Nanny – Mary Poppins

Where is Love? – Oliver!

1970s Audition Songs for Kids

Lullaby From Baby to Baby – Runaways

Neat to be a Newsboy – Working

Not While I’m Around – Sweeney Todd

Tomorrow – Annie

1980s Audition Songs for Kids

Getting Tall – Nine

Giants in the Sky – Into the Woods

I Know Things Now – Into the Woods

Little People – Les Misérables

1990s Audition Songs for Kids

I Want to Know – Big

My New Philosophy – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

No Matter What – Whistle Down the Wind

Round-Shouldered Man – The Secret Garden

Santa’s Little Teapot – Nuncrackers

2000s Audition Songs for Kids

Counting Down to Christmas – A Christmas Story

Electricity – Billy Elliot

I Know It’s Today – Shrek

Picture Show – Bonnie & Clyde

Up on the Fridge – Dear Edwina

2010s Audition Songs for Kids

Almost Nearly Perfect – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Everlasting – Tuck Everlasting

Good Girl Winnie Foster – Tuck Everlasting

Middle of a Moment – James and the Giant Peach

Ring of Keys – Fun Home

Comedic/Character Audition Songs for Kids

Born to Entertain – Ruthless!

Come to the Fun Home – Fun Home

Let Me Entertain You – Gypsy

My Party Dress – Henry & Mudge

Top Secret Personal Beeswax – Junie B. Jones

What If – The Addams Family

Looking for Great Kids Music?

We can help with that. Take a look at our articles on Funny Songs to Sing with Kids, the Best Sing-Along SongsFun Music Activities For KidsEasy Echo Songs For Schools, the Top Karaoke Songs That Anyone Can Sing, and Types of Vocal Timbre for more information about great kids songs.

Best Audition Songs for Kids – Final Thoughts 

Some great songs to sing for kids if they are called for an audition and allowed to choose their own material. I have tried to give a varied choice, so whatever part you are auditioning for, there will be a song that might suit you. Best of Luck.

And until next time, make yourself heard.

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