Looking for new material to expand your vocal chops with? Or does your casting call specifically request non-musical theatre rock songs? With more pop/rock musicals entering the scene, it’s becoming increasingly common to keep a prepared rock song in your back pocket. And because of that, we’ve put together a list of amazing rock songs for altos, broken down by decade.
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1960s/1970s Rock Songs for Altos
“Angelo” – Brotherhood of Man
“I Only Want to Be With You” – Dusty Springfield
“Magic Man” – Heart
“White Rabbit” – Jefferson Airplane
1980s Rock Songs for Altos
“Eternal Flame” – The Bangles
“Kids in America” – Kim Wilde
“Separate Ways” – Journey
“You’re the Inspiration” – Chicago
1990s Rock Songs for Altos
“End It On This” – No Doubt
“I Don’t Want to Wait” – Paula Cole
“Mary Jane” – Alanis Morissette
“Sunny Came Home” – Shawn Colvin
Contemporary Rock Songs for Altos
“What the Hell” – Avril Lavigne
“Pieces of Me” – Ashlee Simpson
“We Are Warriors” – Avril Lavigne
“Who’d Have Known” – Lily Allen
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Which of these alto rock 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.