Looking for new material to expand your vocal chops with? Or does your casting call specifically request non-musical theatre pop songs? With more pop musicals entering the scene, it’s becoming increasingly common to keep a prepared pop song in your back pocket. And because of that, we’ve put together a list of amazing non-theatre 1970s pop songs, broken down by vocal type.
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“I Honestly Love You” – Olivia Newton-John
“Ring, Ring” – ABBA
“River” – Joni Mitchell
“You Light Up My Life” – Debby Boone
“Always on My Mind” – Elvis Presley
“Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” – Looking Glass
“Lean on Me” – Bill Withers
“Wonderful Tonight” – Eric Clapton
“Angelo” – Brotherhood of Man
“Burning Love” – Elvis Presley
“Fernando” – ABBA
“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” – Elton John
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“A Little More Love” – Olivia Newton-John
“Heart of Glass” – Blondie
“Last Dance” – Donna Summer
“The Man With the Child in His Eyes” – Kate Bush
“Bennie and the Jets” – Elton John
“Mellow” – Elton John
“One Pair of Hands” – Glen Campbell
“Rocket Man” – Elton John
“ABC” – The Jackson 5
“I’ll Be There” – The Jackson 5
“Lookin’ Through the Windows” – The Jackson 5
“Never Can Say Goodbye” – The Jackson 5
Want more songs? Check out these DIY Rep Books for EVERY vocal type!
Which of these 1970s pop songs is your favorite?
And what are you working on at the moment? We would love to hear all about it in the comments below! In the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for specific musicals.
Author: Stacy Karyn
Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.