Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for American Idiot – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for American Idiot? Well unless you have specifically been asked to sing a song from the show that you’re auditioning for, it’s generally best not to. That said, you should still show off similar vocals and personality. So here’s our list of audition songs for American Idiot, broken down by character.

Since American Idiot is a contemporary musical, the following songs are from contemporary shows as well. In addition there are lots of rock vibes and non-musical theatre songs from the 1990s-2000s below in order to match the style of the show.

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Step 1: Read your audition details

Please read your audition details carefully, as they sometimes specify the type of song they’d like to hear (a ballad, something uptempo, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call.

Step 2: Get to know the show

In casting calls, they often ask for you to be “familiar with the show”. And even if it’s not requested, it’s generally assumed. One way to do this is to read through the synopsis while listening to the American Idiot cast album➝.

Step 3: Pick an audition song

Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide whether you’d like to audition for the ensemble or a specific character. Just keep in mind that if you audition for a specific character, you still might not be chosen for that particular role.

There’s usually a spot on the audition form asking if you are open to being in the ensemble or accepting a different role. I would suggest ticking that box and taking whatever you are offered. Every role is important, and you will earn valuable experience in a show.

And on that same note, even if you audition for the ensemble (rather than a specific character), there’s always a chance of being cast in a leading or supporting role!

To summarize, keep an open mind and try not to take the process too seriously. And when you’re ready, choose the song that you feel most comfortable with from the list below.


Head Above Water” – Avril Lavigne [2010s/non-theatre]

I Can’t Go Back” – Pretty Woman

This Is My Life” – Pretty Woman

The Break” – Next to Normal


I’m Not That Guy” – Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Public Life” – Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

The Saddest Song” – Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Under the Westway” – Blur [2010s/non-theatre]

St. Jimmy

Adam’s Song” – blink-182 [1990s/non-theatre]

All the Small Things” – blink-182 [1990s/non-theatre]

I’m Too Hot for You” – School of Rock

When I Climb to the Top of Mount Rock” – School of Rock


Boy Falls From The Sky” – Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Jumper” – Third Eye Blind [1990s/non-theatre]

New Divide” – Linkin Park [2000s/non-theatre]

Rise Above 1” – Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark


A Note From Linda” – The Wedding Singer

Come to Your Senses” – Tick, Tick…BOOM!

Predator” – Jagged Little Pill

Saturday Night In The City” – The Wedding Singer


30/90” – Tick, Tick…Boom!

Jet Pack Blues” – Fall Out Boy [2010s/non-theatre]

Real Life” – Tick, Tick…Boom!

The Kids Aren’t Alright” – Fall Out Boy [2010s/non-theatre]

Ensemble (Altos)

Mary Jane” – Alanis Morissette [1990s/non-theatre]

On Monday” – 35mm: A Musical Exhibition

Smiling” – Jagged Little Pill

Ensemble (Baritones)

Explorers” – Muse [1990s/non-theatre]

Second Nature” – Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Your Eyes” – Rent

Ensemble (Basses)

Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” – Crash Test Dummies [1990s/non-theatre]

Something About Her” – Pretty Woman

Wicked Little Town” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Ensemble (Contras)

Apocalypse Please” – Muse [2000s/non-theatre]

Bouncing Off the Walls” – Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Step One” – Kinky Boots

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

Ensemble (Mezzo-Sopranos)

Dead Mom” – Beetlejuice

I’m Outta Here” – Ghost

Over” – Lindsay Lohan [2000s/non-theatre]

Ensemble (Sopranos)

Between Two Lungs” – Florence + the Machine [2000s/non-theatre]

Eyes Open” – Taylor Swift [2010s/non-theatre]

Uninvited” – Jagged Little Pill

Ensemble (Tenors)

Closing Time” – Semisonic [1990s/non-theatre]

Karma Police” – Radiohead [1990s/non-theatre]

The Seraph” – 35mm: A Musical Exhibition

Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for American Idiot:

• “At the Table” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “Bread and Circuses” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “Fun House Mirror” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “That’s All I Got➝” from Other Desert Cities  (Trip)

• “The Whiz” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

Final Step: Prepare for your audition

After collecting your materials and getting familiar with the show, it’s time to move forward with the actual preparation. If you’re in need of some guidance on this step, you can always go through this FREE audition prep checklist!

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Which of these audition songs for American Idiot did you choose?

And what role are you auditioning for? We would love to hear all about it in the comments! And in the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for other musicals.

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Stacy Karyn, Author of Audition Songs for American Idiot.
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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