How to Learn Singing “Popular” from Wicked

Learning to Sing “Popular” from Wicked

Learning to sing a particular song can be an exciting and rewarding experience. In this article, we will guide you through the process of learning to sing “Popular” from the musical Wicked. This song, performed by the character Glinda, showcases her unique vocal technique and is filled with catchy melodies and witty lyrics.

Understanding the Vocal Technique

One of the key aspects of singing “Popular” is mastering the technique of twang. Twang is a vocal placement technique that adds brightness and forwardness to the sound. It helps to create a clear and powerful tone that cuts through the music.

To learn how to use twang effectively, we recommend watching the video tutorial on How to Twang Exercise. This exercise will guide you through the process of incorporating twang into your singing technique, allowing you to achieve the distinct sound required for “Popular” and other similar songs.

Practical Advice for Learning “Popular”

Here are some practical tips to help you learn and perform “Popular” with confidence:

  • Analyze Your Voice: Before diving into the song, take some time to understand your voice type and range. You can use the Vocal Range Test to determine your vocal range and compare it with famous singers.
  • Warm-Up Exercises: Start your practice session with vocal warm-up exercises to prepare your voice. The Humming warm-up exercise can help relax your vocal cords and improve resonance.
  • Focus on Breath Support: “Popular” requires good breath support to sustain the long phrases and powerful notes. Check out the article on Breath Support to understand how to maintain proper breath control while singing.
  • Master the Vocal Break: Glinda’s vocal break is showcased in “Popular.” Understanding voice registers and how to navigate the vocal break is crucial. The article on Voice Registers & Vocal Break provides valuable insights into this topic.
  • Practice with the Vocal Pitch Monitor: Utilize the Vocal Pitch Monitor to visualize your sung notes on a virtual piano. This tool will help you improve your pitch accuracy and ensure you are hitting the right notes.

Other Songs with Similar Techniques

The unique vocal technique of twang used in “Popular” can also be found in other popular songs. Some examples include:

  • “Defying Gravity” (also from Wicked)
  • “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
  • “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele

Listening to these songs and observing how the singers incorporate twang can provide valuable inspiration and a deeper understanding of the vocal technique.


Learning to sing “Popular” requires mastering the unique vocal technique of twang and understanding voice registers and breath support. By following our practical advice and utilizing the resources provided by Singing Carrots, such as the vocal range test, pitch monitor, and educational singing course, you can improve your singing skills and confidently perform this iconic song. So don’t wait, start practicing and have fun singing “Popular”!