The Sims 4 Singing Skill

Money Making and Song Genres in City Living

The Sims 4 City Living Singing
The Singing Skill in The Sims 4 City Living lets you earn money, write songs, and impress romantic partners.

The Sims 4 City Living features a singing skill, which lets Sims gradually improve their vocal range. This skill must have taken some work, as Sims grow to sing much better over time and eventually sing near-perfectly. With higher levels in singing, you can begin to write songs and even license them to earn some extra money. This skill synergizes with both the Piano and Guitar skills. Getting to level 3 in those two instruments, your Sim will be able to sing and play at the same time. It's not an enjoyable listen at first, but they get much, much better with practice.

How to: Singing Cheats
Press Control + Shift + C then type testingcheats on and press enter. You can now set your skill level with stats.set_skill_level major_singing x (fill in 1-10) - we also have a full listing of Skill Cheats and a master list of Cheats in The Sims 4

Getting Started as a Singer

The Sims 4 City Living Singing: Singing in the Shower
Singing in the Shower is not only a great way to unlock level 1, you can also do it every day when your Sim gets cleaned up without adding much time to the showering process.

Sims can begin to level up the Singing skill by using a karaoke machine. Practice singing is not initially available. Another quick way to get level 1 in order to practice is to use the shower. While taking a shower, you can pause the game and click it again to 'sing in the shower', which when done early enough (while in a good mood) will get that first level in the singing skill. Once the first level is gained, you can practice using a microphone or by simply clicking on your Sim. The ideal mood for singing is Inspired.

Level Up Singing

The Sims 4 City Living Singing in Karaoke
Karaoke is a good choice for leveling the skill and making new friends on a night out. Sims are awful when they first get started. It's funny but hard to listen to for any length of time.

As you level the singing skill, your Sim will noticeably improve, with their voice improvements actually making the listening experience enjoyable. You may even grow to love some of the songs, despite the gibberish that is Simlish. Since you can practice this skill anywhere, you should have no trouble gaining skill levels over time. Use it when there's nothing else to do, as you would by carrying around a guitar with your Sim. It is actually possible to level both guitar and singing at the same time, which is extra effective if you pluck some inspiration first using the guitar.

Skill & Song Genre Unlocks by Level

  • Level 1 - Click Microphone/Sim to Practice Singing. Genre unlocks: Solo House, Jazz, and Pop on Karaoke Machine. Country Duet with Karaoke Machine.
  • Level 2 - Rock songs on Karaoke Machine, Duet Pop songs. Folk genre unlocks on Microphone (and Guitar/Piano with level 3 in those Skills). Rave about Favorite Singers Interaction unlocks.
  • Level 3 - Country (solo) and Duet Jazz songs unlock on Karaoke Machine. Pop songs on Microphone (and Piano/Guitar with level 3 in those instruments). Can now select to sing pop songs by clicking on the Sim. Serenade interaction unlocks.
  • Level 4 - Can sing Disco songs and Duet Ballads on the Karaoke Machine
  • Level 5 - Can sing Jazz songs on Piano/Guitar/Microphone. Sing Jazz under the Sim-click Sing Song menu.
  • Level 6 - Singing voice continues to improve, more likely to get a good moodlet from singing Karaoke.
  • Level 7 - Theater Drama songs can be sung on the Microphone, Guitar, Piano, and under the Sing Song menu when clicking the Sim.
  • Level 8 - Write Lyrics is possible by clicking on the Microphone, Guitar, and Piano if you have at least level 3 in those instruments. The Sim can sing songs they've written, both on those instruments and through the Sing Song menu.
  • Level 9 - Written songs can now be Licensed by clicking the mailbox.
  • Level 10 - Better likelihood of a good outcome when using the Karaoke Machine (ie a better Moodlet) and a better voice.




Serenades

The Sims 4 City Living Serenading a Sim for Romance
Serenading a Sim for Romance

The Serenade interaction provides powerful romantic boosts. It would seem you need to use a microphone to do this, I've not been able to sing a song to another Sim spontaneously (although Sims can certainly listen to one another sing). Serenades give a +2 8 hour flirty moodlet! It is likely a good idea to set a Sim up to accept this first, by using some friendly and romantic interactions. If they accept, you're set the tone for romance and have a much better success rate with riskier romantic interactions. Click here for a guide to romance in The Sims 4.

Making Money by Writing Songs

The Sims 4 City Living Singing:
Sims can level both singing and guitar/piano at the same time, so long as they are level 3 in those instruments.

Writing songs unlocks at level 8 and licensing them is level 9. Singing is another way to earn money from music in The Sims 4, and in combination with the other instruments is viable as a self-employment career. However, it is one that requires substantially more work due to the effort required to master the instruments.

It takes 12 full hours to write a song, though you can resume writing one if necessary. Licensed songs generate income for 7 full days, and can range from $200 to $800 per day. Income is distributed daily at 10AM. You can have one song of each type - microphone, guitar, and piano counting only City Living and the Sims 4 base game. Songs written for lyrics on the guitar count as 'microphone'. You can then write a song that is instrumental for the two other instruments. Writing 3 songs a week, you could earn between $600-2000+ per day in royalties, but you'd need to continually produce more music for it to stay viable as a career choice. Expect to spend 36 hours per week writing music if you go this route.

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Glamissa
Hello! i wonder if i am able to start a band with the different types of instruments and singing? and can a person sing to someone who is playing a piano, violin and/or guitar?
4th November 2016 7:15pm
playalot
Not really. Your sim can play the guitar and sing at the same time, or play the piano and sing at the same time, or just sing. These options are linked through a menu that you access by clicking the sims instrument.
You could get a sim to play guitar and another sim to sing but I don't know how good that would sound as basically they are unrelated and just doing different tasks. It would look good for screenshots etc but it would be 'pretend' or 'staged' game play rather than actual game play.
5th November 2016 5:19pm
wiggins
I am having problems with the karaoke contest. Even when I get 100/100 score I still lose because someone else does too. It doesn't matter if I go first or last. I just can't figure it out. Out of four times of that score I have lost 3 times. When my sim was having lower scores she would win often but now that she is in the 90's or 100 she loses most of the time.
13th November 2016 9:05am
wiggins
Forgot to mention she is level 10 at singing.
13th November 2016 9:06am
playalot
Maybe it is a mod/cc conflict? Try removing all mods and cc and testing again. My sim is winning with 100 score but will still occasionally lose which I imagine is 'normal' but a sim shouldn't be losing more often with a score of 100 more than at the lower scores.
Also delete the localthumbcach.package file from your TheSims4 folder as that can help to clear out glitches.
14th November 2016 3:51pm
Sam
Can kids sing in the shower?
16th November 2016 9:23pm
playalot
Try it! Pop a kid in the shower and see if the 'sing in shower' option is present. Wink
16th November 2016 10:07pm
Kaleb Garrett
Hello, are there any plans for toddlers and burglars?
28th November 2016 11:23am
Playalot
Who knows! Smile You can always use townies with the kelpto trait to get a sort-of burglar feel. Just befriend them and ask them over to your sims home lot. They'll swipe something before too long.
28th November 2016 3:36pm
Spazilton
So my sim is level 10 at singing, and sometimes her friends will ask her to "take a concert" or "Take a show" and there's two options, cancel and ok. So I press ok and absolutely nothing happens. So.... how am I supposed to accept the request when there's no accept button... ._. Huh
10th December 2016 5:53pm
Playalot
This function is bugged in some games. It has nothing to do with the singing skill but is instead just a text adventure that sims can get invited to. When the times comes after clicking 'ok' the sim who asked will send a message to your sim saying it is time and then your sim walks off the lot and disappears (like they do when going to work). About an hour later (game time) your sim appears back with a text message saying they enjoyed the opera or whatever it was they went to 'see'.
Link to an open bug report on this issue.
11th December 2016 2:08am
Amy
So iv just gotten city living and my family are in an apartment. Iv created a song but the mail box won't let me licence it. Is that a fault or something to do with living in an apartment?
31st December 2016 2:06pm
Playalot
Your sims needs level 9 singing skill before that interaction unlocks. Licensing songs or music works just fine in apartments.
31st December 2016 7:03pm
Amy
Ok, so it must just be a bug with my game.
Thanks
31st December 2016 7:09pm
Basil
My sims get calls from their friends that there is an opera in town or a circus in town, and yet EA seems to have left out these events after putting in the festivals. Really disappointing. If they were going put these in later then they should not make sims call up about these things. As such these phone calls are no different from spam calls...
6th January 2017 1:29pm
Playalot
These calls are for a text adventure that, when working, your sim will disappear off the lot to go to. A bit like how sims disappear off to work. The 'event' lasts about one sim hour and then they reappear and you get a text notification about how great it was. These events are not working correctly in all games.
Bug Report Link
6th January 2017 6:04pm
Fatima
Hi There?! i'm Fatima
10th February 2017 4:09am
Nolan
Hi! My Sim was writing a song, I stopped to Caden for his needs and went back after they were full to resume the son writing and it's not there. I clicked the same option he was singing before and it started him over. Any tips?
26th February 2017 4:39pm
Playalot
This can happen so it's always best to stop just after starting a new song to check that the music sheet is in your sims inventory. If you are using any mods or cc remember too that they can cause issues if they are not up to date with the latest patch.
Clicking on your sim will always start writing a new song etc so that is why it is best to stop your sim and check early on if there is sheet music in the inventory.
26th February 2017 6:08pm
PlantJohn
Does anyone have a picture of the Singing skill icon ?
23rd April 2017 3:02pm
romana
Smile love this game
4th December 2017 2:39pm
Lissa Fofana
i am so excited to play the game
12th December 2017 6:08pm
Josie
Any tips on how to get your sims to score in the 90s (if not 100s) for karaoke contests? My sim has level 10 in Singing, and I make sure that she's Inspired when she sings (since that is the ideal mood for the skill). Every single contest she has done, she has scored somewhere between 77 and 88 :/
8th May 2018 10:49pm
Playlot
Well I can get 99 reliably by practicing the song my sim is going to sing for the contest a few times just before the contest begins and having my sim be Very Inspired. I've done this with only L8 of the singing skill but the chances of winning the contest should go up the higher your sims skill level is.
9th May 2018 7:43pm
Josie
Yeah, it’s really interesting because I had both her and another sim practice their respective contest songs. She scored a 71 (lmao) while very inspired, and the other sims (who’s L9), scored a 100 w/ the same mood. Idk, I wish the developers released more info on how these contests exactly are factored. (Also, I know it is a mere 500 simoleon prize, but it’s nice to know your sims are the ruling couple at the karaoke bar lol)
9th May 2018 10:52pm
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