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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Altos

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


Contras

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


Tenors

Heaven” – Bryan Adams

Here I Am” – Air Supply

Lost in Love” – Air Supply

Purple Rain” – Prince


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 has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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