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 1980s pop songs, broken down by vocal type.
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“All Through the Night” – Cyndi Lauper
“It’s Raining Men” – The Weather Girls
“Love Will Lead You Back” – Taylor Dayne
“Time After Time” – Cyndi Lauper
Baritones / Basses
“Africa” – Toto
“And So It Goes” – Billy Joel
“Hello” – Lionel Richie
“Nikita” – Elton John
“Broken Wings” – Mr. Mister
“Forever” – Kenny Loggins
“I Want to Break Free” – Queen
“The Search is Over” – Survivor
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Mezzo-Sopranos / Sopranos
“Gloria” – Laura Branigan
“Greatest Love of All” – Whitney Houston
“Like a Prayer” – Madonna
“Listen to Your Heart” – Roxette
“Heaven” – Bryan Adams
“Here I Am” – Air Supply
“Lost in Love” – Air Supply
“Purple Rain” – Prince
Want more songs? Check out these DIY Rep Books for EVERY vocal type!
Which of these 1980s 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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.