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

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

Jet Pack Blues” – Fall Out Boy

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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