These are those popular songs - you know, everyone loves - that people can really struggle to sing. There will be only one song per artist, as there could be a number of songs from certain artists that could make the list. YouTube videos are attached underneath.
10 of the Hardest Popular Songs to Sing
10. "Unchained Melody" - The Righteous Brothers
This song is full vocal trills, dramatic pitch changes and dynamics. Coupled on with the fact that it's largely considered a classic, doing a poor rendition of this song would not be considered inexcusable, but would certainly rile up fans.
9. "My All" - Mariah Carey
It wouldn't be considered wrong to fill a list with Mariah Carey songs, as they all contain plenty of vocal complications. "My All," however, was chosen because of the vocal bounces throughout the song. In addition to this, Mariah keeps the volume very quiet for the majority of the chorus - this really is a song that can be butchered quite horribly.
8. The Star Spangled Banner
There is a reason why this song has been lip-synced by numerous celebrities. America's national anthem is commonly considered difficult to get right, as the singer not only has to sing the correct notes, put in the right amount of power and time their breathing correctly - they also have to convey the patriotism through their singing.
7. "Over the Rainbow" - Judy Garland
Right off the bat, this song hits you with a D sharp octave change. The difficulty of this song does not lie with technical versatility or anything like that - in fact, the song is quite simple in that regard. Instead, the singer must have the ability to sing this simple ballad with enough emotion to captivate and enthrall the audience, taking them on the journey with them.
6. "I Will Always Love You" - Whitney Houston
Bet you didn't see this coming! Many attribute this song as very hard to sing. The a capella opening exposes any weaknesses the singer may have early on, and struggling here can really knock the confidence of the singer. However, the real struggle comes with the big note in the chorus, which after being held for a lengthy period of time, has to be followed by a change to the higher register. Whitney Houston can really be the only one to properly sing this ballad.
5. "Chandelier" - Sia
This is a deceptively difficult song to sing. It may appear not too difficult on first glance, but the chorus is really where things begin to get hard. A fifth change for the first bar into the chorus followed by the full octave really exposes a number of weaknesses. Then there's the power - Sia, being such a powerful vocalist, pulls this off with ease - but not everyone is so lucky. Even getting this right, it may never sound good simply because of the tone of voice. Kat Perkins of the "Voice 2014" sang this song with the correct pitch, but her tone completely overrode this song. It may not sound too difficult, but as many professional singers will tell you - this is very difficult to sing.
4. "Lovin' You" - Minnie Riperton
Another obvious choice! Only a handful of people in the world can pull off a falsetto, especially one so smooth and tender. A song not about power, but about technical articulation. The song remains at such a way that overdoing the power will devoid it of emotion, and will often sound like more of a struggle than a song. If you don't have the right voice for this song, good luck trying to sing it.
3. "Wuthering Heights" - Kate Bush
Another artist whose songs could fill this list. Honestly, there is so much that can go wrong in this song, it would seem a very bad idea to attempt it unless you can do it perfectly. The key changes, the time signature changes, the transition into the chorus - any one of these will stray into disaster. Even getting this right, the balance of power and mystery in the singer must be spot on - and even if this is right, it may end up sounding like wailing, just because your voice doesn't suit the song.
2. "Dream On" - Aerosmith
Composed in the key of F minor, Aerosmith composed this song back in the seventies, and singers have struggled to sing this ever since. A number of vocal slides and long notes in this song can easily drive the song to failure. Combined with the contrasting dynamics, the high Bb-A bounce in the chorus can (and very often does) end up sounding screechy and off. Sometimes this works in the singer's favour - but mostly it doesn't.
1. "Bohemian Rhapsody" - Queen
Was there really any doubt? This six minute number is full of key and tempo changes. In addition to large staccato and powerful sections, this song's length can often exhaust the singer long before the end, meaning breathing techniques are key here. Even if this song is sung almost perfectly (which I can almost guarantee it won't be) it will certainly draw comparisons to Freddie Mercury, regarded as the best vocalist of all time. Whilst this song can be attempted, unless you're completely prepared for all it throws at you - don't attempt it.