Top 10 Best Musicals

The Top Ten Best Musicals

1 Les Misérables

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

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

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

2 The Phantom of the Opera

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

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.


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.

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

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

Just because two people are perfect, dosen't mean they will be perfect together

4 Hamilton

Literally the best musical I have ever seen! Love the soundtrack so much

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.

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!

The soundtrack is AMAZING! I don’t usually like rap music but I loved this

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!

Good show

7 The Lion King

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

The best creative show full of colours and emotions

This is a fun movie and nice tracks

Very well done

8 Grease

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

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

Should be higher than this! I love this movie!

9 Hairspray

Best musical ever

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

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

This is my favorite movie of all time!

Just amazing

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 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

Very good I have seen it a lot

Emotional and amazing!

13 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!

14 Rent

Music is amazing


15 Burlesque
16 Heathers

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

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!

Love this show! such a huge entertainment, my fave song is candy store 100%

THIS IS THE GREATEST MUSICAL EVER! funny, relatable, great soundtrack

17 Into The Woods

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

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

18 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

A timeless classic

19 Billy Elliot

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

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.

20 Mamma Mia!

It’s funny og lovely. Makes me and my friends smile and sing along

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!

Super good music!

21 Music Man

Do you know the territory?

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

The best!

22 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

23 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.

24 Pink Floyd: The Wall
25 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

26 Carousel
27 The Blues Brothers
28 Saturday Night Fever
29 Matilda

I love Matilda it is one of my best musical

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...

30 Miss Saigon

This should be higher on the list...

Should've been ranked higher

The best musical, for life!

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 Bye Bye Birdie
33 The Little Mermaid

A childhood classic

34 The Book of Mormon

Stunning, witty, funny, intelligent. Repays repeated listens.

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.

35 Chicago

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

36 Legally Blonde

This musical has such catchy songs! Such as omigod you guys, bend and snap, what you want, whipped into shape, and legally blonde remix.

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!

So funny!

37 Be More Chill

I have only heard one of the songs and that was Michael in the bathroom and that song is amaizng

How is this so low?! I love this show. I love all the characters and the story.

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

This will always be my favorite musical! - BeMoreChill

38 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
39 Aladdin

Love the songs

40 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


41 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! ).

42 Newsies

Newsies is the best musical ever! I have listened to it 41 times (and counting) and I love the soundtraack

The best musical of all time. Seriously underrated

I love Newsies so much, it is truly underrated.

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

43 Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Best musical I've EVER heard. An absolute joy.

44 Hair

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

Best one

45 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

46 Rocky Horror Picture Show

The rocky horror picture show is the best!

Should be so much higher! my favourite musical EVER


47 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

48 State Fair
49 Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper

Why is this even in here?!



50 Avenue Q

The most hilarious and adult themed one, with songs such as: Purpose, The Money Song, It Sucks To Be Me and If You Were Gay

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