Top 10 Best Musicals

The Top Ten

1 Les Misérables

Best musical ever

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.

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

Les Miserables is easily number 1. - CRK10

2 The Phantom of the Opera

Why is this second place! It should be first!

Ewww! Get real here, this musical is not the second best!

My first a and most epic

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

3 Wicked

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.

Black IS this year's pink

I like it, but it "comes at much to high a cost" kidding, totally worth it. - Wickednerd

I JUST saw it and love it!

4 Hamilton

Lin-manuel Miranda is an amazing writer, choreographer, and musician. He has his brain wired to write these amazing plays and he should write more. The Hamilton family are great supporter too and it's a great cult haha.

The best modern day musical and one of the best ever

Easily One of the best musicals! Best song Non-stop!

Insanely amazing, leaves you wanting to listen to it again. Mere words do not describe it. Just listen to it. TRUST ME.

5 The Wizard of Oz

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

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 Mary Poppins

Only one word to this; classic!

7 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

8 The Lion King


9 Hairspray

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

Best musical ever

10 West Side Story

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

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

Just amazing

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

Ground breaking.. the first

I’m in the sound of music lol - Theflashfrost

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 Cats

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.

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!

15 Burlesque
16 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.

17 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

A timeless classic

18 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

19 Heathers

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!

"amazing harmonies and an over-all great play! "

Amazing vocal melodies and harmonies; should be rated higher.

I absolutely love heathers should be at a higher rating in my opinion

20 Music Man

Do you know the territory?

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

The best!

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 Funny Girl

Number 23!? I was expecting to be at least top five... Barbra Streisand can't be beat ladies and gents, come on!

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

23 Pink Floyd: The Wall
24 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

25 Carousel
26 Saturday Night Fever
27 Mamma Mia!

It was the best


So stunning!

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

28 The Blues Brothers
29 Bye Bye Birdie
30 Miss Saigon

This should be higher on the list...

31 Jesus Christ Superstar

It is funky and profound at the same time and all of the cast are exceptionally talented singers.

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.

32 The Little Mermaid
33 Matilda

Best musical ever

It is amazing!

Just because you find that life’s not fair, it doesn’t mean that you just have to grin and bare it...

I love Matilda it is one of my best musical

34 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
35 The Book of Mormon

I had the pleasure of seeing this on Broadway when I was in the US - not the OG cast but oh my lord. It blew me away, it's insanely funny in the best ways. Even my mother - a self proclaimed musical hater - was crying with laughter at this

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.

36 Chicago

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

37 Hair

Best one

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

38 Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
39 Shrek The Musical

I loved this way more than I should have. In addition to it being super funny and having great songs, the main character looks exactly like my brother! - TriSARAtops

Best musical ever, nuting compares to the beauty that is da shrek

I love Shrek

40 Little Shop Of Horrors

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?

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!

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

41 Rocky Horror Picture Show

The rocky horror picture show is the best!


Should be so much higher! my favourite musical EVER

42 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!

43 Newsies

Newsies is Awesome
how could it be this low?!?


I love Newsies so much, it is truly underrated.

good music

44 State Fair
45 Be More Chill

Love this one! Honestly one of my favorites! Such a positive message on being yourself!

This will always be my favorite musical! - BeMoreChill

Love it! - chasingnachos

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 Oliver!

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

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.

48 Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper


Why is this even in here?!

49 Aladdin
50 Spring Awakening
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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
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