40 Fresh Contemporary Audition Songs – by Vocal Type

Looking for contemporary musical theatre songs for an upcoming audition or project? 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, you can go through these fresh contemporary audition songs, sorted by vocal type.


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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

“Contemporary Audition Songs” Spotify Playlist


Altos

Just Not Now” – I Love You Because

Manhattan Bridge” – Next Thing You Know

Say the Word” – The Mad Ones

Smiling” – Jagged Little Pill

When the Music Played” – Doctor Zhivago


Baritones

Dust and Ashes” – The Great Comet

Footprint” – The Theory of Relativity

Human Sacrifice” – Stephen Ward

Morning After Omelet” – Next Thing You Know

To Break in a Glove” – Dear Evan Hansen


Basses

Adrian” – Rocky

Mrs. Remington” – The Story of My Life

Night Will Come” – Groundhog Day

Something About Her” – Pretty Woman

The Great Comet of 1812” – The Great Comet


Contras

It Means Beautiful” – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Playing Nancy” – Groundhog Day

There Was John” – Tootsie

Thin Air” – Amélie

When I Go” – We Aren’t Kids Anymore


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


Mezzo-Sopranos

Everything Changes” – Waitress

No One Else” – The Great Comet

On and On and On” – We Aren’t Kids Anymore

Remember This” – The Mad Ones

Starlight” – Rosie


Sopranos

How Will I Know?” – Death Takes a Holiday

I Still Believe” – Amazing Grace

Once Upon Another Time” – Love Never Dies

Pink” – War Paint

Tuesdays, Thursdays” – Far from Heaven


Tenors

I Never Knew” – Far from Heaven

I’m Not Falling for That” – We Aren’t Kids Anymore

Only You, Lonely You” – Cinderella

Right Before My Eyes” – Ever After

The Wall in My Head” – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie


Trebles/Kids

Now I See” – Junie B. Jones

One Pal” – Polka Dots: The Cool Kids Musical

Quiet” – Matilda

Ring of Keys” – Fun Home

Time to Play” – School of Rock


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Which of these contemporary audition songs did you choose?

And what are your favorite modern musical theatre songs at the moment? Feel free to share in the comments below!


Stacy Karyn, author of Contemporary 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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