Below is a fairly extensive list of pop and rock musicals categorized by music style and time period. This is not an exact science, but I have done my best to categorize shows in a practical way that should be helpful for auditions in particular. NOTE: Premiere dates don’t always factor strongly into categorization. For example, the jukebox musical Head Over Heels premiered in 2018, but most of the show’s songs come from the 1980s.

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Original Score Musicals:
A Bronx Tale
Bye Bye Birdie (1960)
Caroline, or Change (2004)
Kat and the Kings
Little Shop of Horrors
Promises, Promises
Zombie Prom

Jukebox Score Musicals:
All Shook Up
 (Elvis Presley, 2004)
Baby It’s You! (The Shirelles, 2011)
Beehive (60’s pop, 1986)
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Buddy Holly, 1989)
Dreamboats and Petticoats (50’s/60’s pop, 2009)
Elvis (Elvis Presley, 1977)
Forever Plaid (50’s/60’s doo-wop, 1990)
Good Vibrations (The Beach Boys, 2005)
Jersey Boys (Frankie Valli & Four Seasons, 2005)
Leader of the Pack (Ellie Greenwich, 1984)
The Marvelous Wonderettes (50’s/60’s pop, 1999)
Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis Presley, Jerry Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, 2010)
Motown: The Musical (Motown catalog, 2013)
Movin’ Out (Billy Joel, 2002)*
Return to the Forbidden Planet (50’s/60’s rock ‘n’ roll, 1989)
Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Lieber & Stoller, 1995)

BONUS: 1950s radio pop/rock song lists can be found here. 1960s radio pop/rock song lists can be found here.

FOLK ROCK STYLE (1960s/70s)

Original Score Musicals:
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (1998)*
Jesus Christ Superstar
The Last Sweet Days of Isaac 
The Me Nobody Knows
The Rocky Horror Show
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Via Galactica (1972)
Viet Rock
The Who’s Tommy (1993)
Your Own Thing

Jukebox Score Musicals:
All the Fun of the Fair (David Essex, 2008)
Beatlemania (The Beatles, 1977)
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Carole King, 2013)
Lennon (John Lennon, 2005)
Let It Be (The Beatles, 2012)
Love, Janis (Janis Joplin, 2001)
Movin’ Out (Billy Joel, 2002)*
A Night with Janis Joplin (Janis Joplin, 2013)
Rain (The Beatles, 2010)
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band on the Road (The Beatles, 1978)
The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Bob Dylan, 2006)
Tonight’s The Night (Rod Stewart, 2003)
We Will Rock You (Queen, 2002)*

BONUS: 1960s radio pop/rock song lists can be found here. 1970s radio pop/rock song lists can be found here.


Original Score Musicals:
Got Tu Go Disco
Sister Act
They’re Playing Our Song
The Wiz

Jukebox Score Musicals:
Boogie Nights (70’s pop, 1998)
The Cher Show (Cher, 2018)*
Disaster! (70’s pop, 2012)
Disco Inferno (70’s pop, 1999)
The Donkey Show (70’s pop, 1999)
Hot Feet (Earth, Wind & Fire, 2006)
Mamma Mia! (ABBA, 2008)
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (70’s & 80’s pop, 2006)*
Saturday Night Fever (Bee Gees, 1998)
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Donna Summer, 2018)

BONUS: Looking for disco radio songs? Check out this post.


Original Score Musicals:
Billy Elliot 
Dance of the Vampires
Heathers (2014)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (1998)*
Is There Life After High School? (1982)
The Lion King (1997)*
Kinky Boots (2013)*
The Last Ship (2014)*
Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark (2011)*
Starmites (1987)
Taboo (2003)
Tarzan (2006)*
The Toxic Avenger (2009)*
The Wedding Singer (2006)*
Wonderland (2011)*

Jukebox Score Musicals:
Back to the 80’s! 
(80’s pop & rock, 2005)
Bat Out of Hell
(Jim Steinman, 2017)
The Bodyguard 
(Whitney Houston, 2012)*
The Cher Show (Cher, 2018)*
Get On Your Feet! (Gloria Estefan, 2015)
Head Over Heels (The Go-Go’s, 2018)
Movin’ Out (Billy Joel, 2002)*
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 
(70’s & 80’s pop, 2006)*
Rock of Ages (80’s glam metal, 2006)
Sunshine on Leith 
(The Proclaimers, 2007)
We Will Rock You (Queen, 2002)*

BONUS: Looking for 1980s radio pop/rock songs? Check out this post.


Original Score Musicals:
13: The Musical (2008)
9 to 5: The Musical (2009)
Altar Boyz
Beetlejuice (2019)
Billy Elliot (2008)*
Bombshell (2015)
Bring it On (2011)
Calvin Berger (2006)
The Capeman (1998)*
Carrie (1988/2012)*
Dance of the Vampires (1997)*
Dear Evan Hansen (2015)
Dogfight (2012)
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008)
Edges (cycle, 2005)
Footloose (1998)*
Finding Neverland (2016)
First Date (2013)
Freaky Friday
The Full Monty
Hamilton (2015)*
Heathers (2014)*
Hands on a Hard Body
High School Musical (2006)
If/Then (2014)
In the Heights (2008)*
Jekyll & Hyde (1997)*
Kinky Boots
The Last Ship (2014)*
Legally Blonde
The Lion King (1997)
Lysistrata Jones
Mean Girls: The Musical (2018)
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (2016)
The Prom (2018)
Reefer Madness (2001)
Rocky: The Musical (2014)
Sponge Bob: The Musical (2017)
School of Rock (2015)*
Tarzan (2006)*
Vanities (2009)
Waitress (2016)
The Wedding Singer (2006)*
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (2010)
Wonderland (2011)*
Zanna, Don’t! (2003)*

Jukebox Score Musicals:
The Bodyguard (Whitney Houston, 2012)*
Cruel Intentions: The Musical
(90’s pop/rock, 2017)
Viva Forever! (Spice Girls, 2012)

BONUS: Looking for 1990s pop/rock radio songs? Check out this post. 2000s radio pop/rock song lists can be found here. 2010s radio pop/rock song lists can be found here.


Original Score Musicals:
American Psycho
American Idiot
Bare (2004)
Bat Boy (2001)
Be More Chill (2008)
The Black Suits (2008)
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Bright Lights, Big City (1999)
Evil Dead: The Musical (2006)*
Fortress of Solitude (2014)
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County 2013)
Glory Days (2008)
Hadestown (2016)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (1998)*
High Fidelity
Hit List (2013)
Homemade Fusion (cycle, 2006)
Jasper in Deadland (2014)
The Lightning Thief (2017)
Lizzie: The Musical (2010)
Love Kills
Murder Ballad
Next to Normal
Passing Strange
Pretty Woman: The Musical (2018)
Rent (1996)
Rooms: A Rock Romance
See Rock City and Other Places (2010)
Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark
Spring Awakening 
A Star is Born (film, 2018)
Striking 12 (2005)
Things to Ruin (2008)
tick, tick…BOOM! (2001)
The Toxic Avenger 

Jukebox Score Musicals:
Cruel Intentions: The Musical (90’s pop/rock, 2017)
Jagged Little Pill
(Alanis Morissette, 2018)
The Last Goodbye
 (Jeff Buckley, 2013)

BONUS: 1990s radio pop/rock song lists can be found here. 2000s radio pop/rock song lists can be found here. 2010s radio pop/rock song lists can be found here.



Original Score Musicals;
9 to 5
Bonnie & Clyde
Bright Star
Big River (1985)
Debbie Does Dallas (2004)
Floyd Collins (1996)
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (2013)
Hands on a Hardbody
Pump Boys and Dinettes
Urban Cowboy
Violet (1997)

Jukebox Score Musicals:
The Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash, 2006)

BONUS: Country and folk radio song lists can be found here.


Original Score Musicals:
The Color Purple
Leap of Faith
Sister Act

Jukebox Score Musicals:


Original Score:
BASH’d: A Gay Rap Opera
(some songs, 2015)
In the Heights (some songs, 2007)
Venice (some songs, 2013)

Jukebox Score:
Holler if Ya Hear Me
 (Tupac Shakur)


Original Score Musicals:
Bernarda Alba (2006)
The Capeman
Eating Raoul (1992)
Evita (1979)
Hamilton (some songs, 2015)
The Man of La Mancha
In the Heights
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (2010)

Jukebox Score Musicals:
On Your Feet (Gloria Estefan, 2015)

BONUS: Latin pop song lists can be found here.


Fella! (Jukebox: Fela Kuti)
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (various pop styles)
Moulin Rouge (various pop styles)

* This show features a fusion of musical styles (often from multiple time periods), so it could be categorized differently.

Kevin Michael Jones

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