Non-Musical Theatre Songs

Our Favorite 1980s Pop Songs – by Vocal Type

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

Eternal Flame” – The Bangles

Gloria” – Laura Branigan

It’s Raining Men” – The Weather Girls

Baritones / Basses

Blue Eyes” – Elton John

And So It Goes” – Billy Joel

Nikita” – Elton John

The Way It Is” – Bruce Hornsby


I Want to Break Free” – Queen

Love Will Lead You Back” – Taylor Dayne

Solitaire” – Laura Branigan

Time After Time” – Cyndi Lauper

Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!


Greatest Love of All” – Whitney Houston

Like a Prayer” – Madonna

This Woman’s Work” – Kate Bush

Through the Fire” – Chaka Khan


Hello” – Lionel Richie

Here I Am” – Air Supply

Purple Rain” – Prince

Two Less Lonely People in the World” – Air Supply

Related Posts:

• Pop Songs for Altos

• Pop Songs for Baritones

• Pop Songs for Basses

• Pop Songs for Mezzo-Sopranos

• Pop Songs for Sopranos

Pop Songs for Tenors

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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.

Stacy Karyn, Author of 1980s Pop Songs.
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.


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