100 Ways to Make a Medley

A student came up to me recently, frustrated with the task of composing an interesting medley, as commissioned by another group. For him, and for everyone else looking to make your medley stand out from the crowd, I offer these helpful suggestions.

[ADDITIONAL NOTE: Clearly, there are areas in this list where I started to run out of ideas. Just ignore those...]

1) Songs from the same decade

2) Songs from the same genre

3) Songs from the same artist

4) Songs from the same composer

5) Songs from the same lyricist

6) Songs from the same show

7) Songs from the same movie

8) Songs from the same television show

9) Songs from the same block of television shows

10) Songs from video games

11) Songs you all love

12) Songs you all hate

13) Songs that, when you put the lyrics together, they tell a story

14) Songs with the same chord progression

15) Songs from commercials

16) Songs from the same region

17) One song covered by multiple artists

18) Songs with the same lyrical topic

19) Songs that have nothing to do with each other in any way

20) Songs where the verse of one song could be better complimented by the chorus of a different song

21) Songs that start with the same melodic interval

22) Songs with the same rhythm

23) Songs that demonstrate how uncreative an artists is, because every song sounds exactly the same

24) Songs performed at a specific concert

25) Songs from the same album

26) Songs that start in different keys, just to demonstrate how good your arranger is at linking them together

27) Songs you can dance to

28) Romantic songs

29) Power ballads

30) Songs with extreme guitar solos

31) Songs that all start with the same word

32) Songs from a specific holiday

33) songs that make you laugh

34) Songs that make you cry

35) Songs that feature one soloist singing with different voices

36) Songs that are popular with Karaoke singers

37) Songs with extremely difficult-to-sing melodies

38) Songs that have never been released

39) Songs that can be looped

40) Songs that change their harmonic progression by adding a different bass line

41) Songs in the same time signature

42) Songs that are typically covered by a cappella groups

43) Songs that are never covered by a cappella groups

44) Songs that someone told you could never be performed by an a cappella group, EVER.

45) Songs that are impossible to cover because you would need a specific instrument to make it authentic, and yet you cover it anyway

46) Songs from a specific license company

47) Songs that tell a story…a story that already has different songs attached to it

48) Songs that progressively get faster

49) Songs that progressively get slower

50) Songs from a specific culture

51) Songs in a different language

52) Songs first sung in English, then covered in different languages

53) Songs made up by weird, unusual sounds

54) Songs that annoy everyone

55) Songs that everyone in the audience knows the words to

56) Songs that describe one person, whether that person is real or fake

57) First song has a soloist, second song has a duet, third song has a trio, etc.

58) Songs chosen entirely at random in advance

59) Songs chosen entirely at random from the audience

60) Songs with very long intros, and you never quite get to the words

61) Songs that won awards

62) Songs that hit #1 on the Billboard or iTunes chart

63) Songs that you are sure no one has ever heard of

64) Original songs

65) Parodies

66) A medley of songs that are linked by a continuous solo countermelody

67) Songs in the style of a fugue

68) Theme and variations

69) Songs in AABA form

70) Songs covered by a specific a cappella group

71) A medley of medleys

72) Songs that allow for humorous dialogue interludes

73) Songs that could only be performed in a specific type of setting

74) Songs that require a specific type of technology

75) Songs that could be used for a Riff-Off

76) Songs that combine styles of music very well

77) Medleys of mash-ups

78) Songs with the same bass line

79) Songs that tie together a video clip

80) Songs with similar choreography

81) Songs that demonstrate unique choreography

82) Songs that could be staged like a play

83) A medley that comes full circle (Song 1-Song 2-Song 3-Song 2-Song 1)

84) A medley of songs, if they were sung by a different artist

85) A day in the life of a particular artist

86) A medley of songs with misheard lyrics

87) A medley of songs with the original lyrics, rhythm, melody, etc.

88) A medley of songs that blatantly stole from other songs

89) A medley of songs that only work with extreme dynamics

90) A medley of songs sung with heavy vibrato

91) A medley of songs sung with no words, just humming

92) A “name that tune” medley

93) A medley where the next song is determined by a roll of the dice or flip of the coin

94) A medley that forces everyone in your group to adopt a new, unfamiliar, personality

95) Songs all covered by a specific a cappella arranger

96) Songs in public domain

97) Songs that are popular at your local school

98) A medley of 100 songs in 3 minutes

99) A medley of songs all sung at exactly the same time

100) A medley of why you hate medleys

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