“I want my MTV!” After wrapping up my two-part, ’90s pop/rock audition song series,  I decided it would be wrong not to do a few posts highlighting some great ’80s audition song options as well. After all, many contemporary musicals incorporate pop and rock styles from the 1980s. To name several: Rock of Ages, Kinky Boots, HeathersThe Wedding Singer, Footloose, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, Tarzan, and more.

In certain cases, casting directors for these type of shows will specifically ask that performers bring in audition cuts of ’80s pop/rock radio songs. Therefore, it’s always good to be prepared! As I said in a previous blog post, musical theatre performers with professional aspirations should have at least two contrasting pop/rock radio songs in their audition books at all times. Below are some great ’80s song options for men (women should feel free to put their own spin on these as well)!

P.S. If you need further assistance finding repertoire for yourself or for your students, make sure to ‘like’ the Kevin Michael Jones Voice Studio & Repertoire Services page on Facebook!

1. “DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME” – SIMPLE MINDS (1985)

 

 


2. “COME ON EILEEN” – DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS (1982)


3. “WITH OR WITHOUT YOU” – U2 (1987)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


4. “I’LL MELT WITH YOU” – MODERN ENGLISH (1982)

 


5. “BILLIE JEAN” – MICHAEL JACKSON (1982)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


6. “EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE” – THE POLICE (1983)

 

 

 

 


7. “IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD” – R.E.M. (1987)


8. “HUNGRY LIKE A WOLF” – DURAN DURAN (1982)

 

 

 

 

 


9. “TAKE ON ME” – A-HA (1985)

 

 

 


10. “WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO-GO” – WHAM! (1984)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Michael Jones

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3 thoughts

  1. I’m an 80s teen myself, so this brings back great memories. I also teach voice, and a couple of years ago I was shocked when one of my voice class students brought in Hungry Like a Wolf to sing. I thought he was being ironically nerdy or something, until it turned out to be a FANTASTIC voice class song! I’d never thought of those songs as anything other than fodder for MTV videos (which, as a teen, I watched until all hours of the night), but dang it if they aren’t actually singable! Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

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