Musical Song Lists

28 Showtunes from The Great American Songbook – by Vocal Type

The Great American Songbook is a list of the most significant/influential songs from the early 20th century. These are the songs that have stood the test of time, and quite a few of them are showtunes! If you’re looking for a classic song for an audition or project, check out this list of some of the amazing showtunes from the Great American Songbook!


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Altos

Don’t Rain on My Parade” – Funny Girl

Happy Talk” – South Pacific

Hello, Young Lovers” – The King and I

I Enjoy Being a Girl” – Flower Drum Song


Baritones

Honeysuckle Rose” – Ain’t Misbehavin’

I Talk to the Trees” – Paint Your Wagon

If Ever I Would Leave You” – Camelot

Just One of Those Things” – High Society


Basses

Edelweiss” – The Sound of Music

I Could Write a Book” – Pal Joey

I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’” – Porgy and Bess

Luck Be a Lady” – Guys and Dolls


Contras

Anything Goes” – Anything Goes

Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Hey, Look Me Over” – Wildcat

The Boy Next Door” – Meet Me in St. Louis


Mezzo-Sopranos

Everything’s Coming Up Roses” – Gypsy

Getting to Know You” – The King and I

How Are Things in Glocca Morra?” – Finian’s Rainbow

Shall We Dance?” – The King and I


Sopranos

Climb Ev’ry Mountain” – The Sound of Music

Falling in Love With Love” – The Boys from Syracuse

Summertime” – Porgy and Bess

The Man I Love” – Strike Up the Band


Tenors

It Ain’t Necessarily So” – Porgy and Bess

Strike Up the Band” – Strike Up the Band

Tea for Two” – No, No, Nanette

Younger Than Springtime” – South Pacific


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Which of these Great American Songbook showtunes are your favorite?

And what are you currently working on/auditioning for? We would love to hear all about it in the comments! And in the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for specific musicals.


Stacy Karyn, Author of Showtunes from the Great American Songbook.
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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