Belting can be one of the best ways to get out pent-up energy, and luckily for a good mezzo, belting songs are pretty common in musicals. They are essentially the power ballad of Broadway, and the audience lives for that. For mezzos, it’s the perfect way to showcase your voice and just let it all out onstage.
Here are some of the best songs to let out your inner belting diva:
1. ‘And I Am Telling You, I’m Not Going’ from ‘Dreamgirls’
The Dreamgirls know exactly how to represent women working hard and getting it done for their careers. Divas don’t get days off, and they aren’t torn down by people. This song will not only push you to be better, but it will definitely push your vocal range.
2. ‘Glitter and Be Gay’ from ‘Candide’
Want to really show off your classical range and express your creativity all in one song? This one’s for you. This is one of the more technically challenging songs, but with a bit of improv and creativity, you can change some of the fun runs in the song. The audience is sure to see the glitter in your performance as you feel like a true prima donna.
3. ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’ from ‘Annie Get Your Gun’
Everything about this song is appealing to a belter. It represents all that is wonderful and magical about the stage. It’s one of the more well-known songs on this list, but it’s also one of the best belting songs for altos. You can feel like a showboat and hit all those happy notes.
4. ‘Bless the Lord’ from ‘Godspell’
Praise the lord (and Stephen Schwartz) for this belter’s dream of a song. If you need a little soul in your belt, this is an excellent song to bring back that swing and show off your incredible belting skills.
5. ‘Adelaide’s Lament’ from ‘Guys and Dolls’
A diva can’t just sit around waiting for her man to make all the moves — instead, she laments on what’s going on in her life and then demands things change. Just like when Adelaide discovers she needs to fix her cold, you can see the fire in her eyes to get Nathan to commit.
6. ‘Morning Person’ from ‘Shrek the Musical’
Princess Fiona is surely the diva of the Kingdom of Duloc, and she’s not afraid to get up early and sing out. You shouldn’t be afraid to bust this underrated tune out if you’re feeling like hitting some high notes in the morning.
7. ‘Xanadu’ from ‘Xanadu’
When it comes to singing, do you dare go to a place where nobody dared to go? Do you love to challenge yourself with range and depth? This song will take you to that place, and you can groove along while you sing.
8. ‘My New Philosophy’ from ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’
This song is not only great to show off your range, but it’s oozing with sass, making it the perfect tune for a diva who is interested in showing off her stuff. You’ll definitely feel like you own the stage when you take this one on.
9. ‘Diva’s Lament’ from ‘Spamalot’
The title just about says it all. This classic diva song is perfect for getting out all of your frustrations. It’s your time to shine, thank-you-very-much, and this song will help remind you just how capable you are.
10. ‘Special’ from ‘Avenue Q’
Just like any true professional, you know you can make people feel special with your talent. You can own the stage with sex appeal and show off your musical talents.
11. ‘I Ain’t Down Yet’ from ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’
There’s nothing like a song that can help you overcome anything. This song and musical truly represent all the independent and fighting women of the world. You’ll be hitting some unsinkable notes and feeling pretty confident by the end of this one.
12. ‘A Change in Me’ from ‘Beauty and the Beast’
Good can come from bad if you practice enough. This song from the “Beauty and the Beast” musical can remind you of how far you’ve come in your singing and life, and it will leave you feeling like a true princess.
13. ‘Defying Gravity’ from ‘Wicked’
Let’s face it, how can you make a list about belting and not add this song? It’s a classic example of how inspiring lyrics and a powerful voice can really make you feel confident. After belting this song, you can definitely take on bigger and bigger challenges.