The Best Audition Songs for Hair – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Hair? 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 Hair, broken down by character.

Since Hair is a post-golden age musical that’s set in the 1960s, most of the songs below are from the 1960s-1970s as well. In addition, many of the following have either a rock or free-spirited vibe to them 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 upbeat, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “Hair Audition Songs” Spotify Playlist


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 listen to the Hair cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.


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 (and not a specific character), there’s always a chance you might get chosen for a leading/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.


Berger

Alas for You” – Godspell

Bachelor’s Dance” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

She’s a Rainbow” – The Rolling Stones  [60s rock/non-musical theatre]

Sunshine of Your Love” – Cream  [60s rock/non-musical theatre]


Claude

I’d Love to Change the World” – Ten Years After  [70s rock/non-theatre]

Let’s Live for Today” – The Grass Roots  [60s rock/non-musical theatre]

Save the People” – Godspell

We Beseech Thee” – Godspell


Crissy

Knowing When to Leave” – Promises, Promises

Timid Frieda” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

What a Nice Idea” – Two Gentlemen of Verona

Woodstock” – Joni Mitchell  [70s rock/non-musical theatre]


Jeanie

Goin’ Back” – Dusty Springfield  [60s pop/non-musical theatre]

I Still Believe in Love” – They’re Playing Our Song

Learn Your Lessons Well” – Godspell

What Have They Done to My Song, Ma?” – Melanie  [70s/non-theatre]


Sheila

Child of Mine” – Carole King  [70s/non-musical theatre]

Day by Day” – Godspell

Dream Babies” – The Me Nobody Knows

River” – Joni Mitchell  [70s/non-musical theatre]


Woof

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

All Good Gifts” – Godspell

Green Tambourine” – The Lemon Pipers  [60s rock/non-musical theatre]

I Am a Child” – Buffalo Springfield  [60s rock/non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Altos)

By My Side” – Godspell

The Look of Love” – Dusty Springfield  [non-musical theatre]

Whoever You Are, I Love You” – Promises, Promises


Ensemble (Baritones)

Gethsemane” – Jesus Christ Superstar

The Bulls” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

The Sound of Silence” – Simon & Garfunkel  [60s rock/non-theatre]


Ensemble (Basses)

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

Funeral Tango” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

The Old Laughing Lady” – Neil Young  [60s rock/non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Contras)

I’ve Got What You Want” – The Apple Tree

I Wish It Would Rain” – Ain’t Too Proud/The Temptations

White Rabbit” – Jefferson Airplane  [60s rock/non-musical theatre]


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


Ensemble (Mezzos)

I Loved” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

Old Folks” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

What Makes Me Love Him?” – The Apple Tree


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Brand New Key” – Melanie  [70s rock/non-musical theatre]

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

Desperate Ones” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris


Ensemble (Tenors)

Morning Glow” – Pippin

On the Willows” – Godspell

Strange Brew” – Cream  [60s rock/non-musical theatre]


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Hair:

• “Album” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

• “It’s Best➝” from Elsewhere➝

• “Sky Lines #1” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

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

• “Wormhole➝” from Ohio  (Zach)


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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Hair Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Hair, along with which characters sing in each of them. Unless you have been asked to, do not choose from the below songs for your audition! The following is more intended to be used for character research purposes.

* That said, if you’ve specifically been asked to sing a song from the show, you can find the sheet music for the best possible audition songs below.


Act 1:

“Aquarius” – Tribe, Ronny

“Donna” – Berger, Tribe

“Hashish” – Tribe

“Sodomy” – Woof, Tribe

“Colored Spade” – Hud, Woof, Berger, Claude, Tribe

Manchester, England” – Claude, Tribe

“I’m Black” – Hud, Woof, Berger, Claude, Tribe

“Ain’t Got No” – Woof, Hud, Dionne, Tribe

“I Believe in Love” – Sheila, Tribe Trio

“Air” – Jeanie, Crissy, Dionne

“Initials” – Tribe

I Got Life” – Claude, Tribe

Going Down” – Berger, Tribe

“Hair” – Claude, Berger, Tribe

My Conviction” – Margaret Mead

Easy to Be Hard” – Sheila

“Don’t Put It Down” – Berger, Woof, Ensemble

Frank Mills” – Crissy

“Be-In” – Tribe

Where Do I Go?” – Claude, Tribe


Act 2:

“Electric Blues” – Quartet

“Black Boys” – Ensemble

“White Boys” – Ensemble

“Walking in Space” – Dionne, Jeanie, Sheila, Tribe

“Abie Baby” – Tribe Trio

“Three-Five-Zero-Zero” – Tribe

“What a Piece of Work Is Man” – Ensemble

Good Morning Starshine” – Sheila, Tribe

“The Bed” – Tribe

“The Flesh Failures (Let the Sun Shine In)” – Claude, Sheila, Dionne, Tribe


Which of these audition songs for Hair 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 Hair.
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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