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 basses, broken down by decade.
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1960s Rock Songs for Basses
“Little Sister” – Elvis Presley
“Multiplication” – Bobby Darin
“Sunday Morning” – The Velvet Underground
“The Old Laughing Lady” – Neil Young
1970s Rock Songs for Basses
“C’est La Vie” – Emerson Lake & Palmer
“I Believe in Father Christmas” – Emerson Lake & Palmer
“Rock & Roll” – The Velvet Underground
“Your Song” – Elton John
1980s Rock Songs for Basses
“Love Will Tear Us Apart” – Joy Division
“Mercy Seat” – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
“Rubber Ring” – The Smiths
“Wish You Were Here” – Pink Floyd
1990s Rock Songs for Basses
“A Long December” – Counting Crows
“Butt Town” – Iggy Pop
“Immortality” – Pearl Jam
“Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” – Crash Test Dummies
Contemporary Rock Songs for Basses
“Future Days” – Pearl Jam
“Let the Bells Ring” – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
“She Runs Away” – Duncan Sheik
“The Fable of the Brown Ape” – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
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Which of these bass 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.