Non-Musical Theatre Songs

20 Audition-Friendly Rock Songs for Tenors

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 tenors, broken down by decade.

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1960s Rock Songs for Tenors

All You Need Is Love” – The Beatles

Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat” – Herman’s Hermits

She’s a Rainbow” – The Rolling Stones

With a Little Help From My Friends” – The Beatles

1970s Rock Songs for Tenors

Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen

Heaven Can Wait” – Meat Loaf

Money” – Pink Floyd

The Man Who Sold the World” – David Bowie

1980s Rock Songs for Tenors

Don’t Stop Believin’” – Journey

Making Love Out of Nothing At All” – Air Supply

Lost in Love” – Air Supply

Waiting for a Girl Like You” – Foreigner

1990s Rock Songs for Tenors

Closing Time” – Semisonic

Jumper” – Third Eye Blind

Karma Police” – Radiohead

Never Let You Go” – Third Eye Blind

Contemporary Rock Songs for Tenors

Jet Pack Blues” – Fall Out Boy

Racing Rats” – Editors

The Kids Aren’t Alright” – Fall Out Boy

The Scientist” – Coldplay

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Which of these tenor 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 Tenors.
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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