Top 10 Best Musicals

The Top Ten

1 Les Misérables

Out of all the musicals it has the most powerful message and music. Watching it live is so powerful

Completely agree, this musical is my life and I love it with all my soul. - SassyEquine

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.

Hands down the Greatest Stage Muscial of All.

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2 The Phantom of the Opera

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. - Britgirl

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.

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3 Wicked

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.

Lets see what the film version will be like.

I love all of the songs

4 Hamilton

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 love hamilton and everything in it lin manuel miranda is a genius hope I see it someday it's my favorite piece of art of all time and why is it number 15? Why did you put hamilton the king of musicals in the number fifteen spot?

How is this not in the top ten. I mean it's new but by far one of the best musicals of all time. It incorporates different races and styles of music. How is it so far down this list?!

The music is so good. Lin Manuel-Miranda is the best songwriter right now. Just such a good musical

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5 The Wizard of Oz

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

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 - christangrant

6 Grease

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

A litle bit inappropriate for kids but great move

7 Mary Poppins
8 The Lion King
9 Hairspray

Best musical ever

10 West Side Story

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.

This is a great movie!

The Contenders

11 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?!

12 Rent


13 The Sound of Music

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

14 Music Man

Do you know the territory?

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

The best!

15 Burlesque
16 Into The Woods

My favorite musical. Great story and well written songs!

I love Rapunzal and Little Red Riding Hood in Into The Woods

I love Rapunzal here

17 Cats

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.

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

18 Billy Elliot

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.

19 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

A timeless classic

20 South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut

Unforgettable Songs (it's Easy M-Kay, Blame Canada, I'm super, And Kyles mom is A B*tch). Such a Funny movie.
Overall: 9/10

21 My Fair Lady

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. - Britgirl

22 Pink Floyd: The Wall
23 Mamma Mia!

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

24 Funny Girl

One of the most interesting Broadway musicals I know. Barbra Streisand is amazing.

25 Carousel
26 Saturday Night Fever
27 Miss Saigon

This should be higher on the list...

28 The Blues Brothers
29 Bye Bye Birdie
30 Heathers

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. - Absolite

Love it - kaisietoo

31 Hair

Great music, fine acting, important issues and brilliant film director.

32 The Little Mermaid
33 Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
34 Jesus Christ Superstar

Less known fact: Ian Gillan of Deep Purple was the first singer for the role of Jesus Christ. - Metal_Treasure

Who the heck forgets THIS classic?! "Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ/Who are you? What have you sacrificed? "

But Ted Neely was much much better, than Ian Gillan.

35 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
36 Matilda

I love Matilda it is one of my best musical

37 Little Shop Of Horrors

My favourite musical (except possibly Les Mis), how is this not on the list? Ellen Greene was amazing, and the movie actually improved on the stage production with the song Mean Green Mother From Outer Space!

Hilarious! Feed me Seymour! I watched the musical at a local theater, ha the end all of the people are little dancing flowers!

Answer my questions: 1. How the hell is the below Matilda? 2. How is this only at 33? 3. Why is this movie/musical so underrated?

This is incredible one of the best musicals and songs like
Feed me Seymour (git it)
Meen green mother
And a lot more and 2 endings the original and darker one and the theatrical and brighter one

38 Chicago
39 The Book of Mormon

THIS NEEDS TO BE AT LEAST IN THE TOP 10! This musical is my life, I love it so much. The songs are so catchy and the jokes are hilarious. Everything is so cleverly written. I'm seeing this in March 2019 and couldn't be more excited. If you haven't listened to the Book of Mormon, please do. You won't regret it.

40 Legally Blonde

I started in this musical THIS YEAR! Elle was played by Emily (not saying last name) She was amazing! And guess what, she hates pink!

41 Oliver!

I starred in Oliver, it was my first musical! And it was AMAZING! It's just so captivating, and it looks and sounds even better offstage.

Ironically I'm listening to Food Glorious Food as I write this - kaisietoo

42 Avenue Q
43 Spring Awakening
44 Shrek The Musical

I love Shrek

45 State Fair
46 Annie

This musical is needed even more now, because of you-know-who as POTUS, as well as the increase of anti-Semitic acts against Jews, and the gun control issue in schools. Also, I feel like no one is optimistic about the world's future anymore. (Broadway revival, NOW! ).

47 Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny

The greatest film in the world

48 Aladdin
49 Rocky Horror Picture Show
50 LA LA Land

I cried three times during this. It's so heartwarming and lovely. - Britgirl

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1. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
2. The Wizard of Oz
3. Pink Floyd: The Wall
1. Wicked
2. The Phantom of the Opera
3. West Side Story
1. Hairspray
2. Grease
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