This happy Neil Sedaka tune was a #1 hit back in 1975. The song pairs very well with “Crying in the Rain” in contest. It is exclusive to the Dutch quartet Unlimited right now.
This lovely song was written by Newfoundland folk singer Shirley Montague. Newfound Sound, the Harmony Inc. chorus from St. John’s, commissioned the piece in honor of their late member Elaine Sparkes. Though the piece is very specific to Elaine’s life, it probably could be rewritten to honor another barbershopper.
The lyrics to this timeless hymn were written by the grieving Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey after the death of his wife and infant son in childbirth. Dorsey based the tune heavily on the 1844 hymn “Maitland,” composed by George N. Allen. This moving piece is available in men’s, women’s and mixed arrangements.
What? You mean you don’t have a song in Finnish in your repertoire? My friend, you have a serious shortage of double letters in your life. Actually, this is a lovely song in any language, and an English translation is in the works. So take a chance and givve itt aa tryy.
What do you do when your lover just ups and disappears one day? Do you run around like a chicken with its head cut off? Or do you take a, well . . . easier approach. This fun arrangement is exclusive to Cahoots for now, but do keep it in mind for the future.
Women with male solo. Continue reading Hit the Road, Jack
Take a trip down memory lane with this sweet old song. It was arranged for Vintage Mix, a delightful Wisconsin quartet composed of teenage quadruplets. Their grandfather used to sing it to them, and they purely fell in love with it. Give yourself the same chance. . . .
The word in question is indeed long. It is very long. It is very, very long. Would you believe “hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliaphobia’? And it is a real word too, unlike a certain one from the musical Mary Poppins. See if your group can wrap your brains, and tongues, around this delightful, energetic song.
Don McLean composed and performed this lovely, haunting song. The poetry of McLean’s lyrics matches well Van Gogh’s later, colorful paintings. This tune is sure to captivate your audiences.
Ah, how much fun is it to sing a recently written tune about the songs and excitement of the Roaring ’20s? Big fun, that’s how much! This song will be exclusive to The Velvet Frogs until the fall of 2017, but you can start thinking right now about singing this delightful number.
Tickets: check! Popcorn: check! Candy: check! Drinks: check! Come on in and grab the best seat in the house. The lights have been dimmed, the commercials and trailers are done, and now it is time for the main feature. Roll ’em! And you will be able to roll ’em too—as soon as the Scioto Valley Chorus has ended its run.
No doubt you have already guessed the punch line to this tune. No, the person is not a yo-yo. Yes, he or she is head-over-heels in love! Give this happy song a test spin. . . .
Did you ever fall in love with the wrong person? You know he or she is just not right for you—perhaps not for anyone—but there you are, hooked. Stuck in the magic spell. Well, maybe it will help you to sing about it. Sinatra did. . . .
Partly in English and partly in German, this song is, well . . . what it is, is . . . different—and great fun! The English title is “My Brother Makes the Sound Effects for Movies.” The sounds included are a mix of vocal, electronic and mechanical effects. And the piece is contestable too. It could be redone for your group to be all in one language or the other.
Partly in English and partly in German, this song is, well . . . what it is, is . . . different—and great fun! The sounds included are a mix of vocal, electronic and mechanical effects. And it is contestable too. It could be redone for your group to be all in one language or the other. The German title is “Mein Bruder macht im Tonfilm die Geräusche.”
No doubt you have always pondered this timeless query. Though the song does not exactly provide you with the answer, your group will have big fun exploring the matter. So will your audiences, especially the listeners of, um, a certain age. . . .
They don’t come any sweeter than this love song. Sing this lovely tune on an afterglow or for a change of pace during a show.
Does your quartet want to make the cut for International? If so, pleading with the judges might just help you pull it off. This piece is exclusive to Boardwalk right now, but maybe someday. . . .
Come join the folks of this nickel-mining town for a rollicking time. Canadian legend Stompin’ Tom Connors paints a most vivid, delightful picture of what the weekend is like up north in Ontario. You are right there, and your audiences will be too.
Can Joe Mahoney catch the criminal mastermind who pulled off the big heist? Joe’s disguise when he goes undercover does not fool anyone, but our man just may be able to close the book on this one nonetheless. Set to a light classical tune, this piece is heavy fun.
This tune is as sweet and light as they come. Show your audiences you are a clever speller, as well as being wise in the ways of love.
This one is pretty flexible, of course, for so many of our barbershop claassics were written in this roaring decade. So you could either sing these two uptunes or pick one of them and just add a ballad:
- How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm
- Twenties Dance Medley
Who among us isn’t older than he or she used to be? But, hey, let’s have some fun with the passage of time:
- Button Up Your Overcoat
- If I Had My Life to Live Over
for shows try Senior Moments [You can’t sing “brain farts” in contest.]
Things go haywire at puberty and don’t seem to settle down for another, oh, it seems like 40 or 50 years:
- Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
- Crying in the Rain
- Young and Foolish
- Your Tattoo
a little cheerier would be Calendar Girl
Ah, the flower of love! Here you have an uptune medley and a choice of two ballads:
- Rose Medley
- Roses of Picard
- Roses Bring Dreams of You
Now, this is not really a dress-up package, but the two songs sure do go well together:
- Dreamer with a Penny
- Pennies from Heaven
Ah, young love:
- Grease Medley
- Young and Foolish [or any other song of young love]
This package would fit a chorus with a female director especially well. Every performance will be a jolly ‘oliday with these two pieces:
- Mary Poppins Medley
- Feed the Birds
Time to swash, buckle, pillage, plunder and so on—not to mention dressing up in highly fun fashion:
- Professional Pirate, A
[I can steer you toward some other folks’ arrangements for song two.]
Better suited to a chorus than a quartet, this saga explores the spinach-eating Sailor Man and his gang:
- Popeye Medley
[Hmm. . . . Perhaps you could sing a love song to Olive Oyl.]
Heroes Superman, Batman, Spider Man and Mighty Mouse bemoan the effects of aging on their waning superpowers. Time to dress up! The songs:
- Aging Superheroes Medley
- When I Lost You Parody
Break out your zoot suits or Roaring ’20s grubbies and get ready to explore the mysteries of, and creative solutions for, that dreadful time known as Prohibition:
- How Are You Goin’ to Wet Your Whistle (When the Whole Darn World Goes Dry)
- Where Do They Go When They Row-Row-Row (Three Miles Away from the Shore)
and maybe even the gangster song We’re Number One
More for a chorus than a quartet, this medley deals with sailors who have had their shore leave canceled. It is pretty funny and clever if I do say so myself:
- Sea Medley
[Lots of songs would work; for example, A Son of the Sea or How Deep Is the Ocean.]
Everyone’s favorite urchin is the theme of this package. Choose one of the first two pieces to sing with the touching, lovely ballad:
- Consider Yourself
- Oliver Medley
- Where Is Love
Whether you are a Tiger or a hacker, or even a couch potato, these two songs could be big fun for you and your audiences:
- Golf Medley
- I’ve Been Workin’ on My Golf Game
Is your group ready to slay dragons, rescue fair maidens and generally carry on in fun fashion? If so, choose two of these three pieces for your next contest:
- Knight School Medley
- Knighthood Quest Medley
- Knighthood Rhythm Medley
Which would you rather be, a rich person with a worried mind or a dreamer with lots of wealth other than money? This song answers that question in happy, swingy fashion.
While this song is not really a translation of “Happy Days Are Here Again,” it does feature a new set of German lyrics that capture the cheery spirit of the original. This song has the honor of being one of the first two polecat songs for BinG!, which is a mixed barbershop organization.
This heartfelt ballad was written by barbershop patriarch Hal Purdy. Hal started the famous Purdy Corral, an institution at International conventions for years.
This classic is a good candidate for the best popular song of all time. “And may all your Christmases be white!”
Ragtime Joe may be just a little bit obstinate, but his taste in music is outstanding. Your audiences are sure to love this barbershop classic.
The great Stephen Foster wrote many beautiful, poignant songs, as well as some lighthearted ones. Guess which kind this is. This song, as well as its composer, was featured at the 2015 Pittsburgh International convention.
This country classic is as lively and cheery as they come. I promise you this will be extra fun for you to sing, and for your audiences to hear. Continue reading Hey, Good Lookin’
This witty song is popular with high school boys for some reason. Go figure. Of course, grownups like this Cincinnati Kids’ song even more.
A song of love for mother is always sure to please. Indeed, do feel free to substitute the word “Mother.”
And its partner piece is composed of these tunes: I Got Rhythm, Soft Shoe Song, Tonight, By the Light of the Silvery Moon and The Hokey Pokey. All these, and you get to wear swell costumes as well!
This nutty compilation contains So Long, Mother; Back in the Old Routine; Side by Side; I Love a Parade; Chattanooga Choo Choo; Bright Was the Night; and (I’m Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over. Crazy enough for you? Check out the medley below.
Yes, this is the Eagles’ big hit, and it can even be sung in contest. So “come to your senses” and give this heartfelt tale a try.
“Have a little pity, leave my pleasure alone!” So sings the put-upon taxpayer. By the way, this is not the version sung by the 139th St. Quartet.
This rousing song is from the musical “Les Miserables.” Your audiences hearts and guts will be moved, and you can even sing it in contest if you are willing to take a chance.
Here is some gentle, sweet, lighthearted fun for you and your audiences. Mm, can’t you just feel the warm breeze and taste the drink with the little umbrella in it.. . . . The highly entertaining quartet Boardwalk can.
A timeless song that has been redone to be contestable, this piece is purely wonderful. Do check out this gentle, deep journey.
Nobody doesn’t enjoy this fun, catty pop #1 hit from 1963. This tune is good for young and old alike, so give it a whirl.
This may be the best song every written, period. Couldn’t all of us fallible mortals use a little grace? Continue reading Amazing Grace
No joke, this is the straight version of the Roy Orbison song, covered so beautifully by Linda Ronstadt, among others. Your group can set a sultry Louisiana mood with this pop hit. Continue reading Blue Bayou
Do you want to stay young, at least in your heart? Then this is the song for you.
Written and performed by John Jarvis, this lovely song stresses two types of love. One is for one’s spouse, while the other is even greater: “Peace on Earth, goodwill to men.” At this time the arrangement is exclusive to Nova Quattro.
Four rock ‘n’ roll classics make this medley a winner: Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay, Hound Dog, Tears on My Pillow and Blue Moon. So, hey, let your eternal teenager out for a little while.
No one doesn’t like this classic ballad. This particular arrangement is just that little bit different.
This tempo ballad that really paints a pretty picture. Is someone waiting for you? I sure hope so.
This tongue-in-cheek lament is best saved for after-afterglows.
Love does not always last forever, but some things do. This humorous song is just fine for contest, so do give it a whirl.
No matter what your sign, dude, wicked things are in store for you for the foreseeable future. This Weird Al tune is quite funny, not to mention way intense.
Great for contest, this ’50s ballad builds to a surprising level of power. The men’s version is published by the BHS, and the song is great for women as well. Continue reading Young and Foolish
This is a highly cute song that lays down the law about fidelity. For sure it is for women only, and the ladies know how to sing it! Continue reading You’ve Got to See Mamma Every Night
What’s not to like about this Carole King classic? Great for honoring a special person or delighting all of your audiences. Continue reading You’ve Got a Friend
Simply a classic, this song is loved by all of your audiences, both barbershop and non-.
If you “hear music and there’s no one there,” get together with a quartet or chorus of the opposite sex and perform this lively partner song. This one is a clear winner. Continue reading You’re Just in Love
The Good Lord called on this man to become a bass singer. Though the fellow lacked faith, God’s will—and sense of humor—prevailed. Feature your stud bass with this clever tune.
Light and sweet, this Christmas tune will add sparkle to your holiday shows. Wouldn’t you like to meet it? Continue reading You Meet the Nicest People
What could be better than two lovely ballads from The Music Man that are both about, well . . . you?
A strong ballad with a theme of temptation, this song asks that the love-struck person just be left alone.
The great Irving Berlin makes some of his best word plays in this delightful song. From the musical Annie Get Your Gun, this contestable tune is for women only. Continue reading You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun
Written by Peter Allen and Carole Bayer Sager, this bittersweet tune tells of a love so hot that it had to burn out.
Quite humorous Christmas tune about a kid who has been bad. Continue reading You Ain’t Gettin’ Diddly Squat
This ballad medley of lost love contains some lovely, sad images. You can picture the petals slowly falling. . . .
This is a powerful song from the French, with a sophisticated sentiment of regret. It is especially good for mature groups.
The lovely Beatles’ tune may be the most recorded of all time. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS. Now available for SATB mixed voices. Continue reading Yesterday
This moving ode to the flag is a sure winner nowadays.
Your audiences will love to do the movements associated with this song. This tune is sure to raise the energy level of your performance.
As sung by SAI’s San Diego Chorus, this a real production number. They also serve who sit and smile. . . .
TV evangelists are pointedly spotlighted in this delightful tune. No longer exclusive to Buckeye Blend.
Marvelously energetic 8-parter about men and women working together, as sung by Friends. Continue reading With Two Wings
Here is the inspirational Bette Midler hit about the man behind the woman, or vice versa. Do give this powerful piece a try. Now available for SATB mixed voices.
A #1 pop hit from 1966, this tune has a lilting feel and a mock-sad message. It is some fun.
Here is Brahms Lullaby, in German. It could be translated into English, of course.
A #1 hit for Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle in 1993, this lovely tune soars into the stratosphere to tell us of the joys of new love. And believe it or not, this song works just fine in BHS contests. So take a magic carpet ride on this theme song from the animated film Aladdin.
This tune is available in both the typical uptune version and a new cool/hot treatment. The latter is quite unique, so do yourself a favor and give it a try.
This is the cute pop hit popularized by Tony Orlando & Dawn. Suspicion seems to be going around, eh?
Did you ever have the feeling that you just should not leave home? Hey, when the cat’s away, the kitten just may play.
Here is an easy-beat, contestable love song that is most gentle and enjoyable. This tune is now available in both men’s and women’s voicing.
You may not be familiar with this song, but it is way cheerful and appealing. Your group wants to sing it; you just don’t know it yet. Anne Bureau has made some killer tracks to help you learn this tune fast. Continue reading Wherever There’s Me, There’s You
This energetic song is a pure delight. If you figure out what the words mean, do let me know.
There are not many lovelier, more touching Broadway ballads than this. A bonus is that this song is contestable.
This clever number combines very well with How Are You Goin’ to Wet Your Whistle in a Prohibition novelty set. Did Joe send you?
This cute novelty tune tells of the wild things that can happen on a faraway island.
Here is a square medley of love that has a wonderfully old-fashioned ring to it. Ain’t lifelong love grand?
This pensive, timeless ballad has certainly stood the test of time. The reprise of the theme melody in the tag is a nice added touch.
. . . it’s better to leave them alone, says this novelty tune. This is not the version sung by the 139th St. Quartet, by the way, but it is still great fun.
A beautiful, heartfelt song, this is a pure joy to sing and listen to. Power Play debuted it, and it has since become a barbershop staple. Continue reading When There’s Love at Home
What a beautiful song this is. A metaphor for the afterlife, the piece can be a great comfort at funeral and at other times as well.
This uptune is a favorite with all audiences. They know it, they love it; so give it a look-see.
It is hard to say what the main characteristic of this fun song is, silliness or simplicity. Anyhow, Sammy made quite a sticky mess of things.
This Beatles’ song is always a kick, for singers and audience members alike. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS. Of course, you can vary the lyrics to reference any age that ends in a four. Continue reading When I’m Sixty-Four
Jazzy, fun, a natural for barbershoppers, this song is a sure winner. Do check it out. Continue reading When I Sing
Are your superpowers—and maybe even some of your normal ones—fading away? If so, you will be able to relate to this clever parody. Not surprisingly, it goes well with the Aging Superheroes Medley.
Voted the best barbershop ballad of all time by Arrangement judges, this song will touch your listeners’ hearts.
Ready to thumb your nose at fashion snobbery? With its ever-so-mildly risque lyrics, this Mama Cass tune is bound to be hit, whether on the contest stage or in a show. Continue reading When I Just Wear My Smile
A beautiful Sigmund Romberg tempo ballad, this song tells of a bittersweet parting that is more sweet than bitter.
A fun song about billing and cooing, this lively tune paints vivid picture of innocent romance.
A lonesome doughboy on R&R in Australia finds that those initials just might stand for Romance & Relationship. This tune offers plenty of light fun.
This Statler Brothers’ lament about modern times stresses solid, old-fashioned values. Things were just a lot clearer back then. . . .
This powerfully uplifting show song is sung by numerous women’s choruses. Singing about our music is the best! Continue reading What Would I Do Without My Music
Your audiences will surely be able to relate to this classic, hip lament about love. Can you solve the mystery?
Here is a new twist on an all-time favorite of us barbershoppers. Various popular oldies are referenced within this piece.
Here are seven songs that could be the centerpiece to a Western-themed show: Back in the Saddle Again, Home on the Range, Deep in the Heart of Texas, The Yellow Rose of Texas, Clementine, Red River Valley and Oh Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie. This medley is also available in a shorter version.
Here is a heartfelt regional song about the almost-heavenly state.
Also specialized, this medley includes Hail West Virginia and Fight, Fight, Fight, Fight Mountaineers.
Sincere but rather specialized, this song may or may not be right for your group. . . .
This song is just right for weddings, naturally. Pizza, Pooh and Magpie—well, that is what the Beatles called Peter, Paul and Mary—sang this piece with great success.
This classic can be sung in either German or English. The song is way cute.
A Cab Calloway tune that really swings, this witty song has something for everyone. It is no longer exclusive to Sweden’s Dalton Bros., so do give it a shot.
This is a sad ballad of lost love. Your beloved is getting married but to someone else. You can really jerk some tears with this tune.
Barbershopper Fred Tremper wrote this piece about Broadway stardom. Hey, perhaps this tune can send you on your way as well.
A cute song for a group wid a criminal image, dis barbershopper-written tune is just plain moider! Continue reading We’re Number One
Hey, don’t take it personally. Any other Buckeye fan would say the same thing.
And now for something completely different. This jazzy version of a song usually heard as a barbershop ballad is patterned after Frank Sinatra’s interpretation. If you have some swing in your soul, give this one a look and a listen. Continue reading Way You Look Tonight, The
This tune tells the sad tale of a computer, a Wang that is down. Aww. . . .
Australia’s unofficial national anthem, this tune is rollicking fun. Take your audiences on a lively trip Down Under.
Here is some old-fashioned fun in 3/4 time. It is the happy tale of Madeline Mooney, “who’d rather be dancing than eat.”
This is the touching Matt Monro hit from 1965. Even when true love is involved, a relationship still could be hopeless.
Has your envy of the fabulous Vocal Majority ever caused you to want to poke a little fun at them? Now is your chance. This parody will spice up any barbershop performance.
There is plenty of rhythmic interest in this Christmas tune. It somehow manages to be both calm and lively at the same time—not to mention lots of fun.
Though it starts out straight, this spoof of the Michigan fight song from the Ohio State point of view ends up quite crooked.
A spoof of the Aussies’ favorite, um, edible substance, this tune is big, though, specialized, fun.
This happy summer song is always in season. The BHS publishes the men’s version, of this tune, which is virtually a Polecat song in some places. Now available for SATB mixed voices.
Funny and wordy, as sung by Joker’s Wild, this piece could be made contestable. You will not believe the rapid-fire list of roadside attractions included in this clever song.
Similar to Acoustix’s take on the old rock ‘n’ roll version, this chart is plenty weird. Your tenor gets the chance to shine here.
A folky tune that is really cute, this song speaks of He-gulls, She-gulls, Mom-bats, ad-bats . . . well, you get the idea. Silly fun for all audiences.
Joni Mitchell sang this offbeat, jazzy piece about a real nut case. So come on, baby, let’s do the . . . twisted?
Yes, really. This chart is actually fairly fancy, with various styles of harmonization being used. A couple of extra verses have been added to honor ill children, so this song is just right for certain occasions.
Composed of three very lively tunes, this medley has great choreographic possibilities for a chorus. Hey, it’s time for you to do the Charleston, Varsity Drag and Black Bottom.
A cool/hot show tune, this swingy number will have your audiences swaying in their seats and smiling from ear to ear.
This pop classic speaks to all the men in your audience—and the women sure do hope they will listen.
This quite humorous song, which I also wrote, was a hit for international medalist Riptide.
The King himself sang this cautionary love story. The Musical Island Boys might just be willing to share it with you.
A King’s Singers tune about a London omnibus, this song is delightfully offbeat.
Here are three quite interesting songs about, um, unique women. Would you believe Sob Sister Sadie, Hard Boiled Rose and Dangerous Nan McGrew?
An ageless song of young love, this tune tells of the greater wisdom of the younger folks. Singers of any age can have a hit with this piece, for sure.
This clever love song is just too marvelous not to sing. Hey, that is what international medalist State Line Grocery thought. How about you?
Yet another ballad of a woman too wild for her own good. The poor dear has fallen far.
A peppy Dixie uptune, this song is a solid choice for contest. Hey, you will be home . . . tomorrow.
Debuted by champ quartet Power Play, this powerful love sung has been recorded by Josh Groban. Haven’t heard of this young man with the mature voice? Get hep, cat!
Emmylou Harris revived this rock’n’roll hit in the album Trio, along with standout performers Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton. The original was a #1 hit back in 1958 for the Teddy Bears, one of whose members, Phil Spector, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame as a writer and producer in 1989.
This is a revised version of an old-fashioned ballad. The tune is a real oldie, not the 1947 hit by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne you are probably picturing.
This WWI ballad never goes out of style. So it’s time for you to “Smile the while. . . .”
Here is a classic, poignant ballad about mother. Though not the version sung by 1986 champ Rural Route 4, this one is pretty darn powerful.
Written by barbershopper Gary Scalise, this song expresses religious humility.
Nat “King” Cole sang this haunting song of lost love. Sad songs just do not get any prettier than this.”
I wrote and arranged the setting for this medley of sing-along standards: She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round The Mountain, I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad and My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean. Your audiences will enjoy participating rather than simply listening.
A stirring medley about moving on to the Promised Land, this piece was commissioned by the Great Northern Union, who performed it with Four Voices and the Happiness Emporium. It normally requires a chorus and two quartets, though it also can be sung in eight rather than 12 parts.
This arrogantly fun uptune was debuted by our 1984 champs, The Rapscallions, and revived in most humorous fashion by popular medalist quartet Metropolis.
Even back in 1921 the older folks thought the young ones’ dances were just too racy. In the middle of this Irving Berlin song is an eclectic mix of Blame It on the Bossa Nova, La Bamba, Put Your Head on My Shoulder and Hernando’s Hideaway. You too can put your dancing shoes on now that the Granite Statesmen have debuted this piece at International.
This tribute to the Challenger astronauts is clearly on the somber side.
This tender ballad was written by early barbershopper Hal Staab. Will the two strangers meet again?
An old-fashioned love ballad, this tune is about a wish for a “little spark” to become a great flame once again.
That’s right: I love you! And I just cannot hide it. Everyone will enjoy this catchy pop standard. Continue reading There, I’ve Said It Again
An ode to uniqueness, this tune makes for plenty of weird fun.
Also called Through the Eyes of Love, this song is especially lovely. Give this delightful piece a try.
A beautiful song of lifelong love, this piece will warm your audiences hearts.
Swing Street on the ladies’ side and SRO for the men sang this energetic love medley. Pick up on this proven winner for your group. Continue reading That’s My Weakness Now/That Certain Party
A fine show opener in the Broadway tradition, this song offers plenty of clever, energetic fun.
The rock hit performed by Buddy Holly, Linda Ronstadt and many others, this tune is a lot of uppity fun. Continue reading That’ll Be the Day
This song is heartfelt and purely old-fashioned. Mother knows best. . . .
You pretty well know the whole song from the title. This sort of ballad has barbershop written all over it.
How long has it been since you heard a good old Gene Autry song? Well, your audiences probably haven’t either, so take them back in time with this heartfelt tempo ballad.
Though this ballad was most popular in the UK, barbershoppers the world over will enjoy its sweet, romantic sentiment.
A cute tune about the great comedian, this song was arranged for 1985 quartet champ The New Tradition.
Bob Hope’s theme song is just the thing to close your show with. Some of the lyrics have been changed to provide barbershop references.
A great Statler Brothers’ tune honoring music, this song is heavy on old-fashioned values and references.
Looking for a short song to close your shows with? How does one minute of happy thanks sound? Lots of fun and energy in this piece.
What could be more inspiring than singing about our music? This uplifting arrangement is no longer exclusive. Continue reading Thank You for the Music
You know how some songs are just plain fun? Well, this is one of them. John Denver’s popular classic can be a hit for your group too.
How could there be so many reasons for getting back together with an ex? Think Powerball! That’s what highly creative barbershopper Mike Lietke thought of.
From the musical Civil War, this song of a dying young soldier is most powerful, indeed. It makes a fine contest companion to the Civil War Medley of rousing uptunes. Both Power Play and The Alliance have sung it in international competition.
A strong ballad asking your lover to make up, this song ends on a note of hope, which springs eternal.
No one doesn’t love this happy, swingy tune. Your contest and show audiences are sure to enjoy hearing you sing it.
Written by talented Canadian barbershopper Janet Kidd, this song is about a Southern city that is known for being, well, a certain amount of fun: New Orleans!
This is the classic fun version, the one where the notes and words somehow become one notch off. All’s well that ends well, though.
The unofficial theme song of the German soccer World Cup, this driving song vividly captures the excitement of a perfect day, one that you would gladly live forever.
This is an offbeat, fun, potentially contestable list of forbidden things. The original was in German, but the piece is available in English as well.
Great fun for singers and audiences alike, this lively tune is available in both contest and show versions. It is easily one of my most popular charts. Power Play sang it with much success, and it works just fine for the ladies as well. Continue reading Swinging on a Star
Is your group looking for an apologetic, square ballad? Well, you just found it.
A fun nonsense song that takes you in circles, this vintage tune surprises your audience every few seconds.
Ever wonder what would happen if your group reversed its standing position? A barbershop classic might well come out backward, to highly funny effect. This tune is a sure audience-grabber. It fits both men and women just fine.
Here are three songs from the musical about everyone’s favorite dance-hall girl: “Hey, Look Me Over,” “Baby Dream Your Dream” and “Big Spender.” This combination of witty and hopeful tunes are best suited for women only.
First a barbershop hit for the 1956 champ Confederates, this ballad is a real powerhouse. This arrangement is available as sung by 2003 champ Power Plan and in a longer version better suited for choruses. Continue reading Sunshine of Your Smile, The
Happy and romantic, this tune is sort of a Down Under version of A Foggy Day in London Town.
This medley is a winner any time of year, with Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer, Summer In The City, Sunny Afternoon and Sunshine On My Shoulders. Some like it hot!
There is plenty of seasonal fun to be had with this hit from the UK. It is time to go on holiday!
What could be sweeter than singing this McGuire Sisters’ piece of confection? Your quartet or chorus will find out you definitely have not bitten off more than you can chew. Continue reading Sugartime
A charming mix of Standing on the Corner and Leaning on a Lamp-Post, this medley is about watching all the girls go by—or waiting for just that special one.
This fast piece definitely cooks, with a scat section for each voice part. There is nothing more fun than singing about music. Continue reading Spreadin’ Rhythm Around
Performed by Germany’s Erster Koelner Barbershop Chor, this unique medley allows for lots of costuming, action and just plain fun. Goes well as a contest set with the ballad parody If the Rest of the Worlds Don’t Want You.
I wrote and arranged this energetic song honoring music and other sounds of life around us. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS. There is now an SATB version for YMIH/YWIH singers, as well one for women’s voices. Continue reading Sound Celebration
This ballad is always good for lots of emotion. The story is told that the lyrics were written by some songwriters who were trying to go way over the top, but they seem to have gotten things just right.
Ya gotta have heart, and this lively Power Play tune lets your audience know that you do. There is energy galore in this tune.
A German pop hit, this song is perfect if you ever want to sing in a foreign language about a girl with freckles (“summer sprouts”).
Arranged to help the Dutch Association of Barbershop Singers (DABS) celebrate its 20th anniversary, this song is as strong as it gets. It has been used for protest and inspiration by a wide variety of oppressed groups, though anyone can relate to its powerful, uplifting message. Continue reading Something Inside So Strong
An old-fashioned ballad about parents waiting back home, this lovely song stresses love of family.
An ultra-intense Civil War song, this piece is contestable. Lots of sadness here, so skip this one unless you can handle it.
Who would have pictured this haunting song by the Carpenters being sung in contest? Well, one quartet did, and now your group can too. Continue reading Solitaire
It is just about impossible to go wrong with this beautiful tribute to the USA. Do give it a listen.
This tender World War I song was debuted by champ quartet The New Tradition. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS.
A big hit in Europe in the time of Flower Power, this song was a performed by a Swedish group whose only Austrian member, Dieter Feichtinger, is now a Stockholm barbershopper.
As sung by The New Tradition, Nightlife, Ringmasters and many other groups, this piece is really powerful. You could close your shows with it or sing it in just about any other position. This arrangement is my all-time favorite. Continue reading Smile
This country hit tells us to enjoy life right now. Hey, when else is there?
One of the great Stephen Foster’s less well-known tunes, this piece is nonetheless wonderful. This lullaby might even be a little bit better for fathers to sing than mothers.
Inspired by the Andy Williams version of the holiday song, this arrangement features five key changes. That makes for a most energetic piece, for sure. Continue reading Sleigh Ride
Hopeful songs of love don’t come any prettier than this. Makes a great solo for a tenor or high lead. Also available in “normal” version.
What a sweet Christmas tune this is. Your group will enjoy singing a lullaby to the baby Jesus.
A doo-wop gospel tune a la Glad, this song really fits us barbershoppers. We sure do love to sing it a cappella, eh?
A sure show-stopper, this tribute to Old Blue Eyes contains Put Your Dreams Away, Love and Marriage, My Kind Of Town (Chicago Is), Nancy (With the Laughing Face), My Way and Theme from “New York, New York.”
A classic ballad of aging, this chorus (only) is most lovely.
Truly a rock’n’roll classic that will take your audiences back, this tune offers lighthearted fun. The BHS publishes the men’s version. Continue reading Silhouettes (On the Shade)
Some surprise harmonies flavor this arrangement of the classic barbershop song. Power Play won gold with this upbeat, lively tune. Continue reading Side by Side
A wildly creative commentary on lonely life in the suburbs, this song can be sung in contest. You need to experience this offbeat tune at least one in your life.
Definitely an oldie, this song of a fallen woman is to be sung with tongue firmly in cheek.
Well, now, what did our Minnie lose? This humorous tune with a surprisingly punch line will tell you.
This uplifting pop/country hit pays homage to the beloved lady who gives you so much supuport.
You don’t have to be a Baptist to sing this song, which somehow manages to be both lively and majestic.
What could be more barbershop than strutting around that stage to this tune from The Music Man? Time for energetic fun!
The first line of the chorus is “Senior moments, brain farts.” What more do you need to know about this humorous afterglow song? It will have your audiences rolling in . . . their wheel chairs.
This moving, haunting song is especially powerful as a bass solo. Enjoy Stephen Sondheim at his best!
This waltzy tune of childhood pleasures is sure to bring out the happy kid in everyone.
Arranged for the LABBS organization, this lush tune works for men too. Isn’t it great when you can let a happy secret out. . . .
A beautiful ballad from the animated film Peter Pan, this song was debuted at the 2009 Anaheim International contest by The Alliance. Tim Waurick has recorded fine learning tracks for both men and women. While this piece stands alone just fine, it would make a lovely companion to a Peter Pan or pirate medley in contest. Continue reading Second Star to the Right
Well, this medley is, um, hard to explain. The theme is a crew appealing to the captain for shore leave. And there are lots and lots of songs in it. For sure, it is funny. It would make a great contest piece for an ambitious group, or sing it on a show.
A plug for Steeltown, this tune makes for big regional fun.
Brothers and Sisters, are you leading a life of sin and corruption? If so, this energetic, tongue-in-cheek song will set you on the righteous path. Let me hear an “Amen!”
John Denver sang this clever novelty song. Just what does happen in that Ohio town when the sun goes down?
Here is a fun march your group can sing all year round. It makes a wonderful costume piece and can be combined with an appropriate ballad—for example, Why Doesn’t Santa Claus Go Next Door or The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot—in a memorable contest set.
Originally arranged for a female soloist with men’s quartet or chorus, the piece is now available for five women’s voice parts. This seductive song is cool, hot and fun. Continue reading Santa Baby
If big, gooey messes are your thing, this is the dirty—er, ditty—for you.
The thought-provoking Dan Fogelberg song, this piece seems to be about a colt that might run in the Kentucky Derby but may just have a larger meaning for us all.
Contestable, substantial and lively, this tune was sung by Power Play. See if your group too can make that “trombone moan.”
A strong, haunting ballad, this song was popular during the First World War. Its story of lovers separated by distance but close together in their hearts is timeless, indeed.
A solid but not simplistic ballad, this song was wonderfully rendered by Power Play. The lovely tag has been featured in The HARMONIZER.
Three flowery songs for women comprise this medley: When You Wore a Tulip; A Robin and a Rainbow and a Red, Red Rose; and Looking at the World Through Rose Colored Glasses. Do give this fragrant medley a try.
Power Play sang this sweet lullaby to fine effect. There is more substance to it than you would think, so give this song a try.
This stirring Jewish religious piece is right for believers of all faiths.
No, that is not a misprint. This snappy opener is a combo of Rock Around the Clock and Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay. Hey, it’s time for you to rock out!
The wall-to-well redneck jokes will have your audience swallowing their chawin’ tobaccy. No longer exclusive to Overture.
From the hit musical and movie Chicago, this fast-paced song is quite lively and clever. So it’s time for you to “hypnotizzy” your audiences. . . . Continue reading Razzle Dazzle
This high-energy mix of Razzle Dazzle and Applause is no longer exclusive to the Phoenicians. Start off your performances with a Broadway flair!
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid ride — well, a bicycle, anyhow — again. This light song is, well, delightful.
A yo-ho-ho and a bottle of Captain Morgan’s, ye scurvy landlubbers! This clever song from the film Muppet Treasure Island will shiver your timbers for sure.
Parodies on well-known songs tell of each quartet member’s upcoming stint in Alcatraz, Sing Sing, Marion and Leavenworth. No longer exclusive to Rumors, this piece will really, uh, capture your audiences’ attention.
This fun meter parody is quite contestable. The lovable quartet Shenanigans had a hit with it, and so could your quartet or chorus.
Folk legend Pete Seeger penned this uplifting song. Use this piece to honor a friend(s) or simply to inpire your audiences. Arranged for chorus and soloist.
. . . but always be prepared for rain, cautions this lively uptune. It is great to be optimistic, but don’t be siimply foolish.
Olive Oyl, Swee’ Pea, Wimpy, Bluto and the Sailor Man himself are all featured in this parody melange. Suitable for contest, this medley would also make a great centerpiece for a fun show theme.
This gem of a Maori love song was originally sung by The Ritz, who took quartet gold in 1991. The Musical Island Boys, our champ in 2014, picked up on it too. The lyrics are about half in English.
Peter, Paul and Mary sang this funny, sweet song about being the last kid chosen. Do check it out!
Be sure to include this parody in your next Amish package. You will be doing an Amish package, right?
Celtic Thunder sings this happy, lively, energetic, creative, wonderful, fantastic song. You owe it to yourself to check it out for your quartet or chorus. You just do! Can be sung with or without a backup band. Continue reading Place in the Choir
Well-suited for Western shows, this song tells the story of a rugged cowgirl. A man can only hope for mercy. . . .
Have a look at this delightful combination of You Can Fly!, I Won’t Grow Up, Captain Hook’s Waltz and The Chase. We have here a unique mix of humor and heart that the child in you will purely love. Sing it in contest along with the lovely ballad Second Star to the Right, which comes from the animated film Peter Pan.
Yes, it does work in contest. There are not many prettier ballads than this one around. Even more fun is that it can be sung as a swinging uptune too.
No one doesn’t enjoy this easy-beat tune. It makes a fine change of pace for your performances.
This cute Western medley looks at the other side of the coin.
The words don’t make a bit of sense, but that doesn’t stop the fun in this novelty number. In fact, the words are the biggest part of the merriment. This song is no longer exclusive to Buckeye Blend.
A moving ballad about missing childhood friends, this song is wonderfully nostalgic.
A truly marvelous ballad, this song was debuted by Power Play. Hey, the lovely tag alone makes it worth singing. This is the only song I have arranged that sounds as though Lou Perry could have done it.
No longer exclusive to the Spirit of Phoenix, this rousing tune grabs our barbershop audiences right from the start.
Here is a regional, sweet uptune about a pretty little miss in Oshkosh, Wis. See, it rhymes and everything.
This one is way fun and makes a great opener or closer. It is available in both contest and show versions. Continue reading Orange Colored Sky
This happy song of faith moves along with considerable energy. Manhattan Transfer made the piece famous—and your group can help it stay that way.
This would be a great ballad in a show-biz/Broadway set. The story is that success in show biz does not necessarily equal a happy life.
This powerful song sounds as though it were written for 9/11. Though it appeared about a year earlier, the amazing sentiments make it a great song for any group’s repertoire.
This stirring song of the futility of war comes from the film Billy Jack. Sometimes the only survivor is. . . .
A new twist on an old favorite, this ballad is sure to move your audiences’ hearts. We cannot really recapture the past, can we?
What do you call a medley of Consider Yourself; Food, Glorious Food; and Who Will Buy? Big fun, that’s what! This high-energy contest piece is no longer exclusive to the Brothers in Harmony.
A most evocative, nostalgic ballad, this song paints a beautiful picture of days gone by.
Composed of Paul Simon’s Bookends and When You and I Were Young, Maggie, this medley is dedicated to my paternal grandfather.
The Four Renegades and Suntones used to sing Buzz Haeger’s version of this tune about a beloved old fellow.
Yes, this is the hit from Three Dog Night. Of course, we sing it in four-part harmony, not three.
This pop standard paints a lovely picture. Delight your audiences, and the judges too, with this sweet, swingy song. Continue reading Old Cape Cod
This old song requires some boldness to perform and is just fine for contest. Mayhem! did a fine job on it. Does it fit your quartet or chorus?
Unpopular in the state of Michigan, this tune is beloved by us Buckeyes.
A most powerful ballad, this piece is truly a gem. If you are looking to put all the feeling you have into, this is the one.
This arrangement uses the ancient melody and Robert Burns’s classic lyrics. Love is timeless, eh?
Celtic Woman popularized this moving tribute to the spirit of the USA. Even singers and audiences from other lands will be touched by this powerful piece.
Telling the tale of a teenage girl’s angst, this tune was an edgy pop hit in Germany.
Bank Street competed with this moving piece, which David Leeder turned into a poignant World War I song by writing a new verse. Now a second version is available, one in which the Musical Island Boys celebrated the Maori connection with the song and won gold doing so.
Both the Interstate Rivals and the Alexandria Harmonizers won gold with this arrangement, which tells of a fast girl who ended up a lonely woman. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS.
There is no need to obtain this song from Tom – both the BHS and SAI stock the arrangement – but it is listed just because it is such a classic.
Performed in English by Texas Lightning, this song was the German entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006. Has a fine rock/pop/country feel to it.
This contestable version of a beautiful ballad is most sincere but also rather sophisticated. Do give this strong song a try.
This 1985 hit by the Pointer Sisters is guaranteed to energize your audiences.
This allegedly sinful sweetie turns out to be a brand new baby girl. Guaranteed to have be an audience-pleaser. The chart is no longer exclusive to Susan Wells, the Southern Belle.
Stirring but rather specialized, this piece may or may not be for you.
This is a simple, old-fashioned song about a sweetheart. And sweet it is. . . .
Can you guess which classic barbershop tune this is a parody of? All sorts of mischief is created by substituting fancy words for the normal ones. Do give this uniquely strange piece a try.
Sally in our alley is not just any girl. No, it is your beloved mother, says this vintage song.
A truly gorgeous contest ballad medley, this piece is a clear winner. The interweaving of these two songs is really something special.
Though usually performed as a ballad, this lovely tune works just fine in a swinging tempo. This one is guaranteed to bring out the feeling of cool cat or kitten in you.
This arrangement of the beautiful #1 hit for the Platters (1956) debuted at a barbershopper’s wedding. You can spread the love by picking up on this tune.
Tim McGraw sang and co-wrote this beautiful song. Guaranteed to melt any parent’s heart, this piece is no longer exclusive to ace seniors quartet Melodies and Memories.
This beautiful hymn speaks of joy in the face of suffering. The lyrics are just about as strong as those of It Is Well with My Soul, which is saying something. Continue reading My Life Flows On (How Can I Keep from Singing)
Willie Nelson is probably the best-known singer to perform this poignant song. Shades of America’s pioneer past.
This unique love song is a mix of German and English. Have fun lilting along with this tune.
A novelty song about the travels of a token of love, this tune is large fun. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS.
Here is a wonderful show ballad about falling in love despite having been burned many times in the past. Power Play sang this hopeful, powerful tune.
For mature groups only. With an opening line like “Maalox and nose drops and needles for knittin’,” this song lets you know that big fun is on the way. Hey, this tune is really funny and clever!
All of your favorites are included here. Great for choruses, and maybe even quartets, of both sexes.
This pop hit from 1962 will touch your audiences’ hearts. Slick and sad, this tune is a most evocative.
This standard is lively and plenty of fun. Hey, let’s do us some rambling!
Written by barbershopper Anne Danforth, this lovely song celebrates our music and the friends we sing it with.
Check out this fine mix of Sincere, It’s You and Lida Rose. These love songs from the timeless musical comedy are sure to to transport your audiences back 100 years to River City, Iowa.
This cute novelty number is for women only. The old-fashioned references make for great fun.
With 16 pages of fast musical action, this medley will make you fasten your seat belt. There are some solos with four-part background, so this song is meant for a chorus to sing. Only the women’s version is available right now, but it could be redone for men.
This old-fashioned ballad about Mom is well, really dreamy. . . .
From the movie Mondo Cane, this easy-listening classic is great for shows, glows and weddings.
An most unusual type of lullaby, this catchy tune from Annie Get Your Gun has a lazy, fun feeling to it.
A poignant ballad medley of two pop standards, this song expresses bittersweet most effectively.
A pretty tune of loving memories, this song combines happy and sad most wonderfully.
This old-time medley contains Bright Was the Night, Moonlight Bay and By the Light of the Silvery Moon. How is that for some vintage classics?
An all-time-great popular classic, this swingy tempo ballad is sure to please your audiences—and even the judges. Get down with this evocative, dark-blue tune.
Hey, this is no a small song celebrating the love of only one person. No, this is about loving the whole state of Missouri. Can you say, Show Me?
Must be heard to be believed. The strange and marvelous workings of the Holy Spirit—or, well, something—are detailed in this hilarious piece. Can I get an “Amen!”?
A wonderful sisterhood song for women, this tune is from the fine film “The Color Purple.”
For some solid barbershop fun, check out this combination of Freckles and Peck’s Bad Boy. Both lads are a just that little bit wicked. . . .
Have soldierly fun with this humorous combination of Sound Off and Oh! How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning.
A new setup for a favorite ballad, this verse and tag turn Ed Waesche’s classic arrangement from a song about a painted lady of the night into a tale of a faithless wife. This chart is no longer exclusive to Rhythmix.
This energetic uptune was arranged, and partially composed, for Michigan Jake. It was sung in a cartoon by the one and only Michigan J. Frog, for whom that gold-medal quartet is named. If your lead(s) can handle a disjunct melody, this lively number is for you!
Who knows? You could need this one sometime. Well, you could.
This C&W classic harmonizes just fine for barbershop and has multi-cultural appeal. A Spanish translation of the chorus is included. Sing both choruses to please a wide audience, even in contest.
The Carpenters’ moving hit is available in various versions: women’s, men’s, mixed and as a solo plus four parts for a chorus specialty number. They don’t get any sweeter than this.
This happy seasonal song is easy to learn and perform. Hey, you may even may be able to get your audience up and dancing.
Everyone knows and loves this classic ballad from the turn of the last century. Will your dreams come true?
A modernish rhythmic ballad, this tune is suitable for contest. It conveys a sweet sentiment with powerful, creative lyrics
A classic barbershop ballad if ever there was one, this tune is gentle and loving.
Powerful, reverent song, this piece is a hit at Christmas or any other time of year. Available in male, female and mixed voices. Continue reading Mary, Did You Know
Who didn’t love our Mary? You will enjoy singing this happy little number.
It is always a jolly ‘oliday when you sing this delightful piece. It contains Jolly Holiday, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Step in Time and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. This medley pairs very well with the lovely ballad Feed the Birds.
Pretty and rhythmic, this pop ballad lets you express your feelings for your beloved most sweetly.
This seasonal medley combines two songs composed by the great Johnny Marks, Have a Holly Jolly Christmas and Silver and Gold. Your audiences are sure to enjoy the sweet sentiments expressed here.
Everyone likes this popular standard. Love and marriage, anyone?
This classic barbershop ballad tells of a sweet, gentle love. And ain’t it grand. . . .
Everybody’s waiting for him. And who is he? Why, Santa Claus, of course. Your group will enjoy singing this slick tune.
A golden-oldie novelty number, this light-hearted song carries a timeless message regarding what sort of man appeals to the ladies.
Not your run-of-the-mill barbershop tune, Mammas would go great in a Western show, or use it as a novelty number to change the pace.
As an old college pal used to say, “You’ve buttered your bread, now lie in it.” After the fun times come consequences that are, well, not necessarily all that enjoyable.
Unique to say the least, this medley combines the Bob Dylan song with one by Snow Patrol.
A swinging version of When You and I Were Young, Maggie, this song is just right for you cool cats and kittens.
A pounding German rock song about men, this piece could be translated into English.
Not many arrangements are listed in both Inspirational and Comedy, but this medley is one big happy mix. Your holiday audiences are sure to enjoy this potpourri of Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland, Frosty the Snowman, Here Comes Santa Claus and I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.
The totally nonsensical lyrics of this tune make for lots of laughs. It is way, way silly.
This is a contestable editing of the barbershop classic. They don’t come any sweeter than this, so give the song a whirl. Continue reading Lullaby in Ragtime, A
This classic ballad creates a vivid mood of love. Yes, it is “just a song at twilight.”
If you are not familiar with this Andrew Lloyd Webber song, you owe it to yourself to find it, whether this arrangement or in some other form. It is purely gorgeous.
This is a contestable version of a most powerful song. Judges in the Performance category have assured me that this song does not really function a religious number, but rather as a lament about feeling quite alone. The arrangement is exclusive to the Brothers in Harmony for now.
This beautiful piece is a rearrangement for SATB of the Society-published chart done by the great Joe Liles and me. It is fine for both mixed-barbershop and church groups.
Billy Joel’s hit is doo-wop barbershop at its most enjoyable. The BHS publishes the men’s version, and the song works great for the ladies as well. Continue reading Longest Time, The
Written by barbershopper Stewart Girlock, this gospel song is of professional quality. Yes, there are angels among us.
This classic barbershop ballad speaks of a wayward father saying goodbye to his son. Hope springs eternal. . . .
A really sweet ballad with an old-fashioned feel, this song paints a picture of a lovable lady bustling around town doing a little of this and a little of that.
This is a beautifully tender song for a parent to sing to a daughter dressing up in Mommy’s old clothes. The picture the lyrics paint is vivid and loving.
The women’s version of The Little Boy, this powerful ballad helped both Growing Girls and Swinglish Mix become Sweet Adelines International Queens of Harmony. Continue reading Little Girl, The
A solid gold hit from 1957 for the Diamonds, this doo-wop tune will give your lead a chance to shine and your tenor some hammy moments.
A most moving ballad, this was perhaps the signature song for the Interstate Rivals, the international champion quartet in 1987. The intense women’s version is The Little Girl.
A sad ballad of a young soldier’s death, this song harkens back to his childhood very powerfully.
This powerful ballad, which has an anti-racist message, takes some nerve to sing. And it has been sung, to great effect.
This love song, in German, was a hit with every soldier. It can be sung in English as well.
How is this for a great combination: Let’s Sing Again, I Feel a Song Comin’ On and It’s Time to Sing “Sweet Adeline” Again? This medley makes a great contest number for the ladies.
This uptune about the good old days helped the Grand Tradition win a medal back in the day. It can be sung in a driving way or as an easy-beat. Though it sounds pretty old, this happy piece was actually written in the 1950s.
Barbershopper Danny Mills wrote this nostalgic number. Take a pleasant journey to a slower time. . .
A show closer with a great message, this song offers the best wish possible. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS, and it works great for women and mixed groups as well. Continue reading Let There Be Peace On Earth
A country tune with lots of heart, this plea to allow children to act their age is a real gem. It is no longer exclusive to Melodies & Memories.
This wonderful, romantic song was written by Barry Manilow and featured in the movie Thumbellina. And isn’t the title just lovely?
This toe-tapping song of the sunny South is sure to put a smile on your audiences’ faces. Nothing bothers you, for you will be home “in Virginia in the morning.”
The Everly Brothers sang this heartfelt love ballad to great effect. It was a Top 10 hit for the duo back in 1960. Now available for SATB mixed voices.
Want to perform Script Ohio, just like the Ohio State Marching Band? If so, this is the song for you.
Fine for either contest or show, this cheerful song helped Marquis win gold at the 1995 International, in Miami Beach. Though a bit rangy, this piece pretty much sings itself. Continue reading Lazy River (Up a)
Always a fun uptune, this song makes for lively, old-fashioned fun.
Melodramatic novelty song, in German. Have great fun with this “Krimi.”
Would you believe “Hit the Road, Jack” in German? Unusual fun awaits here. This piece is arranged for women’s voices with male soloist. Also available in English.
Spike Jones and His City Slickers did a bang-up job on this number way back when. There is plenty of room for fun, including making just about every sound effect you can think of.
Two brave lads are almost ready to slay dragons, rescue fair damsels, drink mass quantities of mead, and the like. Will they make the grade or . . . ?
Everyone enjoys this light-hearted hobo song by Roger Miller. And it could even be edited to be contestable.
This powerful Grammy Award winner, sung by Roberta Flack, is now available in two versions. One is straight, and the other, as sung by MAXX Factor, is delightfully twisted.
Hey, you never know when you’ll be asked to sing at a festival honoring President Cal.
Big fun is ahead when your group whips out its kazoos. The energy builds and builds to a great finish. This unique number is sure to delight your audiences. Continue reading Kazoo Koncerto
Regional ballad, similar to “Farm In Old Missouri”.
A little child prays for her Daddy, who is off to war. This song will bring a tear to your eye. Continue reading Just a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight
This is a novelty number with an old-fashioned Italian flavor. Better watch what is behind you when you start hugging and kissing. . . .
The whole town’s talkin’ about the Jones boy. Why? Because he’s in love, of course! Have great fun with this Mills Brothers’ song.
A most lively dance number, this medley is great for contest. Of course, the potential for energetic choreography is limitless.
Written by Frank Buffington, writer of “Old Songs Are Just Like Old Friends,” this tune is a proud achievement.
This is a surprisingly complex and powerful take on the children’s song. With lots of key changes and melody swaps, it is not for the faint of heart.
This wonderful tune welcomes a new baby to the world. It is as gentle and sweet as they come, so give it a look and listen.
Every voice part gets a solo in this lively, happy Christmas tune. Well-known composer and arranger Kirby Shaw has penned a winner here!
Your basic pleasant nonsense song, this is a pop standard. Use it to lighten and cheer up the mood in any performance.
From the musical Mame, this happy, driving song urges you to celebrate the day. It makes a really energetic opener and is great for both men and women. Continue reading It’s Today
Is it the moonlight that makes love happen? This jumpin’ tune tells you where it’s at. Metropolis had big fun with this one, as will you and your audiences.
Cute and risque, this song fights sexual stereotypes. Check it out.
Metropolis hams this tune up, but it can be sung straight just fine. Profess your love with this soaring song.
Here is a ballad blaming men for all of women’s love troubles. Who ever heard of such a thing. . . .
The King’s Singers sang this bittersweet song, which is available in both tenor- and bass-solo versions. Purely lovely. . . .
If you sing in a mixed-barbershop group or church choir, this SATB arrangement is for you. The message is as timeless as it is powerful.
If your group has a soloist with lots of heart, this lovely tune will take your audiences back home to Ireland. It was the theme from the John Wayne movie The Quiet Man. Continue reading Isle of Inisfree, The
The ’60s group The Seekers (I’ll Never Find Another You, Georgy Girl) sang this captivating song. It is arranged for eight-part mixed voices.
A goofy takeoff on Goodnight, Irene, this song expresses great frustration that the fellow who keeps repeating himself to his love does not just get lost.
The Boyz II Men redo of the classic doo-wop hit is popular with singers and listeners of all generations. The Society publishes the men’s version. Continue reading In the Still of the Nite
Different verses set up happy and sad versions. This classic deserves another visit from you.
An old-fashioned song of sadness about a fallen woman, this piece is most gentle and understanding.
This is a surprisingly strong contestable version of the old ballad. Do give it a look and listen.
The Beach Boys’ story of teenage angst is surprisingly sweet and moving, and works well for singers of all ages. The BHS publishes the men’s version. This short song is a natural for Youth in Harmony groups of both sexes.
The lovely Beatles tune is great for men and women alike. Express your deep love sweetly and gently with this hit song. Continue reading In My Life
A most uplifting pop love ballad, this tune is full of goodness and inspiration.
This traditional gospel tune is available in both barbershop and modern versions. At this most interesting time in history “we sure do need Him now,” wouldn’t you agree? Continue reading If We Ever Needed the Lord Before
The singer is worried that if he does that, he “may find somebody else with Caroline.” This arrangement was sung most cheerily by The Allies.
An old-time novelty number about a feisty Irishman, this tune shows a lot of Irish pride.
Two different verses put fresh, and very different, spins on Lou Perry’s lovely chorus. Both the sadder slant and the renewal-of-vows version make a familiar piece into something new.
Folk music meets barbershop in this inspiring piece.
This song is a little strange, in the same sense that Shaquille O’Neal is a little tall and famous. A fantasy of grandiosity, this tune is no longer exclusive to Buckeye Blend.
This angry love ballad is a cautionary tale for all other women who might be so foolish as to fall for her ex. Brr!
From the animated film Monsters Inc., this happy tune was sung as a duet by Billy Crystal and John Goodman. As a bonus, the arrangement is contestable. Continue reading If I Didn’t Have You
If you are not familiar with this song, do yourself a favor and find a clip of Elvis Presley singing it. This plaintive plea drives and drives and drives, as 2014 international champ Musical Island Boys showed us so well. In 2017 this song became a LABBS “polecat” number, sung by all of their ladies.
- Dan from Big Apple Chorus (contact Tom)
Simple but by no means dull, this tune professes a great love. Not quite contestable, it is still great for shows or Singing Valentines.
This tender pop hit, made famous by Bread, is a most moving love song.
This cute German song tells of a woman who wants love, not just chocolate.
A very cute tune, this tale tells of a poor little dolly who had “appendisawdust.”
Bet you can guess what song this parodies. Also bet you can guess how much success the poor duffer experiences after all his or her hard work. This tune goes great in a contest set with the “Golf Medley.”
George Burns sings this funny song about the end of a marriage, a piece with quite a surprise twist at the end.
Everyone likes this fun, offbeat love song. Great for men and women alike, it is now available in both contest and show versions.
This is the classic song of a loser at love. You can pine away with this old-time tune.
This one is tough to explain. Think of a typical ’30s swing tune with modern lyrics like “hard-rock diet,” “in your face” and “MTV and AMC.” Way cool, and it is contestable too! Continue reading I’m Beginning to Like It
The late Mike Senter first arranged this plaintive piece, and Tom has put his stamp on it to make it even more singable and moving.
This ribald tune, written by Seattle’s own Lisa Koch, is available in both PG and R-rated versions. You pretty much have to see/hear this one to believe it.
Your audiences will howl at this novelty tune, composed by Joe Hunter and Tom and sung by Reveille. This may not be the best time of life for every man. Does he need to take Viagra? Depends…
Do you want an easy, happy way to profess your love? You won’t come to the end of your rope if you sing this easy-beat tune, which is no longer exclusive. So tie it up for your group!
A lively swing number, this contestable tune was a hit for ReMix for the women and Metropolis for the men. We can’t really be sure about love, can we? Continue reading I’ll Never Say “Never Again” Again
Dionne Warwick sang this classic by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Though arranged for the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers, the song works fine for men too. Continue reading I’ll Never Fall in Love Again
There are not many lovelier, more poignant ballads than this seasonal one. This song is no longer exclusive to the Macomb County Chapter.
A cute, clever uptune for women, this song urges a reluctant man to take action—now!
This old-fashioned uptune has a lot of drive. The word mother could be substituted to make the song more palatable.
This is a truly wonderful new take on old love ballad. Feelings of regret can be powerful, indeed. Continue reading I’d Give a Million Tomorrows
Written by a barbershopper from Dallas, this song is of professional quality. Hear why the Vocal Majority and Second Edition have performed this lovely seasonal tune.
This is an old-time ballad of one-way love. It is no fun to live on that one-way street.
A bittersweet ballad of a love thrown away, this song tells of a man who gained wisdom too late.
This is clearly a maudlin, overstated love ballad. The punch line that follows the title: “before I grew up to love you.” Ouch. . . .
The title of this lively spiritual pretty much says it all. Time to sing praises!
Sung by our 1985 international champion quartet, The New Tradition, this piece takes a radically dim view of marriage.
A novelty hit for child singer Gayla Peevey in 1953, this seasonal tune is just strange enough to be big fun for you and your audiences.
Written for a Cape Town quartet by a famous South African composer, this tune was humorously inspired by his son Harry, age four.
Your audiences will be almost in heaven when you sing this hearfelt song.
This football-type pep song appeals to Buckeyes of all ages.
From the classic animated film The Jungle Book, this song is great fun to, um, monkey around with.
A most humorous tune, as sung by The New Tradition quartet. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS.
The old Whippoorwill song has now been arranged with the correct melody and updated. Yo, it really rocks!
A very happy uptune for kids of all ages, this song just gushes friendship and love.
This country-flavored patriotic number is no longer exclusive to Accent. It speaks of pledging your allegiance to that “grand old flag.”
Popularized by Dusty Springfield in the ’60s, this happy love song was arranged for all of the LABBS ladies.
This popular classic is now available in two versions. One has the shimmering feel of the rock ‘n’ roll hit, while the other is a contestable tempo ballad as sung by Metropolis. The latter can be sung either straight or, as the quartet did it, humorously. Continue reading I Only Have Eyes for You
Thumbing one’s nose at losing love never felt so good.
Be young and in love again with this swingy, zippy tune. Try something new for contest.
This lively, contestable march medley is sure to stir your audiences’ souls.
Tom T. Hall’s ode to the ethereal amber beverage is great fun. This whimsical tune is available as either a lead or bass solo.
The cute childhood song with all sorts of funny patter, this tune appeals to the kid in all of us, singer and listener alike.
This gorgeous tune is from the classic musical West Side Story. The format is solo plus chorus, five parts for women. Romantic love was never explained any better.
You will have a lively chance to work out some of your love-related hostilities with this snappy medley. Continue reading I Had Someone Else Before I Had You/Who’s Sorry Now
A poignant song of a city dweller who yearns for the great outdoors, this song is just a little bit melancholy.
From the musical Girl Crazy, this swingy tune is a sure crowd-pleaser. But you had better have the rhythm in your soul if you want to pull it off.
Put a little sophisticated flair into your contest or show package with this classic Cole Porter love song.
The Patsy Cline classic about a love that is tough to get over, this song is sure tug at your listeners’ heartstrings.
A contestable medley that is both slick and sweet, this piece was a hit for 2003 quartet champ Power Play. Hey, love is not always very easy to explain . . . Continue reading I Don’t Know Enough About You/I Don’t Know Why
With a powerful anti-war sentiment, this song beautifully equates motherhood with solving disputes peacefully. The Sweet Adelines champion San Diego Chorus sang this moving tune.
A fresh, new take on both of these tunes, this medley is both energetic and loving.
This inspirational classic is a hit on any show. Power Play put their family touch on this heartfelt tune. Continue reading I Believe
An old-fashioned song about a carefree lad, this tune will take your audiences back in time to a slower, idealized era.
Up and quite lively, this tune was very popular after WWI. The pace of life was picking up, and the world would never be the same.
The original lyrics to this song are in Italian, and the Italians sure do know about love. The piece was arranged for the LABBS organization, but is available to all.
A purely delightful tune, Eggs tells of folks who don’t care, um, egg-zactly how their breakfast is cooked as long as a kiss and a hug are involved. Think Rock Hudson and Doris Day. Continue reading How D’Ya Like Your Eggs in the Morning
Half of the Prohibition novelty set, this tune pairs just right with Where Do They Go When They Row, Row, Row? So put on your zoot suit and get to singing!
What Is America to me? This song lists many everyday things in heart-warming, inspiring fashion. Give this tune a listen.
If you are addicterd to late-night TV, you are all too familiar with the commercials and infomercials. And you probably believe every word you hear about the products advertised, don’t you?
This verse-only can easily be added to the old chestnut, the Honey/Little ‘Lize Medley.
The old meets the new in this fun, lively medley. That’s right, we are talking South Pacific and the Beatles—for contest, no less!
Johnny Marks wrote this most happy, lively tune. It just plain feels good.
Now available for men too, this hilarious song of what happened in the back seat of the teen’s car is pretty odd and offbeat. Continue reading Hickey
Well, this football fight song doesn’t have any, um, lyrics, but the nonsensical energy sure does run high when you sing this one.Contestable medley of energetic ’60s Broadway tunes, as sung by Power Playcontestable medley of energetic ’60s Broadway tunes
This contestable medley from the musical Wildcat was sung by Power Play. With lots of energy built in, this piece makes a fine show-opener. Continue reading Hey, Look Me Over/If My Friends Could See Me Now!
Lasting just a minute, with appropriate lyrics and a big tag, this tune is just right for opening shows.
A classy easy-beat, very romantic, this song would be just right for honoring the bride on her wedding day.
A regional song honoring spud-state dwellers, this tune is rather, um, specialized.
A classic song for older singers, this ballad from The King and I is as timeless as it is beautiful.
The lively Ricky Nelson song works just fine for contest or show. Audiences purely love this one.
Allan Sherman’s novelty hit from the 1960s can be your group’s next hit. Check out this boy’s plaintive lament sent from summer camp.
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This unique tune, written by Lynn Hauldren, the inimitable bari of Chordiac Arrest, chronicles some highly unlikely barbershop happenings. No longer exclusive to Rumors.
What a sweet love ballad this is. The world is indeed a wonderful place “when the heart of a girl beats for you.”
The powerful message of this tune makes it just right to stir your audiences emotions.
Great for weddings, of course, this tenor solo also adds a special touch to any show.
Very funny for contest or shows, as sung by Shenanigans. Just how many things can go wrong today?
A happy tune that just rolls along, this song can be sung in backbeat or downbeat fashion. The men’s version is published by the Society.
This song was written as an opener for a BinG (German) quartet by the same name. You would be quite foolish to sing it.
For Western shows, this is the quintessential Roy Rogers & Dale Evans song. Use is to end any performance, Western-themed or not.
Barbershopper Jim Ahlgrim wrote a lovely verse to this standard.
Diana Ross sang this tender song of the happiness love brings. This is definitely not the Pharrell Williams tune.
Arranged for A Mighty Wind, this Ray Charles song has lots of energy and even more fun.
This one is a German pop tune about going to a matchmaker. The singer is not too particular and just wants someone.
Arranged for eight-part mixed voices, this Amy Grant song is a wish list for a better world. So get together with a chorus or quartet of the other sex and move your audiences’ hearts with this gem.
A pop hit for the Mindbenders (1966) and for Phil Collins (1988), the song has been sung lately by the King’s Singers. Makes a great solo for tenor or high lead/bari. The bass also gets some licks in too. Do have a look at this uniquely wonderful chart.
This melancholy country song is a sure winner. There are many ways to get back home. . . .
This clever song of a boy’s outsized baseball fantasies is no longer exclusive to Buckeye Blend. Do check this sweet tune out.
This tribute to the Great Lakes and their seagoing men is strong and moving.
Revisit Danny and Sandy in a monster medley that is great for either contest or shows. The Hot Air Buffoons no longer have exclusive rights to the piece. Of course, their take on “grease” had to do with—what else?—food!
This hilarious number bemoans the effects of aging on a woman’s body. Seattle feminist Lisa Koch composed this clever song, and Lisa did yours truly the honor of incorporating a phrase from this arrangement into her own performances.
This lively, happy, nostalgic John Denver song is great fun for either sex to sing. Now available in contest and show versions. James Estes has recorded learning tracks for the contest chart.
You are sure to fall under the spell of this lovely Spanish tune. It was arranged for the Investigators, the quartet that led the founding of the Spain’s new barbershop organization.
This pop hit is great for school-days shows. Or you can sing it to add some gentle enjoyment to any performance.
These two songs about your home in the sky go together so well that they even intertwine at one point. Have a good time letting out some energy with this one.
Written and performed by Billy Joel, this song is as intense as it gets. The Brothers in Harmony pretty much blew the place’s doors off in the chorus contest at the Philadelphia international.
Have yourself some fun with a little doo-wop barbershop. Sing this with tongue in cheek, yours or your sweetie’s. . . . Continue reading Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight
An old-fashioned ballad about a love in limbo, this song ends with a note of sweet hope.
An enormously funny and interesting conglomeration, the arrangement is even contestable. This winner has been recorded by SAI queens the BUZZ. The medley bashes the opposite sex, well, just a little bit. Continue reading Goodbye Medley
Weird Al Yankovic penned and sang this highly, um, offbeat number. It probably sets a world’s record for backhanded compliments to one’s sweetie. Happily, this piece is contestable. Continue reading Good Enough for Now
This uptune is about turning over a new leaf. Faint heart ne’er won fair maiden!
A strong ballad about lost love, this song is “a fool’s lament.” Your group will be able to put plenty of emotion into this one.
These parodies will ring true to anyone with even a passing familiarity with this obsession, er, sport. Goes great with I’ve Been Workin’ on My Golf Game. A bonus is that all of the songs are in public domain, thus making copyright dealings a breeze.
This toe-tapping, old-time gospel number is arranged in an unusual woodshed style.
The rock group Blood, Sweat & Tears revived this 1941 Billie Holiday song in 1968. This tempo, bluesy ballad is as moving as they come. And here is a blessing for you: The piece is no longer exclusive to the Big Apple Chorus.
Here is a great to honor residents of nursing homes. They will love you for it.
This song is beyond happy. “Ecstatic” might be a better word, as the both the highs and lows of glorious love are celebrated.
Kristin Chenoweth popularized this cool, fun, creative piece. For women only, it requires an opera diva, a jazz singer, a barbershopper and the innocent girl caught in the middle. Not for the faint of heart.
This song is about a girl from—you guessed it—Rochester, N.Y. Your audiences will enjoy learning about her old-fashioned self.
An ultra-cool combination of Get Me to the Church on Time and The Girl That I Marry, this medley is both hip and loving. No longer exclusive to Alchemy.
This tune from “My Fair Lady” is a sure hit with your audiences. International champ Power Play sang it delightfully, and it is now available to your group. Continue reading Get Me to the Church on Time
The great Irving Berlin composed this offbeat piece. Why in the world would a carefree civilian want to go back to the regimentation of the military? Irving tells you all about it in highly humorous fashion. Continue reading Gee, I Wish I Was Back in the Army
This delightful song is about not judging a book by its cover. So get on out there and “kiss you a frog!”
Here are two clever WWI novelty numbers, as sung by the 139th St. Quartet.
This ballad about loneliness sure is a sad one. Four walls, that is all the singer has to keep him company.
Combines Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like a Man, Sherry and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. This medley provides an opportunity for your tenor or falsetto-singing lead or bari (or even your bass?) to show off in fun fashion.
If you have a short director or singer you would like to, um, honor, then this hilarious parody is for you.
Barry Manilow co-composed and performs this ballad, a powerful declaration of love. Would fit some weddings just fine.
A comedy number about the famous Los Angeles cemetery, this tune features clever images galore. You and your audiences will have big fun with this one.
This touching song of love lost was written by singer/songwriter/actor Kris Kristofferson. “Make believe you love me one more time”—that is some good writing. . . .
Stevie Wonder in barbershop? Absolutely! Indeed, this pop classic is even contestable.
From the musical “Wicked,” this song features a heartfelt, intense dialogue between witches Elphaba and Glinda. If your group has two good soloists with medium to high voices, this is the ticket for you. Also available in one-soloist version. Tracks for the former have been recorded for women by Shawn Thomas. Continue reading For Good
“Mr. Touchdown USA” and “Football Hero” comprise this All-American medley. Show your spirit by adding this high-energy piece to your repertoire. Continue reading Football Medley
A novelty number about looking at the world from a unique perspective, this tune was written by the delightfully twisted Heywood Banks.
This Statler Brothers’ song puts an ironic twist on loneliness. And it won’t bother your audiences at all . . .
A lively upper with a Dixie theme, this song takes you back to a slower, mellower time.
Love needs just a little more sometimes. You are sure to enjoy this gentle tune. It is no longer exclusive to Fermata Nowhere, so get it while it’s warm and sweet! Continue reading Five Minutes More
Midwest Vocal Express earned an International medley with this crazy concoction. Ask anyone who was there: Their performance was all-time funny, delightful, memorable and totally marvellous.
This lovely Roberta Flack song has passed the test of time. Give your audiences some warm fuzzies with this tune.
This is a unique big-band version of Ohio State’s famous fight song. Go Bucks!
Wish your audiences a Merry Christmas in bilingual fashion. This lively chart is written for four voices plus percussion instruments. The BHS publishes the men’s version.
One of the loveliest pieces you will ever hear, this song has a message that reaches well beyond the avian kingdom. It pairs very well with the “Mary Poppins Medley.”
No, we are not talking about Mr. Sinatra here. Rather, this is about a certain monster that was created by a mad scientist with a German-sounding name. Pair it with the “Dancing Frankie Medley.” No longer exclusive to the Big Apple Chorus.
These lyrics from “Deck the Hall” are transplanted onto various other pieces, resulting in much good cheer. Continue reading Fa-La-La
This Broadway show opener is ultra-optimistic. Better take your 5-Hour Energy drink!
A fine show opener, this is the theme song from the movie “The Sting.” Paul Newman and Robert Redford would be proud.b.b.b.
A tough one to explain, this Metallica hit was goofed on by a lounge-lizardy singer who calls himself Richard Cheese. The arranger further degraded the piece, resulting in a delightful, even marginally contestable, abomination.
Would you believe a contestable medley could be made of “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Burning Love” and “Viva Las Vegas”? You will have a blast singing this piece, one that is fit for a—well, the one and only—King.
Plenty unique and maybe even strange, this Beatles’ tune has lots of key changes and melody swaps.
Who would believe counting to 18 in Roman numerals could be so funny? This novelty song has to be heard to be believed.
This is the Swedish national anthem. Hey, you just never know when you might need it. . . .
This beautiful Disney song has a most hopeful message: Keep believing!
Cleveland barbershopper Al Voigt composed this ode to friends of old.
For contest or show, this song is beloved by audiences and performers alike. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS. Continue reading Dream a Little Dream of Me
High energy is the name of the game with this lively number. The BHS publishes the men’s version.
A regional uptune about a girlfriend back home, this song is lots of innocent, old-fashioned fun.
Get some serious teenage angst going with this combination of “Donna the Prima Donna” and “(Oh) Donna.” This tune is campy fun.
A swingy tune with the singer pretending that lost love doesn’t matter, this song does not really fool anyone.
A classic ballad in solid style, this song of comfort comes straight from the heart.
Way raunchy but cute, but this song tells of what happened when the dogs all had a party. And what happened afterward was. . . .
This Statler Brothers’ tune revives all sorts of ’50s nostalgia. The arrangement could even be redone for contest.
As sung by the Scarborough Dukes, a rollicking number. In its other incarnation, this song is available as “The Santa Claus Parade.”
It doesn’t get any better than the Everly Brothers singing about true love. Would make a fine addition to wedding vows. Continue reading Devoted to You
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