Here at Rock the Audition we often talk about the idea of "Low-Hanging Fruit", which are songs that don't tell us anything about you or your understanding of Pop Music! These are the songs that everyone sings, even if they aren't the best reflection of your personality, Because you know them, you heard someone singing them at an audition, without doing any further research into other songs in the canon that are JUST as good and far less overdone! AND that you actually LOVE to sing!

 

To help performers find better options, I've created Spotify Stations in every genre of popular music currently represented on Broadway. Or you can use the genre filter to search through my cuts on Musicnotes!

 

If you have a truly unique interpretation that is a competing-on-The- Voice Level of re-interpretation of one of these songs -- when I say that, I don’t mean a riff-a -rama, I mean a deep understanding of pop styling and pop music’s influence on you -- DO YOUR SONG on this list. 

 

Here’s the deal: you WILL see some of these songs on my Musicnotes page and Spotify stations. Don’t let that confuse you. I arranged those songs because they are SO overdone that there is a high demand for them and they are included on the playlists because they define the era!


 

Now, without further ado, here is the UPDATED list directly from pianists who spend their time IN THE ROOM of Low-Hanging Fruit to avoid when picking a song for your auditions!

 

The UPDATED No-No List: Fall 2020

 

 

A Team**

Ain't It Fun by Paramore *

Alone by Heart 

Animal by Neon Trees

Anything But Ordinary by Avril Lavigne

At Last by Etta James

Because Of You by Kelly Clarkson

Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood

Black Velvet by Alannah Myles

Bluebird by Sarah Bareilles *

Call Me by Blondie

Come to My Window by Melissa Etheridge

Don’t Stop Me Now Queen

Don’t Speak by No Doubt

Everybody Talks by Neon Trees

Eye Of The Tiger **

Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac**

Grace Kelly by Mika

Gravity by Sara Bareilles

Heartbreaker by Pat Benatar

Highway to Hell by AC/DC

Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar

House of the Rising Sun by The Animals *

How Will I Know by Whitney Houston **

I Can't Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt

I Don’t Wanna Be Gavin DeGraw

I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith

I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston *

I Wanna Hold Your Hand by The Beatles (SPECIFICALLY the version from Across the Universe)

I Want To Break Free by Queen

If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys *

I'm Still Standing by Elton John

I'm the Only One by Melissa Etheridge

I'm With You by Avril Lavigne

King Of Anything by Sara Bareilles

Landslide by Fleetwod Mac**

Last Name by Carrie Underwood

Lay Me Down by Sam Smith

Let's Hear it For The Boy by Deniece Willliams

Make You Feel My Love as covered by Adele

Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin 

Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin/From Beautiful

Fallin Alicia Keys 

Oh Darlin' by The Beatles

Open Arms by Journey

Ordinary People by John Legend

Perfect by Ed Sheeran**

Piece of My Heart by Janis Joplin

Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac **

Rich Girl by Hall and Oates **

River Deep Mountain High by Tina Turner

Samson by Regina Spektor

She's Got A Way (About Her) by Billy Joel

Since I Don’t Have You by the Skyliners

Somebody to Love by Queen

Something to Talk About by Bonnie Raitt

Son of a Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield

Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato *

Stacy's Mom by Fountains of Wayne

Still Into You by Paramore

Stone Cold by Demi Lovato

Taking Chances by Celine Dion

The Story by Brandi Carlisle

Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler

The Joke by Brandi Carlisle**

Use Somebody by Kings of Leon

Valerie by Amy Winehouse

What's Up by 4 Non-Blondes**

When I was Your Man**

You and I by Lady Gaga **

You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette

You're So Vain by Carly Simon**

You’ve Got A Friend**

 

(**) = New Addition and I’M SICK OF IT

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