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
“Fake Empire” – The National
“Light as the Breeze” – Leonard Cohen
“On Being Frank” – Ben Folds Five
“Saving the Best for Last” – Marc Cohn
Uptempo Pop Songs for Basses
“Canyon Moon” – Harry Styles
“Please Forgive Me” – David Gray
“Silver Thunderbird” – Marc Cohn
“The Carny” – Nick Cave
“This Town” – Niall Horan
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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.
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.