Top Tunes From Musicals

So, here’s a little unknown fact about me. I love me a musical. I love all that singing and dancing at inexplicable moments. I love the cheesiness. I love how cheery musicals are quite often made about dire and disturbing subject matters (Oliver! is quite often described as cheerful, but is essentially about maternal mortality, orphans, homelessness, poverty, child exploitation, crime, prostitution, domestic violence, child abduction and murder. Oom-pah-pah indeed). I love the formulaic storylines. And love all that thigh slapping (who doesn’t?). But here’s a tough question. Which song out of all those heart rending/heartwarming musicals, is the best? I tried to make this a Top Ten, but as I am weak, it is a Top 15 instead. As always, there’s a little Spotify list at the end- a bumper playlist of 40 songs from musicals. Heres my personal favourite 15 songs from musicals in actual order this time.

15. Tradition– Fiddler on a Roof

14. And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going– Dreamgirls

13. The Man That Got Away– A Star is Born

12. All That Jazz– Chicago

11. Take Me or Leave Me– Rent

10. Time Warp– Rocky Horror Picture Show

9. Cabaret– Cabaret

8. Do-Re-Mi– Sound of Music

7. You’re the One That I Want– Grease

6. Memory– Cats

 

TOP 5

5. When I Grow Up– Matilda

4. Over the Rainbow– The Wizard of Oz

3. As Long As He Needs Me– Oliver!

2. Defying Gravity– Wicked

And my all time favourite song from a musical is….

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1. One Day More– Les Miserables

And for the record, my all time favourite musical is Oliver! I could have made this top 15 up with the majority of songs from Oliver!, but you’ll probably be thankful that I restrained myself. So any other fans of musicals out there? Which is your favourite song from a musical? And which is your all time favourite musical?

See you next week for Top TV Theme Tunes!

41 comments

  1. I am a big fan of Rocky Horror, love love love it! Can you guess which character is my spirit animal?? The hair? Well , of course it is Magenta!!!

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  2. Zoe O'Farrell · 29 Days Ago

    God I love The Rocky Horror Show! Touch Me was my fav song use to screech it around the house! Saw a show in America once and it was epic! Magenta is me too lol I wanna go home and watch it now!

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  3. rachaelstray · 28 Days Ago

    I haven’t seen Matilda on the stage but heard really good things about it.

    Love a good musical!

    Rachael | https://rachaelstray.com/

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    • thebeasley · 28 Days Ago

      Oh it’s wonderful, no matter what age you are. I did cry through most of it when I went to see it. One of my favourite musicals ever.

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      • rachaelstray · 28 Days Ago

        My friend Laura saw it earlier this year and she cried too!

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      • thebeasley · 28 Days Ago

        Ha oh good- glad I’m not the only one!

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  4. a mindful traveler · 28 Days Ago

    Oh, some great all-time classics here Haley. Defying Gravity always gives me goosebumps. Xx

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    • thebeasley · 28 Days Ago

      Oh yes, it’s definitely a goose-bump giver that tune. Cheers Lorelle xx

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  5. angelanoelauthor · 28 Days Ago

    I can sing almost every word of the Sound of Music. And I’m not going to say I’m not proud of that. That’s a lot of double negatives, which amount to I AM proud of that!
    Love the new series. 🙂

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    • thebeasley · 28 Days Ago

      Thank you! Sound of Music is such a great musical. I’d feel very proud of knowing all the words too (which I almost do). So long, farewell…

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  6. mphtheatregirl · 28 Days Ago

    I love a good musical to. How can I narrow down to my top 15 musicals song.

    My all-time favorite musicals- well it is two musicals, not one- Les Mis/Wicked are competing for that title right now

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    • thebeasley · 28 Days Ago

      Both excellent musicals. I was blown away when I saw Wicked. And Les Mis is just a fantastic classic.

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      • mphtheatregirl · 28 Days Ago

        I have loved Wicked for 12 years. I was in NYC with my mom in 2006. All I can remember about my first experience was that “Popular” was my favorite song.

        The 2nd time, which was either 2008, 2009, or 2010, was better than the 1st.

        2013, the 3rd time was even better than the 2nd.

        2016, the 4th time was better than the 3rd time. See each time I see Wicked, the show just gets better and better. The show matures and the emotions deepen. I am only emotionally connected to three characters: Elphaba (my all-time favorite musical character), Glinda, and Fiyero. I am surprised that each time I see Wicked, I always discover something new. I loved it for 12 and it still is fresh and new and still spectacular: carries my vision of musicals perfectly.

        Les Mis, which entered my life through the film, challenged what I had known about musicals. Prior, I led myself to believed ALL musicals were HAPPY. I had known sad was a musical emotion, but not HEARTBREAK. So Les Mis would show me a side to musicals I never knew existed. So it went against what I was led to believe- that is a lot of why it is meaningful to believe.

        I am always asked to choose one- I am like it is basically comparing apples and oranges- they are severely different- why choose- no way

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      • thebeasley · 28 Days Ago

        Oh god, Les Mis is so heartbreaking. Anne Hathaway just stole that whole entire film for me. I’ve only seen Wicked once in 2008 in London. I just remember my heart beating so fast- I loved it so much and I was in tears by the end of Defying Gravity. It’s truly wonderful. You are so very lucky that to have seen it 4 times.

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      • mphtheatregirl · 28 Days Ago

        The first time I saw the film, after Fantine died, I was like “wait Les Mis is tragic, musicals aren’t supposed to be TRAGIC”. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know how to respond or anything. I was confused and shocked. I had a hard time paying attention after that. At the end of that film, I had no idea if I was a fan of Les Mis or not. I was like was that TOO DEPRESSING. Despite that, I started researching Les Mis anyways.

        For whatever reason in March 2013, I gave that movie a 2nd chance. Since I knew it was going to be tragic coming in, I was able to calm down. I started to realize there is something special about Les Mis. I defiantly began to be a Les Mis fan.

        By summer 2013, I was obsessed with Les Mis. That Nov, I saw the stage show for the first time. It was at my community college and it was professionally made- I saw it once with family and twice as an usher. That production was the motor for wanting to see it in London.

        2015- that quickly I ended up seeing Les Mis in London. If it wasn’t for my family choir being invited to be in residence at Bristol Cathedral that year, I still would be waiting for that dream to come true. Since they were in residence, a pilgrimage was planned around that- not just the choir was asked to be part of it- that is why I was able to go. This pilgrimage began in London- my mom and I saw Les Mis together.

        2017- what do you know happened? The latest North American tour was launched. I faced a major dilemma. See it in my hometown or see with Gardner Webb in Greenville. I been to the Peace Center in Greenville and Ovens in Charlotte. I choose Greenville (after all it was my last year at GW). I made the smart decision not to compare the cast or staging to who I saw in London- to get the most out of the cast and the experience.

        So in a short period of time, saw the stage show 5 times all because of timing

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      • thebeasley · 28 Days Ago

        WOW! That is fantastic! So lucky. Amazing that you made it over here, to London too.

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      • mphtheatregirl · 28 Days Ago

        Never thought that dream would come true so quickly.

        I remember it being November or December 2014, my parents telling me we were going up two days early, that was when I started convincing my parents to take me to Les Mis. Then in 2014, I was told I was going to be seeing some show in London- I was “what show”. All Spring 2015, I wasn’t hearing anything about what show that could be- I was getting impatient about hearing.

        Then June 2015 hit, my mom decided to text me French Flag Emojis and Musical Note Emojis. I was puzzled- I didn’t know what they meant. She told me to check my email- when I saw the word- Les Misérables- I ran up to my mom crying. I just could not believe I really was seeing Les Mis in London.

        The day came- July 30th, 2015- I remember looking at the Queen’s Theatre- it still did not seem real. Just looking at it- even buying souvenirs- even noticing how close I was to the stage (we were in the 9th row)- even seeing the set. It was the first note that told me- yes this is no dream- this dream is becoming reality and this is going to be more than expected, and yes it was more than expected.

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      • thebeasley · 28 Days Ago

        Oh that gives me shivers. Wonderful.

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  7. My Mashed Up Life · 28 Days Ago

    I must admit I’m not a huge fan of musicals, but by far the best one I’ve seen is Hamilton. My kids (age 5 and 8) haven’t seen it, but they love the soundtrack and often beg us to play it in the car.

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    • thebeasley · 28 Days Ago

      I am so jealous you’ve seen Hamilton! I’m desperate to see it! I should just listen to the soundtrack anyway.

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  8. shelleywilson72 · 28 Days Ago

    I’d have to add any song from West Side Story too!! Ooh, I do love a good musical 😁

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    • thebeasley · 28 Days Ago

      Love West Side Story. Somewhere is on the Spotify playlist, but the whole show is fantastic. Question is, are you a Jet or a Shark?

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  9. hyysterika · 28 Days Ago

    Musicals are my jam. My favorite musicals are Next To Normal, Wicked, Hairspray, Heathers, Rocky Horror, …I can’t do this. I love all of them.

    Next To Normal and Heathers are my current favors though. I think. It’s so hard to choose. I’d never be able to narrow down a list of favorite musical songs. Props!

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    • thebeasley · 28 Days Ago

      Ooh I’ve not heard of Next to Normal. I’ll have to check it out! Yes it was quite hard coming up with just 15 songs. That’s why I did a longer Spotify playlist. So many great songs from musicals.

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  10. April Munday · 28 Days Ago

    I love musicals. The Sound of Music is in my top three films. I don’t just know the words of the songs, but I can almost recite the script. When I was a child cinemas didn’t just show films when they first came out, so I saw The Sound of Music quite a few times before it was shown on TV.

    Musicals often have very serious themes. West Side Story is about gang warfare. Chicago is about murder and corruption. The Sound of Music is about the Nazi invasion of Austria.

    If I’m a bit down in the dumps, an hour or so with Fred and Ginger will always pick me up again.

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    • thebeasley · 28 Days Ago

      Sound of Music is such a good film. It’s great for cold Sunday afternoons for all the family. But yes, so many musicals cover quite depressing subjects. There’s always room for a song and dance though- no matter what’s happening in your life. Even if the Nazis are after you.

      Love a bit of Fred & Ginger too. I adore old school Hollywood.

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      • April Munday · 27 Days Ago

        I might treat myself to some Fred and Ginger tonight. It’s chucking it down outside and the central heating has come on.

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      • thebeasley · 27 Days Ago

        Perfect.

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  11. willowdot21 · 27 Days Ago

    Omg I love these all for different reasons! So hard to choose ..
    I know this is Bollywood but this is my favourite musical moment of all time!

    From from the 1998 Hindi film Dil Se.. directed by Mani Ratnam. 💜

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  12. The Lockwood Echo · 26 Days Ago

    I’m not a massive musical fan, but the ones I love I LOVE! Every single song from Sweet Charity, Grease, Blues Brothers, Mary Poppins. As a kid I was in my dancing school’s production of Oliver, so all those songs have a special place in my heart. I’ve not seen Dreamgirls, but that version by Jennifer Hudson floors me every time I hear it. Just reading the title gave me goosebumps. Great post and selections. 😊

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    • thebeasley · 26 Days Ago

      Thank you so much. I love all 4 of those musicals you mentioned. Blues Brothers was just brilliant. Aretha in that was perfect. Oh I was in a school production of Oliver too, so I think that might be one of the reasons I love it so much too. And oh yes Jennifer Hudson singing that song is just all the feels.

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  13. Hubby is obsessed with Oliver and definitely would put Consider Yourself as top of that list 😁 I love Les Mis and Wicked, but as a kid I was obsessed with Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals so I’d like to add anything from Calamity Jane and Oklahoma to that list 😉

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    • thebeasley · 23 Days Ago

      Ooh I was in a production of Calamity Jane! I played Susan! Whip crackaway, whip crackaway, whip CRACKAWAY!

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  14. Life after Sixty-Five · 22 Days Ago

    I saw “Anything Goes” in the West End with someone special. One of my most unforgettable memories. Many years ago was in the chorus in the musical “Irene” – what fun! 🙂

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    • thebeasley · 22 Days Ago

      Excellent! I saw Anything Goes too- stupidly I can’t remember where I saw it!

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