16 Audition-Friendly Rock Songs for Altos

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.

Stacy Karyn, author of Rock Songs for Altos.
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 has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


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