Non-Musical Theatre Songs

15 Audition-Friendly Pop Songs for Basses

Looking for new material to expand your vocal chops with? Or does your casting call specifically request non-musical theatre pop songs? With more pop musicals entering the scene, it’s becoming increasingly common to keep a prepared pop song in your back pocket. And because of that, we’ve put together a list of amazing pop songs for basses, broken down by tempo.

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Ballad Pop Songs for Basses

Alexandra Leaving” – Leonard Cohen

Forever Now” – Michael Bublé

Forgetting” – David Gray

The Ship Song” – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Trying My Best” – Anson Seabra

Midtempo Pop Songs for Basses

A Thousand Kisses Deep” – Leonard Cohen

Always on My Mind” – Elvis Presley

Fake Empire” – The National

Forget Him” – Bobby Rydell

Light as the Breeze” – Leonard Cohen

On Being Frank” – Ben Folds Five

Uptempo Pop Songs for Basses

Canyon Moon” – Harry Styles

Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer” – The Four Lads

“Love Will Tear Us Apart” – Joy Division

The Carny” – Nick Cave

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Which of these bass pop songs is your favorite?

And what are you working on at the moment? We would love to hear all about it in the comments below! In the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for specific musicals.

Stacy Karyn, Author of Pop Songs for Basses.
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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