The No-No List 2020

no-no list Dec 07, 2019
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, 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 musics 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 No-No List: 2020
Ain't It Fun by Paramore *
All Of Me by John Legend *
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
Chandelier by Sia
Come to My Window by Melissa Etheridge
Don’t Stop Me Now Queen
Don’t Speak by No Doubt
Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga
Everybody Talks by Neon Trees
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
Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler
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 Need A Hero by Bonnie Tyler *
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
It’s My Party by Lesley Gore
It's All Coming Back to Me by Celine Dion *
It's Raining Men by The Weather Girls *
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
No One by Alicia Keys *
Oh Darlin' by The Beatles
Open Arms by Journey
Ordinary People by John Legend
Piece of My Heart by Janis Joplin
Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac *
River Deep Mountain High by Tina Turner
Samson by Regina Spektor
Shallow by Lady Gaga *
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
This Love by Maroon 5
Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler
Use Somebody by Kings of Leon
Valerie by Amy Winehouse
What's Up by 4 Non-Blondes
Where the Boys Are by Connie Francis
You and I by Lady Gaga *
You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette
You're So Vain by Carly Simon
ANY arrangement from the musical Rock Of Ages
(*) = New Addition in 2020