30 Audition Songs for Altos

Are you an alto looking for some great audition songs? Look no further! In this blog post, we will provide 30 songs that are perfect for altos. We have chosen a variety of styles and genres so that you can find the perfect song for your audition.

Whether you are auditioning for a musical or a play, we have got you covered! Let’s get started.

1. “Somewhere” by West Side Story 

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“Somewhere” by West Side Story is a beautiful ballad that is perfect for altos. The song is about longing for a place where you can be yourself and be loved for who you are. This is a great audition song for musicals or plays that are looking for an emotional performance.

2. “Nobody Makes a Pass at Me” by Pins are Needles 

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Another audition song from a musical, “Nobody Makes a Pass at Me” from Pins are Needles is a fun and uptempo number that is perfect for altos. The song is about a woman who feels invisible and unappreciated. It was released in 1962.

3. “Disneyland” by Smile 

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“Disneyland” by Smile is another great audition song for altos who are looking for something that was sung on Broadway. This is a great choice for auditions for musicals or plays that are set in the present day. The song was arranged by Marvin Hamlisch and written by Howard Ashman.

4. “The Music That Makes me Dance” by Funny Girl 

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“The Music That Makes me Dance” was released in 1964. The song is about being in love and feeling the joy that comes with it. Using this song as an audition piece will show off your vocal range and ability to connect with the material.

5. ” What Is A Woman” by I Do! I Do! 

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The song “What Is A Woman” from the musical “I Do! I Do!” is a great choice for altos auditioning for musicals or plays set in the early 20th century. The song is about a woman reflecting on what it means to be a woman. It was released in 1966.

6. “It’s A Perfect Relationship” by Bells Are Ringing 

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Another audition song option for the altos is “It’s A Perfect Relationship” from the musical “Bells Are Ringing”. This song is about a woman who is in love and is content with her relationship. It was released in 1956 on Broadway and the musical was given more opportunities after that.

7. “Goodbye My Love” by Ragtime 

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Ragtime is a musical that is set in the early 20th century. The song “Goodbye My Love” from the musical is another audition piece to choose from. It was released in 1998.

8. “A Change in Me” by Beauty and the Beast 

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If you are auditioning for a Disney Princess role, “A Change in Me” from Beauty and the Beast is a nice audition piece. The song is about Belle realizing that she has changed since she fell in love with the Beast. The first musical play about Beauty and the Beast was produced in 1991.

9. “Hold On” by The Secret Garden 

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“Hold On” is a song from the musical “The Secret Garden”. The song is about a woman who is struggling and feels like she is losing her mind. But despite all of that, she still has hope. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1991.

10. “I Want the Good Things Back” by Little Mermaid 

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Another Disney Princess song, “I Want the Good Things Back” from Little Mermaid is a great choice for altos auditioning for musicals or plays set in a fantasy world. The song is about Ariel longing for her old life and wondering if she made the right decision to become human. It was sung by Jodie Marie Benson.

11. ” The Cake I Had” by Grey Gardens 

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“The Cake I Had” is a song in the musical Grey Gardens. It was produced in 2006. The song is about a woman who is reflecting on her life and wondering what could have been.

12. “Anyone Can Whistle” by Anyone Can Whistle  

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“Anyone Can Whistle” was performed on Broadway in 1964. It is a great choice for altos auditioning for musicals or plays because the beat is fast and it will show off your vocal range. The song is about a woman who is feeling lost and confused.

13. “Cabaret” by Cabaret 

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Next on the list is “Cabaret” from the musical of the same name. It was released in 1966 and a movie adaptation was made in 1972. The rhythm of the song is fast and you can also show off your dancing skills. The song is about a woman who is living in a seedy nightclub in Berlin during the rise of the Nazi party.

14. “Teaching Third Grade” by Ruthless 

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“Teaching Third Grade” is a song from the musical “Ruthless”. The musical was produced in 1992. The song is about a teacher who is talking with a mother whose daughter is only an understudy for a play.

15. “How ‘Bout a Dance” by Bonnie and Clyde 

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Bonnie and Clyde is a musical based on the true story of the criminals Bonnie and Clyde. The song “How ‘Bout a Dance” is upbeat and fun. You can show off your acting skills in this audition piece. The musical premiered in 2012.

16. “It’s A Business” by Curtains 

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The next song is from the play “Curtains”. “It’s A Business”  is a strong and thrilling audition piece. It is about a producer who is trying to save his show from being shut down. The play was produced in 2006.

17. “Ireland” by Legally Blonde 

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“Ireland” by “Legally Blonde” is a great audition piece for altos because of the fast tempo. You can show off your sass with this song. It was released in 2010 and became a global sensation.

18. “Special” by Avenue Q 

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“Special” is a song from the musical “Avenue Q”. It was released in 2003. The song is about a character comforting someone who’s on the verge of losing hope. This piece will show off your vocal range and acting skills if you’re auditioning for a theater play.

19. “It’s a Helluva Way to Run a Love Affair” by Plain and Fancy 

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Another song from a musical play is “It’s a Helluva Way to Run a Love Affair” from “Plain and Fancy”. It was originally published in 1955. If you’re an alto, this can be a great choice for an audition piece because you can also show off your acting skills because of the heavy lyrics.

20. “A Mother Doesn’t Matter Anymore” by Bye Bye Birdie 

"A Mother Doesn't Matter Anymore" Bye Bye Birdie“A Mother Doesn’t Matter Anymore” Bye Bye Birdie

“A Mother Doesn’t Matter Anymore” is a song from the musical “Bye Bye Birdie”. It was released in 1962. The song is about a teenage girl who is trying to come to terms with her mother’s death.

21. ” I Ain’t Down Yet” by The Unsinkable Molly Brown 

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“The Unsinkable Molly Brown” is a musical film based on the true story of Margaret Brown. The song “I Ain’t Down Yet” is about a woman who is down on her luck but refuses to give up. This movie was released in 1964.

22. “A Trip to the Library” by She Loves Me 

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“She Loves Me” is a musical based on the play “Parfumerie”. It was released in 1963. The song “A Trip to the Library” is a great choice for an audition because it is about two people who are falling in love but don’t realize it yet.

23. “Poor Unfortunate Souls” by The Little Mermaid 

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If you want a song with a deeper and darker meaning, “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from “The Little Mermaid” might be the perfect choice for you. It was released in 1989 and is about a villain who is trying to lure a young girl into her trap.

24. “The Winner Takes it All” by Mamma Mia!  

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“The Winner Takes it All” is a hit song from the musical “Mamma Mia!”. The song is about a woman who is trying to come to terms with her husband’s infidelity. It was released in 1999 and became an instant classic.

25. “What Did I Ever See in Him” by Bye Bye Birdie 

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“Bye Bye Birdie” is a musical comedy about a rockstar who is drafted into the army. The song “What Did I Ever See in Him” is sung by his girlfriend who is trying to figure out why she ever dated him in the first place. The tune is catchy and will stay in your head long after the audition is over.

26. “Kiss Her Now” by Dear World 

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“Dear World” is a musical based on the play “The Madwoman of Chaillot”. It was released in 1969. The song “Kiss Her Now” is about a woman who is trying to warn her lover about the dangers of kissing her.

27. “Times Are Hard for Dreamers” by Amelie 

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The song “Times Are Hard for Dreamers” is from the movie “Amelie”. It was released in 2017. The song is about a young girl who is trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. The beat is catchy and the lyrics are relatable, making it a great audition piece.

28. “All that Jazz” by Chicago 

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“Chicago” is a musical about two women who are on trial for murder. The song “All that Jazz” is about one of the women, Velma, who is trying to make a deal with the Devil. The song was released in 1975.

29. “Another Night at Darryl’s” by Witches of Eastwick 

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“Witches of Eastwick” is a musical based on a movie of the same name. It was released in 2000. The song “Another Night at Darryl’s” is about a woman who is trying to figure out her feelings for a man she just met.

30. “I Want to Go to Hollywood” by Grand Hotel  

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“Grand Hotel” is a musical based on a novel of the same name. It was released in 1989. The song “I Want to Go to Hollywood” is about a woman who is trying to make it big in Hollywood. The song is uptempo and will get your heart racing.

Final Thoughts

These are just a few of the great audition songs for altos. There are many more out there. If you want to stand out from the crowd, choose a song that is perfect for your voice and personality. Good luck!