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.
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.
This cute come-hither uptune is fine for both women and men. Hey, it is time for some billing and cooing in the parlor.
You can’t go wrong with a hit by the Everly Brothers. This version is a little bit fancier than the published Harmony Explosion arrangement. Now available for SATB mixed voices. Continue reading All I Have to Do Is Dream
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
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.
Yes, this song starts with the famous line “Oh, how we danced on the night we were wed.” It is just the right tune for this occasion. Continue reading Anniversary Song
Do you want to stay young, at least in your heart? Then this is the song for you.
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.
No, this isn’t Ripley’s. Peformed by Joey Scarbury, this is the theme song from the early-’80s TV show The Greatest American Hero. Make yourself and your audiences happy with this most uplifting tune!
What are these wonderful, romantic things that happen on the dance floor? Your can probably guess, and your audiences will love hearing about them.
Ladies, do you love your man for, well, no certain reason, but you love him just the same? This song tells your story.
This lively tune was a one-hit wonder back in 1958 for the Monotones. Hailing from Newark, N.J., the doo-wop group reached #5 with this pop classic. This was their only chart hit, but maybe if they had picked a more musically-skilled name. . . .
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
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, women’s and mixed versions of this lively tale of lost love are all published by the BHS, so you would order the arrangement from them. 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 SAI groups should check with a Music judge). 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.
A beautiful song from the Disney film “Pete’s Dragon,” this explores the depths of true love.
Ella Fitzgerald made this tune famous. It is just right for pledging undying devotion at weddings and other happy occasions.
This Roy Orbison song is a popular classic, of course. Very few barbershop groups have a lead(s) who can handle the rangy melody, so the lead, tenor and bass take turns with it. (Sorry about that, baris.)
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
Written by barbershopper Ken Carter for his late wife, this song is short, sweet, sad and most heartfelt.
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
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 lovely Roberta Flack song has passed the test of time. Give your audiences some warm fuzzies with this deeply moving tune.
Stevie Wonder in barbershop? Absolutely! Indeed, this pop classic is even contestable.
Barry Manilow co-composed and performs this ballad, a powerful declaration of love. This tune would fit most weddings very well but works fine for almost all occasions.
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 song is beyond happy. “Ecstatic” might be a better word, as the both the highs and lows of glorious love are celebrated.
Composed back in 1976 by Freddie Mercury, this tune is happy and seductive at the same time. You will be Queen for a Day if receive loving treatment this good.
Diana Ross sang this tender song of the happiness love brings. This is definitely not the Pharrell Williams tune.
Great for weddings, of course, this tenor solo also adds a special touch to any show.
The lively Ricky Nelson song works just fine for contest or show. Audiences purely love this one.
A classic song for older singers, this ballad from The King and I is as timeless as it is beautiful. Give it a whirl and see what you think.
A classy easy-beat, very romantic, this song would be just right for honoring the bride on her wedding day.
A beautiful, haunting piece, “I Believe in You” encourages a friend who is down and out to believe in herself or himself. The lyrics are mostly in English, partly in French. The format is solo with four-part background, with the final chord splitting into seven parts. Do check this wonderful song out for your chorus!
A fresh, new take on both of these tunes, this medley is both energetic and loving. Not a bad combination, eh, so do give this piece a try.
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
When well-known barbershopper Darryl Flinn first heard my current quartet, Lock 4, he remarked on what a fine voice our lead, Keith, had and declared him to be the lost Ink Spot. So naturally I went back and arranged Keith’s favorite Ink Spot song. The piece lives more vividly with guitar accompaniment, and there is even a traditional, uh, spot for a bass recitation.
By the way, our quartet’s name has a double meaning. The Ohio & Erie Canal came through Akron back in the day, and of course we barbershoppers love to lock and ring those chords!
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.
Be young and in love again with this swingy, zippy tune. Try something new for contest. SAI carries the women’s version of this happy, lively song.
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 also a version for the grown-ups which is pitched down a little.
A very happy uptune for kids of all ages, this song just gushes friendship and love.
The old Whippoorwill song has now been arranged with the correct melody and updated. Yo, it really rocks!
What a delightful love song this is! The Beatles sure knew how to write ’em. . . .
A cute, clever uptune for women, this song urges a reluctant man to take action—now!
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
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!
This tempo ballad just drips loneliness. Songs like this can sometimes effect a real healing when a listener who is in the same boat realizes that he or she is not alone.
This tender pop hit, made famous by Bread, is a most moving love song. It makes a great song for weddings, Singing Valentines and much more.
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.
A most uplifting pop love ballad, this tune is full of goodness and inspiration.
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
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
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.
Metropolis hams this tune up, but it can be sung straight just fine. Profess your love with this soaring song.
In 1991 this song was a big hit for Boyz II Men. Formed in 1988 in Philadelphia, this R&B vocal group recorded a whopping eight Top-10 tunes in just a little over four years. Do yourself, and your audiences, a favor and check out this beautiful, poignant song of lost love.
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.
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.
This powerful Grammy Award winner, sung by Roberta Flack, is now available in two versions. One is as usual, while the other, as sung by MAXX Factor, is delightfully twisted.
Always a fun uptune, this song makes for lively, old-fashioned fun.
The Everly Brothers sang this heartfelt love ballad with great Success. 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).
This wonderful, romantic song was written by Barry Manilow and featured in the movie Thumbellina. And isn’t the title just lovely?
This classic barbershop ballad speaks of a wayward father saying goodbye to his son. Hope springs eternal. . . .
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.”
This classic barbershop ballad tells of a sweet, gentle love. And ain’t it grand. . . .
Everyone likes this popular standard. Love and marriage, anyone?
Pretty and rhythmic, this pop ballad lets you express your feelings for your beloved most sweetly. If sweet is your thing, have a listen to this tune.
A classic barbershop ballad if ever there was one, this tune is gentle and loving.
A modernish tempo ballad, this tune is suitable for contest. It conveys a sweet sentiment with powerful, creative lyrics and images. Have a look and a listen. . . .
Everyone knows and loves this classic ballad from the turn of the last century. Will your dreams come true?
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 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 theme from the movie Mondo Cane, this easy-listening classic is great for shows, glows and weddings. And it’s not really a dog’s world after all, is it?
This cute novelty number is for women only. The old-fashioned references make for great fun.
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.
Here is a wonderful ballad about falling in love despite having been burned many times in the past. Power Play sang this hopeful, powerful tune. Just about everyone in your audiences will be able to identify with these powerful feelings!
When this song went all the way to #1 back in 1964, it was no miracle. Written and produced by Smokey Robinson—get it?—this happy tune of loyal love made in big on both the pop and R&B charts for Motown star Mary Wells. This tune will make your audiences smile, and you as well!
By gosh, no one wrote ’em quite like the Scottish poet Robert Burns. If you like singing the old songs, and if you like singing love songs, this piece from 1794 qualifies nicely as both.
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 hopeful tune.
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.
Sally in our alley is not just any girl. No, it is your beloved mother, says this vintage song.
No one doesn’t like this classic ballad. This particular arrangement is just that little bit different.
This is a simple, old-fashioned song about a sweetheart. And sweet it is. . . .
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.
This arrangement uses an ancient melody and Robert Burns’s classic lyrics. Burns composed this poem way, way back, in 1794. Love is timeless, eh?
This tune is fun, lively and makes a great opener or closer. Short and to the point, It is available in both contest and show versions. Continue reading Orange Colored Sky
No one doesn’t enjoy this easy-beat tune. It makes a fine change of pace for your performances.
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.
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.
A solid but not simplistic ballad, this song was wonderfully rendered by Power Play. The lovely tag has been featured in The HARMONIZER.
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 uplifting pop/country hit pays homage to the beloved lady who gives you so much support. Sing it to bring out your inner Kenny Rogers!
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)
The great Irving Berlin composed this haunting tune back in 1927. Berlin paints a brilliant, poignant image for the end of a love affair. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS.
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
No one doesn’t love this happy, swingy tune. Your contest and show audiences are sure to enjoy hearing you sing it. So take a chance and sing through it. What have you got to lose?
Though this ballad was most popular in the UK, barbershoppers the world over will enjoy its sweet, romantic sentiment.
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. So sing to the young person we can all carry with us for life.
Also called Through the Eyes of Love, this song is especially lovely. Give this delightful piece a try. Your audiences will be glad you did.
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 WWI ballad never goes out of style. So it’s time for you to “Smile the while. . . .”
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.
Performed by our 2003 international champion quartet, Power Play, this powerful love sung was debuted by Josh Groban in 2001, when he was barely out of his teens. Now pushing 40, Groban is still going strong, so dropping out of college to turn pro was not such a bad idea, eh?
This clever love song is just too marvelous not to sing. Hey, that is what international medalist State Line Grocery thought. How about you? Are you marvy enough?
An ageless song of young love, this tune tells of the greater wisdom of the younger folks. But 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 popular classic speaks to all the men in your audience—and the women sure do hope the menfolk will listen.
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.
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, but—heck, sing it anyhow. . . .
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.
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.
This popular hit has a lot going for it. Sweet, gentle, flattering, wry—it is just plain fun to sing, and to listen to as well. Treat your seasonal audiences to this delightful tune!
Your audiences will surely be able to relate to this classic, hip lament about love. Can you solve the mystery?
A fun song about billing and cooing, this lively tune paints vivid picture of innocent romance.
A beautiful Sigmund Romberg tempo ballad, this song tells of a bittersweet parting that is more sweet than bitter. Do check out this lovely tune.
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.
Here is a square medley of love that has a wonderfully old-fashioned ring to it. The bass’s recitation on the second chorus of “When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New” is heartfelt and unique. Ain’t lifelong love grand?
There are not many lovelier, more touching Broadway ballads than this. A bonus is that this song is contestable. I often listen to Tim Waurick’s full mix of this arrangement just for enjoyment.
This tempo ballad paints a picture as lovely as its title. Is someone waiting for you? I sure hope so.
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.
Did you ever have the feeling that you just should not leave home? Hey, when the cat’s away, the kitten just may play.
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 the inspirational Bette Midler hit about the man behind the woman, or vice versa. Do give this powerful piece a try. The arrangement is now available for SATB mixed voices, where it also fits very nicely.
Marvelously energetic 8-parter about men and women working together, as sung by Friends. Continue reading With Two Wings
Written by Peter Allen and Carole Bayer Sager, this bittersweet tune tells of a love so hot that it had to burn out. The young lover in all of us will be able to relate to this tale.
This beautiful tempo ballad comes from the Broadway musical version of The Full Monty. At first hearing, I assumed it was a religious piece. While “You Walk with Me” certainly can be sung that way, in the musical it is sung by two people who love each other. Do yourself a favor and look this song up, whether through a preview from me or simply online.
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