Non-Musical Theatre Songs

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

Cold as Ice” – Foreigner

I Only Want to Be With You” – Dusty Springfield

Magic Man” – Heart

Problem Child” – AC/DC

1980s Rock Songs for Altos

Eternal Flame” – The Bangles

Hot for Teacher” – Van Halen

Kids in America” – Kim Wilde

Shadows of the Night” – Pat Benatar

1990s Rock Songs for Altos

End It On This” – No Doubt

I Can’t Catch You” – Sixpence None the Richer

Mary Jane” – Alanis Morissette

Sunday Morning” – No Doubt

Contemporary Rock Songs for Altos

Keep Holding On” – Avril Lavigne

Head Above Water” – Avril Lavigne

We Are Warriors” – Avril Lavigne

What the Hell” – Avril Lavigne

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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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


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