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 baritones, broken down by decade.
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1960s Rock Songs for Baritones
“Because” – The Dave Clark Five
“Space Oddity” – David Bowie
“The Sound of Silence” – Simon & Garfunkel
“You’re the Devil in Disguise” – Elvis
1970s Rock Songs for Baritones
“Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – Elton John
“Money” – Pink Floyd
“Piano Man” – Billy Joel
“The Man Who Sold the World” – David Bowie
1980s Rock Songs for Baritones
“Lovesong” – The Cure
“Mystify” – INXS
“Rebel Yell” – Billy Idol
“That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore” – The Smiths
1990s Rock Songs for Baritones
“Blank Page” – The Smashing Pumpkins
“Colorblind” – Counting Crows
“Explorers” – Muse
“Good Riddance” – Green Day
Contemporary Rock Songs for Baritones
“Ever the Same” – Rob Thomas
“Racing Rats” – Editors
“Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors” – Editors
“Under the Westway” – Blur
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Which of these baritone 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 has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.