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 mezzos, broken down by decade.
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1960s/1970s Rock Songs for Mezzos
“Barracuda” – Heart
“Heart of Glass” – Blondie
“Problem Child” – AC/DC
“Somebody to Love” – Jefferson Airplane
1980s Rock Songs for Mezzos
“I Hate Myself for Loving You” – Joan Jett
“Kiss Me Deadly” – Lita Ford
“Listen to Your Heart” – Roxette
“You Shook Me All Night Long” – AC/DC
1990s Rock Songs for Mezzos
“End It On This” – No Doubt
“Erase / Rewind” – The Cardigans
“I Can’t Catch You” – Sixpence None the Richer
“Sunday Morning” – No Doubt
Contemporary Rock Songs for Mezzos
“All Over Now” – The Cranberries
“Head Above Water” – Avril Lavigne
“Over” – Lindsay Lohan
“Wake Up” – Hillary Duff
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Which of these mezzo 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.