64 of the Best Audition Songs for Tenors

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 tenors.

By the way, if your vocal range lies between C3-C5, you are a tenor! 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 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. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

“Audition Songs for Tenors” 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 Tenors (1940-1959)

All I Need is the Girl” – Gypsy

Come to Me, Bend to Me” – Brigadoon

Fanny” – Fanny

Lonely House” – Street Scene

Many Moons Ago” – Once Upon a Mattress

There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame” – South Pacific

You Are Beautiful” – Flower Drum Song

Younger Than Springtime” – South Pacific


Post-Golden Age Songs for Tenors (1960s)

Boy for Sale” – Oliver!

Brotherhood of Man” – How to Succeed in Business

I Believe in You” – How to Succeed in Business

I Will Follow You” – Milk and Honey

Stay” – Do I Hear a Waltz?

Take the Moment” – Do I Hear a Waltz?

Too Many Tomorrows” – Sweet Charity

Where Do I Go?” – Hair


1970s Songs for Tenors

All Good Gifts” – Godspell

Alone at the Drive-In Movie” – Grease

Ladies in Their Sensitivities” – Sweeney Todd

Morning Glow” – Pippin

On the Willows” – Godspell

On This Night of A Thousand Stars” – Evita

Sandy” – Grease

Save the People” – Godspell


1980s Songs for Tenors

Bring Him Home” – Les Misérables

Dreamer in Disguise” – Carrie

I Chose Right” – Baby

Love Changes Everything” – Aspects of Love

Pity the Child” – Chess

Proud Lady” – The Baker’s Wife

Who Am I?” – Les Misérables

Why God Why?” – Miss Saigon


1990s Songs for Tenors

A Bit of Earth” – The Secret Garden

Endless Night” – The Lion King

I Can’t Stand Still” – Footloose

Lost in the Wilderness” – Children of Eden

No Moon” – Titanic

Sarah” – The Civil War

She Was There” – The Scarlet Pimpernel

That’s What He Said” – Parade


2000s Songs for Tenors

A Jerk Like Me” – When Midnight Strikes

Before the Summer Ends” – Dracula

Breeze Off the River” – The Full Monty

He’s Not Here” – Next to Normal

Lost Boy” – Darling

One Knight” – Wonderland

Take a Chance on Me” – Little Women

Write What You Know” – The Story of My Life


2010s Songs for Tenors

And I Breathe” – Next Thing You Know

Butter Outta Cream” – Catch Me If You Can

Hold Me In Your Heart” – Kinky Boots

Isn’t That Enough?” – Honeymoon in Vegas

My Petersburg” – Anastasia

Run Away With Me” – The Mad Ones

You Never Know” – If/Then

When the Booth Goes Bright” – Amélie


Character/Comedic Songs for Tenors

Don’t Let Me Go” – Shrek

Hard to be the Bard” – Something Rotten!

Man” – The Full Monty

Positoovity” – The Little Mermaid

The Moon and Me” – The Addams Family

The Squip Song” – Be More Chill

Women and Sandwiches” – Freaky Friday

World’s Greatest Dad” – Elf


By the way… If you like this post, you might also like:

DIY Tenor Rep Book.


Know of any other great audition songs for tenors?

And what role are you auditioning for next? We would love to hear all about your own favorite musical theatre songs for tenors 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 Tenors.
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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