Musical Song Lists

32 “I Am” Songs to Showcase Your Personality

Usually one of the first few numbers in a show, the “I Am” song helps establish a character’s personality or role in the plot. “I Am” songs are usually sung by the protagonist, but sometimes they are sung by supporting character, and sometimes they’re even sung by the antagonist. Here’s a list of our favorites!


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Altos

A Cockeyed Optimist” – South Pacific

Backwoods Barbie” – 9 to 5

I Love Play Rehearsal” – Be More Chill

I’m the Greatest Star” – Funny Girl


Baritones

Dentist!” – Little Shop of Horrors

I Am Free” – Zorba!

I’m a Bad, Bad Man” – Annie Get Your Gun

Mister Cellophane” – Chicago


Basses

C’est Moi” – Camelot

I’m an Ordinary Man” – My Fair Lady

I Am What I Am” – La Cage aux Folles

Master of the House” – Les Misérables


Contras

I’m Still Here” – Follies

Millwork” – Working

Playing Nancy” – Groundhog Day

Some People” – Gypsy


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Mezzo-Sopranos

A Part of That” – The Last Five Years

Big, Blonde and Beautiful” – Hairspray

I’m the First Girl in the Second Row” – Look Ma, I’m Dancin’!

The Oldest Orphan” – Daddy Long Legs


Sopranos

How Lovely to Be a Woman” – Bye Bye Birdie

Mira” – Carnival!

Princess” – A Man of No Importance

No One Knows Who I Am” – Jekyll & Hyde


Tenors

Friend Like Me” – Aladdin

Hard to Be the Bard” – Something Rotten!

I Believe” – The Book of Mormon

My Petersburg” – Anastasia


Trebles/Kids

Born to Entertain” – Ruthless!

Good Girl Winnie Foster” – Tuck Everlasting

Naughty” – Matilda

Neat to Be a Newsboy” – Working


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Do you know of any other great “I Am” songs?

And which of the above “I Am” songs are you going to work on? We would love to hear all about it in the comments below!


Stacy Karyn, Author of I Am 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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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