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Barbershoppers are always on the lookout for solos to showcase
their best voices. The following songs contain at least some solo passages:


  • ALL THAT SHE WANTS rock hit by Swedish group Ace of Base, not for the faint of heart
  • ANNIE'S SONG the lovely John Denver song, good for weddings.
  • ART IS CALLING FOR ME hilarious Victor Herbert song for women only, requires a soprano who can sing high in operatic fashion. Exclusive to Vogue right now.
  • AVE MARIA If you have a lead singer inclined toward sacred music, this solo is for you.

  • BEACH BOYS MEDLEY celebrating the surfer dude or dudette in all of us.
  • BEAUTIFUL SAVIOUR quite inspirational, in a unique mix of musical styles.
  • BECAUSE YOU LOVED ME lovely pop song by Celine Dion, in the mold of "The Wind Beneath My Wings".
  • BOOGIE WOOGIE BUGLE BOY jumpin' WW II tune made famous by the Andrews Sisters.
  • BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO the lively pop hit by Neil Sedaka.
  • BUTTERFLY KISSES pop/country hit about a father and daughter that is sure to go over big at weddings.

  • CANDLE IN THE WIND Elton John's moving tribute to Princess Diana - not available till John begins granting permission.
  • CANDLE ON THE WATER a beautiful song from the Disney film "Pete's Dragon".
  • CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE the King sang this pop classic.
  • CHRISTMAS DINNER A folky song written by Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul & Mary), this piece warms the heart during a cold time of year.
  • CHRISTMAS SHOES, THE A country song with lots of heart, this seasonal song will have your audiences reaching for their hankies. Feature your lead on this one.
  • COME GO WITH ME this fun doo-wop tune earned the Dell-Vikings a gold single in the golden year of 1957.
  • COPACABANA (AT THE COPA) 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.
  • CYCLES Frank Sinatra sang this moving song of life's ups and downs.

  • DIDDLE SQUAT quite humorous Christmas tune about a kid who has been bad.
  • DO YOU REMEMBER THESE? the Statler Brothers tune reviving all sorts of '50s nostalgia.

  • EIGHTEEN WHEELS ON A BIG RIG Who would believe counting to 18 in Roman numerals could be so funny? This novelty song has to be heard to be believed.
  • ELEANOR RIGBY plenty strange, lots of key changes in this Beatles tune.

  • FLY'S EYES novelty number about looking at the world from a unique perspective.
  • FOR GOOD 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.
  • FOUR SEASONS MEDLEY 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 bari
    or lead (or bass?) to show off in fun fashion.

  • GRAVITY BLUES hilarious number that bemoans the effects of aging on a woman's body; exclusive to Synergy at present.
  • GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME this melancholy country song is a sure winner.
  • GROOVY KIND OF LOVE A 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 gets some licks in too.

  • HAPPY Diana Ross sang this tender song of the happiness love brings.
  • HAVE A NICE DAY very funny for contest or shows, as sung by Shenanigans.
  • HAWAIIAN WEDDING SONG great for weddings, of course, this tenor solo also adds a special touch to any show
  • HIT THE ROAD, JACK  Arranged for women's chours or quartet plus male soloist, this piece is just about as much fun as you would guess -- which is to say, a lot.

  • I GUESS HE'D RATHER BE IN COLORADO poignant song of a city dweller who yearns for the great outdoors
  • I HAVE A LOVE gorgeous tune from "West Side Story" (solo plus chorus)
  • I LIKE BEER Tom T. Hall's ode to the ethereal amber beverage. This whimsical tune is available as either lead or bass solo.
  • I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU maintains the shimmering feel of classic rock 'n' roll song
  • ICH WILL KEINE SCHOKOLADE German song of a woman who wants love, not chocolate, cute
  • IF YOU BELIEVE uplifting pop love ballad about having faith in yourself and others
  • I'M GONNA SIT RIGHT DOWN AND WRITE MYSELF A LETTER everyone likes this offbeat love song.
  • IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT the Boyz II Men redo of the classic doo-wop hit is popular with listeners of all generations.
  • ISLAND OF DREAMS 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.
  • ISLE OF INISFREE, THE If your group has a soloist with a lot 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."
  • IT WAS ALMOST LIKE A SONG the King's Singers sang this song,  tenor and bass solo versions.

  • JAMAICAN NOEL lively Christmas song, each part gets a solo.

  • KING OF THE ROAD light-hearted hobo song by Roger Miller.
  • KRIMINAL TANGO melodramatic novelty song, in German.

  • LET ME BE YOUR WINGS wonderful romantic song by Barry Manilow, from "Thumbellina".
  • LITTLE DARLIN' 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.
  • LIVE LIKE AN ANGEL written by barbershopper Stewart Girlock, this gospel song is of professional quality.
  • LONGEST TIME, THE Billy Joel's hit makes for doo-wop barbershop at its most enjoyable.

  • MARY, DID YOU KNOW A powerful, reverent song, this piece is a hit at Christmas or any other time of year. The current version is arranged for mixed voices.
  • MARY IN THE MORNING pretty, rhythmic pop ballad.
  • MERRY CHRISTMAS, DARLING 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.
  • MOTOWN MEDLEY 16 pages worth, fasten your seat belt, could be made into a show theme.
  • MY PRAYER This arrangement of the beautiful #1 hit for the Platters (1956) debuted at a barbershopper's wedding.

  • NEUTRON DANCE this 1985 hit by the Pointer Sisters is guaranteed to energize your audiences.

  • ONES LEFT STANDING  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.
  • OPERATOR moves right along, Manhattan Transfer made the song famous.

  • PLAYING RIGHT FIELD Peter, Paul and Mary sang this funny, bittersweet song about being the last kid chosen.

  • ROCK AND ROLL MEDLEY four rock'n'roll classics make this medley a winner; includes "Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay," "Hound Dog,"  "Tears on my Pillow" and "Blue Moon".

  • SANTA BABY  Arranged for a woman soloist with men's quartet or chorus.  This seductive song is cool, hot and fun.
  • SEND IN THE CLOWNS This moving, haunting song is especially powerful as a bass solo. Enjoy Stephen Sondheim at his best!
  • SHE BELIEVES IN ME uplifting pop/country hit.
  • SINATRA MEDLEY 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.'".
  • SING IT A CAPPELLA doo-wop gospel, really fits us barbershoppers.
  • SKYLARK 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.
  • SMELL THE FLOWERS country hit telling us to enjoy life right now.
  • SOUND CELEBRATION Tom 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.
  • SPREADIN' RHYTHM AROUND definitely cooks, has a scat section for each voice part.
  • SUMMER SUNSHINE MEDLEY 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."

  • THANK YOU, WORLD a great Statler Brothers' tune honoring music.
  • THAT'LL BE THE DAY uppity rock hit performed by Buddy Holly and by Linda Ronstadt.
  • THEME FROM ICE CASTLES also called "Through the Eyes of Love," very pretty.
  • TO KNOW HER (HIM) IS TO LOVE HER Emmylou Harris revived this rock'n'roll hit.
  • TO WHERE YOU ARE  Exclusive to Power Play right now, this powerful love sung has been recorded by Josh Groban.  Haven't heard of this young man with the mature voice?  You will!

  • UNCHAINED MELODY Similar to Acoustix's take on the old rock 'n' roll version, this chart is plenty weird. Your tenor gets the chance to shine here.

  • WEDDING SONG great for weddings, naturally.
  • WHAT WOULD I DO WITHOUT MY MUSIC powerful show song, sung by many SAI choruses.
  • WIND BENEATH MY WINGS, THE inspirational Bette Midler hit about the man behind the woman, or vice versa.

  • YESTERDAY, WHEN I WAS YOUNG powerful song from the French, with a sophisticated sentiment of regret.
  • YOUR HOROSCOPE FOR TODAY No matter what your sign, dude, wicked things are in store for you for the foreseeable future. This tune is quite funny, not to mention way intense. It is exclusive to Deja Vu right now.

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