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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ROCK ‘N’ ROLL & MOTOWN STYLES (1950s/60s)

Original Score Musicals:
Bye Bye Birdie (1960)
Cry-Baby
 (2008)
Dreamgirls
 (1981)*
Grease
 (1978)
Hairspray
 (2002)
Kat and the Kings
 (1999)
Little Shop of Horrors
 (1982)
Memphis
 (2009)
Promises, Promises
 (1968)
Zombie Prom
 (1996)

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:
Dude
 (1972)
Godspell
 (1971)
Hair
 (1967)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (1998)*
Jesus Christ Superstar
 (1970)
The Last Sweet Days of Isaac 
(1970)
The Me Nobody Knows
 (1970)
The Rocky Horror Show
 (1973)
Salvation
 (1969)
Two Gentlemen of Verona
 (1971)
Via Galactica (1972)
Viet Rock
 (1966)
The Who’s Tommy (1993)
Your Own Thing
 (1968)

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.

DISCO POP STYLE (1970s)

Original Score Musicals:
Got Tu Go Disco
 (1979)
Pippin
 (1972)
Sister Act
 (2011)
They’re Playing Our Song
 (1979)
The Wiz
 (1975)
Xanadu
 (2007)

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

POP & ROCK STYLES (1980s)

Original Score Musicals:
Aida
 (2001)*
Billy Elliot 
(2008)*
Carrie
 (1988/2012)
Chess
 (1986)
Dance of the Vampires
 (1997)*
Fame
 (1988)
Footloose
 (1998)*
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)*
Lestat
 (2006)*
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)
The Bodyguard 
(Whitney Houston, 2012)*
The Cher Show (Cher, 2018)*
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: 1980s radio pop/rock song lists can be found here.

CONTEMPORARY POP & LITE ROCK STYLES (1990s-present)

Original Score Musicals:
13: The Musical (2008)
Aida (2001)*
Aladdin
(2014)
Altar Boyz
 (2005)*
Billy Elliot (2008)*
Bring it On (2011)
Brooklyn
 (2004)
Calvin Berger (2006)
The Capeman (1998)*
Carrie (1988/2012)*
Dance of the Vampires (1997)*
Dear Evan Hansen (2015)
Dogfight (2012)
Footloose (1998)*
The Full Monty
 (2000)
Ghost
 (2012)
Hamilton (2015)*
Heathers (2014)*
Hands on a Hard Body
 (2013)*
High School Musical (2006)
In the Heights (2008)*
Jekyll & Hyde (1997)*
Kinky Boots
 (2013)*
The Last Ship (2014)*
Legally Blonde
 (2007)
Lestat
 (2006)*
The Lion King (1997)
Lysistrata Jones
 (2011)
Mean Girls: The Musical (2018)
The Prom (2018)
Reefer Madness (2001)
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)*
The Last Goodbye
 (Jeff Buckley, 2013)
Viva Forever! (Spice Girls, 2012)

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.

CONTEMPORARY ROCK STYLES (1990s-present)

Original Score Musicals:
35MM
(2012)
American Psycho
 (2013)*
American Idiot
 (2010)*
Bare (2004)
Bat Boy (2001)
Be More Chill (2008)
The Black Suits (2008)
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
 (2010)
Bright Lights, Big City (1999)
Evil Dead: The Musical (2006)*
Fortress of Solitude (2014)
Glory Days (2008)
Hadestown (2016)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (1998)*
High Fidelity
 (2006)
Jasper in Deadland (2014)
The Lightning Thief (2017)
Love Kills
 (2009)
Murder Ballad
 (2013)
Next to Normal
 (2008)
Once 
(2012)
Passing Strange
 (2008)
Pretty Woman: The Musical (2018)
Rent (1996)
Rooms: A Rock Romance
 (2009)
See Rock City and Other Places (2010)
Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark
 (2011)*
Spring Awakening 
(2006)*
Things to Ruin (2008)
tick, tick…BOOM! (2001)
The Toxic Avenger 
(2009)*
Venice
(2013)

Jukebox Score Musicals:
N/A

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.

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COUNTRY/FOLK MUSICALS

Original Score Musicals;
9 to 5
(2009)
Bonnie & Clyde
(2011)
Bright Star
(2016)
Big River (1985)
Cowgirls
(1996)
Floyd Collins (1996)
Hands on a Hardbody
(2013)
Pump Boys and Dinettes
(1981)
Urban Cowboy
(2003)

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

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

GOSPEL MUSICALS

Original Score Musicals:
The Color Purple
(2005)
Leap of Faith
(2010)
Sister Act
(2006)

Jukebox Score Musicals:
N/A

RAP MUSICALS

Original Score:
BASH’d: A Gay Rap Opera
(2008)
Hamilton
(some songs, 2015)
In the Heights (some songs, 2007)

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

LATIN/HISPANIC MUSICALS

Original Score Musicals:
Bernarda Alba (2006)
Carmen
(2008)
The Capeman
(1998)
Eating Raoul (1992)
Evita (1979)
Hamilton (some songs, 2015)
The Man of La Mancha
(1965)
In the Heights
(2007)
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.

MISC. STYLES

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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