Musical Song Lists

40 Overdone Audition Songs to Avoid – by Vocal Type

Are you wondering what types of songs you should avoid when auditioning for a musical or college program? In my opinion, the following songs are overused and oversung and should in most cases be avoided.

All that said, there are always exceptions to every rule. I’m not going to tell you that the following songs should never be sung. But these overdone audition songs should definitely be chosen less often.

That said, you will stumble upon many of these songs in our audition posts for specific musicals. That’s because I do recommend them for very specific characters in very specific musicals. Also, if you know that you can rock one of these, sing it!

But if you’re looking for a general go-to song for a general audition, I would recommend giving the following overdone audition songs a pass!


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Altos

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” – Evita

Gimme Gimme” – Thoroughly Modern Millie

Live Out Loud” – A Little Princess

My Favorite Things” – The Sound of Music

Somewhere That’s Green” – Little Shop of Horrors


Baritones

Mister Cellophane” – Chicago

Nice Work If You Can Get It” – Nice Work If You Can Get It

Santa Fe” – Newsies

Stars” – Les Misérables

This Is the Moment” – Jekyll & Hyde


Basses

Luck Be a Lady” – Guys and Dolls

More I Cannot Wish You” – Guys and Dolls

Put on a Happy Face” – Bye Bye Birdie

Some Enchanted Evening” – South Pacific

The Impossible Dream” – Man of La Mancha


Contras

As Long As He Needs Me” – Oliver!

Funny Honey” – Chicago

I Dreamed a Dream” – Les Misérables

God Help The Outcasts” – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Popular” – Wicked


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


Mezzo-Sopranos

Everything’s Coming Up Roses” – Gypsy

Getting to Know You” – The King and I

Hopelessly Devoted to You” – Grease

I Cain’t Say No” – Oklahoma!

Part of Your World” – The Little Mermaid


Sopranos

A Spoonful of Sugar” – Mary Poppins

Green Finch and Linnet Bird” – Sweeney Todd

Many a New Day” – Oklahoma!

Pulled” – The Addams Family

Think of Me” – The Phantom of the Opera


Tenors

All I Need Is the Girl” – Gypsy

Bring Him Home” – Les Misérables

Corner of the Sky” – Pippin

Freeze Your Brain” – Heathers

Words Fail” – Dear Evan Hansen


Trebles/Kids

Castle on a Cloud” – Les Misérables

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” – Frozen

Maybe” – Annie

Tomorrow” – Annie

Where Is Love?” – Oliver!


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Have you ever chosen one of these overused audition songs?

And how was your experience with it? 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 specific musicals.


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


 

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