The Best College Audition Songs – by Vocal Type

Are you getting ready for an important college 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 college audition songs for young adults.

If you haven’t gone through the steps to find your vocal range yet, I would definitely recommend doing so! The following songs are sung by characters in the age range of 18-25.

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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 Young Adults” Spotify Playlist


Before It’s Over” – Dogfight

I Have a Dream” – Mamma Mia!

Promise Me This” – Theory of Relativity

Where Am I Now?” – Lysistrata Jones


Footprint” – The Theory of Relativity

Love to Me” – A Light in the Piazza

Some Girls” – Once on This Island

With Anne on My Arm” – La Cage Aux Folles


Heartbeat” – Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

I’m Allergic to Cats” – The Theory of Relativity

On the Street Where You Live” – My Fair Lady

One Last Kiss” – Bye Bye Birdie


A Change in Me” – Beauty and the Beast

Adela” – Bernarda Alba

Come Back” – Dogfight

Without You” – Rent

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


Jimmy” – Thoroughly Modern Millie

Nothing Short of Wonderful” – Dogfight

So Much Better” – Legally Blonde

The Gods Love Nubia” – Aida


Dear Friend” – She Loves Me

Far From the Home I Love” – Fiddler on the Roof

Green Finch and Linnet Bird” – Sweeney Todd

That’ll Show Him” – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum


Bright Star” – Bright Star

Hold On” – Lysistrata Jones

I Believe in You” – How to Succeed in Business

One Song Glory” – Rent

Want more songs? Check out these DIY Rep Books for EVERY vocal type!

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Which of these college audition songs are in your book?

And what role are you auditioning for next? We would love to hear all about it in the comments!

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Stacy Karyn, author of College Audition 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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