The number is a reference to the names on the Vietnam Memorial wall. The Brothers in Harmony took the place by storm when they placed high with this song and “Goodnight, Saigon” in International competition. Continue reading 50,000 Names
No, you do not have to sing every single number. There is lots of fun and creativity here, though, with lyrics by barbershopper Tom Larsen.
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.
Brothers and sisters, are you ready to eliminate the negative? Then just latch on to this lively tune and help spread the word!
This song is so much fun that it almost even makes sense. Think fondly of the Mills Brothers when you sing this tune.
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
Power Play sang this lively update of the classic barbershop favorite. Have fun with the patter and the reverse patter.
This classic features a new verse and contains deceptively strong sentiment. Take your audiences back in time with this timeless tale. Continue reading After the Ball
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.
Did you ever wish your quartet consisted of Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and, well… Mighty Mouse? Your wish can be granted with this clever batch of parodies. This piece goes very well in a set with the parody version of When I Lost You. Continue reading Aging Superheroes Medley
This lively uptune has a strong Dixie feel to it. Time to get happy in a Southern sort of way.
This collaboration with Ed Waesche pairs “Open Your Arms, My Alabamy” and “Alabama Jubilee.” The medley happily gathers energy as it goes along. Great for groups who naturally sing downbeat songs better than swing tunes.
You don’t have to be from the largest state to love this combination of “Where We Live” and “Alaska, I’m Comin’ Home.”
Did you ever want to dress up like a toy? Sing this sweet ballad in a set with the barbershop classic “The Little Boy.” This package is guaranteed not to put your audiences to sleep.
One of the best barbershop ballads of all time, this song was written in 1924 by the great Irving Berlin.
This cute come-hither uptune is fine for both women and men. Hey, it is time for some billing and cooing in the parlor.
A melancholy, powerful ballad, this song mourns a lost love. Can this love be saved. Continue reading All Dressed Up with a Broken Heart
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
A rock hit for Swedish group Ace of Base, this arrangement is not for the faint of heart. Sure, it is just that little bit bitter, but she earned it.
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 ever-clever Ray Stevens sang this spoofy, melodramatic song. Even a sedate group will be funny when performing this piece.
A popular Aussie tune, “Gundagai” evokes the wide-open spaces in Oz.
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 is a soaring, gorgeous song about the natural beauties of America, as sung by the Vocal Majority.
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.
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
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’
Suitable for roasting a friend — a very good friend. . . .
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
Hit the road down under with three songs from the real land of Oz: “Waltzing Matilda” and “Along the Road to Gundagai,” along with the hauntingly beautiful “Never Never.”
If you have a lead singer inclined toward sacred music, this solo is for you.
A parody of “M-O-T-H-E-R,” this tune will leave your audiences flying high.
Short and, um, sweet, this tune was sung by Homer Simpson’s quartet, The B Sharps. You don’t need a little diamond-shaped sign to show that you are so uncool as to be cool. Continue reading Baby on Board
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.
This comedy song about smoggy Los Angeles will leave your audiences, well . . . breathless.
Lots of lively fun, this medley was sung by BHS medalist SRO. Time to plink and plunk your way to happiness. Continue reading Banjo Medley
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
This classic slow swing tune puts you right where the action is. No longer exclusive to Saturday Evening Post.
Do you want to stay young, at least in your heart? Then this is the song for you.
Celebrating the surfer dude and dudette in all of us; songs include “I Get Around,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “In My Room” and “California Girls.”
How about a unique, lively version of this sweet old classic? Hard for you to picture? This is how the Ohio State marching band — the Best Damn Band in the Land — interprets the song. So take it out for a test . . . march.
Quite inspirational, this song in a unique mix of musical styles. It was arranged for the Stone Mountain (Ga.) Chorus and popularized by International champ Vocal Spectrum.
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.
There is lots of fun to be had with this foamy piece.
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. . . .
This piece is suitable for… um, that rare occasion when it is just the perfect thing…
A slightly risque song, it makes for much merriment. You can probably guess the double entendre.
Ladies, do you love your man for, well, no certain reason, but you love him just the same? This song tells your story.
This parody of the “Three Girls Medley” is plenty goofy. So if you sing in a bird-brained group. . . .
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
No, not Rodgers & Hart’s straight version from 1934; this is the swinging 1961 doo-wop hit.
Step on the gas with this vintage Carl Perkins/Elvis Presley tune.
Jake and Elwood kicked some butt in the movie, and now your group can boot some booty too. Songs include “Gimme Some Lovin’,” “Shake a Tail Feather,” “Everybody Needs Somebody,” “Think” and “Sweet Home Chicago.”
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.
Do you know Jacque Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld? You do too—it’s the song most associated with the Can Can. Add some whodunit lyrics in German and you have this delightful romp.
The jumpin’ WWII tune made famous by the Andrews Sisters, this song is sure to please your audience members of all ages.
Go out on the town with this contestable Aussie song.
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 is an old song about even older days. As such, it is really unique, not to mention fun.
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.
Here is an old-fashioned fallen-woman ballad. This one is sweet and understanding.
An intense ballad of lost love, this piece is really a winner. The Society publishes the men’s version.
Van Morrison wrote this happy, lively tune back in the golden year of 1967. Quite faithful to the original, this version is sure to have your audiences rocking and clapping. Up All Night does a great job on this song.
HotShots sang this unique conglomeration on the International stage, to the delight and disbelief of all. What could be more fun than popping bubble wrap? Well, popping bubble wrap to music!
Pop/country hit about a father and daughter that is sure to go over big at weddings.
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
Unless you plan on singing at Cologne’s Karneval (Mardi Gras) in the local dialect, Koelsch, this song is probably not for you. Yes, the title is in English, but…
Neil Sedaka wrote and sang this most fun tune. Now it is available for your group to sing in contest, even!
Sung by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington and Michael Bublé, this tune gives a cheery declaration of love.
This version uses the composer’s original melody, so it is not as sung by the 139th St. Quartet. The punch line, especially, makes this piece big fun.
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.
This is Elton John’s moving tribute to Princess Diana. The lyrics of this beautiful song still resonate today.
A beautiful song from the Disney film “Pete’s Dragon,” this explores the depths of true love.
Barbershopper Gary Markette wrote this song to honor his late wife, Sarah. Gary’s images are purely lovely and would certainly fit other longtime love affairs as well, so do give this song a look.
A German pop standard from a bygone era, this song is most evocative
This Dixie uptune moves right along and declares the timeless truths of love for one’s mother.
Omitted words make normal songs sound risque, thus really fun. First sung by the great comedy quartet Four Under Par, this challenging piece is not for everyone.
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.
A tongue-twister that really rips along, this medley is great fun to sing. By the way, the second song was written and arranged by Al Rehkop, who won gold at tenor with both the Auto Towners and the Gentlemen’s Agreement.
A cute, short, dumb ditty, this song is suitable for major silliness. Not many other songs talk about a dog biting you on the behind.
A folky song written by Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul & Mary), this piece warms the heart during a cold time of year.
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.
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. . . .
A 15-page production number performed by the Louisville Thoroughbreds, this medley takes you all over the holiday map.
A country song with lots of heart, this seasonal song will have your audiences reaching for their hankies. Feature your lead on this one.
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.
This energetic collection of vintage songs captures the spirit of the early days of the war, when both sides figured they would be able to end matters in a few weeks and be home in time for plowing. Goes well in a contest package with Tell My Father or The Vacant Chair.
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.
There are more fun songs in this medley than you can shake a squirting flower at: “Make ‘Em Laugh,” “Be a Clown,” “That’s Entertainment” and “Send in the Clowns.” This barrel (or clown car?) of laughs is no longer exclusive to the MegaCity Chorus.
A short, heartfelt intro for a college-days show, this song could be put into a medley with another college piece(s).
This doo-wop classic earned the Dell-Vikings a gold single in the golden year of 1957. The BHS publishes the men’s version of this sure winner.
Ella Fitzgerald made this tune famous. It is just right for pledging undying devotion at weddings and other happy occasions.
From the musical “Oliver,” this happy, lively tune can be sung in contest. International champ Power Play welcomed you to their family with this one.
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.
Picture yourself at THE night club in 1930s Harlem. What might you hear? What would you see? They would be marvelous and exciting things, that is for sure. This medley is no longer exclusive to the Big Apple Chorus.
A good, old-fashioned song about good, old-fashioned times, this tune provides you and your audiences with some light fun.
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.)
Sung by the Everly Brothers, this poignant song of lost love makes a fine tempo ballad for contest or show. This one will sure take your audiences back. . . .
LEARNING TRACKS AVAILABLE:
- James Estes | http://jamestracks.com
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
Frank Sinatra sang this moving song of life’s ups and downs.
We sing lots of songs about Mother, but here is one to honor the sacrifices made by Dad. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS.
The Frankenstein monster can surely raise cane—well, when he is Able—but you should see him dance. If you have seen the film “Young Frankenstein,” you will be able to figure out what the main song in this monster medley is. This piece of lunacy goes well with the “Fabricating Frankie Medley.” No longer exclusive to the Big Apple Chorus.
A delightful scoundrel-type uptune medley, this song tell of a shady southern character.
Everyone loves this happy tune. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready for some high-energy fun.
“What a day” for singing this Lovin’ Spoonful pop classic. This cheery arrangement is for chorus plus soloist.
How do sadists earn a living? Easy: They go into a certain field where causing pain is part of the game.
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
As sung by the Scarborough Dukes, a rollicking number. In its other incarnation, this song is available as “The Santa Claus Parade.”
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.
This Statler Brothers’ tune revives all sorts of ’50s nostalgia. The arrangement could even be redone for contest.
Doing a British Invasion show? Maybe just a short package? Or perhaps your sense of humor runs toward the just plain silly! Then this ’60s novelty hit is for you!
Way raunchy but cute, but this song tells of what happened when the dogs all had a party. And what happened afterward was. . . .
A classic ballad in solid style, this song of comfort comes straight from the heart.
“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.
A swingy tune with the singer pretending that lost love doesn’t matter, this song does not really fool anyone.
Get some serious teenage angst going with this combination of “Donna the Prima Donna” and “(Oh) Donna.” This tune is campy fun.
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.
A regional uptune about a girlfriend back home, this song is lots of innocent, old-fashioned fun.
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!
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.
This is the Swedish national anthem. Hey, you just never know when you might need it. . . .
Who would believe counting to 18 in Roman numerals could be so funny? This novelty song has to be heard to be believed.
Plenty unique and maybe even strange, this Beatles’ tune has lots of key changes and melody swaps.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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 is a unique big-band version of Ohio State’s famous fight song. Go Bucks!
This lovely Roberta Flack song has passed the test of time. Give your audiences some warm fuzzies with this tune.
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.
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
A lively upper with a Dixie theme, this song takes you back to a slower, mellower time.
This Statler Brothers’ song puts an ironic twist on loneliness. And it won’t bother your audiences at all . . .
A novelty number about looking at the world from a unique perspective, this tune was written by the delightfully twisted Heywood Banks.
“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.
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. . . .
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.
Barry Manilow co-composed and performs this ballad, a powerful declaration of love. Would fit some weddings just fine.
If you have a short director or singer you would like to, um, honor, then this hilarious parody is for you.
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.
This ballad about loneliness sure is a sad one. Four walls, that is all the singer has to keep him company.
Here are two clever WWI novelty numbers, as sung by the 139th St. Quartet.
This delightful song is about not judging a book by its cover. So get on out there and “kiss you a frog!”
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
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 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.
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.
This toe-tapping, old-time gospel number is arranged in an unusual woodshed style.
A timeless song that has been redone to be contestable, this piece is purely wonderful. Do check out this gentle, deep journey.
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.
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.
This uptune is about turning over a new leaf. Faint heart ne’er won fair maiden!
This offbeat tune comes from the film “A Mighty Wind.” (Hey, that would not be a bad quartet name!) You have never heard the stories of Noah and the Ark and David and Goliath told like this. Requires a guitar and string bass. Exclusive to Boardwalk right now.
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
An old-fashioned ballad about a love in limbo, this song ends with a note of sweet hope.
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
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.
This pop hit is great for school-days shows. Or you can sing it to add some gentle enjoyment to any performance.
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 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.
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.
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 tribute to the Great Lakes and their seagoing men is strong and moving.
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.
This clever song of a boy’s outsized baseball fantasies is no longer exclusive to Buckeye Blend. Do check this sweet tune out.
This melancholy country song is a sure winner. There are many ways to get back home. . . .
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.
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.
This one is a German pop tune about going to a matchmaker. The singer is not too particular and just wants someone.
Arranged for A Mighty Wind, this Ray Charles song has lots of energy and even more fun.
Diana Ross sang this tender song of the happiness love brings. This is definitely not the Pharrell Williams tune.
Barbershopper Jim Ahlgrim wrote a lovely verse to this standard.
For Western shows, this is the quintessential Roy Rogers & Dale Evans song. Use is to end any performance, Western-themed or not.
This song was written as an opener for a BinG (German) quartet by the same name. You would be quite foolish to sing it.
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.
The powerful message of this tune makes it just right to stir your audiences emotions.
What a sweet love ballad this is. The world is indeed a wonderful place “when the heart of a girl beats for you.”
This unique tune, written by Lynn Hauldren, the inimitable bari of Chordiac Arrest, chronicles some highly unlikely barbershop happenings. No longer exclusive to Rumors.
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.
LEARNING TRACKS AVAILABLE:
- Daniel Gillis | http://www.vocalharmonies.com
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.
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.
A regional song honoring spud-state dwellers, this tune is rather, um, specialized.
A classy easy-beat, very romantic, this song would be just right for honoring the bride on her wedding day.
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!
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
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
Women with male solo. Continue reading Hit the Road, Jack
Johnny Marks wrote this most happy, lively tune. It just plain feels good.
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!
This verse-only can easily be added to the old chestnut, the Honey/Little ‘Lize Medley.
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?
What Is America to me? This song lists many everyday things in heart-warming, inspiring fashion. Give this tune a listen.
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!
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.
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.
An old-fashioned song about a carefree lad, this tune will take your audiences back in time to a slower, idealized era.
This inspirational classic is a hit on any show. Power Play put their family touch on this heartfelt tune. Continue reading I Believe
A fresh, new take on both of these tunes, this medley is both energetic and loving.
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 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.
A poignant song of a city dweller who yearns for the great outdoors, this song is just a little bit melancholy.
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.
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.
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.
This country-flavored patriotic number is no longer exclusive to Accent. It speaks of pledging your allegiance to that “grand old flag.”
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.
The old Whippoorwill song has now been arranged with the correct melody and updated. Yo, it really rocks!
A most humorous tune, as sung by The New Tradition quartet. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS.
From the classic animated film The Jungle Book, this song is great fun to, um, monkey around with.
This football-type pep song appeals to Buckeyes of all ages.
Your audiences will be almost in heaven when you sing this hearfelt song.
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.
Sung by our 1985 international champion quartet, The New Tradition, this piece takes a radically dim view of marriage.
The title of this lively spiritual pretty much says it all. Time to sing praises!
This is clearly a maudlin, overstated love ballad. The punch line that follows the title: “before I grew up to love you.” Ouch. . . .
A bittersweet ballad of a love thrown away, this song tells of a man who gained wisdom too late.
This is an old-time ballad of one-way love. It is no fun to live on that one-way street.
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
This old-fashioned uptune has a lot of drive. The word mother could be substituted to make the song more palatable.
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 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
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!
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…
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.
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 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
This is the classic song of a loser at love. You can pine away with this old-time tune.
Everyone likes this fun, offbeat love song. Great for men and women alike, it is now available in both contest and show versions.
A goofy golden oldie, this English music hall song is quite repetitive, so you might want to make part of it a sing-along with your audience.
George Burns sings this funny song about the end of a marriage, a piece with quite a surprise twist at the end.
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.”
A very cute tune, this tale tells of a poor little dolly who had “appendisawdust.”
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. . . .
This cute German song tells of a woman who wants love, not just chocolate.
This tender pop hit, made famous by Bread, is a most moving love song.
Simple but by no means dull, this tune professes a great love. Not quite contestable, it is still great for shows or Singing Valentines.
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.
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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!
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.
Folk music meets barbershop in this inspiring piece.
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.
An old-time novelty number about a feisty Irishman, this tune shows a lot of Irish pride.
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.
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.
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 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.
This is a surprisingly strong contestable version of the old ballad. Do give it a look and listen.
An old-fashioned song of sadness about a fallen woman, this piece is most gentle and understanding.
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
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.
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.
Cute and risque, this song fights sexual stereotypes. Check it out.
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
Your basic pleasant nonsense song, this is a pop standard. Use it to lighten and cheer up the mood in any performance.
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.
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.
Written by Frank Buffington, writer of “Old Songs Are Just like Old Friends,” this tune is a proud achievement.
A most lively dance number, this medley is great for contest. Of course, the potential for energetic choreography is limitless.
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 is a novelty number with an old-fashioned Italian flavor. Better watch what is behind you when you start hugging and kissing. . . .
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”.
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.
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
Hey, you never know when you’ll be asked to sing at a festival honoring President Cal.
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.
Everyone enjoys this light-hearted hobo song by Roger Miller. And it could even be edited to be contestable.
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 . . . ?
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.
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!
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.
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.
Melodramatic novelty song, in German. Have great fun with this “Krimi.”
Always a fun uptune, this song makes for lively, old-fashioned fun.
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.
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)
Want to perform Script Ohio, just like the Ohio State Marching Band? If so, this is the song for you.
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.
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.”
This wonderful, romantic song was written by Barry Manilow and featured in the movie Thumbellina. And isn’t the title just lovely?
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
Barbershopper Danny Mills wrote this nostalgic number. Take a pleasant journey to a slower time. . .
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 love song, in German, was a hit with every soldier. It can be sung in English as well.
This powerful ballad, which has an anti-racist message, takes some nerve to sing. And it has been sung, to great effect.
A sad ballad of a young soldier’s death, this song harkens back to his childhood very powerfully.
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 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.
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.
This classic barbershop ballad speaks of a wayward father saying goodbye to his son. Hope springs eternal. . . .
Written by barbershopper Stewart Girlock, this gospel song is of professional quality. Yes, there are angels among us.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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
The totally nonsensical lyrics of this tune make for lots of laughs. It is way, way silly.
A pounding German rock song about men, this piece could be translated into English.
A swinging version of When You and I Were Young, Maggie, this song is just right for you cool cats and kittens.
Unique to say the least, this medley combines the Bob Dylan song with one by Snow Patrol.
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.
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.
A song of love for mother is always sure to please. Indeed, do feel free to substitute the word “Mother.”
A golden-oldie novelty number, this light-hearted song carries a timeless message regarding what sort of man appeals to the ladies.
Everybody’s waiting for him. And who is he? Why, Santa Claus, of course. Your group will enjoy singing this slick tune.
This classic barbershop ballad tells of a sweet, gentle love. And ain’t it grand. . . .
Everyone likes this popular standard. Love and marriage, anyone?
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.
Pretty and rhythmic, this pop ballad lets you express your feelings for your beloved most sweetly.
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 classic barbershop ballad if ever there was one, this tune is gentle and loving.
A modernish rhythmic ballad, this tune is suitable for contest. It conveys a sweet sentiment with powerful, creative lyrics
Everyone knows and loves this classic ballad from the turn of the last century. Will your dreams come true?
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.
This happy seasonal song is easy to learn and perform. Hey, you may even may be able to get your audience up and dancing.
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.
Who knows? You could need this one sometime. Well, you could.
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!
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.
Have soldierly fun with this humorous combination of Sound Off and Oh! How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning.
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. . . .
A wonderful sisterhood song for women, this tune is from the fine film “The Color Purple.”
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!”?
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?
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.
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?
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.
From the movie Mondo Cane, this easy-listening classic is great for shows, glows and weddings.
This old-fashioned ballad about Mom is well, really dreamy. . . .
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.
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.
Written by barbershopper Anne Danforth, this lovely song celebrates our music and the friends we sing it with.
This standard is lively and plenty of fun. Hey, let’s do us some rambling!
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.
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.
This unique love song is a mix of German and English. Have fun lilting along with this tune.
Willie Nelson is probably the best-known singer to perform this poignant song. Shades of America’s pioneer past.
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)
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 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.
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.
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.
This witty song is popular with high school boys for some reason. Go figure. Of course, grownups like this Cincinnati Kids’ song even more.
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. . . .
Stirring but rather specialized, this piece may or may not be for you.
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.
This 1985 hit by the Pointer Sisters is guaranteed to energize your audiences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From the movie Mary Poppins Returns, this delightful song will take you on a natural high. You won’t be flying a kite—you will soar over the town, maybe even heading to the moon. This arrangement is fine for contests using the BHS judging system but might be more suitable for shows in the Sweet Adelines world.
Telling the tale of a teenage girl’s angst, this tune was an edgy pop hit in Germany.
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 arrangement uses the ancient melody and Robert Burns’s classic lyrics. Love is timeless, eh?
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.
Unpopular in the state of Michigan, this tune is beloved by us Buckeyes.
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?
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.
The Four Renegades and Suntones used to sing Buzz Haeger’s version of this tune about a beloved old fellow.
Composed of Paul Simon’s Bookends and When You and I Were Young, Maggie, this medley is dedicated to my paternal grandfather.
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. . . .
A most evocative, nostalgic ballad, this song paints a beautiful picture of days gone by.
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 stirring song of the futility of war comes from the film Billy Jack. Sometimes the only survivor is. . . .
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 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
Here is a regional, sweet uptune about a pretty little miss in Oshkosh, Wis. See, it rhymes and everything.
No longer exclusive to the Spirit of Phoenix, this rousing tune grabs our barbershop audiences right from the start.
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.
A moving ballad about missing childhood friends, this song is wonderfully nostalgic.
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.
This cute Western medley looks at the other side of the coin.
No one doesn’t enjoy this easy-beat tune. It makes a fine change of pace for your performances.
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.
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.
Well-suited for Western shows, this song tells the story of a rugged cowgirl. A man can only hope for mercy. . . .
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
Be sure to include this parody in your next Amish package. You will be doing an Amish package, right?
Peter, Paul and Mary sang this funny, sweet song about being the last kid chosen. Do check it out!
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.
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.
. . . but always be prepared for rain, cautions this lively uptune. It is great to be optimistic, but don’t be siimply foolish.
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.
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.
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.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid ride — well, a bicycle, anyhow — again. This light song is, well, delightful.
This high-energy mix of Razzle Dazzle and Applause is no longer exclusive to the Phoenicians. Start off your performances with a Broadway flair!
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
Country star Toby Keith sings this homage to his favorite container for adult beverages. The lead handles the funny, quirky recitation. This a different kind of love song. See—or sip—for yourself!
The wall-to-well redneck jokes will have your audience swallowing their chawin’ tobaccy. No longer exclusive to Overture.
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.
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!
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.
This stirring Jewish religious piece is right for believers of all faiths.
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 tune is high-energy, recognizable and just plain fun. On top of that, the arrangement is fine for contest. So what are you waiting for? Have a sip of moonshine and give it 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.
A solid but not simplistic ballad, this song was wonderfully rendered by Power Play. The lovely tag has been featured in The HARMONIZER.
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.
Contestable, substantial and lively, this tune was sung by Power Play. See if your group too can make that “trombone moan.”
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.
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.
John Denver sang this clever novelty song. Just what does happen in that Ohio town when the sun goes down?
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!”
A plug for Steeltown, this tune makes for big regional fun.
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 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 waltzy tune of childhood pleasures is sure to bring out the happy kid in everyone.
This tongue-in-cheek lament is best saved for after-afterglows.
This moving, haunting song is especially powerful as a bass solo. Enjoy Stephen Sondheim at his best!
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.
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. . . .
What could be more barbershop than strutting around that stage to this tune from The Music Man? Time for energetic fun!
You don’t have to be a Baptist to sing this song, which somehow manages to be both lively and majestic.
This uplifting pop/country hit pays homage to the beloved lady who gives you so much support.
Well, now, what did our Minnie lose? This humorous tune with a surprisingly punch line will tell you.
Definitely an oldie, this song of a fallen woman is to be sung with tongue firmly in cheek.
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.
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 classic ballad of aging, this chorus (only) is most lovely.
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 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
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.
This country hit tells us to enjoy life right now. Hey, when else is there?
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
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.
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.
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.
An old-fashioned ballad about parents waiting back home, this lovely song stresses love of family.
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
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”).
Ya gotta have heart, and this lively Power Play tune lets your audience know that you do. There is energy galore in this tune.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
This lovely tune was a #1 hit for Kyu Sakamoto back in 1963. The Japanese lyrics tell a sad love story, not really anything to do with food. Surprisingly, the song made the Top Ten again in 1981 and 1995.
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!
Happy and romantic, this tune is sort of a Down Under version of A Foggy Day in London Town.
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.
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 the classic fun version, the one where the notes and words somehow become one notch off. All’s well that ends well, though.
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 scaled-down version of Steve Tramack’s marvelous arrangement for Harmony Inc. queens Taken 4 Granite, this piece is sweet fun — even with no sugar added. It is in young women’s key right now. Best to get the longer, grownup version from Steve himself.
A strong ballad asking your lover to make up, this song ends on a note of hope, which springs eternal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A great Statler Brothers’ tune honoring music, this song is heavy on old-fashioned values and references.
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 cute tune about the great comedian, this song was arranged for 1985 quartet champ The New Tradition.
Though this ballad was most popular in the UK, barbershoppers the world over will enjoy its sweet, romantic sentiment.
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.
You pretty well know the whole song from the title. This sort of ballad has barbershop written all over it.
This song is heartfelt and purely old-fashioned. Mother knows best. . . .
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