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Competition Songs for Girls Ages 12 & under

Updated: Nov 20, 2018

Here is a list of some of my favorite competition songs for girls ages 12 & under, categorized into three basic genres: 1) Musical Theater, 2) Pop, and 3) Classical Crossover.

Musical Theater:

A Million Dreams, The Greatest Showman

Be Kind to Your Parents, Fanny*

Big and Loud, Cats Don't Dance

Born to Entertain, Ruthless

Castle on a Cloud, Les Miserables

Do-Re-Mi, The Sound of Music

Edelweiss, The Sound of Music

Heart, Damn Yankees*

I Know it's Today, Shrek the Musical (excerpt)

I Want it Now, Willy Wonka

I Whistle a Happy Tune, The King and I

Impossible, Cinderella

It's Gonna Be Okay, The Piano Guys

It's Possible, Seussical the Musical*

It's the Hard-Knock Life, Annie

Johnny One Note, Babes in Arms

Let it Go, Frozen

Let's Go Fly a Kite, Mary Poppins

Little People, Les Miserables*

Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now, Hairspray

Maybe, Annie

My Favorite Things, The Sound of Music

Naughty, Matilda

On the Good Ship Lollipop, Bright Eyes

Sayonara, How to Eat Like a Child

Shy, Once Upon a Mattress

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Mary Poppins

The Girl I Mean to Be, The Secret Garden

This is Me, The Greatest Showman

Tomorrow, Annie

When I Get My Name in Lights, The Boy from Oz*

When I Grow Up, Matilda

When You Wish Upon a Star, Pinocchio*

You're Never Fully Dressed without a Smile, Annie

You've Got a Friend in Me, Toy Story*

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Song of the South*

*generally sung by a boy, or could also be sung by a boy, but appropriate content for a girl, sung out of context


All American Girl, Carrie Underwood (country)

Boomerang, Jojo Siwa

Brave, Sara Bareilles

Champion, Carrie Underwood

Count on Me, Bruno Mars

Fight Song, Rachel Platten

Firework, Katy Perry

Girl in the Mirror, Sophia Grace

Girl on Fire, Alicia Keys

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper

I Don't Know My Name, Grace VanderWaal

Party in the U.S.A., Miley Cyrus

Rise Up, Andra Day

Rise, Katy Perry

Roar, Katy Perry

Skyscraper, Demi Lovato

The Climb, Miley Cyrus

The Greatest, Sia

The Prayer, David Foster, et al (solo version)

Titanium, David Guetta

True Colors, Cyndi Lauper

Try Anything, Shakira

Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler

Classical Crossover:

Ave Maria, Schubert or Gounod

La Pastorella, Giachino Rossini

Panis Angelicus, Sacris solemniis, Saint Thomas Aquinas

Pie Jesu, Requiem, Andrew Lloyd-Webber

The Prayer, David Foster, et al (solo version)

Think of Me, Phantom of the Opera

Time to Say Goodbye, Francesco Sartori

Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, Phantom of the Opera

I only recommend choosing Classical Crossover for this age group if your girl has an exceptionally strong head voice that is crystal clear from middle C to high C, a somewhat sizable instrument, natural resonance, natural vibrato, and her high notes are her comfort zone. There is really no such thing as a "child opera singer," but this recently-evolved category exists for those girls who have truly "operatic" tendencies, or very strong head voices, which may later become operatic instruments. Examples of so-called female "child opera singers" are Charlotte Church and Jackie Evancho. They generally never become real opera singers because they aren't generally trained to do so but rather remain in the Classical Crossover genre as teens and adults.

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