Top Ten Best Songs from Musicals

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1Defying Gravity - Wicked

I love WICKED, but I just saw it in Germany in Oberhausen and without Lucy Scherer and Willemijn Verkaik, but I bought the CD from Stuttgart with them and I like their performances and voices. I like musicals a lot, but I can't visit them often and I just had been in The Lion King in Hamburg, Jesus Christ Superstar in Tecklenburg and the next summer I will visit Marie Antoinette. But Wicked is the best musical I've ever seen and I think Willemijn is a little bit better than her Elphaba-associates all over the world and Lucy Scherer is wonderful, she looks great and her voice is unbelievable (Do you know her version of "Heigeliebt" or "Popular" in English? WOW). Now Lucy Scherer is in Stuttgart in "Rebecca". Who don't see Wicked, is a very poor, poor person. You must see it.

Thank you!

But sorry for my English

This song is perfect. It really shows how Elphaba has become her own person, how she is on her was to becoming the "Wicked" Witch of the West. It is such an empowering song, and it sounds amazing as well.

Amazing, the musical contributes to the emotional lyrics which are just out standing! Kerry Ellis was an amazing in it!

I love this song

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2One Day More - Les Miserables

I played in the pit on my school's production of Les Mis and nothing brought more emotion to me than this song. This song and The Confrontation were the two songs I took the time to learn all the words to, and I still remember this as the epic ending to the first act, leaving me even more satisfied than the finale of the second act.

Every song from les mis is amazing so all of them should be in the top ten! This song is particularly good because all of the cast is involved in singing it which makes it so powerful and emotional.

Wow, enough said. Fantastic piece, great harmonics, powerful and emotional. Just great

Should be number one, thousands of times better than Defying Gravity. This song is the ultimate song of all musicals. Considering how many voices and past songs are incorporated into it, no one can deny its brilliance. I saw Les Mis in London in August, One Day More almost had me in tears. The best bit is where they bring in the flag.

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3Seasons of Love - Rent

This is a heartfelt and serious song and the melody is so catchy.

Rent is honestly the best musical I have ever seen and this song in particular is just fabulous

One of the best songs from the best musical (of all time? )

This song is stuck in my head 24/7! - PianoQueen

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4The Music of the Night - Phantom of the Opera

There's just something about this song... I'm a musician, composer, and singer... And this just so beautiful to me. The pain, the sorrow, the beauty... The melody, everything about it. The story of a man who writes the wonders only music can tell in the dead of night because no one will care enough to listen to it, despite the fact that it's perfection... It's a twisted lullaby, and it's perfect.

This song speaks to me like no other. Every time I listen to it, I swear, I get these crazy chills. Phantom of the Opera is one of my absolute favorite musicals of all time and it's mainly because of the fantastic songs in the production. This has always been my favorite song because it has that chilling sweet tone to it. Love you Phantom!

The perfect song for Phantom to sing to Christine. The way the song is written allows for many different interpretations which have ranged from more commanding and down to business Phantoms to the more traditional seducing and mysterious Phantom, portrayed well by Michael Crawford and Ramin Karimloo most notably. Overall, this is the perfect song to fit the scene, and is amazing in all aspects.

I appreciate Andrew Lloyd Webber as a composer. This is probably one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite musicals. There is something so majestic and mysterious this song brings. So I speak as a musician and a musical junky, this is a truly great song

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5On My Own - Les Miserables

On My Own is one of the greatest songs from any musical ever! When you can hear the pure tragedy in Eponine's voice, well, let's just say, your eyes become Niagara Falls. Samantha Barks. That's all that needs to be said.

On My Own has the same exact melody as I Dreamed a Dream. On My Own has such a great sound quality. The Broadway Actors and Actresses do a great job expressing emotion and true feelings, this song is truly inspiring.

On My Own is one of those songs that everyone can relate to. The raw emotion of the song makes it definitely my favourite from Les Miserables and my all time favourite musical song too. Frances Ruffelle's version is my favourite but Samantha Barks is really good too.

Very good it feels so lonely but strong at the same time

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6Anthem - Chess

Passionate, rousing and a patriotic song that stirs up emotions in all my body. Brilliant!

I will not stop voting for this song until it reaches its rightful place as number 1. - davis16

Heart rending song. The choir I belong to sang it at our last show. Amazing feeling and amazing reception from the audience.

Always loved this song. So emotive.

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7And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going - Dreamgirls

One of the most powerful ballads I believe ever written it is purely beautiful from start to finish... depending how it is performed of course :) in other words Jennifer Holliday performing this = PURE GOLD

This is my absolute favorite songs!

Jeniffer hudson rocks this song with passion and pain in her voice. The song fills my body with goose pimples and brings a tear to my eye every time I hear the song, love love love it!

8(Ya Got) Trouble - Music Man

The way that he spins every sentence off of the last is just wonderful, the tune is fantastic, the words are humorous, and overall I think (ya got) trouble is an amazing song and definitely one of the top 10

It's unfair to try to speculate the "best" numbers of all time. Having said that, "Trouble" must be in the conversation. It's brilliant, upbeat, and Robert Preston's delivery is impeccable.

I was in the music man production at school and I enjoyed all the numbers! The one I enjoyed the most was Shipoopi and Wells Fargo Wagon but I did love Trouble

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9A Little Priest - Sweeney Todd

Awesome song, I love it, couldn't get it out of my head after listening just once. I love Helena's voice. Even if you haven't seen the musical you get what their doing to the customers. It's definitely my favourite musical next to The Phantom of the Opera.

Lovely play AND my school friend was in it... THE, Victor Garber. We were in grade school, lovely family Is there any way I could email Victor, have tried with little sucess... Perhaps, you could help.
Jane E Messer..519-9155121. Thank you so very much.

I just love this song so much. When I first discovered the musical I listened to this over and over and over. Don't shot me people but I prefer the film version with Johnny and Helena

10I Dreamed a Dream - Les Miserables


This song is the pivotal moment from where you are questioning whether the musical is good or not. This song shows it will be great.

This is a beautiful song

I love this song, it makes you feel so emotional.

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The Newcomers

?Castle On a Cloud - Les Miserable

I like it because it is sweet and calm

Just a really sweet song sung by a young Cosette. - Britgirl

?Prologue - Into the Woods

This song is over twelve minutes long, but sets up the story beautifully. I love the continuous theme that runs through the whole thing, and I think that the lyrics are very clever- classic Stephen Sondheim! This should have already been on the list, or at least something else from this musical. It is a beautiful work of art, and this song is the most defining for the whole thing.

The Contenders

11Seventy Six Trombones - Music Man
12All I Ask of You - Phantom of the Opera

This song is the definition of love. Although I wish Christine could have gone away with the phantom, because Gerard Butler and Michael Crawford are AMAZING, this song is true beauty. It is the art shown in this movie and play. Why you would rank any song over this song completely BEWILDERS me! It is a matter of opinion, but anyone with a brain LOVES this song.

I can't believe that this is any higher up this is way more amazing than annie of defying gravity. Any thing from phantom of the opera is great!

Phatom has the most amazing goosebump giving music and this song is just another example of it

13Popular - Wicked

Popular should definally be more popular than this

Popular is an awesome song!

It's a fun upbeat song! What's not to love. I am auditioning for a play and this is the perfect song.

Popular is amazing and great to listen to it should be in the top 10 who doesn't like the song

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14Think of Me - Phantom of the Opera

WHY ISN'T THIS SONG IN THE TOP TEN?!? It is art! It is the heart of this story! Not just any buffoon off the street can sing it! It is excellently composed. I could listen to just the instrumental any day. The fact that the composer had the successful idea of adding lyrics proves he knew what he was doing. TRUE MASTER PIECE! I live for this play, movie, song, and of course the phantom!

YESYESYES! LOVE THIS SONG! It's an amazing song! THe background music is wonderful, and it is filled with so much emotion! I tear up just hearing the background music! Her voice is wonderful, and it brings joy to my soul!

If you have a high voice this song would be perfect- just don't sing it Carlotta way!

Can't believe it isn't in the top 10

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15I Belong to Me - Elisabeth

This is theone with the best message to women ever

16I'm Here - The Color Purple
17He Lives In You - Lion King

Great song telling the story of however you lose someone they live on in your memory where they will remain, especially a family member as many people will say they look like you. Hence the words he lives in you.

Wow I really love this song and lion king. I have to say that lion king is the best movie ever. He lives in you is also probably the most exciting son and farther kind of moment that I love. Thanks

This is a great song because it shows if one of your relatives die then there still here but in you

A powerful anthem to perfectly describe all the messages surrounding the story, as well as a final piece of motivation to really spark Simba

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18I'll Make a Man out of You - Mulan

! I love this song, it is absolutely one of my favorites and I was obsessed with it for the longest time, ask anybody!

Love this sing, its so empowering and fun!

So much fun to sing hanging out with friends!

19The Phantom of the Opera - Phantom of the Opera

The exchange between The Phantom and Christine during this duet is exquisite. Christine is terrified of this man in a mask and yet so...entranced.
Sing once again with me, our strange duet. My power over you grows stronger yet.
Christine is falling in love and is powerless tn resist. It's just beautiful the way this song grabs at your heart. Wonderful! - Britgirl

A beautifully intrinsic piece, this song carries itself like a machine, especially with the bass line. It has a haunting beauty that no other song has, particularly when Christine starts vocalizing. This is no ordinary pop ballad that one finds in any musical. The Phantom of the Opera is a different type of music: a type that makes any in-depth description laborious to think about as one can never stop thinking of this song's wonder.

This song should be so high up there!
Look it up right now. The Phantom of The Opera is the best song in the musical. The Oregon's simple yet dark chords are just exhilarating! Every time I listen to it it gives me the chills. The duet is also just amazing. Great job Andrew Lloyd Webber!

WHY isn't THIS #1?!?!?!? This song is the beginning of the greatest love story of all time, and is beat out by Wicked and Les Mis?!?!?!

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20I Am Changing - Dreamgirls
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Top Remixes (28)

1. Anthem - Chess
2. (Ya Got) Trouble - Music Man
3. Seventy Six Trombones - Music Man
1. And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going - Dreamgirls
2. I'm Here - The Color Purple
3. Defying Gravity - Wicked
1. Defying Gravity - Wicked
2. Popular - Wicked
3. For Good - Wicked

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