Musical Song Lists

64 of the Best Audition Songs for Basses

Are you getting ready for an important audition? Well, first you should check out our giant database of audition songs for specific musicals. But if your show hasn’t yet been covered by us, or if you’re just looking to expand your repertoire,  you can go through this list of audition songs for basses.

By the way, if your vocal range lies between E2-E4, you are a bass! If your range lies between the bass and baritone vocal types (or if it extends both), you are a bass-baritone. And if you haven’t gone through the steps to find your vocal type yet, I would definitely recommend doing so!

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First Step: Read your audition details

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

And here’s Theatre Trip’s matching “Audition Songs for Basses” Spotify Playlist!

Quick Tip: For easy access to each song’s sheet music, backing tracks, music, time period, and vocal type info, just follow any of the links below!

Golden Age Songs for Basses (1940-1959)

Don’t Cry” – The Most Happy Fella

Edelweiss” – The Sound of Music

I Still See Elisa” – Paint Your Wagon

I’m an Ordinary Man” – My Fair Lady

I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face” – My Fair Lady

Lost in the Stars” – Lost in the Stars

Thousands of Miles” – Lost in the Stars

Wan’drin’ Star” – Paint Your Wagon

Post-Golden Age Songs for Basses (1960s)

Alone” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

Everybody Says Don’t” – Anyone Can Whistle

I Don’t Remember You” – The Happy Time

Night Song” – Golden Boy

Not Mine” – Hallelujah, Baby!

Once Upon a Time” – All American

Try to Remember” – The Fantasticks

Who Can I Turn To” – The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd

1970s Songs for Basses

Fallin’” – They’re Playing Our Song

Fear No More” – The Frogs

If I Have to Live Alone” – The Baker’s Wife

In My Own Lifetime” – The Rothschilds

I Wanna Make the World Laugh” – Mack & Mabel

Pilate’s Dream” – Jesus Christ Superstar

She Is a Diamond” – Evita

You’re a Lovable Lunatic” – Seesaw

1980s Songs for Basses

Father to Son” – Falsettos

Funny” – City of Angels

I Am What I Am” – La Cage aux Folles

Marry Me” – The Rink

See You in the Funny Papers” – Woman of the Year

Song on the Sand” – La Cage aux Folles

The Colors of My Life” – Barnum

There’s Always One You Can’t Forget” – Dance a Little Closer

1990s Songs for Basses

Does the Moment Ever Come?” – Just So

Heaven Help Me” – Footloose

How Long Must This Go On?” – Beauty and the Beast

If the World Were Like the Movies” – My Favorite Year

I’ll Be Here” – The Wild Party

Lost in the Darkness” – Jekyll & Hyde

Wheels of a Dream” – Ragtime

Where’s the Girl?” – The Scarlet Pimpernel

2000s Songs for Basses

Aftershocks” – Next to Normal

Coffee Shop Nights” – Curtains

Deep Into the Ground” – Billy Elliot

It’s In Your Hands Now” – Roadshow

Love Sneaks In” – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Mrs. Remington” – The Story of My Life

Welcome to the World” – A Man of No Importance

Who’s the Man” – The Witches of Eastwick

2010s Songs for Basses

Everything About You” – Groundhog Day

In the Ring” – Rocky

Night Will Come” – Groundhog Day  

Now Is Not the Time” – Mrs Henderson Presents

The Great Comet of 1812” – The Great Comet

This Is Not An Exit” – American Psycho

We Look to You” – The Prom

What Would You Do?” – If/Then

Character/Comedic Audition Songs for Basses

Be Prepared” – The Lion King

Daisy Hill” – Snoopy!!!

Hephaestus” – Dear Edwina

I Wanna Be a Producer” – The Producers

My Name” – Oliver!

Please Send Me Someone” – Young Frankenstein

Reindeers are Better Than People” – Frozen

Suppertime” – Little Shop of Horrors

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Know of any other great audition songs for basses?

And what role are you auditioning for next? We would love to hear all about your own favorite musical theatre songs for basses in the comments below! In the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for other musicals.

Stacy Karyn, Author of Audition Songs for Basses.
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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