Top 10 Best Musicals of All Time

The Top Ten
1 Les Misérables Les Misérables Product Image

Forever my favourite musical of all time. Though it is pretty darn close with The Phantom of the Opera, I'd probably have Les Mis come out on top, just because of it's emotional/moral aspect being a bit more personal and real for most people. Colm Wilkinson is AMAZING in both :D

Amazing musical, leaves you in tears of bittersweet joy, whether you're watching it live, or watching the 10th Anniversary concert with Colm Wilkinson on youtube, or the 2012 movie starring Hugh Jackman (among other superb actors) it will stay in your mind and heart for ages. If you're like me and had the fortune of being a part of a production of it, it truly leaves a mark on your soul. If you see only a few musicals in your life, this should be one of them.

Not only is Les Miserables entierly sung through, but it has some of the hardest songs for any male singer to sing. While Phantom has three interesting characters whom we actually care about, Les Miserables manages to make every member of the lead cast compelling and interesting, even if they recieve little stage time.

I watched this and I had never listened to most of the songs before, but after I listened to them a bunch. It was very good

2 The Phantom of the Opera The Phantom of the Opera Product Image

Yes. Very deserving of first place. Away from the classic, all-singing, all-dancing colourful Hollywood musicals (which I adore), this is my favourite "serious" musical. Dark, brooding, romantic and with a touch of humour thrown in. A powerful story with an equally powerful score. The overture and the opening of the duet The Phantom Of The Opera makes my heart thud. Quite simply fantastic.

Of course. The best musical, stunning to watch on stage, on film and to even just listen to the soundtracks.

For me, Les Mis and this are tied for first place. Contrary to what people say it has a beautiful score, amazing singers, and the storyline is amazing. I like the score because it’s much “calmer” than other musicals, and I really enjoyed seeing the stage version of Phantom live. Deserves to be tied with Les Mis in the number one spot.
It’s also the longest running musical with 12,000 shows.

This is the BEST musical EVER! The music is amazing and the story is the best.

3 Wicked Wicked Product Image

My all time favourite musical as well love the story and listening to the songs I have seen it 4 times and next year going to see it again for a 5th time with my family for my birthday next year in may 31st my family have organised this for me as I am going to be 35.and I absolutely love this musical so much that always loved it so much because I love the music the songs and the story this has been such an dream to me and I can't forget how many times I have loved it so much best show ever I have ever seen.

Wicked shows the performers vocal range. The songs are amazing to add on to it. The story is creative and really shows that you don’t have to be pretty and popular!

Wizard of Oz with an amazing, eye-opening twist. One simply can't help but love all of the characters. The music awakens the deepest part of you, the part that wants to be known, and shows you things you didn't know about yourself.

Watched this on west end and was blown away by the set costume and music as well as the storyline.

4 Hamilton Hamilton Product Image

Not one thing I would change about it. From the set to the songs everything in this show is fantastic. It makes me cry every time and the emotion all of the actors give is truly wonderful. Lin has created a wonderful piece of art and everything time I hear it I think of how "lucky we are to be alive right now" when we can listen to this marvelous show.

I call it The King Of Musicals. Though I've never seen the musical yet, Hamilton sure is becoming the #1 musical on the planet. Why isn't it number one here on the list? I don't know, but the musical inspires students from around the globe to learn about one of our founding fathers of America. It won more Tony awards than any other musical in theatre history, and it has unique hip hop edition of the history of America, which I can garauntee it would make everyone sing along to more than any other theatre production in history, and they even preformed at the white house which is a very rare opportunity for a theatre cast ever. It is possible that it may win the world record for the highest box office production sometime in the not too distant future because of that, but the best thing to do is to wait and see. Our founding fathers of America in this musical is more like the founding fathers of a golden musical trophy!

I like how they made it where they can use Hip Hop music and Hip-hop music along with rap and they made it into a new generation and made into the best musical and it changed Broadway so that means that if it was part of a generation where there wasn't really any music I think that a fun way to teach history especially someone that was our founding fathers so I can Hamilton really put that out by doing why is my first vote

I think Hamilton should be number on here.
Hamilton is one of the main reason I LOVE History right now. It helps students around the world learn while listening to rapping, R&B, Hip-Hop and some other popular genres. I never thought Rapping could be in a Musical until Lin came along and blew us all away (please don't kill me). All beats are very catchy too. History is now taught in the funnest ways possible. No one can not certainly, say no to this King of Musicals

5 Mary Poppins Mary Poppins Product Image

Only one word to this; classic!

6 The Wizard of Oz The Wizard of Oz Product Image

I'm going to be honest here: I really hate musicals Because most of them have songs that don't add anything to the film just there to waste time most musicals in my opinion would be better if well they weren't musicals some musicals have some of the best plots I have ever seen yet they are ruined by pointless 5 minutes songs that slow the film down.
That being said The Wizard of Oz is defintley the best musical

I was Scarecrow and love this show! Beautiful story and so much fun to be in.


This is the best movie, let alone musical of all time

great for children but not boring for adults

7 The Lion King The Lion King Product Image

Great costumes, awesome colours, emotional and creative! Best ever!

Haven't seen but really want to see. I hear the puppets are great.

The best creative show full of colours and emotions

This is a fun movie and nice tracks

8 Hairspray Hairspray Product Image

So funny and a great show! get your tickets now!

Best musical ever

9 West Side Story West Side Story Product Image

Makes me cry for hours after I hear it. The choreography is amazing and gives sad but true insight on how this event would've taken place in real life.

My favorite movie ever. If you voted for anything else, you probably haven't seen this movie, or musical. Pure perfection

I've seen this movie to many times. I don't have positive memories of it, but I don't know why.

Brilliant music from Leonard Bernstein, simple but fantastic lyrics from Stephen Sondheim

10 The Sound of Music The Sound of Music Product Image

It's a musical that my entire family loved growing up and they showed it in school a lot too.

Mary poppins, the sound of music and les miserables are awesome

Very good I have seen it a lot

Emotional and amazing!

The Contenders
11 Grease Grease Product Image

Greece is Musical full of potential and I've watched it and it's a really good music cool so I think that would make it where I would get give a good rating from me because I think that maybe that he could be very important to people that like the 90

Grease is my favorite musical, and it would be my favorite movie if not for "American Graffiti". I like the original Broadway performance better than the movie and it irks me when people say Sandy has to be a blonde Australian onstage... When in the original, she's an all-American brunette. :) But, all that aside, Grease is definitely a classic. It might be a bit mature for some audiences though.

Lion King is the greatest movie with an incredible score and great songs. But unless you're talking about the west end show, the film doesn't really count as a musical. Because the story is so great. Grease will always be the greatest musical

Great musical! I know all the song lyrics! Really catchy and a great watch!

12 Cats Cats Product Image

Absolutely incredible. The score superb (Memory, Macavity: The Mystery Cat... look it up, they're all amazing), the dances are awesome (yay for Gillian Lynn! ), and the costumes and set design simply cannot be beaten (They're cats dancing in an oversized junkyard! It's so cool! ). And although we're talking about the stage show, the movie was absolutely phenomenal- finally, a movie-musical from the last 20 years that casts people because they're actually good instead of famous! Pure brilliance.

Ahh.. I can't even express how much I love Cats. Great songs and characters, and when the cast is on point (like in the 1998 movie), it's phenomenal.

Andrew Lloyd Webber should be ashamed of himself. Has anyone ever heard of Stephen Sondheim? All of his musicals are better than this. Absolute garbage.

It is one of my personal favorite shows, especially the music!

13 Rent Rent Product Image

Music is amazing


14 Music Man Music Man Product Image

Wait, maybe I should have voted for Les miserables...

Do you know the territory?

15 Burlesque Burlesque Product Image
16 Heathers Heathers Product Image

The storyline is bottom-line AMAZING. It manages to be comedic, dark, relatable, and satirical all at once. Heathers is a depiction of school and society as a whole (exaggerated as it may be), and it makes me laugh and cry at the same time. Great musical!

Heathers is a masterpiece. It's darkly hilarious, but it gets pretty heavy at times, especially during Act 2. But it's definitely not for everyone.

How is this so low on the list? Heathers is the best musical-and one of the best things made-ever.

Its is so funny I sing all the song every day to cheer me up totally recommended

17 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Product Image

I love the custom candy bars and hoe kids are into it.

A timeless classic

18 Into The Woods

My favorite musical. Great story and well written songs!

I adore fairytales, and all of the great songs in this musical. One of my favourites!

I love Rapunzal here


19 Billy Elliot Billy Elliot Product Image

Absolutely fantastic music, story, characters, everything. This musical literally changed my life - it inspired me to be who I want to be despite how my peers or parents felt about it. It talks about a deep societal issue that is still ongoing and often not spoken about. While gender barriers are much less strict than they used to be, it's still more acceptable for a girl to embrace masculinity than for a boy to embrace femininity and Billy Elliot demonstrates that issue in a way that had me laughing and crying throughout the show.

I love Billy Elliot! Ever since I was in it up until I got to see it on Broadway!

20 SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical

This musical is absolutely underrated! For a musical. that is supposed to sponsor a franchise, this is amazing! The props and the background are creative and looks entirely the same to the SpongeBob landscape! The characters were also true to the Season 1-6 ! Stephen Hillenberg would be so proud of it!

SpongeBob SquarePantsIs my favoriteShow and I think that they turned it to me because you're cool I want to watch that right all the way and I think that since it's a musical about SpongeBob SquarePants and a bit and their beloved town and I thought it was very interesting and it turned it until a really good musical were they in bed scene I do close-ups which I thought was kind of gross because they were all sweaty and stuff but really good

It's funny, heartfelt, creative and clever. The singing is great, the acting is great (Pearl is meh but she's got an amazing voice), and the sets and costumes are great.

21 My Fair Lady My Fair Lady Product Image

My favourite musical changes depending on my mood (tomorrow it could be Singin' In The Rain, Guys And Dolls, Oliver! or more serious musicals such as Les Mis or The Phantom of the Opera; it's too difficult to choose an all-out favourite. But my mood at the moment is willing me to give my vote to this pretty, elegant, enchanting and oh-so-charming musical.

22 Singin' In The Rain

This is my favorite movie of all time!

The best tap dancer ever is in this movie! Gene Kelly is incredible and so is Donald O Conner with “Make em laugh” It’s just so good and it doubles as a comedy! What more could you ask for?!

Just amazing

23 Seussical Seussical Product Image

How to say so myself Seussical is a is a very funny musical an elephant that how to spec in it hears Little Voices and it it's based off a movie and then targeted should be part of a generation where you could listen to a movie from pretty good generation and they turn it into music kind of like Hamilton and wicked and breathe but I think that maybe they could have put a little bit more effort but I think it's still really good musical today did it love effort but they could put little bit more name Vine that were kid appropriate besides that I think that it's a very good musical actually just say that

I saw my friend perform this and it was good

Yess! I was in thos

24 Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia! Product Image

One of my favourite's I watch the movie nearly every day and listen to the songs evreyday

I really love this movie! It's so amazing!

Songs I can put on repeat anytime!

Incredible! love best thing I ever experienced!

25 Chicago Chicago Product Image

This was one of my favorite musicals to take part in. I love how tech heavy it is and I enjoy the funny songs like Me and my Baby.

This musical is amazing!
Talks about a really serious subject, but in an enjoyable way.
Sinister yet pleasing, how is this #40?

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