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
“Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” – Led Zeppelin
“Hey Jude” – The Beatles
“Strange Brew” – Cream
“With a Little Help From My Friends” – The Beatles
1970s Rock Songs for Tenors
“Bennie and the Jets” – Elton John
“Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen
“Heaven Can Wait” – Meat Loaf
“More Than a Feeling” – Boston
1980s Rock Songs for Tenors
“Don’t Stop Believin’” – Journey
“Making Love Out of Nothing At All” – Air Supply
“Start Me Up” – The Rolling Stones
“Waiting for a Girl Like You” – Foreigner
1990s Rock Songs for Tenors
“Adam’s Song” – blink-182
“Closing Time” – Semisonic
“Jumper” – Third Eye Blind
“Never Let You Go” – Third Eye Blind
Contemporary Rock Songs for Tenors
“Clocks” – Coldplay
“Karma Police” – Radiohead
“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.
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.