A most powerful piece, this popular hit by Toto is sure to thrill your audiences. Probably more suitable to chorus than quartet. Be sure to check out Perpetuum Jazzile’s version on YouTube and consider adding their stormy sound effects to your performance. Continue reading Africa
Do you hate to get up in the morning? Are you sometimes tempted to smash your alarm clock into a thousand tiny little bits? If so, this is the song for you—even in contest.
This cute come-hither uptune is fine for both women and men. Hey, it is time for some billing and cooing in the parlor.
The wonderful Chilton Price wrote this spicy song. Though no more than R rated, the song makes its meaning clear. Ms. Price’s biggest hit was “You Belong to Me.” She composed this song alone, though a couple of the band members who introduced the piece wangled their way into a share of the compensation. This practice has not been at all rare. Hey, do you think Elvis really wrote “Love Me Tender”?
This wonderfully intense ballad is great for contest. Flipside first sang it in most heartfelt fashion. Now top women’s groups such as MAXX Factor and Gem City have taken this song to a new level. Continue reading All the Way
This may be the best song every written, period. Couldn’t all of us fallible mortals use a little grace? Continue reading Amazing Grace
This Broadway hit is most lively, with great choreography possibilities. Isn’t this just where you would like to be?
A classic patriotic song, this piece celebrates the USA in a positive way.
This tearful ballad is full of evocative, heart-wrenching images. Lost love was never so lovely.
Do you share this secret vice? Are you just wild about this classic treat? Surely many of your audience members will be able to relate. Continue reading Animal Crackers
The lovely John Denver song, this piece is good for weddings—and any other occasion when you want to express your feelings for your beloved.
A great show opener, this Broadway standard will get any performance off to an energetic start. Continue reading Another Op’nin’, Another Show
An eight-part song from Annie Get Your Gun that is a sure hit for a combined number with a chorus or quartet of the opposite sex. Can you guess who wins in the end? Also available in eight-part male and female versions. Continue reading Anything You Can Do
This song from The King works well for both princes and princesses. Give your audiences the royal treatment by singing them this heartfelt ballad. This piece is a real winner that expresses both sadness and hope. Continue reading Are You Lonesome Tonight
Hilarious Victor Herbert song for women only, requires a soprano who can sing high in operatic fashion. Continue reading Art Is Calling for Me
Bobby Darin made this cheery song popular. This tune is just right for opening your shows with lots of happy energy. Continue reading As Long As I’m Singin’
These two love songs from different eras are exactly the same musically. Elvis has not left the building yet. The men’s version is published by the BHS. Continue reading Aura Lee/Love Me Tender
If you have a lead singer inclined toward sacred music, this solo is for you.
Here is a sweet, light combination of “Sing Me a Baby Song” and “Baby.” Have fun crooning to your sweetheart with this lovely medley. Continue reading Baby Song Medley
This beautiful song takes you to beautiful New Brunswick. Take you audience on a trip down Memory . . . River.
From the animated musical “The Jungle Book,” this delightful tune will charm audiences and judges alike. Storm Front sang it until they decided to be unremittingly hilarious. Continue reading Bare Necessities
Here is a lovely pop song by Celine Dion, in the mold of “The Wind Beneath My Wings.” Sing it at weddings or any time love is in the air.
Mix of classical music and fun lyrics, a real kick; lyrics have a soap-opera theme, which could be changed. Continue reading Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony
What are these wonderful things that happen on the dance floor? Your can probably guess, and your audiences will love hearing about them.
Joseph sang this moving song to God in an animated film. This arrangement has been a hit for champs Power Play and Crossroads.
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. . . .
Ladies, do you love your man for, well, no certain reason, but you love him just the same? This song tells your story.
There are all sorts of goofy key changes and lyrics in this light-hearted spoof. Can be sung in contest. Hi-Fidelity was runner-up for the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America’s novelty song of the year award with this delightful number. Continue reading Blackbird Parody
This parody is quite clever. What blew by you? The singer’s toupee! The piece has been a barbershop hit since Power Play sang it and Crossroads subsequently picked up on it. Continue reading Blew by You
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
Step on the gas with this vintage Carl Perkins/Elvis Presley tune.
On just about everyone’s list of top 10 popular songs of all time, this song gets right to the heart of the downside of love. Do check out this most powerful, and contestable, piece.
The jumpin’ WWII tune made famous by the Andrews Sisters, this song is sure to please your audience members of all ages.
The lively pop hit by Neil Sedaka can now be sung in contest. Big fun awaits you! Anne Bureau has recorded women’s tracks for both the contest and show versions. Continue reading Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
This uptune moves right along and is great for a Broadway show theme. Come to think of it, you could open any of your performancew with this lively number.
An intense ballad of lost love, this piece is really a winner. The Society publishes the men’s version.
As cute as they come, this tune is available in regular and senior-citizens’ versions. Chris Arnold has recorded learning tracks for both versions. Do give this happy tune a try.
Here is one of the Everly Brothers’ finest tunes. The men’s version of this lively tale of lost love is published by the BHS. Continue reading Bye Bye Love
Sung by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington and Michael Bublé, this tune gives a cheery declaration of love.
This classic from the Fab Four is not only lively and wise, it is contestable too (though perhaps not for SAI). But whether for contest or show, this song is a sure winner. “Everybody tells me so!” Tim Waurick’s tracks for women are purely great, and he now has them for men too. Continue reading Can’t Buy Me Love
The King sang this pop classic, so your audiences are sure to love being transported into the past by it.
Written to the tune of “Ballin’ the Jack,” this parody pokes fun at the cliched stage-presence moves we barbershoppers are wont to make. Your audiences, especially barbershop ones, will love it.
A gentle, mellow piece, this song expresses devotion to God.
One of the most cheerful messes you will ever encounter, this potpourri crams a ton of tunes into 180 seconds. Think you can count them all in real time? Not likely. . . .
This one is corny and funny, a sure laugh-getter. Do give it a listen. Your audiences will thank you for it, in a groaning sort of way.
Songs do not come any more powerful than this classic. International quartet champion Musical Island Boys did a bang-up job on it in competition.
Ella Fitzgerald made this tune famous. It is just right for pledging undying devotion at weddings and other happy occasions.
You have never heard the Barry Manilow hit quite like this before. With solo, four harmony parts and two rhythm lines, the song requires a chorus or octet to make it swing.
Hey, if this heartfelt closer about show biz is good enough for Bobby Darin, it should be a hit for your group too. Continue reading Curtain Falls, The
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.
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
This rousing song is from the musical “Les Miserables.” Your audiences’ hearts and guts will be moved, and the song itself would even fly in contest, though this arrangement is better off used for shows.
High energy is the name of the game with this lively number. The BHS publishes the men’s version.
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
Cleveland barbershopper Al Voigt composed this ode to friends of old.
This beautiful Disney song has a most hopeful message: Keep believing!
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.
This Broadway show opener is ultra-optimistic. Better take your 5-Hour Energy drink!
These lyrics from “Deck the Hall” are transplanted onto various other pieces, resulting in much good cheer. Continue reading Fa-La-La
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.
This lovely Roberta Flack song has passed the test of time. Give your audiences some warm fuzzies with this tune.
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
“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
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
Stevie Wonder in barbershop? Absolutely! Indeed, this pop classic is even contestable.
If you have a short director or singer you would like to, um, honor, then this hilarious parody is for you.
This Beach Boys’ classic is in women’s voicing right now—darned if I can remember why—but it could easily be redone for men. And for another unknown reason the melody is in the bari part rather than the lead. Of course, the two singers could just swap. Anyhow, this pop hit is just plain . . . fun!
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 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
This song is about a girl from—you guessed it—Rochester, N.Y. Your audiences will enjoy learning about her old-fashioned self.
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 beyond happy. “Ecstatic” might be a better word, as the both the highs and lows of glorious love are celebrated.
Here is a great to honor residents of nursing homes. They will love you for it.
A timeless song that has been redone to be contestable, this piece is purely wonderful. Do check out this gentle, deep journey.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Very funny for contest or shows, as sung by Shenanigans. Just how many things can go wrong today?
Great for weddings, of course, this tenor solo also adds a special touch to any show.
What a sweet love ballad this is. The world is indeed a wonderful place “when the heart of a girl beats for you.”
A classic song for older singers, this ballad from The King and I is as timeless as it is beautiful.
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’
Lasting just a minute, with appropriate lyrics and a big tag, this tune is just right for opening shows.
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!
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
Johnny Marks wrote this most happy, lively tune. It just plain feels good.
What Is America to me? This song lists many everyday things in heart-warming, inspiring fashion. Give this tune a listen.
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
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.
This inspirational classic is a hit on any show. Power Play put their family touch on this heartfelt tune. Continue reading I Believe
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.
The young woman in question is clearly going to live life her way, no matter what. And her way includes making it big on Broadway. Popularized by Harmony Inc. queen quartet Taken 4 Granite, this tune is lively, saucy and just plain fun!
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
The Patsy Cline classic about a love that is tough to get over, this song is sure tug at your listeners’ heartstrings.
Put a little sophisticated flair into your contest or show package with this classic Cole Porter love song.
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.
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
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.
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 lively, contestable march medley is sure to stir your audiences’ souls.
Be young and in love again with this swingy, zippy tune. Try something new for contest.
Thumbing one’s nose at losing love never felt so good.
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
Popularized by Dusty Springfield in the ’60s, this happy love song was arranged for all of the LABBS ladies.
When I first got involved with the Cleveland Heights High School Barbershoppers, I asked the young women what song they would most like to have arranged. Thinking of the Julia Roberts film “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” they choose this one. This sweet tune is now available to other youth groups, and there is a version for the grown-ups as well!
A very happy uptune for kids of all ages, this song just gushes friendship and love.
A most humorous tune, as sung by The New Tradition quartet. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS.
Written for a Cape Town quartet by a famous South African composer, this tune was humorously inspired by his son Harry, age four.
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.
Truer words were never spoken, eh? Even when times are tough—as they are right now, in July of 2020—we need to do what good we can every day. This song was arranged for Harmony Inc. queen quartet Aged to Perfection, but there is a men’s version as well.
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 a truly wonderful new take on old love ballad. Feelings of regret can be powerful, indeed. Continue reading I’d Give a Million Tomorrows
A cute, clever uptune for women, this song urges a reluctant man to take action—now!
There are not many lovelier, more poignant ballads than this seasonal one. This song is no longer exclusive to the Macomb County Chapter.
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
A lively swing number, this contestable tune was a hit for SAI medalist ReMix for the women and BHS medalist Metropolis for the men. We can’t really be sure about love, can we? Please specify whether you would like to preview the original ReMix version or Mo Field’s revision with intro by Jay Giallombardo—or both! Continue reading I’ll Never Say “Never Again” Again
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.
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
Everyone likes this fun, offbeat love song. Great for men and women alike, it is now available in both contest and show versions. Learning tracks now exist for the women’s contest chart.
George Burns sings this funny song about the end of a marriage, a piece with quite a surprise twist at the end.
A very cute tune, this tale tells of a poor little dolly who had “appendisawdust.”
This cute German song tells of a woman who wants love, not just chocolate. The original song in English was most likely “I Don’t Want Another Teddy.” Anyone know anything about this tune?
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
This angry love ballad is a cautionary tale for all other women who might be so foolish as to fall for her ex. Brr!
Songs don’t get much more beautiful and poignant than this one. From the musical Carousel, this piece tells a tale that is, well . . . not so theoretical after all.
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
A most uplifting pop love ballad, this tune is full of goodness and inspiration.
This heartfelt ballad was written by barbershop patriarch Hal Purdy. Hal started the famous Purdy Corral, an institution at International conventions for years.
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
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.
Different verses set up happy and sad versions. This classic deserves another visit from you.
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
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 ’60s group The Seekers (I’ll Never Find Another You, Georgy Girl) sang this captivating song. It is arranged for eight-part mixed voices.
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 King’s Singers sang this bittersweet song, which is available in both tenor- and bass-solo versions. Purely lovely. . . .
Here is a ballad blaming men for all of women’s love troubles. Who ever heard of such a thing. . . .
Metropolis hams this tune up, but it can be sung straight just fine. Profess your love with this soaring song.
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.
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
Every voice part gets a solo in this lively, happy Christmas tune. Well-known composer and arranger Kirby Shaw has penned a winner here!
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.
A most lively dance number, this medley is great for contest. Of course, the potential for energetic choreography is limitless.
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
Regional ballad, similar to “Farm In Old Missouri”.
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
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.
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.
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)
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 (as well as for men and women).
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.
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
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.
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.
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 lovely tune was written by barbershopper Peggy Hill. Though a mother pleads with her infant son not to grow older, he of course does and eventually marries. Then he begs his child, “Don’t grow older.” Give this heartfelt, well-written song a try.
A sad ballad of a young soldier’s death, this song harkens back to his childhood very powerfully.
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
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.
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.
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
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 classic ballad creates a vivid mood of love. Yes, it is “just a song at twilight.”
Her sweetie has left her, and the woman is feeling a deep, dark shade of blue. Despite that, the melody and rhythm lilt along nicely, so give this little tune from 1922 a try.
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 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.
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.
Who didn’t love our Mary? You will enjoy singing this happy little number.
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
A modernish rhythmic ballad, this tune is suitable for contest. It conveys a sweet sentiment with powerful, creative lyrics
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.
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.
For some solid barbershop fun, check out this combination of Freckles and Peck’s Bad Boy. Both lads are just that little bit wicked. Take your audiences back in time with these two tunes from circa 1920.
A wonderful sisterhood song for women, this tune is from the fine film “The Color Purple.”
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.
A pretty tune of loving memories, this song combines happy and sad most wonderfully.
A poignant ballad medley of two pop standards, this song expresses bittersweet most effectively.
An most unusual type of lullaby, this catchy tune from Annie Get Your Gun has a lazy, fun feeling to it. This tune is especially suitable for women to sing.
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 cute novelty number is for women only. The old-fashioned references make for great fun.
Written by barbershopper Anne Danforth, this lovely song celebrates our music and the friends we sing it with.
What could be more appropriate for us barbershoppers to sing about than music? Well, probably love. But how about a song that has both? And as far as the expression wine, women and song goes, hey, two out of three ain’t bad!
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.
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.”
This pop hit from 1962 will touch your audiences’ hearts. Slick and sad, this tune is a most evocative.
All of your favorites are included here. Great for choruses, and maybe even quartets, of both sexes.
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!
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.
This unique love song is a mix of German and English. Have fun lilting along with this tune.
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)
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.
A truly gorgeous contest ballad medley, this piece is a clear winner. The interweaving of these two songs is really something special.
This contestable version of a beautiful ballad is most sincere but also rather sophisticated. Do give this strong song a try.
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.
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.
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.
This pop standard paints a lovely picture. Delight your audiences, and the judges too, with this sweet, swingy song. Continue reading Old Cape Cod
Yes, this is the hit from Three Dog Night. Of course, we sing it in four-part harmony, not three. Take you audiences back to the glory days of the ’70s with this happy tune.
The Four Renegades and Suntones used to sing Buzz Haeger’s version of this tune about a beloved old fellow. The song always reminds me of my grandfather William Thomas “Dandy” Gentry (1896-1987). Some people who have only an eighth-grade education are pretty darn smart. . . .
Composed of Paul Simon’s Bookends and When You and I Were Young, Maggie, this medley is dedicated to my paternal grandfather.
A most evocative, nostalgic ballad, this song paints a beautiful picture of days gone by. Not surprisingly, this song is really not about a spinning wheel, but love.
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 new twist on an old favorite, this ballad is sure to move your audiences’ hearts. We cannot really recapture the past, can we?
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 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 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 cute Western medley looks at the other side of the coin.
This is a delightful song of sensual, well . . . entitlement. Uppity in the manner of “Santa Baby,” this tune hides its desires—not all that subtly—behind words of luxury and being spoiled. Show off your inner femme fatale with this seductive piece.
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.
Idina Menzel, who played the Wicked green witch Elphaba on Broadway, sings this haunting tune. You are sure to tug on your audiences’ heartstrings when you sing about a mother reassuring her child that even though she and her husband must part, the child is wonderful and is truly loved.
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
This gem of a Maori love song was originally arranged for The Ritz, who won quartet gold in 1991. They sang it with great success on a trip to New Zealand. The Musical Island Boys, our champ in 2014, picked up on it too, as have many other groups in that country. The lyrics are about half in English, but no worries, for Polynesian words are easy to sound out.
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.
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.
This fun meter parody is quite contestable. The lovable quartet Shenanigans had a hit with it, and so could your quartet or chorus.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid ride — well, a bicycle, anyhow — again. This light song is, well, delightful.
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 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.
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.
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.
Contestable, substantial and lively, this tune was arranged for and sung by Power Play. See if your group too can make that “trombone moan” with this golden oldie.
If big, gooey messes are your thing, this is the dirty—er, ditty—for you.
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
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.
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
Arranged for the LABBS organization, this lush tune works for men too. Isn’t it great when you can let a happy secret out. . . .
This moving, haunting song is especially powerful as a bass solo. Enjoy Stephen Sondheim at his best!
Well, now, what did our Minnie lose at that famous hotel? This humorous tune with a surprising punch line will tell you. Your audiences will enjoy this harmless fun—promise!
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
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)
A doo-wop gospel tune a la Glad, this song really fits us barbershoppers. We sure do love to sing it a cappella, eh?
What a sweet Christmas tune this is. Your group will enjoy singing a lullaby to the baby Jesus.
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.
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
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. It works well for BHS, HI, etc. contests, but I am not sure about SAI. Continue reading Smile
It is just about impossible to go wrong with this beautiful tribute to the USA. Do give it a listen.
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
An ultra-intense Civil War song, this piece is contestable. Lots of sadness here, so skip this one unless you can handle it. But if you can, the cost of war is spotlighted in this story of a young solider who did not make it home.
This cheerfully snarky medley combines uptune “I Had Someone Else Before I Had You (And I’ll Have Someone After You’re Gone)” with “Who’s Sorry Now.” So if you are itching to thumb your nose at an ex, this may well be your cup of hemlock. . . .
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. A mixed version is now available. Continue reading Something Inside So Strong
Ya gotta have heart, and this lively Power Play tune lets your audience know that you do. There is energy galore in this tune.
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 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
From the 1954 Broadway musical The Pajama Game, this tune is hot. No, it’s hotter than hot! The Cleveland Heights High School Women Barbershoppers will be debuted this sultry song with great success at the Midwinter Convention. The piece is probably not suitable for SAI contests, but it is great for shows. And don’t forget to wear your black derbies. . . .
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
There is plenty of seasonal fun to be had with this hit from the UK. It is time to go on holiday!
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!
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
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.
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.
A fun nonsense song that takes you in circles, this vintage tune surprises your audience every few seconds.
Is your group looking for an apologetic, square ballad? Well, you just found it.
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
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.
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!
No one doesn’t love this happy, swingy tune. Your contest and show audiences are sure to enjoy hearing you sing it.
A strong ballad asking your lover to make up, this song ends on a note of hope, which springs eternal.
What could be more inspiring than singing about our music? This uplifting arrangement is no longer exclusive. Continue reading Thank You for the Music
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.
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.
Though this ballad was most popular in the UK, barbershoppers the world over will enjoy its sweet, romantic sentiment.
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
A fine show opener in the Broadway tradition, this song offers plenty of clever, energetic fun.
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 beautiful song of lifelong love, this piece will warm your audiences hearts.
Also called Through the Eyes of Love, this song is especially lovely. Give this delightful piece a try.
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 old-fashioned love ballad, this tune is about a wish for a “little spark” to become a great flame once again.
This arrogantly fun uptune was debuted by our 1984 champs, The Rapscallions, and revived in most humorous fashion by popular medalist quartet Metropolis.
Nat “King” Cole sang this haunting song of lost love. Sad songs just do not get any prettier than this. Available in contest and show versions
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.
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!
This clever love song is just too marvelous not to sing. Hey, that is what international medalist State Line Grocery thought. How about you?
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.
The King himself sang this cautionary love story. The Musical Island Boys might just be willing to share it with you.
This pop classic speaks to all the men in your audience—and the women sure do hope they will listen.
Whitney Houston sang this most inspirational song. The singer acknowledges having made many mistakes in her life, but now is the time to do it her way. So have a look at this song—and sing it your way.
A cool/hot show tune, this swingy number will have your audiences swaying in their seats and smiling from ear to ear.
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.
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.
Joni Mitchell sang this offbeat, jazzy piece about a real nut case. So come on, baby, let’s do the . . . twisted?
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.
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.
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.
This is the touching Matt Monro hit from 1965. Even when true love is involved, a relationship still could be hopeless.
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.”
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
Singer and lesbian activist Holly Near wrote this song after the 1978 assassination of Harvey Milk. Milk had been the first openly gay person elected to high office in California. There are many verses to this song, and you can make up your own easily enough. This powerful song is also called “We Are a Gentle, Angry People.”
This song of resilience and hope was composed by Leon Dubinsky, a songwriter from Sydney, Nova Scotia, for a 1984 stage musical titled The Rise and Follies of Cape Breton. The Rankin Family’s 1993 rendition popularized the song across Canada. The message of this song is certainly fitting for the time we live in. So lift your audience’s hearts, and your own, with this soaring song.
A cute song for a group wid a criminal image, dis barbershopper-written tune is just plain moider! Continue reading We’re Number One
Barbershopper Fred Tremper wrote this piece about Broadway stardom. Hey, perhaps this tune can send you on your way as well.
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 classic can be sung in either German or English. The song is way cute.
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.
Here is a new twist on an all-time favorite of us barbershoppers. Various popular oldies are referenced within this piece.
Your audiences will surely be able to relate to this classic, hip lament about love. Can you solve the mystery?
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
A fun song about billing and cooing, this lively tune paints vivid picture of innocent romance.
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
Jazzy, fun, a natural for barbershoppers, this song is a sure winner. Do check it out. Continue reading When I Sing
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
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 uptune is a favorite with all audiences. They know it, they love it; so give it a look-see.
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.
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
There are not many lovelier, more touching Broadway ballads than this. A bonus is that this song is contestable.
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
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.
This classic is a good candidate for the best popular song of all time. “And may all your Christmases be white!”
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. . . .
Did you ever have the feeling that you just should not leave home? Hey, when the cat’s away, the kitten just may play.
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.
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.
Here is Brahms Lullaby, in German. It could be translated into English, of course.
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.
As sung by SAI’s San Diego Chorus, this a real production number. Songs included are “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag,” “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” “Till We Meet Again” and “When You’re Smiling.” They also serve who sit and smile. . . .
Your audiences will love to do the movements associated with this song. This tune is sure to raise the energy level of your performance.
Quite humorous Christmas tune about a kid who has been bad. Continue reading You Ain’t Gettin’ Diddly Squat
Written by Peter Allen and Carole Bayer Sager, this bittersweet tune tells of a love so hot that it had to burn out.
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
A strong ballad with a theme of temptation, this song asks that the love-struck person just be left alone. Lots of folks can relate to this theme. . . .
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’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
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
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
Love does not always last forever, but some things do. This humorous song is just fine for contest, so do give it a whirl.